Five New Trustees Appointed to Brookdale Community College Foundation
Monmouth County, New Jersey – The Brookdale Community College Foundation is pleased to announce its new trustees, who will support and continue to provide scholarships and grants to Brookdale Community College students. They are made up of volunteers from the greater Monmouth County community with diverse backgrounds in philanthropy, education and business.
“Brookdale’s mission is centered on the success of our students and community in all of its programs and services, respecting the wonderful variety of educational goals and definitions of success,” said Brookdale President Julia Zapcic Community College Foundation. “On behalf of the entire Foundation Board, we could not be more delighted to welcome this new class of Foundation trustees. Each new member brings a wealth of experience, passion and perspective to our work; ensure equitable access to educational opportunities in a campus culture that is inclusive and respects the dignity of everyone throughout their experience at Brookdale.
The new Trustees for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2022 are Jennifer M. Anderson of Monmouth Beach, NJ, founder of Work Play Give – Philanthropic Solutions; Dr. David Julius Ford of Ocean, NJ, adjunct professor at Monmouth University and licensed counselor; Shanel Ronnai Ingram of Freehold, NJ, founder and owner of Shanel Ronnai, Inc. and substitute teacher; Francisco E. Rodriguez of Perth Amboy, NJ, Superintendent of Long Branch Schools; and Esteven Sanchez of Red Bank, NJ, clinical assistant at Parker Family Health Center.
“I grew up in this community all my life, I love this community and I want to make a difference,” Sanchez said.
“We are thrilled to welcome five highly qualified directors who bring new skills to our Board,” said Vice Chair Dr. Susan E. Whyman of the Brookdale Community Foundation. “Each of them has had an impact on the places where our students live and work, and each of them has a passion for helping students thrive.”
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Ingram said of his nomination, “I look forward to helping open up educational opportunities for diverse populations. I’m excited about the work Brookdale Community College Foundation is doing and I’m ready to do my part!
Brookdale Community College believes that higher education transforms individuals, families, and communities now and for generations to come. It is a springboard to success and a proven path to economic growth.
New Administrator Rodriguez has an uncompromising vision that all students will learn, given a positive learning environment that builds student confidence and aspiration. “Those who cling, like me, to the promise of a better future through education will see that future come true,” he said. “I never forgot those who stood behind me so that I could stand out.” This sense of community responsibility, personal conviction, and cultural pride impact Rodriguez’s peers and, more importantly, pave the way for leadership and example for the students under his care. A quote from Maya Angelou best reflects Rodriguez’s philosophy: “Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”
An education at Brookdale costs only one-third of that of a public four-year college and one-fifth of that of a private four-year college. Even so, finances are still an issue for many students. Brookdale students simultaneously juggle full-time and part-time jobs, family responsibilities, and college courses. Often, personal obligations take precedence over their studies, forcing students to put aside their dreams of a degree to focus on other needs. The Brookdale Foundation provides financial support by raising funds for these students to pursue their higher education goals and chart a course for success.
“I look forward to serving on the board of the Brookdale Foundation and hope to help increase awareness and revenue for the organization so it can serve more students and members of our community,” Anderson said.
Last year, the Foundation awarded more than $620,000 in scholarships and grants to support nearly 700 students.
Funds raised are made possible through the generous support of alumni, faculty, administrators, individuals, businesses and organizations who appreciate and recognize the vital role Brookdale Community College plays in education. people of all backgrounds, abilities and ages.