Interim Board Chair, National Urban League Council of Board Chair President, National Urban League Board of Trustees
Su Chen who was appointed as Board Chair on April 13, 2023,, Is now Interim Board Chair of the transition Board of the Urban League of Long Island. Su Is the President of the National Urban League Council of Board Chairs and a member of the National Urban League of Trustees. ‘ Su will oversee the recruitment of the new Transition Board of Directors. As Co-Owner of TeamLogic IT, an Information Technology Company, CEO of The Speak Hope Foundation. A mental Health non-for profit and Owner of and Interior Design and Real Estate Firm. Su brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the her new roles with the Urban League. Su has and demonstrates exceptional leadership skills and a deep understanding of the organization’s mission and values. Having a strong faith in God. Su’s Husband Darryl is a NYPD Police Officer for 30 years. Su comes from a Military family. Where the honor code and giving your word is the firm foundation, she builds her life on. Su will play a vital role in Revitalize and Restructure the Urban League of Long Island. She’s looking forward to building strong community relationships.
Former Board member Carla Simpson has been appointed Interim Secretary to the new Transition Board of Directors. Carla has spent most of her career in the finance industry and Real Estate sector, garnering experience in large financial institutions and law firms. Carla also has wide and varied experience in business and community development, property management and capital raising. We are excited to roll out many housing programs with topics including but not limited to being a first-time home buyer, maintaining your home and obtaining assistance with mortgage modifications and foreclosure.
Newly appointed Transition Board member Isaiah is Founder of MusicBreeds. Isaiah is a distinguished professional known for his leadership, artistic expression, and socio-economic advocacy. As the founder and executive director of MusicBreeds, he empowers young musicians and fosters inspiration. Isaiah fulfills multiple roles within MusicBreeds, including strategic direction, fundraising, and impactful programming. Isaiah's advocacy extends to small businesses and economic stability, contributing significantly to the fight for small business rights. As a singer/songwriter, musician, veteran of the New York City Police Department, and author, Isaiah combines his talents to create equitable pathways to success for those who are underserved much like he was. His commitment to public service and desire for political advancement further showcase his drive for meaningful impact. Overall, Isaiah's professional profile reflects his professionalism and passions to students thrive!
Newly appointed Transition Board Member. Jude has had much success with Energice a frozen electrolyte popsicle that gives athletic performance and recovery a whole new meaning. Jude has had the pleasure of training Olympic Athletes, NFL players, High School and College Athletes. Working closely with students to know the resources available for college. Never wanting a student not to attend college due to the application process. We're looking forward to having several educational series How to help students fulfill their goals and dreams.
Newly appointed Transition Board Member Quality Assurance Training Manager with a career span of 20+ years working in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Working with individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. Stacie specializing in policy and procedure development, ISO regulatory compliance, fiscal and budgetary management, audit compliance oversight, training facilitation, and incident and complaint investigations. Stacie holds a master's degree in psychology. Stacie is also an entrepreneur, the mother of two amazing children and owner of Brooke's Hair and Body Butter LLC.
Newly appointed Transition Board Member Don is a mental health counselor and believes that the role of an effective therapist is based on the spiritual relationship with the client recognizing that healing is a natural process in which the therapist assists the client in reaching harmony with their mind, body and soul. Once one is harmonious, we are “at peace” whether or not the external forces surrounding them are fragmented.
Newly appointed Transition Board Member. Financial Services executive with 25+ years of Banking experience in Regulatory Reporting, Capital Markets, Financial Regulation and Services, Risk Management, Internal Audit and Compliance. Lance is skilled in creating and fostering solid relationships with regulatory agencies, banking personnel, industry peers and working groups. Highly capable of strategic thinking and collaborating with executive business partners ensuring the most effective risk/reward balance for their respective organizations.
Counsel, Board of Directors
Cherice is the youngest child and only daughter of the late Jesse W. Vanderhall and Dorothy M. Vanderhall. Before her formal training she was educated at home by values steeped in southern roots and the A.M.E. Zion church. Her lessons learned at home proved to be the most valuable “classes” she would ever take and formed the foundation for which she would become an attorney and community advocate. Cherice currently serves as the Counsel to the Receiver of Taxes for the Town of Hempstead and practices as a sole practitioner in the areas of family and matrimonial law, and employment discrimination. Cherice gained invaluable legal experience in all areas of complex civil litigation including commercial and employment disputes, professional liability, insurance defense, wills, trust, sand estates, labor and employment, and family law. She is a tough litigator who has helped clients to achieve successful resolutions in race, age, gender, and religious discrimination cases, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, wrongful termination, as well as wage and hour violations. In Family Court she considers a parental right to be a civil right and has reached many successful resolutions on behalf of parents, and their children, since her fight always included what is in the child’s best interests. Cherice thrives in competitive environments and litigates with uncompromising dedication, patience, and a relentless desire to achieve justice on behalf of her clients. Cherice graduated from Touro Law Center in 2009, cum laude, where she was the Notes and Comments Editor of the International Law Review and a CALI Excellence Award recipient. In law school she studied International Human Rights Law in Xiamen, China and was the recipient of the prestigious Thurgood Marshall Fellowship from the New York City Bar Association where she worked for the City Bar Justice Center’s Elder Law Project. Before entering law school and graduating from the University at Albany where she obtained a B.A. in Political Science and Africana Studies, and a M.A. in Africana Studies with a concentration in West African History, Cherice worked as a labor union organizer for 1199/SEIU. She studied West African History, Culture, and Politics at the University of Ghana at Legon in Accra, Ghana in 2001 and 2002, and cites her extensive travel and embrace of different cultures, and ability to organize and mobilize groups as one of her greatest assets. Cherice is committed to community and the future of the young people who will be tomorrow’s leaders. On occasion, she serves as a Panelist or Guest Lecturer for both schools and community events speaking on various legal and community issues. Cherice has been featured on Long Island News 12 Diverse Long Island, served as a mentor at Turtle Hook Middle School, and serves as a volunteer track coach for the Uniondale H.S. Girls Track and Field team. Cherice serves as president of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association, the co-executive director of the Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association and is a member of a number of bar associations including the National Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and Nassau County Bar Association. She is also member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, LI Chapter, the NAACP, National Council of Negro Women, the Board of Directors for Nassau Suffolk Law Services, and a member of the Jackson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church Board of Trustees.
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