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


Chief Financial Officer

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.

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