Image Impact International 2018-2019 Board of Directors

The expertise and diversity of our Board of Directors enables our Non-profit 501(c)(3) to make a measurable impact. Meet the people behind Image Impact International.

Pamela Judd, President

Pamela Judd is a founder and president of Image Impact International, whose mission is to mentor first-generation students to remain in college. The thing that matters most to the volunteers of this young Non-profit is to powerfully impact the careers of students who are the first in their families to go to college. Through mentoring and college to career bridge programs, we provide the leadership, communication, and professional skills needed for workplace success. As a former Disability Employment Manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ms. Judd spearheaded diversity initiatives, including a Disability Champions pilot and internship opportunities for City College of New York students. She led retreats for managers and staff as a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® practitioner. She is a past member of the University Relations and Diversity committees at New York City SHRM. Ms. Judd served on the boards of Toastmasters International and the Association of Image Consultants International.  Ms. Judd earned her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Masters in Disability Studies from the CUNY School of Professional Studies. She earned certifications in Image Consulting and Color Specialist from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She volunteers at the Riverside Language Program where she offers job readiness support for newly arrived immigrants. Contact her at president@imageimpact.org

Charnette Lewis, Treasurer

Charnette Lewis is the author of Time Out 4 Me, an inspirational book on how to keep yourself on track and develop yourself, spiritually, professionally, financially and mentally. She has also developed the audio CD, Hurdling Life’s Obstacles. Ms. Lewis is employed by New York Life Insurance Company, where she has worked for 25 years as an Accounting Analyst.  She attained a B.A. degree in Accounting and Finance from Rutgers University. Ms. Lewis has also served on the Board of Doors of Hope, where she provides accounting expertise.  Ms. Lewis has been a member of the Minority Interchange for over 15 years. Throughout her membership, she has participated in uplifting and motivating Career Conferences to enhance personal and professional career development. As a Minority Interchange New York Chapter Representative, Charnette works diligently for the organization and continues to grow as a public speaker and mentor. Ms. Lewis is a long-standing and active member of Toastmasters International, where she has chaired district conferences and organized Youth Leadership programs to help teens to develop their speaking and leadership skills. Ms. Lewis takes time out of her schedule to be a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of NY.  It is a rewarding and fulfilling experience where you can help to develop and mold future leaders.  Contact her at treasurer@imageimpact.org

 Secretary

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 John Galdamez, VP Operations

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Rebecca Gallagher, VP Branding

Rebecca received an MFA with a concentration in Photography. She understands how vital education, along with the necessary support, are in bridging the gap from college life to one’s chosen career path. She has benefited from the many generations of dedicated family members before her who later found great success in their careers and was inspired to join the board of Image Impact International in hopes of sharing her passion and knowledge.

In her professional career, she has long been a valued member of senior leadership teams. Her colleagues recognize her as a nurturing and passionate member of the team who brings innovative ideas to every project. Her ongoing desire to teach and promote knowledge pushes her to nurture those new to the workplace by engaging with them to navigate the professional arena. In addition to her roles within the agencies, she is also recognized as an expert in her field and is a published author, having written a book on design and articles for the new media arts journal, Media-N.

As part of this desire to teach, she continues to mentor underserved teens interested in the visual arts, while also remaining an active arts creator as a partner in a video production company and with her passion projects. Rebecca creates photo essays about the homeless and their pets, abused women, the mentally ill, underserved children and other disenfranchised groups. She is currently working with the Mayors Alliance for NYC Animals with the hopes of shedding light on the invisibility of homelessness and the important role animals play in their lives. Contact her at branding@imageimpact.org

Gregory Gershuny, VP Development

Mr. Gregory Gershuny is a US Army Veteran and a graduate of the prestigious Defense Language Institute in the Russian Language. After receiving his B.A. from SUNY Albany, Mr. Gershuny went on to work in Russia for almost two years in various expatriate roles. The first was in helping to build and grow the International Press Club in Moscow. This was followed by a role with Grand Metropolitan as the Business Development Manager for all of the former Soviet Union. Lastly, he was brought on as an Aluminum Trader with American International Ore Corporation (AIOC).

Mr. Gershuny is presently the SVP and Head of Operations for MEM International Trading Company in New York. Mr. Gershuny is experienced and knowledgeable in international financial and commodity markets, operations, marketing, hedging strategies and risk management. He has been consistently involved in building businesses and increasing profits by expanding markets, identifying opportunities to save costs, and negotiating deals with suppliers, vendors, and lenders. He has expertise in strategic planning (globally), marketing, hedging programs, business development, global trading, cost containment, organizational leadership, real-time market analysis, client relationship management, revenue profit optimization, compliance, risk, and quality assurance. Mr. Gershuny was most recently instrumental in the signing of two multi-million dollar off-take agreements for both silicon and magnesium metal. These greenfield projects will provide revenue for 10-15 years and diversify an existing commodity trading book that was singularly focused on one commodity.

He currently sits on four volunteer board of directors. Two are in the mining industry and two are non-profit. Mr. Gershuny was a founding member of the NYMEX aluminum contract. He has received a Congressional Certificate of Merit for Outstanding service to his School and Community as well as a National Defense Award from the US Army. Contact him at giving@imageimpact.org

Colin Ghira, Audit

Colin Ghira is currently a Vice President of Finance for 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc., a leading provider of gourmet food and floral gifts for all occasions, with several well-known brands. In his current role Mr. Ghira oversees the Financial Reporting, Technical Accounting and Internal Controls departments and manages employees at 10 different locations. During his tenure at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, he cut costs in the Internal Controls department by 40%, improved the quality and timeliness of quarterly reporting to the SEC, sourced and integrated 3 different financial systems and work closely with IT and other departments to improve the operational efficiency of the organization with a focus on revenue and cutting costs. Prior to joining 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Mr. Ghira was a Manager in the audit department of KPMG, providing professional attest services to both public and private companies such as The Estee Lauder Companies, Lukoil USA and Caithness Energy. Mr. Ghira graduated Summa cum Laude with a Master of Science in Accounting from Long Island University. Mr. Ghira is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York since 2008. He is a former professional volleyball player and his hobbies include martial arts, swimming, running and hiking. Mr. Ghira is involved in various volunteer services such as helping out at soup kitchens across Long Island and dedicating time to activities at children’s hospitals. He is very excited about the opportunity to dedicate his experience in the accounting and financial world to help first-generation college students succeed in life.  Contact him at audit.colinghira@imageimpact.org

Cindy Ann Peterson, VP Communications

Cindy Ann Peterson, AICI CICis a couture designer, co-author of My Style My Way and The Power of Civility and award winning AICI Certified Image Consultant in the greater Washington, DC area. She combines these three skills to create a unique synthesis of fashion, image transformation, and education for a broad base of clients ranging from government to industry, and academia. Ms. Peterson received the 2014-2015 VIP Award for Excellence in Global Philanthropy in the Fashion and Image Industries and earned 2015 VIP Awards of global TOP FEMALE EXECUTIVES from the Worldwide and Cambridge Who’s Who organization. Ms. Peterson began her personal journey with life-changing scoliosis; her spine collapsed at the age of 30.  After learning to sew in fifth grade and wearing a Milwaukee brace for seven years, she discovered how to dress symmetrically when assisting her brother, a polio survivor. Ms. Peterson creates custom works for people with disabilities and was the tailor on call to former U.S. President Bill Clinton.  She served on the AICI International Executive Board of Directors and as International Philanthropy Chair.  She is a past president of the AICI Washington DC Board and served in an Advisory capacity during 2010 to 2016.  Ms. Peterson was awarded Member of the Year for AICI Washington DC in 2012 and 2011.  She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Apparel, Textiles and Design and Business.  Ms. Peterson is certified in Image Consulting from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and Alyce Parsons’ Universal Style® program, which are recognized as the gold standard for the image industry.  Contact her at news@imageimpact.org

 

Marisol Rosero-Allen, VP Human Resources

Marisol Rosero-Allen is a highly motivated, results oriented professional with over 20 years of Human Resources (HR) experience. She is passionate about learning, leadership, traveling and service to others. She is also an Army Veteran who was responsible for a myriad of HR tasks and functions and lead countless projects to fruition in her over 25 years of military service. She spearheaded the enactment of the first Joint Reception, Staging, Onward Movement, and Integration (JRSOI) while serving in Army North in support of Homeland Security. She has also traveled to Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean. As a first-generation immigrant with military service and a doctoral student, Ms. Rosero-Allen understands the cultural and financial challenges of pursuing a higher education, living and serving abroad, and working in a diverse environment. She has a Master’s of Human Relations from Oklahoma University, a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Cameron University, and is pursuing a Doctoral degree in Management with a concentration in Global Leadership at Colorado Technical University. She is a certified Green Belt in the Army Lean Six Sigma programand serves on the Board of Directors of the Waller County Democratic Club.  Contact her at volunteer@imageimpact.org

Susie Schainost, VP Education

Susie Schainost has over 30 years of experience in the art of teaching students at all levels, from pre-school to graduate school. A leader in Non-profit organizations, she oversees Image Impact International’s Training 4 Impactand Disability 4 Impact programs. She is well-versed in Bloom’s Taxonomy, hands-on learning, Montessori and independent education philosophies and approaches.  Ms. Schainost’s specialty is helping talented minds who learn differently (many through the lens of Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Tourette’s syndrome, ADDs, OCDs, and invisible impairment). Ms. Schainost has taught middle school students in urban districts.  As the founding head of the Independent School, she served as a middle school principal and teacher for 18 years. As a university professor of education and literature for over 10 years, Ms. Schainost has addressed conference audiences at Kansas State University, University of Nebraska, University of Oklahoma, Wichita State University, and Pace University, as well as national and international organizations.  Ms. Schainost earned post-secondary degrees from the University of Nebraska (Elementary Education and English), Wichita State University (Educational Administration and Leadership) and CUNY (Disability Studies). Visit Ms. Schainost’s winning ePortfolio at https://cunyonline.digication.com/susieschainost/Welcome/  Contact her at education@imageimpact.org

Priscilena Sharon, VP Program Evaluation

Priscilena Shearon is a caring and qualified teacher with over 18 years of experience in teaching. She believes in incorporating meaningful curriculum plans and developing young minds through results-oriented teaching. She is an advocate of all education endeavors that anyone aspires to reach. Ms. Shearon earned her Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Nova Southeastern  University and completed her Bachelor of Science at Tennessee State University.  She is pursuing her lifelong dream to obtain a Ph. D in Higher Education Leadership, Management, and Policy from Walden University. Her pride and joy are her two daughters. She is proud of their graduate and undergraduate accomplishments. She is very excited about the VP of Certification position and is always ready to meet any challenges head on.  Contact her at evaluation@imageimpact.org

 Craig Weitzel, Audit

Craig Weitzel is a bank examiner whose duties include evaluating management, internal controls and audit.  He has experience managing operational risk in the wholesale mortgage sector.  Mr. Weitzel spent thirteen years in active and reserve status in the United States Army and was assigned to a Federal law enforcement task force for several years. Mr. Weitzel is a Certified Fraud Examiner with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Georgia. He has been an active volunteer for Lekotek of Georgia, a Non-profit for children with disabilities since 2003. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife of 23 years and three children.  He enjoys cooking and the outdoors.  Contact him at audit.craigweitzel@imageimpact.org