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 Mentors Staff
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. In the past 2+ years in her role as executive director, she has focused her time on increasing the number of mentoring hours per child, building an volunteer business development team to help further our marketing/recruiting/fundraising efforts and continued to develop TRUE relationships with our families, mentors and staff. Katie looks forward to connecting more families to our programs and improving our services year after year.
Executive Assistant, Bliss Lecea ([email protected])
Bliss Lecea recently joined our team after graduating from the University of PA, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in counseling and played on the tennis team. Born and raised in New Jersey, Bliss is an avid rock climber as well as tennis player. Bliss has experience coaching high school tennis and also works at Gravity Vault in Hoboken. Bliss developed her passion for rock climbing in college and enjoys climbing indoors and outdoors and plans to compete in local competitions this year. Bliss also has an artistic side, specializing in hand lettering, watercoloring, and murals. When she isn’t at work on the rocks, Bliss loves spending time with her “crazy Hispanic family” and husband. Bliss is looking forward getting involved in the TM community and helping support the organization as we grow.
Board of Directors
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 for Hoboken Grace Church.
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.
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
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.
Tim Ferguson ([email protected])
Tim Ferguson first moved to Hoboken in 2002 with his wife and two cats. He developed is passion for helping others while living in Asia and partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build houses for worthy families in Thailand. Tim joined TRUE Mentors in the summer of 2017 initially to simply support a great team but quickly realized his passion to help the children ran deep. He was fortunate to join the Board in 2018 and is looking forward to mentoring his first young man through the Young Intern program. Outside of his support for TRUE Mentors, Tim is a part of the Health vertical leadership team at Merkle Inc, responsible for managing C-suite marketing relationships. Tim looks forward to channeling is marketing experience to help improve the awareness and impact of the great work done by TRUE Mentors.
Dr. Razel Solow ([email protected])
Dr. Razel Solow is the former Director, Center for Gifted Studies and Education, at Hunter College. At Hunter, she ran the graduate program, taught teachers, conducted research, and worked directly with children. Razel has been an elementary and high school English teacher, county director of gifted education and founding president of School-Wise, an educational consulting practice. She was also formerly the education curator at the Hoboken Historical Museum. Razel has spent her life dedicated to improving the education, social and emotional lives of children and their parents. Razel is most excited about the relationships she hopes to build with the children, their families, our volunteers, and the Board at TRUE Mentors.
Linda Kwok ([email protected])
Linda moved from Shanghai, San Francisco to the New York area twenty years ago and has spent the last twelve years living in Hoboken. She is an involved parent at her children’s school, and has previous volunteer and leadership positions at Brandt and Wallace School. Linda received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and her MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. As a trained executive and life coach, she understands the importance of building relationships and helping every child reach their full potential. Outside of TRUE Mentors, Linda works as a realtor with in Hoboken and Jersey City.