NATASHA A. ATKINS, MSW, MA
Founder & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Soca Song That Best Describes Me: ‘Lucy’
Artiste: Destra Garcia
Natasha was born in beautiful Barbados. She spent her early years on the island before moving to New York City with her mother. She has over 10 years of experience in non-profit management and youth development and is deeply committed to reducing distributional inequities for marginalized groups. Natasha loves hiking, travelling, and Barbados' annual Crop Over festival where she is an avid participant in Grand Kadooment - a colorful masquerade celebration of Caribbean culture. Natasha earned her MSW from New York University and MA from Columbia University. Natasha is also Founder of Projekt 48.
Soca Song That Best Describes Me: ‘Faluma/Makele’
Artiste: Alison Hinds/Square One
Karlisle is a native New Yorker with Haitian roots. She was born in Brooklyn, NY and spent most of her childhood there before her family moved to Long Island. Karlisle holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an M.S. degree in Urban Studies from Hunter College in New York City. She has always had an interest in the non-profit field, and became involved in working with youth, education, and non-profit organizations through her work with Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc., New York Cares, Inc., and Groundwork, Inc. All of these organizations spoke to her interest in service, youth development, and education outside of the traditional school setting. Karlisle currently serves as Director of College Success at the “I Have A Dream” Foundation - NY. Her personal hobbies include spending time with friends and family, outdoor activities, learning about other cultures and foreign languages, and working on becoming multi-lingual.
Soca Song That Best Describes Me: ‘Phenomenal’
Dennese is from the beautiful nature island of Dominica. She graduated from Baruch College, City University of New York with a BBA in Accounting. Dennese has over 17 years’ experience in accounting working with manufacturing companies. Her experience includes budgeting, forecasting, and preparing financial statements. She also on the Board of her children's school as Treasurer for 4 years. Her passion is giving back to the community in whatever way she can. She loves travelling, tennis, and listening to soca music.
SECRETARY / DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EVENTS
Flags: USA & Puerto Rico
Soca Song That Best Describes Me: ‘Like Ah A Boss’
Artiste: Machel Montano
Ericka was born in Brooklyn, New York and is of Puerto Rican descent. Ericka is the Director of Adolescent Programs at the Red Hook Initiative -a community-based youth development organization. In her current role she leads her team in building academic and enrichment programming that empowers youth to become agents of social change. Ericka recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and believes that with consistency, dedication, and persistence, one can overcome and conquer anything. Ericka is a graduate of SUNY Oneonta where she received BA in Psychology.