About Us

About the Founder

Sonia Kemp CEO/Executive Director

Ms. Sonia Kemp, professional title stands as CEO/Executive Director at Sonia’s Empowering Families Foundation, Inc… My skills and areas of expertise include Project Management, Events, Fund Raising and Business Operational. I received my M.A. from Colorado Technical University. I remain drawn to as well as passionate about charitable organizations such as local community-based organizations. My hobbies and interests include helping people, networking, travel, spending time with family and friends.

My passion is to support the needs of urban community families. Understanding the needs of families, successively empowering them, will guarantee children to be prepared in school and in society.

Our Vision

Every person could achieve their fullest potential and participate in and contribute to all aspects of life.

Board of Directors

Ramona Kearns

Board Chair Person

Ramona Kearns’ strength comes from giving and helping others learn, develop and grow.  She brings her outright passion and sincerity to everything she does (her motto being “don’t say it if you don’t mean it”).  Ramona also enjoys teaching fiber arts, art therapy, creative writing, sewing, and expressive dance.

After 25 of working in a corporate environment, Ramona has transitioned to academia, working as a Parent Coordinator for the NYC Department of Education.  In this capacity, she is able to interact with students of diverse cultural backgrounds.

Currently, Ramona is taking post-graduate courses in family crisis and intervention/prevention services. Ramona earned a BA in Community & Human Services from Empire State College and an MS in Business Management from Colorado Technical University.

Dolores Enid Gonzalez

Board Vice Chair

Dolores Enid Gonzalez, a mother of three amazing young ladies, two in middle school and one in high school.  Ms. Gonzalez is currently working as a Sub-Paraprofessional for the Department of Education in New York City.  Her passion has always been assisting families and children.  I decided to join Sonia’s Empowering Families Foundation, Inc., because the organization’s vision is what I believe in deeply.  I believe many families in urban communities are low-income, needing the paramount resources in order to empower them and make better decisions in their lives.  When people are directed in the right direction life becomes less stressful and more time for the important things in life.

Maureen Stefanides

Board Marketer

Worked in Department of Education teacher for 11 years in English and certified Special teacher for 27 years.  Maureen also worked with the Superintendent conducting fundraising and events.  She also worked at Doubleday and Bankers Trust Co. as the corporate secretary.

Maureen is a Red Cross instructor and Adult-Child- Infant in CPR.  Her hobbies are in dog and cat rescue. As well as fundraising for elephants due to the Ivory trade.

Eudora Ortiz

Board Secretary

Retired School Social Worker Bilingual

Franklin Plaza Senior Center   Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus

As lifetime resident of El Barrio, my dream to service my community with my professional skills as bilingual school worker has come to fruition

After my retirement in 2008, from the DOE, my training in educational advocacy continues to be needed. At this time, I feel that Middle Schools have the greatest need for educational advocacy.

I would like to continue to utilize my skills in this area.

Currently on the CB 11 Planning Board, and on the board for East Harlem Block School Inc.

Gilberto Montanez III

Board Member

Longtime volunteer at the Salvation Army, where I learned that people had so many obstacles in their lives; it was there that I found I made an impact on my community.

My number one priority is to bring assistance to the community, helping the underprivileged that help me regain my confidence.

It wasn’t until I stumbled upon Sonia’s Empowerment, that I found my calling, and I can now happily contribute more to my community.

Blanca I. Moreno-Gonzalez

Board Member

I, Blanca I. Moreno-Gonzalez, help families and individuals get connected to what moves them emotionally by creating a financial action plan that propels them towards the attainment of their most desired goals. Guiding them so they can live the fulfilled life they envision for themselves and the ones they love the most is extremely satisfying to me.

I have been in the Financial Industry over 24 years and pride myself in client follow-up.

  • Studied Business Management at Pace University
  • Worked at PaineWebber as an Executive Secretary from 1988 – 1993
  • Independent Contractor at Primerica Financial Services since 1993
  • Did volunteer work at the East Harlem Tutoring Program
  • Did volunteer work at the High School of Economics & Finance
  • Member of Puerto Rican Bar Association, Inc. Since 2016
  • Member of Women in Business Since 2016
  • Member of Phenomenal Women Since 2017

Lester Kenion Jr.

Board Member

53-year-old divorce father of 6

Children 5 girls and 1 son

Vending mechanic for a beverage

Company former PTA President

And current host of my own talk radio show

On the internet ENFX RADIO

I’m committed to the cause and vision as expressed in Sonia’s Empowering families’ foundation as well as the vision of the Carl David Richardson foundation and the women helping women empowerment group. Together we can make change and uplift our communities and people. I feel with the power of the radio and the commitment of the people. We will succeed. I look forward to the challenge