Women Leaders in Action

Advisory Board

Dr Nelson Aluya MBBS, MD

Dr Nelson Aluya MBBS, MD

Dr Aluya is medical doctor with extensive broad base training, clinical expertise in over three continents, is involved in the medical management of people of diverse racial and ethnic background in Nigeria United States of America and Jamaica especially of the indigent population. Trained in both Pediatrics and Internal medicine, Dr Aluya is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey USA .Attending Physician at the University Hospital ,Newark New jersey training He is also the Medical Director of Sinai Sub-acute Rehabilitation Center.

Considered as the largest sub-acute rehabilitation center in Essex county New Jersey .USA. He served as a Medical Officer under Caduceus with the Center for Disease (CDC).Newark. NJ. Quarantine Center March 2015-may 2016 where he Carried out Tertiary screening, contact risk stratification and disposition of the highly contagious Ebola virus of individuals who had traveled to designated Ebola risk zones.

He has led multiple local and international medical missions providing his expertise and selfless service to low social economic groups as well as economically and socially displaced and migrant families.He is a member of several professional Associations including the American Medical Association (AMA), Association of Nigeria Physicians in America (ANPA) Dr Aluya currently serves on the boards of several Non Profit organizations including as Vice President of Impact Life International Florida .USA. He has been a guest speaker at numerous workshops, conferences and seminars including the Haiti-American Partnership convention. He is a recipient of numerous peer review awards, nominations and commendations both locally and internationally.

Dr Aluya continues to dedicate his utmost effort to teaching, research to improving health care delivery especially in the area of diabetes mellitus for all of humanity and especially indivuals of African descent by building the frame work to recognizing the barriers to care, creating social and political awareness to the debilitating emotional, economic, social burden of disease and as well as the often poorly recognized role of the migration and human trafficking to health.

 

Kwabena Ampofo, BSE

Kwabena Ampofo, BSE

Kwabena is one of the founders and current Chief Executive Officer of S.O.S. Gamers. He is a graduate from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Science in Packaging Engineering. He has been involved with the video game community for the majority of his life and brings that passion and knowledge to the organization. Kwabena possesses a great deal of project management experience acquired from his time working for global consumer goods companies including The Limited Brands, Bausch & Lomb and Estee Lauder as a Packaging Engineer.

His skill set lends itself to a proficiency in midsize team management, quality assurance and interdepartmental project management.   He is very involved in the entertainment industry and enjoys success as an Actor and Stand Up Comedian.

 

Avril Jude Okeke, CPA

Avril Jude Okeke, CPA

Avril Jude Okeke, has over Twenty five years of comprehensive accounting and financial services experience and is currently an Associate Director – Accounting, at Ernst and Young LLP. Her experience includes corporate Accounting, Benefits Accounting, external and internal Auditing; risk assessment and risk mitigation initiatives; financial statements analyses; tax return preparation for Individuals, Partnerships, Not-for- profits, and Corporations; and preparation and presentation of various financial reports for internal and external stakeholders including Boards of Directors.

Previous positions held by Avril include: Benefits Accounting Manager. Columbia University; Vice President of Fund Administration and Corporate Internal Auditor at State Street Corporation; Director of Risk Oversight at Investors Bank and Trust; Controller at Woodstock Corporation – a privately owned Investment Manager and Auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, and at Ernst and Young, LLP.

Avril is passionate about empowering others, hence she participates as advisor and mentor to many professionals and Accounting and Business students. She serves as a Corporate and Academic Board member on the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc., (NABA) Boston Metro Chapter. Her previous Board and Leadership positions include: Board member of North New Jersey Minerva Corp, Massachusetts Society of CPA (MSCPA) Education Foundation, Treasurer and Board member of Operations A.B.L.E.; Diversity Committee member of Financial Executive Institute (FEI), Boston Chapter; and President of NABA Inc., Boston Metro Chapter.

Avril holds a BSBA with a concentration in Accounting from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.  She has two adult children and lives in Union, New Jersey with her husband, Joe Obi Okeke.

 

Kweku Yeboah, CPA

Kweku Yeboah, CPA

Kweku Yeboah is a practicing Certified Public Accountant, dedicated to providing a wide ranging tax- related services and personal finance coaching to families in the tristate area. As a detail-oriented accounting professional, Kweku has also worked, predominantly, in corporate accounting roles for the last 20 years, while also working with families on their finances. He is currently a Senior Director of Accounting and Finance for Time Inc.

Prior to Time Inc., Kweku was a controller at CBRE. He is a Chartered Global Management Accountant, a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and also holds a Real Property Administrator (RPA) designation from the Building Owners and Managers Institute (BOMI).

Kweku lives right here in New Jersey with his wife, Penny, and three wonderful kids. He loves the game of golf and spending time with family.

 

Irene S. Smith, BA, MBA

Irene S. Smith, BA, MBA

Irene Smith is Vice President and Branch Manager at TD Bank, N.A. She’s a Graduate of The College of St. Elizabeth, where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) in Psychology. After spending sometime in the financial world, she attended the University of Phoenix, where she completed her Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Her professional interests focuses on developing, coaching, teaching, building and managing talent. She leads, motivates and inspire individuals to excel in their professional careers by building their personal brand.

Irene has spent the past eighteen years in the financial industry climbing the corporate ladder and is an active member of the community in which she lives and work.

She sits on the Board of New Development project Management in the city of Scotch Plains, NJ, Habitat for Humanity volunteer, Member of the local Chamber of Commerce. She’s a strong advocate for the empowerment of women and young adults to be active in their communities.

Irene understands the importance of work life balance. A wife and a mother of two children, she understands the importance of philanthropy. Ordained Elder in the Presbyterian Church. Irene served as the president of the Young Adult’s Guild at the First Presbyterian Church. Also Served as the Financial Secretary for the First Ghanaian Society of NJ and volunteers at the local community food bank, Hillside NJ.

Irene lives by this quote: “Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of Grace. A soul generated by love.”- Dr. Martin Luther king Jr.

 

Doreen Awuku-Agyeman

Doreen Awuku-Agyeman

Doreen Awuku-Agyeman is a results oriented Marketing Strategist with over 15 years of experience in leading high profile multi-million dollars projects for Verizon. She is a mentor, a motivational speaker and an avid advocate on social justice issues concerning women and children. She currently works as the Consumer Marketing Strategist and Value Proposition leader for Verizon’s 5th Generation of wireless technology (5G). In her role, Doreen oversees and develops the strategic marketing and communication plans for all things 5G technology.

Prior to joining Verizon, Doreen worked as the Regional Public Relations officer for the Electricity Corporation of Ghana (Now, Electricity Company of Ghana), Accra West Region. She also worked as an investigative journalist for one of Ghana’s most prestigious newspapers;
The Free Press
.

Doreen holds an MBA from the University of Maryland, University College, a dual Master’s Degree in Business Management and Public Relations also from University of Maryland, University College in Maryland, and has an Advanced Project Management Certification from Stanford University in California. Doreen earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Networking from Strayer University, and she holds a Diploma in Public Relations and Advertising from the Ghana Institute of Journalism in Ghana. Doreen is the recipient of several marketing and leadership awards outside and within Verizon. She was the recipient of Verizon’s 2018 “Women Who Empower Award” and has received several accolades for her leadership and community services.

She is the Executive Board Member and Consultant for Marvelin House Ltd – the creators of Ghana’s most watched reality television show: A Jewel in the Streets. She is the Board Director for Global Sky Ltd, An Advisory member for the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), a member of the Verizon Employee Advisory Group, a mentor for the NGO; #BuiltByGirls and Career Village. The Immediate past Director of Communications and current Director at large for the Women’s Association of Verizon Employees (WAVE), and a member of the National Black MBA Association. She is the Vice President of the Holy Child Alumni Association of USA/Canada (HOPSA), the President of Ministries and Administrator for the International Central Gospel Church, Liberty Temple of New Jersey, The immediate past President of ICGC Welfare Ministry and the immediate past Vice President of the Ghana Institute of Journalism Alumni of North America (GIJANA).

Doreen is a motivational speaker and loves giving back to the community. She spends most of her free time volunteering for her son’s school and her community. She enjoys traveling, reading, walking, cooking, baking, listening to music, watching movies, and spending quality time with loved ones. She is married to Dr. Opoku Agyeman and has a son, Kofi Agyeman.