Board of Directors

MISSSEY Board of Directors

Kym Johnson, Board President 

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Kym is the Executive Director of BANANAS, Inc., an early care and education organization that provides resources for families and child care providers to support and educate our youngest learners.  Prior executive level positions include CEO of Harambee, Community Services, and Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Oakland. Kym is also on the executive committee of the Oakland Starting Smart and Strong Initiative, a ten-year effort focused on creating universal access to high-quality early learning, and an active and Golden Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her previous volunteer experiences include board member of the Association of Fund-Raising Professionals – Golden Gate Chapter, the San Francisco Autism Society, Mentor with East Bay College Fund, board trustee at Head-Royce School, Advisory Board member Heads Up Program, co-founder of the Nia Endowed Scholarship Fund, board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the East Bay and co-founder of the San Francisco Alumnae Delta Community Foundation. Kym has an MBA from the University of San Francisco, a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from California State University – East Bay, and a BA in Marketing from San Francisco State University. A native New Yorker from the Bronx, she misses the beautiful colors of autumn and the diversity of the seasons but loves the cultural tapestry of Oakland and the greater Bay Area. A proud mom of a Fulbright Scholar and former traveling soccer mom, she now enjoys having her weekends to do whatever she wants! Kym lives and works in Oakland, CA.

Kelly Paschal

Kelly Paschal-Hunter, General Member

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Kelly has been a mentor, advocate and supporter of MISSSEY for many years, and is committed to protecting the most vulnerable. She is an entrepreneur and marketing professional with a background in fundraising. Kelly holds a B.A. in Communicative Disorders, with an emphasis in Speech Pathology from San Francisco State University. As an advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves, she believes that as a community, our voices and actions can be impactful and lead to the eradication of commercial sexual exploitation.

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Jyotshna Kansakar, General Member

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Jyotshna was born and raised in the foothills of the Himalayas in Kathmandu, Nepal. She moved from Nepal in 2004 at the age of 19 to pursue an accelerated Bachelors and Masters degree in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. After graduating, she obtained her CPA license in 2010 in the State of New Jersey. Since 2009, Jyotshna has held different roles within internal and external audit functions, gaining experience across several industries including energy, financial markets and technology. Her latest tenure is with Internal Audit at Google where she has focused on various verticals including hardware, corporate functions (human resources, payroll, equity), and ads.

Coming from a society where patriarchy still reigns and women are actively trafficked across the border to neighboring countries, Jyotshna is deeply passionate and remains a strong advocate for the welfare of women and children. She believes that empowering women is one of the most critical elements to ensure a functioning society. This interest has led her to volunteer her time with women at elderly homes in Nepal, be an active micro-financer supporting women in agriculture, and join the Board of MISSSEY.

Denishia L. Clark, General Member
 
A Bay Area native and public health advocate, Denishia holds a Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University, a Masters in Urban Public Health (MPH) from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and currently a doctoral candidate at Saint Mary’s College of California for Educational Leadership in Social Justice. Denishia is the Associate Director for Stanford BioSci Careers where she supports emerging leaders in the biosciences to expand their professional networks. Experienced in the improvement of health practices and systems for underserved communities; Denishia also has over ten years of experience in program management, curriculum development, and building sustainable partnerships; skills that she developed while working with Stanford University, School of Medicine as the manager for Global Health Education and Experiential Learning and at the Black AIDS Institute, the only national HIV/AIDS think-tank in the country, as the manager for Training and Capacity Building. At BAI, she collaborated with countless community-based organizations and partners represented various sectors, to increase the utilization of high-quality HIV and sexual health services. 
Inspired by her grandmother who dedicated her life to public service in Black communities, Denishia is dedicated to equity and social justice with a particular interest in the intersectionality of health, science, and education. MISSSEY’s mission and beliefs align with Denishia’s vision for solidarity, healing, advocacy, community empowerment, and meaningful systemic change.