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Dr. Naima Ricks selected as next Executive Director of ASAS NJ

Dr. Ricks brings over 13 years of experience in higher education and the nonprofit sector with her to After-School All-Stars New Jersey, becoming the chapter’s third leader since it opened its doors in Newark, New Jersey in 2014.

After-School All-Stars New Jersey

50 Park Place, Newark, NJ, 07102 | @asas_nj

Newark, New Jersey

The New Jersey Chapter of After-School All-Stars is delighted to announce Dr. Naima Ricks as our next Executive Director.

With the elevation of our former Executive Director Nicole Harris to Regional Executive Director last year, a national search was conducted to find the next leader for the chapter. After months of extensive interviews and searching, Dr. Ricks was selected to lead the New Jersey team and its 19 sites throughout Newark. Effective today, Dr. Ricks will assume the role of Executive Director as we continue to provide comprehensive afterschool programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and life. “We are very excited to have Naima take on the ED role and are looking forward to working with her and the team to build on Nicole’s success and drive the NJ chapter forward.” - ASAS NJ Board Chair, Tim Hepplewhite

Nicole Harris, ASAS Regional Executive Director, will continue to support the New Jersey chapter of ASAS through this transition, in addition to supporting her other ASAS chapters including New York, Philadelphia, and Puget Sound. “I am delighted to work with Naima as she assumes the role of Executive Director for ASAS NJ. Naima’s programmatic experience coupled with her passion for youth development is exactly what the New Jersey chapter needs to continue its ascent to incredible heights.”

More about Dr. Ricks

Dr. Naima Ricks is a dynamic and visionary leader. In 2013, Dr. Ricks was elected Vice President of the Roselle Board of Education, making her the youngest elected official in her hometown of Roselle, NJ. She brings with her over thirteen years of experience working in the higher education and nonprofit sectors. Dr. Ricks previously served as the Director of Programs at (NJ) SEEDS, Access and as the Director of Student Engagement at Saint Elizabeth University.

Presently, she serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts Heart of NJ and is also a proud and active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Gamma Omicron Zeta Chapter. Dr. Ricks graduated from William Paterson University with a bachelor’s degree and earned her master’s degree as well as her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University.



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