We Are Trenton - the Board

Kelly Ingram  was a founding board member of I Am Trenton Community Foundation in 2007, and has served on the board continuously in various capacities to grow the foundation and build its strength and position within the community.  Currently serving her second term as president, she is committed to ensuring I Am Trenton Community Foundation is a lasting resource for the city.

An artist, decorative painter and gilder, Kelly has successfully run her own business, Kelly Ingram Finishes, for over 25 years. She creates decorative finishes and works on canvas locally and afar.

Kelly dedicates much of her time to organizations in the city and county.  Prior to her commitment to the I Am Trenton Community Foundation board, Kelly spent 10 years on the board of the Trenton YWCA. For the YWCA Trenton’s 100 year celebration, Kelly organized the first Run for Justice, coordinated numerous In Celebration of Women friend and fundraisers and continues daily to commit to the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

She believes in Trenton and the great communities of people working hard every day for the continued building of a greater, stronger and thriving city.

Shenette GrayShenette Gray currently serves as Principal of Isles Youth Institute, having previously served as principal of Daylight/Twilight High School in Trenton, and of Newark Bridges High School in Newark, NJ.

Shenette’s experience in the education field ranges from positions as an elementary educator to serving as an academic advisor at the University of Maryland, where she earned her MBA. Shenette was graduated from Hampton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

She has served on many community organizations and boards throughout the northeast including the Trenton YWCA and Children’s Futures.

Rudy A. Rodas is the principal attorney of The Law Office of Rudy A. Rodas, LLC.  He previously worked as Of Counsel to Ruiz Abderrashman Law Firm, PC in New York City and to the General Consulate of Colombia in Newark, NJ.

Rudy is a graduate of Trenton Central High School.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from The George Washington University and his Juris Doctor from Rutgers University School of Law-Newark.

 

 

 

Mindy Board PictureMindy Romero is a resident of Trenton and of Guatemalan descent. She is currently employed at the Princeton Federal Credit Union as a Member Services Representative.

Mindy graduated from Trenton Central High School and has a BA in Interactive Multimedia along with minors in Fine Arts and Photography from The College of New Jersey. Mindy’s interests are in graphic design, photography, video and film, and she has experience with motion graphics, basic animation, and front end web development, all of which skills she brings to I Am Trenton.  Mindy is a mother of a lovely three year old and an eight year old pitbull.

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Jon Carl Lewis has lived with his partner, Stephen A. Slusher, in Trenton since 2005. He was born and raised in Millville in South Jersey, but he has deep Trenton roots – his great and great-great grandparents were early residents active in communities of color in Trenton. He graduated from Princeton University in 1987.

Jon Carl is a freelance writer, and formerly worked as a graphic designer and publisher with the National Center for Nonprofit Boards as well as a writer/editor for various lifestyle and entertainment publications. He is deeply committed to working with youth; he has served as Director of Youth Ministries at Trinity Episcopal Church, Asbury Park, and has taught and mentored special education students and homeless youth. As an adult member of the Youth Council for the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey he has chaperoned national events and a mission trip to Ecuador.

In addition to various church activities, Jon Carl volunteers for community events including Art All Night and enjoys many of the cultural events Trenton has to offer.


Iana Dikidjieva lives downtown, having gotten to Trenton by a circuitous route involving Bulgaria, Ethiopia, and North Jersey. While at Isles, Inc., Iana conducted the first citywide vacant property survey of Trenton, created the interactive data platform at www.restoringtrenton.org, and worked with I Am Trenton to set up the THDC Small Grants Program, which has served as a model for other programs around the state. She served as Interim Director of the Trenton Downtown Association, and continues to consult on a number of creative placemaking and revitalization initiatives in town. She holds a BA from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Urban Policy from the New School.

She walks around Trenton, even at night.


Kenya Rourk is a certified yoga instructor, an works as accounting manager at Berkley Accident and Health in Hamilton, NJ. She holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and an MBA from Drexel University. She lives in Trenton, and is excited to build on her experience volunteering and helping the community with her service on the I Am Trenton board.

Brandon McKoy moved to Mill Hill with his wife, Elizabeth Mahn, in 2016. Originally hailing from South Orange, he graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Psychology in 2009. It was during his time at TCNJ that Brandon came to know and fall in love with Trenton. He went on to work in housing and community development as an AmeriCorps VISTA at HANDS, Inc. in Orange, where he helped address the foreclosure crisis and oversee the renovation of empty homes. From there, Brandon attended the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, where he received his Masters in City and Regional Planning.

After graduate school, Brandon worked for The Fund for New Jersey, a philanthropic organization that awards grants to non-profits focused on public policy and issues of economic and social justice. After two years supporting and learning about the state’s non-profit landscape, he left The Fund to work in Trenton at New Jersey Policy Perspective, where he is now a policy analyst and advocates for policies that reduce economic inequality. Brandon is also the Deputy Chapter Director of New Leaders Council – New Jersey, a non-profit organization that recruits, trains, and promotes the rising generation of progressive leaders so they have a bigger and more positive impact in their chosen communities. Brandon wants to live in Trenton for the rest of his life and help ensure the city grows while serving the needs of its residents.

Raj Manimaran works at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)’s Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research. As a recent TCNJ graduate, Raj had the opportunity to run the college’s (now-defunct) Downtown Trenton office, which cultivated his love for the city. Through his current position at TCNJ, he seeks to find opportunities, including class-based experiences, internships, and volunteer projects, where the campus can collaborate with local partners on community-identified needs.

He is excited to be part of a team of volunteers, which values collaboration, community building, and civic engagement, while working together with Trentonians to fulfill their visions for the city.

Lori Johansson resides in Trenton and is active in the music, arts, and bicycle community. She enjoys community work, such as being involved in Windows of Soul, Art All Night, the Trenton People’s Book Fair, and performing at the Levitt Amp Series. She was a volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club Bike Exchange and managed the Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market for its initial opening years. She enjoys participating in Art Making Day, Art All Day, Jersey Fresh Jam, Trenton Cycling Revolution events, and playing music at Championship Bar and the Mill Hill Basement.

The amazing residents of Trenton are the reason everything she participates in is engaging and fulfilling, keeping her inspired to do more in this great city.  As the consultant for I Am Trenton Community Foundation, she appreciates the opportunity to learn more about the wonderful projects that her neighbors are doing with grants.

Nikki Morgrove currently manages grants for the City of Trenton. Prior to joining the City she spent four years at the Princeton Area Community Foundation managing $20 million in grants and scholarships. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College, a Master’s degree from Seton Hall University and a certificate in nonprofit management from LaSalle University’s School of Business.

Ms. Mosgrove is a member of the Trenton Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Greater Princeton.

 

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