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.

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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.

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JOHN MCTIERNAN

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).

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TYLER LACARRUBBA

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.

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ROBBIE COPLEY

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.

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KEVIN JOHN

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.

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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. 

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LINDA WINSTON

Linda Winston (she/her) is an accomplished Human Resources Director with 11+ years of experience in the field in a variety of organizations. She has also held positions as Assistant Registrar for eight years in higher education administration. Her achievements include being awarded $250,000 in competitive grant funds for the company from New York State. She also received an award for her role in the Benefits and Compensation Project at Arrow Electronics, Inc. 

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YIWEI QI

YiWei Qi (he/him) is an experienced Owner with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Oncology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Drug Discovery, and Pharmaceutical Industry. Strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Medicine, Master of Surgery focused in Clinical Medicine, Cardiovascular Surgery from Peking University Healthcare Center.

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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. 
He and Margaret have been involved for the last number of years in leading mission teams to the Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) in Nicaragua that serve abandoned, developmentally disabled infants, children, young adults, and the adults they will become. Although they continue to raise funds for MSC, the political situation in Nicaragua prevents them from continuing to be present to these beloved young people.

 

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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JACKI KELLY

Jacki Kelly (she/her) has spent 25+ years working to ensure high quality education and life success for people and communities traditionally left behind. She is currently the Director of Development for Friends of the Children New York. Jacki previously served as the founding Executive Director of The Writing Revolution (TWR) and as Director of Development at several educational non-profits including Student Leadership Network and READ Alliance. Jacki has taught elementary school children and adult immigrants. She serves on the board of College and Community Fellowship and the Petey Greene Program, two exceptional non-profits focused on the education of individuals impacted by the criminal legal system and on dismantling the unfair systems that led to their incarceration in the first place. Jacki holds an M.A. in Elementary Inclusive Education from Teachers College Columbia University and a B.S. in Journalism from Northeastern University.

Thank you to our former board members: Karthi Veeramani, Sania Anwar, and Pat Ibizugbe