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Rev. Fr. Dr. Felix Ugwuozor
Founder and President
 

Rev. Fr. Dr. Felix Ugwuozor was born toward the end of the Nigerian Civil War, went into the seminary at the age of 12 and was ordained a priest on August 12, 1995. After serving as a Registrar at Institute of Ecumenical Education Godfrey Okoye University (now called Go University), Enugu, he moved to the United States in 1999 for graduate studies at Montclair State University.

2001-2004 - Served as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Graduate School of Montclair State University, NJ.

2005-2009 - Was a Doctoral Assistant to the Faculty in the Department of Education at Montclair State University, teaching Philosophical Foundations of Education.

2009 - Graduated with a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Education from Montclair State University.

2009-present - Teach full time as a member of the Faculty of Education at Montclair State University.

2005-present -Teach the Development of Career and Life every summer at Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ.

2009-present - Teach Philosophy and Public Policy at St. Peter's University, the Jesuit University of NJ.

While fully engaged in academia, I have equally been involved in parish ministry:

2001-2004 - Served as the Director of Pastoral Care at Orange Memorial Hospital Orange, New Jersey under jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ.

2004-2009 - Served as a parochial vicar for the Parish of the Resurrection, Jersey City.

2011-present - Currently serves as a weekend assistant at St. Andrew Parish (Bayonne, NJ) and St. Joseph and St. Anne Churches (Jersey City, NJ).

Publications include the following:

  • Co-edited a book on Philosophical Foundations of Education (2011).
  • Democratic Education in Nigeria: Context and Imperatives (2009).
  • The Human Self in the Philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead (2000).
  • Atheism: A Sin Against Faith, Theological Analysis and Implications of the Modern and Contemporary Attitude Toward (the super-sensible realm) God (1995).
  • A Critique of Karl Marx Dialectical Materialism (1991).

Works in Progress

  • Critical and Global Citizenship Education in a Deeply Divided (Nigerian) Society - a journal article.
  • Nurturing Education for Democratic (Global) Citizenship: Its Meaning, Its Purpose, Its Conditions - a book.
  • Goal Setting in Light of the Philosophy of Jean Paul Sartre.
  • Time Management: The Students Versus the Clock: Tips on How to "Seize the Day."
  • Toward Nurturing (Pedagogy) Education for Democratic Growth.
  • Developing a Personal Philosophy of Education: A Requisite Guide to Educational Practices
  • Education Imperatives: Framing Learning in Nigerian Schools toward Global Citizenship, Social & Political Action

Memberships

  • Member, America Philosophy Association, 2002 - Present.
  • Member, American Philosophy of Education Society, 2004 - Present.

Awards

  • Selected Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, 2004, Listed 1122.
  • Selected Cambridge Who's Who 2008, Registry of Networking Directory for Executives, Academics and Professionals.
     
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A lifelong resident of Jersey City, Noreen Feehan was a faithful parishioner of St. Peters Church serving as a Eucharistic minister, a lector and sacristan until St. Peters, where she had been baptized in 1941, closed in 2009. She now attends nearby Our Lady of Czestochowa Church. As a youngster, Noreen knew she wanted to be a teacher. After graduating from St. Peter Parochial School and St. Dominic Academy, she began her career preparation, majoring in English with a minor in Education at New Jersey City University. After completing a Bachelor of Arts and certification in Secondary Education, she began teaching at Ferris High School in Jersey City while continuing her studies in the evening at New York University. After receiving a Master of Arts in English at NYU, she returned to NJCU to obtain her certification in Administration and Supervision and to complete a doctoral equivalence in Urban Education. After her years as a student at NJCU, Noreen remained as an adjunct professor in the evening division relating easily to the adults who, like herself, journeyed to class after working all day to fulfill their professional goals.

During this time Noreen had transferred to Abraham Lincoln High School where taught for 18 years before being assigned Lincoln’s Vice Principal, a position she held for 7 years before being appointed Principal of the Wakeman School (PS # 6). A firm believer that education is the greatest gift we can give young people, Noreen worked diligently during her 25 years at Lincoln, an inner city school, helping students to obtain scholarships and financial aid to attain college. She also co-founded the Pre-College Academic Program at St Peter’s University which afforded students the opportunity to attend courses on Saturdays and during the summer. Through this partnership, students experience study in a college setting, receiving invaluable guidance in developing their potential and gaining insight into the professional areas best suited to their interests and abilities.

After retiring from active duty in the Jersey City School District in 1999, she served as a consultant, monitoring new principals, and coordinating Great Ideas in Science, a program sponsored by a grant from Montclair State University, which provided professional development for Elementary teachers to enrich their science lessons.
Now, fully retired, she has the time to travel and visit nearby New York City plays and Museums, her favorite leisure activities. She feels blessed to have helped many young people to experience the educational preparation which led to successful professional careers. Noreen is especially proud that so many of her former students are now teachers and administrators in the Jersey City schools, giving back to the community and inspiring their students to achieve future career success   

 

     
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Diane Strasz

 

Diane Strasz was born and raised in Michigan. The eldest of Edmond and Margaret Strasz's close-knit family of twelve children, she holds her faith, family and friends as the most precious aspects of her life.

Ms. Strasz is a writer who has worked in management positions in advertising, marketing and public relations for corporations in Detroit, Washington, D.C., New York City, and New Jersey. Additionally she has authored a number of children's books and produced management and best-practices seminars for various corporations and nonprofit organizations. She is currently Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of an advertising/marketing/community and media relations firm, and serves as a lector, Eucharistic minister and member of her parish council.

     
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Gail DE Vito, RN, CSJP/A

 

Gail De Vito holds a B.A. in Psychology and a certificate in Nursing (RN) with extensive experience in pastoral, patient and hospice end of life care.  Currently she shares her gifts and talents as the Director of Pastoral Care at the Margaret Anna Cusack Care Center, Jersey City, NJ nurturing the religious and spiritual needs of 130 residents, families and staff through various spiritual programs and individual pastoral support. Besides work Ms. Gail De Vito is pursuing graduate studies at Fordham University for a Ph.D in counseling psychology as her overarching goal.  Married for 23 years to Mr. Mike De Vito, she is mother to two sons, Mike (20) & Matt (18). Among other things Ms. Gail De Vito is:

  • Covenanted Associate Member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Peace, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
  • Member of Chaplain on the Hill at Christian Healthcare Center, Wyckoff, N
    Certified Hospice End of Life Caregiver through Community Hospice Bergen County
  • Second Degree Reiki Practitioner ~ Usui Reiki Natural System of Healing
  • Director of Women’s Cornerstone X
  • Facilitator of Little Rock Scripture Study
  • Facilitator of Women’s Spirituality Studies based on the work of Maria Harris
  • Facilitator of Women’s Evenings of Prayer Programs
  • Facilitator of Why Catholic/Healing the Body of Christ Programs
     
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