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.
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.
Suzanne Trice serves on a 12-person leadership team as an Assistant Principal at Pinkerton Academy, an independent, public high school serving 3200 students in southern New Hampshire. She focuses her time on designing, leading, and coordinating all aspects of the Freshman Academy, a school within a school program that supports the transition of 850 students to high school through multi-tiered support and enrichment programs. She strives to increase community engagement through planning and managing campus events. Having a positive record working with boards of trustees, alumni, administration, faculty, students, and the broader community, she brings analytical thinking and sound judgement to identify operational gaps that lead to her driving action plans and refining services. Suzanne enjoys being a spokesperson, presenter, and trainer. She is highly organized and a detail-oriented project manager with ability to drive projects to completion while leveraging strong interpersonal skills to develop collaborative working relationships.
After graduating from the University of Delaware witha Bachelor’s degree in History, she worked as a paralegalin Atlanta, Georgia. She later continued her education and received a Master’s degree in Social Science Education, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, and an Educational Specialist degree in Instructional Technology. She spent 11 years teaching social studies in both private and publicschools in Georgia serving students in grades 7-12. She served as content lead, led data teams to improve instruction, and was the sole creator of the curriculum for a new Advanced Placement course. During these years, she enjoyed being an athletic coach for 9 years and the advisor for several student clubs and organizations including Fellowship for Christian Athletes and National Junior Honor Society. With a move to the Greater Boston area, she continued her career path by becoming a high school Assistant Principal in 2010.
Throughout her 20 year careerin education as a teacher and administrator, she has gravitated to opportunities to build, implement, and manage programs;coach and mentor studentsand teachers; and improve system processes. She consistently pursued leadershipopportunities that not only benefither leadership growth but promoted student and teacher leaders. Outside of work, Suzanne enjoys traveling, planning any type of event, cooking, hosting, missions work, community outreach, and volunteerism.
Patty Chen is a strategic technology and operations leader with extensive experience in the development and execution of enterprise initiatives. She currently serves as Principal Consultant of an international management consulting firm, transforming businesses through M&A deals and divestiture transactions. She has designed and implemented organization-wide solutions including governance frameworks, operating models, ERP systems, network infrastructure strategy, and the build of new technology-centric organizations. Patty holds an MBA from Columbia University.
Patty previously founded a 501(c)3 organization, providing music education and experience for students in juvenile detention centers and after school programs. Having seen and experienced the impact of direct mentorship and education, Patty was inspired to join the cause at Image Impact International and support the education-based mission, to empower and ready first generation students for success.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.