Image Impact International 2020-2021 Board of Directors
The expertise and diversity of our Board of Directors enables our Non-profit 501(c)(3) to make a measurable impact. Meet the people behind Image Impact International.
sabine charles, vp audit
Sabine Charles is currently the Chief Internal Auditor at the Touro College & University System where she perform risk-based audits using audit standards and frameworks, e.g., COBIT, NIST, ISO/IEC 27002, ITIL, data security, privacy regulations and Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO). She is also the Founder & CEO of Charles Financial Strategies LLC, where she assists organizations in achieving cost-effective business solutions. Charles Financial Strategies LLC’s services include internal audit quality assessments, virtual CFO accounting services and personalized career development focused on the CPA and internal audit certifications.
Sabine possesses M.S. degree in Accounting and B.A. degree in Accounting & Economics from CUNY – Queens College. Also, She also earned a B.A. Degree in French & Spanish from CUNY – Baruch College. As a Baruch alumnus, she provides mentorship services through the Executives on Campus program. Sabine is certified in the fields of Audit, Risk Management & Information Technology: CIA, CGAP, CISA, CHIAP, CRMA, CRISC, CGEIT, CFE, CISM, CSSGB, ITIL, and CICA and is a former board member of ISACA where she implemented IT governance policies and facilitated professional training events.
BETSY CONTANT, VP MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Betsy Contant is a marketing executive with extensive experience in the beauty industry. She spent 14 years at L’Oreal USA, where she covered every beauty category across a variety of brands. After L’Oreal, Betsy was the VP Marketing & Channels at a startup oral health care company and has since been working as a consultant. Her consulting has led her to assignments for American Express and Boots, a year as the acting VP of Marketing at Shiseido, and she is currently working with Serucell, a groundbreaking new skincare line. With her ability to deftly navigate the changing marketing landscape,
Betsy has a reputation for creating and executing brand strategies by understanding her target and adopting instrumental programs with added value. Betsy holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from NYU’s Stern School of Business. Prior to business school, Contant worked in market research as a consultant for Unilever Personal Care. Betsylives in New York City with her husband, John, are their two sons. In her spare time, Betsy loves to play golf, read, ski and most recently is attempting to tackle bridge.
MOHIT GUPTA, VP GOVERNANCE
Mohit is a servant design leader who is an avid advocate of problem-solving by uncovering user insights. He has several awards and accolades to his name, with the most recent one bestowed to him at Timmy Awards 2021 as Best Regional Tech Manager in October 2021. He is a published author and accomplished speaker who has delivered talks and spoken at various technology and design conferences and events. He believes research, empathy, and intention are critical to creating a human-centered experience. He is a thoughtful team leader, manager, expert researcher, designer, and visionary who echoes the sincere voice of the users using mixed methods research. He has been practicing design and user research for more than a decade with experience across SaaS, Technology, BFSI, Energy, FMCG, Life Sciences, and Retail in North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe. He serves as a member of the board of advisory council at Harvard Business Review, Local Leader for Interaction Design Association (IxDA) Houston Chapter, and an active member of User Experience Professional Associaton (UXPA) and Information Architecture Institute (IAI).
He holds a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science Engineering and a Masters of Design in Industrial Design with a specialization in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). He currently works as UX Manager with CDK Global - a data and technology provider to the automotive, heavy truck, recreation, and heavy equipment industries. He loves hiking, traveling, reading literature classics, watching theatre, and playing soccer.
Pamela Judd, ACTING President
Pamela Judd helped to found Image Impact International, a global Non-profit 501(c)3 whose vision is to powerfully impact the careers of first-generation college students by preparing them to succeed in the workplace. Her commitment to first-generation college students began with her own family – her mother immigrated but never got the chance to attend college, despite being an exceptional student and successful entrepreneur. Ms. Judd earned her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Master’s degree in Disability Studies from the City University of New York. Her research on Disability and Fashion Advertising is showcased in Disability 4 Impact’s ground breaking curriculum. As a former Disability Employment Manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ms. Judd spearheaded a Disability Champions pilot for regional managers and staff. Diversity initiatives under her leadership included career development for women and mature workers. She chaired an internship outreach program with City College of New York and designed inter-generational workshops for Federally Employed Women. Ms. Judd is active in a local Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) University Relations committee. Past board experience includes Toastmasters International, where she received a Presidential Citation, the organization’s highest honor. A certified Myers-Briggs® practitioner, she is a past president of the New York Myers-Briggs® chapter. She served on the Executive Board of the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI) and received an IMMIE award for philanthropic service. Ms. Judd earned Image Consulting and Color Specialist certifications from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
anastacia kurylo, vp development
Anastacia Kurylo (Ph.D., Rutgers University), whose pronouns are she/her, is President of Fortified Communication Consulting and formerly a college professor for fifteen years. Dr. Kurylo has produced over 25 publications including four books. She is a past president of the New Jersey Communication Association, New York Communication Association, Tri-State Diversity Council, and Founding Chair of The Quad Preparatory School, a K-12 private school for Twice Exceptional students. Most recently she worked as Director of Business Operations. She has extensive board experience and has been involved with fundraising for five years.
Charnette Lewis, Treasurer
Charnette Lewis is the author of Time Out 4 Me, an inspirational book on how to keep yourself on track and develop yourself, spiritually, professionally, financially and mentally. She has also developed the audio CD, Hurdling Life’s Obstacles. Ms. Lewis is employed by New York Life Insurance Company, where she has worked for 25 years as an Accounting Analyst. She attained a B.A. degree in Accounting and Finance from Rutgers University. Ms. Lewis has also served on the Board of Doors of Hope, where she provides accounting expertise. Ms. Lewis has been a member of the Minority Interchange for over 15 years. Throughout her membership, she has participated in uplifting and motivating Career Conferences to enhance personal and professional career development.
As a Minority Interchange New York Chapter Representative, Charnette works diligently for the organization and continues to grow as a public speaker and mentor. Ms. Lewis is a long-standing and active member of Toastmasters International, where she has chaired district conferences and organized Youth Leadership programs to help teens to develop their speaking and leadership skills. Ms. Lewis takes time out of her schedule to be a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of NY. It is a rewarding and fulfilling experience where you can help to develop and mold future leaders.
jason rickey, VP Human Resources
Jason Rickey is a Career Accelerator Program Manager at Shorelight, where he helps both undergraduate and graduate international university students gain the skills and knowledge needed to launch their future careers. In addition to coaching students in career development, he also has experience leading corporate professional development sessions related to Global Citizenship, StrengthsFinder, management/leadership, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Jason holds both a B.S. and M.A. and is certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator and Certified Career Services Professional. He has completed additional training in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, strategic HR leadership, talent acquisition, and learning and development.
Susie Schainost, Secretary
Susie Schainost has over 30 years of experience in the art of teaching students at all levels, from pre-school to graduate school. A leader in Non-profit organizations, she oversees Image Impact International’s Training 4 Impact and Disability 4 Impact programs. She is well-versed in Bloom’s Taxonomy, hands-on learning, Montessori and independent education philosophies and approaches. Ms. Schainost’s specialty is helping talented minds who learn differently (many through the lens of Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Tourette’s syndrome, ADDs, OCDs, and invisible impairment). Ms. Schainost has taught middle school students in urban districts. As the founding head of the Independent School, she served as a middle school principal and teacher for 18 years. As a university professor of education and literature for over 10 years, Ms. Schainost has addressed conference audiences at Kansas State University, University of Nebraska, University of Oklahoma, Wichita State University, and Pace University, as well as national and international organizations. Ms. Schainost earned post-secondary degrees from the University of Nebraska (Elementary Education and English), Wichita State University (Educational Administration and Leadership) and CUNY (Disability Studies).
Craig Weitzel, VP Audit
Craig Weitzel is a bank examiner whose duties include evaluating management, internal controls and audit. He has experience managing operational risk in the wholesale mortgage sector. Mr. Weitzel spent thirteen years in active and reserve status in the United States Army and was assigned to a Federal law enforcement task force for several years. Mr. Weitzel is a Certified Fraud Examiner with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Georgia. He has been an active volunteer for Lekotek of Georgia, a Non-profit for children with disabilities since 2003. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife of 23 years and three children. He enjoys cooking and the outdoors.