Kelia Simpson,

FINANCE




Simone Sherron,

STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT MANAGER


Krystal Dandridge,

​SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER


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.”


Claire Stillman




Advisory Board 

Laura Bentley,

CULINARY & ETIQUETTE

*Please Note: CGI will not be accepting new students 

Venuza Scarlett,

SPECIAL EVENTS DIRECTOR

Interim CEO 2024 

Laura Bentley, President

Alyssa Schwartzberg,

ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR


 

Vanina McWilliams,

SELF-ESTEEM INSTRUCTOR


Mikki A. Easley 

​Mz Social Butterfly Network, LLC

Fundraising Director


Sri Ravipati





Yanna Morillo,

SECRETARY




Shaneil Orr,

FASHION INSTRUCTOR

Meredith Palermo,

MENTOR

 

Lani Montoya,

​BOARD CHAIR




​​​​​​​Earlene Lezama-Taylor is from Queens, New York.  She received her Associate of Science in Business from Metropolitan College of New York. She comes with a wealth of knowledge in business, and working as a mentor.  She is a notary,  record holder, a member of The Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.  She is a Co-Author in "Her World: Wisdom & Inspiration from Women in Business."  Earlene believes all youth can become who they want to be with the proper education and training tools.  So, she started “Complete Girlz” Mentoring/Empowerment Program, where she is has been the Founder/CEO for over 7 years.  Complete Girlz, an award-winning program was founded in 2015 and incorporated in 2016 as a 501(c)3. The organization trains young ladies to become successful in their endeavors.  CGI holds specialized workshops at local Shelters, libraries, schools and recreational centers.  In 2018 Complete Girlz received the “Gem Among Us Award” from the Malik Melodies Sisterhood, Inc. and in 2019 Earlene received The “Community Service Award” from The Laurelton Club of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. Earlene has received citations from notable elected officials such as Senator Leroy Comrie in 2018 & 2019, Assemblywoman Alicia L. Hyndman in 2019, Councilman Member L. Daneek Miller in 2019 and The Laurelton NANBPWC. She received a Congressional Certificate of Merit from Member of Congress Gregory W. Meeks and a Certificate of Appreciation from the President of the Borough of Queens Melinda Katz.   She also received the "Queens of NCouragement" award from Sisters NCourage in Brooklyn. In 2022 CGI received a Proclamation from Adrienne Adams for 6 years faithfully serving the community in Queens.  Her future aspirations include studying "Women & Gender Studies" and continuing to impact the community in a positive manner through the work her non-for-profit is doing at Complete Girlz, Inc.

Staff

Laura Bentley,

PRESIDENT/COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT DIRECTOR




Nahid Akter





History

Our Vision

Juanita Farnun,

BEAUTY INSTRUCTOR

Phil Andrews, Chair

President of Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce

Our Goals

Yolanda Haynes,

MENTAL AWARENESS INSTRUCTOR




Yanna Morillo,

 PROGRAM DIRECTOR


Starlina Prescott,

LEAD MENTOR

Simone Harper,

YOUTH BOARD MEMBER




Community Bank,

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Board of Directors

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.



Aneka Grandison,

LEADERSHIP INSTRUCTOR




Founder & CEO

Shavanie Sookram,

PROGRAM MANAGER


Mission

Alora Canty,

DIRECTOR OF FUNDRAISING DEVELOPMENT

CGI Values

Calendar of Events 2023

Leticia Mercado






Conyers Music Center,

MUSIC INSTRUCTION

Sarah DSouza,

RESEARCH ASSISTANT


Hetal Patel,

PROJECT MANAGER


 

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

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.

Larry Le

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT