In 2001, the Chief Officer received her BSW degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a double minor in Public Policy and African American Studies and afterward, she entered the MSW program with Advanced Standing at Yeshiva University. In 2004, she received her Master's in Social Work degree and her Ph.D. in Social Welfare in 2022 from Yeshiva University-Wurzweiler School of Social Work. The research study topic was "The Phenomenological Exploration of Academic Re-engagement for High School Completion" The qualitative method was used to examine students who leave high school before graduation and choose service-learning for high school completion.
Professionally, she has credentials as a School Social Worker, Supervision in Field Instruction (SIFI), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC), Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS), Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) and Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). Her practice experience has been in the areas of substance abuse with/without medication assistance, mental health, and education/special education. Currently, she is a Program Coordinator, Adjunct Professor, Community Advocate, Activist, and Organizer, Founder/Executive Director of Balm In Gilead Community Services, Inc, a non-profit organization in the City of Newark, and Chief Officer of Making Connections Professional Services LLC.
"My professional goal is to formulate and implement policy to address the systemic issues related to racism, poverty, education, violence, and health care. Also, advocate and articulate the negative effect of those issues to decision-makers for providing a better understanding of the impact/outcome of those decisions upon individuals, families, and communities that are under-resourced, underserved, marginalized, and disenfranchised."
Services: Making Connections Professional Services LLC is an agency that provides consultation and professional development to students, those seeking clinical licensure, and organizational support.