Sonya Harris – Founder President/CEO
Born and raised in Southern New Jersey, Sonya Harris is first and foremost, a proud Mom, Auntie, and Teacher of Special Education at the Dorothy L. Bullock Elementary School, in Glassboro, NJ. She received her BSEd in Special Education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania & is currently pursuing her MAEd in Teacher Leadership at Rider University, in Lawrenceville, NJ. She is a veteran educator who has been teaching for over 20 years, with residence at Bullock for 13 years, where she is now known as the “Garden Teacher” for her role in bringing an organic edible garden to the school.
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Onna Jones - Chief Operating Officer
New Jersey native Onna Jones received a B.A. in Law and her B.S. in Child Psychology from Rowan University. With her experiences in law and child studies, Onna dedicates her time to mentoring inner-city youth on the importance of education and self-advocacy. Upon graduating college, Onna learned early on she had a passion for non-profit organizations. She works as a college and career readiness counselor in Camden, New Jersey and she hopes to one day start her own non-profit to impact the lives of young adults who are released from correctional facilities. Outside of work, school, and building her future, Onna enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Meridith Daniel – Director of Social Media & Communications
Meridith Daniel is first and foremost, a mother. She is a nurturer by nature and loves to do anything that will assist children. Therefore, she was thrilled when her younger son was placed in Sonya Harris’ first-grade class in the Dorothy L. Bullock School and had a chance to be immersed in the Bullock Children’s Garden culture. She continues to learn through gardening and also enjoys eating the fruits and vegetables! She holds her BA in English and MA in Public Relations from Rowan University. Meridith is heavily involved in the running, health, and wellness which she blogs about at scootadoot.org. When she’s not mothering, running, or doing laundry, she does freelance social media consulting.
Dionn Tunis, MSW – Director of School Outreach & Youth Development
Dionn is a proud graduate of Widener University’s Social Work program. She graduated in 1999 with her Bachelor’s degree and 2003 with her Master’s degree both in Social Work. Dionn has implemented skills learned for the past 18 years in different fields of social work. Presently she is the Adult/Pediatric Social Worker at ChesPenn Health Services in Chester, PA. Dionn has an exciting enthusiastic approach to working with people and truly lives by the phrase, “social work is not only my profession but who I am as a person.” Dionn currently resides in Sicklerville, NJ with her family.
Teresa Brown – Secretary/Environmental Specialist
Lover of the Earth and the Arts, Teresa believes the sky is the limit when incorporating these concepts into curricula. Her kiddos are often her biggest inspirations and also her favorite guinea pigs. She is a Biology major at Rowan U, focusing on Environmental Science, with a minor in Education. Seasonally, she works as an instructor for the Wetlands Institute Summer Nature Program. She’s also worked as a Naturalist, guiding hands-on beach, dune, and marsh explorations. Her internship with New Jersey Geographic Alliance, a Nat Geo endeavor, allows her to dive deep into Geography Education for ages K-12 and above, as well as co-coordinate the annual NJ State Geography Bee. She has almost 20 years of experience teaching dance in South Jersey and also enjoys freelance photography. Her recent projects include establishing plants at New Street Park Pollinator Meadow with help from Brie Arthur and Sonya Harris, as well as, breaking ground for a Pollinator Garden at her son’s school in Spring. Find her hiking, kayaking, gardening, writing, or geeking out over plants and any documentary Dave Attenborough narrates.
Donna Romalino – Director of Grant Development
Donna Romalino was born and raised in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania before planting her roots in New Jersey. She holds BAs in both Art Education and Special Education from Kutztown University, as well as a Masters in Learning Disabilities Teacher from Rowan University. Donna’s employed within the Glassboro Public School District since 1990. Prior to that, she designed and implemented the art program at Wiley House, currently known as Kids Peace, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.