We invite you to get to know us better. Please read every individual member profile below to learn more about the people behind Sharon Baptist Head Start.
JULIUS P. BENNETT
Ms. Kanu-James is employed with an insurance company where her concentration is in the area of Directors and Officers liability. She is originally from Maryland and attended Cornell University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Ms. Kanu-James is also a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University, where she earned a Master of Arts degree in Politics and Education; she is also a graduate of Fordham University’s School of Law. In addition to her volunteer work with the Sharon Baptist Head Start, she is also the Vice-President of the South Bronx chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Since 1990, Mr. André S. Lake has effectively provided exceptional leadership to several grant-funded programs that empower youth, family, and the community by providing direct services. As a proponent for youth, he consistently demonstrated an exceptional zeal toward advancing the general and specific welfare of youth, regardless of their background, socio-economic status, academic achievement, or other perchance predicament in life. While being engaged in this noble undertaking, he has amassed over twenty-five years of dedicated, unconditional, and unrelenting service. Numerous individuals have benefited and will testify to the impact he had in goading them toward realizing their inner potential in life and unlocking their resilient nature. Executive Director has over twenty years of exceptional and dedicated service to youth in the Central Brooklyn Community. Youth development programs under his supervision are all funded by external funding sources such as Federal, State, and City agencies. Programs were always vibrant and active under his leadership. As an advocate of the community, Mr. Lake has been instrumental in providing several educational programs, as well as a monthly food program for citizens, serves on several youth community boards, and is involved in a number of other initiatives. Hence, he is often called upon for input, advice and/or leadership. Mr. Lake is the Chairman of the Head Start Sponsoring Board Council and holds membership on the College Access Consortium New York.
Academically, Mr. Lake is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Experimental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Committed to public service for over 15 years, Cherise Myers manages a variety of professional development services and cutting-edge courses for the largest 24-hour transportation agency in the nation. She also provides executive coaching sessions to empower leaders in the organization to:
- Maximize Emotional Intelligence Competencies
- Create networks of connected and committed people
- Manage staff to accomplish agency goals and initiatives
As a sociologist, it is Cherise’s goal to override conceptual discussions and plausible laws of research to serve. She takes introspective sociological methods out of lecture halls and into our community by providing families access to the personal and professional development required to succeed.
Ms. Norman is the Vice President/Chief Program Officer at Julia Dyckman Andrus Memorial, Inc. (ANDRUS) Yonkers, New York. She aligns the activities of the Mental Health and Community Services divisions with the overall strategic vision of developing trauma-informed communities. She notes as her Key Accomplishments:
- Partnership contracts with Yonkers Public Schools for 21st Century Grant 2013-2015.
- Contract with NYS Office of Children and Family Services to provide Organizational Crisis Response Using the Sanctuary® Model (a blueprint for the clinical and organizational change) to Westchester County Department of Social Services and Nassau County Department of Social Services.
- NYS OCFS Public-Private Partnership Grant Awardee for 2013 – 2016 to “Create Sanctuary in the Mount Vernon City School District” also using the Sanctuary Model.
Kerron began her career in public service at New York City’s Administration for Children Services where she served in several capacities including Child Protective Services (CPS) Supervisor, CPS Manager, and Director of Field Operations. She also performed a stint in Westchester County Department of Social Services where she was Director of Child Welfare Services.