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Meet the Leadership Team

Leadership Team

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Ali Boak, MPH
Director, Global Center on Human Trafficking

Ali Boak (she/her/hers) is the Director of the Global Center on Human Trafficking located within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University.  Ali is a passionate leader in the global movement to end human trafficking.   For more than 25 years, she has worked alongside survivors of all forms of trafficking to develop innovative, survivor driven approaches to prevent and address human trafficking across the United States, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Asia.

She began this journey when she discovered that traffickers were recruiting children and youth out of the schools, universities and orphanages where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer and Fulbright Scholar in the Baltic States.

As a pioneer in the anti-trafficking movement, Ali co-founded several organizations, networks, and coalitions at the forefront of the anti-trafficking field today including the International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA), Freedom Network USA, the Westchester County Anti-Trafficking Task Force, and the National Human Trafficking and Disabilities Working Group.

A recognized expert on the issue of child and adolescent trafficking and exploitation, she has provided training, technical assistance and capacity building support to hundreds of criminal justice, social service, and community organizations in more than 12 countries.

Ali is a frequent lecturer, keynote speaker, and advisor to numerous organizations including Catholic Charities USA Advisory Task Force on Domestic Child Trafficking, the National Child Welfare Advisory Board, the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Victims of Crime Expert Working Group on Trafficking of Minors, and the U.S. Department of Justice, President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice.

Committed to training and supporting the next generation of human rights leaders, Ali and has taught and supervised fieldwork for graduate students at the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University; Columbia University, School for International and Public Affairs (SIPA); and the University of Chicago.  She served as the International Development and Human Rights Leader-in-Residence at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York where she trained, taught, mentored and supervised fellows as they executed high impact service projects, conducted research, and raised awareness about critical international development and/or human rights issues.

Ali graduated Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Albany with a B.A. in Political Science, International Affairs concentration and earned a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, the Division for Population and Family Health.  She also holds a certificate in Mentoring Supervision from Fordham University.  Her other passions include teaching yoga, playing golf and serving on the Town Board in her hometown of Pound Ridge, New York.

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Peter Kingstone
Dean College of Humanities and Social Sciences

DR. KINGSTONE joins Montclair State as the new Dean of CHSS after working as Professor of Politics and Development at King’s College London, where he co-founded and then chaired the Department of International Development. Before working at King’s, he taught in the Political Science Department at the University of Connecticut, where he was also the Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Kingstone is author of several books on Latin America, including Crafting Coalitions for Reform: Business Preferences, Political Institutions and Neoliberal Reform in Brazil, The Political Economy of Latin America: Reflections on Neoliberalism and Development After the Commodity Boom as well as co-editor of Democratic Brazil: Actors, Institutions and Processes, Democratic Brazil Revisited, Democratic Brazil Divided and the Handbook of Latin American Politics. He has published various articles and book chapters on the subject of democratization and the politics of neoliberal economic reforms.

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Donna Meeker-O’Rourke
Human Trafficking Program Specialist

Donna Meeker-O’Rourke (she/her/hers) is the Human Trafficking Program Specialist of the Global Center on Human Trafficking at Montclair State University. Stemming from her aspiration to have a positive impact on students, Donna served as Co-Chair of Student Affairs for the Montclair Initiative against Global Human Trafficking. During her service, she was instrumental in cultivating internal and external partnerships, creating a human trafficking primer, establishing a Social Entrepreneurship Internship program, and supporting and assisting student leaders with the inaugural Covenant House Sleep Out event on campus.

Donna is a two-time alum of Montclair State University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Anthropology in 2005 and a Masters of Public Health, with a concentration in Community Health Education in 2012. She is currently enrolled in the Family Science and Human Development PhD program at MSU where she plans to research the systemic and structural risk factors of domestic and gendered abuse/violence.

Donna began her career in higher education at Montclair State University in 2005 as the Administrative Assistant in the Department of Anthropology and then served as a Graduate Student Services Specialist in The Graduate School. During her time at MSU, she has had the opportunity to teach several classes and to work on several research projects focusing on racial and ethnic health disparities.

In addition to her passion for social justice, and aligned with her desire to be a catalyst for change on a community and societal level, she became a personal trainer, Orthopedic Specialist, and certified Mind Body Health Coach. She owned her own health and wellness business for over 6 years and focused on empowering women, and advocating in the areas of health and wellbeing. She enjoys running, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Founder and Board Chair

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Mimi Feliciano
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, FEM Real Estate, LLC

Mimi Feliciano is Founder and CEO of FEM Real Estate, a Real Estate Investment Company, based in Montville, New Jersey, which she opened in 2013, with her husband, Edwin.  FEM develops, owns and manages commercial real estate nationwide.  She most recently completed her passion project, South Beach at Long Branch, in 2020, an award winning oceanfront 42 unit condominium development that introduces a luxurious live, work, play lifestyle to the Jersey Shore.

Mimi spent 12 years prior as the Owner and CEO of Lincoln Park Healthcare, the largest nursing home complex in New Jersey. Mimi took over and expanded this second-generation family business by building JDT Medical Rehab & JDT Medical Villa, two visionary state-of-the-art buildings for sub-acute, short-term care within a luxury, hotel-like environment.

Entrepreneurship has been a continuing trend in Mimi’s career.  At age 19, she became a partner of a health club and banquet facility, for which she supervised the construction of and managed for 14 years with great membership success.  Subsequently, Mimi and her husband invested in residential real estate, acquiring and managing apartment units.

Mimi’s affiliations include The Global Center on Human Trafficking at Montclair State University, Board chair;  The Mimi & Edwin Feliciano School of Business; Board Member; Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship, Board Member; Homeland Security Foundation, Board Member; ROI NJ 2021 Women of Influence Executives Power List;  NJ BIZ Real Estate Power List 2020; NJ BIZ Top 50 CRE Power List 2019; New Jersey Business Hall of Fame Laureate 2016; Endowed the Mimi & Edwin Feliciano Healing Garden at Chilton Memorial Hospital 2016;  Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs 2014; Best 50 Women in Business, NJ BIZ 2014;  Honoree For Chilton Memorial Hospital Gala 2013;  Recipient of Montclair State University Carpe Diem Award  2012; Competitive Ballroom dancer holding national titles 2017, 2018 and 2019.