Board of Directors
Larendee Roos, President
CEO, founded Roos Advisors in 2003, a consulting, talent recruitment and retention firm. As a strategic business advisor, she has consulted with over 200 management teams ranging from start-ups to publicly-traded companies in the areas of business development, sales, administration, finance, and operations. She has advised more than 100 asset purchases, mergers, and company acquisitions. She studied psychology, music and religious studies at Evangel University, She is also a certified hypnotherapist and certified sales, marketing, and business coaching.
Sally Hipscher, Vice President
Sally is a retired NYC high school health and physical education teacher for 36 years. She was founder and faculty advisor of Murrow’s HEART club (HIV/AIDS, peer education, advocacy and social action club), training students to be peer educators and conduct AIDS quilt workshops during World AIDS Week. Sally is a trustee at the East Midwood Jewish Center and chairperson of the East Midwood Jewish Center/Our Lady of Refuge Church interfaith committee.
Jess is passionate about supporting the academic, professional, spiritual and overall success and growth of youth and young adults. She currently works as an Academic Advisor for Women Scholars with the ACE Program at John Jay College, and she loves being a JAIA Board Member. Those who know Jess well describe her as artistic, compassionate, honest, and witty.
Veronica is an award-winning Producer at PIX11 News, who focuses on social justice issues and women empowerment. She is a graduate of The Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism and Television, Radio and Film. Veronica is a Brooklyn native who regularly volunteers with organizations focused on youth empowerment as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Veronica is the founder and CEO of the Happy New Network (HNN).
Rev Elease Welch, Board Member Emeritus
Rev Elease served as JAIA’s first Board President for 5 years. She is a Minister of Spiritual Consciousness, a dynamic teacher, a masterful coach, and a powerful and compassionate leader. She is a graduate of New York University holding an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration. She also serves as the Asst. Director of Academic Affairs at Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development. Elease continues to volunteer with JAIA serving on the curriculum committee.