Nikki Bethel

President & CEO

Nikki Bethel brings a wealth of passion to EBF as a former board member and experience from an accomplished career in the corporate world. Prior to joining EBF, she was the Senior Vice President of Talent Management, for Home Box Office, responsible for overseeing the areas of talent acquisition, employee engagement and organizational effectiveness, which encompasses recruitment and engagement of top talent, executive leadership and coaching, and management training and professional development. She also oversaw culture and talent assessments, succession planning and organizational strategy and team development. In addition, Nikki represented HBO on councils at Warner Media in the areas of change management, talent and culture and diversity and inclusion. She was named to this position in August 2015.

Nikki joined HBO in 2003 as a Recruiting Associate and was named Manager, Human Resources, in 2004, responsible for employee relations for eight internal departments. In 2006, she was promoted to Director, Human Resources, adding several internal clients to her responsibilities. She was elevated to Vice President and then Senior Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness, in 2008 and 2013, respectively.

Nikki is a member of the Brooklyn Chapter of The Links, Inc., a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and is an honorary member of the Women’s League of Science and Medicine, Inc. She also sits on the board of The Apollo Theatre, is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, and previously sat on the board EBF.

Nikki holds a BA degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, an MA in Education from Harvard, and received a Human Resources Management Certificate from the City University of New York (New York City College of Technology).


Michael Barham

Vice President, Programs

Michael Barham is a programs and systems specialist with more than ten years of experience in nonprofit and public sector organizations that educate, train and empower young people. He is passionate about equal opportunity and equity, and brings a keen understanding of dynamics affecting the public sector, institutional philanthropy, and nonprofits. Michael was born and raised in New York City, attended Stuyvesant High School, received his Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Michigan and his Master of Public Administration from Baruch’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs.

Ayia Gospodinova

Director, Development

Ayia Gospodinova graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and Art and brings experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. She is passionate about the necessity and potential of engaging multiple sectors to solve social challenges. Ayia was raised in New York City and attended the Nightingale-Bamford School.

Tricia Andersen-Vie

Operations Manager

Tricia Andersen-Vie graduated from The University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies, and has over 15 years experience in operational and program management. Prior to joining the Emma Bowen Foundation nearly five years ago, she served in various marketing and management roles in Texas, such as Brand Manager, Operations Manager and Director of Marketing at both large consumer product companies and a startup food company. Tricia is committed to the Emma Bowen Foundation’s mission of diversity, opportunity, experience and excellence.

Crystal Aldape

Senior Program Manager

Crystal Aldape graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. After college, she returned to Texas where she served as an ASSET*AmeriCorps team leader with United Cerebral Palsy of Texas, which merged with Easter Seals of Central Texas. Following her AmeriCorps terms, Crystal worked for the Texas Senate Research Center as a Research Associate.

Claribel Nunez

Dean of Student Affairs

Claribel Nunez’s career in the non-profit sector includes administrative work in the development and implementation of employment programs, job readiness workshops, outreach, research, and referrals for the underserved. She also has experience working with local and state government in development and implementation of new programs. Claribel is passionate about sharing information and knowledge to empower others. Claribel is a native New Yorker and is a graduate from State University College at Buffalo with a Bachelor in Business Administration.

Everette Harrison

Manager, Strategy and Analytics & Social Media Manager

Everette Harrison graduated from York College, City University of New York with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Everette also graduated high school as the salutatorian. While in school, he has volunteered his time to helping his hometown community of Far Rockaway by participating in beach and community clean ups. Everette dedicates his time to helping his friend with his startup business CT3Designs.

Niéna Drake

AMMP Network Director

With more than 10 years of entertainment industry experience, Emma Bowen Alumna Niéna Drake is a highly respected Emmy Award-Winning Producer/Writer, Music Curator and Digital & Culture Strategist who has increased revenue and engagement for major brands and media companies. Her television work includes on-camera appearances, hosting and producing for television and digital networks including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, OWN, Showtime, Complex Media, REVOLT, HGTV and more. She most recently launched multiple unscripted original digital shows and led the digital production team for Entertainment Tonight at CBS Interactive. Niéna was the first television producer to interview and feature Kanye West and Oscar Winner Common on television in Chicago. She's had the honor of interviewing some of the world's most notable celebrities, entertainers and public figures including President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and many more. The Chicago Tribune named her "one of the most influential" Chicagoans.