JP Morgan Chase
Workforce Professionals Training Institute (WPTI)
Elizabeth is a Registered Drama Therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist who has provided direct services in juvenile and adult justice, mental health inpatient, and community settings. Her career has evolved to focus on the quality and well being of the workforce and organizations at the front lines of social change. She holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Development from Fielding Graduate University, where she researched the career advancement experiences of human service professionals who had been formerly incarcerated. Currently, Elizabeth is Chief Learning Officer for the Workforce Professionals Training Institute, the only organization dedicated to the professional development of those charged with creating pathways to economic empowerment through living wage employment.
Elizabeth Speck believes in Voices UnBroken's mission because of the role that creative expression played in her own adolescence and young adulthood, and because of the urgent need to humanize the systems that touch Voices UnBroken's participants.
Mood Designer Fabrics
Molly is the Senior Project Leader for the Bronx Corridors at Hostos Community College. Molly’s background includes being the Director of Human Rights Education at Global Kids; economic justice human rights work; organizing with junior high school parents; working at the YMCA of Greater NY on a citywide youth development initiative; helping to start a new school for court-involved youth; developing a range of curriculum professional development for youth-serving organizations; leading strategic planning and consulting on continuous improvement for nonprofits; and leading international educational travel with young people. Molly received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, followed by independent study in Havana, Cuba, and a Master of Public Administration (MPA), with a focus on Public Policy, from the Baruch School of Public Affairs, at which she was a United Way Senior Fellow.
CUNY- Hostos Community College
Center for Alternative Sentencing & Employment Services (CASES)
Rukia K. Lumumba is the Director of Youth Programs for CASES. She previously served as Director for Youth Services at the Center For Community Alternatives,(CCA). Rukia has years of experience working in the social justice field by addressing the urgent need of marginalized and silenced people in our criminal and juvenile justice system. Prior to joining CCA, she clerked for the Juvenile Service Program of the Washington, D.C. Public Defender Service where she represented youth detained in juvenile facilities on their claims against staff abuse and inhumane living conditions and served as Program Director of Parent Watch, Inc. a Washington, D.C. based non-profit agency that supported, empowered and assisted parents in advocating for their detained children. Rukia served on the Board of Directors of the National Conference of Black Lawyers, an association of activists and legal workers whose mission is to defend human rights and expose the over-incarceration of people of color in United States. She also Co-Founded Katrina on the Ground, an initiative that organized over 700 college students of color to participate in post-Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.
Sharon is an artist and a youth worker who was born and raised in The Bronx, where she still makers her home. She has been a participant in Voices UnBroken workshops, has facilitated mixed media arts workshops for Voices UnBroken, where she was known for engaging hard-to-reach youth was a long-time volunteer and has been a board member since 2010. She is currently the Manager at Mood Fabrics, NYC's most famous designer fabric store, where she frequently supports designers featured on Project Runway.
Dali was born in the Dominican Republic and came to The Bronx when she was 8 years old. She attended grade school in the Bronx and graduated from Columbia College (a college within Columbia University) where she majored in Economics and Math, with a concentration in Creative Writing. While in high school, she and her sister participated in a Voices UnBroken workshop and she remained connected as a volunteer and eventually as the orgnization's fist paid staff person. Upon her graduation from Columbia, she joined and board and is currently the Board President. She still makes the Bronx home and lives in Parkchester with her daughter, Lea.
Alexis Henry, a Bronx native, has dedicated her career thus far to ensuring that every child has access to a quality education. She is currently the Policy Associate for Early Childhood Education, Education and Youth Services at Citizens' Committee for Children of New York (CCC). Prior to joining CCC, Alexis organized Bronx teachers to advocate for their students and their profession and taught first and second grade as a public school teacher. She is also a newly appointed member of Bronx Community Board 10.
Alexis holds a B.A. in American Studies from Dickinson College and a Master’s Degree in Urban Education Policy from Brown University.
Citizens' Committee for Children of New York (CCC)
Lynne Echenberg joins the board with 20 years of experience working to support and empower young people in the juvenile justice and foster care systems. She is currently the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Good Shepherd Services. She has also worked with Covenant House International and as a consultant to the NYC Administration for Children's Services after serving as the Founding Director of the Next Generation Center at the Children’s Aid Society. She has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. After law school, she worked at the Legal Aid Society representing young people aging out of foster care in the Bronx Family Court through a Skadden Fellowship. Lynne is passionate about the power of young people and perhaps a little immature herself.