Donna Custard

Donna Custard

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Ms. Custard is responsible for directing program and service initiatives that help drive current and future members of the workforce to be globally competitive, successful members of society. Ms. Custard’s more than twenty-five years of nonprofit experience includes serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador, Exploring Executive for the George Washington Council, Boy Scouts of America and working with the Educational Testing Service. Her experience has focused on education initiatives and includes major fundraising campaigns and program design and implementation for systemic reform.

Ms. Custard has a Bachelor’s degree in Art from Moravian College and a Master’s of Science in Management from Thomas Edison State University. In addition, she has received a Certificate of Excellence in Non-Profit Administration, also from Thomas Edison State University.

Ms. Custard currently serves on the US Chamber of Commerce Education, Employment and Training Committee, the We Raise New Jersey Coalition, Newark S.T.E.A.M Coalition, New Jersey's STEM Pathways Network, NJDOE Career and Technical Education Advisory Council, NJBIA’s Post-Secondary Education Taskforce and is also a member of the Burlington Township School Board.  She has served on the ESSA Stakeholder Focus Group and Grants Management Committee for the New Jersey Department of Education, the Business Coalition for Educational Excellence Technology Committee, the Educational Technology Training Center Directive, the Committee to Advance Professional Practice, and the New Jersey Mayoral Summit Planning Committee. 

Sandra Strothers

Sandra G. Strothers, Ph.D.
Executive Director,
Jobs for New Jersey’s Graduates

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In her role as executive director, Dr. Strothers is responsible for all aspects of the Jobs for New Jersey’s Graduates program throughout the New Jersey region.  Through her leadership, she holds partner organizations accountable for reporting and program outcomes; ensuring the program conforms to the Jobs for America's Graduates national model; identifying funding sources; and developing pipelines for students from JAG programs to employment, military and post-secondary education. 

Dr. Strothers’ previous experience includes 16 years with the New Jersey Department of Education and ten years in higher education. She has logged a total of more than two decades in volunteer, community and non-profit service, including three years as the state director of the 'Jobs for New Jersey Graduates' program when it was run by the State Department of Education. 

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Jennifer Stegers
Accounting Manager

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Ms. Stegers is responsible for all accounting and financial reporting functions for the NJ Chamber of Commerce Foundation. During her time with the NJCCF, Ms. Stegers has capitalized on her attention to detail through updating curriculum modules, program administration, workshop implementation, and facilitation.
Ms. Stegers has more than ten years of experience in public and corporate accounting for large and small companies and six years of non-profit accounting experience.
Jennifer is a Certified Public Accountant and has a BS in Business and Economics from Lehigh University. She served on her local school Parent Teacher Organization for eight years.
Darrel Frater

Darrel Frater
Payne Scholar

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In his role as a Payne Scholar, Mr. Frater works with the NJCCF team to conduct workforce development research, data evaluation and reporting, special projects and maintain the organization’s social media platforms. 

Mr. Frater is a Trenton native and received a Bachelor’s degree in business management from The College of New Jersey in 2015. While at TCNJ, he started a mentoring program called the Urban Students Bridge to Success. The program mentored over 150 high school students in its 5 years of operation. Many of these students have gone off to attend prestigious institutions of higher education such as Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and The College of New Jersey. 

Mr. Frater is currently an MBA student at The College of New Jersey specializing in Strategy, Innovation, and Leadership.
NJ Chamber of Commerce Foundation
216 West State Street, Third Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608
Phone: 609-989-7888
Fax: 609-656-0697