Claire Stillman




Calendar of Events 2023

Mission

Alyssa Schwartzberg,

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR


 

Founder

Sarah DSouza,

RESEARCH ASSISTANT


Staff

Laura Bentley,

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT DIRECTOR




Community Bank,

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Phil Andrews, Chair

President of Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce

History

Lani Montoya,

​BOARD CHAIR




Advisory Board 


Conyers Music Center,

MUSIC INSTRUCTION

*Please Note: CGI will not be accepting new students 

Venuza Scarlett,

SPECIAL EVENTS DIRECTOR

OPEN,

 PROGRAM DIRECTOR


Yanna Morillo,

SECRETARY



Earlene Taylor’s vision is that all young women, if given the right tools can become extremely successful at an early age.  She hopes to provide hands on training for young women so that they can see the necessity for them to become business owners and successful entrepreneurs.  Her desire is to teach young women/girls the principles so that they can “Be all that they can be.”


Sri Ravipati





Vanina McWilliams,

 CHIEF OF STAFF



Shaneil Orr,

FASHION INSTRUCTOR

OPEN,

PROJECT MANAGER


 

Kelia Simpson,

FINANCE




Mikki A. Easley 

​Mz Social Butterfly Network, LLC

Fundraising Director


Complete Girlz's mission is to empower and strengthen young women in our community by giving them the tools needed to overcome adversity through educational and enrichment programs which promote leadership, confidence and self-worth.



Simone Sherron,

LEADERSHIP INSTRUCTOR




Board of Directors

Krystal Dandridge,

​SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER


Meredith Palermo,

MENTOR

 

Laura Bentley,

CULINARY & ETIQUETTE

Our Goals

Leticia Mercado





Sri Ravipati,

STRATEGIC MENTOR DEVELOPMENT 


As a professional not-for-profit organization, we hold these values:


  • We operate with the highest standards of integrity.
  • We are dedicated to professional development.
  • We are a professional organization operated by Board of Directors.
  • We champion thought leadership and innovation.
  • We offer knowledge and expertise of the highest quality.

Yolanda Haynes,

MENTAL AWARENESS INSTRUCTOR




Simone Harper,

YOUTH BOARD MEMBER




1. Expand our presence and visibility within the community

2 Provide and promote a world class program and provide quality information

3 Enhance student value through education, research, networking, communication

4 Retain and recruit students

5 Operate with sound business practices

Vanina McWilliams,

SELF-ESTEEM INSTRUCTOR


OPEN

DIRECTOR OF FUNDRAISING DEVELOPMENT

Juanita Farnun,

BEAUTY INSTRUCTOR

​​​​​​​Earlene Lezama-Taylor, is from Queens, New York, holds an Associate of Science in Business from Metropolitan College of New York. Her extensive background includes roles in business and mentoring. Earlene is a notary, a member of The Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, a member of the NAACP, Extreme Excellence World Record Holder and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She co-authored "Her World: Wisdom & Inspiration from Women in Business."

Driven by a belief that all youth can achieve their potential with the right educational tools and training, Earlene founded the “Complete Girlz” Mentoring/Empowerment Program. As the founder and CEO for over seven years, she has led the program, which was established in 2015 and became a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2016. In 2018, Complete Girlz was recognized for its leadership, dedication and outstanding commitment to Empowering others in the community from Malik Melodies Sisterhood, Inc.  Complete Girlz was awarded a proclamation from Senator Leroy Comrie in 2018.  In 2022, CGI was awarded a Proclamation by Adrienne Adams for its dedication to serving the Queens community. 


Earlene received the "Community Service Award" from The Laurelton Club of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. in 2019.  Earlene has been honored with citations from prominent officials like Senator Leroy Comrie, Assemblywoman Alicia L. Hyndman, and Council Member L. Daneek Miller. She has also received a Congressional Certificate of Merit from Congressman Gregory W. Meeks and Certificate of Appreciation from Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, along with the "Queens of N' Couragement" award from Sisters N'Courage in Brooklyn.  In 2024, she received the "Status of Women Award" from Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. Queens, NY The Empire State Chapter.

Looking ahead, Earlene aims to further her studies in Women & Gender Studies and continue making a positive impact through her nonprofit work with Complete Girlz, Inc.

CGI Values

OPEN

LEAD MENTOR

Our Vision