Ron Duprat

From humble beginnings growing up in Mare Rouge, Haiti, a young Ron Duprat watched in delightful anticipation as his grandmother cooked. He always knew he wanted to be a chef. Years later, he would arrive in the United States and begin work as a dishwasher. Ron Duprat then realized that he would dedicate his life to creating beautiful dishes.

Chef Ron Duprat is best known as one of the top competitors on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef.” During that season’s competition in Las Vegas, Duprat amazed judges with his exotic flavors, combining his rich Haitian heritage with French Asian influences, quickly becoming a crowd favorite. Since his days on Top Chef, Chef Ron has been traveling the world sharing his culinary prowess in cooking demonstrations, working as a celebrity chef at numerous restaurants, resorts and companies. He is currently a consultant for the international food company Rastelli Direct and works as a consulting executive chef at the Sugar Bay Resort and Spa in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Chef Ron has prepared amazing meals for President and First Lady Obama, Jay Z and Beyonce, Usher and many other notable figures. Educated at the College Aime Cesaire, La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine and the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Ron has used his cooking skills to also become actively involved in the fight against childhood obesity and advocacy for healthy kids eating.

He is affiliated with several major causes, including the First Lady Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’ campaign, No Hungry Kids, BCAGlobal, the College of Culinary Arts in Miami, Chef’s Table, and Basil Magazine’s Chef Council. Chef Ron is a Caribbean Black Elk Ambassador at Black Elk Wine and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton named him a “Culinary Ambassador.” Recently, the Huffington Post named him as one of the “10 Black Chefs That Are Changing the Food World as We Know It” and the Washington Post company’s TheRoot.com included him in a list of the “How 12 Black Chefs Cooked Their Way to the Top of the World” along with Marcus Samuelsson, G. Garvin, B. Smith and Tre Wilcox.

 

Jennifer Hong

Jen Hong graduated from NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business with a B.S. in Finance and Accounting and M.S. in Accounting. She started her career in audit at KPMG but soon changed gears to be a consultant/strategist. Jen is currently working as chief of staff at Infor’s healthcare business supporting executives with executing on their high-level visions. She’s a strong believer in leveraging strategic business disciplines such as process improvement, change management, and growth planning within non-profit operations.

While she focuses most of her clarity efforts to BCA Global, Jen has also led over 50 initiatives and campaigns with various organizations in the past 3 years, such as International Rescue Committee, TR Foundation, Grace Institute and Welcome Home Group.

She hopes to become of increasing value to BCA as she matures in her professional and non-profit careers.

 

Everett Hinds

Everett B. Hinds was born and raised on the island of Barbados and came to Brooklyn at the age of 15. There he attended the Boys & Girls High School in Bedford Stuyvesant. After graduation, he received a UFT Scholarship, as well as an Academic Scholarship to Hofstra University, in Hempstead, NY. In the fall of 1977, Everett became the founder and President of the African Caribbean Society and in 1981 he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts. Soon after he began his career in 1982 by working with two community-based organizations; the Little Flower Children Services and the New York Foundling Hospital as Case Worker and a Community Resource Consultant and Personnel Manager.

After a few years of experience, he entered the wine industry in 1988 and began working with Gallo Wine Distributors as a sales representative. Eight years later, Everett made the transition to Premier Wine & Spirits as a District Manager. By 2004 he moved up the ranks to become a Sales Manager for the Combo Off Premise Division at Southern Wine & Spirits of NY. Over the years Everett has been affiliated with many charities such as; the West Harlem Group (former board member), MoCADA Museum in Brooklyn,Jack & Jill of Nassau County, the United Negro College Fund, the Fulton & Nostrand Street Merchant Association, and is currently a board member of the BCA (Black Culinary Alliance) & a member of the National Negro Golf Association.

 

Helene Sostarich Barsamian

Helene Sostarich Barsamian was appointed Director of Development for the School of Communications and Media at Montclair State University on May 19, 2014. She is also Principal of Development Advisers International, a consulting firm that works with not-for-profit institutions to develop a philanthropic strategy that will enable them to meet realistic fund-raising objectives along with achieving long-term sustainability.

Helene has more than 20 years of experience guiding national and international nonprofits to tangible results drawing from a multicultural background coupled with an education and experience gained on both sides of the Atlantic.

Her career spans the academic, for-profit and non-profit sectors, having held early on teaching positions at NYU and Upsala College, followed by working for ABB in the oil and petrochemical division, then in the Real Estate Investments arm of Prudential Financial. In 2000, she returned to an academic setting as Assistant Dean for Administrative Affairs at the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, where she also undertook donor stewardship.

Before joining Montclair State University, Hélène was Director of Institutional Advancement in the US for IESE, the Spanish Business School that has since 2009 established an Executive Education Center in New York. Prior to joining IESE, she helped establish and successfully grow and manage Friends of Freie Universität Berlin (FFUB) in New York as its Executive Director.

Helene speaks five languages and holds degrees in French and German Languages and Literatures from Rice University in Houston, Texas, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium and New York University.

 

Josette Sprott

Josette is an HR professional with diverse experience across multiple industries, from video gaming to publishing & CPG, and most recently, media.  She is currently an HR Director at Bleacher Report, a division of Turner, where she leads the HR function for the team.  As she steadily progressed throughout her HR career, she has held roles in small and large organizations including Atari, McGraw-Hill, SalonCentric, a division of L’Oreal and Nespresso, a division of Nestle.  Josette is inspired by the impact her roles in HR has had on both employee and organizational performance.   She also has an MBA from Baruch College, CUNY.

While she is now back in NYC where she grew up, Josette has spent the last 2.5 years enjoying life in San Francisco, especially the great outdoors camping & hiking and the wonderful farmer’s markets.

Passionate about living a healthy lifestyle, Josette loves all things wellness, from exploring new workouts throughout the city to learning about meditation to cooking healthy meals and inspiring others to do the same.