Board Members

Tyshawna1Tyshawna Sales, MBA
President

Tyshawna Sales currently works as a consultant promoting entrepreneurship, leadership, and business development. She has more than 13 years experience performing financial analysis in the insurance industry and has generated more than $10M in new business revenue for corporate clients. As an executive insurance specialist, she has led national initiatives with educational institutions, non-profit organizations, private sector corporations, as well as with healthcare providers. Tyshawna is also a Spanish language learner pursuing near-native fluency. She studied Spanish in Malaga, Spain and received her bachelors of science in biology and sociology of religion from Pepperdine University, as well as a masters in business administration from Albertus Magnus College.

Tyshawna fuses her professional expertise with her passion for promoting inclusive, culturally responsive business practices. She has worked extensively in corporate diversity, including leading initiatives to:

  • Create and establish the Diversity and Inclusion support program and Simsbury Black Employee Network (SimBEN)
  • Assess systemic barriers that may impact or impair the ability of residents from Hartford County in Connecticut to compete in the workplace due to income, gender, race, education, ethnicity, or disability-based bias.
  • Create and design a scholarship program for Black and Latino students in low income communities

Tyshawna lives in Maryland.

Adwoa1

Adwoa Spencer, MBA
Vice-President (Interim)

Adwoa Spencer has more than two decades of experience specializing in fundraising, project management, relationship management, and strategic development for national, regional and community-based organizations.  She is a native-English speaker who has worked extensively on projects designed to remove systemic barriers to success for English Language Learners.  As a Senior Manager & Acting Director of Development, she raised and managed more than $6.5M foundation, corporate and government grants for a departmental portfolio of more than 150 grants and contracts. She is a dynamic leader who has worked extensively leading grant writing teams in fundraising for immigrant advocacy and various social justice initiatives. She has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College, and a Bachelors of  Art in English and African-American Studies from Wesleyan University.  Adwoa is also a  former board member for the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training, and she is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Health and Wellness Coaching. Upon completion of her second masters, Adwoa will develop specialized health and wellness programs for low-income and communities of color, LGBTQ individuals and families and non-profit management professionals.

She currently lives in Maryland.

 


 

JasmineJasmine Bauknight, M.D.
Member

Dr. Jasmine Bauknight is a physician with experience as an English language consultant, English tutor, and Portuguese interpreter. She has lived and studied in France and Brazil and speaks English, French, and Portuguese fluently.  She is passionate about the international fusion of language, health access, and education for underserved communities.

Jasmine received both her bachelor of science in Biotechnology and medical degree from Brown University, and is a board member for an international medical professional organization.  Currently, Jasmine is an Orthopaedic Surgery Resident at Howard University in Washington, DC.  She continues to conduct innovative medical research that has relevance on an international level, including, a first-of-its kind project to describe the type of injuries common in Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art.

Trudi1Trudi Lebron, M.S.
Member

Trudi Lebron is a passionate youth advocate, social entrepreneur, a mother, and a proud Boriqua who grew up in New Britain and Hartford, CT.  She holds degrees in Theatre, and Social Psychology and is an expert in the field of youth development.  She has trained thousands of youth (ages 24 and under), and hundreds of youth workers, educators, parents, and non-profit professionals.  For more than 15 years, Trudi has worked as a diversity trainer, teaching artist, and youth sex & pregnancy prevention educator.

Currently, Trudi serves as the Executive Director of ScriptFlip!, a for purpose organization designed to increase positive outcomes for young people by changing the way youth see themselves, and the way communities see young people.  As a heritage Spanish speaker, Trudi understands the power of language and personal narratives for connecting communities. Her youth services work with ScriptFlip! continues to unify African-American and Latino youth across cultural and linguistic barriers by creating space for youth to analyze their social scripts and evaluate their shared socioeconomic, cultural, and community contexts.

Today, Trudi lives in Connecticut, and is raising 3 sons, ages 19, 18, and 7.

terna1Terna Tilley-Gyado
Member

Terna (say Tayna) is a Nigerian/ Liberian/American artist, facilitator and healer currently based in the Boston area working with youth impacted by violence. Terna is bilingual French/English and serves as a trainer with the Anti-Defamation League. Prior to relocating to the Boston area, Terna lived and worked in New York City.  During her years in New York, Terna worked in the Department of Political Affairs with the United Nations, was a NYC public school teacher, and a Program Manager for the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN). She holds 4 graduate degrees which include a MA in Counseling Psychology and Global Mental Health from William James College; MA in International Conflict Analysis from King’s College London; and a MS in Teaching/Adolescent Special Education from Pace University.

Terna is committed to using her work as a healer, artist, educator, and dervish to promote social justice and, more than that, to evolving her heart and contributing to the evolution of others.  Terna co-wrote and performs the play Coming Out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love. Coming Out Muslim utilizes traditional storytelling and conversation as the medium for exploring the broad range of experiences of queer Muslims. She recently founded the New England Unity Mosque, a gender-equal, lgbtqia affirming, Islamically non-denominational prayer space.

In her private time, Terna is also a dervish in the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order, and practices the healing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu.