Link Women’s Committee

The power of women is visible in the very fabric of Link.

Over the years, women have made significant contributions to Link. Beginning in 1969 with The Sisters of St. Dominic, a bold and innovative group of women who founded a very unique school for Newark’s children living in a community of violence and unrest. In doing so, these women brought to life a mission that took root as Project Link and the grew into Link Community School. In 2014 the school transitioned from a selective independent school to an open admission public charter school governed by a public school board, and began expansion in student capacity. At the same time, the organization that existed since 1969 transitioned to become Link Education Partners, a public charity organization delivering programming at Link Community Charter School.

Other women have volunteered at or partnered with Link – and many continue to do so, from the Junior League that created the school’s first library on Irvine Turner Boulevard, to the many female trustees who have provided invaluable guidance, to the professional women who have come to tutor, mentor, speak for Career Day or student lunch groups – all sharing their journeys, hoping to improve lives and serving as role models for our young scholars.

Link Education Partners provides opportunities for volunteer involvement as it recognizes and responds to the significant academic and social needs of our young urban students. Calling upon the breadth of skills and experience in our dedicated female volunteers, the Link Women’s Committee formed in 2015 to sustain Link’s ability to go above and beyond in order to educate the whole child. The Committee is devoted to ensuring that school’s founding mission–“to develop the mind, body, and spirit” of its students–is fully realized by expanding Link Education Partners’ network of volunteers, community partnerships and funding relationships that connect students to experiential learning opportunities, immersion in the arts and 21st century-skills. By providing these opportunities alongside a strong curriculum, students will continue to be competitive, well-rounded and successful in high school and beyond.

The Link Women’s Committee Members  

Adriana Dunn, Ph.D.
Laura Palmer, Ph.D., M.S.C.P., A.B.P.P. & Adriana Dunn, Ph.D., L.M.F.T., Associates

Mary Beth Eliades
Community Volunteer

Tamara Fleming
Tamara Fleming Photography

Christine Gilfillan*
President, The MCJ Amelior Foundation 

Linda Krasnoo*
Resident Life Assistant, The Hun School of Princeton

Nancy Laracy
Author; Community Advocate, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain; Bunnies in Baskets

Martha MacCallum*
News Anchor, Fox News Channel

Gloria McDonald*
Workforce Diversity and Inclusion
Consultant, American Conference on Diversity

Lynne Pagano*
Co-Founder, The Co-Co Collaborative

Maria Pilar Paradiso*
Executive Director, Link Education Partners and
Head of School, Link Community Charter School

Vivian Scott-Chew
Chew Entertainment, TimeZone International

Da’Cheray Thomas Ruth ’06
Teacher and Assistant Dean of Students, Link Community Charter School

Grace Stephenson*
Retired Educator

Sr. Alice Uhl, O.P.
Sisters of St. Dominic, Caldwell

Sr. Eleanor Uhl, O.P.
Sisters of St. Dominic, Caldwell

Janet Wang
Sr. VP, Head of Insurance & Agency Human Resources and
Head of Talent Acquisition, New York Life Insurance

Natalie Webb
Director, Corporate Communications, Brothers International Corporation

*founding member


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