Kelia Simpson,

FINANCE




History

Starlina Prescott,

LEAD MENTOR

Yanna Morillo,

 PROGRAM DIRECTOR


Simone Harper,

YOUTH BOARD MEMBER




Sri Ravipati





Community Bank,

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Calendar of Events 2023

Leticia Mercado





Hetal Patel,

PROJECT MANAGER


 

Founder

Meredith Palermo,

MENTOR

 

Advisory Board 

Our Vision

Juanita Farnun,

BEAUTY INSTRUCTOR

Mission

​​​​​​​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.

Our Goals

Yolanda Haynes,

MENTAL AWARENESS INSTRUCTOR




Phil Andrews, Chair

President of Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce

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.


Shaneil Orr,

FASHION INSTRUCTOR

Alora Canty,

DIRECTOR OF FUNDRAISING DEVELOPMENT

CGI Values

Claire Stillman




Board of Directors

Krystal Dandridge,

​SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER


Aneka Grandison,

LEADERSHIP INSTRUCTOR




Laura Bentley,

CULINARY & ETIQUETTE

Mikki A. Easley 

​Mz Social Butterfly Network, LLC

Fundraising Director


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.”



Conyers Music Center,

MUSIC INSTRUCTION

Yanna Morillo,

SECRETARY



Simone Sherron,

STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT MANAGER


Lani Montoya,

​BOARD CHAIR




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.



Sarah DSouza,

RESEARCH ASSISTANT


*Please Note: CGI will not be accepting new students 

Vanina McWilliams,

SELF-ESTEEM INSTRUCTOR


Shavanie Sookram,

PROGRAM MANAGER


Alyssa Schwartzberg,

ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR


 

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

Venuza Scarlett,

SPECIAL EVENTS DIRECTOR

Staff

Laura Bentley,

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT DIRECTOR