Girls Inc

Our Team

Renee Flagler

Executive Director

Renee is an effective and passionate non-profit leader whose passion is empowering girls everywhere. Her proven track record in organizational growth and sustainability speaks for itself, with both programmatic and revenue growth year over year. She is an experienced business strategist, an award-winning writer, adjunct professor, and speaker who is passionate about encouraging women and youth to pursue their passion and purpose.

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our Team

Susan Dunbar

Program Manager

Monica Kim

Operations Manager

Cassie Huneke

Development Manager

Nellie Washington

Program Coordinator

Bryanna Haywood

Program Coordinator

Erika Pugliese


Board of Directors

Samantha Persaud


Vice President and Counsel, BNY Mellon

Crishana Runge

Vice Chair

Operations & Finance Manager, Dove Electronic Components, Inc.

Kristina Trautmann

Associate General Counsel, Danone North America

Patricia Hoffman

Senior Vice President, Retail Senior Sales Strategy Manager, M&T

Samantha Guido

Associate, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek PC

Dan Barden, MBA

Assistant Vice President, Select Commercial Lines, USI Insurance Services

Dr. Michele Darby


President/CEO, Excellence Coaching and Consulting Services, LLC

Michelle Fernandez


Head of Technology Content and Marketing, Nokia, Inc.

Donna Gayden

Interim Assistant Controller, Empire State Development

Veronica Isaac

IT Manager, Customer Operations, PSEG LI

Christine Ketcham

Vice President, Senior Private Banking Officer, Citizens Bank

Amanda Lamothe-Cadet

Associate, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Sharen Cox Phillips

Director of Global Partnerships, News Media Holding Companies, Google

Trancea Roberts

First Vice President, CMS Director, Metropolitan Commercial Bank

Nancy Richner

Arts Consultant

Michelle D'Agostino

Assurance Services Partner, Ernst & Young

Haley Guanay

Long Island Community Manager, Community & Customer Management, National Grid

Advisory Board

Michele Bayley, MPH


Core Faculty, Stony Brook Medicine, Program in Public Health

Beth Bucheister

Executive Director, Career Day Inc.

Joy Fernandez

Partner, Ernst & Young

Retha Fernandez

Strategic Engagement Manager, National Grid Ventures & Community Offshore Wind

Jan R. Figueira

Director, Science and Technology Entry Program, Nassau Community College

Simone M. Freeman, Esq.

Partner, Jaspan Schlesinger Narendran, LLP

Stacy Galiatsos

Philanthropic & Social Impact Consultant

Sidney Joyner

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer of Suffolk County

Annette Kraus

Ellen Labita, CPA

Partner, Baker Tilly, US, LLP

Katshyna Romage

Girls Inc. of Long Island Alumnae

Saraf Salim, MPH

IRB Administrator, Harvard University Area IRB GILI Alumnae

Stacey I. Sikes

Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications, Long Island Association