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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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.