Meet The Guidance Team

Sharon Zucker – Director of Guidance +  Alumni

Sharon Zucker joined SEEDS in February 2015 as Dean of Guidance. Sharon previously worked in higher education for eight years as an instructor and administrator at Rutgers University in the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance and the School of Social Work Center on Violence Against Women and Children. Sharon has conducted trainings for students of all ages on bullying, interpersonal violence, electronic communication, and bystander intervention. She has developed curricula on violence prevention, as well as led new student orientation workshops for incoming students at Rutgers University, Seton Hall University, Caldwell College, Monmouth University, St. Joseph’s University, and more. Sharon received her Master of Public Administration and Certificate in Domestic Violence Studies from the University of Colorado at Denver, and her undergraduate degree in Communication from Rutgers University.

Jalisa Cooper, Guidance Officer

Jalisa is a native of East Orange, NJ, and a SEEDS Alumna, class of 2006. She attended Caldwell University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in social work. Upon graduation, Jalisa served as a mental health counselor in Middlesex County, NJ. Prior to rejoining the SEEDS family, she was a youth worker for at-risk youth with the New Jersey Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs. She chose to return to SEEDS as a guidance officer because she wants to be an avid promoter of mental health and a resource for students who look like herself and share similar walks of life. A passionate believer that access does change everything, her number one goal is to help put students of color in positions to unlock and open doors that might otherwise be closed to them.

Sophie Damas, Guidance Officer

Sophie Damas is a native of Medford, Massachusetts, and moved to New Jersey in 2019. She attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she studied Communication Disorders, Linguistics, and Education. Upon graduation, Sophie spent numerous years as a Speech-Language Specialist for students in grades K-12 in the Greater Boston area. Prior to joining the SEEDS Guidance team, she worked at Princeton University conducting Education Policy research.

In her spare time, Sophie serves as a volunteer advocate for children in the foster care system. She is particularly interested in child development, the consequences of educational stratification, and public policy. These interests are what drew her to SEEDS and she hopes to further the ongoing mission of providing knowledge, skills, and access and support to SEEDS students.


For more information, visit SEEDS’ staff page.