Board Advisors

Joyce E. Bush
NYC Principal (Retired)

Joyce E. Bush is a retired New York City Principal and a member of the Cahn Fellows – Distinguished Principals Alumni.  As a principal, Joyce was an advocate for the Arts and included the school in the Young People’s Dance Series and Project Dance with City Center; this affiliation introduced the students to Alvin Ailey II Dance Theater, Paul Taylor, and other theater and dance groups.  Joyce is presently an adjunct professor at Touro Graduate school in the Early Childhood Education program.  She serves on the NYC Council of Supervisors and Administrators (CSA) Political Action Committee advocating for school aid from legislatures and is also a member of the CSA Long Island Retiree Executive Board where she facilitates the website.  Joyce enjoys dancing, boating, playing tennis and reading.

Primrose Sinclair Hammond
Vice President, Bank of New York Mellon

Primrose Sinclair Hammond has over 20 years’ experience in the Global Financial Industry.  She currently serves as Vice President and team leader for Bank of New York Mellon.  As team leader, she and her team of Treasury Services professionals are responsible for ensuring clients realize their financial strategies by leveraging distinctive expertise to power investment success. 

Primrose serves as a minister at Agape Tabernacle International Fellowship.  Over the past two years, Minister Primrose serves in the Pastoral/Spiritual Care Department at Downstate Medical Center as an Intern Chaplain.
Primrose has earned a Masters of Divinity, Masters of Business Administration, and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry at New York Theological Seminary.  Her affiliations include membership in the Association for Financial Professionals, Women’s Initiatives Network, Women Organizing Mobilizing & Building and a PTA Honorary Life Member.

Primrose is married to Reverend Dr. Lawrence Hammond, the mother of three adult sons and nana to two granddaughters. 

Gladys Lowe
Chief Experience Officer,
NYC Health + Hospitals | Bellevue

As Chief Experience Office (CXO) at NYC Health + Hospitals | Bellevue, Gladys Lowe the organization’s efforts to champion patient rights and advocacy through a disciplined approach to the design and delivery of patient experience.  In this role, she supports understanding patient and family needs, creating connections between patients and staff.  She plays an integral role in facility relationship patients with staff by holding the organization accountable for providing outstanding services.  As CXO, Gladys oversees the Office of Patient Advocacy, Language Services, Hospitality Services and Organizational Effectiveness. 

Gladys holds bachelor’s degrees from the Universities of Yaounde and University of Douala, Cameroon, in political science and Business Management and is a Certified Coach with the Erickson Coaching International. She is Certified in Patient Advocacy, Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI), Bioethics and Humanities and Lean Management.  Gladys is also a certified French Medical Interpreter and has conversational command of Spanish.  

As a life-long supporter and participant in the arts, Gladys is actively involved and collaborates with community artists to enrich patient and staff personal journeys.  She believes in the power of the  individual voice and  expression in and through the arts.  Gladys is originary from Cameroon, West Africa, where she discovered her passion for traditional dance. African dance is rooted in her upbringing as a celebratory fashion and is a symbol of her traditional heritage. She trained in her native country and other West African countries where she had the opportunity to learn various rhythms and local dances and performs with the Alvin Ailey repertoire.  Currently offering folkloric West African Dance classes in Pleasantville, New York, she engages student in discussions about  dance, culture, and the power of artistic expression in society. 

Her program provides a complete body workout while giving students the freedom to express themselves to the powerful beat of live drumming. Each steps are broken down so all students, including those who have never danced can build confidence around their body movements.

Milicia Zgalijic-Ramirez
Director of Creative Arts,
NYC Health + Hospitals | Bellevue

Milica Zgaljic-Ramirez is a licensed creative arts therapist, licensed mental health counselor and the Director of Creative Arts Therapy and Vocational Rehabilitation at NYC Health + Hospitals | Bellevue, where she leads a dynamic team of art, music, drama, and dance/movement therapists as well as rehabilitation counselors. For more than 30 years at the city’s flagship safety net hospital, Milica has championed initiatives to de-stigmatize mental illness by organizing annual public health awareness events and staff /caregiver wellness programming. Under her management, the creative arts have been offered to every medical and mental health service in the hospital and to every healthcare worker.  A pioneer in the development of the peer counseling profession in the Department of Psychiatry and Co-chair of the Mental Health Consumer Advisory Board at Bellevue, she understands the value of both lived experience and the importance of community in health and recovery. Milica comes to us with leadership experience on several steering teams in therapeutic arts within the public health system. She received recognition for her clinical work as a recipient of the Bellevue Clinical Excellence Award in Psychiatry early in her career. In turn, she has been passionate about elevating and expanding the role of creative arts in healing. More recently she was a Kula for Karma 2021 Gala Honoree, acknowledged for bringing yoga and meditation sessions to health care heroes, especially during the pandemic. Milica is an avid tennis player, student of yoga, proud wife of a NYC school teacher and even prouder mother of an artist/ environmental educator. Through work, play and family she is embraced by the principles of the arts and education in reaching one’s full potential.

Sylvia Riley
Litigation Associate,
Nationwide Insurance Company 
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Sylvia Riley, presently works for Nationwide Insurance Company as a Litigation Associate. She is also in the process of seeking a Masters of Organizational Leadership and will be graduating in 2022. 

Sylvia has always had a love for the arts growing up in NYC and Westchester County. As a member of Greater Centennial African American Episcopal Zion Church, Mount Vernon, NY; her passion for dance was reignited and she became a member of the dance Ministry Prayze in Motion. Sylvia served as Co-Director for 5 years under the direction of Althea Stapleton. There she was also was the Advisor for the youth dance ministry Nu Prayze whose ministry was not only locally in NY but also during annual conference throughout the country. 

Sylvia served as Wardrobe coordinator during her tenure with Ballet Atlantic. Her duties were re-creating costume ,sourcing fabrics and maintenance, as well as assisting in dressing dancers for quick changes. She enjoys reading fiction and sci-fi, baking and is known for her red velvet cupcakes and pound cake. Sylvia loves going to the beach every week during the summer as well as cruising.