Melissa Pearson,

Self-Esteem Instructor

Charlise Washington, Business Instructor​

Hanna Folby​,

Executive Secretary



Calender of Events 2018

Wanda Bryant,

Co-Founder of Entrepreneur Nation

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


31- Year End Ceremony


Mentoring - 2:30 - 3:30 pm/Tutoring - 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm 

Summer Field Trips


25  - Year End Summer Party

Summer Field Trips


Orientation Sept. 15th /Start of classes - Sept 22nd


Field Trip or Volunteering


Christmas Party


Laura Bentley,

Financial Management/Culinary

Nicola Ince,

Life Skills Instructor

Briana Jackson,

Dance Instructor


 Administrative Assistant

Lisa Wilson,

Founder of The Different Levels of Abuse

Our Goals

Melissa Pearson,


Ava Levine, 

 Youth Secretary (Asst.)

Rosaline Astefanous,


Mikko A. Easley Fundraising Director


Alicia John Esq.

Sharon Mill,

Event Planner

Tuqa Youssef,

Director of Programming

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.

Founder & CEO

Board of Directors

Thays Vick,

Fashion/Self Imaging

Bridget Smith ,


Laura Bentley

​Community Service Coordinator

Meredith Palermo,

 Special Projects 

Sarah Bhuiya,

Research Assistant


Asia Miller,

Program Coordinator

Vanina Williams,

Chair Person



Advisory Board 

​​​​Earlene Lezama-Taylor is originally from Queens NY and attended New York City Technical College in Brooklyn for Art and Advertising Design. She is currently attending Metropolitan College for Business Management. She comes with a wealth of knowledge in business (20+ years), working as a mentor (12+years) and working in a mentoring environment (6+ years). She is a notary,  a member of The Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She was appointed the Christian Education Director over the August District of the African AME Zion Church in Atlanta where she was the Director over the youth department for 12 churches within this region.  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 CEO for over 3 years. Complete Girlz was founded in 2015 and incorporated in 2016 as a 501(c)3. The organization trains young ladies to become successful in their endeavors.  Complete Girlz is located within 4 facilities currently which are as follows: South Jamaica Library, Middle School 8, Rochdale Village Community Center and Starbucks-Sutphin.  CGI also hold specialized workshops at local Shelters. 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. Her future aspirations include working for the Department of Education and continuing to impact the community in a positive manner through the work her non-for-profit is doing at Complete Girlz, Inc.

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.

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.”

Our Vision

Juanita Farnun,

Beauty Instructor

CGI Values