the board

The board of UBA Regional Charter School consists of an impressive group of educators and professionals to create a foundation for success. The following is a brief summary of the education committee’s qualifications who will guide the educational curriculum and ultimately the professional development of the faculty.

Mr. Gregg Carline
Technology Chairperson

Angel Carrion, DC
Qualified Founder Hackensack, NJ

George Fay
Business Development Chairperson

Amod Field
Head of School

Christopher D. Finn
School Culture Chairperson

Sherry T. Fulmore
Qualified Founder Teaneck, NJ

Pastor John D. Givens
Community Outreach Chairperson

Dr. Lillie M. Hibbler-Britt
Advisory Board Member

Isaiah M. Jefferson
Lead Founder

Carol Keating
Advisory Board Member

Maryann Klaus
Educational Chairperson

Audwin F. Levasseur
Governance Chairperson

Bill McColl
Facilities Chairperson

Deon Minnaar
Finance Chairperson

Kyusung Park
Social Media Chairperson

Sheetal Sawhney
Advisory Board Member

John Sisco
Advisory Board Member

Dr. Abralena Wilson
Advisory Board Member

Mr. Gregg Carline

Technology Chairperson

Gregg Carline (Business Specialist), Microsoft Corporation. In this role, Gregg creates awareness, provides instruction and advisement of software technology to SMB and Educational markets.

Mr. Carline is a big advocate of educating our youth to understand the benefits of technology.

He is a qualified IT Professional, Sales Manager, previous IT Consultant business owner and holds a degree Health & Exercise Science from Rowan University.

Mr. Carline is no stranger to technology having spent 15 years as a consultant, sales executive and business owner. He supported and managed teams/employees to properly execute the existing goals and initiatives of the company/ organization.

Prior to starting his Microsoft role, he spent 5 years as a Cloud Portal Specialist for Staples Corporation.

Before joining Staples in 2010, Mr. Carline established his own IT Consulting business supporting the SMB market. The services included network development, website design, infrastructure wiring, network server installations and remote access deployments by way of terminal services.

Mr. Carline believes that he can leverage his years of IT experience, entrepreneurial spirit and existing relationships within Microsoft to help drive the UBA’s core goals by harnessing the power of technology through education.

To contact Gregg Carline please email: grcarlin@microsoft.com.

Dr. Angel Carrion

Qualified Founder Hackensack, NJ

Dr. Carrion became a chiropractor in 1997 and began practicing in Atlanta, GA. Soon after, he returned to his hometown of Bronx, NY and worked until 2003. He then moved to Hackensack, NJ and began his practice inside a gym called Spa 2 in Paramus, NJ. Around 2008, he started his practice in Hackensack, NJ with his wife. They decided to live in Hackensack and become part of the business community and the community at large. They raised two daughters who attended the Hackensack school district from kindergarten to eighth grade. Their daughters are currently attending high school, with the oldest at Paramus Catholic and the youngest at Bergen Academies Technical school in Teterboro, NJ.

In 1993, Dr. Carrion graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelors in physical education. He attended Life Chiropractic College in 1994, and graduated in 1997 with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He worked in multiple locations until 1999, when he started his own practice.

Around 2008, Dr. Carrion received his teaching certificate and began teaching physical education at John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, NJ. He worked there until 2010, at which point over 800 employees of the district were released due to budget cuts. From 2006 to 2007 and again from 2010 to 2013, Dr. Carrion participated in the Circles of Color Community Organization Lecture Series and Entrepreneurial Educational Out of School Time Program with Mr. Jefferson. In 2011, he was asked to run for a position on the Hackensack Board of Education. He was on the board from 2011 through 2014, completing one full term. During his tenure, Dr. Carrion became the Curriculum Committee chairman, Nutritional Committee chairman, and participated in teacher’s negotiation.

George Fay

Business Development Chairperson

George Fay is the managing partner of Kellee Communication LLC and manages a portfolio of airport investments through a partnership with Dufry & Hudson Group.

Mr. Fay’s training began with a BS in Economics from Northeastern University in 1976, followed by graduate studies in Urban Planning at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a certificate of Housing Relocation from Rutgers University.

Prior to starting Diversified Properties Limited / Bana Real Estate Management Co. in New York, NY in 1983, Mr. Fay was Vice President of International Lending at Irving Trust Company at One Wall Street, New York, NY. Mr. Fay was responsible for International Investment Lending to foreign financial institutions and corporations, primarily all Swiss correspondent relationships. Mr. Fay issued Swiss Letters of Credit for financing oil imports, and grew the business from $40 million to over $100 million, which elevated Irving Trust from the fifth to second largest New York dollar clearing bank for Swiss accounts.

Mr. Fay was the Managing Partner at Diversified Properties Limited / Bana Real Estate Management Co. The company has acquired, rehabilitated, renovated, managed and sold

residential multi-unit properties in fringe areas of Manhattan. The company has developed over 300,000 square feet, 1,500 residential units, and 120 condominium and co-op conversions. The company has structured financing for construction projects and loan packages for condominium purchasers with major lending institutions. Mr. Fay has handled negotiations and management of contractors retained in connection with multi-unit residential renovations. Since 1982, the company has acted as a general contractor and real estate management company for multiple properties in New York.

Mr. Fay was a member of the Eastern Collegian Athletic Conference (“ECAC”) Division I Basketball Champions of Northeastern University in the early seventies, selected to All Bean Pot Tennis Team in 1973 and 1975, and held the No. 1 national ranking in the American Tennis Association (“ATA”) in Men’s 35 from 1991 to 1992. In 2003, he was honored as one of the outstanding players of the All-Jamboree Team for the class of 1971 at the Bergen County Jamboree. Mr. Fay coached the men’s basketball team at Bergen Tech from 1994 to1997 and has mentored many youth basketball and tennis players. Mr. Fay served on the Board of the Urban League of Bergen County in 2005.

Amod Field

Head of School

Amod Field currently serves as Principal of Operations at the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex in Patterson, NJ. He attended public school in Passaic, NJ.

During his high school years, he excelled at various sports. Although offered athletic scholarships to several colleges, Mr. Field chose a school where academics would come before athletics. In 1985, he enrolled at Montclair State University as a student-athlete. He went on to become an All-American in Track and Field and upon graduating was picked up as a free agent by the NFL, becoming one of Montclair State’s most successful wide receivers.

While playing pro football, Mr. Field began to truly appreciate the importance of athletes receiving an education and developing the necessary

skills to become productive citizens later in life. This experience helped him realize that he needed to take the message to urban youth — especially athletes — informing them that it was their performance in the classroom that would ultimately be the key to their futures. Mr. Field became both a leader and role model to young people, in particular, young urban males.

As a teacher, a coach and an administrator, he has worked tirelessly to help students focus on academic excellence as their key to a successful and rewarding life. Mr. Field shares his own experiences to show how education and perseverance paved the way for his success and continues to pave the way for his future as he is now pursuing a doctorate in education.

Christopher D. Finn

School Culture Chairperson

Christopher D. Finn was born and raised in Teaneck, NJ, the youngest son of a NYC School Principal and a Special Education Teacher. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 1995.

Mr. Finn started his Social Work career at PIUS 12 - Youth & Family Services, in Monroe, NY, in 1995, where he worked to reunite formerly drug addicted mothers with their biological children. He fell in love with education while substitute teaching at CES 110 in the South Bronx, NY, and eventually taught the 5th & 6th grades there for 6 years.

He migrated to Harlem, NY, in 2002, where he was a founding teacher at Promise Academy, the first charter school to be added to The Harlem Children's Zone. Mr. Finn taught for three years as a Science and Social Studies Teacher and then served two years as Dean of Students while earning his Master’s Degree in Urban and Multi-Cultural Education. It was here, that Chris honed his school culture-building skills while being mentored by Geoffrey Canada, a progressive social and educational leader. While serving there, he was featured in the book; "Whatever It Takes" by Paul Tough, which chronicled the first five years of Promise Academy.

Mr. Finn was then recruited by Corey Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ, to take over Lady Liberty Academy Charter School (LLACS), in Newark, with his Executive Director, Glen Pinder. He joined LLACS as the Headmaster of School Culture and Climate and in his first year worked to lead the school through a 5-year conditional charter renewal.

In his second year he helped the school increase their NJASK ELA scores by 11% and their Math scores by 19%; plus implemented progressive school culture initiatives that resulted in decreasing the home suspension rate by 97% by his third year. Mr. Finn earned his second Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and was promoted to School Principal in 2011.

In 2015 Mr. Finn joined Cambridge Education as a Senior Education Specialist and immediately went to work supporting District Leaders, Principals, Instructional Coaches and Teachers in improving their leadership and instructional practices. He went on to engage in Leading School Quality Reviews, Executive Coaching and delivering Professional Development to clients across the United States on topics such as Common Core Curriculum Development, Assessment for Learning (AFL), Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR), Common Priorities (CP) and The Motivated Classroom, amongst many others. Clients have shared that they appreciate his diligence in getting projects completed professionally and on time. He has recently met with education leaders on a district level, to spread the work of AFL to several schools in NY, NJ and Chicago.

Mr. Finn currently resides in Englewood, NJ, with his wife Eileen, a Technology Specialist and his two daughters, Maya and Simone. He continues to work diligently every day to help educators enhance their instructional practice in order to improve the social and academic outcomes for all students.

Sherry Fulmore

Qualified Founder Teaneck, NJ

Sherry T. Fulmore is a resident of Teaneck, NJ. and a dedicated social worker, educator, parent and community advocate. Ms. Fulmore has served as a school social worker for Paterson Public Schools since 1999. She holds a BSW from Virginia Union University, MSW form Barry University and M.Ed. from Lynn University.

Ms. Fulmore is a devoted member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Her greatest joy in life is preparing her daughter for leadership. “Social work is my passion and follows suit to my parents’ mantra to touch the lives of those around you by helping them. I know I’ve done that, and then some, and know there’s much more to accomplish.”

Pastor John D. Givens

Community Outreach Chairperson

Pastor John D. Givens was born in Greenpond, SC to Sam Givens, Sr., and the Reverend Bertha L. Bryant-Givens. After graduating from Colleton High School in Waterboro, SC he moved to Paterson, NJ in July of 1961. Reverend Givens has been married to Freddie Mae McCoy-Givens for the last forty-five years. He is the father of five children (three sons and two daughters) and the grandfather of seven.

Pastor Givens served 27 years in the United States Army; he excelled to the rank of First Sergeant, a position that he held for a period of nine years with the 411th Chemical Company. His assignments afforded him service in Europe, Korea, and Japan. In 1990, First Sergeant Givens was presented with the ARCOM Award for successfully leading four companies of soldiers on a special military operation (Team Spirit) in Korea.

Pastor Givens is a graduate of the Denmark Technical College in Denmark, SC for Automotive Technology, New York School of Business concentrating on Insurance Adjusting, General Motors School of Management, Chrysler Corporation School of Management, as well as the Provision of Promise School of Ministry and General Bible Course. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, NJ and earned a Master’s Degree in Urban Ministry at the Alliance Theological Seminary at Nyack College in Nyack, NY as well as attending the Jersey City District Class of Ministry Training.

Pastor Givens is an Automotive Consultant in Sales, Service and Parts, as well as an Automotive Court Legal Litigation Support. He is the former owner of Boulevard Auto Sales, and Givens Chrysler-Plymouth, Inc. Other positions include Sales-Service Director of Sonny Chevrolet, Sales Manager of Best Auto Sales, Service Manager of Lynn Chevrolet, Instructor of Middlesex County Technical School, and Instructor for Urban Renewal Corporation as well as Franchani Chevrolet, and former Director of the Passaic County Juvenile Detention Center. At present, he serves as the Juvenile/Youth Service Commission Administrator for Passaic County.

Pastor Givens was baptized in July of 1957 at the Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church of Greenpond, SC and served as an Assistant Class Leader to his grandfather Mr. Jake Bryant, Sr. In 1972, he transferred his membership to the First A.M.E. Zion Church of Paterson, NJ. While there, he also served as a Licensed Local Preacher, a Trustee, and Vice President of the First Church Community Development Corporation, Class Leader, and Director of the Adult Christian Education Program. On May 16, 2002, he received his Pastoral appointment from Bishop

Marshall H. Strickland, presiding Bishop of the Mid-Atlantic I Episcopal District to Pastor the New St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church located in Westwood, NJ, Chairman of the Economic Development Committee for the Jersey City District of the A.M.E. Zion Church, Chairman of the Finance Committee for the Jersey City District A.M.E. Zion Church, Instructor New Jersey Conference School of Study and Urban Reform Outreach Ministry. On July 19, 2009, Bishop Louis Hunter, Sr. appointed Reverend Givens as Pastor of Shiloh A.M.E. Zion Church of Englewood, NJ. On July 1, 2016, Bishop Hunter appointed Reverend Givens as Presiding Elder of the Linden District in Guyana. Pastor Givens is a Certified Registered Chaplain and Certified Critical Crisis Management.

Pastor Givens is a former board member of the Paterson Task Force and has served hot breakfast for the City’s youth, as well as serving as Vice President of the Community Action Force where he served hot meals to the homeless for five years. Pastor Givens has served as a Little League Football Coach and the Worshipful Master of Integrity Masonic Lodge #51 PHA F&AM, during which time he was instrumental in purchasing their current lodge building, establishing a youth group of thirty-five young men, and establishing their first Scholarship Program. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the 7th Masonic District for a period of 8 years, and was instrumental in raising $126,000.00 for their youth group. Pastor Givens went on to serve as the District Deputy Grand Master-At-Large for the State of New Jersey for two years during which he organized the first statewide three-day National Black Parade Heritage Celebration for four years (1987-1991). He organized a four day 100th Anniversary Celebration for Integrity Masonic Lodge #51 in 2002. He is a former board member of the Montclair Day Care Center in Montclair, NJ where he negotiated the construction of a new building, as well as served as a member of the Mayor of East Orange, New Jersey’s Youth program concentrating on finding jobs for the youth of that city. He’s a former Legislative Assistant for the 35th District of Passaic County, NJ, and Commissioner for the City of Paterson, NJ. As Commissioner of the Passaic County Improvement Authority he helped complete the building of Preakness Hospital and a parking garage for Passaic County Community College, County Committeeman, Third Ward, Second District for the City of Paterson, NJ. He served as President of the Northern New Jersey African American Chamber of Commerce and presently serves as President of the Paterson Democratic Club, President of Paterson United Pastor’s Council and Chairman of the Paterson Democratic County Committee.

Dr. Lillie M. Hibbler-Britt

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Hibbler-Britt is the Campus College Chair for the University of Phoenix School of Business at the Jersey City campus, in Jersey City, NJ. As the Campus College Chair, Dr. Hibbler-Britt works closely with 50+ faculties to ensure that the quality of education received by the local campus student equips them to be competitive in the current business environment. This is a challenge that she gladly accepts, knowing the difference that education makes not just for the individual, but their family and their community.

Prior to joining University of Phoenix, Dr. Hibbler-Britt accumulated over 27 years of corporate experience, of which 24 years was spent working for Fortune 500 companies such as Harris Corporation (Melbourne, FL), Emerson Electric (St. Louis, MO), Wells Fargo (Charlotte, NC) Prudential Securities (Baltimore, MD) and BEA Systems, formerly BMY (York, PA). In 2009, she ventured away from corporate

America and established The Focus Investment Team, a financial services firm dedicated to assisting small businesses and individual with financial planning.

She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC. and has received an MBA from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Organizational Behavior, Human Resources, from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Hibbler-Britt is also an accomplished publisher including:

  • River Voices: A Sociopolitical Ideology of Issues Affecting the African American Community. Xlibris Publications, 2011.
  • Critical Success Factors of Black Financial Advisors at Major Brokerage Firms. Doctoral Dissertation. Capella University, Minneapolis, MN

Isaiah M. Jefferson

Lead Founder

Isaiah Jefferson and Kayellen Dunston-Jefferson started Circles of Color (COC), LLC/Circles of Color Community Organization in 2003, which was designed for entrepreneurs and professional people of all colors. Their vision for the COC was to establish a networking community to enlist entrepreneurs and professionals who could become business peers; availing themselves of knowledge, practices and procedures that could enhance their success.

Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson were fortunate to have had strong role models to mentor them. As a result, they too have mentored numerous young people over the years. Students from a variety of communities have been invited to witness the interchange within the COC circles. For the last nine years, Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson have provided

the “COC Community Lecture Series Program” with a theme of “You’re the Author of Your Own Life Story,” currently held in the Englewood, NJ School District with the expectation that one day it will be implemented in school districts across the nation. This program is designed to sharpen the awareness of business and development, as well as set career goals for its participants.

As the founders, Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson stand on the belief that if there is a strong business community that is invested in its youth, then there is a strong educational system, which ensures a strong progressive community as a whole. This is the core value for COC.

Carol Keating

Advisory Board Member

As an Education Consultant, Carol A. Keating brings a depth of over 30 years’ experience. Her proven track record consists of over $80 million in federal, state and private foundation funds for the Office of a Governor, Departments of Education and Labor and Industry, school districts, charter schools, individual schools and community agencies and organizations.

Ms. Keating served as a Special Education Adviser for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education and was a central office school administrator for an urban district responsible for federal programs and school improvement initiatives. Additionally, she worked for community-based organizations and a children’s hospital.

Ms. Keating has a Master of Science Degree, Special Education from Bloomsburg University and a Master of Arts Degree, Early Childhood Education from Bloomsburg University. Her undergraduate degree consists of a Bachelor of Science Degree, Counseling Education from The Pennsylvania State University.

Maryann Klaus

Educational Chairperson

As a child Maryann Klaus' passions were reading, drawing and animals. Two of those interests led her to a profession in education. She attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn majoring in fine arts and education. Moving to New Jersey found her teaching art to middle school children and high school students.

As Ms. Klaus served children of urban areas it became clear that if she were to make a difference she should extend her education and be in a position to change the opportunities available to students in order for them to have a chance to excel and reach their individual potential.

As a Principal Ms. Klaus focused on instructional practice and the needs of her students. It became apparent that it was essential to give the staff autonomy and time to discuss and alter their instructional practice. Using those understandings, she has led several schools to excellence which created environments that served the whole child, empowered her staff and exceeded state expectations for those students.

As an Assistant Superintendent Ms. Klaus had the opportunity to implement a powerful tool which enabled the district staff to electronically write their curriculum and design their lessons while sharing curriculum and lesson design within the district and the nation.

Later in her career she was asked to join the Center for Evidence Based Education. This organization fed her never ending desire to know more about what was working in public education systems globally. Ms. Klaus created a system called Lesson Design which focuses on critical thinking, scaffolded presentation of instruction in order to reach every student and infusion of performance based assessment. The Center for Evidence Based Education enabled her to bring those practices and concepts to principals, explore with teachers and supervisors ways in which instruction could be improved and benefit the students. The work is satisfying but is not complete until all of our children have access to a quality education and our teachers are empowered to bring it to them.

Audwin F. Levasseur

Governance Chairperson

Audwin F. Levasseur is a practicing attorney and principle of the Law Offices of Harbatkin & Levasseur, P.A. specializing in insurance recovery, real estate litigation and civil rights. Mr. Levasseur has nearly 10 years of experience in commercial litigation in areas of insurance, commercial contracts, real estate and competition law. He also serves as Of-Counsel to the law firm Steven, Hinds & White, P.C. in New York, handling police misconduct, employment discrimination and criminal defense cases.

Mr. Levasseur has 8 years of experience in public charter school formation and charter board governance. He is an original founding board member of Excel Public Charter School for Girls, in Southeast Washington, D.C.; an all-girls public charter school serving grades K-8

He served as Vice Chair of Excel’s Board for two consecutive years, Chair of the Board for two consecutive years and Chair of the Governance Committee for three consecutive years.

Additionally, for 2 consecutive years, Mr. Levasseur served as the lead founder of Noble Scholars Academy, a charter school initiative seeking to establish a K-5 all-boys charter school in Liberty City, Florida.

He is currently authoring a white paper focused on the best practices in charter school board governance. The white paper will be available for publication and dissemination in the Spring of 2014.

Bill McColl

Facilities Chairperson

Bill McColl has 40 years of broadcast news experience, including two decades as a senior or lead producer covering financial news at Bloomberg, Fox Business, Al Jazeera America and Yahoo! Finance. He currently is a lead editor at the Fox Radio Network.

Mr. McColl also has a master’s degree in teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University and holds two New Jersey teaching certificates (K-8 and ESL K-12). He taught for 6 years in Paterson and Harrison and spent a dozen years as a girls’/women’s basketball coach at both the high school and college level.

Mr. McColl is active in his church and was on the nominating committee that produced candidates leading to the election of the current bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. He is also a master mason (A.C. Garrett lodge, Dallas).

Mr. McColl graduated summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University in Dallas with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast-Film.

He has lived in the area around Englewood, NJ for 30 years and currently resides with his wife, Terrie, in New Milford, where they have spent the past 14+ years. Mrs. McColl is the borough’s library director. They have 2 adult children and 4 grandchildren.

Deon Minnaar

Finance Chairperson

Deon Minnaar is an Advisory Partner at KPMG based in New York, and is the National Lead Partner for the Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC), and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) service offerings. With more than 20 years at KPMG, Mr. Minnaar has experience in performing external audits, internal audits, financial due diligence reviews, product development and strategic risk management, and is currently leading a network of Partners. Mr. Minnaar has Bachelor degrees in Commerce and in Accounting Science, obtained from universities in South Africa.

He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of South Africa and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the states of New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Mr. Minnaar is a

member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Institute of Internal Auditors and holds the Certified Internal Auditor(CIA) designation. He is a national instructor at KPMG’s business academy and a frequent public speaker.

With previous involvement as an instructor for Junior Achievement and charities such as First Book and Circles of Color Community Organization, Mr. Minnaar has developed a passion to drive the message of how important a practical education is for our youth.

Kyusung Park

Social Media Chairperson

When Kyusung Park asks the question “what do you do in school?” to his students, all of them have no trouble answering. They are confident in their answers and he sees no hint of hesitation. But when he asks them “why do you do such and such things?” only very few students can answer this question confidently. Some of the answers are to get an A in the class, or to get the highest possible score on ACT or SAT, but this is just a result that comes from what they do. The result comes naturally as they do something, it just cannot be the reason why they do such an activity. Having worked with numerous students at an academy he co-founded, Mr. Park got a chance to see firsthand which students do well and which students do not, and learned that the answer lies in the latter question. He works to help students find why they do what they do.

As the director of Prestige Institute, Mr. Park is in charge of making curriculums for ACT, SAT, and SAT II subjects, and high/middle school subjects including standardized tests. Many of his students have gone onto many prestigious colleges, including Ivy Leagues and other top listed schools. Mr. Park’s core competency lies in the ability to increase his student’s score whether it’s for school or standardized tests. He is good at finding and analyzing a student’s weak points and creating focused lesson plans to help them improve.

Mr. Park’s educational background is from Pennsylvania State University majoring in Finance and Business Economics. His own experience in project-based learning has taught him that this method is the way to learn and advance. Mr. Park hopes to make the same learning experience for students at Universal Business Academy.

Sheetal Sawhney

Advisory Board Member

Optimism, dedication and superior customer service are the three valuable assets that perfectly describe Sheetal Sawhney. She has successfully expanded her mortgage business through alliance with realtors, attorneys, industry networks and CPAs. Notably much of her business is built on referrals from past clients and real estate community.

Ms. Sawhney attributes her success to hard work and the support from her family & team.

Sheetal has been in the mortgage industry for almost 20 years, and is passionate about helping families and individuals achieve the American dream of homeownership.

As a Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist (CMPS), Ms. Sawhney possess the financial knowledge and finesse needed in the tax and financial planning implications of various mortgage and real estate investment strategies. This elite designation is held by less than 2,000 Mortgage Advisors nationally.

Ms. Sawhney has received many Sales Awards throughout her successful career and is recognized as the company’s top producing loan officers. Sheetal specializes in Mortgage Banking, Conventional Mortgages, FHA, Government Mortgages, VA and 203K Rehab Loans.

John Sisco

Advisory Board Member

John Sisco attend Englewood Public School District and graduated in 1972 from Dwight Morrow High School. He has two children who also attend school in the Englewood Public School District. Mr. Sisco is an active member of the Englewood community and is often involved in creating opportunities for children in our community.

Mr. Sisco attended New York Institute of Technology with a Major in Business Administration and also graduated from Programming System Institute.

He worked in Finance early in his career. Later Mr. Sisco attended the Center for Media Arts and completed a course in Photography. He is the President of the Elks Lodge #470 which strive to support activities and children within the community and nationally as well.

Dr. Abralena Wilson

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Abralena Wilson’s parents moved from Nicaragua to the United States, hoping to provide their children with opportunities that they themselves never had. They didn’t speak English and neither did she. Thus, her entire experience in America has been one of embracing opportunities that this country has to offer to realize her dream of becoming a physician.

Throughout her childhood, she attended dance classes through a magnet school in Miami Dade County, which helped her develop the discipline that was needed in her academic school work. The independence that she experienced on the dance floor extended to her adulthood as Dr. Wilson went away to college to attend Pennsylvania State University. She was the first one in her family to have a baccalaureate degree, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Psychology.

In her pursuit of becoming a physician, she completed a year of Biomedical Sciences program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and volunteered at her local hospital. Finally, her childhood dream became a reality when she was accepted to medical school in 2002. She stayed at PCOM to complete her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Osteopathy was an additional skill set that she learned during medical school, which takes into account the human body as an integral unit in which structure and function are interdependent as it emphasizes the interrelatedness of the body, mind, and soul.

However, in order to be able to pay for her last two years of medical school, she decided to apply for the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP), which is a U.S. Army scholarship that is available in the health care field. After 9/11, Dr. Wilson was fortunate to be awarded with it. Furthermore, her interest in surgery was solidified during her clinical years of medical school as she was then selected to do a Surgical Internship Training in General Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She was direct commissioned as a Captain in the United States Army, and was honored and humbled to care for soldiers returning to Walter Reed from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

A year later, Dr. Wilson was then stationed in Fort Sill, OK as the Brigade Surgeon for the 214th Field Artillery Brigade and completed another two years of active duty service. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 2009, she then continued her surgical training program as a civilian. Since then, she has also trained in numerous subspecialty fellowship programs in surgical specialties that include Hand/Plastics Fellowship, Burn Fellowship, and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship.

Dr. Wilson enjoys helping others and understanding the human body, and for these reasons has been preparing her entire life for her dream of becoming a doctor — which was realized with the many opportunities given to her by this great country!