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Black Water

Co-Founder, Digital and Data Co-Director


Roxanne Mustafa is a Palestinian-American who was born and raised in Brooklyn and has been a Staten Island resident for 14 years. As a User Research, Product Designer and consultant, she leverages her skills in research, facilitation, problem solving, data analysis and design, as well as her work in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the technology sector, to help build her community and raise the voice of women and other targeted groups on Staten Island. Her goal is to help build a network of strong, smart and capable Staten Island women to improve the quality of life in our borough. Roxanne lives in a 100 year old home in St. George with her husband and 2 boys.


Director of Finance, Fundraising and Communications


Karen Lanovoi is a fiction-writer and Brooklyn native who moved to Staten Island as a teenager. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from CUNY, Staten Island. Karen developed communication, sales and training methodologies for companies such as AT&T and The Walt Disney Company as well as her own company, Secret Machine. Karen was living in Orlando Florida when she was first moved to activism after the Pulse Night Club shooting. Currently living in Europe, she has been remotely Co-Directing the Financial, Fundraising, and Communications Operational arms of SIWWM. As a wife, a mother of 3, and a New Yorker at heart, Karen believes the world belongs to every living soul and not just one privileged percent. She has found a guiding light in women like Eleanor Roosevelt, Jane Fonda, and Malala Yousafazi.


Director of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


Sarah Blas is a Staten Island resident, mother of six beautiful children, fierce community advocate, and public speaker. She has over 10 years experience in the non-profit world and several years in the private sector in branding and communication. In addition to her role as director for SIWWM, she is also the founder of Staten Island Therapeutic Gardens, the only "healing hub" that addresses health disparities in communities of color through sustainable programming and food sovereignty. During the day, she works for the Child Wellness Initiative at the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness, a public health non-profit organization, whose goal is to reduce the burden of chronic disease among Staten Island Children. In her spare time she can be found advocating for food justice, championing for equitable housing, registering voters, facilitating workshops and creating intergenerational therapeutic art programming to de-stigmatize mental health in communities of color. 

"I have the courage to disagree, the platform to speak, the education to amplify and faith that the systematic oppression of black and brown people will be completely dismantled because and only because of the Black leaders who have paved the way long before my birth". - Sarah Blas


Engagement Director


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Communications Director


Nikki is a native Staten Islander, nature-lover, and an attorney for the NYC Department of Social Services. She has been shaped by her sister, whose daily effort and persistence to overcome a learning disability has been an inspiration and constant reminder of myriad life lessons. Nikki is passionate about social justice and making Staten Island a more equitable place for women and people of color. She and her husband are generally exhausted and enjoying the ride, raising two thoughtful, funny, feminist sons. 

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Immigrant Outreach Coordinator


To all who know her, Jennifer Gray-Brumskine is highly regarded as a selfless and determined leader. Her driving force has always been her desire to lead the Liberian community in Staten Island. By collaborating with other diverse groups and continued volunteerism, Jennifer is always organizing, advocating and supporting women and families. Jennifer’s determination to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate has a long rooted history dating back to when she visited Liberia and saw the suffering of the children, some of whom were maimed, homelessness, and starving as a result of the war. That experience deeply touched her with profound sorrow and left a lasting impression on her heart. Jennifer is a recipient of many awards and currently holds active membership in numerous organizations on Staten Island: Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, SILCA; Staten Island Women’s Leadership Council; Public Relations Officer, Staten Island African Leadership. A graduate of Yale University Women’s School of Campaign and CORO New York Leadership Center, Immigrant Civic Leadership Jennifer intends to continue her focus on Sustainable Development for the Park Hill African Community and Liberians in the diaspora. Despite all her work and dedication to her community, Jennifer is most proud of her loving family and daughter Margaret Brumskine.

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Michelle Roller was born in California and raised in Oregon amongst a progressive, grassroots community. She collaborates with interior designers and architects to develop a wide scope of custom products for hotels and residences. The collaborative process has honed her ability to gather information, facilitate the process of the design & manufacture to achieve a desired outcome. She applies that same creative process to community building by conceiving a broad strategy that can be implemented in definable steps. Michelle believes that civic engagement is the key element missing for sustainable change and can be presented in a more creative, dramatic way to attract young voters. Michelle lives with her twelve year old son.

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