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.

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Alba Hernandez graduated from Georgian Court University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration on Social Work and minor in Criminal Justice. Alba has been a Social Worker in the state of New Jersey for over 6 years working with children and families in Monmouth County and now in Mercer County.

In addition to I Am Trenton, Alba serves on two other boards — of the Henry J. Austin Health Center and of the Puerto Rican Civic Association of Trenton. Alba is very involved in city of Trenton and is very passionate about the community. She believes that every person has a role to play in the progress of their own community.


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.
 

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