Chair, Tekisha Dwan Everette Executive Director, Health Equity Solutions
Vice Chair, Kerry Ann Hamilton Vice President, GMMB
Secretary, Cheryl Wade Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
Treasurer, Wendell Johns CPA
Carol Cala Lockheed Martin, Vice President, Corporate Energy, Environment, Safety & Health
Vicki Fiala Group Vice President, Business Operations & Planning, Time Warner Cable
Erwin Kwawu Senior Investment Technology Analyst, The Capital Group Companies
Denese Lombardi Executive Director (ex-officio)
Arthur Medici Partner, The Newport Board Group
Michael Onyemelukwe Investment Advisor, Morgan Stanley
Barbara Rhoden, PhD Interventional Segment Leader, USCAN GE Healthcare
Michelle Rice Executive Vice President, Content Distribution & Marketing, TVONE
The Honorable Covette Rooney Federal Administrative Law Judge
Rebecca Taylor Senior Vice President National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS)
Affiliate Founder Washington, DC Metropolitan Area
Roselyn Payne Epps, MD
National and International Pediatrician
Former National Girls Inc. Chair
Denese Lombardi, M.A., Executive Director
Ms. Lombardi has a 25 year career of building partnerships, social justice work, community organizing, teaching, advocacy and service to at-risk children and families. Her work began in New Haven, Connecticut where she taught, developed partnerships between the public schools and the Yale Child Study Center and worked for school reform. Serving as Steering Committee Chair of a Rockefeller Foundation project, Ms. Lombardi worked with city officials, school personnel, community citizens and Yale University faculty, in an effort to transform the New Haven public schools using the Comer Method, developed by James Comer, M.D. of Yale University. In 1977 she came to the Washington, DC. Metropolitan Area and continued her work in education, mental health and youth advocacy.
With a cum laude undergraduate degree from Boston College and a graduate degree earned with distinction from the University of Connecticut, Ms. Lombardi has a deep understanding of and experience with school cultures, the psycho-educational needs of youth, program development and management. She has been a classroom teacher, school administrator, trainer, staff development director and senior program manager. She has chaired committees focused on systemic change, written policies and procedures, hired, trained and supervised educators and mental health providers and has coordinated workshops and events focusing on the needs of children and families. Ms. Lombardi believes deeply in the power to transform through collaboration and to that end has established partnerships on behalf of underserved children and families and has been employed by both private non-profit and public institutions including the DC Public Schools and the Local Education and State Education Agencies. She has been a Mayoral appointee to the District of Columbia Commission for Women.
As a volunteer and founding board member of Girls Inc. of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, Ms. Lombardi became its first Executive Director in 2006. She is personally and professionally dedicated to its mission, to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold and is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the exceptional programs of the national organization, Girls Incorporated, to the deserving girls of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.
Christina M. Parrish, M.P.P., Program Director
Christina Parrish joins Girls Inc DC as the Program Director. After graduating from Georgetown University in 2008 as a Culture and Politics major, with a focus on youth and education, Christina remained in the District and worked as an Education Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington where her passion for youth development was enlivened. As the Education Director for the FBR Branch Boys & Girls Club in Southeast Washington D.C., she developed and implemented programming fit to the needs of area youth ages 5-18. At the Boys & Girls Clubs, her primary areas of programmatic focus included exposing participants to international cultures, college access and career exploration.
After working for the Boys & Girls Clubs, Christina went on to pursue an M.P.P. in Social Policy and International Development with a focus on Education Policy at the Maryland School of Public Policy. Christina most recently worked for Georgetown University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions where she was responsible for multicultural recruitment efforts and working on issues of college access for students from underserved communities, many of them first generation college-bound students. Christina is excited to continue to advocate for youth, specifically girls, with Girls Inc DC and is so happy to join an organization that creates a space for girls to be strong, smart & bold, so they become women who are healthy, educated and independent!