Nathan Ebanks Children Advocacy Group Inc. (N.E..C.A.G) Board of Directors is comprised of a talented group of professionals dedicated to NECAG’s mission to mobilize funding, people and resources to drive support to address the challenges of children (0-21) with disabilities: physical, cognitive, mental and emotional, sensory; and those who with special education needs.
Denise K. March - is a coach, consultant, and investor. She spent most of her career in internal audit covering investment banking, investment management, alternative investments, operations, pensions and benefits, human resources, property and casualty insurance claims, among other areas at the following: Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Home Insurance Company JPMorgan Chase, Lehman Brothers, and Och-Ziff Capital Management, a hedge fund. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Queens College and was elected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, M.B.A. in Finance and Investments from Baruch College, MDiv (Master in Divinity) from Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack College, and Leadership and Organizational Change at Walden University. She is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Asset Allocation Management Specialist (AAMS), and Certified Risk Professional (CRP). She previously held Series 7 and 63 securities licenses. She states that philanthropy and volunteering is in her DNA. Over the years she was a member of the Voluntary Organization for Uplifting Children (VOUCH), co-coordinatior for the mentoring program and career day events at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, coordinator for the United Negro College Fund Campaign for JPMorgan Chase’s Audit Department, and a past Board Member and Treasurer for the Urban Youth Alliance International, Inc. She is currently the President of the St. Andrew Alumnae Association, Inc., NY Chapter. Also, she has participated in a few marathons and a triathlon to raise money for blood cancer research for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She believes "she is blessed to be a blessing to others because she has been given the ability and desire to make a difference."
Christine Staple-Ebanks – is the co-founder of the N.E.C.A.G. She is a children and disability advocate and the author or “Raising Nathan: Every Life Has a Story. Christine entered the disability field after her son Nathan was diagnosed with cerebral palsy in 2005. She has been working since then to help shape the support of care for children with disabilities in Jamaica. Christine is a firm believer that ‘ children can only paint the rainbows with whatever color we give them”.
Karaine Smith Holness – is a dynamic and innovative social and business entrepreneur. She is a successful company owner and opinion leader in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, where she founded and still manages Hair’s Kay Salon. A fierce social advocate, Karaine is one of the founding members of the Jamaican American Connection and has served as president of the organization since 2014. She co-founded KHAIR, a program aimed at boosting self-esteem of at-risk youth in New Haven and is a founding member of the New Haven Caribbean Heritage Festival. She is a key partner in the Jesse Homeless Outreach Project (JHOP) a program that gives free haircuts to the homeless. Karaine is a firm believer “that if each one helps one, the world would be a better place”.
Simone Fisher – is a management accountant in New York City, USA. Simone became involved with the Nathan Ebanks Foundation (NEF) during one of her trips to Jamaica in 2012. Moved with compassion by the work and the children the NEF supports, Simone helped to set up the NECAG to create an avenue to support the work. Simone’s energy and never-ending commitment to the needs of children in Jamaica makes her a genuine asset to the organization. Her personal motto is “I’m not on earth for myself. I am here to help whoever, whenever and wherever possible”.
Karlene Crossdale – is a registered nurse working at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York. Having received a top education at St Andrew High School, Kingston, Jamaica, she emigrated to America in 1983 as a young girl and has lived there ever since. She has never forgotten her roots and is as active in Jamaica as she is in America. A dedicated charity worker and guardian; in 1998 she took on the admirable role of becoming prime benefactor for 3 orphaned children from St Catherine, Jamaica. She is also a passionate volunteer for the Children of the Syndicate, a non-profit organisation serving children in rural Jamaican primary schools. In America her on going work in the community among the sick and needy earned her the Northwell Health System Hospitality Agency Award in 2014. Karlene is passionate about helping those who are in need. She believes “that we are all our brothers’ keeper and that we have a role to play in supporting each other”.
Robert Kingsley Ebanks – is co-founder of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation together with his wife, Christine. Professionally, Robert has over 20 years of banking and corporate finance experience with 12+ years at executive management level. As a hands-on manager he is a valued mentor and coach. His extensive strategic business experience and keen eye for numbers makes him a very important member of the board. Robert believes that “if we invest in children’s development holistically, the future will be brighter for everyone.
As a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, the NECAG relies on individual and corporate contributions made by donors who believe in our work and will advocate on our behalf. To ensure their generosity merits the respect and trust of the general public and that donors and prospective donors can enjoy complete confidence in our fiduciary stewardship of their gifts, the Nathan Ebanks Children Advocacy Group Inc. monitors compliance with applicable federal and state regulations, files audited financial statements, and makes material information available to donors upon requests.