Our Team

Zammeah Bivins-Gibson, MSW

Executive Director

x3003 zgibson@isaiahhouse.org

Mrs. Bivins-Gibson graduated with her MSW from Rutgers University in May 2004, and by September 2004, she was the Director of the Teen MAP program.  Mrs. Bivins-Gibson reorganized, re-energized and revitalized the Teen MAP program and even changed the acronym to better suit the young ladies of the progrm. Over the eight years that Mrs. Bivins-Gibson ran the program, several teen girls graduated high school, were enrolled in and attended college, and/or moved into independent living settings. In her 6th year at Isaiah House, Mrs. Bivins-Gibson was appointed as the Acting Deputy Director and held many responsibilities beyond running the Teen MAP Program. Showing such leadership and abilities led her to be recognized by the Isaiah House Board of Trustees, and in May 2012, she was appointed by the board to be Acting Executive Director when the outgoing Director retired.  Less than 6 months in the acting role, the Board of Trustees confidently appointed Mrs. Bivins-Gibson as the permanent Executive Director.

While Mrs. Bivins-Gibson has been committed to the community and helping others for the last 23 years, she remains well rounded and involved in other recognizable arenas as well. She is a proud, active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Howard University Alumni Association of New Jersey, National Association of Social Workers, Leadership Newark Fellow and active member, Ridge Lane Condominium Association Board Member, Annual Presenter for Rutgers University Alternate Route Conference and Advisory Member of the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills.  Mrs. Bivins-Gibson has received countless honors and awards and continues to grow in her service to the community.


Machell Smith

Director of Human Resources

x3017 msmith@isaiahhouse.org

Ms. Smith is the Director of Human Resources and Chief of Staff at Isaiah House. She single handedly manages payroll and all personnel concerns.   Ms. Smith came to Isaiah House in 1999 and used her then 15 years of experience in payroll to enhance and broaden the Payroll/ Human Resources Department at Isaiah House, using tools and resources the agency had never seen before. 

Prior to Isaiah House, Ms. Smith attended a prestigious business school & college, which led her to working for one of the world’s leading Health Care Providers, Horizon Blue Cross & Blue Shield.  During her 5 years there she enhanced her passion for mathematics by working in the Accounts Payable Department.  After departing from the health care industry, Ms. Smith decided to continue in the area of finance for the shipping industry, working with vendors from all over the USA including Puerto Rico. It was there that she transitioned into working in payroll for 12 years until the company closed.  Ms. Smith holds various certifications in Payroll and Human Resources.


Nancy Hicks, MSW

Deputy Director

x3007 nhicks@isaiahhouse.org

Ms. Hicks graduated Cum Laude from The College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, NY with Bachelors in Social Work and Minor in Business. While in New York, Ms. Hicks worked for the Bank of New York and interned at the Mt. Vernon Open Door Substance Abuse Center and New York Victims Assistance Services.  Ms. Hicks has been trained to counsel victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and homicide.  Once returning to New Jersey Ms. Hicks was accepted into the Advance Standing Program at Kean University and obtained her Masters Degree in Social Work in one year. She has also interned at University Hospital working in the Emergency Room and Labor and Delivery Unit. 

Ms. Hicks began at Isaiah House as an Outreach Worker for the Healthy Start Program. Soon after, she was promoted to Curriculum Supervisor of the Healthy Start Program, performing research on New Jersey’s Black Infant Mortality Rate and advocating for ways to lower the rates primary in Essex County. Ms. Hicks also developed educational and medical workbooks for pregnant women to help them better understand the stages of their pregnancy and Post Partum Depression.  She then became Program Director of the Healthy Start Program; implementing several behavior modification techniques to help the women of the program have healthier pregnancies leading to lower black infant mortality rates in Essex County. Once the program closed, Ms. Hicks used her financial/ business background to transition into the position as Comptroller.  She works closely with the Executive Director to ensure all grants are managed properly and all accounts receivable and payable are handled. In February of 2016, she was given the title of Deputy Director, in which she responsible for a number of departments and agency operations.  She is a proud, active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.


Stacy Rodgers, MSW

Program Director, Community Creche and Tiny Tots Daycare

x3029 srodgers@isaiahhouse.org

Mrs. Rodgers' professional experiences have allowed her to work in early childhood settings, with survivors and children of domestically abusive homes and within the New Jersey and New York foster care and court systems.

She is a graduate of Virginia State University with a Bachelors Degree in Family & Consumer Sciences, with a concentration in Family, Child and Community Services and a minor in Elementary Education.  Mrs. Rodgers obtained her MSW from Rutgers University with a concentration in Children and Families. She holds a host of certifications in areas including: Child Advocacy from Montclair State University, Social Work, Preschool Teacher, New Jersey Domestic Violence Specialist and Women's Treatment Specialist. 

Currently, Mrs. Rodgers is the Program Director for the Community Creche Program and Tiny Tots Daycare. She has been acknowledged by various organizations for her work in providing mentorship, leadership, and education to women in the community. 


Patricia Terry

Shelter Director, Ryan White & HOWPA

x3027 ppatterson@isaiahhouse.org

Mrs. Terry has been working in the Ryan White/HOPWA field for over 14 years and has been employed by Isaiah House for 12 years. Mrs. Terry started as an Outreach Worker and currently serves as a Case Manager/ Director of the Ryan White & HOWPA facility programs. 

Mrs. Terry's educational backround includes, but is not limited to: Essex County College, UMDNJ Case Management Certification, Organization for Recovery Substance Abuse Treatment Certification and a host of various education & training in the HIV/AIDS field.


Eldred Bennett

Next Step Program Coordinator

x3010  ebennett@isaiahhouse.org

Eldred is a graduate of Shaw University with a BS degree in Phys Ed. Eldred formerly worked for Serv of NJ for 6 years as a Residential Counselor for adults with mental illness and shortly after became a Certified Social Worker. After Serv, Eldred worked for East Orange General Hospital as an Outreach Case Manager for homeless individuals with mental illness and was very quickly promoted to Supervisor. As supervisor, he over saw two new programs, My Own Place and Shelter Plus Care, both programs assisting individuals with mental illness and finding permanent housing. In the 18 years of running these programs at E.O.G.H, Eldred successfully placed more than 100 homeless individuals with mental illness into permanent housing and linked them with supportive services. He spent a total of 20 years there.

Eldred came to Isaiah House in 2015 and uses his experience to oversee the Next Step Program as well as the Shelter Plus Care Program. Eldred believes that a successful housing programs goal should not only be placing individuals in permanent housing, but assisting them in maintaining housing and being stabilized.


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Rasheeda Parker

HOPWA Program Coordinator

x3002  rparker@isaiahhouse.org

Ms. Parker has been working in the Social Services Field for over 16 years. She began working for Isaiah House in 2016. Ms. Parker works closely with people who have been affected by HIV & AIDS by obtaining housing for them and their loved ones. She is a graduate of Virginia State University with a Bachelor of Arts.

Ms. Parker is a community-oriented individual who lives by the motto penned by the great Maya Angelou, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

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Michael Scott, MHS

Director of Youth Programming

x3005  mscott@isaiahhouse.org

Mr. Scott has worked with youth for over 30 years. His passion for working with youth and helping them overcome obstacles is what has helped maintain a career in the Human Services field for three decades.  Throughout his career, he has helped countless youth with social, educational and housing issues to name a few.


He has managed group homes, transitional living facilities and youth seeking their high school diploma in various organizations in Essex, Passaic and Mercer counties.  He also serves as a mentor for youth in his community.  Mr. Scott obtained a Master of Human Services degree from Lincoln University and undergraduate studies in Sociology at Montclair State University. Mr. Scott joined Isaiah House in 2017.  



Nana Nuamah, LSW

CCEP Program Coordinator

x3006  nnuamah@isaiahhouse.org

Nana Nuamah graduated from William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Certification in Elementary Education. While at William Paterson University, she was recognized for her academic achievements and was inducted into the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society.  After graduation, she began working with Isaiah House, Healthy Start Program as the Health Educator and Case Manager where she serviced women and families who resided in East Orange and Orange.


After her experience in working in the maternal and child health field, she decided to pursue a degree in Social Work. She attended Rutgers University where she received her Master’s Degree in Social Work and became a New Jersey Licensed Social Worker. In recognition of her academic achievements, she was inducted into the Phi Alpha Honors Society. Over the past 12 years, Ms. Nuamah has worked in maternal and child health with various nonprofit organizations in different roles. At Newark Community Health Centers, Ms. Nuamah began as the Community Health Worker and was later promoted to Health Educator. As Health Educator she serviced pregnant and postpartum women, youth and incarcerated women. In recognition of her hard work, in 2012 she received NCHC’s Employee of the Quarter Award. At the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey, Ms. Nuamah was the Social Worker and Community Health Worker Supervisor.

Ms. Nuamah is the Program Manager for the Community Creche Expansion Program, which is a substance abuse treatment, prevention and recovery support services for pregnant and postpartum women and their minor children including services for non-residential family members.

Virginia Kemp- Andrews

Director of Operations & Comptroller  x3013  vkemp@isaiahhouse.org

Mrs. Andrews has a decade of experience in successful customer service and accounts management. Graduating cumlaude from Norfolk State University with a Bachelor's in Tourism & Hospitality and Restaurant Management & Accounting, Virginia started her path with Isaiah House as a part-time bookkeeper in 2016. Her enthusiasm to take on large projects has allowed her to play a vital role in the upkeep of Isaiah House. She has moved up the "managerial" ladder to become Isaiah House's full-time Bookkeeper, Operations Coordinator and Assistant to the Executive Director. Virginia has played major roles in the success of Isaiah House's 30th Anniversary, coordinating volunteer opportunities and renovations of the shelter. Virginia has two mottos in life "Work smart, not hard" and "Do more of what makes you happy." Virginia enjoys helping others and finds happiness when a plan is executed well.  

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Tracy Simmons

Agency Nurse  x2023  tsimmons@isaiahhouse.org

Ms. Tracy Simmons was employed with the State of New Jersey for 19 years, which included working for (DDD) The Division of Developmental Disabilities, DCP&P/Child Health Program/Rutgers. Ms. Simmons’s background includes working with children and adults with disabilities, teens, young adults, and the elderly. Tracy also worked for Aequor Health Services, Alaris Health, Complete Care of Summit Ridge and several Home Health Care Agencies, where she loved giving quality nursing care to the elderly and disabled population. Tracy joined Isaiah House in July 2019, because of her passion to help others. Ms. Simmons educational background includes Essex County College where she achieved her AAS Degree in Social Science and License from the LPN Program in August 2007. Tracy also completed Phillips Business School, Career Works, Inc., Medical Training Institute, Health Technician Group, where she received a host of various trainings and certifications. Tracy is a compassionate, caring, and dedicated nurse. 

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Gianna Santelli

Director of Development  x3018 gsantelli@isaiahhouse.org

Ms. Santelli, a fifth generation New Jerseyan, is our first-ever Development Director. While she was an Environmental Policy and Public Health major at Rutgers, New Brunswick, Gianna was introduced to the world of non-profit management and from there, she was hooked.


Gianna has worked both at the Children’s Health Fund and Goodwill of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey prior to landing at Isaiah House in December, 2020. In her own words “I am passionate about development work and amplifying the power of a generous group of people. There is so much we can do.” She is heartened by the comments and feedback she receives from our donors.