Board Members


Sonia Kemp

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.


Dolores Enid Gonzalez


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.

Barbara A. Stancil


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.

eudora ortiz

Eudora Ortiz

Board Member

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.