Board of Directors

Geordie McClelland​

Board Co-Chair​

Geordie is a founder, and Chief of Strategy at altr, a digital experience design firm based in Boston, MA. Geordie has worked for the Coca-Cola Company’s internal Think Tank, as VP Strategy for Straightline International, as a senior consultant for Monitor Group’s Marketspace digital practice, and most recently as Director of Strategy at BEAM interactive, where he led insight gathering and strategy development. Full bio »

Abe Aly

Board Treasurer

Ibrahim (Abe) Aly is a Manager at CohnReznick (CR) in the Audit practice with eight years of experience in accounting. Abe has significant experience in the audit of real estate projects, nonprofit agencies, film and entertainment enterprises and commercial entities. Abe works with nonprofits subject to Yellow Book, OMB Uniform Guidance and Massachusetts UFR audit requirements. Abe is a member of CR’s Non-Profit Committee where he develops processes and trainings…  Full bio »

Eddie Burns

Eddie Burns is a business management and development professional with strengths in relationship building, client management and engagement, risk mitigation, project leadership and analytics, business and market intelligence and new business implementation. Excellent process management, communication and interpersonal skills serve as a foundation for collaborating with clients, senior executives, and matrix partners to meet organizational goals and exceed client and stakeholder expectations.  Full bio »

Jessie Cronan

Jessie is an experienced nonprofit leader, with expertise in both international and local programs. She began her career as the founding Executive Director of Gardens For Health International, which works to address the root causes of malnutrition in Rwanda. Following 5 years with Garden for Health, she spent 3 years as the Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Boston (SVP).  Full bio »

Dena Enos

Dena has spent her career innovating consumer marketing and B2B marketing through data-driven and quantitative approaches. She started StrongHouse to get back to innovating from the ground up, and to create a whole new way of giving back through her professional work. Since inception, StrongHouse has catalyzed growth in over 35 organizations across multiple industries including healthcare, consumer products, biotech, education, banking, and travel.  Full bio »

Benita Miller

Benita R. Miller previously served as the President and CEO of Children’s Aid and Family Services in New Jersey as well as the Executive Director of Brooklyn Kindergarten Society. While at the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society, Miller expanded the agency’s footprint from five to seven centers as well as building a sensory gym. Additionally, Miller was the founding Director of the NYC Children’s Cabinet in the Office of the Mayor and formerly served as Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Family Permanency Services in the Administration for Children’s Services. Full bio »

Alyshia Perrin

The Principal of P.L. Dunbar, Miss Alyshia Perrin, has been educating the students of Bridgeport for the past nineteen years. Her career began in 2002, as an interim teacher at Read School. She taught Language Arts and served as a Special Education Resource teacher during her tenure there. In 2004, Ms. Perrin moved to Blackham School where she taught Language Arts for 5 years. In 2008, Ms. Perrin attained her Masters of Education from the University of New England in Maine… Full bio »

Nanda Prabhakar

Board Clerk​

Nanda Prabhakar currently serves as the founding Executive Director of the Spring Creek Recreational Fund, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization providing youth development, health and wellness, and economic mobility programming for residents of the nation’s largest federally subsidized rental community, Spring Creek Towers. Prior to joining the Spring Creek Recreational Fund, Nanda served as Senior Vice President of Program Operations at the Mission Society of New York City. Full bio »

Derby St.Fort

Captain Derby St.Fort is a native New Yorker with over 18 years in law enforcement. He began his career as a police officer in 2005, and has since risen to the executive level. Captain St.Fort is a proponent of alternative crime reduction strategies rooted in public health, and has demonstrated success by creating innovative approaches that  …  Full bio »

Molly Stifler

Molly has been working for the Stifler Family Foundation since 2012, beginning as an advisor and project manager, then overseeing operations in 2019 and becoming the organization’s first Director in 2021. During Covid, Molly also worked as the Outreach Coordinator for the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum…  Full bio »

Duvol M. Thompson

Duvol M. Thompson is an experienced litigation and business disputes attorney whose practice covers many industries, including financial services, insurance, consumer products, and media and entertainment. Mr. Thompson is also the co-chair of the New York office Diversity Committee.  Full bio »

Lisa H. Thurau

Ex Offficio Executive Director

As the CEO/Executive Director, Lisa drives Strategies for Youth’s strategic vision and serves as a nationally recognized voice on juvenile justice issues. Lisa is often consulted by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education on policing matters and policy development, and writes and speaks on these topics to a wide array of audiences.  Full bio »

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