Board of Directors

Jackie Shapiro (Founding Board Chair/Emeritus), United Nations & ECPAT USA
Celines Sims (Chair), Citigroup
Nigel Matu (Treasurer), Andersen Tax
Rachel Jacoby Rosenfield (Vice Chair), Shalom Hartman Insititute
Janet Charles (Secretary) Mercedes-Benz
Jael Charles Girl Be Heard
Wendy Francis JPMorgan
Mark Fina Air Paris
Jennifer Irwin Mount Sinai Health System
Lisa Miles Pace University
Shiva Moonsammy Capital One
Jessica Pfeiffenberger Bohn JP Morgan
Michele Potlow Ford Foundation
Iqra Shafiq Girl Be Heard

Jackie Shapiro, United Nations & ECPAT USA Representative
Jackie is a freelance writer and has represented nonprofit organizations at the United Nations for fifteen years. Currently, she is a representative for ECPAT-USA, an organization working to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the United States. Formerly, she represented Zonta International, a women’s service organization working to advance the status of women and girls worldwide. In her years at the United Nations, Jackie has served as the Chair of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Convener of the NGO Committee on UNIFEM, Chair of UNA-USA Council of Organizations, Vice-President of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CONGO), Co-Chair of the NGO Committee on UNICEF, and Co-Chair of the Working Group on Girls.

Celines Sims, Vice President & Senior Counsel, Citi
Celines Sims is a first generation American of Puerto Rican decent (Yauco and Aguada). As the first person in her family to graduate from college and the youngest person to graduate from her Master’s Program, Celines is an advocate for women’s leadership, development and empowerment. As a Director at Citi, she leads major Human Resources transformations, coaches executives and leads initiatives focused on process improvement driving efficiency, effectiveness and change management across the global organization. Celines is also part of the Citi Women’s Network of NYC Steering Committee which leads, guides and provides programming for professional women across the tristate area. Prior to joining Citi, Celines held HR roles at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, American Express, and Johnson & Johnson. Celines is Chair of the Board for Girl Be Heard, a non-profit organization that develops, amplifies and celebrates the voices of young women through socially conscious theatre-making. She is chairperson of the Compensation committee and also serves on the Executive/Governance and Finance/Audit committees. Celines holds a B.A. in Psychology from Fairfield University in Connecticut; an M.S. in Human Resources Management from the New School for Social Research in NYC, and is also ABD (All but dissertation) in her pursuit of a PhD in Management from Capella University. Born and raised in Northern NJ, Celines resides in the suburbs with her husband Kyle, two children: Cecelia and Matthew, and two mini Dachshunds – Blackjack and Cleo.

Rachel Jacoby Rosenfield, Executive Vice President, Shalom Hartman Insititute
Jacoby Rosenfield serves as Executive Vice President at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America where she shapes the vision and strategy, leads the staff, oversees programs and operations, and develops the culture. Rachel is a teacher, writer and speaker—skills honed early as a scholar of literature and developed throughout her career as an educator. Previously, she was Director of Experiential Education at the American Jewish World Service, where she led the team charged with the development and implementation of innovative educational programs designed to inspire and train American Jews to act in support of AJWS’s global justice work. She was the founding director of the Jewish Greening Fellowship and has served on numerous committees and advisory boards. She was a fellow in the national Selah Leadership Program and is a graduate of the Muehlstein Fellowship for Jewish Professional Leadership and earned her M.A. in Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley. She lives in Bronx, NY with her husband Paul, a psychiatrist, and their teenage children Maayan and Yonah.

Nigel Matu, Senior Manager, Andersen Tax
Nigel Matu has over 12 years of tax experience in providing tax services to businesses. He focuses on corporations including large to closely-held, partnerships and S corporations. His primary practice areas include federal, state and local, international tax compliance as well as ASC 740. Nigel’s industry experiences include start-ups, technology, real estate and investment partnerships. Before joining Andersen Tax, Nigel was at PwC, KPMG and Grant Thornton.

Nigel is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and The New York State Society of CPAs. He is a graduate of Seton Hall University (BA) and Fordham University (MA).

Janet Charles, Mercedes-Benz
Janet is an attorney with 25 years of experience. Most recently she served as Senior Corporate Counsel for Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC where she negotiated contracts, managed warranty litigation, defended patent infringement claims and handled a variety of other matters. She advised the executive team on compliance, marketing, customer service and other issues relevant to the business. She is an experienced trial attorney and has represented The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in cases involving discrimination, police brutality, personal injury and business disputes. She is a New York City resident and is passionate about making a difference by associating with organizations, like Girl Be Heard, whose mission includes economic empowerment, education and social justice reform.

Jael Charles, Alumni, Girl Be Heard
Jael Charles is a social justice advocate, and public interest scholar. A recent graduate of Columbia University’s School of Social Work, Jael’s work centers on exploring systems of oppression and fostering social justice activism in her community. Her passion for this work began in high school and intensified throughout her undergraduate years, where she completed a dual B.A. in Criminology and Sociology, and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. Throughout her undergraduate and graduate career she gained experience working with individuals, children, and families impacted by incarceration, and working with underrepresented youth. She served the Girl Be Heard community concurrently, as a Feminist-in-Residence and Peer Advocate, gaining additional knowledge on how to effectively facilitate the use of art as an advocacy method and working to ensure the needs of GBH company members were met. Jael is now employed as a social worker at the Brooklyn Defender Services where she advocates for the reunification of families impacted by the child welfare system. Jael ultimately hopes to dedicate her life and career to elevating the narratives of marginalized communities and to dismantling societal systems that perpetuate injustice. As a Girl Be Heard alumna who joined the GBH community in 2012, Jael is is excited to now contribute her knowledge and experience to the Board.

Wendy Francis, Executive Director, Development Manager, JPMorgan
Wendy is a Development Manager and HR Business Partner supporting the Corporate and Investment Bank’s (CIB’s) Chief Administrative Office and Human Resources function. In these capacities she conceptualizes and drives talent management strategies, develops programs to reinforce and accelerate the capabilities of the organizations’ talent pipelines and advises on employee engagement initiatives for a global business of 30,000 employees. Additionally, she consults with the Head for the CIB’s HR Function in the delivery of the function’s compensation, talent (acquisition and assessment), employment relations and engagement strategies for a global population of 250 colleagues.
In 2013, Wendy returned to the firm having completed a “tour of banks” which included roles with Credit Suisse as Learning and Organizational Development Manager, and as a Senior Vice President and HR Advisor with Citibank’s Card Services business. Prior to that she enjoyed various HR roles in the industry and health services sector, proceeded by roles in the NYS Legislature (Senate and Assembly). Wendy holds a Master of Science, in Human Resources Management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. She currently resides in New Jersey and travels and often and far as her passport will take her.

Mark Fina, Chief Creative Officer, AIR PARIS
Mark has been a renowned Creative Director on international brands such as COVERGIRL but began his career working in a dark mailroom at Ray Manley Photography in Tucson, Arizona. His early jobs in advertising were working on accounts such as Fendi, Revlon, Ultima, Charles of the Ritz, Almay, Max Factor, The Limited, Express, Henri Bendel, L’Oréal, Jean Patou, Giorgio Fragrances, Hugo and Hugo Boss. Mark honed his eye for beauty by working with photographers and their images, including Horst P. Horst, Patrick Demarchelier, Kurt Markus, Arthur Elgort, Michael Thompson, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Steven Meisel and many others. Mark is an expert in matching talent to brands, such as Queen Latifah, Drew Barrymore, Ellen DeGeneres, Taylor Swift to COVERGIRL. In his spare time he is a photographer with Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, a painter and a chef with a black belt in karate and mixed martial arts.

Jennifer Irwin, Senior Director of Programs, Mount Sinai Health System
Jennifer Irwin is the Senior Director of Programs at the Institute for Advanced Medicine at Mont Sinai Health Systems. In her role she provides leadership for the sexual and reproductive prevention, care and treatment programs within the health system. Jennifer has been working in public health for 25+ years of working to promote health equity with an expertise in providing services for youth, LGBTQ communities and communities of color. Prior to joining Mount Sinai as the Clinic Director of the Peter Krueger Clinic and Mount Sinai Beth Israel, she was the Deputy Executive Director at the adolescent sexual health and HIV program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. As the Deputy Executive Director for HEAT (Health and Education Alternative for Teens) she designed and implemented programs and evidence-based interventions targeting LGBTQ youth-particularly young men who have sex with men and transgender young women of color, and young cis-gender women of color.
Jennifer is the co-founder of the Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition in NYC, where she helps to create a safe space for young women to gather and discuss the social determinants of health in their communities that put young women at risk for HIV/STIs, trauma, violence and work with them to create advocacy and educational campaigns and awareness events for young people across NYC. Jennifer is committed to working for social, gender, racial and economic justice in both her professional and personal life.

Lisa Miles, Officer of Equity & Compliance, Pace University
Lisa Miles is a proud product of the South Bronx who has dedicated the past thirteen years as Pace University’s first Affirmative Action Officer. In this capacity, she implemented Equal Employment Opportunity policies and wrote the University’s first Affirmative Action Plan. Today Lisa is the Officer of Equity and Compliance for Pace University where she has an active role in the area of affirmative action, civil rights and social justice, advocating for individuals who feel un-heard or disenfranchised. She received her Bachelors degree in English from Herbert H. Lehman College and later her Juris Doctorate from New York Law School, where she specialized in employment law. Lisa is also a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, sits on the Board of Westhab, which provides housing and social services for homeless and low-income families in Westchester County and is a representative of Shelterbox, USA. Lisa is passionate about education and is currently in her final year at Union Theological Seminary, working toward her Masters in Divinity with a concentration in Religion and Psychology. She is seeking ordination in the Methodist denomination and plans on pursuing a PhD, allowing her to provide free mental health services to under-served communities. Lisa is also a prolific poet and very active in her church community.

Shiva Moonsammy, Senior Market Manager & VP, Capital One
A Trinidadian-born American with a passion for community service, dancing, tattoos, and bad dad jokes, Shiva followed in the footsteps of his mother migrating to New York with ambitious plans, he landed his first gig as a bank teller where he developed a newfound passion for banking and financial technology. Shiva completed his bachelors in Computer Science and obtained some of the best mentors in the industry advancing to become the youngest branch manager at Washington Mutual Bank. Sensing an industry ripe for change, Shiva focused his attention on innovation and redefining the traditions of consumer banking which resulted in several awards for his leadership at WaMu, JP Morgan Chase and Capital One. Shiva graduated from highly acclaimed Executive Leadership programs and operates as the Vice President and Market Manager to Capital One’s digitally reimagined bank centers in Lower Manhattan. He defines his success through the success of those he serves, surrounding himself with creative thinkers who share his passion for experimentation and challenging the status quo.

While Shiva found his niche in financial management, what he finds most rewarding is advocating for positive change in his community. Shiva believes that improving humanity is not a part-time gig and to cultivate a sustainable difference we must be persistent in caring for each other. He envisions a future where women are treated equally on all levels of society and the voice of his daughters carry the same level of cognizance as that of his son’s. It is this passion for equality, dis-taste for gender-based violence and amplification of the voices of our young women, that compels his work at Girl Be Heard. When Shiva is not improving the future of banking or serving the community, he enjoys his time with his three kids, Nirvana a 10-year-old avid piano and strings musician, Evanescence his 9-year-old ballet dancer and Blake, a 6-year-old energetic son that enjoys gaming and modeling. Shiva also serves as the Culture Chair representative for Capital One Bank’s Asian Business Resource Group.

Jessica Pfeiffenberger Bohn, Executive Director of Wealth Management, JP Morgan
Jessica Pfeiffenberger Bohn is passionate about advancing women and girls and is thrilled to be part of the Girl Be Heard family. Jessica has 15 years financial services experience. She serves as an Executive Director in J.P. Morgan’s Wealth Management division focusing on investment advisory activities. She partners with portfolio managers and due diligence professionals as well as legal, compliance and risk functions on a variety of activities, including product development, existing business enhancements, regulatory reviews and various strategic initiatives. Previously, Jessica was a Portfolio Manager for multi-asset class portfolios for private clients. Jessica is the Co-Chair of the Tri-State chapter of JPMorgan’s women’s network which focuses on the retention, development and advancement of female talent across the firm. In 2017, Jessica was selected to participate in a skills-based employee engagement program where she spent 3 weeks in Chicago providing pro-bono consulting to a local community loan fund. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Ohio University. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband Ryan and daughter Charlotte.

Michele Potlow, Deputy Director, Financial Services, Ford Foundation (retired)
Michele, with over 35 years experience, retired from the Ford Foundation in January 2010. As Deputy Director, Financial Services she managed financial statements, taxes and payroll for overseas offices in addition to headquarter operations. As Treasurer of the Board, Michele’s experience managing the finances of the largest and most influential foundation in the world, with a global reach and special interests in education, the arts, and Third World development, is invaluable to the organization. Michele has traveled extensively to support the finance and accounting teams in Ford’s field offices. She is well versed in nonprofits that focus on reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity, and achievement.

Iqra Shafiq, Alumni, Girl Be Heard
Iqra became a member of Girl Be Heard in 2012 and previously served as the Youth Representative of Girl Be Heard to the United Nations. Iqra recently graduated from The City College of New York, and has worked as an intern for Congresswoman Velazquez in Washington, DC. She currently volunteers at the American Pakistan Foundation as their Youth Representative as well. Iqra believes that youth involvement at any level helps create realistic leaders for tomorrow. She plans to one day create her own organization connected to the United Nations with the goal of mentoring young girls in an educational setting. Iqra is fluent in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi and literate in Urdu.