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 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 G. Strothers, Ph.D.
Jobs for America’s Graduates New Jersey
In her role as executive director, Dr. Strothers is responsible for all aspects of the Jobs for America's Graduates New Jersey 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 NJ programs to employment, military and post-secondary education.
Dr. Strothers has a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Higher Education Administration from Kent State University, and received her Doctorate in Higher Education, Theory and Social Foundations, from the University of Toledo (Ohio).
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 America's Graduates New Jersey' program when it was run by the State Department of Education.
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 eight years of non-profit accounting experience
Jennifer is a Certified Public Accountant and has a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Lehigh University. She served on her local school Parent Teacher Organization for eight years.