Board of Trustees
Caren Freyer serves as regional public affairs manager PSEG. She brings forty years of corporate and community leadership. Caren is retired Chairwoman Newark Youth Investment Council, active Board of Overseers Member NJIT and has served as Vice Chairwoman Commissioner Essex County Utilities Authority. She Graduated from Kean University with degrees in Public Administration and Political Science. She resides in Millburn NJ was born at Beth Israel Hospital Newark and is a Congregant of Temple Ahavas Shalom The Newark Jewish Museum on Broadway.
Dr. Charity Dacey
Dr. Charity Dacey is a faculty member and associate dean in the School of Education at Felician University. She attended Smith College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in American Studies. Dr. Charity Dacey is a strong supporter of public education and spent several years teaching in public schools as a K-12 educator, mentor teacher and cross-country and track coach. These experiences led her to working for the New Teacher Project in both the Bronx and Manhattan as well as in Maryland recruiting, selecting, training and supporting new teachers in the Teaching Fellows Program. Dr. Charity Dacey attended Mercy College and earned an M.S. in Organizational Leadership. She spent the next 11 years recruiting, teaching and advising pre-service and practicing teachers in New Jersey at Montclair State University. Dr. Charity Dacey is passionate about the power of education and shares her belief with students that “education, by its very nature, should help people to develop their best selves” -Nell Noddings. At Montclair State University, Dr. Charity Dacey was recognized with the advising administrator award of the year in her role as the Director of Teacher Education Admissions and Retention. At Montclair State University, Dr. Charity Dacey earned a Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Teacher Development. Her dissertation investigated the ways in which classroom teachers make meaning of ethical practice. In 2018 she joined the School of Education at Felician University. Dr. Charity’s larger research agenda blends ethics, assessment practices, self-study and how to foster more inclusive, socially just, culturally responsive education in K-12 classrooms. She teaches courses in Educational Assessment Development and Evaluation Models, Learning and Development in Children with and without Disabilities, Pedagogy in Inclusive Elementary Education, Psychological Foundations of Education, Assessment of Authentic Learning, and First Year Experience. Dr. Charity Dacey serves as a journal reviewer, committee member for assessment and advising at her university, and also serves on the advisory board for the Boys and Girls Club of Lodi LEAP.
Monica Darko is a middle school teacher in Newark, NJ.
She completed her post-secondary education at Rutgers University-Newark where she received a B.S. in Sociology and Criminal Justice. Later, Monica earned a Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers University - Newark.
Throughout her life, Monica has been very active in her community. She is the President of the North Jersey Unit of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs Inc. In addition, she is alumni of Leadership Newark, and a member of the Newark Branch NAACP. She has also served in on the boards of other non profit organizations over the years.
My name is Tiesha McKinney and I have been an educator for over 22 years. I have been an elementary school teacher, a data and assessment coordinator, a testing coordinator, and an academic dean. I am currently working as an elementary teacher for Newark Public Schools. I love working and being an educator because it provides me an opportunity to see the potential and talent of so many youth, right here in the city of Newark.
I have a BA in Sociology from Drew University, MAED in Curriculum and Instruction and in Education and Supervision, both from the University of Phoenix. I have also begun studying for my EDD in Educational Leadership. I am happy to become a part of Roseville Community Charter School.
Ariagna has been involved with serving the community since she was a teenager, which is a passion that has shaped her raison d’etre. Community/Public service is what drives her to help make her city of Newark a model for urban excellence. Service to the community has driven Ariagna to start a Civic Association to help serve the community in which she lives.
In 2012, Ariagna became a member of the Newark Board of Education, and in 2015 became the first Latina President of the Board. During her tenure with the Board of Education, she took measures to ensure that all Board Members became certified by the State of NJ. She assisted in the restoration of Local Control to the Newark Board of Education; championed the Newark Public School's renaming from the old Elliott Street School to Salome Urena Elementary becoming the first school named under a Latina. In 2015 was appointed to the Newark's Commission of Women Status. In 2016 obtained the Certified Board Member by the New Jersey School Board Association, Emerge NJ alumni and PolitickerNJ even listed her as one of the most influential Latinos in New Jersey.
Luisa Torres is a community leader and ardent advocate for equitable education. Ms. Torres earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice Studies from Montclair State University. Ms. Torres earned a Master of Arts degree from Montclair State University in Law & Governance with a concentration in Compliance and Regulation where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Ms. Torres also earned a Master of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Montclair State University to refine her business acumen. Ms. Torres has worked with the with the Pre-Legal Program at Seton Hall Law School and is an alumna of the program. Ms. Torres spent six years in the banking industry prior to transitioning to the legal field where she has spent the last eight years in public and private sector. Ms. Torres serves on the Passaic County’s Census Committee and is continually active in the community."