viBe Board of Directors
Gabrielle Gilliam, Chair
Gabrielle Gilliam first came to viBe when she served on the viBenefit 2012 Committee. She joined the board as a member-at-large in March 2013 with the hopes of using her experience as a professional beggar to help increase support to the organization. Currently working as an independent fundraising consultant, Gabrielle has previously served as Vice President for Development at the French-American Foundation, Director of Development at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, NY, Executive Director of Bottomless Closet New York, and, Area Development Director for Foundation and Workplace Giving for the United Negro College Fund’s New York Campaign. Gabrielle received her BA in Drama from Vassar College and her MA in Performance Studies from New York University/Tisch School of the Arts. She became Board Chair of viBe in 2014 and continues to seek new ways to bring more people and resources to viBe. “I love viBe because it provides an opportunity for me to combine my passions (performing arts, social justice) and my skills (fundraising, project management) to make real and meaningful change in the lives of the young girls we serve.”
While studying at Drew University, Sioban Healy learned that the Executive Director of the Apollo Theater often had to shovel the snow himself so they could open the doors for “Showtime.” For some reason, she still chose to pursue a career in non-profit work. She has over 15 years’ experience in fundraising, administration and events management. She has produced numerous fundraising events, working with luminaries such as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Salman Rushdie and the New York Yankees. Some of her favorite things include travelling, cooking, pretending to exercise more than she really does, and her beloved Maltese, Reggie. Sioban joined the viBe board in January 2015. “I love viBe because the hard work, dedication and courage of the viBe girls is an inspiration to me.”
Patrick Lattin, who joined viBe’s Board of Directors in 2014, is a multilingual (French, German) communications professional with experience with non-profit, non-governmental organizations and institutions of higher learning with a focus on public policy, social issues, and international affairs. His work ranges from the production of print and web publications, media relations, community development, brand management, event and conference planning, and institutional advancement. He is currently Communications Manager and Grant Writer at Leake & Watts, a leading nonprofit social-service agency in the New York City area, and previously worked at the French-American Foundation. In addition to journalism and foreign language, Patrick studied theater as an undergraduate in his native Kansas. “I love viBe. Knowing the impact theater performance and collaborative creativity can have on one’s confidence, developing a strong voice, and finding one’s place in a complicated society, it’s great to be able to provide future generations with the unique and enriching experience viBe offers to these girls during such a formative, often trying time in their lives.”
Kristin Marting is a director of hybrid work based in NYC. Over the last 20 years, she has created 26 works for the stage, including 11 original hybrid works, 8 adaptations of novels & short stories and 7 classic plays. She is a co-founder and Artistic Director of HERE, where she cultivates artists and programs all events for two performance spaces–including 18 OBIE-award winners—for an annual audience of 30,000. She is a founding member of viBe’s board. “I love viBe because of the difference it makes in the girls’ lives.”
Cheryl Overton leads Cheryl Overton Communications, a multi-disciplinary network of independent professionals who develop integrated communications strategies. The group’s eclectic client roster runs the gamut from Gannett and BET Networks, to agencies such as Edelman, Ogilvy PR, Marina Maher Communications and Zeno Group and influencers such as Ty Hunter, Beyonce’s stylist. Cheryl previously served as General Manager of Spark PR. She has also held senior leadership roles at Edelman, Ogilvy PR, PMK|BNC and UniWorld Group. Cheryl’s commitment to the care and uplifting of women and girls of color is long-standing. She is a third-generation member of The Links, Inc. and has dedicated volunteer and financial resources targeting this audience through organizations as varied as Big Brothers, Big Sisters, The National Urban League, the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and Step Up Women’s Network, where she served as a Young Luminary. Cheryl is a recipient of the Silver Anvil, Gold Sabre, IPRA, PR Week and PRSA Big Apple “Best of the Best” award. She was named among the “Top 40 Under 40” by The Network Journal. She lectures at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and LIM College. She sits on the advisory board of LOLI Beauty. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College of Columbia University and her Master of Journalism degree, with honors, from Temple University. She resides in Brooklyn, NY and is curator of the insta-blog madshoegram.
Arti Ram joined the viBe board in 2014 after attending “State of the Woman” - an incredibly powerful performance that showcased the viBe girls and the women at the Y in an effort to bridge the stories, lives and and voices of inter-generational women. Seeing the talent that these young women brought to the stage inspired Arti to join the team and help the organization. Outside of viBe, she is the global head of Employer Branding & Technology Marketing at Bloomberg, based in New York. Prior to that, she’s worked at J.P. Morgan and Ogilvy & Mather in marketing and advertising in New York and Hong Kong. Arti graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill (go heels!) with a degree in journalism and mass communication, while simultaneously pursuing her passion for theatre. “I love viBe because I get to help pass on my love for theatre and the benefits that being part of an ensemble as well as being on stage can bring to other young girls!”