Dennie Beach

Dr. Dennie M. Beach is currently serving as Board Chair at African Services Committee. Dr. Beach has over 15 years of experience in data warehousing, BI and analytics. Previously, Dr. Beach spent 2 ½ years with the Teradata Corporation as an Account executive handling large Insurance and Healthcare organizations in the New York Metro area. From 2000 – 2006, Dr. Beach was the Global Services Manager at Microsoft responsible for Citigroup globally. From 1997 – 2000, Dr. Beach was a Partner Program Manager at Microsoft responsible for the mutual success of Accenture, KPMG, HP and Dell for software development and product integration initiatives.

Dr. Beach recently completed his Ph.D. in Public Policy with a specialization in International non-governmental organizations (NGOS) from Walden University. Dr. Beach also holds a Masters in Technology from New York University, Polytechnic Institute and a B.A. in Economics from Northeastern Illinois University.

Dennie has brought the same spirit of service and dedication to his work as an African Services’ board member. Through a major donation from Microsoft that he facilitated, African Services has been able to set up a new computer lab for use by clients in the Independent Living Skills program.

In his free time, Dr. Beach serves a board chairperson and board member for various International non-profit organizations. Dr. Beach also enjoys yachting, chess, reading, and exercising.

Nathalie Weeks

Ms. Week’s career in human services has spanned both the public and private/not-for-profit sectors. A graduate of Columbia University’s graduate schools of social work and business, she has served as a Manhattan Borough Manager for the New York City Department of Mental Health and as the Commissioner of Mental Health for Orange County, New York.

Nathalie brings to African Services’ board, 25 years of experience working on the frontlines of the AIDS crisis in New York City. In 1982, she became involved with the founders of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, lending her support to the development of services directed to an as-yet unnamed epidemic. She became a volunteer at GMHC in 1985 and, in 1986, joined its Board of Directors. At that time, Ms. Weeks entered county government and later served as Deputy Executive Director of GMHC from 1990 to 1993.

Since then, she has been a deputy executive director of a hundred-year old New York City settlement house providing mental health and HIV/AIDS services, a private consultant to a number of not-for-profit and governmental agencies, and is currently the Senior Vice President for Behavioral Services at the Staten Island Mental Health Society where she is responsible for the Children’s Community Mental Health Center. Nathalie began her career as a certified social worker and has also lived and worked extensively in Africa.

Dr. Neeraj Mistry

Dr. Neeraj Mistry is a South African-born public health physician. Most recently, he was Technical Director at the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria where he lead the technical assistance to GBC member companies focusing on policy, program design and implementation in the workplace and community. As a founding employee of GBC, Neeraj provided technical and substantive input to all GBC offices and departments. He developed the Business AIDS Methodology (BAM), the BPAS (Best Practices AIDS Standard) and GBC's work on co-investment and public-private partnerships working with multilateral and bilateral agencies including the Global Fund and PEPFAR.

Okeh Ugwonali

Okeh brings to African Services' board extensive experience in the finance and investment sector. An associate with Thompson Financial, he works in their fixed income strategic intellience unit. A native of Texas of Nigerian descent, Okeh is committed to contributing to African communities in the Diaspora. Through the Board, he is working to provide tangible benefits to African Services in the area of capital growth, infrastructure expansion and financial management.