New FA Board Members Bring Community Service, Social Justice, Management and Education Expertise

FA Board of Trustees members, in front, Grecia Montero, from left, back row, Todd Kent, Stacy Denton, Kimme Carlos, CEO Graig Weiss, Carl Seiden. Not pictured: Richard Seigler-Carter, Antonio Bellamy.

Foundation Academies welcomes a local pastor active in social justice,  and an education innovator from New York City, as they join  other dedicated volunteers focused on enhancing opportunities for Trenton students. 

Antonio Bellamy has served as Lead Pastor at Transformation Church of Trenton NJ since 2018. He brings to FA years of community service experience with Urban Promise of Trenton, Children’s Home Society, Mercer County Board of Social Services and Mercer Street Friends – along with his youth mentoring skills as a coach for North Trenton Youth Baseball.

“I believe a good education is the key to helping every child in our community fulfill their God-given dreams,” Pastor Bellamy said. “I am grateful to be part of FA, an organization committed to educating youth in our city so they have a strong foundation to build a bright future upon.”

Richard Seigler-Carter, appointed in March, is Managing Director at LeveragED Foundation, a New York City nonprofit ensuring all school communities have access to the best educational experiences and outcomes. His focus is working with school leaders to implement clear and kind management.

“I understand the difference that quality education makes for students and families,” said Mr. Seigler-Carter. “When I visited Foundation Academies, I remember feeling my kids would like it here. I look forward to partnering with board members, teachers, staff and the community to enhance the legacy of success at Foundation Academies.”

Foundation Academies Board of Trustees members believe in the power of public education and share time, energy, experience and knowledge with our K-12 learning community. Pastor Tone and Mr. Seigler-Carter join Board President Kimme Carlos, and members Stacy A. Denton, Al-Lateef Farmer, Jacqueline Griffith, Pastor Karen Hernandez-Granzen,  Todd Kent Ph.D., Grecia Montero, and Carl Seiden.

“Both Richard and Pastor Tone bring a wealth of talent and experience to our learning community,” said Board President Kimme Carlos. “We are excited to engage their expertise and insights as we continue to support Foundation Academies.”

Board members also congratulate Grecia Montero, as she retires from service after 13 years of guiding FA. Ms. Montero joined the Board when FA was only a middle school, holding classes in a building with no air conditioning, and a “gymnatorium” – a space serving as cafeteria + gym + auditorium. FA now serves about 1,000 students across two modern campuses. (See her remarks in the accompanying video.)

Ms. Carlos expressed her gratitude during the May board meeting.

“Thank you Grecia,” she said.  “You have been a very rational voice, making sure we have balance in our discussions, and dedication to our students at the heart of every decision we make.”

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