Financially CLEAN was built by and is run by an entirely volunteer-based community. Our team comes from a diverse array of backgrounds, and bring a wealth of financial expertise and experience to the table. We are always looking for like-minded individuals to help our cause - if this sounds like you, let us know!


The Financially CLEAN Team

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Shaun Lynda

CO-FOUNDER & CHAIR

Shaun started out from humble beginnings, raised by a single mom and his sister in government housing.  A very focused, determined young man, he excelled in sports and academics.  He always had big dreams and with that discovered his entrepreneurial spirit very early in life. Promoting parties all through university at night and working as a bank teller by day, Shaun graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and Finance. He later went on to work on Wall Street for Chase Manhattan Bank, Paine Webber and American Express before branching out on his own in 2002 to launch his online business, NicNatDirect.com, and flip real estate property in Brooklyn.

The concept of CLEAN was born in 2006 out of Shaun's desire to pass on the knowledge that he had gained over his career to the next generation, especially those less fortunate.

The program was piloted in 2013 at Brownsville High School, located in a tough neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY, with an overwhelmingly positive response from students, parents and teachers. That's when Shaun knew he was onto something good and it was time to spread the message to the masses.

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DIONNE NICHOLLS

Co-founder & PROGRAM DIRECTOR

From a very young age, Dionne knew that she wanted to be a business woman.  As a young girl, she was inspired by high-powered, female New Yorkers from 80's sitcoms, like Claire Huxtable, a Lawyer on the infamous Cosby Show, and Angela Bower, an Advertising Executive on Who's the Boss. However, Dionne's passion was for fashion. Watching her single mother work two jobs to provide for her 4 children, Dionne was not afraid to roll up her sleeves to pursue her dream.  

Dionne had reached a point in her life where she knew she wanted to get involved with a project helping children and spend more time with her son. When she was approached to spearhead the Financially CLEAN project in 2015, she had found her calling.  The opportunity to empower youth through financial literacy and have a positive impact not only on their lives but those of their families and communities for generations resonated with her instantly.  

Dionne is excited to embark on this next chapter with her sights on taking CLEAN global, one young mind at a time.

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Jeffrey Whaley (aka “Mr. 850”)

Instructor

Jeff is the CEO of J4North, LLC a real estate investment company which controls 24 residential units. He is known as Mr. 850 because of his perfect FICO credit score! Jeff has always had an intrinsic desire to become financially independent. He read the book, Think Like a Tycoon, by Bill Green, and it gave him the epiphany that real estate investing was a possible pathway to financial freedom. Within three years, Mr. 850 was able to acquire his first investment property, which enabled him to obtain others in time. He continued to develop his personal finance skills and also recommends Wealth Without Risk by Charles Givens.

Following his success, Jeff’s goal is to give back to the community by teaching others to become financially free. Jeff contacted CLEAN in March 2018 to get involved and has been working with the organization to help co-teach workshops.

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Michael Storm

Digital Media Coordinator

Storm is an IT consultant/contractor primarily assisting non-profit organizations. He was a system administrator with Bell Canada managing consumer and business email platforms, as well as providing IT support for small businesses. Storm joined CLEAN after reuniting with his high school compadre, Shaun, who he surprisingly found co-hosting the Two Black Guys with Good Credit podcast. Storm helps with managing CLEAN's digital presence. When he's not in front of his desktop, you can find Storm running the blacktops and hardwood, reading Walter Mosley novels, or writing.

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Larry Tang

Board Member

Larry is a Corporate Development Associate at Hearst, helping the company identify and evaluate acquisitions in B2B software companies. Larry joined CLEAN at the conclusion of a pro-bono consulting project for NYPace in 2016. At CLEAN, he helps with fundraising & sponsorship, program development & outreach, marketing, and general strategy. Outside of CLEAN and other volunteering initiatives, Larry enjoys hockey, golf, cooking, and bass guitar. Larry graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.

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Annmarie Rowe-StrakeR

Board Member

Annmarie is a VP and Director at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY (FRBNY). In addition, Annmarie is the Leadership Advisor for the Black & Latina Women Network at the FRBNY. In her free time, Annmarie enjoys traveling, designing, handy work, and spending quality time with her family. Annmarie holds a Bachelor degree in Finance with a concentration in Math and a MBA from Pace University.

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Adam Star

Associate Board Member

Adam is a senior investment banking associate in the Global Power and Alternative Energy group at Citigroup. Adam joined CLEAN in 2019 after participating in various ad-hoc volunteer initiatives and programs supporting financial literacy over the past few years. In his free time, he enjoys watching New York Sports, playing tennis and basketball, reading about history and playing the piano. Adam graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in History. 

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Lekha Ravi

Associate Board Member

Lekha Ravi is an Associate Banker at Citi Private Bank, providing ultra-high net worth individuals and their families with customized private banking services. Lekha joined Financially CLEAN in 2019 after starting her Certified Financial Planning curriculum and promoting financial literacy through volunteer activities over the past couple years. Outside of CLEAN, she also is on the Young Professional Committee for an animal shelter and competes in pageantry to promote her platform on financial literacy. In her free time, she enjoys learning about holistic wellness, dancing, travelling, trying new restaurants in the city and spending time with her two cats.