2021 Proposed Slate of Directors to the Board of the YWCA Princeton

Geeta Chopra

Ms. Chopra is an international businesswoman and self-made visionary who believes in God to accomplish the very best results, every time. She started at the age of 25 and acquired 5 properties by the time she was 33, using the power of leverage and negotiation with banks and key players. She is the founder of Chopra Real Estate Developments Inc. Competitive by nature, she truly believes this company will reach amazing heights due to the positive force behind it. Geeta brings over 20 years of negotiation, sales experience, and specialized real estate knowledge to the audience. As an investor, landlord, developer, and licensed realtor, she was registered with Toronto Real Estate Board for 10 years as a board member. She attributes her success to the ability to negotiate and taking advantage of money being cheap.

As a previous small business owner, she employed 35+ individuals. This includes a development from scratch; negotiation with the SBA for a $1,000,000 build-out of the Johnny Rockets restaurant in Princeton, New Jersey. As the owner operator of Johnny Rockets, she managed a team of 35+ employees at the franchise restaurant, and mastered the art of communication, employee retention, and development in individuals. During this time, Geeta managed all aspects of the company from hiring, training, payroll, vendor negotiations, day to day operations, and accounting / legal.

Ms. Chopra has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the prestigious University of Toronto, and a master’s degree in international business and global communications from The George Washington University, Elliot School of International Affairs, where brilliant minds such as Colin Powell graduated.

Christine Curnan

Strategic Business Leader with demonstrated success in for-profit and nonprofit business organizations. Financial Executive with leadership roles overseeing fixed asset investment portfolios. Extensive operations management experience and extensive experience on a Bond trading floor. Leadership roles with large Regional Chamber of Commerce growing membership, economic development and implementing strategic planning programs. Tactical thinker delivering goal orientated growth impacting business direction with forward thinking leadership decisions. A strong motivational executive who values individuals, leads teams and has a track record of working and engaging with volunteers. A collaborative workstyle with a deep understanding of membership driven organizations and the demonstrated ability to work with diverse communities, legislative leaders, and community organizers.

Career Experience:

• Vice President, Membership & Business Development, 2015- Present

Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce, Princeton NJ

• Account Manager, 2010-2015

Signature Title Agency, Princeton NJ.

•Vice President, Portfolio Manager, 1984-2008

Merrill Lynch & Co., Princeton, NJ

Dariel Marius

Dariel Marius is an educator, community advocate and entrepreneur. She is currently a Title 1 Culture and Climate Specialist for the Hamilton Township School District. In this capacity, Dairel create and facilitates Family and Community Engagement Programs. Prior to that role, Dariel has served as second grade schoolteacher. Dariel has also worked at the Hillsborough County School District as Basic Skills Teacher/6th and 7th Grade Math and 8th Grade Writing.

Dariel has a Master of Arts, Certified NJ Reading Specialist from Rider University. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northeastern University. She was named New Jersey Governor’s Teacher of the Year in 2014.

Dariel is active in the community. Her volunteer experience includes Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and NACCP. She is also an independent business owner in fashion.

Tara Oakman, PhD

Tara Oakman, PhD, is a deputy director at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, working on health and health care systems transformation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2013, Oakman spent many years working at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on implementation of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) and earlier on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Oakman received a BA in political science from Brown University, a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a PhD in health care policy from Harvard University. She has written and lectured on the uninsured, Medicare, health care reform, and a host of other issues.

Tara lives in Princeton with her husband, Jeffrey, and children. She has been active in the Community Park Elementary School PTO serving as past president and is now a Vice President in the Princeton Public Schools PTO Council.

Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson

Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson is a product of the Trenton public school system and has obtained advance degrees from Trenton State College/The College of New Jersey, Central Michigan University. Her career as a Social Worker coupled with a commitment to public service led her to the elected position of East Ward Councilwoman and Council Vice-President where she legislated laws for the City of Trenton.

Assemblywoman Reynolds-Jackson proudly served 7 ½ years on City Council before being elected to fill the vacant New Jersey Assembly seat in the 15th Legislative District. Ms. Reynolds-Jackson currently serves as Deputy Majority Leader and Vice-Chairwoman of the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee. She is a member of the Assembly Budget Committee, the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee, the Joint Committee on Public Schools and the Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment.

The Assemblywoman also serves as a Commissioner on the State of New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission. Since graduating from college the Assemblywoman has continued her education through the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority and Rutgers University. For the past 10+ years, Verlina Reynolds-Jackson has been committed to serving her constituents through public service. She has achieved great satisfaction working with various populations, including her neighbors, the homeless, elderly, children, and people with disabilities. Her work has focused on social justice, enforcing business and landlord responsibility, environmental protection, demanding accountability for students, and working with the police regarding crime prevention.

Verlina holds a Master of Science in Administration, Central Michigan University; Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Trenton State College/The College of New Jersey;State of New Jersey Certified Municipal Finance Officer

Verlina resides in the City of Trenton with her wonderful husband, Lorenzo Jackson.