Serving Hoboken & Jersey City
Kimberly joins us as Associate Director from an acting, education, and marketing background. She has taught a variety of theater classes to children across Hudson County, where she fell in love with working with youth. She attributes her empathetic and compassionate programming approach to her theatrical background. Passionate about volunteering, she serves as Board Secretary for Speranza Theatre Company in Jersey City, and is on several volunteer committees. Additionally, she organizes quarterly feminine product drives for local shelters as a way to give back to the community. She hopes to inspire our volunteers to bring their best selves to the youth that we serve.
She graduated from Douglass College for Women at Rutgers University with Bachelor’s degrees in Theatre and Journalism, with a focus on diversity in the media. She is excited to combine her theatrical and educational background with her love of youth programming in order to create a safe, comfortable space for our TRUE Mentors community to thrive in.
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 Churc
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.
Stephanie is a native of Massachusetts and moved to Hoboken in 2010 after graduating from Fairfield University. Stephanie holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from NYU. She has been a volunteer with True Mentors since 2015 and has served as a TIP Mentor and Relationship Manager. For the last few years, Stephanie has run our monthly new volunteer training. She works at Goldman Sachs and plans to leverage these skills to serve as True Mentors treasurer. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys biking, trips to the beach and trying out the latest restaurants in Hoboken.
Born and raised in Morristown, New Jersey, Brian lived in Hoboken from 2011 to 2016 before moving into Manhattan where he now resides with his wife. He still remembers the day in May of 2013 when he first walked into the Boys and Girls Club on Jefferson Street to volunteer at his first True Mentors Enrichment Club. Over the years, he has been a staple at Tuesday night clubs and has also mentored two different middle school aged boys through the program. Brian is a graduate of Furman University, achieving a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. Professionally, he works for his family’s building material distribution business which operates four warehouses and an office in Irvington, NJ. His favorite part of the organization is the people it attracts, from the children to their families, club teachers, and volunteers. If you’re looking to meet fantastic people, get connected with the community, and help others, True Mentors is for you!
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.
Andrew Topazio is a graduate of Villanova University and New York Law School and has been part of the Hoboken community since 2012. He works in private practice in Union, NJ at the firm of Marciano & Topazio representing workers and professional athletes. He has volunteered extensively with inner city children and disadvantaged communities in New York City, Philadelphia, and New Jersey. He has been a board member since 2019.
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.