Founder & Board Chair
Michelle Hord is the Founder of Gabrielle’s Wings, a nonprofit fund affiliated with The Hord Foundation, Inc., and The Westchester Community Foundation.
In late 2017, Michelle created, “Gabrielle’s Wings” in honor of her daughter Gabrielle Eileen, who died tragically at the age of seven. Gabrielle’s Wings serves a global community of elementary aged children from vulnerable communities through educational, recreational and cultural engagement. In its first two years, the fund allocated more than $300,000 to camp scholarships, recreational facilities and enhancement projects with partner libraries and nonprofit organizations on three continents. Thus far, the fund has partnered with organizations such as Jack and Jill of America, Westchester Chapter; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Chapter; Family Services of Westchester; Believers World Outreach and My Brother’s Keeper.
Michelle was most recently the Vice President of Creative Content and Talent Management for NBCUniversal. She has more than two decades of network news and talk show experience.
Michelle is a member of the Advisory Board for Howard University’s School of Communications and past Chair of the Hampton University Scripps School of Communications Advisory Board. She graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/English. Michelle says being Gabrielle Eileen’s mother is by far her proudest accomplishment. Her debut memoir on resilience is expected to be released in October 2021.
As Chief Revenue Officer, Tara Jones oversees all revenue streams for Girl Scouts of Western Washington that includes product program, retail, philanthropy, and marketing. Her duties include leading and supporting these teams to support the strategic framework and financial stability of the organization. She graduated from Harvard Business School with a Master of Business Administration (MBA). She is also an alum of Howard University. Tara was Gabrielle's god mother and a lifelong friend to founder, Michelle Hord.
Charlene serves as Senior Counsel - Cybersecurity/Privacy/Regulatory for Nissan Motor Corporation. She received her BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, and JD from Cornell Law School. Gabrielle was best friends with Charlene's daughter in New Rochelle, and her hope is that through Gabrielle's legacy children around the world will be given the wings to soar to new heights and achieve dreams they would have never thought possible.
Charlene Kelly, Esq
Carmen E. Hughes is the Founder and CEO of Edelweise LLC, a career coaching and diversity consulting firm. She graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. Carmen and Michelle have been sister-friends since childhood and their daughters, both named Gabrielle, were only two weeks apart in age and the closest of friends as well.
Kelly Hoover Greenway is a television producer, digital content creator, and award-winning writer based in Austin, TX. She has produced numerous series for Food Network, HGTV, Bravo, and other networks and also served as a development executive at MTV & VH1. Her writing has appeared across many online platforms, including NYTimes Parenting, Eater, Scary Mommy, and more. Previously, Kelly served as the Director of Development at the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. She graduated with Honors from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She is honored to be on the Board of Directors for Gabrielle's Wings and knows that through Gabrielle's lasting legacy, the organization can change the future for so many children whose wings are ready to soar.
Kelly Hoover Greenway
Darnese Y. Olivieri is a Director of Equity Transformation and Culturally Responsive Environments (CRE) within the Office of Equity and Access for the New York City Department of Education. She supports educators in becoming aware of how policies, practices and processes around special education, discipline and accelerated programming within school buildings and across districts can create harmful outcomes for students made most vulnerable by broken systems without careful, critical and targeted ongoing analysis. Darnese has worked as a teacher and educator-activist for close to 20 years. She holds a Master’s in Education for Teaching English and Communications to grades 7-12 from St. John’s University and did her undergraduate work at Howard University and New Jersey City University, studying Musical Theatre and English, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Theatre Arts. Darnese has known Michelle since she was 15 years old and believes passionately that the vision, mission and impact of Gabrielle's Wings has the potential to transform the lives of children all over the country and the world--children much like the ones she's spent her life serving.