MEET OUR TEAM
The Board of Directors of Inform Your Community taps the key talent needed for a nonprofit to thrive. We have board members in key content areas such as financial oversight, legal expertise, and e-commerce and web design. Several of our board members have significant nonprofit experience not only in the varieties of roles they represent as well as the depth and longevity of their time in these roles. Moreover, our board members’ research and scholarship represent an expansive repertoire of areas related to the four C’s at the core of Inform Your Community’s programming: civic engagement, civil rights, civility, and civics. We invite you to read more about our board members.
Inform Your Community Founder and CEO Anastacia Kurylo, Ph.D. (she/her) received her doctorate from Rutgers University, is a former college professor who taught communication for fifteen years at colleges including New York University, Pace University, and Rutgers University, and is a recipient of a teaching award and mentor award. Anastacia is a subject matter expert in stereotypes and has produced over 25 publications including five books: Inter/Cultural Communication: Representation and Construction of Culture; The Communicated Stereotype: From Media to Everyday Talk; Negotiating Group Identity in the Research Process: Are You In or Are You Out?; Redefining Communication in the Era of Social Networking: Cultural, Social, and Political Perspectives; and, most recently, Building Your Social World: Constructing Reality through Interpersonal Communication.
Dr. Kurylo has led the board of several nonprofits including the NY Chapter of the Tri-State Diversity Council and was Founding Chair of The Quad Preparatory School, a K-12 private school for special needs students. Anastacia is former President of the New York State Communication Association and the New Jersey Communication Association organizing both conferences to record attendance. Anastacia worked at Avon for two years achieving top three in NYC sales both years. As an entrepreneur she ran The Crafty Kids for five plus years in Lower Manhattan. Her previous executive roles have included VP of Development, Director of Business Operations, and VP of People Operations.
John McTiernan (he/him) serves as Chair of the Board of Directors. John has worked as an executive in technology for the last 20 years. He brings years of experience in helping define and drive corporate strategy and project management to execute those strategies. In addition to his work with Inform Your Community, he is a mentor with iMentor and a regular volunteer performing forest restoration with the Protectors of Pine Oak Wood. John graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He holds several professional degrees including Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM).
Tyler (Ellora) LaCarrubba (they/them) serves as Secretary of the Board of Inform Your Community and is a recent graduate of Fordham University with a Master’s of Science in Management. Tyler has presented at several communication conferences, is a published author of four chapters discussing topics like preferred pronouns and trigger warnings, and engages in research on LGBTQ+ topics. They are also currently on the board of the New York State Communication Association serving as Director of Web and Social Media. They are an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and curate a blog dedicated to identity-related topics.
Robbie Copley (he/him) serves as an Inform Your Community Board Member. Robbie received his MPA from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in Environmental Science and Policy. He has worked at the forefront of social change and civic engagement from many angles. Early in his career, Robbie was involved in community organizing with a focus on environmental issues. He later consulted for architecture, interior design, and branding firms on building sustainability into their practices. This led to his work designing resilience plans with and for communities, and sustainability analyses for corporate and nonprofit clients. He currently works at the Open Society Foundations where he manages program finance and administration of the Open Society Justice Initiative.
After getting his start in entrepreneurship, Kevin (he/him) began his career as a Human Resources professional working with a variety of industries before shifting his focus to healthcare and joining Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). He is currently in Talent and Organization Development at MSK helping to design and implement leadership development programs.
Kevin obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Rutgers University. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University and plans to continue demonstrating how diversity in its myriad forms can create a thriving and successful workplace.
As the son of immigrant parents from Guyana, Kevin is aware of the challenges associated with engaging in civic activities in this country. Throughout his career, he has been dedicated to serving underserved communities through his involvement in New York Cares tutoring programs, No Kid Hungry and other service-related projects. He hopes to use his lived and professional experience to advance civic engagement in local communities.