Ronald Chaluisán

Executive Director

Ronald Chaluisán joined the Newark Trust for Education in October 2016 as Executive Director. Ronald is committed to developing, coordinating and focusing ideas, resources and expertise that expand opportunity and improve academic and socio-emotional outcomes for all children in Newark. Prior to joining the Trust, Ronald led the New Visions Charter High Schools Initiative, successfully opening seven charter high schools serving high need students across New York City. During his career in the field of education, Ronald has also led the creation, implementation and assessment of programs and has served as principal and educator for district schools.  

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Natasha Dyer

Deputy Director

Natasha Dyer joined the Trust in 2012 as Operations Manager and has since advanced to the position of Deputy Director. Prior to joining the Trust, Natasha served as Office Manager for the Vice President and Assistant Vice President of Arts Education at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. There she developed a deeper understanding and attraction to the educational landscape of her hometown—Newark, NJ.

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Stacey Alicea

Director, Early Learning Strategy

Stacey Alicea joined the Newark Trust for Education in October 2020 as Director, Early Learning Strategy. She is a community psychologist with a deep commitment to bridging research and practice initiatives grounded in community participatory action, critical pedagogy, social network, continuous improvement, and systems design frameworks. Stacey is also passionate about engaging local stakeholders as partners in the development, implementation and sustainability of initiatives targeting holistic youth and family development, resource accumulation and wellness in school-based and community settings. Her work in this space includes experiences that span youth- and community-centered early childhood and school-based initiatives to community-based health and wellness programs in New York City, the Caribbean, South America and Sub-Saharan Africa.


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Stephanie Parry

Director, P-12 Strategy

Stephanie Parry joined the Trust in May of 2017 as the Director of Programs and Community Engagement and has since been named Director of P-12 Strategy.  With experience coordinating community-based education programs in her home state of California, practice delivering education and health interventions in South Africa and Uganda, and a background in non-profit management and program evaluation, Stephanie brings to her work both first-hand knowledge of community development and a strong understanding of the technical supports that make interventions successful.

Prior to joining the Trust, Stephanie was a Policy Analyst at Strong Healthy Communities Initiative in Newark where she managed a diverse group of collaborative partners to design and implement innovative cross-sector pilot projects to bridge gaps in education, primary care, mental health services, housing and nutrition for children in the Newark’s South Ward.


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Oana Vicol

Director of Finance/Controller

Oana Vicol joined the Newark Trust for Education in February 2018 as Director of Finance/Controller. She has 15 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector and she is passionate about education. Prior to joining the Trust, Oana was a Budget Analyst for New Visions Charter High Schools and New Visions for Public Schools where she was assisting in the creation and monitoring of budgets, providing weekly and monthly financial analysis and reports.

Oana and her husband reside in New Jersey with their two children, a dog, and a cat.

Pritha Gopalan, Ph.D.

Director of Research and Learning

Pritha Gopalan, an educational anthropologist with extensive experience in applied research and evaluation, joined the Trust in 2018. Pritha builds the capacity of on-the-ground initiatives of the Trust to assess and reflect, as well as refine and build out their work. She conducts mixed methods program evaluation of school and community programs, as well as conducts research on the Trust’s focal areas of socio-emotional learning and early learning.

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Kalimah Wilson

Senior Program Officer, Early Learning

Kalimah Wilson joined the Newark Trust for Education as the Senior Program Officer of Early Learning,for the Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) in March 2018. Drawn to the vision of the program—that every child enters school ready to succeed—Kalimah is now responsible for training Early Learning Specialists and recruiting families from Newark’s Central, South and West wards.


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Izabelle Denizé

Program Officer, P-12 Education

Izabelle Denizé began working with the Trust in 2012 as the Program Intern and transitioned into a Program Associate role in 2014. She rejoined the team in 2017 as the Manager of Operations and Facilities. Currently, as a Program Officer for P-12 Education, she is responsible for managing a
portfolio of schools funded by the Trust, with a focus on technical assistance, relationship management, and community engagement.

Prior to rejoining the Trust, Izabelle worked as the Senior Associate for Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives at the United Way of New York City where she supported a portfolio of 45 schools within the NYC Community Schools Initiative.


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Muddasra Munir

Grants Manager

Muddasra Munir joined the Newark Trust for Education in July 2018 as the Manager of Operation and Facilities and has since been appointed Grants Manager. Prior to joining the Trust, Muddasra worked as a Program Associate at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, where she managed the organization's legal team, and led the monthly Community and Faith Outreach Subcommittee meetings for the Newark 2020 initiative. Lastly, Muddasra served as a Program Assistant at the Strong Healthy Communities Initiative for two years.

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Lissette Morales

Program Officer, Early Learning

Lissette Antonia Morales joined the Trust in July 2018 as a Program Officer of Early Learning for the Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP). She leads a team of Early Learning Specialists providing services to families in the East and North wards of Newark. Lissette is excited to provide PCHP to the children of Newark, because the program is a proven contributor to school success. With an approach of teaming with parents and emphasis on early literacy, PCHP offers more than literacy skills, it offers parents the opportunity to deepen bonds with their children.


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