OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

We declare our right on this earth…to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary
Malcolm X

CHARLEN MCNEIL
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Charlen stands firmly on a foundation rooted in the pursuit of education and social justice advocacy. Her passion for continuing Grandma Moore’s dedication to education – by any means necessary – is rooted in an enduring desire to help those in marginalized, disenfranchised and underrepresented communities to achieve success on their own terms and evidenced by her own path.

Charlen has an Associates from Bergen Community College (NJ); a Bachelors degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University (NJ), and a Masters from Teachers College, Columbia University (NY). Charlen is also a Sister of Beta Kappa Sigma, Black and Latina Sorority, Inc. charlen@doingmooretogether.org

 

Say what you mean and mean what you say.
 Gladys Elizabeth Richardson

DOROTHY MCNEIL
DIRECTOR

As a child of the civil rights era, Dorothy witnessed first-hand her mother’s commitment to education and social justice. Dorothy’s enduring passion for criminal justice and her need to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, wherein children are funneled out of traditional classrooms, through secondary or alternative school systems into criminal justice systems.  This disturbing national trend has urged her to emerge from retirement to work as a substitute teacher where she can reach as many students as possible to counter the destructive effects of this trend.

The Moore Foundation’s Phoenix Scholarship is dedicated to Dorothy McNeil as a survivor of and witness to the numerous injustices exacted by the criminal justice system on marginalized, disenfranchised,  and underrepresented communities. dorothy@doingmooretogether.org

The surest way to be unhappy is to put your happiness in someone else’s hands.
Author Unknown

LORA ARRINGTON
DIRECTOR

Lora, her youngest daughter inherited Moore’s commitment to civic responsibility. A retired civil servant, Lora’s career spanned over 25 years with the police department in Hoboken, New Jersey. 

She continues her commitment to civic responsibility with service to her community by developing initiatives to introduce young people to the benefits of civil service through workshops and creating internship opportunities. lora@doingmooretogether.org

I am grounded … My spirit is grounded deep within the earth. I am able to let go of fear and trust that I am eternally safe.
I am worthy of all things beautiful.
C. Marie, Author

ODESSA JEFFERSON
DIRECTOR

Lora, her youngest daughter inherited Moore’s commitment to civic responsibility. A retired civil servant, Lora’s career spanned over 25 years with the police department in Hoboken, New Jersey. 

Inspired by her grandmother’s dedication as a nurse for Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Hoboken, New Jersey, first granddaughter Odessa chose nursing as her career. She specializes in geriatric and Alzheimer’s patients. Odessa provides healthcare awareness to marginalized and under-served communities. odessa@doingmooretogether.org

Work smarter, not harder.
Author Unknown

TRACEY RICHARDSON
DIRECTOR

Tracey Richardson shares her grandmother’s commitment to civil service with her career in the United States Postal Service. Through her work as a daughter of the Springtime Elks Lodge Temple #360, Tracey is committed to her community and enthusiastic in helping others reach their goals. tracey@doingmooretogether.org

Education minus knowledge
of self is no education
 Gregory Tyshawn CI Blackwell

GREGORY BLACKWELL
DIRECTOR 

Gregory is the ultimate survivor of life’s many challenges. Gregory is a lyricist and poet. He is also an advocate of early childhood education. Like his grandmother, Gregory believes in positive socialization of children before they have an opportunity to be corrupted and jaded by the harsh reality of life in disenfranchised communities. Gregory is a simple and fair thinking man who is committed to the principles of the Foundation and works diligently to fulfill its mission. gregory@doingmooretogether.org

Whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do,
when you really want something, it’s because that desire
originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

TONIA HILL
DIRECTOR 

Tonia’s commitment to mental health and wellness runs counterpoint to Grandma’s dynamic emphasis on education and social justice, particularly in marginalized and under-represented communities.

Tonia supports the integral need for mental health and wellness programming and the strengthening of the partner and family dynamics through effective communication. tonia@doingmooretogether.org

If you allow people to make more withdrawals than deposits in your life…you will be out of balance and in the negative…know when to close the account. #thoughtsofChrissy

CHRISTIN HILL
DIRECTOR

Christin followed the path of her grandmother – Gladys Elizabeth ‘Moore’ Richardson – into early childhood education as the place in which change through education can manifest into positive and affirmational beliefs.

Demonstrating, the family’s strong belief in exploring life and stepping out on faith, Christin is currently in private security while she brings her passion for self-care, self-improvement and wellness to the forefront, she is the author of a line of inspirational self-care notes entitled Thoughts of Chrissy. christin@doingmooretogether.org

It does not matter how slow you go, as long as you keep moving forward
-Confucius

PAIGE HILL
DIRECTOR

Paige has been an early childhood education professional for over 12 years. Following in her grandmother’s footsteps,  Paige is devoted to the service of educating young minds. Paige brings her devotion and passion to The Moore Foundation, Inc. overseeing the Moore’s Kids initiatives. paige@doingmooretogether.org

Liberate the minds of men and ultimately, you will liberate the bodies of men.
Marcus Garvey

PARRISH HILL
DIRECTOR

Parrish,  a long-distance trucker, inherited his grandmother’s passion, dedication to education, and her commitment to self-improvement. He understands that changing one’s circumstances requires sacrifice, determination & perseverance. He strives to develop strategies to instill the values of education and preparation to improve the opportunities for individuals and families in the communities we serve. parrish@doingmooretogether.org.