SISGI Internship Alumni Leadership Council

Since 2011, college students have participated in our unique virtual internship program to gain practical skills to support their careers. With a strong group of internship program alumni, the BGI Foundation launched the Alumni Leadership Council to support the SISGI Internship program. This group serves as strategic thought leaders, collaborators and catalysts for action representing the goals of the SISGI Group Internship and Alumni Network.

Inaugural Alumni Leadership Council Members

Sheila Borzomati

Spring 2013 Cohort

Sheila Borzomati is a marketing professional. She began her career in the 1980s as a radio copywriter, after which she branched out to print and television, eventually founding Cook Associates Advertising in Washington, DC. After selling the advertising agency in 1984 Sheila took some time away from her career to focus on family. During this time she traveled to Europe and South Africa and upon her return she took a position as National Advertising Director for the Afro-American Newspaper, the oldest newspaper of its kind in the country. Upon leaving the "Afro" she relocated with her family to Naples, Florida.
A life-long lover of music, in 1995 Sheila put her advertising and management skills to work in Naples, founding Take Note! Productions, a management and promotions agency for budding musical artists. During this time Sheila guided several clients to record label contracts in the music industry, eventually leaving the business in 2001 and retiring.
Following the economic collapse of 2008 Sheila was forced to return to work, first concentrating on updating her education. She earned a bachelor's degree in legal studies in 2011, and a MBA in Internet Marketing in 2014 from Florida Institute of Technology. During her pursuit of the MBA Sheila interned for eight months with SISGI Group, where she honed her skills in Internet engagement through digital dashboard monitoring, blog writing, and worked directly with non-profit clients. Sheila is currently pursuing her doctorate degree and hopes, one day, to teach.

Jessica Hernandez

Fall 2014 Cohort

Jessica obtained her Bachelor's degree from University at Albany in 2007 and immediately began working for Schenectady County's Office of Children and Family Services as a case worker where she continues her employment. Jessica returned to school in June 2014 and is currently working towards a Master's in Social Work with a concentration in Community Organizing, Planning and Administration. She is expected to graduate December, 2015. Jessica had the pleasure of working with The SISGI Group as an ISC intern during the 2014-2015 school year.

Christian Kelley

Summer 2015 Cohort

Christian Kelley is in his final semester for his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California.  He completed his undergraduate degree at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia where he also served populations living with developmental disabilities in group home and community settings.  A 10-year veteran in the field of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice, Christian hopes to use his interpersonal skills and experience in direct-care, management, and consultancy to create changes and innovations for youth in America.  When not working at his emergency shelter serving youth in foster care, Christian is a musician who has been in numerous indie rock bands.

Heather Mercer

Fall 2015 Cohort

Heather Mercer is in her final last two semesters as a Master in Social Work Student at the University of Southern California concentrating on Community Organization, Planning and Administration. For nearly 20 years Heather has dedicated her time to helping others, specifically those with developmental disabilities. As a case manager, behavioral therapist, direct care provider, volunteer, and advocate, Heather has poured her passion into bringing awareness to the beauty and value of life for all people. Upon her completion of her MSW, Heather’s focus is to create an agency that provides education and support for pregnant women, most especially those with a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

Andrea Summerlin

Spring 2015 Cohort

Andrea is working towards my Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California concentrating on Community Organization, Planning and Administration (COPA). She holds a Bachelors of Science degree cum laude in Psychology from the University of Maryland.
Before attending graduate school, she served nearly 21 years in the United States Air Force. After retiring in 2005, she began working for the Mariposa County Human Services Department as an Assistant to the Director. During this time, she also served as the Secretary for the Mental Health/Alcohol and Drug Advisory Boards and was actively involved in various roles for three years.
After leaving that position, Andrea worked at Yosemite National Park in both the Administration Division and Facilities Management Division. She served on the Yosemite Equal Opportunity Committee as the Federal Women’s Special Emphasis Program Manager for several years championing for the advancement and professional growth of women in the workplace.
Andrea has led or participated in numerous community projects related to veterans, education and social justice. She is currently assisting with the Oregon Veterans Lottery Bill ballot initiative and has advocated to add an Oregon Women Veterans Coordinator. Andrea hold memberships in the National Association of Social Workers, Society for Community Research, the North American Association of Christians in Social Work and Action and the National Organization for Human Services. She holds leadership positions in several veteran and patriotic organizations throughout the community where she assists primarily youth and veterans.

Pallavi Trikutam

Spring 2011 Cohort

Pallavi Trikutam is currently a graduate student Emory University, pursuing a Masters in Public Health. Before joining Emory, she worked at the University of California, San Francisco, helping manage a reproductive health fellowship program. Pallavi received her BA in Psychology and Political Science, with a minor in Public Policy from UC Berkeley.