Our Team

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Elizabeth Abitanto
Managing Director of Programs

Ms. Abitanto holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University-Newark, and an M.P.A. from Rutgers University, where she also earned a certificate in non-profit management. Ms. Abitanto has worked as a manager at a professional tutoring services company, and she has managed volunteer initiatives to serve low-income and homeless New Jersey residents. Ms. Abitanto has also had leadership roles in political campaigns and academic enrichment programs for urban youth. Ms. Abitanto believes passionately in providing urban youth with high expectations modeling which reveals to them the possibilities of college achievement in their lives.

Email:  eabitanto@njleep.org
Phone: 973-297-1555, ext. 204


Abdurrahman Ajeigbe
College Access Coordinator

Mr. Ajeigbe is a recent graduate of Georgetown University with a B.A. in American Studies and a minor in Education. A native of Newark, Mr. Ajeigbe is also an alumnus of NJ LEEP’s class of 2013 and has been involved in the program as a grammar instructor for the Saturday Writing Program. As a graduate of the program, he is committed to mentoring the next generation of scholars from the Greater Newark area to help them realize their potential in college and beyond.

Email:  aajeigbe@njleep.org
Phone: 973-297-1555, ext. 211


Kyle Bowman
College Bound Program Coordinator

Mr. Bowman is a recent graduate of Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA, where he obtained a B.A. in English. Mr. Bowman is one of two Jesuit Volunteers working with NJ LEEP this year. He is excited to build relationships with our students each day.

Email: kbowman@njleep.org
Phone: 973-297-1555, ext. 210


Onaje Crawford
College Access Coordinator & Writing Instructor

Mr. Crawford holds a B.S. in Political Science from Boston University. He has worked in multi-faceted administrative and educational roles for a charter school in Newark, NJ. He has extensive leadership experience with many organizations, including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He has also worked for a math empowerment program and a mentoring program for urban youth as well as a mentoring program for juvenile offenders in Boston. Mr. Crawford has been with NJ LEEP since the beginning of its College Bound Program in 2007, and he has been an anchoring presence in the community since its inception.

Email: onajecrawford@njleep.org


Claire Dragon
Managing Director of
External Engagement

Ms. Dragon holds a B.A. in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.P.A. from Baruch College. She has worked in nonprofits for the past decade with a focus on fundraising, volunteer management and external affairs. Ms. Dragon is grateful to be working with our students to help them get into college, graduate career-ready, and enter the workforce prepared to lead.

Email: cdragon@njleep.org
Phone: 973-297-1555, ext. 208


Matthew Feinstein
Executive Director

Mr. Feinstein has been involved with NJ LEEP from its inception and became Executive Director in 2014. He holds a B.A. from The University of Maryland at College Park and a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was a Chancellor Scholar and a member of the Legislative Journal. He is also a graduate of the Rutgers Business School Institute for Ethical Leadership, Nonprofit Executive and Emerging Leader, and Executive Fellows Certificate Programs. He has also completed coursework in non-profit management at Harvard Business School.  

Email:  mfeinstein@njleep.org
Phone: 973-297-1555, ext. 205


Marissa Geraghty
Director of College Access and Success

Ms. Geraghty served as a Jesuit Volunteer Corps member with NJ LEEP in 2012 and we are thrilled to have welcomed her back to NJ LEEP! She has a B.A. in Psychology from The College of the Holy Cross and an M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Email: mgeraghty@njleep.org
Phone: 973-297-1555, ext. 206


Zachary Herford
Legal Education Coordinator

Mr. Herford grew up in the United Kingdom and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, where he obtained a B.A. and studied Political Science and Peace Studies. Mr. Herford has participated in and coached Mock Trial programs in High School and College. Mr. Herford is one of two Jesuit Volunteers who will be working with NJ LEEP this year. He is excited to form strong relationships with the students he will be teaching.

Email: zherford@njleep.org
Phone: 973-297-1555, ext. 203


Razeya Rahman
Operations and Program Manager

Ms. Rahman is a recent graduate of The College of New Jersey, where she received a B.A. in English. She is also a graduate of NJ LEEP’s Class of 2012. During her summer breaks from college, she interned at NJ LEEP in different capacities in order to learn more about non-profits. She is now NJ LEEP’s full-time Operations and Program Manager, and she is thankful for the opportunity to work at and give back to an amazing program that has helped her with her social and professional development.

Email: rrahman@njleep.org
Phone: 973-297-1555, ext. 207


Sergio Seijas
Dean of Student and Family Affairs

Mr. Seijas holds a B.S. in Biology from Seton Hall University. Upon graduation he enrolled at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where he served as Co-Director of the Urban Health Initiative Clinic at Cooper University Hospital and developed programming that helped to address the unmet healthcare needs of the local community. He went on to pursue his interest in community programming at the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America where he served as Regional Education and Support Manager for the Greater New York area. A lifelong resident of Newark, he is committed to building bridges in the community and dedicated to providing the students and families of NJ LEEP with the tools and resources they need to thrive and succeed.

Email: sseijas@njleep.org
Phone: 973-297-1555, ext. 202


Amanda Travers
Legal Education Manager

Ms. Travers holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, where she majored in History, minored in Politics and Law & Society, competed in varsity athletics, and was on The Oberlin Review’s editorial board. She has experience working in the field of educational test assessments, and she also holds a J.D. from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, where she was a Dorothy Day Pro Bono Award Recipient and a member of the Clinic for Asylum, Refugee, and Emigrant Services (“CARES”). Ms. Travers is looking forward to helping students reach their potential and fulfill their educational aspirations.

Email: atravers@njleep.org
Phone: 973-297-1555, ext. 212


Catherine Ventura
Director of Enrollment and Data

Ms. Ventura holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Literature from Seton Hall University. While completing her graduate degree, she began teaching first-year English classes at Seton Hall University and continued teaching after graduation. Ms. Ventura began with NJ LEEP as a Saturday Writing Instructor, teaching reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. As a former first-generation college student and a Paterson, New Jersey native, she is deeply passionate about education and the various ways in which it can change the lives of students. Ms. Ventura is excited to be a part of NJ LEEP and to focus on the academic and personal development of urban youth.

Email: cventura@njleep.org
Phone: 973-297-1555, ext. 201


Elyssa Wright
Middle School Program Manager

Ms. Wright holds a BA in Human Services from George Washington University and an MA in Counseling from Montclair State University. She has over 10 years experience working with elementary and middle school students in both formal and informal education contexts, most recently as a school counselor. Ms. Wright loves working with middle school students and is excited to see the Middle School Program grow!

Email: ewright@njleep.org
Phone: 973-297-1555, ext. 209

Elizabeth Abitanto
Managing Director of Programs

Abdurrahman Ajeigbe
College Access Coordinator

Kyle Bowman
College Bound Program Coordinator

Onaje Crawford
College Access Coordinator & Writing Instructor

Claire Dragon
Managing Director of External Engagement

Matthew Feinstein
Executive Director

Marissa Geraghty
Director of College Access and Success

Zachary Herford
Legal Education Coordinator

Razeya Rahman
Operations and Program Manager

Sergio Seijas
Dean of Student and Family Affairs

Amanda Travers
Legal Education Manager

Catherine Ventura
Director of Enrollment and Data

Elyssa Wright
Middle School Program Manager