Greetings Angels! My name is Jessica Delacruz and I serve as the Founder and CEO of Certified Angels. I graduated from William Paterson University in 2014, where I received a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. I have developed a passion for working with the youth of Passaic through my amazing employment opportunities with organizations such as NJ After 3, the Boys and Girls Club of Passaic/Paterson, Urban Crisis Council Daycare, and the Passaic Board of Education. My favorite forms of art are dance and drama. When I am not "helping our youth spread their wings," I enjoy dancing, shopping, decorating, watching movies, family time, and planning for the future of Certified Angels. One of the things that fulfills me most in life is "making a difference." Thank you for enabling me to inspire, motivate, believe, and make a difference in the lives of our youth by supporting this movement!

Greetings Angels! My name is Amanda Rivera and I serve as the Treasurer for Certified Angels. I am anticipating my graduation from William Paterson University, where I will receive a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. My calling in life has always been to work with youth. I began working with children in 2007, and have since been involved in an educational setting as both a paraprofessional and counselor for various afterschool programs. My favorite form of art is Photography; with the snap of a finger you can capture so many beautiful memories. As the old saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” When I am not “helping our youth spread their wings,” I enjoy shopping, spending time with family, and seeking new adventures!

Greetings Angels! My name is Johanna DePeña and I serve as a Board of Trustees member for Certified Angels. I have always had a passion for motivating and guiding young girls to discover their purpose and live out their dreams. I knew I had to be a part of this movement because what has always connected Jessica Delacruz and I, is our mutual desire to inspire growth and confidence in others. This is, in essence, why I am committed to helping bring the Certified Angels dream to life. My favorite form of art is acting. When I am not “helping our youth spread their wings,” I am a freelancing makeup artist working all throughout NJ and NY. I am a proud and dedicated Mommy, a total bookworm, and completely devoted to living a purpose driven life!

 

Greetings Angels! My name is Jessica Ramirez and I serve as a Board of Trustees member for Certified Angels. I graduated from Montclair State University in 2011, where I received a B.A. in Family and Child Studies and my K-5 Teaching Certification. Since 2007, I have gained hands-on experience working with the youth of Passaic while employed by organizations such as NJ After 3, the Boys and Girls Club of Passaic/Paterson, Urban Crisis Council Daycare, and the Passaic Board of Education. My favorite art form is performing arts. When I am not "helping our youth spread their wings," I enjoy going out for dinner-and-a-movie, shopping, decorating, exercising, traveling, and being a mom!

Greetings Angels! My name is Alexandra Saharig and I serve as a Board of Trustees member for Certified Angels. I graduated from Montclair State University in 2011, where I received a B.A. in Psychology. In addition, I am pursuing a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Mental Health at MSU. I have always had a passion for working with children and families. Throughout high school, I was employed as a summer counselor, which then progressed to my work, throughout college, as a counselor for various after school programs and substitute teacher for Passaic Public Schools. After college, I continued my work with children and their families as a family worker for the Mental Health Clinic of Passaic and Passaic Family Head Start. My favorite form of art is dance, as it allows you to express yourself through movement, while music soothes the soul. When I am not "helping our youth spread their wings," I enjoy cooking, shopping, meditating, and being a mother!

Greetings Angels! My name is Juan Izaguirre and I serve as a Board of Trustees member for Certified Angels. I graduated from William Paterson University in 2001, where I received a B.A. in History and Education. I have been a History Teacher with the Passaic Board of Education since 2002 and a Peer Leadership Co-Advisor since 2006. I also worked as a Unit Director with the Boys and Girls Club of Passaic/Paterson for 6.5 years. My belief is that all children can prosper and learn when given the right environment. When I am not "helping our youth spread their wings," I enjoy watching sports and movies, and spending time with my family and friends. I am currently the President of the Passaic Optimist Club, which works year-round to provide scholarships to graduating seniors at Passaic High School. With hard work and dedication, we can help improve the lives of the children in our community!