Our Team

TRUE Mentors operates because of dedicated volunteers who give their time and talents to be the change they want to see in the world. Our leaders come from different careers and backgrounds, but they have one thing in common; they want to give children the opportunity to explore new ideas and to unearth excellence in the lives of children.

TRUE Mentor Staff

Executive Director, Katie Eades (keades@truementors.org)

Katie Eades recently relocated to Hoboken from Chicago in October of 2015. Katie spent 7 years teaching at-risk students in the city of Chicago and witnessed first hand the positive impact a mentor program can have on a child. Katie’s passion for serving children, combined with her 3+ years as the owner/operator of a small business is ultimately what led her to TRUE Mentors. As the newly hired executive director, she is currently focused on developing our existing partnerships, increasing our fundraising efforts and helping with our recruiting efforts.


Program Director, DeShawn Singleton (deshawn@truementors.org)

DeShawn Singleton grew up in Hudson County and currently resides in Newark. DeShawn grew up in the foster care system and as a teenager he had the opportunity to join a mentoring program. Through his mentor, DeShawn discovered a passion for basketball and higher education. DeShawn graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in social work. After playing basketball overseas for a few years, DeShawn worked at BRICK Academy, where he served as the Youth Development Manager. DeShawn brings a unique perspective to our mentoring program and a deep passion for connecting with families to our mentoring program. In his role as full-time program director, DeShawn is focused on community and family outreach, connecting more students to our mentoring programs and providing further support for our mentors to help foster TRUE relationships.

TRUE Mentor Volunteer Coordinators

Mentor Match Coordinator, Marie Goczalk (mgoczalk@truementors.org)

Marie Goczalk has lived in Hoboken since 2010. Marie joined TRUE Mentors in 2011 and has served in a variety of roles including Marketing and Class Volunteer. In spring of 2012, Marie stepped into the role of the Mentor Match Manager. She is responsible for interviewing all potential mentor applicants for the program and has since expanded to the role of Match Director, overseeing the whole process of matching from application to the final matching of the mentors and mentees. Outside of TRUE Mentors, Marie works in operations for Morgan Stanley.


Teen Internship Program Coordinator, Becky Mickel (becky.mickel@gmail.com)

Becky Mickel

Becky Mickel has lived in Hoboken since 2013. She began volunteering for the TRUE Mentors Teen Internship Program in December 2014, and since then, has spearheaded the group’s weekly workshops and other organized activities, which strive to hone the teens’ college and career readiness skills. Outside of TRUE Mentors, Becky works in New York City as the Associate Editor for Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine, where she spends her days dreaming up – and writing about – DIY projects, custom cakes, and more.


TRUE Mentor Board of Directors

Board President, Liam O’Sullivan (losullivan61581@gmail.com)

Liam has lived in Hoboken since 2011 and was previously a mentor with iMentor in New York City. He has  worked with a variety of not for profit organizations  throughout his life in various capacities. Liam volunteered for one year before joining the board in late 2015. In his free time, Liam enjoys being active and traveling. Liam is a CPA and works for Aquiline Capital Partners. In February of 2017, Liam became a mentor to an 8 year old boy in our program.


Board Vice President, Jennifer Johnson (jjohnson@truementors.org)

Jen Johnson has lived in Hoboken since 2000. She has worked with many non-profits focused on children including being a Trustee at Hudson Cradle. Jen originally joined as Recruiting Director for TRUE Mentors and has also served as a mentor to a young girl. Jen joined the board and is focused on ensuring that everyone in the community knows about TRUE Mentors. Outside of TRUE Mentors, Jen works as a recruiter at ELR Legal Search.


Board Secretary, Sarah Neral (sarah@hobokengrace.com)

Sarah has lived in Hoboken since 2011.  Sarah has served as a volunteer with TRUE Mentors over the past four years assisting with fundraising events and community partnerships. With a background in philanthropy and non-profit administration, Sarah joined the board in 2015 and is focused on volunteer recruitment and fundraising events. Outside of TRUE Mentors, Sarah works for Hoboken Grace Community Church.


Board Treasurer, James Sproule (jsproule@truementors.org)

James Sproule has lived in Hoboken since 2009. He has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and tutoring organizations. James joined TRUE Mentors in 2011 and has served in multiple roles including Mentor, Fundraising, Class Director and Volunteer Coordinator. In spring 2013, James stepped in as Executive Director to lead TRUE Mentors through its next phase of growth. Outside of TRUE Mentors, James works in sales for S&P Capital IQ.


Sibel Berberolglu (sibelb.benjerry@gmail.com)

Sibel has been a sponsor of TRUE Mentors since its inception. Sibel embodies the proverb, “it takes a community to raise a child.” Sibel has been part of classes and fundraising events over the years, and she joined the board in November 2013. Outside of TRUE Mentors, Sibel is a loving mother and owner of Ben & Jerry’s.



Dana Lockett Harrison (dharrison@truementors.org)

Dana Harrison has lived in Hoboken since 2003. She has served on the Board of Directors for Hoboken Family Alliance and is also a mother of two children. Dana joined the board and also served as a Relationship Manager to help support TRUE Mentors’ original mentoring relationships. Dana is focused on expanding partnerships of the organization. Outside of TRUE Mentors, Dana runs a small business that is focused on serving families with children.


Tim Occhipinti (timothy.occhipinti@gmail.com)

Tim was born and raised in Rockland County, New York where he grew up the youngest of three siblings. He attended the University of Virginia and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Government in 1999. He moved to Hoboken in 2007 and works in Equity Investment Management Technology at Alliance Bernstein. In 2009, Tim founded Hoboken Volunteers, a non-profit organization providing an online clearinghouse where local residents can connect with organizations, foundations, and groups who require the assistance of volunteers. Tim was elected to the City Council from November 2010 to December 2015 representing Hoboken’s 4th Ward.


Tara Casazza (tec2118@caa.columbia.edu)

Tara was born and raised on Long Island. She attended Providence College and graduated with a Master Degree in Social Work from Columbia University. Tara has lived in Hoboken since 2013. She has served as a volunteer with TRUE Mentors over the past three years assisting with our grant writing efforts. Tara joined the board in 2016. Outside of TRUE Mentors, Tara works in human resources at KKR.