Ben’s Lighthouse is led by a dedicated volunteer Board formed in September 2013. (Prior to that, the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church performed Board responsibilities.) The organization was originally founded as a program of Trinity Church under its 501(c)3 umbrella and in the summer of 2015, Ben’s Lighthouse became it’s own independent 501(c)3. The Ben’s Lighthouse Board meets monthly and Board members will lead or participate in various committees to support the needs of the organization. Over time, new Directors and Advisors will be added as needed.
Michelle Urbina is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in the financial services and compliance industries. A native New Yorker, Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Tulane University, laying the foundation for her successful career in the financial sector. Michelle is currently recognized as a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), a testament to her commitment to upholding the highest standards of compliance and ethical conduct within the financial industry. Her dedication to regulatory adherence and ethical practices has contributed significantly to her professional success.
Beyond her professional pursuits, Michelle is an active advocate for community engagement and youth empowerment. She believes in the transformative power of education and financial literacy, and she is passionate about creating opportunities for young individuals to thrive.
Ben’s Lighthouse is committed to fostering children’s potential to build a more compassionate and connected world. To that end, BLH utilizes dedicated, trained staff members to create, implement and run programs and activities (with the assistance of volunteers).