Board of Directors
Lisa Richardson-Hall – President
Mark Elliott- Vice-President
Mark Elliott is an investment advisor who’s worked in the investment management industry for 24 years. Associated independently with LPL Financial, he provides expertise with regards to investments and tax planning.
Besides his work with Rays of Hope, Mark continues to support various human and animal rights organizations such as the ACLU, Freemasonry for Men & Women Le Droit Humain, and Sea Shepherd International. In his free time, Mark enjoys hanging out with his wife and three kids as well as reading in his backyard hammock listening to Grateful Dead music.
Glenn Richardson – Treasurer
Mr. Richardson is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of New Jersey and North Carolina. He currently serves as the School Business Administrator of the Benjamin Banneker Preparatory Charter School located in Willingboro, NJ.
Mr. Richardson was previously a consultant to SRP Development, a national real estate development company. Mr. Richardson was a member of the development team that helped restore homes in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina devastated most of historic city.
Mr. Richardson’s background includes being the Chief Operating Officer of the Cathedral International, Inc., a 501(c3) organization. He was responsible for the executive management of the organization’s 5,000 membership, administrating a multi-million dollar annual budget and managing 68 employees and a host of volunteers.
Prior to his position at the Cathedral, he held several positions at IBM for sixteen years. Mr. Richardson began his career at IBM’s Real Estate Construction Division where his responsibilities included auditing general contractor’s invoices and reconciling project costs. His last assignment at the IBM Credit Corporation allowed Mr. Richardson to coordinate and install financial systems overseas in Paris, London and Milan.
Mr. Richardson is a graduate of Howard University (B.B.A Accounting) and holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.
Mr. Richardson has a lovely wife, Susan Richardson and five children Kevin, Joshua, Nia, Tiffany and Nicole.
Jezel Pereira – Secretary
Jezel is a corporate executive with a passion for helping people and developing leaders. She has worked in various aspects of the health insurance industry for the past 25 years with expertise in strategic planning and operations management.
She serves on the Diversity Council of her company and participates in various programs focused on professional leadership coaching and mentoring for interns and new leaders.
In addition to her work with Rays of Hope, Jezel has worked with her church in the capacity of youth leader and church administrator. She is currently on the Board at her church serving as Secretary.
Jezel is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Jezel enjoys travelling, cooking, sports and spending time with her family. She is the mom of a beautiful daughter.
Nancy Diaz- Public Relations Advisor
Michael White - Policy and Legal Advisor