Board Members

Our Board of Trustees are an esteemed group of individuals that believe in the importance of education.

Robert Stewart – Board Chair
Robert Stewart is the Chief Operating Officer of Calvary Tabernacle Ministries. He is a founding Board Member of the Borrower.

Since 1989, he has been President of the Tri-State Music Association, which provides yearly Music Scholarships to youth. Robert is an accomplished leader and artist, having received National Endowment for the Arts recognition in Visual Arts, Design and Technology. His design portfolio includes work for Radio City Music Hall, UNICEF, the County of Nassau, Brooklyn Public Library to name a few. He has won various National Music Awards (including Disney’s National Gospel Choir Fest) with his Choir, The Calvary Tabernacle Choir. He is a graduate of the prestigious Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and holds a degree from the Genesis Bible Institute.

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Dawn West – Acting Vice Chair
Ms. Dawn West serves as a member of the Board and a financial consultant with over 25 years of experience. She is an active and dedicated member of the Hempstead community.

Stephen Rowley – Trustee
Stephen Rowley serves as a member of the Board and a professor at City University of New York, York College. Mr. Rowley graduated with a Bachelors and Masters in Economics from Hunter College.

Roderick Roberts – Trustee
Roderick Roberts serves as a member of the Board and has 18 years of experience in Sales Marketing Consulting. He has been the Pastor for Rhema Christian Center, Bronx New York for over fourteen years. Mr. Roberts has a Master’s degree in Psycho-Theological Studies from HFA Theological Institute.

Marie Graham – Trustee
Marie Graham serves as a member of the Board and is a Certified Public Accountant and attorney. Ms. Graham possess over 15 years accounting and over seven years of legal experience. She holds Bachelors in Business Administration from Baruch College and is a graduate of Hofstra University School of Law.

Beth McKenzie –Trustee
Beth McKenzie serves as a member of the Board and is a retired Hempstead Police Detective with a diverse background. Ms. McKenzie is a proactive citizen of the Hempstead community and the surrounding area.

Ms. McKenzie strongly supports the educational advancement of youth in the community. She holds a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from Long Island University.

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Dale James – Trustee
Dale James serves as a member of the Board and is an investment banker with several years of experience in the financial services industry. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Columbia University.

Dorothy Burton – Trustee
Dorothy Burton serves as a member of the Board and has practiced law for over 21 year with an emphasis on real estate law and family based immigration and matrimonial law.

Dr. Roger Ball – Trustee
Roger Ball serves as a member of the Board and is an assistant principal within the New York City Board of Education. He has over ten years of experience in the field of education and social work. He holds a Masters in Religious Education and Social Work and a Doctorate in Religious Education.

Carol Beckles – Trustee
Carol Beckles serves as a member of the Board and is a Director of Case Management. She possesses over 30 years of experience in the field of healthcare. She holds a BSN in Nursing and a Master’s in Nursing.

Claudette Harrison – Trustee
Claudette Harrison serves as a member of the Board and has worked for over 41 years in the field of finance as an Accounts Payable Supervisor. Ms. Harrison is a resident of the Village of Hempstead for over 40 years. She hold various certifications in the area of nonprofit management.

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