TRUE Mentors operates thanks to 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
Katharine Samberg-Lawrence, Executive Director (KSL@TRUEMentors.org)
A 10-year Veteran in the nonprofit sector, Katharine joins us from The Fortune Society, where she held several roles including: Program Coordinator, Manager or Vocational Counseling, and Manager of Transitional Programs and Corporate Fellowships. Prior to working in Reentry services, Katharine lived in Vermont where she worked with at-risk youth as a community support worker and respite house manager.
She is a graduate of Castleton University where she obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Forensic Psychology and World literature. She is eager to use her passion for helping the underserved and exuberant sense of humor to bring in new support to the already thriving community that makes TRUE Mentors such a wonderful organization.
Maria Lara, Program Coordinator (Maria@TRUEMentors.org)
Although new to her role as Program Coordinator, Maria Lara has been involved with TRUE Mentors since 2016; teaching clubs with topics in Social Problems and Change, Cultures and Values, and helping in the 2017 theatrical performance of Aladdin. After obtaining her Sociology degree from New Jersey City University, Maria joined the Hoboken Historical Museum’s educational department where she taught classes with topics in Immigration, Local History, Mapping and more. She also led public programs in weekly storytimes and annual family fun day, helped coordinate a film series and a Poetry in the Schools program, and hosted a talk with the Ramapough-Lenape Indian Nation of Mahwah, N.J.
Maria hopes to bring diversity and inclusion in her new role with TRUE Mentors. As an immigrant to the United States, she understands the impact of being brought up in a low-income community and the effects it has on a person. She also believes in the powerful tool of mentorship and how it has helped shape her future.
Board of Directors
Tara Casazza, Board President (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sarah Neral, Board Secretary (email@example.com)
Sibel Berberolglu (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tim Ferguson (email@example.com)
Dr. Razel Solow (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 (lindaWkwok@gmail.com)
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.