Our advisory team so far

We're a brand-new start-up and are looking for Board of Directors, mentors, advisors, grant writers, fundraising geniuses, sponsors, strategic partners, and PR who are interested in helping our cause.
A graduate of Columbia University (BA 2007) and the Courtauld Institute (MA 2009), Elise comes to the Amish Heritage Foundation with a background in non-profit administration. She works in the executive office of Guild Hall of East Hampton with its director and serves as assistant to the secretary of the Board of Trustees and official liaison to the Academy of the Arts.

Daughter of late Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famer and Allman Brother’s Band co-founder Butch Trucks, Elise is committed to furthering the life’s work of her Father. Butch, who was raised in a very strict Southern Baptist denomination, fought in his adulthood to preserve Enlightenment values. He worked to prevent organized religion from encroaching on the educational opportunities of children and common sense policies.

As an art historian and educator, Trucks has presented papers internationally on feminist performance and land art and received funding from the Getty Foundation for her work in digital art history. She believes that fostering empathy and building community is the highest end of the arts and education. Elise Trucks, Board of Directors Member

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A graduate of Clark University (Master in Public Administration) with a Nonprofit Leadership Certificate from Wheelock College, Leesha offers to the Amish Heritage Foundation a background in stewardship, program administration, mentoring, and advocacy across multiple cultures. Currently, Leesha is responsible for creating a dedicated membership for All Souls Unitarian Universalist, an LGBTQ welcoming congregation on the Upper East Side of New York City.

In the past, she managed partnerships with universities and United Nations nonprofits at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office; participated in event planning and execution of the National 16th Days of Activism on Gender Based Violence for the Network of Ethiopian Women Association; and served as the AmeriCorps mentoring program coordinator for their African Community Education initiative.

Leesha grew up in Ethiopia, emigrated to the United States as a teen, and speaks English as a second language. Her native tongue is Amharic and she also has an intermediate command of Spanish. Leesha Alemu, Board of Directors Member

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Cheryl, raised Mennonite, is passionate about creating a workplace culture where each person is genuinely valued and supported. In her consulting business, Sherwin Consulting, she advises entrepreneurs on what they need to consider when growing their businesses. Startups/solo entrepreneurs tend to not understand the value and importance of HR, and hence as they grow, they expose themselves to all sorts of potential problems.

Cheryl brings eight years of Human Resources experience to her clients and holds both SPHR (Senior Professional Human Resources) and SHRM-CP (SHRM – Certified Professional) certifications, as well as a BA in English and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. In her human resources career, Cheryl has worked in a variety of industries, including hospitality, manufacturing, and education.

Originally from Ohio, she has lived in four states and two countries and has traveled extensively both domestically and overseas. This allows her to bring a broader worldview and more in-depth understanding of diversity and inclusion to her work.

Personally, Cheryl is passionate about survivors of sexual assault and trafficking, encouraging the development of local business, and adapting policy into user-friendly, streamlined forms. Cheryl Sherwin, Board of Directors Member

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