Meet Our Board of Directors

Erika Duncan

Erika Duncan

Founder, Executive and Artistic Director, Herstory Writers Workshop

There has never been a time when Herstory’s founder and artistic director Erika Duncan wasn’t doing what she could to give voice to stories that might not otherwise have been heard...

Rukhsana Ayyub

Rukhsana Ayyub

Former National Director for ChildFund US Program

Rukhsana Ayyub is a development professional with over 25+ years’ experience in Program Management. She graduated from New School for Social Research...

Stephen Marks

Stephen Marks

Professor of Health and Human Rights at Harvard University

The emphasis of Stephen Marks’s work is on public health and human rights, drawing on the disciplines of international law, international politics, international organizations, and international economics...

Tricia Ragusa Napier

Tricia Ragusa Napier

Uniondale Schools

Bio coming soon!

Jacqueline Thomas

Jacqueline Thomas

School Transformation Facilitator at Hempstead High School

Jacqueline “Jacqui” Thomas is an educator dedicated to social organization and transformation of challenged schools...

Laurel Janssen Breen, Board Chair

Laurel Janssen Breen, Board Chair

RN, PhD, CNE, Former Assistant Chair, Department of Nursing, St. Joseph's College

Laurel Janssen Breen is recently retired from nursing education. From 1998-2016, she built an academic career at St. Joseph’s College...

Liena Gurevich

Liena Gurevich

PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology & Criminology Program Director at Hofstra University

Liena Gurevich was born in Moscow, USSR and left Russia as a teen in the late 1970’s. After recovering from the culture shock...

Joseph Page

Joseph Page

Constituent Liason for Council Member Karen Koslowitz

Joe is connected to Herstory through the late (great!) Amy Hagedorn, president of the Hagedorn Foundation. He managed day-to-day operations for 8 years, until the foundation closed its doors in 2017. Working with...

Eileen Ryan, Esq.

Eileen Ryan, Esq.

Berkman, Henoch, Peterson & Peddy, PC

Bio coming soon!

Michael Washburn

Michael Washburn

Former Director of Programs, Humanities New York

Bio coming soon!

Ana M. Figueroa, Treasurer

Ana M. Figueroa, Treasurer

Policy Council & Volunteers Supervisor at LI Head Start

Ana Maria Figueroa was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Ana migrated with her mother and sister to the United States when her mother was recruited to work at a hospital in New York City.
Ana began her journey...

Jennifer Isik

Jennifer Isik

East Rockaway Schools

Bio coming soon!

Heather Passmore

Heather Passmore

RN, BSN, CLNC, CCM, CLTC and Financial Mentor

Heather Passmore has been a Professional Registered Nurse since 1984. Since June 2020 she has been a Healthcare Service ConsuItant to the Medical Service Bureau Division of the Suffolk County Department of Social Services...

Carlene Thomas

Carlene Thomas

2nd Vice President & Branch Manager
New York Community Bank

Bio coming soon!