I am a seasoned professional and I strive for excellence in service through careful listening, big-picture visioning, practical application of evidence-based research, team work and collaboration.
I served as a Program Officer with the New York State Education Department, Office of Higher Education/K-16 Initiatives & Access Programs for over 19 years, guiding its major pre-collegiate, school dropout prevention program: the Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP).
LPP was created as a legislative response to New York State’s school dropout rate. LPP is an integral part of the New York State Education Department Office of Higher Education’s strategy to close the performance gap among at-risk youth enrolled in grades 5-12. This $21 million initiative makes grants to higher education institutions committed to results-based collaborations with schools, parents and other local stakeholders in urban, rural and suburban communities.
Prior to joining the State Education Department, I worked with programs that extended human services outreach, education and professional development opportunities to populations that included: migrant and seasonal farmworkers, prison inmates, disadvantaged high school and college students; and, families of urban pre-school children.
I hold a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from the State University College at New Paltz, New York. I’m a member of the International Association of Facilitators and I’m pursuing certification as an Executive Fundraiser.
My vocation is to facilitate pathways that connects healthy development of youth and communities of Promise to higher education and New York’s agenda for economic advancement.