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Blue Wolf Speaker Series

Taking full advantage of the many accomplished ICHS alumni as well as a number of other friends, family and fond stakeholders, the ICHS Speaker Series is a established program which affords our students an opportunity to share in the stories and experiences of military and government officials, service personnel, volunteers, religious, entrepreneurs, licensed professionals, and first responders… just to name a few!

Being present to hear their stories, listen to the ups and downs of their individual journeys, how they identified their passions, their struggles and successes along the way —- a priceless gift given to our ICHS students —- real experiential learning!

Being able to hear these first hand stories and then interact through questions and answers is a gift beyond measure…

  • Speakers are asked to come join classes and/or speak on a series of panels that we host at ICHS.
  • Speakers give the ICHS Students a first hand experience and allows them to learn about various professional experiences.
  • Speakers open the hearts and minds of our students as they begin their career search and choose the college of their choice.
  • Speakers allow our students to experience an array of viewpoints, personalities, and perspectives on various topics.

Having these passionate professionals CLEARLY enriches our curriculum in all areas.

Through our ICHS Speaker Series Initiative, we regularly invite guest speakers to come and talk to our students in ALL content areas.

If you or someone you know would like to join our faculty, staff, and students to enrich the curriculum with your topic of interest, please contact Miss Kelly Koval, Dean of Academics to make arrangements. kkoval@ichslodi.org 

Thank you to the Following Speakers!

Ms. Allyson Souza: Allyson Souza is a Content Coordinator on the Content Partnerships team at Forbes Media, where she has the opportunity to work alongside a brilliant group of people to publish exciting content each day. Ally writes in her spare time and recently published her first novel, One Time, Badly. She studied English and Journalism at Rutgers University.

Mr. David Calviello: David Calviello is a Senior Assistant Prosecutor with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office located in Hackensack, NJ. David is the Chief of the Trial Section and oversees staff attorneys who handle the majority of criminal cases in the largest county in the state. Previously, David served as Chief of the Special Investigations Squad where he oversaw complex investigations and prosecutions including wiretap investigations, organized crime, murder for hire, and other criminal enterprises operating in and around Bergen County. For over two decades, David has thrived in the courtroom trying a variety of criminal cases spanning from juvenile offenses to homicides. He has handled dozens of jury trials involving robberies, assaults, home invasions, and homicides. For over ten years, David tried dozens of sex crimes and child abuse matters arising out of the Special Victims Unit. Most recently, David tried to verdict a complex homicide case involving the killing of a two-month old baby boy at the hands of his father. In 2012, David was designated Human Trafficking Liaison to the Attorney General and in that capacity he was the primary assistant prosecutor handling human trafficking investigations in Bergen County. David is also a certified police instructor and trained Bergen County police recruits and in-service personnel on Courtroom Testimony and Human Trafficking. David earned his J.D. degree from Seton Hall Law School. He continues to serve the law school on the Alumni Council as an Emeritus member. He is also a former member of the Executive Board and past Alumni Council President. After graduating law school, David served as a judicial law clerk for two Superior Court judges in the Passaic County – Criminal Part. Prior to law school, David received a B.A. degree in Politics from The Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC. He studied abroad in England and interned for a member of the British House of Commons in London. After college, David held positions with the U.S. Department of Justice – Office of Immigration Appeals and worked for a member of Congress in Washington, DC.

Mrs. Donna Kirkland: Dynamic Executive Director of International Marketing and Business Development.  An expert brand strategist with a proven track record of achievement in the beauty industry.  Driving multi-million dollar sales growth while providing award-winning leadership.  Extensive knowledge of successfully launching prestige beauty brands like Sephora, NARS cosmetics, Kat Von D Beauty and Tarte internationally and in Travel Retail in the Americas, APAC, EMEA & LATAM.

Dr. Maria Ramos:  Dr. Maria A. Ramos is an internal medicine specialist with an office in Lodi, New Jersey. She is affiliated with Holy Name Hospital and Hackensack University Medical Center. She received her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine;  completed her Internship in Internal Medicine at Christ Hospital and Medical Center; and her Residency in Internal Medicine, at HUMC. Dr. Ramos holds Board Certification in Internal Medicine with the American Board of Internal Medicine, and has been in practice for more than 20 years. 

Detective Sergeant Chris Kedersha: Chris Kedersha is a Detective Sergeant with the Englewood Police Department.  Chris has been a Police Officer for 23 years, and he previously worked as a Homicide Detective with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Jersey City, NJ.  Chris graduated from Rutgers University with a dual degree in the Administration of Justice and Sociology.  Chris then received a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.  Chris’ wife Stephanie is the School Nurse at Immaculate Conception High School, and they have 3 daughters, Kayla, Samantha, and Juliana.

Mrs. Sayydah Garrett: Sayydah Garrett was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Since childhood she has seen her parents set the good example of helping less fortunate people in their community.  This instilled the lifelong passion Sayydah has for helping others, whether it’s watching over elderly neighbors in her town, contributing to her favorite charities or doing community service. Her personal mission statement is, “Tell me what you want and I’ll help you get it.” Sayydah is the Founder & President of Pastoralist Child Foundation, a registered 501c3 public charity that works at the grassroots level to end the harmful practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and forced early marriage of girls of the Samburu and Maasai tribes in Kenya. The charity also sponsors girls’ education at the secondary school and university levels, giving marginalized girls the opportunity to fulfill their dreams of a better life. While on an African safari in August, 2012 Sayydah visited Namayiana Village in Samburu County, Kenya. She learned about harmful, deeply rooted practices from a Samburu warrior who advocates for girls’ rights to education. Sayydah promised to help and Pastoralist Child Foundation was founded on the very day of her visit to the village. 

Mrs. Del Rey-Cone: Christie is a Founding Partner in Cerasia & Del Rey-Cone LLP. She is recognized as one of the leading labor and employment lawyers of her generation in New York.  As a full service employment lawyer, Christie represents employees and employers in a broad range of federal and state court litigation and arbitrations, employment counseling, and human resource training. Her litigation experience includes, among other matters, complex discrimination, harassment and retaliation suits, and class/collective wage and hour actions. Her counseling experience includes terminations, employee classifications (e.g., exempt/non-exempt; independent contractor/employee), whistleblower issues and restrictive covenants. Christie regularly manages internal investigations into employee misconduct and advises clients involved in questions of wrongdoing or the initiating of complaints. She has substantial experience conducting wage/hour and employee classification audits in several industries and preparing human resources policies and handbooks. Christie also spends time leading employment law training programs on topics such as conducting internal investigations, proper classification of employees, compliance with reasonable accommodation laws, and anti-harassment, anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation policies and best practices.  Frequently, employers also hire Christie to conduct independent investigations. Christie has also added mediation to her practice. 

Mr. Henry Kanimski Jr.: Henry Kaminski Jr. is the founder of Unique Designz, a full-service design, branding, and digital marketing agency that is dedicated to helping personality brands; coaches, consultants, influencers, speakers + authors design / grow their brands, scale their 2+ increase their exposure online.

Mrs. Gina Barnes: Gina is a licensed clinical social worker.  She has had a long career in many aspects of the field.  Graduating from Georgian Court University (formally Georgian Court College) in Lakewood, NJ with her BSW, she began her social work career as a caseworker for DCP&P (formerly  DYFS), and worked as a counselor and clinician with CBH Care in Hackensack and Lyndhurst assisting adults with mental health challenges to re-enter community living after being discharged from long term institutional care. In this role she assisted her clients by teaching them and assisting them to practice the skills of independent living  in order to move into their own apartments and reintegrate into the community.  After receiving her Masters Degree in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social work, and obtaining her certification to supervise social work students she began to work with interns from social work programs in New Jersey and New York offering them the opportunity to learn the essential skills and provided hands on experiences working with clients which would compliment their academic coursework in order to successfully complete their social work degree.  Gina found the teaching aspect of social work to be something that she continued to be inspired by so she pursued a change in jobs and began to work for Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Metuchen where she was hired as a Program Director/Clinical Supervisor in the Behavioral Health and Youth Services Department working in Perth Amboy and Bridgewater, NJ.  Spending seventeen years in various supervisory capacities, she assisted in developing, staffing, supervising as well as providing direct clinical interventions and running therapy groups for the Intensive Outpatient program.  She oversaw programs in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties and served on various community organizations and boards.  Additional opportunities for new challenges in her career continued to present themselves to Gina.  For the past two years she has been working as the Coordinator for the Office of Accompaniment in the Department for the Protection of the Faithful in the Archdiocese of Newark.  In this position, she works with those who have suffered from abuse and offers them compassionate care, healing from their suffering and connects them with other professionals who can provide longer term therapeutic assistance.

Sensei Kristen Kajiwara:  Kristen Kajiwara is a world traveler who found herself spending many years in the country of Japan immersed in the culture, traditions, and everyday lifestyle.  Mrs. Kajiwara proudly shares her experiences with our students within the World Cultures courses here at ICHS.  The students participated in various activities, learned the Japanese language, and witnessed the Japanese way of life through Sensei Kajiwara’s many experiences.

Ms. Vanessa Bellin:  Vanessa Bellin is the first gen Latina in Tech. Her parents came over from Central America in their early 20s to build a better future for their future families. Inspired by the conversations she has had throughout her life with many 1st gens, immigrants, & poc, she is excited to bring her podcast to life and share stories that will help build empathy, compassion, and further educate others on various cultures and experiences.Vanessa Bellin came to speak to our Journalism class on the importance of Podcasting in today’s society. She was able to give the insights of her passion and how speaking about such important topics can bring compassion and empathy towards others!