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2015 Blueprint for Success Presenters


DR. GALE E. GIBSON

A transformative leader in higher education for 20 years, Dr. Gale E. Gibson was appointed by the Essex County College’s Board of Trustees on October 15, 2013 as the seventh president of ECC and the second woman to lead the Newark-based community college.  She previously served as the College’s Interim President. During her tenure as Interim President, the College was awarded over $24 million in grant funds, which will be used for a host of initiatives that will increase student graduation and retention rates; fund major campus expansion projects, and help ensure the overall success of Essex County College students.

Prior to serving as the College’s Interim President, Dr. Gibson was ECC’s Vice President for Academic Affairs & Chief Academic Officer.  As Senior Vice President, Dr. Gibson was charged with providing strategic vision and leadership for the development, implementation, staffing, assessment, and grant funding initiatives for academic programs of the College. She was responsible for establishing and overseeing programs consistent with the College’s long-range strategic goals and objectives.

A long-time advocate for implementing and integrating data-driven and evidence-based decision-making into an institution’s infrastructure, Dr. Gibson led the charge to bring the College into compliance with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education’s Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning); the compliance led the College to having its accreditation reaffirmed in March 2013.

Dr. Gibson came to Essex in December 2011 after serving as founding Dean of the College of Freshman Studies, and Professor in the Department of Student Affairs and Services, at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York. She exemplified a strong student-centered perspective during her 16 years at Medgar Evers, where she oversaw departments critical to student retention, progression and graduation. She also worked in academic affairs and student success at North Carolina State University.

In addition to serving as the President of the Council of Higher Education in Newark, Dr. Gibson lends her time and expertise by serving on the boards of the Newark Regional Business Partnership, Essex County Workforce Investment Board, Newark Alliance, Newark City of Learning Collaborative, Newark Workforce Investment Board and the Department of Labor Office of Research & Information’s Advisory Committee.

Dr. Gibson earned her Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Adult and Community College Education from North Carolina State University. She received a Master of Arts in Social Sciences and Counseling, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Binghamton University – State University of New York. In addition to her love of higher education, Dr. Gibson enjoys spending time with her fiancé and her two young sons, traveling and playing tennis.


DR. LAUREN WELLS

Dr. Lauren Wells is an educator, researcher, and community organizer known for her comprehensive, systemic, and collaborative approaches to change in schools and communities. She began her education work twenty years ago at Temple University.  She then went on to teach high school English in the Bronx.  In both roles, Dr. Wells experienced how the structure of society and the structure of schools organize opportunities and learning such that opportunity gaps create the so-called achievement gaps.  This led her on a quest to understand how social and structural inequality impacts communities and schools. Her research and practice lies at the intersections of social and structural inequality, education policy, pedagogy, and community organizing.  

Dr. Wells is trained in qualitative research and uses an interdisciplinary approach to understanding communities and schools including economics, sociology, and history.  She utilizes research-based strategies to disrupt the impacts of poverty and racism on both the processes and outcomes of public education in urban communities and schools.  Specifically, she works to increase inclusiveness and democracy for those marginalized from decision-making and to foster integrated strategies that reconnect schools with communities. 

Since 2006 Dr. Wells has based her work in New Jersey.  From 2006 to 2009 she was the Project Coordinator of the New Jersey Education Organizing Coalition.  In 2009, Dr. Wells became Director of the Broader Bolder Approach to Education at the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University (NYU) where she the led the design and implementation of a major school reform initiative in Newark called the Newark Global Village School Zone.  Dr. Wells co-founded 211 Community Impact a non-profit organization in Newark.  In 2014, Dr. Wells was appointed Chief Education Officer for the City of Newark.  Dr. Wells is an educational consultant and speaker who works with schools and communities across the U.S. 

Dr. Wells received a BA in English from Temple University, an MA in Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, and PhD in Urban Schooling from the University of California Los Angeles.


                                      Alana DeBiase

Alana Debaise is the Community Development Specialist of the Microsoft Store in Wayne, NJ. She actively works with the surrounding community bringing technology and opportunity to our surrounding community organizations such as Habitat for Humanity Newark, CUMAC of Paterson and Autism Speaks of New Jersey. With technology, Alana has empowered hundreds of people to utilize technology in everyday life. 

In addition to the consumer and education market, she helps build relationships with local small businesses to help enhance their technology usage with the knowledge of software, hardware, and 

system applications such as collaborative cloud computing with Office 365, Power BI, and various database systems. Alana has a BA in Business Management and Marketing from Montclair State University. She is also an active member of the Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce.


NATASHA SCOTT

Natasha Scott is a 2011 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in communications and cinema studies. She is also a graduate of Kent Place School, in Summit, New Jersey, a small all-girls college preparatory high school.

Natasha was extremely involved in her high school’s community. By her senior year, she served as an officer on the Black Cultural Association, the Entertainment Editor for the school newspaper, and a class representative for the Community Service Committee. She even enrolled in SAT prep courses from her freshman year and started touring colleges from her sophomore year. As a result of her commitment to working the college admission process early, Natasha accepted early admission to the University of Pennsylvania and was able to enjoy her senior year of high school stress free.

Wanting to impart her valuable “how-to-get-into-college” knowledge to others, Natasha has worked for years with inner-city teens through Dorson Community Foundation (DCF), a nonprofit organization in East Orange, New Jersey dedicated to providing enrichment programs for inner-city youth. Through the DCF’s SAT prep course, Natasha served as a college prep consultant and mentored high school students through the college admissions process.

Her work at DCF is what influenced her to write The College Admissions Bible— an easy-to-read, yet comprehensive guidebook that finally simplifies the overwhelming college admissions process and shows students and parents precisely what is needed to get into the university of your dreams. Since its publication in March 2013, The College Admissions Bible has been purchased by Paterson Public School District, East Orange School District, and Orange High School. Natasha has also served as the guest speaker at various college prep nights and Parent Association meetings at local high schools and libraries throughout Northern New Jersey. She was even featured in Dream Teen Magazine and on the front page of Local Talk Newspaper. Natasha also currently serves as an alumni interviewer for the University of Pennsylvania’s Admissions Office.

Natasha is a former Program Associate for the Northeast Region of A Better Chance, the nation’s oldest educational access non-profit recruiting and placing high-achieving children of color into independent day and boarding schools around the country. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Higher Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College.


FRED D. MITCHELL

Fred D. Mitchell is the Vice President, Development for UNCF, the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships and other educational support to minority and low-income students. In this capacity, Mitchell oversees the operations and fundraising activities in UNCF’s offices located in the Northeast and Midwest, and is responsible for raising more than $18,000,000 annually in support of UNCF’s national campaign.

Fred joined UNCF in 2001 as the Regional Director for Corporations in Chicago, IL. Since that time, he has worked as an Area Director in Indianapolis, IN, and Newark, NJ and as the Regional Development Director in New York.

Before joining UNCF in 2001, Mitchell was Midwest Area Director with Western Union Financial Services in Chicago. In this role, he was responsible for directing sales, marketing and daily operations while overseeing an agent network of 2,500 agent locations across eight states. During his tenure, he consistently increased volume and grew the agent base from 1,820 locations to 2,320. He also grew revenue from $65 million to close to $90 million. He also played a significant role in developing the company’s community relations strategies and served on the committee responsible for the creation of the current Western Union Foundation. Mitchell also served in additional management roles with Western Union in St. Louis, Mo; Albany, NY and New York, NY.  Prior to joining Western Union, Mitchell worked for Kraft/General Foods.

While in Chicago, Mitchell served on several boards, including Big Brother/Big Sister of Metropolitan Chicago, DuSable Museum of African History and South Central Community Services. He also served as a Trustee at Quinn Chapel AME church for three years. Mitchell has received numerous awards for his work in the community, and was honored with the key to the City of Indianapolis prior to him leaving in 2005. In 2010, he was nominated and selected to take part in the American Express Leadership Academy for not-for Profit Leaders.

He is a former Trustee at Bethany Baptist Church in Newark, NJ and he is also a founding member and President of the Clark Atlanta University Alumni Association of New Jersey and a 35-year member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

A native of Seattle, Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration/Marketing from UNCF-member institution Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. 

He is married to Emily Nichols-Mitchell and has two daughters: Lauren, a graduate Clemson University and Georgia State University, and Morgan, a senior at Georgia State University.


YANETT SALAZAR BAGCE

Yanett Salazar Bagce is the current Director of the TRiO Upward Bound Program at Rutgers University-Newark. TRiO Upward Bound is an intensive yearlong college preparatory program that provides classroom instruction and academic support to participants from the East Orange, NJ School District. Prior to Rutgers University-Newark, Yanett was the Assistant Director of Development and Associate Director of Alumni Relations for New Jersey SEEDS, Newark, NJ.  Her passion for youth development and college access for underserved students led her to serve on the Board of Trustees for Pride Academy Charter School in East Orange. Yanett is a 

member of the Junior League of Montclair and Newark and the New Jersey Association for College Admissions Counseling (NJACAC).

Yanett received her Bachelors of Arts from Drew University with a double major in Political Science and Spanish and a Latin American Studies minor and earned a Masters of Public Administration from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in Advanced Management and Finance concentration.


Samantha Benson

Samantha Benson has been with the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) for over eleven years. Her primary role is managing HESAA’s financial literacy program entitled Real Money 101.  Samantha has developed the Real Money 101 program’s comprehensive curriculum, which consists of ten different presentations, a booklet, and numerous handouts.  She is also a frequent presenter at conferences and high schools where she enjoys educating High School seniors and their parents on the financial aid process including the FAFSA.

Samantha also serves as HESAA’s internal training liaison ensuring that all employees are current on any State mandated webinars and workshops. She conducts a variety of employee workshops and orientations throughout the year.

Samantha is predominantly active in two professional organizations: The New Jersey Coalition of Financial Educators (NJCFE) and the New Jersey Association of Financial Aid Administrators (NJASFAA).  She received her MA and a certificate in government accounting from Rutgers University.


Gavin Taylor

Currently serving as the Manager for the Financial Opportunity Center, Gavin Taylor joined the United Way of Essex and West Hudson in July of 2014.  Prior to becoming the Manager of the FOC, Mr. Taylor worked with the Financial Empowerment Center at Newark Now as the Program Manager for the Financial Aid University (FAU) Program and the Assistant Manager of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.  He also served as a Financial and Credit Counselor for the organization. 

Mr. Taylor has worked in the financial services industry for more than 15 years. He began his career working in Corporate America at the Prudential Insurance Company of America.  After 13 years of service, he left the industry to pursue working with non-profits and philanthropic entities.  He began using his financial education and knowledge to assist middle to low income families manage their finances and overcome financial obstacles.  

As a Financial and Credit Counselor, Mr. Taylor provides financial services and solutions for middle to low income families.  His goal is to assist families in fulfilling their dream of becoming debt free, properly protected, and financially independent.  He fully believes that families that don’t have a financial plan (for their future) will ultimately fail in their pursuit of obtaining financial independence.  With that in mind, he strives to provide the benefits of his financial knowledge to families that are in need of it.

Gavin Taylor currently holds his life insurance producers license in the state of NJ.  He also holds a Series 6, which enables him to open Roth IRA’s, 401k's, 529 Plans, Coverdell’s, and other investment options.  He is also certified at the advanced level for income tax preparation with the IRS and is a Certified Credit Counselor with the National Association of Certified Credit Counselors.


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GINA DAVIS

LoGina (Gina) Davis is the winner of the 2015 BEYA Engineer of the Year, for Technical Sales & Marketing award.

For more than 20 years, Gina has held Senior Technology leadership roles at four Fortune 5 companies (IBM, Sun Microsystems and Microsoft) and currently is an AT&T Senior Technology Sales Consultant – Cloud Solution Architect.

As the Cloud Solution Architect within AT&T's Global Client Group, Gina is currently responsible for all Hosting and Cloud and Cloud based Unified Communication (UC) opportunities globally. 

That includes defining and developing the adoption of cloud solutions that will be hosted in the US as well multi-national hosted locations.

As a Principal VArchitect for VCE, Gina was the lead technical expert for the New York Metro District. She supported six Account Managers on accounts opportunities in the pre-sales qualification and the delivery of technical architectural design, strategies and plans that are delivered in customer engagements totaling over $20 million.

At Microsoft Corporation as a Senior Account Technology Specialist for over 13 years, Gina worked with the Account Executive and was responsible for developing and executing a strategic account plan that drove revenue, customer satisfaction, and deployment of Microsoft technology within assigned accounts. She directly drove multimillion dollar technical solutions that have helped the Account team to meet and exceed quota year over year. Gina was a Senior UNIX System Engineer at IBM Corporation for 8 years and a year at Sun Microsystems Corporation. As a Senior System Engineer she provided technical proposal development, customer sales presentations, client advisement on Information Technology and Business Strategy for implementing IBM/Sun Business Applications and Solutions.

In June 2014 Gina was inducted into the Plainfield High School Hall of Fame, Plainfield NJ and has been awarded the 2015 BEYA STEM Engineer of the Year Award – Technical Sales and Marketing.


Dr. Kia Grundy MD

Dr. Kia Grundy is a board certified pediatrician who owns her own practice in Elizabeth, NJ. Dr. Grundy was born in Orange, NJ and resided there until she married. During her childhood she attended The Chad School. In elementary school, she was introduced to the sciences and her love for biology began. 

Her elementary school was an institution in Newark that pushed its students to be the best particularly in math and sciences. It was a nurturing environment that encouraged black children to excel despite any odds. As a result, she was able to attend a great independent school and get exposure to not only other cultures but how other children were groomed to succeed. The high school was a great independent school but it lacked the nurturing environment her elementary school encompassed.  After completing high school at Newark Academy, Livingston she went on to attend Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. Her decision to attend a historically black college was purposeful. Hampton University was beautiful, had a great reputation for graduating students who went into medicine and the school was small enough to continue the nurturing environment that was needed to be successful as a pre-medical major. 

Dr. Grundy went on to graduate from Hampton and was admitted to the University of Medicine and Dentistry-New Jersey Medical School.  One of her major influences and sources of encouragement in medical school came in the form of a man who was a Hampton University graduate named James Foster. In the days where the classes and rigor of med school was almost defeating he would lend a quiet ear and give encouragement and for that she will be forever grateful. Once again, Hampton University and its graduates played a major roll in her education.

Dr. Grundy completed her medical school training and pediatric residency in Newark at University Hospital.  After that time she worked in a practice in Orange as well as Elizabeth before starting her practice with a friend. She serves as the school physician for many charter schools in Newark, Irvington, Jersey City, Trenton and Camden.

Most importantly, she is a God fearing woman who loves her husband Travis of 19 years and her two children, Aaron age 17 and Nia age 14. She loves to sing and serves on the Steward board and Voices of Praise Choir of her church. She has a few biblical personal encouragement passages  when things  are rough.   “The race is not given to the swift nor the strong but to him that endures to the end” and “God can do all things”.


SAMANTHA K. Dow-Hankerson

Samantha K. Dow-Hankerson moved to the United States in 1980.  She is a proud native of Guyana, South America.  Samantha attended the New York and New Jersey public school system, and has been participating in leadership and community service efforts since childhood. 

Before the age of 25, she worked for the Commission on the Status of Women in Greensboro NC, House of Representatives-Speaker’s Office in Washington DC, and New York Department of Human Resources Administration.  After 20 years of serving as a college professor, advisor, coordinator, mentor, coach, city elected official and a certified etiquette trainer, Samantha established the Higher Etiquette & Mentoring Institute (HEMI) in January 2010.

Samantha has distinguished herself as a compassionate leader in both the public and private sectors.  She is an active member and held office in various local, state and national organizations such as: National Council of Negro Women, National Education Association, National Association of the Advancement for Color People, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, Jack & Jill of America, Literacy Volunteer, The Junior League, North Jersey Bennett College Alumnae Association and other impactful organizations improving the quality of life for women, children and their families.

Samantha has always had a strong passion and desire to serve the community.  Her love for family, community, steadfast spiritual life and unwavering belief in God has directed her activities and interest thus far and will continue to guide her.   She is the loving wife of Robbin and proud mother of Matthew, who continue to be the passion and ultimate joys of her life journeys.  

Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It's important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It's the way in which we ourselves grow and develop……...Dr. Dorothy I. Height


Jonathan B. Moore

Jonathan B. Moore is a graduate of Morehouse College, where he majored in Economics with a minor in Leadership Studies. While at Morehouse College, Jonathan was one of six students selected to participate in Oprah Winfrey’s South African Leadership Project in Johannesburg and Capetown, South Africa.  The program encompassed extensive academic, cultural and civic engagement activities, culminating in a research project that studied South Africa’s economy and evaluated the correlation between HIV and poverty. 

After College Mr. Moore received a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in the City of New York. While a student at Columbia, Jonathan was one of eleven students selected to meet with local officials and developers in Sao Paulo and Rio De Jairo, Brazil to study the country’s development plans for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

Jonathan is currently a property manager to HOMECorp. This organization provides affordable housing to 63 units and owns properties in Montclair, NJ. He is also a Project Development Consultant at Integrated Builders a real estate development and construction management company that provides service throughout the state of New Jersey. Jonathan resides in Montclair, New Jersey.


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Hon. Mayor Lester E. Taylor III

A proud resident of East Orange’s First Ward, Lester E. Taylor III, was sworn into office as the 13th Mayor of the City of East Orange. At the age of 39, he became the second youngest mayor in the city’s history. 

Under his administration, East Orange is swiftly moving into a new era of unprecedented progress. Mayor Taylor’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in East Orange by providing outstanding service to its residents, community, visitors, and business partners. His vision is that East Orange will set the standard for urban excellence and become a destination city. 

In his first year, Mayor Taylor has focused on quality of life issues, education and economic development to put East Orange on a path to fiscal stability and sustainability.  Within the first six months and with support from the East Orange City Council, the Mayor overhauled the East Orange Water Commission and made long overdue investments in the East Orange Golf Course to re-establish those two entities as revenue-generating community assets. 

His team also successfully resolved in 10 months a legal matter that had stalled progress along blighted Sussex Avenue for more than 10 years. That area is now open for redevelopment and has attracted the eye of several major commercial retailers eager to join the city’s renaissance. 

Under his leadership, East Orange is leading a national labor and public health movement to benefit working families.  In September 2014, East Orange became the 4th city in the State of New Jersey and the 8th in the United States to pass the earned paid sick leave ordinance, a law that will help to build healthier and stronger communities.

Through implementation of the Fatherhood Initiative, the East Orange College and Career Readiness Network, the Career Training Program and the Mentor Summit, Mayor Taylor has cultivated a strong community network of support for children and students in the city. He has forged ties with key partners and is creating new job opportunities for residents, including exposure to alternative and successful options for continuing education beyond high school. His goal is to build a stronger workforce better prepared to compete in the local, regional and global 21st century economy.

Mayor Taylor earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Montclair State University and a Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law.  

The recipient of numerous awards for his civic involvement, Mayor Taylor is an active volunteer in the community and is currently a board member of the United Way of Essex and West Hudson and East Orange General Hospital. A former board member of the East Orange YMCA, the Historical Society of East Orange, Inc., and the East Orange Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Taylor currently represents the City of East Orange as a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, African American Mayors Association, International Council of Shopping Centers, New Jersey Conference of Mayors, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, National Conference of Democratic Mayors, New Jersey Black Mayor’s Alliance for Social Justice, New Jersey Urban Mayors Association, and the Salvation Army of the Oranges and Maplewood.  

He enjoys spending his time raising his three children, Amani, LT and Lena, with his wife, Bibi.


                                RACHEL BLAND

Rachel Bland is the Community School Coordinator at Oakwood Avenue Community School in Orange, NJ. Rachel is a former AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America). She has a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a graduate of Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, where she obtained a Bachelors of Science in Biology. While at Spelman, Rachel was a Resident Assistant and participated in campus activities such as dorm council, Student Women of Color Leadership Conference Committee, and Spelman Independent Scholars (SIS). She also travelled to Senegal on a service trip with Spelman’s 10,000 Girls Initiative. Her time at Spelman ignited her passion for health equity and community organizing.  


Craig MacKay

Craig MacKay heads the New York office of England & Company, a middle-market merchant bank with dedicated industry practices in Healthcare, Business Services, Energy and Infrastructure Technology. Prior to joining England, he was the head of the Private Finance Group at Oppenheimer & Company (the former U.S. investment banking arm of CIBC World Markets) where he led the origination, structuring and placement of private debt, equity and highly structured securities and was a standing member of the firm’s Capital Markets and Underwriting Assistance committees. Prior to Oppenheimer, Mr. MacKay headed the Private Finance and High Yield Capital Markets Groups at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. Prior to SunTrust, he was the founder and Managing Member of HNY Associates, a merchant bank and advisory services firm with holdings in commercial transportation and outsourced logistics. Since beginning his banking career at Bankers Trust Company in 1989, Mr. MacKay has completed over $9.0 billion of middle-market domestic and cross-border capital and corporate advisory engagements. He has executed over 100 acquisition financings, leveraged recapitalizations, growth capital-raises and refinancings in the Healthcare, Food, Business Services, General Industrial, Consumer and Technology sectors. Prior to his career in banking, Mr. MacKay was a finance professional in the food industry. He began his career as a financial analyst at General Foods Corporation (now Kraft Foods), where we he managed the budgeting and analysis of institutional food, cold beverage and dessert product manufacturing costs. As an assistant controller for Service America Corporation, a privately-owned institutional foodservices platform, Mr. MacKay was responsible for integrating the company’s Northeast business units pursuant to its merger with Macke Foodservice. Mr. MacKay has served on several boards and advisory committees, including as a director of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (since 1993; Chairman 2008 to 2011); as board co-chairman of Danis Transportation, a regional commercial logistics company (2000 to 2003); as advisory council member of IndustryNetworks.com, a B2B supply chain business (1999 to 2001); as advisory council member of the Howard University School of Business (1999 to 2000); and as a director of Customer Access Resources, an outsourced call center teleservices company (1998 to 2000). Mr. MacKay has been a featured speaker, panelist and article subject on topics including private placements, venture capital and debt capital markets and has taught a Mergers and Acquisitions course as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business. Mr. MacKay earned both his BS in Economics and MBA in Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He maintains FINRA Series 7, 63, 24 and 27 licenses and is a CFA Level III candidate. Mr. MacKay is a native of Brooklyn, New York and a long-time resident of South Orange, New Jersey, where he resides with his wife and two children.


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Mitra Choudbury

Mitra Choudhury has 20+ years of experience in the field of workforce development. She started her career at Essex County College in 1993 as an Adjunct Instructor in Training, Inc. Subsequently she was hired in a permanent position as a Teacher Advisor.  In 1999 she was appointed as Associate Director, Training, Inc and was promoted to Director, Training, Inc. in 2003. 

Ms. Choudhury is a successful fundraiser and has consistently raised $1.5 million every year which ensures sufficient funding for the effective continuation of all program areas.  Training, Inc. provides vocational training programs to area residents leading to employment and career pathways. She is currently coordinating two five year multi-million dollar Health Care Grants which is part of a 10 Community College consortium.

Ms. Choudhury provides supervision of three departments: Training, Inc for vocational training programs, Workforce Development for job search programs and Single Stop for providing Income Tax Prep, Credit Counseling and Legal Services to Essex County College Students.

Ms. Choudhury holds, two Master’s Degrees, one in History, from Guwahati University in India and a second one in Administration and Supervision, from Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ.  She is a member of the National Workforce Development Association, National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship and the Regional Apprenticeship College Consortium.  She sits on the Advisory Board for the Orange Housing Authority in Orange, NJ. She also serves on the Essex County and the Newark Workforce Development Boards and has recently been appointed to the Newark Workforce Investment Board.  She also serves on the Business and Economic Development Committee and the Welfare to Work Committee for the Newark Workforce Investment Board.  


                                                               DR. GEORGE P. BLOUNT

Dr. Blount is currently President and owner of National Career Institute located in East Orange, NJ. He has been executive Vice President of Global Institute in New York as well as Vice President of WorldWide Educational Services in Jersey City. For 10 years of his professional career, Dr. Blount was principal of middle and junior high schools. He is currently serving as an evaluator of Business Education for The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. In addition, he is also an evaluator for the Council on Occupational Education. In that capacity he travels throughout the U.S and abroad evaluating business schools. Dr. Blount is a featured and much sought after guest speaker in the field of education. Among topics demonstrating his expertise are marketing strategy, staff development, effective teaching strategies, supervision and administration, accreditation, retention and placement and motivational keys to success. During the course of his professional career he has held the following professional positions. He has been Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools Evaluator, Board of Education Contract Negotiator, Chairman of School Principal Organization, Educational Leadership Consultant, Counselor for Hudson County Juvenile Detention Center, he is currently Chairman of Suits for Success, an organization that clothes men and woman for job preparation and Board of Trustee for Pillar College.

It is to be noted that Dr. Blount is also the host of his own cable and radio show entitled A Blount Point of View. Dr. Blount has received numerous awards and accolades for his work.  Dr. Blount holds a Bachelors in Sociology and Education, a Masters in Supervision and Administration and a Doctorate degree in Theology and Administration.