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MEET OUR TEAM

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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.

Anastacia Kurylo
ANASTACIA KURYLO

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.

Tyler Lacarrubba
TYLER LACARRUBBA

Tyler (Ellora) LaCarrubba (they/them) serves as Chair of the Board of Directors. They are a 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.

John McTiernan
JOHN MCTIERNAN

John McTiernan (he/him) serves as Treasurer 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).

Robbie Copley
ROBBIE COPLEY

Robbie Copley (he/him) serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors at Inform Your Community. 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.

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DARNEISHA BEELER

Darneisha Beeler (she/her) is a Community Manager in Palm Springs, California for Community & Business Development. She is a local ambassador for Chase whose job is to build and nurture relationships with key community leaders, nonprofit partners and small businesses at the neighborhood level. Darneisha hosts financial health workshops, facilitates non-profit partnerships and offers community programming. She is helping to advance racial equity by supporting Black and Latinx communities with tools and resources to help them improve their financial wellbeing. With over 23 years of experience in the financial services industry, Darneisha has held a number of positions including Personal Banker, Teller Supervisors and other retail branch positions . Prior to this role, Darneisha served as Vice President, Branch Manager at Chase Bank in La Quinta. She is currently a member of BOLD, Adelante, PRIDE and WOTM. Darneisha currently lives in Beaumont and spends their free time Coaching Women on their health and life goals.

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MICHAEL BROWN

Michael Anthony Brown is a servant leader whose civic leadership spans over 40 years at the national, state, and local levels and continues today. In this arena, he has co-founded three (3) nonprofits, and has led or advised several nonprofit organizations, boards and commissions. As a global business leader, he and his teams have been recognized for consistently achieving industry-best metrics in business development and earning best-in-class scores in employee satisfaction. He holds a business portfolio that includes successful tenures in companies ranging from high-growth start-ups to Fortune 500 enterprises. Michael’s drive to inspire others is inspired by the creed of doing all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.

Anthony Ercolano
ANTHONY ERCOLANO

Anthony (Tony) Ercolano (he/him) served as a Roman Catholic Priest in the Diocese of Brooklyn, NY, for 33 years. For many of those years, he was an associate pastor (administrator) in Jackson Heights, Bayside, and Flushing, NY. He was also the Spiritual Counselor at a parochial high school in Queens for 15 years, during which time he also served as a weekend parish assistant in Auburndale, NY. He conducted numerous youth and adult workshops here and abroad on meditation (centering prayer) and other areas of faith formation and personal growth. He also spent a good deal of time preparing couples for marriage and helping them when difficulties arose in their relationships. He completed a Certificate in the Management of Non-profit Organizations at Hofstra University and earned a Doctor of Ministry degree (D.Min.) from New York Theological Seminary. Anthony resigned from the clerical state in 2005 and married Margaret (Brower) in 2006. Following his marriage, he worked at one of the premier hospitals in the nation as a manager and senior writer for development, marketing, and public (external) affairs; then as a senior writer for a hospital in Westchester County. In addition to his membership on the Board of Inform Your Community, he is also on the boards of the Federation of Christian Ministries, the Flushing Jewish Community Council, Global Ministries University, and his local Catholic Academy. He previously served on the Board of the Foundation for Religion and Mental Health.

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KARIN GOLDMARK

Karin Goldmark (she/her) is a founder of GreenLink Education, a venture scaling powerful climate action solutions in the education sector.  Karin previously served as Deputy Chancellor for School Planning and Development for New York City Public Schools, where she led several major initiatives including landmark commitments of over $1B to improve accessibility in public schools, creating the school system’s largest-ever $20B capital plan, innovative partnerships with the charter sector, and a $20M effort to develop next generation educational models.  Karin has been recognized as a leader in innovation, driving rapid action in public institutions, and for her leadership of NYC’s emergency child care services in the early days of the pandemic. Karin served as Senior Education Advisor in the New York City Mayor’s Office and has held numerous roles in the New York City public school system and in the nonprofit sector, including at PeerForward and the NYC Leadership Academy.  She serves on the board of PeerForward, a nationally recognized peer leadership model driving college and career access. Karin holds degrees from Stuyvesant High School, the University of Pennsylvania, the Wharton School, and Yale Law School. 

Jessica Mayer
JESSICA MAYER

Jessica Mayer (she/her) has been involved in the disability field since 1988. She began her career working on a polling site accessibility project for the City of New York. After contracting with Chase Manhattan Bank in 1999 to become their consultant on disability issues, Jessica left to establish her own business. In her work with Chase, Jessica conducted staff training, employed panelists (people with disabilities and experts on disability), worked with not-for-profits, addressed hiring issues and celebrated ADA 10 and four years of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Jessica was also the down state coordinator for the New York BLN involved in all aspects of the start-up including creating a mission and vision statement, creating stationery accessible to the visually impaired, assisting with out-reach, and putting together the kick-off event. Among other places, Jessica has conducted workshops are WL Gore & Associates, Ithaca College, the Federal Reserve Bank both of Atlanta and Boston, and the Viscardi Center. Jessica also arranged and moderated a panel for the 2016 Conference Board Diversity Conference, served as a facilitator for the ADL- A World of Difference Institute, and has worked with Epicenter Community on the Fashion Accessibility Project. 

Terrence Wilburg
TERRENCE WILBURG

Terrence (he/him) has been in professional audio visual production management for a diverse sports, entertainment, cultural and corporate client base for many years with communities, budgets and productions large or small with the epic personal mandate to Seize the Day and of always adding palpable value. The audio visual world harnesses the power of the multimedia toolkit in creative ways best suited for content delivery, concept messaging, data architecture, live event design, communication and ultimately story telling. If a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, our charge is to make the Donuts look, taste and become their nourished healthy best. He enjoys the myriad aspects of storytelling and how his experience (in this iteration) blends in familiarity with the concept of Informing one’s community in theory and practices at this nonprofit organization. With a joy for perspective, attention to detail (historically for projects at Bank of America, Nike, the Harlem Commonwealth, all things “Voza Rivers” etc.) and the fact that there are No COINcidences, Terrence enjoys inviting happy mind spaces into his life like his adored partnership with the group at Inform Your Community and his current fun assignment at the media giant Condé Nast. 

DIRECTORS

HENALI PATEL

Program Director

Popcorn & Chat

TBD

Program Director

Much-To-Discuss

MICHELLE CHENG

Program Director

Smart Shopping

TBD

Program Director

Celebrate & Create

STACEY LACARRUBBA

Program Director

Craftivism

TBD

Program Director

Know-It-All

JIM CAVAN

Director

Marketing

SANAE ELMOUDDEN

Director

Grants

CARRIE GARIPPA

Director

Curriculum

IRENE GORDON

Director

Training

YAYI LIN

Director

Development

PRINCESS RIVERA

Director

Events

MIKE SABIA

Director

SEO

ALONSO ZUNIGA

Director

Strategic Initiatives

TBD

Director

HR

INTERNS

EMILY WU
SHIRINA RONG 

Thank you to all of our previous board members: Sania Anwar, Pat Ibizugbe, Kevin John, Jacki Kelly, YiWei Qi, Karthi Veeramani, and Linda Winston.

Thank you to all of our previous Directors, Interns, and Volunteers.

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