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Some people want it to happen,
some wish it would happen,

others make it happen.

Board of Directors

Made up of passionate and determined people from all walks of life who are committed to the belief that service and education can break the cycle and end poverty. Our board includes community and business leaders ready to bring change.

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Letia Barnes

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Letia Barnes is a Procurement Team Lead at Lockheed Martin in Moorestown, NJ. She received her Masters in Science with a concentration in Project Management from Stevens Institute of Technology. In 2013, Letia received the Women of Color STEM Rising Star in Technology Award. Letia is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

 

Letia is an active Big Sister at Big Brother Big Sister organization. Letia has had a successful experience working with youth development at Willingboro Recreation Center and Leadership Education Athletics Partnership (LEAP) after-school program as a counselor.

Lisa Lazarus

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Lisa Lazarus is a Realtor specializing in Commercial and Multi-Family Investments. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Lisa served as Vice President of Operations and Business Development for the first and only black- and woman-owned financial compliance consulting firm in the US, Hartford-based ICSGroup. Lisa has also held roles in Human Resources at KRA Corporation; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, and Booz Allen Hamilton.

 

Before entering the private and quasi-government sector, Lisa worked in education as an education director for Score! Lisa also serves on the board of West Indian Foundation; as a Finance Committee member for Copper Beech Institute; as a Corporator for Renbrook School; and is actively involved at her alma mater, Miss Porter’s School. Lisa holds an MBA from American University, BA from Connecticut College and Commercial Real Estate Analysis and Investment Certificate from MIT. Lisa enjoys spending time with family and friends, teaching and practicing yoga, and mentoring.

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Sue Harris

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Sue Harris is a marketing, communications and public relations leader, strategist and entrepreneur with more than fifteen years' of professional experience in higher education, healthcare, non-profit, hospitality/tourism and airline industries in the USA and the Caribbean. She offers expertise, with proven success cultivating and leveraging corporate, influencer relations and strategic partnerships; creative messaging and positioning; digital marketing and communications; marketing strategy development and execution; event and conference logistics; conceptualizing and implementing signature and vertical branding initiatives and best practices.

JeNiese Pollard

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JeNiese Pollard, was born and raised in Ledyard, CT. She has over 14 years of professional experience working in various settings. Non-profit, education, finance, several facets of the retail industry, and telecommunications. For the past 7 years, JeNiese has been working for United Healthcare on their Broker and Employer Operations Team specializing in Broker Compensation. She has earned a Master of Science in Applied Psychology with a concentration in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Sacred Heart University. She is thrilled to bring her knowledge to this program and show girls that they can have careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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Sue Theden

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Sue is a former executive with Collins Aerospace, a Division of Raytheon Technologies.  She holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI, a Certificate in Management from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, VA, and a Certificate in Non-Profit Board Governance . 

One of Sue’s most rewarding experiences started a decade ago when she began mentoring an 11-year-old child, through a partnership with the Connecticut Department of Family Services.  Over time she observed many of the challenges the family faced, and she found small ways she could assist.  She introduced the younger sister to "Girls For Technology," and the programming had a positive impact.  Sue instantly became an advocate of the work Sabrina and the GFT team are doing, and began finding ways to support the mission.