MEET OUR EXECUTIVE BOARD 

 
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NINA ALI 

President

Based in New York, Nina helps drive the development and redesign of digital platforms and technology for financial institutions. Nina is motivated to help young minority women find their passion and pursue successful career tracks. Through Light on U, Nina hopes to continue Uche’s legacy, while also empowering minority women to shine their light in a society that often overlooks their potential.

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JORDAN JENNINGS

Vice President

Born in a military family, Jordan Jennings combines her journalism background from Syracuse’s Newhouse program with legal knowledge on everything related to data privacy and employment law. Jordan is joining the team here at Light on U to honor her best friend and inspire young women to achieve their goals, in spite of any roadblocks. Like her dear friend, Uche would, Jordan hopes to mentor women, especially those who have a dream to enter the legal world and dominate corporate America.

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ASHANNA MCKENZIE

Director of Finance

Based out of New York, Ashanna has a background in Product Management and Advertising in the financial services space with a passion for integrating technology and education. Ashanna is joining Light on U to help foster the next generation of powerful, strong, and independent women leaders.

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ALLIE TSAHEY

Director of Public Relations

As a Ghanaian-American woman, Allie’s passion for empowering women of color globally is the driving force for everything she does. Currently based in Ghana, she comes to Light on U with a background in branding, marketing, and community-building, and a mission to help foster the next generation of powerful, strong, and independent women leaders.

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PHELICIA BALL

Director of Digital Content

Phelicia is known to many of us as “Phe” — a nickname given to her by her mother at a very young age. Phe comes to us with a strong background in copywriting and marketing & advertising. She spends her 9 to 5 slaying digital campaigns for over 15 clients and her days off reading books by several Black queens by the names of Maya Angelou, Zora Neale Hurston, and so many more. Phe is our social-savvy marketer with a keen eye for digital content.

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SUMMER THOMPSON

Director of Public Affairs

Based out of North Carolina, Summer Thompson comes from a background in Sales Planning and Public Relations. Summer joined the team here at Light on U to honor her college friend and help young girls reach their full potential through scholarship and mentorship. Her prior focus in Light on U is creating digital content and coordinating Light on U events.

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KHANDICE DYSON

Director of Events

Based out of New York, Khandice has a background in process improvement and project management in the financial services sector.  Khandice joined the Light on U team to honor her good friend Uche and help to empower young women of color to achieve their goals.

MEET OUR TEAM 

 
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SKY MILAN HOWARD

Content Creator

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MARIA JALEH MCTEIGUE

Events Coordinator

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ZAHRA HAMPSTEAD

Glam Committee

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NUHAMI MANDEFRO

Content Creator

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KELSEY DAVIS

Content Creator 

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NAKIRA CHRISTMAS

Glam Comittee

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MAYA STRIPLING

Glam Committee

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KEILA CALIX

Application and Talent Committee

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BRE GAMBREL

Application and Talent Committee

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BILLIE OWNES

Events Coordinator