Board Members

Alexis Epps | Board President

 

                                   

DIGI Academies is a place where many of my life’s passions converge: meaningful learning experiences for young children, the significance of the arts, and the community of people who work together to support these things.  It is truly a joyful and inspiring place to come to work every day.

 

It is also a place where I can apply my seemingly non-related degrees in Communications and Business Administration from the University at Albany, SUNY.  As a recent master's recipient in Nonprofit Management and Organizational Communications, all these points in my journey have allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of what makes for quality early childhood education.

 

My daughter, Charlize, and I moved to Albany in 2012 to help with the family business.  As a fellow parent, I love being able to learn all of the early childhood education resources with my preschool-age daughter.  It is my personal goal to do my best to safeguard the mission of our school.

 

As President of the board, her duties will include presiding over the board and executive committee meetings, the non-profit board president will have a variety of responsibilities.  As 'Chief Volunteer,' the president will work with the Business Director, board, staff, and community to further the organization's mission.  The president will influence how the board uses its time, the selection of board members and its future leadership.             

Daria Davis-Yatak | Secretary

 

                         

Dr. Daria Davis-Yatak earned a Doctor of Pharmacy, Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy at Howard University, Washington, DC.  I am a diverse professional with a strong scientific background, account management, and need-based selling skills.  Excellent communicator with commendable time management skills, collaborate with pharmacists and district managers to execute clinical initiatives, responsible for training and utilizing needs-based selling. As Secretary for the board, her duties will include fostering communication and diligence through proper management and utilization of important records such as meeting minutes and the organization's bylaws.   

E. Valisha Davis | Treasurer


                                 

E. Valisha Davis is the Clinical Director for Valley Recovery Center of Nevada located in Reno, NV.  Valisha recently relocated from NC where she is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, and a Certified Anger Management Professional.  Ms. Davis also holds a Level-4 Certification for the Positive Parenting Program and a Masters Addiction Counselor Certification.  She received her MS in Mental Health Counseling from St. Thomas University in Miami, FL in 1999.  

 

Ms. Davis received her BA in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University located in Boca Raton, FL in 1993.  Ms. Davis has been working with people with mental health and substance abuse diagnoses for more than 18 years.  Ms. Davis is a member of the Safe Space Task Force which specializes in domestic violence and victims of rape and a member of the Juvenile Justice Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program.  Ms. Davis is well-versed with all populations and diagnoses.  

 

As Treasurer for the board, her duties will be to oversee the financial administration of the organization, review procedures and financial reporting, advise the board on financial strategy, and advise on fundraising.  

Estelle Evans | Board Member

 

                                   

 

Estella Evans joined Union in 2009 as an administrative intern at the 6th/7th Grade Center. She was named assistant principal of the9th Grade Center in 2011.  Evans came to Union with more than 15 years of experience in public schools at both elementary and middle school levels. Evans has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Oral Roberts University and a master’s degree in teaching and Learning Leadership from Oklahoma State University. Evans has participated in the principal’s academy and other curriculum-related committees during her tenure as an educator.  

 

As a board member, she will act in the best interest of the non-profit if the director reasonably believes that the action will benefit the organization.  Doing what is in the best interest of the non-profit means that directors are obedient to the "laws" of that non-profit, which include adhering to the Articles of Incorporation (or Certificate of Formation), bylaws, tax-exempt status, and faithfully following its mission and purpose.  As always, it means that directors follow all laws applying to the non-profit - federal, state, and local laws and regulations.  

Jessica Bator Piluden | Board Member

                                 

 

 

 

 

Jessica Bator Piluden earned an Associate of Nursing from Anne Arundel Community College in Hanover, MD.  She is currently an Orthopedic ORN at St Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Jessica is a patient-focused and compassionate professional with excellent communication skills. As a board member, she will act in the best interest of the non-profit if the director reasonably believes that the action will benefit the organization. 

Bobby Mozafari | Board Member

Originally from Olney, Dr. Bobby Mozafari attended Western Kentucky University after graduating from Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, MD in 2001.  While at Western Kentucky, he made the decision to complete his Bachelor’s Degree at Logan College of Chiropractic.  He has been successfully treating patients in an outpatient setting since 2007 and graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic with his Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2009. After years of treating patients in the St. Louis area upon graduating, Dr. Mozafari decided to move back to Montgomery County in pursuit of his dream of opening a chiropractic clinic specializing in physical therapy exercises in his hometown of Olney, MD. He was enamored by the chiropractic principle of addressing the problem causing symptoms that people have, as opposed to primarily addressing the symptom as the problem.

As a board member, he will act in the best interest of the non-profit if the director reasonably believes that the action will benefit the organization. 

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