Isisara has created the Count Me In Leadership Institute, as well as an upcoming workshop series co-branded with Sam's Club. Prior to joining CMI, she was Vice President, Corporate Affairs for SONY BMG Music, directing its non-profit and governmental relationships and employee enhancement strategies. She has a distinctive track record combining an innovative philanthropic vision with best-in-class execution on a range of sophisticated projects.
As the Marketing & Communications Manager at Count Me In, Jereme manages the organization’s messaging, copy writing, and content promotion. Jereme joins Count Me In after a stint in campaign politics, serving as an organizer, fund-raiser and consultant for several public and private campaigns. Jereme’s specific specialties include policy analysis, grassroots mobilization and online communications. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Elmira College and a Master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Bianca Cloutier is the newest member of the Count Me In team. Her passion for small business is rooted in growing up working in her family’s business, Maine Heritage Weavers. During college, she interned with the Vermont Women’s Business Center and studied abroad in France, the Czech Republic, and on a schooner throughout the Eastern Caribbean. At CMI, she assists in program outreach and coordinating M3 Meetups and Webinars. She graduated from Dartmouth College in June 2009 with a BA in Geography.
Jean started her career as a commercial lender at a leading bank. Later she worked as a consultant to community development financial institutions to create debt and equity products. As Deputy Commissioner at the NYC Department of Small Business Services, she overhauled the delivery of technical assistance and promoted government contracting to minority and women-owned businesses. Since joining Count Me In in 2005, Jean has helped shape its strategic direction, executed programs, and developed corporate sponsorships. Structuring winning corporate and business partnerships is her focus. Talk to Jean to underwrite Racers, pilot innovative programs, or invest in CMI and women's entrepreneurial success.
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Kevin joins Count Me In after spending 7 years at Lehman Brothers, Inc. working in such varied areas as the Investment Banking Division, Corporate Real Estate and Diversity Lateral Recruiting. As Executive Assistant his responsibilities include the daily administrative duties of the organization, as well as serving as the personal assistant to Count Me In's President and CEO, Nell Merlino. Kevin has studied at Baruch College, Medgar Evers College and The New York Theological Seminary. As an accomplished singer, he has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and overseas, and is featured on numerous recordings by Grammy and Stellar Award nominated "Godfather of Gospel" Rev. Timothy Wright and The New York Fellowship Mass Choir.
Amy is a rising communications and social media professional whose previous experience includes positions with the Speaker of the New York City Council and the Empire State Pride Agenda. She currently manages CMI’s traditional and web content development and new media strategy. Amy retired from the private sector at 22, after reaching the pinnacle of her corporate career as “the most pleasant receptionist we’ve ever had.” She received a Black Belt in the Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, with which she protects her officemates from poor syntax and tautologies.
Since 1983 Claire has been providing fiscal management and accounting expertise to socially and environmentally responsible non-profit organizations in New York City, among them Save the Children, City Arts, The Green Guerillas, and the Radioactive Waste Campaign. In 1999, Claire assisted in the start-up and continues to manage the accounts of Count Me In. From 1994 to the present, Claire has also supported the for-profit company Strategy, Communication, Action in the creation of its public education campaigns, including “Take Our Daughters to Work Day”. An entrepreneur herself, starting in 1972, Claire has started and grown three successful businesses involving wholesale, retail, design and service ventures. Claire holds a B.A. from Barnard College and lives in New York City.
Manager of Programs & EducationMary Olushoga's interest lies in examining policies and issues related to community and economic development. Prior to joining Count Me In, Mary worked with two economic development focused organizations where she gained critical knowledge and skills related to small business growth, strategic counseling, business plan development, training, and financial advice. She has taught classes on entrepreneurship and small business strategies. A certified NYC Small Business Counselor, Mary has provided one-on-one strategic counseling and client-driven consultation to prestart-up and start-up clients. She has also volunteered as a teacher guiding Bronx residents on how to start and operate a successful business and has served as a judge at the Allan Houston Foundation Business plan competition. She holds a Bachelors degree from Union College and a Master of Science from Baruch College. In 2009, she served as a Women and Public Policy Fellow at the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society.
Mike joined Count Me In as the Managing Director in 2009 and has twenty years experience in senior leadership positions at nationally known nonprofit organizations. In his role, Mike manages the day-to-day business and financial activity of Count Me In. Mike was formerly the Chief Operating Officer of Charity Navigator and the founding Executive Director at Rosie O'Donnell's For All Kids Foundation. Prior to making the move to nonprofit management Mike, an attorney, practiced law for eight years. He is admitted to the bar in New York and Connecticut. Mike holds a JD from the University of Bridgeport School of Law and a BA from Colgate University.
Cori joined the Count Me In team in 2005 and has contributed to the overall growth of the organization by taking on such roles as Executive Assistant, IT Coordinator and currently Operations Manager. In her role as Operations Manager, Cori focuses on Information Technology, office management and website maintenance. Before joining the Count Me In team, Cori spent over 12 years working in the resort and restaurant industries. Cori holds a degree in Culinary Arts from the Florida Culinary Institute and is currently writing recipes for her cook book. Some of her other interests include exploring the outdoors, biking, hiking, reading and photography.
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