viBe's Board of Directors
Cheryl Overton, ChairCheryl Overton leads Cheryl Overton Communications, a multi-disciplinary network of independent professionals who develop integrated communications strategies. The group’s eclectic client roster runs the gamut from Gannett and BET Networks, to agencies such as Edelman, Ogilvy PR, Marina Maher Communications and Zeno Group and influencers such as Ty Hunter, Beyonce’s stylist. Cheryl previously served as General Manager of Spark PR. She has also held senior leadership roles at Edelman, Ogilvy PR, PMK|BNC and UniWorld Group. Cheryl’s commitment to the care and uplifting of women and girls of color is long-standing. She is a third-generation member of The Links, Inc. and has dedicated volunteer and financial resources targeting this audience through organizations as varied as Big Brothers, Big Sisters, The National Urban League, the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and Step Up Women’s Network, where she served as a Young Luminary. Cheryl is a recipient of the Silver Anvil, Gold Sabre, IPRA, PR Week and PRSA Big Apple “Best of the Best” award. She was named among the “Top 40 Under 40” by The Network Journal. She lectures at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and LIM College. She sits on the advisory board of LOLI Beauty. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College of Columbia University and her Master of Journalism degree, with honors, from Temple University. She resides in Brooklyn, NY and is curator of the insta-blog madshoegram.
Kristin Marting, Treasurer
Kristin Marting is a director of hybrid work based in NYC. Over the last 20 years, she has created 26 works for the stage, including 11 original hybrid works, 8 adaptations of novels & short stories and 7 classic plays. She is a co-founder and Artistic Director of HERE, where she cultivates artists and programs all events for two performance spaces–including 18 OBIE-award winners—for an annual audience of 30,000. She is a founding member of viBe’s board. “I love viBe because of the difference it makes in the girls’ lives."
Christina Kiljian, Secretary
Christina Kiljian joined viBe’s Board of Directors in 2017, after being inspired by the important mission of the organization and the positive impact viBe is making on all of the lives that it touches. Outside of viBe, Christina is a Business Manager at BlackRock, within the Aladdin business. Prior to her current role, she has worked at some of the world’s largest financial institutions, Morgan Stanley and Prudential Financial, where she focused on Alternative Investments and Institutional Clients, respectively. Prior to that, Christina spent time at Christie’s Auction House, in New York, paying homage to her lifelong passion for the arts. Christina graduated with high honors from Rutgers University-New Brunswick’s Business School with a degree in Finance and Psychology. During her time at Rutgers, she was a merit scholarship recipient and received several academic excellence awards. In addition to her career in Finance, Christina also holds a New York State Real Estate Salesperson license, is an avid painter, and is passionate about music, fashion, and interior design. Christina resides in Manhattan. “I love viBe’s dedication to providing young women with a safe forum to express themselves through the arts. As a believer in being the change you wish to see in the world - viBe is definitely living by this via programmatic excellence, and I am honored to be a part of this mission.”
Arti Ram joined the viBe board in 2014 after attending “State of the Woman” - an incredibly powerful performance that showcased the viBe girls and the women at the Y in an effort to bridge the stories, lives and and voices of inter-generational women. Seeing the talent that these young women brought to the stage inspired Arti to join the team and help the organization. Outside of viBe, she is the global head of Employer Branding & Technology Marketing at Bloomberg, based in New York. Prior to that, she’s worked at J.P. Morgan and Ogilvy & Mather in marketing and advertising in New York and Hong Kong. Arti graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill (go heels!) with a degree in journalism and mass communication, while simultaneously pursuing her passion for theatre. “I love viBe because I get to help pass on my love for theatre and the benefits that being part of an ensemble as well as being on stage can bring to other young girls!”
Rochelle joined the viBe board in 2017. Her career has focused on working with school districts as both a project manager and consultant to launch new initiatives and bring them to scale. Herring specializes in school design, leadership development and standards-based instruction. Her previous positions include: special assistant to the superintendent in Holyoke (Massachusetts) Public Schools for turnaround initiatives; project manager in the Atlanta Public Schools for the design and development of the New Schools for Carver design; cluster leader at the National Center on Education and the Economy; and teacher in the Montclair Public Schools. Herring has previously worked as a consultant to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Sacramento Public Schools, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools, the California Office to Reform Education and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Projects she has been involved with include strategic planning, professional development in implementation of the Common Core State Standards and use of the “data wise improvement process” and instructional rounds to enhance instructional leadership. Herring holds a B.A. in psychology from Spelman College, a master’s degree in psychological foundations of reading from New York University and an Ed.M. in the scientific foundations of education from Teachers College at Columbia University. In addition, she has earned an Ed.M. in administration, social policy and planning from the Urban Superintendents Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an Ed.D. in administration, social policy and planning from Harvard Graduate School of Education.