Leadership

 

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JERRY WALKER

Co- founder

A four-time high school All American and collegiate standout, Jerry excelled as one of New Jersey’s hardest working basketball players. A product of Jersey City’s tough streets, Jerry led St. Anthony High School to four State Champions and was an integral part of the high school’s 1989 National Championship team. After graduating from St. Anthony’s, Jerry enrolled at Seton Hall University where he earned a BA degree in communications and led the Pirates to three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and the Big East Tournament Championship in 1992-1993. Jerry became known as one of the all-time favorite Pirates due to his tenacity and dedication. These qualities were the driving force behind a stellar collegiate career and have carried over to his work with Team Walker. When his professional basketball career came to an end, Jerry returned to his Jersey City community and founded Team Walker in 1996. Together with caring supporters and friends, Jerry alongside his brother Jasper and Team Walker are proud to be making an important difference in the lives of thousands of children through academics and recreation over the past 20 years.  Where he once was winning awards for his athletic talents, he now is doing the same for providing community social service. In 2011, Jerry was named a “New Jersey Hero”, and was recently honored by Seton Hall University as for his social service in Jersey City as Entrepreneur of the Year.

 

ZORAIDA VERAS

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Zoraida joined the staff of Team Walker in August of 2015. She quickly and efficiently began managing the day to day operations at the Team Walker Learning Center including setting up the after-school program, overseeing staff and volunteers, supervising grant operations, finance, and coordinating community outreach programs. A graduate of Kean University, Zoraida received a BA degree in public administration with a minor in recreation administration and concentration in therapeutic recreation.  Zoraida brings to Team Walker many new ideas and a great deal of enthusiasm.  She lives in the Jersey City neighborhood near the Team Walker Learning Center and has worked with a number of local businesses assisting with their finances.

 

STEPHANIE CURRAN

ACADEMIC COORDINATOR

Stephanie “Ms. C.” has been a member of Team Walker since 2013, first serving as an after school teacher and for the past three years as Academic Coordinator. In this position,  Stephanie oversees the day-to-day operations of the after school programs at both the PS #22 location for children grades Kindergarten through 5th, and at the Team Walker Learning Center location for children grades 6th  through 10th. Her many responsibilities include curriculum planning, staff support, and liaison to the Jersey City Board of Education staff.  Another Jersey City native who takes great pride in her community, Stephanie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Saint Peter’s College, where she received the Visions and Values Presidential Academic Scholarship.  Stephanie continued her education by receiving her Master of Arts degree in Education from St. Peter’s University (Jersey City), and also a Master of Arts degree in Special Education from New Jersey City University (Jersey City).   She is currently working towards her certification in Administration.  When she is not at Team Walker, Stephanie is employed by the Jersey City Public Schools as NJ certified special education teacher at the President Barack Obama School, PS #34, as a teacher of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Stephanie was awarded the Teacher of the Year Award from Jersey City Public Schools for the 2015-2016 school year.  Becoming a teacher has been Stephanie’s dream since childhood and she believes education is the key to opening doors and bridging community relations.  Stephanie’s continued work in the field of education supports the Team Walker motto, Dedication, Determination, Discipline.

 

LEO ZATTA

CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Currently serving on the Board of Regents at Seton Hall University, Leo Zatta’s professional history includes 30 years in public accounting in where he was partner of a regional accounting firm specializing in forensics and valuations of closely held businesses. Most recently he served as Chief Financial Officer of an alternative investment fund. Leo earned a BS in Accounting, an MBA in Finance-cum laude, and an MS in Taxation-cum laude from the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the states of New Jersey and Florida, member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA), and a Certified Fraud Examiner. With continued strong ties to his alma mater, Leo has served as past president and member of the Board of Directors of the Seton Hall University Alumni Association, past chairman of the University Advisory Committee, and past president of the Stillman School of Business Alumni Association.