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THE BOARD

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GOVERNING  BOARD OFFICERS

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DR. DAMARIS-LOIS YAMOAH LANG

Board Official | President

Dr. Damaris-Lois Y Lang has dedicated her professional journey to education and growth, showcasing a diverse academic background. Holding a Ph.D. and an MPhil in Biology (Neuroscience) from The Graduate Center, CUNY, NY, she completed the Executive Education in Public Leadership program at Harvard Kennedy School. Dr. Lang's academic milestones include a Master of Arts in Biology and a B.Sc.-Med.Sc. in Medical Sciences from the University of Ghana Medical School. Dr. Lang served over two decades at CUNY as a Full Professor of Biology and later became an Academic Dean at AU, supporting STEM programs. Dr. Lang held various roles in academia, including Science Program Director and chairing committees. Additionally, she contributes to community service as an elected Board of Trustee official at Hastings on Hudson UFSD and Founding President of P-CoC Inc, focusing on education-advocacy initiatives.

Dr. Lang's commitment to equity is reflected in her ethos, empathy, and equity guiding principles. She actively engages in keynote talks, panels, and workshops on governance, student engagement, and career guidance, demonstrating her dedication to empowerment, education, and positive change. One of Dr. Lang's life's mantras is, what we have we did receive (1 Corinthians 4:7). This quote, amongst others, is what drives her to extend herself to others.

dlang@p-coc.org 
|914 281 1129

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MR. ARAVIND POCHIRAJU

Board Official | Vice President

Aravind Pochiraju is a seasoned professional with a wealth of experience in the field of educational technology. As the founder of Lrnr, an Adaptive Learning Company, he is dedicated to making personalized course materials and classroom engagement tools accessible to all. Prior to establishing Lrnr, Aravind played an essential role as the head of the Digital Innovation Group at Pearson. During his tenure, he spearheaded the development of a groundbreaking eReader for iOS, along with several other highly successful apps. His contributions were instrumental in positioning Pearson as a leader in the competitive Mobile domain. One of Aravind's notable achievements was leading the development and successful implementation of Pearson's first highly scalable K-12 Learning Management System (LMS) in 2001. Remarkably, this system continues to be in use today under the name Pearson SuccessNet, boasting millions of student users. Beyond his professional pursuits, Aravind finds joy in various outdoor activities during his leisure time. Whether it's embarking on long hikes in the mountains, indulging in rowing and kayaking, cycling through scenic landscapes, exploring the depths of the ocean through scuba diving, or enjoying the captivating world of sci-fi movies, he is always up for exciting adventures.  Mr. Pochiraju is curently serves as the Vice President and Vice Executive Director of P-CoC Inc. 

apochiraju@p-coc.org 
|914 281 1181

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MS. SACHI PATITUCCI

Board Official | Secretary

Sachi Patitucci is the proud mother of two grown daughters and a professional Cellist, Artist Manager, Creative Sync Licensing Coordinator, and Music Supervisor. She graduated from the Eastman School of Music and completed her Music Supervision studies at Berklee College of Music
during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sachi is a member of the Westchester Chamber Soloists and a frequent chamber music performer in the New York area. She has recorded on film and television soundtracks, recordings and music videos, and has toured the world with various pop musicians. In addition to her freelance performing career, Sachi manages her husband’s international career as a bassist and also works doing creative sync licensing for the Brad Hatfield Music Collective. She is on the Community Engagement Team at her church and frequently plays in the Worship Band. Sachi cared for her elderly parents in her home for over 11 years. She is happy to volunteer for P-CoC on the Community Outreach Team, the Advisory Board and now as the Secretary of the Governing Board and Communications Director of the Executive Operational branch of the organization.

spatitucci@p-coc.org 

|914 500 8735

DR. RONETTE SHAW

Board Official | Treasurer

Dr. Shaw is an Educator with a doctorate, a master's degree, and an FNP (Certified Family Nurse Practitioner) with approximately 20 years of experience in medical-surgical acute care settings. She has also worked in primary care medicine, cardiovascular management, geriatric medicine, women's health disaster preparation, patient management, and safety for the past decade. In addition, Dr. Shaw serves as a nursing educator with the City University of New York, supporting students and working closely on curricular development, consultation, and supporting accreditation for health care organizations. As a mother of two small children, she joined P-CoC to support equity and advocacy for children of color. The mission of P-CoC, directed toward unlearning hate and self-hate, has value to what parents should model for their children. Dr. Shaw is a team player with a remarkable professional and personal skill set. Dr. Shaw's doctoral work focused on team teaching at the graduate level. Dr. Shaw serves on several committees. The Senate Scholarships and Awards Committee (SSAC) is one such committee where she serves as the Vice-chair, advocating for financial support for students in need and students who have obtained academic excellence in their educational achievements. Dr. Shaw is currently a governing board officer serving as the treasurer, and in an executive operational capacity, she is the organization's budget director.

rshaw@p-coc.org 

|914 500 8702

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EXECUTIVE OPERATIONAL DIRECTORS

DR. DAMARIS-LOIS
LANG

Executive Director

MS. SACHI 
PATITUCCI

Communications Director

DR. RONETTE
SHAW

Budget Director

MR. ARAVIND
POCHIRAJU

Vice Executive Director

OUTSIDE
EX OFFICIO

Legal Counsel as needed

MR. TESFA
STEWART

Advisory Board Liaison

Advisers may submit queries to the board at board@p-coc.org

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OPERATIONAL DIRECTORS

DR. SYLVESTER
MEADOWS

Grants Director

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|Resource Solicitation Team|

MR. CLARENCE
FENG

Public Affairs Director

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MS. KARINA
VILLALONA

Personnel Affairs Director

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MS. DEBORA KONADU

Student Director

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| Student Ambassador Leadership Trailblazer [S.A.L.T. ] & Young Adult Forerunners [Y.A.F.] |

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ADVISORY BOARD, COUNCIL & CONSULTANTS

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DR. MARK NTIAMOAH

Advisory Board

Public Relations Team | Committee Officer

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