Our multicultural, multilingual team is composed of practitioners and researchers with rich experience in early childhood education and development, P-12 education, program design and implementation, partnership development, research and evaluation, and continuous improvement.

Ronald Chaluisán Battle

Executive Director

Mr. Chaluisán works to unite people and organizations committed to helping Newark's 78,000 children and youth succeed in the classroom, at home, and in their communities. To achieve this goal, he leads the Trust's staff as they develop relationships built upon collaboration with families and key stakeholders. Through two-way information sharing, he encourages a broad input of ideas, setting shared objectives, making collective decisions, aligning actions, and continuously assessing progress. 

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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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Izabelle Denizé

Associate Director, Operations


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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Rosslin Mensah-Boateng

Operations Manager


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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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 works closely with the Executive Director and Associate Director of Operations to safeguard the Trust’s financial well-being in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and financial management techniques and practices appropriate within the nonprofit sector. In addition to accounting and financial compliance, Oana is responsible for providing strategic financial input on decision making issues affecting the organization. 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. She has 15 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector and she is passionate about education. 

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

Tameeka Walden

Program Coordinator

Tameeka Walden joined the Newark Trust for Education as a Early Learning Specialist, for the Parent Child Home Program in August 2018.

Tameeka's motto is "Your Baby, is My Baby." She believes that we can give each of our families the fast track to education and make the transition easier for both parent and child.  

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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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