Executive Team

JEROME M. DREWERY, President and Chief Executive Officer

Jerome M. Drewery is the President and Chief Executive Officer of STRIVE, Inc.
Jerome is a Licensed Associate Counselor credentialed by the Board of Family Therapy in the State of New Jersey. He is also a National Certified Counselor recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors. Jerome has over 27 years of experience as a manager, supervisor, counselor, vocational specialist and youth mentor for well-respected mental health and behavioral healthcare treatment providers such as: The Mental Health Association of Essex County (17 years), Volunteers of America (6 years) and Robert Wood Johnson- Barnabas Healthcare (4 years). He was the owner and President of the Cleaning Zone Inc., from 1999 to 2005. Jerome served as President of the Dodd Town Block Association from 1998-2001 and continues to be active in the community by donating his time, resources, and knowledge of health and wellness to issues concerning the needs of youth and families living in urban communities. Jerome has a Master’s in Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. He completed his undergraduate education at Kean University and Rutgers University-School of Health-Related Professions dual degree program, where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Treatment.

ASHANTE GUILLAUME-SALVANT, Co-Founder and Director of Development

Ashante Guillaume-Salvant, STRIVE co-founder and Director of Development, has over 10 years of experience in Mental Health, Special Education, and Post-Secondary Education Administration.   Ashante is licensed by the New Jersey Board of Marriage and Family Therapy as an Associate Counselor and Certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors.   She has invested in the lives of others through providing support for employment, brief solution focused counseling, philanthropy and conducting empirical research. Her past research projects includes investigating the barriers and support for postsecondary students with psychiatric disabilities, cognitive-behavioral treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder among individuals with severe mental illness and its multicultural application and trauma screening among African Americans with serious mental illness.  Ashante’s commitment to the mental health field extends outside of her scholarly efforts.  Among her most rewarding experiences as a professional is the opportunity to instruct students in Psychology at Essex County College in Newark and West Caldwell, New Jersey.  In her free time, she volunteers as a Content Writer for the Anike Foundation, a non-profit organization developing education in Africa, and hopes to extend her reach and talents to global community impact work in her lifetime. Ashante holds a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Rutgers University and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Lincoln University.
MARION WASHINGTON, Co-Founder and Human Resources Director

Marion Washington is an integral part of the STRIVE executive team as Human Resources Director, working on staffing strategy for the organization.  Prior to this position, she served as Vice Chair for STRIVE.  Marion has worked with this not-for-profit organization for 8 years.   In addition to her role at STRIVE, she serves as a Human Resources Administrator at Colas Inc. Marion holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Psychology from Montclair State University

ROSE SHAW, Chief Financial Office

Rose Shaw joined STRIVE in August 2010 as Chief Financial Officer. Rose is committed to developing, coordinating and focusing ideas, resources and expertise that expand opportunities and improve academic and socio-emotional outcomes for all youths in Newark. Prior to joining STRIVE, Rose worked for the ARC of New Jersey with the Juvenile population.  Rose worked for the Mental Health Association of Essex County for 10 years, before her position at ARC of New Jersey. At Mental Health Association of Essex County (MHAEC), Rose served as Director for Supported Employment overseeing the development and assessment of work programs for adults with mental illness.  At MHAEC, Rose also led the New Welfare to Work Initiative, a state-wide employment and training program that focused on getting people off welfare and get back into the workforce.  During her career in the field of Rehabilitation Counseling, Rose led the creation, implementation and assessment of programs and has served on the Board of APSE (Association of People in Supported Employment) to help facilitate the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace and community.  Rose is currently a Certified Disaster Response Crisis Counselor (DRCC). She holds dual Bachelor degrees in Arts in Psychology and Psychiatric Rehabilitation from Kean University, as well as a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.