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Press Release: Project Rebirth Announces Two New Board of Director Members

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Project Rebirth Announces Two New Board of Director Members

NEW YORK, June 2, 2015 - Project Rebirth, Inc. (, the resilience resource for those who serve community and country, announced two new additions to their Board of Directors today, Vanessa J. Herman and Darryl Powell.

“Vanessa and Darryl have led efforts to advance Project Rebirth’s resilience building among our key communities in their respective organizations. We are very pleased that they have accepted our offer to join the Board as a way to further deepen our relationship with Pace and the 100 Black Men, and to bring their own skills and energy to advancing our mission with other partners,” said Brian Rafferty, Board Chairman.

Herman brings more than 25 years of experience in government, community, and public relations to the Board.  At Pace, Herman leads the Office of Government and Community Relations and serves as the primary liaison for the Campus Community in New York City and Westchester with federal, state and local elected officials, staff, government agencies, key stakeholders and the community at large.  Prior to joining Pace, Herman was the Assistant Director of Governmental Relations at Stony Brook University for more than 12 years and served as Press Secretary, Executive Assistant, Director of Community Relations and campaign staff for former US Senator Alfonse D’Amato (R-NY) from 1991 to 1999 in New York City. Herman has a B.A. in Political Science/ Sociology and an M.A. in Literature, both from Stony Brook University and an A.A.S in Criminal Justice from Suffolk Community College. Her husband, Mike Donohue, is a Master Sergeant with the New York Army National Guard.

Herman said: “It is truly an honor to join the Board of Directors at Project Rebirth, to be part of an organization that cares so much for our military, veterans and first responders is something I cherish.  I look forward to working with Project Rebirth to help them achieve their mission to build resilience after suffering grief, loss and trauma.” 

Powell serves as the Vice President of Mentoring for the 100 Black Men of Virginia Peninsula. Darryl is a senior Department of the Army Civilian assigned to Fort Eustis, Virginia and a US Army Veteran with service as an Armor Reconnaissance Specialist from 1981 through 2002.  As Vice-President of Mentoring, Darryl builds teams of volunteers who work one-on-one and in groups with youths in Virginia. Darryl has been instrumental to Project Rebirth’s work with the 100 Black Men, helping us to identify how stories from film participant Charles Cook continue to resonate in the African American community and to further develop our programs for youth.

Powell said: “I am humbled and excited by the opportunity to join the Board of Directors of Project Rebirth and look forward to championing our work with the 100 Black Men of Virginia Peninsula as well as with the other communities Project Rebirth serves.”

About Project Rebirth

The not-for-profit Project Rebirth combines its eleven films based on the eight-year first person accounts of 9/11 First Responders and survivors and the world’s largest time lapse project -- including the Peabody Award-winning documentary Rebirth -- and the talents of its diverse team to create and share unique educational and resilience building programs for First Responders, Military & Veterans, and Educators & Community Leaders.

Project Rebirth: a resilience resource for all who serve community and country.

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