IGYDP Board of Directors


Josef Sorett, Ph.D, Chairman of the Board of Directors

Dr. Sorett is a professor at Columbia University and a consultant for PPV. A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Sorett served as Assistant Program Director for the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA). His focus is on the prevention of HIV and AIDS and substance abuse among youth.

Kevin Sibley, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors

Kevin Royal Sibley graduated with a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Massachusetts and a Masters in Business Management from Cambridge College. From 2001 to 2002, Mr. Sibley worked as the Director of Operations for W.E.A.T.O.C. (We’re Educators; A Touch of Class) in Boston, MA. The organization pioneered the “peer-education” format for teens to teach each other about HIV. and AIDS, youth violence, sexuality and health. Currently, Mr. Sibley is a Program Coordinator for Street Safe Boston, a multi-million dollar youth development and safety initiative by The Boston Foundation designed to dramatically reduce youth violence in a subset of neighborhoods in Boston.

LaShaunn Casselle, Chair of Fundraising Committee

LaShaunn is a national curator and media arts consultant. She holds certificates in non-profit management and case management from Virginia Commonwealth University and attended Howard University in Washington D.C. She currently works as an Arts Outreach Coordinator at Pine Camp Arts and Community Center with the Department of Parks Recreation and Community Facilities in Richmond, VA. Ms. Casselle possesses skills in fundraising, marketing, website development, design, theater, photography, creative writing, portrait modeling, facilitating mural projects, and curation. She has curated exhibitions at the Capital One Black History Month Exhibition and the Women’s Exhibition. She has also served as a mentor for the national award-winning program called SOHO, a program designed to mentor pre-teen girls in the arts.

Josie Haywood, Treasurer

From Concord, MA, Ms. Haywood is the CEO of Executive Analytics & Design, Inc. and an Information Technology and Services consultant. Executive Analytics & Design, Inc. is a financial and financial systems solutions company that helps their clients move their business to the next level.

Angela Brooks, Secretary

From Providence, RI, Angela Brooks is the manager of SEDCO Foods. Ms. Brooks serves as The Institute For Global Youth Development's secretary.

Dr. Sunni Rumsey Amatullah, Member at Large

Dr. Sunni Rumsey Amatullah has been a human, health, and gender rights advocate for over 40 years. She was a regular writter for the progressive magazine, Dialogue, an international Islamic puiblication based in England. Dr. Sunni was the first woman and woman of color to become a NGO UN representative for the internationally based al-Khoei foundation. Dr. Sunni has traveled extensively nationally and internationally speaking on the compex social, educational, and health-related issues impacting Muslim women in the 21st century. Dr. Amatullah received her PhD from the University of Canterbury in International Studies (NZ/UK campius) in 1955. Her MS and BS with honors are from Adelphi University, LI.

Roderick James, Member at Large

From Bethesda, MD, Roderick James is an Information Technology Specialist at the National Cancer Institute.

Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Program Advisor

A graduate of Spelman College and Harvard Medical Schoo, Deborah Prothrow-Stith specializes in senior-level searches for academic medical centers, public health schools, healthcare systems, and hospitals as a member of the firm’s Life Sciences Practice. She brings more than 26 years of experience as a nationally acclaimed public health leader, physician, and educator to her role.

Deborah is recognized as one of the creators of a nationwide social movement to prevent violence, and is the co-author of Deadly Consequences (the first book to present the public health perspective on the topic to a mass audience), Sugar and Spice and No Longer Nice, Murder Is No Accident, and Health Skills for Wellness. Deborah has extensive clinical experience as an attending physician at Boston City Hospital and chief of the Adolescent Clinic at Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center. Appointed by the Governor, Deborah served as the Massachusetts public health commissioner with responsibility for 7 hospitals, 3500 employees and a 350 million dollar budget. In that role, she expanded treatment programs for AIDS patients, increased funding for drug rehabilitation and launched a statewide office to prevent youth violence. In addition to ten honorary doctorates, Deborah has received the 1993 World Health Day Award, the 1989 Secretary of Health and Human Service Award, and a presidential appointment to the National Commission on Crime Control and Prevention. In 2003, she was inducted to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, one of academic medicine’s highest achievements.