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THERON "TEE SMIF" SMITH - Board Chair
Theron Smith, or Tee Smif, a Brooklyn, New York native, first got his start in 1994 as an intern for Spike Lee’s movie Clockers and as an extra for the movie Malcolm X. Solidifying his foundation early within the film industry, these opportunities lead him to work with entertainment company, Winsome Sinclair and Associates. During his time there, he worked on other Spike Lee films including He Got Game, Summer of Sam, Get on the Bus, Bamboozled, and Inside Man. He also contributed to major box office films including Steven Spielberg’s Amistad, Tony K’s American History X, Hype Williams’s Belly, and John Singleton’s Woo.
His transition into the music business came shortly after being featured in Bamboozled. He started his own production company, juggling the tasks of creative and music video directors alongside friend and music producer, Bruce Waynne from Midi Mafia. Throughout his time in music, he formed professional relationships with Jay-Z, Just Blaze, Kanye West, and Swizz Beatz all the while working on music videos for Nas, TLC, New Edition, and Notorious B.I.G. to name a few.
With directing and film work under his belt, transitioning into television was a natural progression. His cinematography lead him to work on MTV News, BET News, 106 & Park, BET Rap City, The Chappelle Show, New York Undercover, national TV commercials, and documentaries, including Jay-Z’s Fade to Black. Most notably, he revived 90s cult hip-hop show, Yo! MTV Raps: Classic Cuts. He helped create an international presence for MTV2’s Sucker Free Countdown, which will begin airing throughout various countries in Africa, Europe, Australia, India, and Japan.
JORDAN DEHERRERA - CPA, Ellington Group ManagementSHERNIECE JOHNSON-SMITH - Parent Coordinator, NYC DOE
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Sherniece Johnson-Smith is the eldest daughter of Rosa and Joe Johnson. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She attended public schools and is a graduate of Brooklyn Technical H.5. Sherniece obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Arts and Advertising Production Management from New York City Technical College; she earned her Graduate Gemologist diploma from GIA and is a graduate of the NYU Appraisal Studies Program. Sherniece is married to Darnell P. Smith (a Brooklyn business owner); they have two daughters, Epyana and Arrajah. The Smiths reside in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Lt. Marcus Calliste Sr. was a Photojournalist for the United States Air Force. Now he's a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army. He is a Highly experienced and dedicated leader with a strong background in operational, project, and program management. Able to plan, staff, budget, and supervise operations involving hundreds of employees and millions of dollars worth of equipment and facilities. Prepare and deliver precise reports and collaborate with senior managers, including local, state and federal officials. Motivate, coach, and evaluate staff. Thrive in stressful environments, ensuring focused decision making and excellent management and leadership at all times. Hold current Department of Defense (DoD) Top Secret: (TS/SCI) Security Clearance.
Juan DelaCruz - Owner, McDonald's
In 1991 Juan De La Cruz Joined the McDonald's system as a "Registered Applicant" (management training for the future owners). He attended Hamburger University in Chicago and won the Distinguished Hat Award. In 1997, he was awarded his first store at Knickerbocker Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY. and in 2002 he was awarded his second store on Broadway in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY. He is the proud owner of these restaurants with a total of ninety five employees. Juan is actively involved in the community. He believes community involvement is not only good for business, but also it is the right thing to do.
Laura Larimer is the Regional Director of Development for College Summit New York and oversees fundraising activities for the organization in New York. She joined College Summit from the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), where she served in several capacities for the New York Metro region, including Director of Development and Acting Co-Regional Director. Over eight years, her accomplishments include tripling the region’s annual fundraising performance and implementing a strategic plan that resulted in 150% growth in students trained annually in New York. Previously, Laura managed communications campaigns for educational and nonprofit clients at Widmeyer Communications, a leading public relations firm in Washington, DC.
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HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER
Due to PR-G's program success and Media coverage, including and a grant from Google, which gives our organization a strong presence on the web, PR-G receives many requests for board membership; PR-G's board has instituted a policy in which prospective members are selected from PR-G supporter groups including: members of our 1000 People whoBANG and Foot Soldiers Services. This ensures that as an organization we spend our time working with individuals who already support Our Mission & Vision.Requirements:
• Board meets six times each year - attend at least four (4) board meetings. Early December meeting is required
• Attend at least two (2) PR-G youth programs per year
• All board members must attend at least one Nonprofit workshop per year
• Through our 1000 whoBANG campaign recruit and maintain 20 recurring memberships through your personal and business contacts ; or give, get, or help get $2,500 annually. For more information about 1000 WhoBANG click here:
o Join 1000 whoBANG - at least $25 quarterly
• Give an annual financial gift at a level which is personally meaningful according to your own circumstances – utilize your contacts to develop institutional support for PR-G from corporations, foundations and government resources
• Monitor PR-G’s Programs and Services
• Support the Executive and review his or her performance
• Determine the Organization's Mission and Purpose
• Ensure financial policies are in place and properly functioning
• Ensure program policies are in place and properly functioning
• Ensure hiring policies are in place and properly functioning
• Ensure Effective Organizational Planning
• Enhance the Organization's Public Image
• Manage Resources Effectively
Complete this form and in the Description below put this quote "I am applying to be part of PR-G's Board."