Board Chair, Dr. Andre McKenzie – Vice Provost, St. John’s University

Dr. André McKenzie currently serves as Vice Provost at St. John’s University, where he has worked for the past 29 years. He provides leadership and supervision for 14 program areas that constitute the Divisions of Academic Support Services and Special & Opportunity Programs. In addition to his administrative duties, Dr. McKenzie is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the University’s School of Education.  A native of Chicago, IL, Dr. McKenzie received BS and MS degrees in education from Illinois State University. He received an additional Masters degree and a Doctor of Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a Past-President of the Teachers College, Columbia University Alumni Council and a recipient of St. John’s University’s Vincentian Mission Award and The Spirit of St. John’s Award.  "I believe strongly in the mission and purpose of BELA – because of it, I am certain that the young women who enter our doors will have an enriching and transformative educational experience."

Nicole Charette - Instructional specialist (ELA) at new visions for public schools

Nicole is originally from New York and was born on the south shore of Long Island. She attended Loyola University in Maryland where she majored in English and minored in Business. At Loyola, she enjoyed spending her time participating in civic engagement - tutoring in Baltimore City, working in food pantries, and helping to organize daily activities in a retirement home. After college, Nicole began her teaching career as a 2007 Teach for America corps member and worked educating 7th, 8th, and 10th graders in Baltimore City. During this time, she worked as a Team Leader and Teacher Mentor for struggling educators. In 2009, Nicole successfully completed her MAT from John Hopkins University. For the last three years, Nicole has had the pleasure of working as a 10th grade Literature teacher at Democracy Prep Charter High School in Harlem, New York. Before transitioning to her new role at New Visions, Nicole was the Director of Teacher Development at MESA Charter High School in Brooklyn, NY.

Stacy Dubov – Associate with Global Investment Opportunities, JP Morgan Securities LLC, JP Morgan Private Bank

Stacy Dubov is an Associate Investment Advisor on the Global Investment Opportunities (GIO) Group at JP Morgan Private Bank, where she focuses on multi-asset class investment idea generation and execution for brokerage clients. Stacy has an A.B. in Economics with concentrations in Finance and Eurasian Studies from Princeton University. She is from Princeton, New Jersey and enjoys skiing, hiking, fencing and tennis. I believe in the BELA mission because I was one of the few girls who signed up for math and science elective classes in high school and college. I was lucky enough to have my parents motivate me to excel in these fields, but I am not in the majority. I want to help mentor these young women to pursue their goals in a safe and accepting environment.

Sister Janet Kinney, a Sister of St. Joseph of Brentwood, Long Island, has spent her ministerial career working in the social services and health care fields.   She has held management positions at various institutions to include Bellevue Hospital Center, the Catholic Medical Center, University Hospital at Stony Brook and the Interfaith Nutrition Network of Long Island. Currently, Sister Janet is the Executive Director of Providence House, a nonprofit organization that was founded to provide transitional shelter, permanent housing and support services to homeless, abused and formerly incarcerated women and their children. Sister Janet is a member of numerous boards affiliated with housing and homelessness; is the Chair of the Board of a skilled nursing home facility, the Maria Regina Residence; and Vice Chair of the Board of Sacred Heart Academy, an all-girls college preparatory high school. I am committed to the values that Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy espouses and strongly believe and am committed to the power and transformative experience that a single sex high school environment can provide to young women who will be our leaders of the future. 

Sister Janet Kinney – Executive Director, Providence House, Inc.

Alma Mends – Managing Consultant, Price Waterhouse Cooper

Alma is a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where she focuses on providing clients with solutions and strategies to manage large-scale organizational and human capital changes.  She previously worked in the nonprofit industry, first providing consulting services to small businesses, and then managing economic and community development programs. She graduated with a BA in Economics from Tufts University, and later received her MBA from Columbia University. Alma is of Ghanaian heritage and was raised in Houston, TX, but has made New York City her home for more than 10 years. She is committed to BELA’s mission as she believes that young girls need solid support systems in which they can discover and develop their talents while receiving a strong education.


Diane Nathaniel - Guidance Counselor, PS 11 Brooklyn

Diane Nathaniel is Guidance Counselor, PS 11 Brooklyn. She lives in a resident of CSD16 and a former CEC 13 President. Diane is the mother of three children and lives in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Tiffany Rothenberg – Attorney, The Legal Aid Society

Tiffany Rothenberg is currently a staff attorney at the Manhattan Criminal Defense Practice of The Legal Aid Society(LAS). Tiffany was previously employed in the Parole Revocation Defense Unit (PRDU) of LAS, since she graduated from CUNY Law in 2011. Tiffany is on the Emerging Philanthropists’ Board of the Women’s Prison Association and is an active member of the National Association of Professional Women, and serves as an ambassador for The Skimm. While attending CUNY, Tiffany was an active member of the Immigration Clinic, Law Review, the Suspension Representation Project, Moot Court, and served as Vice President of the Moot Court board 2010-2011. Prior to attending CUNY Law, Tiffany was a healthcare lobbyist for the Healthcare Association of New York State. Tiffany received a B.A. in Political Science and Judaic Studies from the University at Albany (SUNY) in 2006. Becoming a founding board member of BELA, a start-up all-girls charter high school in Brooklyn, is a natural fit as the mission of empowering women at a young age is entirely consistent with Tiffany’s professional values and her extra-curricular non-profit commitments.

Keara Smalls – First year college student at Brooklyn College

Keara was born and raised in Brooklyn, and is a recent graduate The Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women. She enjoys watching documentaries, learning new things and gaining experiences. It is also important to her to give back to her community by mentoring younger children. She is truly passionate about pursuing a career as a teacher. Currently, she is a freshman at Brooklyn College majoring in childhood education, with a concentration in History. From her personal experience of attending an all-girls school for middle and high school she believes in the power of an all-girls education. She believes that the BELA mission will encourage young women to take on leadership roles, become independent and take on big challenges, and most importantly gaining a meaningful sisterhood from their peers.