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Board Members

Nicole Butler recently served as Vice President of Advocacy and Collaboration for the Newark Charter School Fund. In that role, she steered the charter community in establishing important city educational reform initiatives, including the implementation of the One Newark universal enrollment system and the adopting of the Compact for Newark’s Students. Nicole earned her B.A. degree in psychology from Elizabethtown College and her M.A. from New York University.

Elaine Hughes (Board Vice President) is currently a Partner at Lowenstein Sandler, a national law firm with offices in New York, Palo Alto, and Roseland, NJ. Ms. Hughes focuses her practice on private equity, venture capital and hedge fund formation, compliance and investment. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Boston College Law School.

Katherine Liu is Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Viacom International Media Networks. She is responsible for building brands with a common strategic vision across 200-plus countries. She has also worked in Corporate Development at News Corp. and began her career at Merrill Lynch. Katherine holds a MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Georgetown University.

Theresa Mitchell is an active volunteer in the community and a parent of a UHCS scholar. 

Elizabeth Rainey-Goka was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. Since 1975, Elizabeth has been involved in the Food Service Industry for the City of Newark Food Programs. Her background and focus on community collaboration has led her to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles. Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management at Caldwell College and a Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership at Stamford University.

Kimaada Sills is a currently a Program Manager at the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. She serves on the boards of Bethany Cares, Inc. and Rutgers University College of Nursing Urban Youth Center. She holds a Masters degree in City and Regional Planning with a concentration in community and economic development from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.

Warren Tranquada (Board President) is currently Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ. Previously he was partner and co-founder of Aperio, a leading social sector consultancy. Warren has an MBA from Harvard Business School (with distinction) and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University (with great distinction).

Anuja Vejalla is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Emerging Markets Latin American Desk, at Barclays. She manages daily operations covering foreign exchange, rates and credit products. Anuja has an MBA from the Yale School of Management, a Masters in Computer Science from West Virginia University, and a Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India.

Miyoshi West Lee is a Director/SVP and Sr. Global Payments Product Manager at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She is responsible for coordinating strategic investment plans and developing sales enablement tools for a portfolio of products across four regions. She also has extensive experience in eCommerce, risk management and FX/commodity trading. Miyoshi has an MBA in Corporate Strategy & International Finance from the University of Michigan Business School and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BS in Finance.

Marinne Walker is a native Newarker. She attended Newark 's public schools.  A graduate of Barringer High School, she obtained under graduate and graduate degrees from Seton Hall  University.  She taught in the Newark Public Schools  for 36 years. After her retirement Marinne, approached the administration of UHCS offering to volunteer.  She has done so for the past ten years, the last seven as acting librarian. Marinne is the mother of two sons, and 'GMA Renie' to six grand daughters. A deaconess at Bethany Baptist Church she believes in using whatever  you have been given to benefit others.