Our Team

Our Team represents the empowering spirit of our organization and each member take great pride in our efforts to positively impact the lives of the women and girls in our community.

 

FOUNDER’S STORY
Cloyette Harris Stoute, President/CEO

Cloyette is a strong believer that girls need great role models from whom they can draw inspiration, so in 2012 she created  Guyanese Girls Rock; a Blog platform to highlight and celebrate the accomplishments of Guyanese women across the Globe.  Her desire to transform the world through service led to the establishment of Guyanese Girls Rock Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to empower Guyanese women and girls to create their own paths to success. As President & CEO of GGRF, Cloyette overseas the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization.

Faced with bullying as a teen, Cloyette has dreamt of creating a space where girls can feel encouraged and supported.  In January 2018 that dream was realized when the Guyanese Girls Rock, Young Women’s Leadership Academy opened its doors in the Teen Center at the Queens Borough Central Library in Jamaica, New York. The comprehensive 12-week program offers leadership training, mentoring, workshops, and scholarships to high school girls who are of Guyanese heritage.

Inspired to do even more for her community, Cloyette had a vision of creating an event to honor Guyanese women who are demonstrated leaders and accomplished achievers, and in June 2018 Guyanese Girls Rock Foundation hosted its inaugural Honors and Awards Luncheon.   During this annual event,  the organization recognizes Guyanese women who embraced the organization’s mission of women’s empowerment and also awarded scholarships to participants of its leadership academy.

A proud native of Guyana, and a Queens resident, Cloyette migrated to the US more than two decades ago.  Being able to contribute to her community both abroad and in her native homeland gives Cloyette an incredible sense of pride, and she has returned on several occasions to speak of her journey and to empower the women in Guyana.

Cloyette earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Information Management and a Master’s Degree in Medical Informatics from State University of New York (Downstate), College of Health Relation Professions. She holds the professional designation, Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and currently works as a Knowledgebase Administrator for a leading medical software developer.

With Cloyette as its driving force, the Guyanese Girls Rock Movement has become a source of pride for many in the Guyanese diaspora. Her motto “You are more than enough, you were born to rock!” is a reminder to women and girls to know their self-worth and to own their greatness.

Rhonda Binda, Vice President

Rhonda has a distinguished history of public service, as Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of State’s Global Intergovernmental Affairs Division in the Office of the Secretary and in the West Wing of the White House as Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Public Liaison, under two administrations, respectively. In between her tours with the government, Rhonda practiced technology and telecommunications law Alston & Bird, LLP.   She has served as the Executive Director of the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District and on the Advisory Board for Venture Smarter, is a Board Member of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens and is Vice Chair of the Guyana Celebration Committee. Rhonda is currently VP of Policy for Venture Smarter.  She received her JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, and her BA in Economics and Public Policy from Duke University, with a minor in African-American studies.

Veronica Hossain, Treasurer

Veronica is an active member and resident in the Jamaica Queens New York area. She and her family migrated from Guyana over 30 years ago. Veronica is the Vice President Financial Center Manager for the first community center in Queens New York for Bank of America. She and her team are leading the initiative to create a playbook to make a positive impact on people’s financial lives in our respective communities throughout the United States to drive our economy responsibly. She has mentored, developed and promoted many individuals throughout her leadership career. Veronica is also a Wellness coach for Beachbody. Veronica is passionate about financial literacy, mental and physical health, self-development, domestic violence awareness, and women-empowerment. Veronica Hossain is a proud mother of two beautiful children Samiyah 11 years old and Sayid 8 years old.

Desiree’ Tulsidai Kinney, Director of Community Relations

Desiree’ has 9 years of experience in business and financial services specializing in marketing, business development, and operations. She serves on the board of the National Association of Professional Women and supports Women in Insurance and Financial Services. Desiree’ is the newest Private Client Investment Associate with JP Morgan Chase where she diligently services clients with their wealth management and needs. She has previously served as a Private Client Officer, Relationship Officer, and Small Business Specialist. Desiree’ also manages a marketing consulting start-up serving small business owners. As part of her efforts to give back, Desiree’ is a Special Committee Member of Savvy Ladies and a Career Panelist for Rutgers. Desiree’ has a passion for giving back to the community, serving the board of one of the largest Business Resource Groups at JP Morgan Chase in addition to actively being a part of their Culture Council. Desiree’s media features include SEI Investments “Why Your Firm Needs a Full-Time Marketing Professional”, “From Rutgers to Wall Street” on NJ Money Help and most recently, a feature on Investment News. Desiree’ is also a regular co-host on Brooklyn Savvy TV and Princeton TV. Desiree’ enjoys cooking and baking for her family, loves nothing better than singing and songwriting on weekends, and never misses a new dance routine at her local cultural center.  She has a passion for making people smile.

Juneann George, Director of Development

Juneann George is the current President and CEO of GVA consulting, a consulting firm dedicated to helping startup nonprofits and social enterprises develop their services and increase their overall impact. Ms. George has served in multiple non-profit capacities in New York and New Jersey over the past ten years. She has experience in higher education initiatives, school-age child care policy and compliance, funder compliance, education policy, program operations, program planning launching and implementation, organizational strategy, among others. Ms. George was formally educated at Rutgers University-Newark where she studied Public and Non-Profit Administration with a concentration in Urban Education and Political Science. She was born in Guyana, grew up in England, and immigrated to the United States in 2006. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and exploring. Her lifelong philosophy is to learn, grow, and innovate for a social change.

Dr. Kyomi Gregory, YWLA Program Director

Dr. Kyomi Gregory has over a decade of experience mentoring young people. She is a first generation Guyanese-American born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, New York. She is currently an assistant professor at Pace University in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department. Her research interests include child language acquisition and assessment in culturally and linguistically diverse populations, parent/teacher training and prevention models in speech-language pathology, inter-professional education, and regional dialect differences. She has practiced as a certified speech-language pathologist since 2008. She currently serves on the board of directors for the National Black Association of Speech-Language-Hearing (NBASLH) and works with the mentorship program. She received her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from University at Buffalo, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from SUNY-New Paltz.

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