The Hudson PTA and SLT
FEBRUARY PTA MEETING MESSAGE
HBCU CONVERSATION - Feb 3, 2021
Karen currently serves as Vice Chairman of the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
She is also a board member of the Visiting Nurse Services of
New York (VNSNY), Brewster Academy, American Airlines
Community Council, and L'Oréal USA Diversity & Inclusion
Advisory Board. She previously served as Co-Chair of the
Business Council of New York State.
Karen holds a MBA from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College of the City University of New York (CUNY), and earned a BA from The College of Mount Saint Vincent, graduating cum laude. She started her career as Legislative Director and Chief of Staff to New York State Senator David Paterson who later became the 55th Governor of New York State.
Karen has been featured in various publications, including Black Enterprise, Bloomberg Businessweek, PR Week, WWD, Ebony Magazine, Crain's, African American Career World, Black Her, Network Journal, and Crisis Magazine. Her awards include Savoy Magazine’s "Top Influential Women in Corporate America" and "Woman of the Year" by Seeds of Fortune. In 2020, she was selected for City & State New York’s “The Power Players” list.
A proud New Yorker, Karen lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband former State Assemblyman Darryl Towns and their two daughters.
SHENEQUA R. WILSON
Ms. Wilson is a native of The Bronx, New York. She holds dear
to her heart her parents, friends and family and is a devoted
mother to one daughter. Shenequa attended Baruch College
Campus High School where she served as senior yearbook
editor and graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration
from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. Campus participation
included college radio host, newspaper editor, choir member,
campus tour guide and Class of 2004 President, Vice President
Currently Director of Sales for Running Subway Productions, Ms. Wilson has been a corporate sales executive in New York’s tour and travel industry for over 15 years. Prior to Running Subway, Renee served as Director of Sales for THE RIDE, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, Harlem Spirituals/New York Visions, NY Skyride in the Empire State Building and Inside CNN studio tours.
Shenequa joined Zeta Phi Beta's Manhattan Graduate chapter Delta Mu Zeta Chapter in the Spring of 2007 and has served on various committees including Fundraising, Youth Mentoring, and Chapter Retreat. She currently serves on the executive board as Public Relations chair. In her spare time, Shenequa enjoys walks, listening to music and showcasing beauty and fashion as an Independent Consultant for Paparazzi Accessories. Here is a link to join her wonderful team: https://paparazziaccessories.com/join/411028/#/
Alyssa Martin is an alum from Spelman College. She currently
works at Moody's as a Program Manager. She is also a member of
Moddy’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team, one of 2,500 was
recently asked out of 2,500 candidates to be has just been asked
to be a part of their Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Team. She is an
advocate for healthy mental and emotional health, and was the
jolt that helped me seek therapy when I really needed it. Alyssa
currently lives in Jersey City, New Jersey and is a fur-mommy to
Mecca and Cali. For questions about the beyond access series, email .
Webinar Series for Families of Students with Disabilities
When students transitioned to remote learning last school year, the DOE launched a series of webinars for families of students with disabilities called the Beyond Access series. The series is continuing this year with webinars designed to support families of students with disabilities during this challenging time. The webinars are hosted by the DOE in partnership with experts in the field. Topics include executive cognitive functioning, literacy, social emotional learning, among other topics. Content experts will provide strategies and resources that families can use to support their children's learning and overall well-being at home. The webinars, which began on January 12, are being held every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. through the end of May. Families can review webinar topics and register for a webinar by visiting Eventbrite. The webinars are also listed on the DOE family-facing website and calendar. Past webinars are available on YouTube and can be viewed with English or translated captions. Please share information about this series with parent coordinators and families in your school community.
For questions about the beyond access series, email .
February 3, 2021 Minutes
January 6, 2021 Minutes
December, 2, 2020 Minutes
November/Noviembre 4th, 2020
MEET YOUR PTA
JEZULA ANTOINE, PRESIDENT
Hello All! My name is
Jezula Antoine. I was born in
Brooklyn, and raised in
Queens. Both my mother and
father are Haitian, and my
brothers and I are first
My son is a sophomore,
currently into anime, video
game programming, and crime drama shows.
I continue to serve as the Chairperson on the Hudson School Leadership Team (Hudson SLT), and am an advocate for mentoring, career readiness, and financial literacy for students. In my spare time, I enjoy writing, specifically journaling, playing board games (Scrabble and Connect Four are a couple of favs), playing Spades, and reading books set in dystopian futures, such as "Battle Royale" and "Never Let Me Go."
Currently, I am a Senior at Metropolitan College of New York, and working on attaining my Bachelor's in Human Services. Professionally, I have a background in operations management, customer service, and specialty retail, and have worked within the Time Warner/Warner Media brands, such as HBO and Cinemax.
Hello, my name is Corine
Dickens. I grew up on the
Southside of Jamaica, Queens
and have spent most of my life
residing in Manhattan. My son
is a senior, who likes video
games, telling jokes, and
watching YouTube videos.
Ten years ago, I got involved with my community and found that I enjoyed advocating for and helping people. I'm a Community Partner with my local precinct, and I currently serve on three Executive Boards:
Hudson High School PTA - Vice President
Local Police Services Area - Recording Secretary
Resident Council - Corresponding Secretary
In my spare time, I like trying new recipes, reading, movies, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. I joined the PTA and the aforementioned groups to be a voice for and with others in my community. Come join me, we got work to do!
Most of my career has been spent as an administrative assistant in Corporate America.
RITA CONCEPCION, SECRETARY
My name is Rita
Concepcion-Rodriguez; this is
my first instance on a PTA
Board. My son is in his Junior
year of high school at Hudson
and he loves computers,
gaming, and pizza.
I am of mixed Puerto Rican-
Antiguan race. I have a very diverse family, as my multiracial household is composed of Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Dominicans, and West Indians, we speak English and Spanish. I have made New York my home for the last twenty-three years, raising my children first in the Bronx, and for the last twenty-one years in Chelsea, Manhattan.
I am the first in my immediate family to obtain a college degree, of which I have a Masters in Public Administration. I've been employed with the City of New York for over sixteen years, and currently oversee the operations of a Job Center that has over 120 employees.
I strongly believe in inclusion and self advocacy. I have a child who is visually disabled, and being able to advocate for my children, while teaching them how to become self advocates, is the best tool a parent can teach a child. I enjoy traveling and meeting people from all over the world, learning about their culture, food, language and habits. I also love helping people and believe in paying it forward, as I once was given assistance and support and an opportunity to grow and flourish.
Adios, hasta la proxima, ta to, see ya later.
LYSA VANIBLE, PARLIAMENTARIAN
My name is Lysa Yvette
Vanible. I was born in
Brooklyn, New York, and
grew up in Yonkers. I’m
currently living in Harlem,
New York. My child is
currently in 11th grade.
Between 1993-1995, I was a
U.S. Postal Employee and a 911 dispatcher. I’m a retired New York City Police Officer, who served from 1995 -2015, and worked as a journalist and office manager for the Lehman College Newspaper 2017-2020. In addition, I worked for Headway as a community researcher on the NYC Bronx Poverty Report 2019-2020
I am a strong community advocate for children and education, and have an extensive history as a volunteer in community work:
1995-2005: Served on the Board of Directors for Advocates for Children
2004-2015: Founded and created a parent group at the School at Columbia named Kaleidoscope
2005-2015: Served on the Board of Directors at The School at Columbia University
2017-2018: Volunteered as an supervising, assistant teacher at Head start on Intervale Ave. with AmeriCorps through Lehman College
I enjoy making interactive maps and coding, collecting comic books (8,000), and karate flicks (1,000). I also enjoy swimming and cooking.
OGECHI AMADI, TREASURER
I was born in New York. My
mother is American and my
father was Nigerian, and I
spent my early childhood in
Nigeria. In 1985, my family
moved to Brooklyn, NY. My
child is in the 10th grade
and loves school.
I have served on a few committees:
NYCHA Resident Association - President,
Felons program in Staten Island, NY - CEO
Youth Connections afternoon school program - President
JCC Carter Center Community Association - Vice President
I enjoy helping and collaborating with others. Currently, I am an advocate for families, and a Recovery Coach.