Staff Directory

Shavon D. Ford
Executive Director
Black/African American
From Booker T. Washington Housing Projects, Jersey City, NJ
Education Profile (1st Generation College Student & Graduate)
  • Booker T. Washington Housing Projects Head Start & Pre-K (Jersey City, NJ)
  • Public School #22 (K – 8) (Jersey City, NJ)
  • James J. Ferris High School (General Studies) (Jersey City, NJ)
  • Bloomfield College – Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Arts (NJ)
  • New York University – Educational Leadership, Politics & Advocacy, Master of Arts
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University – Public & Nonprofit Management, Master of Public Administration
Major influence: Having a wise, strong and loving mother gave me the character and thought process necessary to overcome growing up in a single-parent household, attending failing schools, and being raised in an impoverished community.
Notable Teachers:
  • Mr. Donald Howard Jr., 3rd Grade
  • Mrs. Alice Bradford, 4th & 5th Grade
  • Mr. Juan Lugo, High School
  • Dr. Ilona Anderson, Bloomfield College
  • Dr. Nora Krieger, Bloomfield College
  • Dr. Angela Conrad, Bloomfield College
  • Dr. Cheryl Evans, Bloomfield College
  • Dr. Jeanne Nutter, Bloomfield College
  • Dr. Cathy Guerriro
  • Dr. Gary Anderson, NYU
  • Dr. Terry Astuto, NYU
  • Professor Russell Roberson III, FDU
  • Dr. Chimezie Ozurumba, FDU
Favorite Quote:“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours...” —Henry David Thoreau, Walden 


Eliana Moreira-Mims
Assistant Director/Educational Coordinator
Bilingual – Spanish/English
From South Bronx, NY
Education Profile (1st Generation College Student & Graduate)
  • P.S. #62- Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, Bronx, NY
  • St. Anselm School- Grades 1 to 8, Bronx, NY
  • St. Pius V High School – Grades 9-12, Bronx, NY
  • The College of New Rochelle- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Childhood Education, New Rochelle, NY
  • The College of New Rochelle- Masters of Science in Early Childhood/ Special Education, New Rochelle, NY
Major influence: My education background goes back to my childhood, I have aunts from both side of my family that are in the teaching field. As a young child I saw the satisfaction of seeing others and myself learn. In high school, I volunteered regularly after school and in the summer to teach children how to read. I decided early on I wanted to be a teacher.
Notable Teachers:
  • Mr. Castellano, Elementary Science Teacher
  • Ms. Petragani-Horn, High School Math Teacher
Favorite Quote:   2 Teach is 2 Touch lives 4 Ever —Author Unknown