Foundation Academies Board of Trustees
Strengthening Our Collaborative Influence as a Positive Pillar In the Trenton Community
Kimme Carlos, Board President
Kimme is a graduate of Regent University with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and a minor in Psychology. She is the co-Founder and Lead Facilitator of Sister Wellness Retreats; a certified health and wellness coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition; a certified instructor for Mental Health First Aid; and author of the published book The Window of Grace: Living in Recovery through Christian Faith.
Jacqueline Griffith, Vice President
Jacqui grew up in the Philadelphia area and graduated from Barnard College with a degree in American Studies. She earned an M.S.S. from Bryn Mawr College and worked for many years as a clinical social worker, specializing in the field of child and adolescents. She also holds a Master of Letters from Drew University. Jacqui and her husband live in New Hope, PA, and have two adult children. Jacqui is a community volunteer and has been active on several boards in Philadelphia and Bucks County.
Stacy A. Denton - Secretary/Treasurer
Stacy earned her Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University and her Bachelor of Arts in Law & Justice Studies and Sociology with a concentration in African American Studies from Rowan University. She is the Director of Mercer County Community College’s Upward Bound program.
Al-Lateef Farmer is currently the director of the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) at Mercer County Community College, where he has served for nearly 20 years. For the entirety of his professional career, he has dedicated his time to developing academic support services, created opportunities for students to grow in their leadership and professional growth, and ensured all students develop a strong sense of belonging within the higher education process. His primary areas of emphasis are leadership development, minority male achievement, identity exploration, and community advocacy.
Along with his wife Sharea, Al-Lateef owns RS Counseling & Wellness, a mental health and wellness practice designed to support the needs of Black and Latinx women, although not exclusively, as well as couples and adolescents.
Rev. Karen Hernandez-Granzen
Rev. Karen Hernandez-Granzen has been the pastor at Westminster since 1995. She earned her A.A.S. from New York City College of Technology in 1982, her B.A. from California State University Los Angeles in 1988, and in 1994, her M.Div from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. She was a PCUSA delegate to the Jubilee World Council of Churches in 1998, in Zimbabwe. She was the 2017 Community Partner-in-Residence, of the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, Princeton University. Currently, she is the vice-chair of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Chaplain of the Bethany House of Hospitality: a Young Adult Intentional Community, and the Co-Moderator of United Mercer Interfaith Organization. She is a respected teacher and mentor for seminary interns and for clergy training and specializes in intercultural and urban ministry. She is a member of Princeton Theological Seminary's Urban Ministry Initiative Cabinet. She is married to the Rev. Dr. Michael Granzen, and the mother of Mikaella and Olivia.
Todd W. Kent, Ph.D.
Todd is Director of Teacher Certification and a lecturer for Princeton University’s Program in Teacher Preparation. He serves as secretary for the New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and is a member of the Accreditation Panel for the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Princeton University and earned his doctorate in educational evaluation from the University of Virginia.
Grecia serves as the Director of Recruitment in the Office of Admissions at The College of New Jersey. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the State University of New York at New Paltz, Grecia later served as the university’s Assistant Dean of Admissions. She is a member of the New Jersey Association for College Admissions Counseling.
For the last thirty years, Carl and his wife Vanessa Sandom have lived in Hopewell Township, NJ, where they raised their two sons. In 2007, Carl founded Seiden Pharmaceutical Strategies, LLC, which primarily provides business strategy consulting services to biopharmaceutical companies and investment banks, as well as investment analysis to institutional investors. From 1992 to 2006, Carl was a highly-regarded pharmaceutical industry securities analyst employed by Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., JPMorgan Equity Research, and UBS Securities. Prior to that, Carl was an executive at Bristol-Myers Squibb and General Electric. Carl earned an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in biology from Union College.
Richard serves as Managing Director at LeveragED Foundation. Before joining the LeveragED team, Richard served as Managing Director of Schools at Success Academy, managing a portfolio of 13 elementary and middle schools. In addition to managing schools, he also designed and led Success Academy's teacher on-boarding and training program, training over 700 new teachers. Richard had many roles at Success including teacher, Dean of Students, Principal and Director of Culture. As a principal, his school was recognized with a National Blue Ribbon Award for its academic results, one of only five schools in Harlem to ever receive that award. Richard received his BS from SUNY College at Old Westbury, MBA from University of Phoenix and Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Management from Capella University.