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Nicia Fullwood
Head of School

Nicia is a BELA co-founder and will serve as the Head of School. She’s thrilled to start a school with a rockstar team of women and humbled by the opportunity to continue to serve young women in the Brooklyn community. Let the journey begin…

 

 
 

Shannon Riley
Co-founder, Dean of Advancement

Shannon is a native New Yorker - grew up on Long Island, and after receiving her MSW from Columbia University she has called NYC home for the past 12 years. She credits her all-girls high school experience for her continued commitment and passion for girls’ education. InShannon is a native New Yorker - grew up on Long Island, and after receiving her MSW from Columbia University she has called NYC home for the past 12 years. She credits her all-girls high school experience for her continued commitment and passion for girls’ education. In her spare time she enjoys  watching college basketball, a GOOD cup of coffee, and an interesting read. You may hear her talking about her amazing family while sharing the latest photo of her nephew & niece. P.S. if you ever need a favor from Shannon, a diet coke goes a long way :) her spare time she enjoys watching college basketball, a GOOD cup of coffee, and an interesting read. You may hear her talking about her amazing family while sharing the latest photo of her nephew & niece.

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Dionna Matlock
Dean of Operations

Dionna is the Founding Dean of Operations at BELA.  She brings with her more than 10 years of experience in business operations, administration and event management. She is originally from Dallas, TX, but after living in NY for over 7 years, she considers Brooklyn as her second home. Her passion for mentoring young girls, coupled with her interest in engineering and technology, Dionna is committed to supporting the needs of the young women at BELA as they are introduced to STEM topics. In her spare time, Dionna enjoys baking, hiking and working on DIY projects.  You can also find her exploring the city with her beautiful daughter Emersyn and partner, James.


Camile Gayle
Dean of Student Life

Born and raised in Brooklyn, I have left several times in my youth and adulthood to live in sunny South Florida. I am a licensed clinical social worker (by way of being a former teacher in East New York and taking a quick detour as a doula) that is passionate about empowering girls and women. I am thrilled to join this team as the Dean of Student Life, combining my love for Brooklyn, empowering young women, education and enhancing leadership skills! You can also find me hanging out with my incredible two year old son, spending time with friends and family, enjoying a park or beach picnic, traveling and listening to old school music!

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