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Nadine Wright- Arbubakrr:  President and founder of Nassan’s Place – a mother and advocate for children with Autism. Holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management and Marketing and over twenty five years of managerial experience.  

Sharnette Vidal:  Vice President of Nassan's Place - business professional and Advocate for children and families affected by Autism.

Patricia Wilson:  Treasurer of Nassan's Place -  Vice President of Human Resources at City National Bank in Newark, NJ and an aunt of a child with Autism.

Gloria Jones:  Office Manager at social service agency in East Orange, NJ, Business Owner, attended Fashion Institute of Technology (Buying & Marketing).

Ted Green:  Mayor of the City of East Orange.

TaKeesha Drake:  Administrative Assistant for over 18 years at Essex County College at the West Essex Campus. Holds an Associate degree from Essex County College and a Bachelor’s degree from Montclair State University in Accounting/Business. Over 20 years of experience in business and education in early childhood and higher learning. Mother of three and aunt of Nassan.

Osner Charles:  He is the Former Director of the Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs for the City of East Orange, New Jersey.  During Osner’s tenure as Director, some of his most notable accomplishments were developing programs, which serviced the special needs population. Under Osner’s leadership, the City of East Orange hosted its first Walk for Autism, developed the Autistic Aquatics Program, which was featured on News 12 for being the only City-operated Autistic Aquatics program in the State of New Jersey. In 2017, the New Jersey Recreation & Park Association (NJRPA) also recognized the Autistic Aquatics Program with the Excellence in Educational & Interpretive Programing Award.  

 

Osner is passionately committed to public service. He works tirelessly to ensure that all people have access to quality education, healthy food services, and enjoyable extra-curricular activities. Osner strives daily to live by a quote from President Barack Obama…“The best way not to feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”

Catherine Cruz:  Vice Principal at Mount Carmel Guild Academy where she has been a faculty member since 2000. Prior to becoming an administrator she worked for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark as a certified social worker from 1987 to 2000; when she decided to change careers within the agency to become a special education teacher because of her passion and desire to help educate special needs students. Several years later she obtained her certification in school administration. 

 

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction she holds certifications from the New Jersey Department of Education as a Principal, Supervisor, and Teacher of the Handicapped.  In addition to her work at Mount Carmel Guild Academy, Catherine supports other non-profit organization through volunteer work and fundraising. She is a member of several organizations throughout NJ involving special needs students but in particular students on the autistic spectrum.