Our Board and Staff

Administration

Frank Alvarado

Executive Director
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Frank Alvarado, brings over 25 years of experience and a deep capacity-building knowledge to academic and education program development and management. 

He has demonstrated a passion for working in the community and a deep commitment to children’s education by providing them with the resources and services that is their birthright”

Before joining ACE Integration Head Start, Mr. Alvarado held various positions throughout the New York City’s nonprofits /community based organizations as Program Director, Department Head of Youth & Education services and Executive Director. He has developed  and successfully opened DYCD Community Beacon Centers, After school and youth programs in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. Many of these neighborhoods are under serve communities servicing the immigrant and underprivileged families.

He was the Executive Director for 4 years at Brooklyn Music School (BMS) in Fort Greene.  During his tenure at BMS, Frank was an integral part to the school’s ability to expand its community outreach programs.  Mr. Alvarado developed and implemented the After-School Enrichment Music and Dance program and the Summer Institute

Mr. Alvarado, was a former board member at Hospital Clinic Home Center Instructional ACE Integration Head Start and currently serves on a variety of boards that focus on the well-being of children including:  New Vision for Children and Families, The Ethical Community Charter School Foundation and St Christopher Inc.

Mr. Alvarado, was born and raised in Bushwick.  He attended JHS 111 and Bushwick High School. He still has family living in the neighborhood. 

 

Brenda Dean

Education Director
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Maria Perez

Family Worker
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Maria Perez  has been working at ACE Integration Head Start since 1995 as a Family worker which was her first paid job. Prior to employment, Maria was one of the leaders of the Bushwick Parents Organization for almost 5 years:  visiting District 32 schools, the Superintendent and the Chancellor. She also helped educate parents as to their rights under the NYC Board of Education system.  Ms. Perez started at ACE Integration Head Start with a high school diploma and now has a Bachelors degree and a FDC (Family Development Credential). 

Barbara Utendahl

Family Worker
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Barbara Utendahl – Barbara is a former head start parent who has worked  and has been working as a Family Worker in Head Start since 1998.  She joined ACE Integration Head Start in 2003 and has earned her FDC (Family Development Credential).

Board

Jacqueline Bayliss-Signor

Vice-Chair

Cassandra Payne-Bascombe

Current Parent

Tamar Ogburn

Former Head Start Parent / Event Planner
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Tamar E. Ogburn. AAS is a Community Event Planner for EmblemHealth. She is also a Mother, Advocate, Minister, Mentor, Entrepreneur, and Family Caregiver. Tamar was also chosen as one of the 2011 EmblemHealths’ Champions of Care. This is the "What Care Feels Like" brand advertising campaign. Her public exposure, in her own words; encapsulate genuine sincerity and an in depth focus on supporting the members. She is what care looks like. Some of her current responsibilities at EmblemHealth include assistance in the development of educational programs and outreach for local communities by partnering with Faith-Based organizations, educators, administrators and working with senior centers. On any given day, Tamar is in the field working tirelessly in addressing and advocating for our children and seniors alike. Their concerns become hers. This is what care looks like. Under the EmblemHealth Footprint, within the responsibility of an event planner, she educates the community on the many options available in regards to health insurance, utilizing State-funded programs and community resources. Tamar has had her challenges. In May 2003, she was confronted with caring for her premature daughter Naysa Jenis. This challenge in turn became the catalyst which lead to the discovery of her passion to advocate for children. She currently sits on the Executive Advisory Board for “Books for Kids”. Ms. Ogburn considers it a privilege to inform her constituents of the necessity of fostering healthy relationships with parents and community partnerships. She is still affiliated with the services that assisted her daughter. What could have been an overwhelming obstacle became a strategic empowerment process to understand one individual’s value as a team. Tamar’s mantra has become “Change your Thoughts, Change your World”. Tamar has set the bar high for each of us to put to task, our gifts to make a change, at whatever level is sufficient, be a change maker. Ms. Ogburn is a member of Mt. Sinai Christian Fellowship and serves on the Ministerial Board. She is deeply rooted in her faith in God as her source for growth and strength. She gives God total reverence to reign over her life; for He is first and foremost, the wind beneath her wings. Ms. Ogburn’s daily affirmation is “Being confident of the very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” – Philippians 1:6 Tamar is the owner of Distinctively Ogburn, an elite Event Planning company. She is a natural in business and clients are drawn to her calming demeanor and her attention to detail. Some of her noted achievements are: • Board Member, Inner Visions Life • Sponsoring Board Member , HC/HC Ace Integration Head Start • Member, Not Another Child • Advisory Co-Chairperson, Queens Community Advisory Council – Community 12/13 • 2009 Women of Distinction Award • 2010 Fort Greene Council Community Service Award • 2012 Chosen for Change Award • 2013 Outstanding Community Service Award • 2014 NCNW Outstanding Event Planner

Theresa Reyes, Esq.

Isonia Ricks

Chair

Armani Reece

Secretary

David Sang

Treasurer

Maria Rodriquez

Early Childhood Development

Teachers

Celina Willis

Head Teacher (Magic Garden)
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Celina Willis  

Rosalyn Rosales

Assistant Teacher (Magic Garden)
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 Ms. Rosales has been a staff member at ACE Integration Head Start since 2001. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts and  is    currently completing her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education.  She is dedicated and has a passion for working with children. She  states "Knowing that I assist in the education of preschoolers is fulfilling.     It brings me incredible joy to observe the learning process of young children that occurs daily." 

Wanda Gutierrez

Head Teacher (Skylight Classroom)
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Wanda has her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently enrolled at Lehman College, pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Education.  This is her second year at ACE Integration Head Start. She has felt incredibly welcomed by staff, parents and students alike. Wanda’s goals as an educator are to meet the individual and group needs of her students by helping them achieve intellectual, social and emotional growth.

 

Jinelle Cudjoe

Assistant Teacher (Rainbow Classroom)
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Jinell Cudjoe

Gerland Morle

Head Start in the Starlight Room
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 Gerlande Morle is a former Head Start parent and has been a Head Start Group Teacher at ACE Integration Head Start since 2001.  She received her B.S. in Speech from LIU and her dual Master’s in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Touro College.  

Malika Smith

Head Teacher (Rainbow Room)
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Malika Smith is the Lead Teacher in the Rainbow Room classroom. She has been working with Ace Integration Head Start for approximately 6 years, beginning as the Lead Teacher in the  3-year-old classroom.

Ms. Smith has continued to complete her education by obtaining a Master's Degree in Early Childhood/Special Education. After working with the 3-year-old children for 4 years, an opening for a UPK Lead Teacher opened up in 2016  and she was offered the position, and accepted it . 

Ms. Smith is  thankful for the opportunity to work in a nurturing environment where children can learn and experience new challenges that will help build their confidence while playing. She looks forward to continued success and new discoveries with an amazing team of teachers currently in the UPK Classroom-Rainbow Room. 

Sandra Tercero

Assistant Teacher (Starlight Room)
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   Sandy Tercero  is a former Head Start parent who joined the staff of ACE Integration Head Start as a Head Start Assistant Teacher in 1996.  She has her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Boricua College.

Yasmely Tavarez

Assistant Teacher (Starlight Room)
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DAPC Parent Committee

Jesilie Morales

Member, Magic Garden Classroom

Maria Conchola

Member, Sunrise Classroom

Krystal Perez

Member, Sunshine Classroom

Brenda Balderrama

Member, Rainbow Classroom

Cristina Gerena

Chairperson / Member, Skylight Classroom

Charlene Johnson

Member, Sunshine Classroom

Mariia Venger

Co-Chairperson / Member, Skylight Classroom

Fabiola Ramos

Member, Rainbow Classroom

Shanay Cottle

Secretary / Member, Starlight Classroom

Lalagnindou Tako

Member, Sunrise Classroom

Dustin Slone

Treasurer / Member, Magic Garden Classroom

Jahida Villafane

Personnel / Member, Starlight Classroom

Cecilia Payne

Grievance / Community Rep

El-Melek Moore

Legislative By-Laws Chair, Community Rep

Support Staff

Maria Gómez

Kitchen Staff

Maribel Muñoz

Kitchen Staff

Yolanda Hernandez

Kitchen Staff
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 Yolanda Hernandez has been working at ACE Integration Head Start since November 16,2000, as a cook helper.  In January 2001 and I took the Food handle certificate, which allowed me to work in the kitchen for five years; after five years I has been working as a custodian.  Prior to that, Yolanda was home helping her daughter with her children. 

 

Damien Williams

Custodian
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Frank Alvarado brings over 25 years of experience and a deep capacity-building knowledge to academic and education program development and management. 

Throughout his career, Frank has demonstrated a passion for working in the community and a deep commitment to children’s education by providing them with the resources and services that are their birthright”

Before joining ACE Integration Head Start, Mr. Alvarado held various positions throughout the city nonprofits /community based organizations as Program Director, Department Head of Youth & Education services  He has developed and open Community Beacon Centers, in the Bronx Manhattan and Brooklyn servicing the Dominican, Mexican immigrant populations as well as in underserved communities.

He was the Executive Director for 4 years at Brooklyn Music School (BMS) in Fort Greene.  During his tenure at BMS, Frank was integral to the school’s ability to expand its community outreach programs.  Alvarado developed and implemented the After-School Enrichment Music and Dance program and the Summer Institute.  In addition to creating new programs, he introduced the first annual festival to celebrate the Hispanic community, known as the Hispanic Heritage Festival.

Mr. Alvarado, is a former Bushwick resident, He attended  JHS 111 and Bushwick High School He was a former board member at Hospital Clinic Home Center Instructional ACE Integration Head Start.  In addition, Alvarado currently serves on a variety of boards that focus on the well-being of children including:  New Vision for Children and Families and the Ethical Community Charter School Foundation., St Christopher Inc.

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