The Bronx Institute at Lehman College

About the Staff
Kevin Anthony
Kevin Anthony is a graduate of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He is the Program Director of the Bronx Institute GEAR UP Programs at Lehman College, City University of New York. He has coordinated and implemented four GEAR UP projects at Lehman College for the past twelve years. Prior to coming to Lehman, he was an Assistant Director with the Creative Arts Team (CAT), a professional education theater company at New York University. At CAT, he taught in the Paul A. Kaplan Center for Educational Drama Graduate Program and client interaction seminars at New York University Law School.

Martha Atencio
Graduate of Universidad del Valle with BA in Modern Languages and Masters degree in Bilingual Education in her native Colombia. In 2003 received a Masters degree in TESOL from Lehman College. Joined The Bronx Institute in 2001 and is currently working as Program Associate for Management Systems. Ms. Atencio worked for 7 years as a teacher with the Colombian Board of Education.

Maria Betances
Graduate of City College of NY with a BA in sociology, Worked with the GEAR UP Program at Lehman College since its inception (1999) and presently working as Administrative Assistant.

Zamira Castro Jiménez
Graduated with Cum Laude honors from Brandeis University (2011) with a BA in Sociology and a minor certificate in Latin American & Latino Studies. An alumna of the ENLACE/GEAR UP program, Zamira has occupied different positions in different sectors, but finds herself wanting to return to her native Bronx to work with urban youth specifically. She hopes to enroll in an MA in Mental Health Counseling program in the New York City area in the near future.

Erica DeJesus
Graduate of Manhattanville College (2010) with a BA in Sociology. Currently Ms. DeJesus is studying for an MSEd in School Counseling at Lehman College. She is an alumna of the ENLACE/GEAR UP program. Joined The Bronx Institute as a College Access Advisor in February 2012

Jaynice Del Rosario
Graduate of Wesleyan University (2011) with a BA in Government and a certificate in International Relations. She is an alumna of the ENLACE/GEAR UP Program and joined the Bronx Institute as a College Access Advisor in February 2012.

Turquoise Farrar
Graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Business in 2004. Currently studying for an MS in Counseling at Mercy College. Worked as the Assistant Director of Admission for the past 5 years at The College of Mount Saint Vincent. Joined the Bronx Institute GEAR UP program in August 2009.

Justin Hertog
Graduate of Vassar College (1992) with a BA in Religion. Joined The Bronx Institute in 2008 as Communications Specialist. Previous position with Lehman College’s Office of Media Relations and Publications writing articles and contributing to other editorial projects. Worked for ten years in the information technology industry.

Bruce Irushalmi
Graduate of Lehman College (BA) and City College (MSEd). Joined The Bronx Institute at Lehman College in September, 2005 as Project Director of GEAR UP and Associate Director of The Institute. Served as Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Bronx Community School District Ten and Director of Youth Development in New York City Public Schools Bronx Region One until 2005. Worked as an adjunct in the Graduate Education Departments of Bank Street College and Hunter College.

Carmen A. Jiménez
Carmen is one of the first graduates of ASPIRA, MS (Hunter College), MS (Bank Street College of Education), and doctoral studies fellow (ABD—Seton Hall University) Joined The Bronx Institute at Lehman College in September, 2011. Former Director for the Partnership School Organization—Academy for Educational Development’s Middle Start National Center. First Principal Director of the Professional Development Leadership Center (Region One); Middle School Principal for 13 years in the NYC Public Schools; Deputy Superintendent in Harlem; Director of School Improvement (District Ten); Manager of Program Planning and Development; Coordinator of Staff Development and Program Planning and Director of Training and Staff Development (Office of Bilingual Education). Faculty at Harvard Principal’s Center Summer Institutes and Advisory Board member for the Harvard Principal’s Center. Serves as adjunct faculty at MDLI Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Iffatara Khan
Graduated from Baruch College with a BBA in Human Resources. She joined The Bronx Institute in April 2010 and is presently working as a Finance Assistant.

Sarfo B. Kyei
Graduated State University of New York at Delhi with a BS in Network Administration. Currently pursuing an M.S in Information Systems at Brooklyn College. Graduated high school as a GEAR UP '99 student. Joined The Bronx Institute as information technology support in 2009. Also currently work at City College of New York Disability Department and at Lehman College as an IT Assistant.

Professor Herminio Martínez, Ph.D.
Professor Martinez is a tenured Professor in the Department of Middle School and High School Education. As principal investigator, he provides administrative leadership of funded programs, which include the following—ESEA Title VII/NCLB Title III, special and bilingual education teacher education and professional development programs, Federal and State technical assistance centers, desegregation centers, National Science Foundation projects, and federal, state, local, and foundation school reform projects; He serves on Boards such as the National Council of La Raza; the Audubon Partnership of NYC; the Private Industry Council; and the New York Hall of Science.

Willis G. Merchan
Joined The Bronx Institute as Information Technology Coordinator in January, 2008. Previously served as IT Center Support, IT Support Assistant, and Information Technology Center Coordinator (2nd Shift -T-) at Information Technology Resources at Lehman College. Served as Computer Lab Tech /Instructor for Research Foundation Center for School/College Collaboratives for three years.

Emmanuel Monegro
Graduated Lehman College of CUNY with a BA in Health Management. Presently working in the ENLACE program as a Administrative Assistant.

Daniel Morales-Armstrong
Graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education with an Ed.M. in Prevention Science and Practice (concentrations in adolescent counseling, program design, and college persistence for students of color) and the University at Albany (SUNY) with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Psychology. Worked in the College Advising Center at Fenway High School in Boston, Massachusetts (2010-2011). Joined the Bronx Institute in August 2011. Mr. Morales-Armstrong is a 2006 alumnus of the ENLACE program.

Iwan Notowidigdo
Graduate of Hunter College of CUNY (BA/MA in Economics). Joined The Bronx Institute in January, 2005 as Director for Sustainability. Served as Founding Director, New York City Bilingual Education Technical Assistance Center at Hunter College (2000-2004); Hunter College Coordinator, New York Technical Assistance Center (1995-2000); and Field Services Coordinator, New York Multifunctional Resource Center (1986-1995). Worked as a consultant to various local educational agencies, state departments of education, institutions of higher education, foundations, and community based organizations.

Isabel Pradas
Graduate of Manhattan College with a BA in Political Science and Urban Affairs, Isabel began her work in the field of youth development at Aspira of New York in 1996. She left Aspira as the Director of the Educational Talent Search program to explore her interest in public policy by pursuing her Masters degree at the Milano Graduate School and working for Milano's Center for New York City Affairs. Joined the Bronx Institute in 2006 as the Project Associate for College Awareness and serves currently as Senior Supervisor Counselor for the GEAR UP Program.

LaRae Snoddy
Graduate of Lawrence University (BA in Philosophy & Spanish) and Edgewood College (MA in Education). Joined The Bronx Institute in November 2007 as a Project Associate for the South Bronx GEAR UP. Served as an Admissions Counselor at Edgewood College, where she was responsible for counseling and recruitment and also coordinated Community and Pre-college programs. Worked as a grant writing intern for the Wisconsin Foundation of Independent Colleges in 2004.

Giselle Tejada
Graduated from University of Massachusetts-Amherst (2006), with a BA in Psychology and Adelphi University (2010), with a Masters of Social Work. Has worked assisting high school students with the college application process through preparatory workshops, including partnerships with community organizations. By exposing and linking the student to key resources, she has managed to inspire and motivate them to achieve their professional and academic goals.


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