Our Mission is to provide scholarship assistance for students with a demonstrated need who otherwise do not have the financial means to fulfill their educational goals.
The Strive Scholarship fund sees higher education as an impetus, agent of change for aspiring college students.
Meet the team who ran with the vision of Strive. A group of professionals who are committed to the mission and vision!
Reynaldo LeBron, MBA, MA, CADC
Founder & President
In 1997, Reynaldo attended Oral Roberts University and graduated with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Youth Ministry. During his time of ORU, he had the privilege of traveling to several countries such as Mexico, Costa Rica and Peru. In 2004, Reynaldo received his MBA from Phoenix University before moving from Tulsa to New Jersey to attend Missionary Pentecostal Church of God under the leadership of Bishop Hector and Rachel Salguero. At MPC, he served as an Associate Pastor, Youth Pastor, oversaw the evangelism ministry, led small groups, served with pastoral team ministries and the soup kitchen for 11 years. Reynaldo recently received his Masters in Practical Theology from Regent University. Reynaldo is married to his beautiful wife, Christina and together they have 4 children, Giuliana, Isabella, Luke, and Aaron. Reynaldo and Christina currently serve at Christ Church, Howell, New Jersey. Amongst dedicating their lives to reach their communities, Rey & Christina recently founded Strive Scholarship fund to assist college bound students with financial needs to achieve their dreams.
Co-Founder & Vice-President
Christina LeBron holds a BA in Business Administration from Rutgers University and has established herself as an IT professional. She has over 5 years of technical experience in the healthcare industry including: system analysis, design, testing, training, system support and maintenance, programming, project management, and a strong technical knowledgebase. She fosters a collaborative relationship with executive management and exhibits excellent communication, problem solving, decision making, and team building attributes. Her diverse giftings have also forged her path as an entrepreneur and she is the proud owner and CEO of The Biz Doctor, a small business devoted to a broad range of services from Accounting to IT Support and Marketing.
At the age of 18, Christina surrendered her life to Christ and her passion and drive for the Kingdom became evident at the onset of her spiritual journey. As a former ward of the State of New Jersey, Christina defied the odds and modeled what it looks like to become something and continues to show tremendous courage in growing into the women she is today. Christina began to develop her gifts in administration and teaching while serving on the Worship Ministry, Youth Ministry and Sunday School. Therein, she discovered her gift of exhortation and encouragement and her Christian life has been characterized by service and leadership. She is a dynamic sought after speaker where she passionately and boldly shares her story wherever she goes. Her process of transforming from the insecure and fearful young girl that she was into the powerhouse wife, mother, businesswoman, and leader that she is took dedication, discipline, and spiritual growth. Her passion is to utilize her experiences, insight, and influence to help everyone she encounters to evolve into the best version of themselves.
The inspiration behind her untold story of redemption inspired her to venture into authorship, publishing her very first book, Redemption's Reach: How Far Will He Go? She has served on the board of several community organizations including, V-Free, Project Lazarus NJ and now a new endeavor, the Strive Scholarship Fund. Each of these grass-roots organizations play a role in supporting underprivileged and low-income students and those bound by addiction. Her passion for the “least of these” stems from being raised as an orphan and “receiving the Spirit of Adoption” as a daughter of the Most High. Christina is now married to her husband Reynaldo and together they have four children, Luke Rey, Aaron James, Giulliana Faith, and Isabella Gianna. They both actively serve as leaders at their local church, Christ Church of Howell, NJ under the covering of Rev. Bryan & Rev. Dr. Antoinette Attinson.
Aleida Salguero, MA, ED
Aleida Salguero is Principal of the Spruce Street School in Lakewood Public Schools. She received her Masters in Administration and Educational Leadership at Phoenix University and earned her position as an instructional leader after a ten-year career as a lead classroom teacher and literacy coach in elementary education for the Lakewood school district. Upon obtaining her Master’s Degree, Mrs. Salguero traveled the state as a literacy consultant for Standards Solution and partnered with Georgian Court University’s School of Education and the Lakewood School District to institute its first ever Lakewood Together Parent Academy in 2012. Shortly after, she was entrusted to lead Spruce Street School as Assistant Principal and then promoted to Principal. While most of her professional career has been devoted to education, her first years as a degreed professional began as a Human Resources Administrator for Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, a Johnson & Johnson company – earning a promotion to Sr. HR Administrator only after three years. These formative years in Corporate America afforded her experience in recruiting, organizational development, training and process excellence. Upon the birth of her first son, she transitioned into education and became a local teacher in order to devote more time to her young family.
Mrs. Salguero is an active resident and community leader, serving as a local Youth Pastor for Third Floor Youth Ministries since 2009. Key highlights of the youth ministry include partnering with local government to provide a Week of Hope – gathering youth to help clean up local parks and common areas during the summer time and partnering with Barnabas Health to provide a free karate program to both youth and parents. At present, she provides crisis and family counseling, character development training and leadership training to families and youth in the local area. She also continues to support drug prevention by participating in Ocean County’s DART Coalition. In 2010, Mrs. Salguero saw the need to provide additional support to youth by equipping parents. She became a certified Marriages of Hope counselor jointly with her husband Rev. Samuel E. Salguero who also shares her love for at-risk youth, the arts, and the community - serving the Lakewood community as an ordained minister, youth pastor, and teacher of music. Mrs. Salguero has a passion for the arts and has sung in public venues since 8 years of age. In 2012, she launched The Levite School of Music with her husband - a local business devoted to making instrumental and vocal music lessons affordable to low-income families. She is a proud graduate of Lakewood Public Schools, and continues to reside in Ocean County, NJ with her high school sweetheart and husband of 15 years, 14 year-old son Jonathan, 12 year-old daughter Melody, 8 year-old daughter Savanna and 2 year-old dog Mozart who has decidedly become the king of their castle.
As a recent appointee by Governor Christie and Governor Murphy to the Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development, under the New Jersey Department of State, Eugenia E. Lawson has spent most of her professional years in federal, state, and local leadership. She now works as a Regional Associate with Hazard, Young, Attea, an executive search firm, based in Illinois.
Most recently, she served as the Interim Superintendent of Schools in the District of Lakewood. Hired by the Board during a time of transition and many fiscal and operational challenges, Eugenia became known as the first educational leader to share a vision and a roadmap for the success of all students. Under her leadership, the district successfully moved from recurring deficits to a surplus, many exemplary programs were implemented, meaningful external partnerships were developed, including with Georgian Court University, Ocean County College, and Rutgers University. She garnered the strong support of two unions, administrators, instructional and support staff and community leaders.
Formerly, she worked for sixteen years at the New Jersey State Department of Education, serving in several executive leadership capacities, including Manager and Director over the State’s urban districts; and as Monmouth County Superintendent of Schools, the youngest ever appointed to the second largest county in the state. As Director, she co-wrote important Code and oversaw the development of the pre-school standards. As County Superintendent, she was successful in building statewide and national partnerships and served a key role in implementing innovative programs in special education, safety, piloted a statewide Youth Helpline and held hearings that led to statewide policy in transportation and residency. Generally, Eugenia has participated in every key aspect of policy development and strategic planning at the state level.
Eugenia has served as a Trustee at Georgian Court University, Lakewood from 2004-2016; and at Brookdale Community College from 2003-2008. She serves on other local and statewide committees.
Born in Cuba, the family migrated to the United States in 1971. They lived in Brooklyn for two years and then settled in Lakewood, where Eugenia attended the public schools and subsequently graduated in the top ten of her high school class. She attended Georgian Court University, Lakewood, where she received a BA in Foreign Language and teacher education and a Masters in Supervision, Administration and Curriculum Design. She pursued a Doctorate in Education, ABD through NOVA Southeastern University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University. She is also a licensed Realtor and is certified as a Distressed Property Expert.
Eugenia has been married to Eric for 32 years; he manages a family-based construction company. They are Associate Pastors at Restoration Family Worship Center, Howell, where they lead Women and Men’s Ministry and Couples Ministry. They have three daughters, Elissa, Emberle (Kiari), and Elaina, who graduated from the prestigious Villanova University School of Business, School of Engineering and School of Nursing, respectively. All three are gainfully employed in their fields. They also are proud grandparents to Karter Eric Pearson.
Erica Rodriguez-Jenkins, LCSW YT200,RMHYI
Erica Rodriguez-Jenkins is a Licensed Clinician, Registered Yoga Instructor, and Certified Holistic Chef residing in NJ. With a successful background in consulting and psychotherapy practice, Mrs.Rodriguez-Jenkins has utilized her education and experience within the wellness spectrum to intertwine the various modalities to collaboratively assist her clients towards wholeness through the practice of wellness (MIND, BODY, SPIRIT).
Since obtaining her Bachelors in Social Work degree from Georgian Court University and her Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree from Fordham University, Erica has been providing clinical services, training/educational services, ministry assistance, and volunteer services both within the United States as well as abroad (Philippines, Nicaragua, Cuba, Spain and Haiti).
Her commitment to ministry, the mental health field, and the “human” individual for the past 18 years displays her high degree of integrity, responsibility, and ambition. In addition to her excellent scholastic accomplishments, Mrs. Rodriguez-Jenkins has assisted and contributed greatly to the development of innovative collaborative programs and activities in order to promote ongoing healthy alternatives for the at-risk populations served. Her broad experience has made her a seasoned mental health professional, ministry leader and educator who is keenly dedicated to the welfare of all.
Armando J. Hung, CPC, ELI-MP
Board Member/Life Coach
Armando J. Hung was born and raised in the city of Newark, NJ, a true melting pot of rich culture and diversity. The son of Cuban immigrants who fled Castro and came to America for a better life. Armando graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a minor in Marketing from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Upon graduating from Rutgers; Armando started a career in Education. working with students at the high school level. As an educator; He mastered the art of listening, public speaking, planning, time management, and life balance. Although, He had a passion for molding young minds, Armando, desired to keep on challenging himself !
As a result, he found himself working in sales and marketing with a Fortune 100 consumer goods company. Through this opportunity, he has held various positions in his field over the last 26 years. Still actively involved in employee resource groups, managing and mentoring employees has kept him up to date with current trends.
Armando is the founder and owner of AJH New Perspective Coaching . In 2017 Armando became a Certified Professional Life Coach and an Energy Leadership Master Practitioner specializing in careers coaching and leadership skills development.
Armando, brings to the STRIVE Scholarship Fund ; his passion to implement personal change in others. As a Life Coach his belief is that everyone should have the right people to guide and support visions and goals for a fulfilled life.
Armando J. Hung is married and lives in Ocean County, New Jersey with his wife Mayra. Armando and Mayra have two loving daughters Nichole and Kim . In his free time Armando enjoys being a Husband a Dad , volunteering, playing golf and traveling.
THE BOARD OF STRIVE SCHOLARSHIP FUND