Committed to empowering our students to reach for and achieve their postsecondary and career dreams.
Jason Moore is a native Arizonan, husband, father, educator, group fitness instructor and nonprofit professional who is committed to the betterment of the community by helping youth achieve their educational and career goals. Jason knew he would be helping young people as early as fourth grade, when he decided to be a high school history teacher, and he’s never looked back. Jason expected to enjoy teaching because he liked history, but he soon discovered that helping students succeed was more significant than any lesson on the French Revolution. Of course, the material was important, but students need guidance, mentoring and an advocate, all of which have been core components of the work and organizations Jason has been a part of for the last 15 years.
After earning a Master’s of Education from Northern Arizona University, Jason joined Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates (JAG) a nonprofit that works with schools to help at-risk students overcome their barriers, stay in school, graduate and secure employment and/or enroll in college. Still working directly with students, but no longer responsible for teaching a core subject Jason became that mentor and advocate and empowered students to set goals and achieve success. During his 15 years with JAG, Jason moved from the classroom into management and then operations where he learned the nonprofit organizational and leadership skills that prepared him to lead the NorthBridge Team.
Allison Mintz has worked in the field of Adult Education for over 17 1/2 years. Allison graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and completed her Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Currently, she is pursuing a second Master’s Degree in Adult Education through the University of Phoenix and will be graduating in March 2018.
Throughout her career, she has been dedicated in working with at-risk students, increasing student satisfaction, mentoring new faculty, and developing strategies to motivate and encourage student success and learning. She has worked with at-risk students by promoting a diversified classroom environment, and has focused her teaching on introducing engagement strategies to increase retention and to create a personal and positive learning environment.
While teaching was a primary focus in Allison’s life, she has also had an opportunity to work as a contract consultant. She has also spent over ten years working in the non-profit arena. She was Director of Special Events for the Museum of Discovery & Science in Florida and has also worked for the Animal Foundation and the Florida Grand Opera. Through these experiences, Allison has been able to develop valuable expertise in the areas of fundraising, volunteer management, recruiting and training, and cultivating donors and sponsors.
Allison looks forward to utilizing her experience and education to help promote and guide NorthBridge on meeting its mission and long-term company vision. She is dedicated to providing students with a professional and cooperative environment where they can realize their potential and move forward to successfully complete their post-secondary education.
NorthBridge is proud to introduce our Academic Team. Separately, they are passionate, intelligent and dedicated individuals, and together they comprise a team with an immense depth of skill in multiple disciplines and areas of expertise. Our Academic Specialists are trained to not only support the students with their academic course work, but to help them build key life skills in multiple areas such as organization, time management, prioritization, communication, and self-advocacy.
Cherish Johnson is taking the lead at NorthBridge’s first satellite office at Glendale Community College. Cherish was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and attended Rockford College for her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in English. She moved to the valley in 2004 and within a year started work on her Master’s Degree through Northern Arizona University’s distance learning program. In 2008, she graduated from NAU with a Master’s in both Elementary Education and Reading. She also received an Early-Childhood Endorsement and Bilingual Endorsement. Cherish is currently working toward her PhD at NAU. She brings 16 years of teaching experience to NorthBridge and has a passion for learning and working with young people.
Away from NorthBridge, Cherish is a proud mother of two: a son who is 11 years of age and in the fourth grade, and a daughter who is 6 years of age and in Kindergarten. Besides her adoration for teaching, she also has an appreciation for art and all things’ vintage. When she is not working with students, fulfilling her role as a mother, or taking classes toward her PhD, she is devoting her time to her small business. Her love for art and vintage finds are reflected in the jewelry pieces she creates for her clients.
Daylee Burr joined the NorthBridge team in 2015 and leads the NorthBridge satellite office at Paradise Valley Community College. She graduated from the University of Arizona with her Bachelors in both English and Religious Studies.
While at the University of Arizona, Daylee worked with students who had intellectual disabilities. She learned how to relate and help these talents students by identifying their strengths and needs.
As a former PAC-12 member of the cross-country and track teams, Daylee understands the importance of setting, following through, and achieving goals. She is very grateful that God has blessed her with athletics to help her see these goals to fruition. Daylee is excited to be using her skills and passion to help NorthBridge students with their coursework and personal development.
When she is not working, Daylee enjoys running, eating dark chocolate, and outdoor adventures. She is particularly fond of desserts, and does her best to eat one each day.
Joseph Schultz is the success coach at both Universal Technical Institute (auto & diesel technician training) in Avondale, and at Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (motorcycle technician training) in northwest Phoenix. He’s originally from Chicago, but has lived in the Valley of the Sun for most of his adult life. Joe has dedicated his life to public service, both in law enforcement and in higher education. He’s worked as a vocational college instructor for over 15 years, including 5 years as a faculty associate at Arizona State University. He graduated from ASU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies and completed his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Throughout his teaching career, Joe has worked with a diverse student population, helping students prepare for their “dream jobs”.
In addition to his passion for helping students succeed, Joe’s other obsession is mountain biking. His students know this well, and have even invited him along to mountain bike with them sometimes. By day, you’ll find him supporting/encouraging/coaching students, but in the early mornings and weekends, you’ll find him exploring the many trails in and around the Valley and state.
I was born and raised as a Green Bay Packers fan in Appleton, Wisconsin. In September of 2012, I moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where I attended the University of St. Thomas. I received my Bachelor’s of Arts and Sciences in Political Science and Justice and Peace Studies in May 2016. While at the University of St. Thomas, I was a four-year Division III collegiate track and field athlete, specializing in short sprints. After completing several internships in different non-profit and public policy organizations, I developed an interest and a passion to improve the higher education system. In August, I moved to Phoenix and started my journey as a graduate student at Arizona State University (Master’s in Higher and Post-secondary Education). I’m excited to make difference in the lives of students here at NorthBridge as my ultimate goal is to improve the college system and experience for all students.
I am originally from McHenry, IL, a suburb of the Chicagoland area were I lived and graduated from high school. I came to Arizona to attend college at Arizona State University. My interest in education, teaching, and learning sprouted from my earliest work of teaching skateboarding. As a recent ASU graduate with a Bachelor’s in Educational Studies and a minor in Youth Services Leadership, I came to NorthBridge excited to support students so they can have the best college experience possible. I anticipate becoming an elementary, secondary, or post-secondary educator in the near future, as well as opening my own alternative school focused on nature, agriculture, and sustainability before I retire.
Lionel is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Computational Mathematical Sciences at Arizona State University. Lionel is originally from Chicago where he was on the chess and math teams throughout high school until he relocated to Arizona to attend college while continuing chess at Arizona State. Lionel’s tutoring experience started during his senior year in high school when he helped juniors and seniors pass a standardized test that they previously failed. Lionel volunteered his time to help his school’s academic intervention group, which helped freshman who were failing two or more courses. Lionel’s love for mathematics, computer science, and tutoring makes him want to get more students involved in the STEM field. Lionel supports students at all three NorthBridge sites.
Lilia Zacchia is a graduate of Sonoma State University, having recently obtained her BA degree in Psychology. During her time at Sonoma State University, she was a mentor and tutor at the Sonoma State Writing Center for three years. After graduation, Lilia worked in various capacities at nonprofit organizations, both in direct-practice and macro-level roles (including Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy, community organization, fundraising, development, management, and marketing/communications).
Lilia comes to Arizona as a graduate student at Arizona State University and will obtain her Masters of Social Work (MSW) in the Spring of 2018. Lilia is excited, and is looking forward to working with and supporting NorthBridge students!
Sloane is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree as a dual major in Psychology and Criminology at Northern Arizona University. During her fourth year at NAU, she elected to study abroad at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. She chose to work on independent research during her year abroad to take advantage of the highly ranked Psychology Research program. She will purse a master’s and doctoral degree after graduating from NAU.
Sloane is involved on NAU’s campus with various academic and extracurricular clubs; including the Edge Leadership program. The Edge works with mentoring groups freshman as they enter their first year at university. After working with the program each year, Sloane looks forward to working with students through NorthBridge and being able to focus more individually on the success of a few students.