Angela has focused her career on supporting initiatives leading to stronger, more inclusive communities, such as financial inclusion, youth development, affordable housing, and homelessness. Currently, she assists various cities, counties, and states that are recovering from disasters with federal grant administration and compliance efforts. Angela is deeply committed to working with and helping fellow public administrators build strong agencies and programs that can meet the needs of their communities. She received her B.A. in Urban Studies, Housing & Community Development from Rutgers University and is pursuing a Masters of Public Administration from Rutgers’ School of Public Affairs and Administration.
Eileen Rolon- Sanabria
As an educator for nearly 2 decades, Eileen Rolon- Sanabria is transforming lives one young person at a time. Eileen is passionate about enlightening the next generation through building positive connections and providing endless support. Currently, she works as a Crisis Intervention Teacher at Dickinson High School in Jersey City, NJ where she was born and raised. Eileen returned to her hometown to invest in a challenged school district and evoke change from the ground up. She has taught in the Jersey City school district for 12 years focusing primarily on developing the special education population and providing access to up-to-date curriculum with little to no assistance. Eileen has made an impact on thousands of students in her career.
Jersey City Native Erroll Worrell-Mays has a background in Community Outreach and activism, juvenile and criminal justice policy, and public relations. Mr. Worrell-Mays received his Bachelors Degree in History from New Jersey City University, where he focused on the historical and societal factors that created mass incarceration and the deterioration of Urban Neighborhoods.
As an Employment Specialist at New Jersey Reentry, Erroll supports adults returning to communities from prison through resume building, interview preparation and acquiring and sustaining employment. In addition to Reentry, Erroll serves as a mentor to Jersey City Youth involved in the juvenile justice system. As a mentor, he encourages and inspires young males to identify and reach goals, think differently about circumstances, and increase positive social development.
Mr. Worrell-Mays is a strong community advocate , a member of the Royal Men Foundation and serves as a board member for Kismet of Kings.
Brigitte Beauvoir, Ed. M.
Brigitte Beauvoir is an educator, practitioner and consultant. For over 15 years, she has dedicated her life’s work to closing the opportunity gap and empowering teachers and leaders to advocate for increased outcomes. Her passion for improving culture, instruction and equity for children, especially in underserved communities, is a key driver in her work. Her experience at the district level and higher education has focused on improving the quality of culture, instruction, and leadership.
Brigitte currently serves as the Founder/Owner of BDB Consulting, LLC, focused on leadership development and empowering executives and leaders through strategic problem solving in order to maximize their efficacy, efficiency and equitable opportunities in their role. Most recently, Brigitte served as the Executive Director for one of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ (CMS) learning communities. In this role she served as the principal supervisor for 9 Title I schools as well as provided support and development to the additional 20 schools within the learning community. Prior to this role, she served as a founding Associate Dean for the Master of Education in Instructional
School Leadership Program at Relay Graduate School of Education.
Throughout her career, she has worked with leaders and organizations to develop educational leadership skill to create environments that foster student access to higher quality and more culturally responsive education. She works towards developing leaders through diverse areas of support inclusive of professional development, instructional leadership, coaching, and strategic planning. In her leadership practice, she infuses research aligned coaching methods, real-time feedback, experiential training, innovation, and consultative strategic planning as a means to increase leader efficacy.
Brigitte earned a Master of Education in School Leadership from Harvard University, a Master
of Education in Teaching from Dominican University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Sharmonique Henry is a Marketing Communications professional with a diverse career spanning the past 17 years. She has a unique skill of assisting start-ups to develop their sales and marketing teams and go-to-market strategies as well as experience working with leading Public Relations firms and Corporate Event management. She enjoys all aspects of communications. Mrs. Henry has spent the majority of her career educating small business owners on how to maintain and grow their businesses in the digital age. She is a proud ‘connector’ among her peer group and a mentor to youth from many different walks of life. She is a giver, a wife, a mom, a daughter, sister, dedicated friend and author.
Mrs. Henry graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communication, concentrating on Public Relations and later pursued a M.S. in Advertising Management from Boston University. As a Kismet of Kings board member, she finds fulfillment in mentoring, seeing a need and pushing people to be the best version of themselves.
James Alexander Lewis V, Esq.
James Alexander Lewis V, Esq., is the managing Partner of the Pennington Law Group’s Employment Litigation and Civil Rights practice. His practice focuses on counseling and advising a diverse group of clients including corporate executives, politicians, celebrities, Fortune 100 companies, financial institutions, municipalities, and non-profit organizations.
Presently, James serves as the Treasurer for the Garden State Bar Association, Vice President of the Minorities in the Profession Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and a Diversity Fellow for the American Bar Association. He was recently appointed by the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey to membership with the Ethics Committee and the Supreme Court Committee on Jury Selection in Civil and Criminal Trials. James is a recipient of the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law.
James is a dedicated public servant and serves as a mentor for the New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Program (NJLEEP), and has served as a “Big Brother” for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program.
Cameron Williams is a Software Engineer who works with many different technologies, including Android and Web Applications. His love for technology began at a young age and continued throughout his education at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He simply strives to write software to improve lives and share his experiences to help them learn too. He loves to travel to new places and experience new cultures as well as all things Hip-Hop. Catch him reading a book or cooking a meal, Cameron is always ready to engage in a conversation to build and share knowledge.
Janine Brown has been an educator in the Jersey City Public School District for over 10 years. She currently serves as a crisis intervention teacher and anti-bullying specialist at Chaplain Charles J. Watters School 24. In this capacity, she focuses on the social emotional learning of her students; oversees the implementation of positive behavior intervention strategies; and provide resources/programs that build character to ultimately improve students self image and decision making to decrease instances of bullying. Using Hip Hop Education pedagogy and restorative justice practices, she challenges traditional systems of education and makes a conscious effort to create culturally responsive and trauma-informed environments.
She takes a fervent interest in the success of students of color and takes even greater pride in offering them meaningful experiences that contribute to their development in and outside of the classroom. Recognizing a need for more equitable and culturally responsive programming, she conceived BrownBrilliance, LLC, to provide teacher training and character building workshops for youth utilizing an original hip hop social emotional learning curriculum. .
Janine earned the title of Teacher of the Year for the 2016-2017 school year and is a lifelong resident of Jersey City, NJ and a graduate of Rutgers University -Douglass College and University of Iowa. In the near future, she intends to pursue her Ph. D in Education with a concentration in race and culture and ultimately aspires to contribute to the mission of reshaping the structure of urban education and paving the way for urban success stories.
Shauna Nelson is a Manager in Accounting for Prudential Financial, Inc. where she works closely with Vice Presidents of Investment Operations to report and analyze financial data for use by regulators, investors, and other stakeholders. With over a decade of Accounting and Finance experience, Shauna believes that financial wellness and literacy, on both a personal and corporate level, is necessary to garner a healthy relationship with money and finances.
Throughout her training, Shauna has demonstrated consistent success applying aptitudes as a leader and pioneer to achieve high-reaching standards and goals. Through Shauna’s hard work she has earned ‘Exceptional Contributor’ awards for her unit as well as a “Rock Star” award for her segment of Prudential Financial, Inc. Shauna is a motivated, solution-oriented team player who consistently concentrates on taking businesses and individuals to the next level, and it is her continued goal to work with an organization that shares a passion for this approach to growth.
Shauna holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Rutgers University’s School of Business. Shauna also earned her Masters of Business Administration, Finance from Seton Hall’s Stillman School of Business.
In 2004 Mr. Rhett made history by becoming the first male in his family to graduate college. He attended Montclair State University located in Upper Montclair, NJ, where he attained a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Although Mr. Rhett had a love and passion for working with kids, he decided to take up a career focusing on his second passion, which was the Entertainment business. After working directly under music mogul Sean “P. Diddy” Combs as an intern, office assistant, and acting road assistant, he later found himself at Def Jam Records, working as the personal assistant to the EVP at the time where he also had the privilege to work amongst icons such as Jay-Z, LA Reid, and Jay Brown. Shortly after, Mr. Rhett joined Black Entertainment Television (BET), where he attained over thirteen years of experience managing and producing content for all platforms throughout the network.
Prosperous but yet not satisfied, Mr. Rhett believes even with all he has accomplished, he still has unfinished business. He now takes on the responsibility in making sure that today’s youth are aware of the opportunities life has to offer, which can only be attained through hard work, dedication, consistency, relationships, and education. When asked what the turning point of his career within the Entertainment business was, Mr. Rhett expresses how important his internship at Bad Boy Entertainment played an essential role in supporting and preparing him to be the person that stands before us today.
Tameka Borroum is a multi-dimensional individual that is a proud mother of 3 young men. She is family-oriented in terms of the traditional sense. Holidays, birthdays and celebrations are priorities of hers. Tameka is extremely goal oriented and fixates on the assignment/task until its done.
She is a team player and her interests lie in what’s best for those around her. Tameka has a genuine love for people and their outcome. She dedicates her time and effort to ensure success. Tameka studied Business Administration at New Jersey City University. Currently, she is an admin assistant where she puts her organizational skills to great use.
Working with Kismet of Kings is important to Tameka because she’s passionate about seeing young men succeed and live life without limits. “Imagine…knowing that you can have all of what life has to offer if you know your VALUE!”
Growing up in Duncan projects, being raised by a single mother, and having little direction from positive male figures during his upbringing, Sean Williams understands the hurdles that young men of color face today. Overcoming these obstacles, Sean is a testament that young men of color can overcome any barriers they face with some determination and hard work.
Sean obtained his Associates degree at Rutgers University in 2003 and is proud to announce he will receive his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management & Financial Planning in 2021. Always considered a ‘numbers guy’, Sean currently serves as a Manager of Revenue at New Jersey Transit, where he has been employed for the past 17 years.
Alexandria Hall is a true testament of the Jersey City Public School system. From Academy I to graduating from the then #1 high school in the state of New Jersey, McNair Academic High School. For the past 6 years, Alexandria has worked as an educator in the very school system that afforded her the foundational skills to excel, and ultimately equipping her with the necessary tools to pour back into the community. Alexandria presently works as a kindergarten teacher at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr School 11.
Successful by many definitions, Alexandria believes her work in Jersey City is just getting started. Her position with the youth is gearing her up for a more specific calling, one catered towards young women of color. Additionally, her passion for reading in particular has led to the creation of The Book Club. A club designed to engage students of color in various bodies of work that speaks to the world they currently reside in, while also working to develop a genuine love for reading. It is her intent to nurture and uplift our youth.
Alexandria earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ. Her involvement in the EOF program throughout college solidifies the importance of programs such as Kismet of Kings. We are working diligently to defy the stigmas inherently associated with young men of color, one success story at a time.
Chantal Borroum, M.B.A., Esq
Chantal Borroum is a native of Bayonne, NJ where she was educated in the Bayonne Public School system. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Africana Studies and Political Science from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Ms. Borroum received her Juris Doctorate and Master’s of Business Administration from Rutgers University-Camden where she focused on contracts, business, and management.
She, is currently the Assistant Section Chief of the Contracts and Legislation Section in the Law Department for the City of Newark. She was formerly the Chief of Staff for The Department of Economic and Housing Development in the City of Newark. Ms. Borroum is self-motivated and has a desire to serve and help others in anyway possible. Ms. Borroum is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.