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Glenn Best Glenn Best is a native of Lynchburg, VA. He is a graduate of Saint Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Virginia and Simon’s Rock College in Great Barrington, MA. He served twelve years in the Army National Guard. He also served as the family benefits representative for the 2nd Batallion, 29th Division. During his career, Best has worked in the areas of workforce development, youth services, higher education and the nonprofit sector. He currently oversees the ULEC Employment Center that serves over five hundred job seekers each month, providing employment services and job readiness training.
Olivia Miller Olivia Miller has been serving the constituents of the Urban League of Essex County for more than 4 years. With more than 25 years of experience at AT&T, Olivia provides administrative support and oversight to the Mature Worker Program.
EDUCATION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Leigh Carter Leigh Carter is the coordinator for the Urban League Ready programs, BEE Ready and Project Ready. Mr. Carter has a M.S.W. from the University of Michigan, with a practice area of Community Social Systems. In addition Mr. Carter holds a B.S. from the University of Hartford in Human Services and Counseling. In addition to his relevant educational credentials, Mr. Carter has experience is developing and managing social service programs for adults and young people.
Myradage Pierre Myradage Pierre joined the Urban League of Essex County in 2006 as a Youth Developer at the Academic Gateways Program and was promoted to Program Counselor of the Mature Worker Program. Most recently, Ms. Pierre assumed the role of Youth Program Coordinator for Newark Bridges High School. As a graduate of William Paterson University with a B.S. in Psychology and a concentration in African, African-American and Caribbean Studies, Ms. Pierre, consistent with the mission of the League, brings dedication and commitment to assisting African American and other urban residents. Myradage is also the President of Entourage Magazine, a new, cutting edge publication that focuses on up and coming talents in New Jersey.
Yolanda Green Yolanda Green is the lead teacher in our Toddler class. She has been an early childhood educator for over seventeen years. Ms. Green embraces the teaching philosophy that “Every child can learn.” Ms. Green is a faithful member of her church and where she has been an active member for over 21 years. She works with the youth ministry and also serves as youth choir director.
Tamar Jerome-Pierre Tamar Jerome-Pierre is a lead teacher in our early childhood program. She has taught for seven years in both urban and suburban areas. Ms Jerome-Pierre possesses a B.S. in Computer Science from St. John’s University and an Early Childhood Certification from Kean University. She is enrolled at The College of St. Elizabeth as a graduate student in the Educational Leadership program. Ms. Jerome-Pierre plans to pursue a doctorate degree in the field of education as well as publish a book of poetry.
Jarelis Jlmenez Jarelis Jlmenez, affectionately known as "Ms. J", holds a Master of Arts degree in Education and Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She has been teaching for over 5 years. Ms. J has been working at Urban League for past 4 years and was designated a Model Teacher for Newark Public Schools 2009 -2010. Ms. J strives to encourage children to achieve their highest potential and values each day as a new learning experience. She also volunteers as a cheerleading coach for Paterson Public High Schools and is a Tutor Supervisor for our Supplemental Educational Services program.
Stacey Richardson Stacey Richardson is a lead teacher at the Urban League Child Development Center. She has been a lead teacher in this organization since 2007. Children have been my profession for the past six years and she is formally and traditionally trained in appropriate teaching and best practice strategies for young children. Ms. Richardson is passionate about teaching and her personal philosophy is that all children can learn and will learn as best they can, using teachers as a medium.
Cheryl Howard Cheryl Howard serves as the Urban League's community organizer, a role she has held since 2010. She began working at the Urban League in 2007 providing clerical support to the Supplemental Educational Services program. Her talent in working with families in our program became evident, which led to her being promoted as site coordinator of one of our large afterschool programs.
Sebrania Alford Sebrania Alford is the Urban League's accounting assistant. She has served in this role for three years. Sebrania has held several positions at the League, both programmatic and administrative. Her extensive experience in the League's policies and practices makes her an indispensible member of the administrative team.