Board of Directors

MEET THE BOARD

FOUNDER

Sonia Scott

Sonia Y. Scott is a teacher, author and well-known personality in the health and wellness industry. A native of Jamaica, Mrs. Scott is a first-generation college graduate having received her Bachelors from Herbert H. Lehman College.

 

Mrs. Scott founded Dorson Home Care, Inc., a licensed and accredited home health care agency headquartered in West Orange, NJ.  She is also the founder of Dorson Vocational Training Institute.

 

Mrs. Scott founded Dorson Community Foundation with a mission dedicated to providing inner-city youth in Essex with a meaningful alternative lifestyle to one involving drugs and gangs.

 

She is a member of several organizations including the Caribbean Medical Mission, the Association for Female Executives, New Jersey Association of Business Owners (NJABO), and the Essex County Coalition for the Protection of Vulnerable Adults (ECCPVA). She is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP). Mrs. Scott is a person who pushes boundaries by skillfully weaving her compelling life story into helping others build a life story. 

DIRECTOR

Liz Goldberg

Liz has had a 20 year career operating her own business as an art consultant working with architects and designers to provide large and small scale and art installations to restaurants, hotels and resorts worldwide.  In 2009, she and her family moved to Melbourne, Australia when her husband went to work for Melbourne based travel company, Lonely Planet.  

 

Consequently, Liz has traveled extensively globally learning about different cultures and viewpoints from around the world.  Today, Liz consults with start ups to help with the business launch.  Liz and her husband Matt are involved with many educational organizations including Cornell University, The University of Melbourne and the Lumina Foundation and are passionate about thinking about how to level the playing field to create opportunities for kids from at-risk populations.  

Liz currently lives in New Jersey with her husband Matt and three kids Aidan, Jesse and Olivia.

DIRECTOR

Leslie Daley

Leslie G. Daley, CPA is the founding principal of LESLIE G DALEY, LLC an accounting and tax firm located in Maplewood, New Jersey. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Rutgers University, New Jersey in 1986. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.

 

He has specialized and extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of accounting and taxation for Individuals, Corporations and Partnerships specifically in the health care and home care industries. Leslie also provides financial planning services for Individuals and accounting and financial services for non-profit organizations.

 

 

DIRECTOR

Rosemarie Lawrence

Rosemarie Lawrence holds an MBA from RIT Saunders College of Business and a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Rutgers University.  

 

Rosemarie has worked as a senior finance executive in the reinsurance industry for over 30 years working for companies such as AXA and Endurance Reinsurance. Some of her responsibilities were financial operation and strategic planning.

 

After the recent economic downturn, she has transitioned to the Consulting industry, where she now works as a Consultant within IT, specializing in reinsurance system implementation and integration. In addition, Rosemarie runs a Tax consulting service.

DIRECTOR

Michelle A. Butler

Michelle A. Butler is a Project Manager for one of the top Engineering Consulting firms- Burns & McDonnell.  Michelle started her career with the electric utility industry 13 years ago.  She has worked with several major electric utilities including Florida Power and Light (“FPL”), Eversource Energy, and most recently Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) in New Jersey.  Michelle was born in Santiago, Dominican Republic and raised in Miami, Florida.  She earned a Bachelor of Science (“BS”) degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Florida in 2005 and an MBA from the University of Central Florida in 2011.

As a Project Manager with Burns & McDonnell, Michelle has led and/or assisted in managing substation, transmission, or distribution projects.  She brings 13 years of experience managing large scale transmission/distribution projects valued at more than $450 million, maintaining costs within 10 percent of the planned budget.  Michelle specializes in system resiliency, conducting financial and resource-based cost-benefit analysis, and leading utility capital projects.  She is experienced in working with public agencies and the community to keep projects on track.   

Michelle worked at Eversource Energy for three years as the Manager of Connecticut’s System Resiliency group. Within this role, she coordinated Eversource's $300 million, multi-year effort to develop and implement storm resiliency plans to minimize the effects of major storms on the Distribution system, ultimately improving customer reliability.

Michelle A. Butler is a Project Manager for one of the top Engineering Consulting firms- Burns & McDonnell.  Michelle started her career with the electric utility industry 13 years ago.  She has worked with several major electric utilities including Florida Power and Light (“FPL”), Eversource Energy, and most recently Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) in New Jersey.  Michelle was born in Santiago, Dominican Republic and raised in Miami, Florida.  She earned a Bachelor of Science (“BS”) degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Florida in 2005 and an MBA from the University of Central Florida in 2011.

As a Project Manager with Burns & McDonnell, Michelle has led and/or assisted in managing substation, transmission, or distribution projects.  She brings 13 years of experience managing large scale transmission/distribution projects valued at more than $450 million, maintaining costs within 10 percent of the planned budget.  Michelle specializes in system resiliency, conducting financial and resource-based cost-benefit analysis, and leading utility capital projects.  She is experienced in working with public agencies and the community to keep projects on track.   

Michelle worked at Eversource Energy for three years as the Manager of Connecticut’s System Resiliency group. Within this role, she coordinated Eversource's $300 million, multi-year effort to develop and implement storm resiliency plans to minimize the effects of major storms on the Distribution system, ultimately improving customer reliability.

DIRECTOR

Nimaako Brown 

Nimaako is a public servant committed to improving the quality of life of her cultural, geographical and social communities. After earning her B.S. from the University of Southern California and M.P.H. from Columbia University Nimaako served as a public health professional for over a decade.

 

Nimaako has developed and managed initiatives to address health disparities in her hometown of Newark, NJ, Harlem, NYC as well as communities across the country.

 

Most recently Nimaako served as the Senior Director of Community Health and Wellness for the National Urban League. Nimaako has excitedly expanded her portfolio of work to include freelance public health consulting, creative and strategic communications and event production.

 

An avid traveler, Nimaako thrives on new experiences and enjoys exploring new cultures. Nimaako is thrilled to contribute her professional skills and social capital to the Board of Dorson Community Foundation. 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Natasha Scott

Natasha Scott is a 2016 graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University with a Master of Arts degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education. She is a 2011 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Natasha is an alum of Dorson Community Foundation, having participated in several programs as a child and adolescent. Wanting to impart her hands‐on “how‐to‐get‐into‐college” knowledge to others, Natasha has worked for years with Dorson Community Foundation students providing college prep mentorship to students tackling the college admissions process. Natasha's work at Dorson Community Foundation is what influenced her to write and publish The College Admissions Bible in 2013. The guidebook has been purchased by Paterson Public School District, East Orange School District, and Orange High School. Natasha has since built her career in the college access/college success space.

Prior to being named Executive Director, Natasha served as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Career Development at Columbia University's Center for Career Education.

Natasha is also a former Program Associate for the Northeast Region of A Better Chance, a national nonprofit organization recruiting and placing high-achieving children of color into independent day and boarding schools around the country. 

DIRECTOR

Rokssana Craig

A Brooklyn native, Rokssana was a first generation-low income student. She aspired to persist through college and is now inspired to give back to students who face similar challenges she faced along her academic journey. Rokssana currently serves as our Alumni Tracking Chair and recently joined the board in 2018. 

Rokssana is a talented recruiter who also specializes in human capital strategy. She has mastered the art of full cycle recruiting across multiple industries and has also created total rewards packages, employee retention and succession planning strategies. 

Rokssana recruited for Success Academy Charter Schools, the highest achieving charter school network in NYC that also happens to serve lower income students. She currently oversees Talent Acquisition & Human Resources for Tenna LLC., a growing software startup company in the IoT space. 

Rokssana graduated from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of Science. She majored in economics with a minor in marketing.

DIRECTOR

Laurel Bernstein

Laurel Bernstein is the Founder and President of Laurel Bernstein & Associates, a New Jersey based consulting and training firm focused on enhancing the performance and leadership skills for small business owners.

Laurel has a track record as a highly effective facilitator and trainer, working with business owners to develop key initiatives that leverage talent and help businesses grow.  In this capacity for both retention and attraction strategies, she serves as an executive coach.

 

Ms. Bernstein advises companies, helping owners evaluate business models, plan vibrant strategic initiatives and design team development.  She has an impressive track record of improving organizational effectiveness and individual achievements. She helps business owners evolve the way they lead to keep up with the needs of the changing environment and economics.

 

Ms. Bernstein holds a B.A. in Science Education from Montclair State University and a Certificate in Professional Coaching from Baruch CUNY Zicklin Business School iCoach New York.

DIRECTOR

Karen Korley, APN-C

Karen Korley, APN-C, is a family nurse practitioner who practices at Centrastate Medical Center in Freehold, New Jersey. Prior to her current position, she worked as a cardiac nurse at JFK Medical Center for 5 years. She is a 2016 graduate from Monmouth University with a Master’s of Science in Nursing. She is also a 2012 graduate from UMDNJ School of Nursing with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, and a 2010 graduate from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in health sciences and public health.

Karen enjoys giving back to the community and is an active member of the Ghana Association for Medical Aid and recently participated in her first medical mission to Ghana.

DIRECTOR

Kellion Knibb

Born and raised in Jamaica to a single mom, Kellion learned the value of education at an early age. Consequently, Kellion used her athletic talents in track and field as a discus thrower to pave the way to higher education.

She moved to the US in 2012 to pursue a college education and an athletic career at the Florida State University. While at FSU, Kellion became one of the best discus throwers in the ACC. She claimed 5 ACC titles, 2 regional titles and became a 3-time all-American. Kellion competed at the 2017 World Championship, the 2016 Olympic Games and the 2014 Commonwealth Games. 

 

Kellion has a BA in English and MA in Communication & Media Studies and is now a marketing professional with experience in sports media, online and digital marketing. She helps small companies build their online  and social media presence.

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