Board Members

OUR TEAM

Sonia Kemp
CEO/Executive Director

Ms. Sonia Kemp, professional title stands as CEO/Executive Director at Sonia’s Empowering Families Foundation, Inc… My skills and areas of expertise include Project Management, Events, Fund Raising and Business Operational. I received my M.A. from Colorado Technical University. I remain drawn to as well as passionate about charitable organizations such as local community based organizations. My hobbies and interests include helping people, networking, travel, spending time with family and friends.

My passion is to support the needs of urban community families. Understanding the needs of families, successively empowering them, will guarantee children to be prepared in school and in society.

Ramona Kearns
Board Chair

Strength comes from giving and helping others learn, develop and grow.  She brings her outright passion and sincerity to everything she does (her motto being “don’t say it if you don’t mean it”).  Ramona also enjoys teaching fiber arts, art therapy, creative writing, sewing, and expressive dance.

After 25 of working in a corporate environment, Ramona has transitioned to academia, working as a Parent Coordinator for the NYC Department of Education.  In this capacity, she is able to interact with students of diverse cultural backgrounds.

Currently, Ramona is taking post-graduate courses in family crisis and intervention / prevention services. Ramona earned a BA in Community & Human Services from Empire State College and an MS in Business Management from Colorado Technical University.

Dolores Enid Gonzalez
Board Co-Chair

Dolores Enid Gonzalez, a mother of three amazing young ladies, two in middle school and one in high school.  Ms. Gonzalez is currently working as a Sub-Paraprofessional for the Department of Education in New York City.  Her passion has always been assisting families and children.  I decided to join Sonia’s Empowering Families Foundation, Inc., because the organization’s vision is what I believe in deeply.  I believe many families in urban communities are low-income, needing the paramount resources in order to empower them and make better decisions in their lives.  When people are directed in the right direction life becomes less stressful and more time for the important things in life.

Eudora Ortiz
Board Secretary

Retired School Social Worker Bilingual
Franklin Plaza Senior Center Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus

As lifetime resident of El Barrio, my dream to service my community with my professional skills as bilingual school worker has come to fruition
After my retirement in 2008, from the DOE, my training in educational advocacy continues to be needed. At this time, I feel that Middle Schools have the greatest need for educational advocacy.
I would like to continue to utilize my skills in this area.
Currently on the CB 11 Planning Board, and on the board for East Harlem Block School Inc.

Lester Kenion Jr.
Public Relations

Mr. Kenion is 53 year old divorce and father of 6 children 5 girls and 1 son. I am a vending mechanic for a beverage company and former PTA President. Mr. Kenion is currently a host of his own talk radio show on the internet ENFX Radio. Committed to the cause and vison as expressed in Sonia’s Empowering Families Foundation as well as the vision of the Carl David Richardson Foundation and the Women helping Women empowering group. Together we can make change and uplift our communities and people. I feel with the power of the radio and commitment of the people we will succeed. I look forward to the challenge.

Blanca I. Moreno-Gonzalez
Board Treasurer

I, Blanca I. Moreno-Gonzalez, help families and individuals get connected to what moves them emotionally by creating a financial action plan that propels them towards the attainment of their most desired goals. Guiding them so they can live the fulfilled life they envision for themselves and the ones they love the most is extremely satisfying to me.

I have been in the Financial Industry over 24 years and pride myself in client follow-up.

  • Studied Business Management at Pace University
  • Worked at PaineWebber as an Executive Secretary from 1988 – 1993
  • Independent Contractor at Primerica Financial Services since 1993
  • Did volunteer work at the East Harlem Tutoring Program
  • Did volunteer work at the High School of Economics & Finance
  • Member of Puerto Rican Bar Association, Inc. Since 2016
  • Member of Women in Business Since 2016
  • Member of Phenomenal Women Since 2017

Gilberto Montanez III
Board Mentor

Providing restaurants various duties as security and dispatcher in various areas in organizations where I can bring a lot of knowledge to the organization.  With managerial skills in corporate and organization’s fields, bringing Sonia’s Empowering Families Foundation knows how to grow.

Barbara A. Stancil
Member

Born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. Ms. Stancil attended the Jersey City Public School System. After graduating from High School, Ms. Stancil was employed by R.C.A. Technical Services for 15 years. While working for R.C.A. was granted a tuition refund for College. In 1982 attended Marymount Manhattan College. The following year enrolled in John Jay College of Criminal Justice and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice in 1986.

Professional career with the New York City Department of Education began in 1986.
In 1994 she received a Master of Science in Education from Hunter College of The City University Of New York. In 2006 was granted a Certificate of Advanced Study from the College of Saint Rose. In 2007 the University of the State of New York Education Department granted Ms. Stancil a permanent certification as a School District Administrator.

During the 28 years employed by the Department Of Education Ms. Stancil served as a teacher, dean and Assistant Principal. Ms. Stancil retired from the Department of Education in 2014. After her retirement, she worked as a Court Appointed Special Advocate to represent neglected children in the family court system in Hudson County.

Maureen Stefanides
Board Marketing

Worked in Department of Education teacher for 11 years in English and certified Special teacher for 27 years.  Maureen also worked with the Superintendent conducting fundraising and events.  She also worked at Doubleday and Bankers Trust Co. as the corporate secretary.

Maureen is a Red Cross instructor and Adult-Child- Infant in CPR.  Her hobbies are in dog and cat rescue. As well as fundraising for elephants due to the Ivory trade.