TYWLS Alumnae Council 

YWLN is continuing our TYWLS Alumnae Council to engage TYWLS alumnae more formally with YWLN programming and create a strong connection between alumnae and The Young Women’s Leadership Schools. In its second year, the Alumnae Council members will meet regularly to support alumnae participation in TYWLS programs and events, connect more alumnae to YWLN, and plan and attend YWLN networking opportunities.

Autumn Bush           

Autumn Bush is a Program Associate in the Office of Faculty Resources at New York University (NYU).  She assists with the creation and implementation of engaging and enriching programs for college and university faculty across the globe including NYU global sites in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.  She graduated from Skidmore College in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and women’s studies and completed her Master of Social Work degree at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work in 2014.  Autumn’s professional experience includes extensive work with non-profit organizations in the arts and education in addition to issues of trauma and teen pregnancy.  She is currently working toward a doctorate degree in clinical psychology hoping to continue work with underserved children and adolescents in inner cities with trauma histories.  Before joining NYU, Autumn was a Development Assistant at Young Women’s Leadership Network and is an alumna of The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem, class of 2003. 

Crystal Civil

Crystal Civil earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from The City University of New York, Baruch College. During her undergraduate career she has worked in an array of fields, including banking, retail and journalism, but she is most passionate about public relations. She is an Account Coordinator at Wagstaff Worldwide, a public relations and marketing firm that specializes in working with clients in all areas of the hospitality industry—from restaurants and food products to travel and tourism destinations, as well as premium wines and spirits. In addition to her career, she is a Founding Member of The Young Women’s Leadership Schools (TYWLS) Alumnae Council, and serves on the Events and Social committee. TYWLS is a high-performing network of all-female public schools in New York City, and Crystal graduated from TYWLS of East Harlem in June 2010. In her free time Crystal enjoys writing restaurant reviews and traveling.

Drusilla Ollennu

Drusilla serves as one of the assistants for the creative department at McCann’s New York office. On a daily basis, she supports 24 employees to facilitate their work-related needs and requests, some of which includes travel arrangements, expense assistance, supply renewals and resource inquiries. During her undergrad education at Fairfield University, Drusilla interned at McCann’s Diversity and Inclusion department to develop diversity initiatives for the agency. In 2014, she earned a bachelor’s degree in English Journalism and blended her passion for writing and fashion to create a blog, toldbydrudoll.com. Recently, she has expanded her blog to focus on both fashion and natural hair. Drusilla graduated from The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem, a high-achieving all-girls college prep school, and is now a founding member of The Young Women’s Leadership School’s Alumnae Council.

Eileen Galicia

Eileen is a service minded individual and currently a Case Manager at Selfhelp Project Pilot, a non-profit community based organization that serves the elderly population of Manhattan.  The mission is to ensure that clients remain safe and independent at home, and in their communities. She started working there in April of 2014 as an Administrative Assistant/Case Aide and in August of 2014, was hired permanently to do Case Management. Prior to coming to SelfhelpProject Pilot, Eileen held several administrative positions, juggled mentoring elementary and high school students, and interned at a NYC based public relations office, Movado Inc. She holds a B.A in Psychology and minor in Theatre and Dance from Dickinson College in Carlisle,Pennsylvania. While at Dickinson College she Co-coordinated an ESL program, joined several community service organizations, did service work in Jamaica, and furthered her studies abroad in China and Australia. Eileen graduated from The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem, a high-performing network of all-female public schools in New York City, and is a founding member of The Young Women’s Leadership Schools Alumnae Council. Eileen likes to stay involved as much as she can. Her summers after High School were dedicated to working as a camp counselor for TYWLS explorer, and she is currently mentoring a high school student at TYWLS in Brooklyn, along with volunteering with other youth leadership programs such as the Jeter’s Leaders Program. Her passion is in creating personal/social and positive change, advocating for those “unsung heroes”, all things artsy, being in a position of assistance to motivate others to achieve their full potential, and giving back.

Nicole White

Nicole White, MSUA, hails from Spanish Harlem, a neighborhood that helped shape her social perspective. Early on, Nicole realized that she stood on the shoulders of giants — individuals and innovative programs that transformed her life.  Nicole has dedicated her professional life to helping disenfranchised populations develop the necessary skills to fulfill their potential as leaders of their families and communities. Nic has a BA in Sociology and an MS in Urban Affairs from Hunter College.  Nicole’s work experience includes positions with the New York City 311, New York City Council, and various New York City non-profits serving youth, women and court involved individuals.  Nicole currently serves as the Special Projects Coordinator at the NYC Department of Education’s LYFE program. At LYFE, Nicole leads the program’s public awareness campaign and manages strategic partnerships to ensure student parents receive the supports needed to graduate fully prepared to pursue college/career opportunities and empowered to sustain healthy families.

Patrice C. Turner 

Patrice C. Turner graduated from the University at Albany (S.U.N.Y.) with a Bachelors Degree in Spanish minoring in Africana Studies, and recently received a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Patrice works extensively to give back to her community - with an emphasis on youth and under-represented groups - and is currently a member of Community Board 9. She has an all-encompassing background working in nonprofit organizations and city agencies of New York; and is currently working in Finance at Columbia University with strides to becoming a Human Resources Director. Patrice graduated from the Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem, a high-performing network of all-female public schools in New York City, and is a founding member of The Young Women's Leadership Schools Alumnae Council.

Interested in joining the council, or have any questions? Contact Yahaira at ygilmaestro@ywln.org