Director, Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF)
Kristina Jones-Wilson was born and raised in Newark, NJ and graduated from University High School. She is the first person in her family to go to college and graduate. She obtained her BA in Sociology from Bloomfield College in 1998. She also obtained two Master Degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University; Masters in Public Administration 05’ and a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 15’. She has helped countless number of students graduate from college and become productive citizens throughout her many years of experience working for the EOF program. She has a love and passion for helping students get into college and ensuring that they graduate. Kristina acknowledges the R.E.A.DY Foundation for her accomplishments and is eager to help other students succeed in life just as the R.E.A.D.Y program helped her.
Daniel Helena-Oquendo was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and moved to Camden, New Jersey when he was a teenager. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden NJ. Daniel earned his Bachelor of Science degree in May 2018 from Bloomfield College with a triple major in Accounting, Finance, and General Management. Upon graduation, Daniel Started to help guide the younger generation who do not have access to many resources. He wants to help students take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to them and demonstrate that it is possible to succeed with hard work and dedication. He also wants to create baseball programs and academies for young men from low-income areas to help prepare them for the future. He is passionate about this goal because sports helped him and he strongly believes that it could help others succeed as well.
Josiah Houston is a Rutgers University – Newark graduate who completed his B.S. in Criminal Justice `15 as well as his Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Leadership in `17. As a former EOF student, he is appreciative of the support he received from the program and aspires to help give students similar support in any way he can.
Paola Tejada Bueno is a Bloomfield College EOF Alumna. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in three years. During her time as a student, Paola was a Storyteller and involved in many clubs and organizations on campus. She was also recognized as the 2018-19 Student of the year due to her dedication and love for the college. Paola loves helping others and motivating students to achieve their goals. Migrating from the Dominican Republic at the age of 7 has given her the eagerness to pursue her career. Ms. Tejada wants to share her positive story with the students to help inspire them to leave a great legacy. We all have a story to tell.
Maria Peraza is the EOF Program Associate at Bloomfield College. As a parent of an EOF Alumni, she is dedicated to helping students accomplish their dreams and aspirations.
"With our THOUGHTS, we make the WORLD" - Buddha