Meet The Team
In 1995, Dr. Cummins founded New Visions Foundation with the mission of bringing quality education to more diverse students. New Visions birthed New Roads School to offer Engaged Education in a private-school setting to a socio-economically diverse student body. He then started three charter schools in low-income communities, as well as programs for foster youth and incarcerated youth.
Roberta has held C-Suite positions in various industries. Today, while seeking her desire to give back and give thanks, she is able to apply her cultivated skill set as Executive Director. She is a former film industry executive with over 25 years of operational and financial expertise where she managed multi-million dollar budgets.
Director of Programs
Raymundo Zacarias received his Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California and has worked with both high-risk youth and reentry adults for the past 17 years. He’s worked with individuals from San Bernardino to Los Angeles, supporting them through parole, probation, and gang involvement.
Laura was born and raised in Southeast Los Angeles in a mixed-status household, and she was always aware of her family’s vulnerability to incarceration and deportation. This motivated her to go to college to make a difference for herself and her loved ones.
Ja'Murl started as a C/Forward student within the program and now works to help other students just like himself. As a Program Administrator, he enjoys working with social media, the company website, office admin related things and assisting in overseeing our Youth Navigators.
Justan has been involved in community activism all throughout Los Angeles County for more than a decade. Growing up taking the bus all over to attend workshops, protests, and backyard Punk Rock shows, he began to build relationships with likeminded individuals and groups that believed under represented communities were entitled to a higher quality of life.
Ana comes with over a decade of experience working with formerly incarcerated and gang-involved youth. She was born in Mexico and raised in South Central Los Angeles where she experienced challenges similar those of our young people first-hand. Ana’s love for working with system-impacted youth comes from her aspiration to be the help she needed when she was their age.
Bertha was born and raised in the city of Los Angeles and has been working with foster and justice system impacted youth for 16 years. Having personal lived experience with the foster and justice system, she is driven by making a difference in the lives of youth that have experienced challenges similar to her own. Bertha is dedicated to building strong relationships with youth and advocate for them. In her free time, Bertha enjoys spending time with her six children and grandson and going to car shows and concerts.
Bryan’s interest in the Criminal Justice field began after his final release from probation camp at the age of 15, when he had the opportunity to receive a full scholarship to attend a UCLA mock trial summer institute program. There he developed his interest in law. Bryan received his Bachelor's Degree from Cal State LA, majoring in Social Work with a minor in Criminal Justice.
Before joining the Coalition, Christine worked as a Court Appointment Special Advocate (CASA) for seven years on things like appropriate placements, health care and educational rights. As Executive Assistant, Christine brings countless skills and a great passion for supporting systems-impacted youth essential to fulfilling our organizational mission.
Schuyler graduated from Santa Clara University (SCU) where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. At SCU, Schuyler not only worked as a writing tutor for international students, but also helped in his spare time as a teacher’s assistant for immigrants learning the English language. Presently, Schuyler works as the Office Administrator within the Coalition for Engaged Education where he aspires to use his long history of service to give a helping hand to justice-impacted youth and reentry work.
Christian has been with the C/HOPE program since 2011. He joined the Coalition because he wanted to get involved in assisting youth who have been impacted by the justice system. Working with youth and counselors and making a difference in others' lives is what motivated Chris to become a youth navigator.
Jackie joined the Coalition because of her strong desire to help other youth like herself, to visualize that success is an option.
She wants to continue to learn how she can help others. In Jackies' free time, shes loves to play basketball and entertain her small cousins.
Aaron has recently started his MSW program at the University of Southern California and largely decided to continue his higher education there because he was born and raised in Southern California. He chose the Social Work field because he knows it will offer him the best avenue to contribute his educational skills in meaningful and concrete ways.
Claire Amabile is a dual Master of Social Welfare (MSW) and Master of Public Health (MPH) student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She chose UCLA because of its diverse student population, renowned research expertise, and faculty members that focus on violence prevention. Claire was drawn to social work because of its mission to serve vulnerable populations, and ultimately strives to utilize her social work experience to aid survivors of violence in their healing processes.
Sarandon goes to USC where she is enrolled in the Dual Masters program for Social Work and Public Health. She chose the Social Work field because she wants to be a part of the direct change to positively impact society. Social workers have a commitment to social justice and treating everyone with empathy, which many fields do not prioritize
Micah Chase is working towards his Masters of Social Welfare at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where he will be specializing in Mental Health and Aging. Micah chose UCLA because of the challenging curriculum, top-notch faculty, and incredible diverse student body that believes in improving the lives of vulnerable populations.