EXECUTIVE BOARD SLATE
Maimouna "Mouna" Sow is a junior architect currently working on high-end residential projects in New York and is currently the 2019 Co-Chair of the nycobaNOMA Professional Development Committee. As Recording Secretary, Mouna hopes to further her involvement with nycobaNOMA while enhancing her leadership skills through serving the organization.
Ellen Abraham aims to bridge the gap between ideation, design excellence and social awareness, all through her first love - Architecture.
This MBA graduate and Senior Project BIM/Technical Lead at Skidmore,Owings & Merrill LLP, nurtures her passions through leading various community building initiatives, design-based philanthropy and social impact advocacy groups. She serves her community through leading Low & Pro-Bono Design Initiatives and as a Board member and the Building Committee Chairwoman for the 100+ year old, landmarked Ephesus Church in Harlem, NYC. She is the newest addition to the ArchiteXX Executive Board - a 501c3 non-profit organization for promoting Gender Equity within the architecture profession.
Ellen hopes to be one of the first 500 Black licensed women architects in the United States.
Mr. Charles-Pierre is a Project Manager with TONAB Architecture, and a graduate from New York Institute of Technology. He has two decades of experience in a variety of work including historic preservation, zoning & building code consulting, project management, and construction administration. His experience in architectural firms including STV Inc. and PM Architecture, has given him the foundation to work on a wide range of projects like the JFK AirTrain Light Rail stations and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
He also taught three semesters at PRATT Institute to incoming freshman minority students in the Architecture (HEOP) program. He currently is Board Chairman for Brooklyn Neighborhood Services formally (NHS Bedford Stuyvesant).
The President shall preside at all Executive Committee, Board of Directors and General Membership meetings and shall be an ex-officio member of all committees, co-sign all checks and appoint the Historian and all committee chairs with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee, except as otherwise provided for in these bylaws. The President shall have the responsibility and authority for the day-to-day administration of the affairs of NYCOBA-NOMA and shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as the Executive Committee may from time to time prescribe. The President shall not enter into contracts or agreements on behalf of NYCOBA-NOMA or otherwise obligate NYCOBA-NOMA except by majority vote of the Executive Committee.
In the absence of the President, the President Elect shall act in all respects in the stead of the President. The President Elect shall perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the Executive Committee.
The Treasurer shall be the chairperson of the Budget and Finance Committee; Shall have custody of all monies of NYCOBA-NOMA; Shall keep an accurate recorded itemization of all receipts and expenditures; Shall, with the President and (optionally) the President Elect, be a signatory on the bank checking account for the disbursement of funds as authorized by the Executive Committee. The signatures of the Treasurer and the President shall be required on all checks and for the withdrawal of funds from the bank account. In the event of the incapacity or absence of the Treasurer or President, the Vice President shall act in the stead of such officer with their consent for purposes of disbursing funds from the bank account. The Treasurer shall provide a written Treasurer’s Report at every meeting of the Executive Committee, unless otherwise voted upon and shall also produce an Annual Treasurer’s Report. Upon reasonable request, any member of NYCOBA-NOMA shall have direct access to the books for inspection.
The Corresponding Secretary shall attend to all approved written notices, maintain a mailing list, attend to all correspondence, maintain the NYCOBA stationery, and keep an up-to-date, accurate list of the membership
The Recording Secretary will record and keep minutes of the meetings to be presented
for review and approval at subsequent meetings.
The Parliamentarian shall serve in an impartial role and shall not vote at Executive Committee or Board of Directors meetings unless a tie breaker is needed. The Parliamentarian shall maintain order at all meetings as per Robert’s Rules of Order and shall ensure that meetings start on time, stay on topic and cover all agenda items.