Chair, Kerry Ann Hamilton Vice President, GMMB
Vice Chair, Tekisha Dwan Everette Executive Director, Health Equity Solutions
Secretary, Cheryl Wade Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
Treasurer, Wendell Johns CPA
Carol Cala Lockheed Martin, Vice President, Corporate Energy, Environment, Safety & Health
Denese Lombardi Executive Director (ex-officio)
Arthur Medici Partner, The Newport Board Group
Michael Onyemelukwe Investment Advisor, Morgan Stanley
Lavdena Orr, MD
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)
Sheritta Taylor Senior Attorney-Advisor Office of General Counsel ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF THE U.S. COURTS
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.
Sydney Wilson, Program Manager
Native to Arizona, Sydney Wilson moved to Washington, DC in 2014 to pursue her MSW from the Howard University School of Social Work. Prior to this, Sydney completed her bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Arizona State University while working in the child and family development field. During her undergraduate career, Sydney facilitated both, parenting classes and kinship care workshops. Sydney has also worked with several branches of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America as a youth and teen coordinator. During her time at Howard, Sydney completed a wide range of work from developing a social-emotional development program for head start children in the Washington, DC area to facilitating girl-centered programming for middle school youth in the DC Public Schools.
More recently, Sydney worked in academic enrichment, providing weekend and summer enrichment programs to students in the DC area, where she also managed a one-on-one mentor program and a parent engagement program.
Ms. Wilson holds membership in the Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work and the YSocialWork Student Leadership program.