Founders

MARTA RODRIGUEZ RIVERA

Marta Rodgriguez-Rivera is currently a school social worker for Hillsborough County Public Schools where she has served in varies capacities with the most recent position as an Instructional Mentor for new school social workers. Marta has also served in the  District Bilingual Team  completing Social Developmental Histories on bilingual children (Spanish speaking) being considered for Exceptional Student Services. She also provides community resources to Latino families for various services that may include counseling and other services deemed appropriate. Marta served in the School Social Work Empowering Effective Teachers committee in which an evaluation instrument under the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for school social workers was developed and implemented.  In December of 2008, she joined the faculty of the University of Phoenix in which she is an online instructor for the College of Social Sciences.  In August of 2012, Marta was granted the status of incorporation for Israel’s House Social Service Agency, Inc. in which she serves as the Founder/Executive Director. The agency provides bilingual mental health services, academic support, community resources and educational support for parents/caretakers.

Marta worked for the New York City Department of Education as a school social worker for 4 years prior to relocating to Tampa, Florida. Her role at the school was to provide crisis counseling, educational advocacy for families and serve as chair of the School Leadership Team. This team was composed of parents, educators and community members that assisted in the development of the schools' educational plan. For approximately 5 years, she was employed with one of the oldest social services agencies in New York, The Children's Aid Society. During that time, Marta served as the Community School Director for the Community Schools programs. As the Community School Director, she was responsible for overseeing the following programs in full partnership with the New York City Department of Education and the school’s administration: medical, dental, early childhood programs, extended day programs, summer camp and adult educational programs. She also provided technical assistance/presentations to other cities and countries interested in implementing community schools. During this time, she served on various committees and boards addressing the needs of at risk children and youth in New York City.

In 1992 Marta earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Sociology from the State of New York/College at Old Westbury. In 1996 she earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work in New York. In 2005 a second Masters in Education: Administration and Supervision from Mercy College in New York was earned. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker since 2006 from the state of New York. Marta has been married for 20 years to Mr. Thomas M. Rivera who is an incredible and supportive husband and father. They have two beautiful children a 17-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son. Thomas and Marta were also parents to Israel Thomas Rivera born July 18, 2007 and passed on August 15, 2007. The organization is named in his memory.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends and traveling.

MARTA RODRIGUEZ RIVERA
EVELYN PEARCE-FEARON

EVELYN PEARCE-FEARON

Evelyn Pearce-Fearon is originally from New Jersey and relocated 13 years ago to Tampa, Florida.  She is currently employed as a bilingual Hillsborough County Public School Social Worker in two high schools.  Her role is to provide crisis intervention, attendance monitoring, psychosocial evaluations for ESE (Exceptional Student Education) students, advocacy and outreach for families, as well as community partnerships with agencies and local businesses. She was the Migrant Education Services Program Social Worker for 5 years and has concentrated her efforts in assisting the migrant population with their unique needs in the elementary and now high school level. Evelyn has co-facilitated several trainings for teachers and staff such as,  Making Cross-Cultural Connections, Embracing Our Differences: Working with Latino families, and Empowering Migrant Families in Navigating the Social Service System. She has been a member of the Hillsborough County Crisis Intervention team for the past 3 years. She was also the Area VI School Social Work Steering Chair for the past 4 years and is presently the Area VI Team Leader.

 

Prior to relocating, Evelyn was employed for three years as a clinician in the Adolescent Day Treatment Program at the Puerto Rican Family Institute in New York City. Her role consisted of providing individual, group, and family therapy to Special Education adolescent boys, ages 11-21. For 9 years Evelyn was employed with Youth Consultation Service at the Fort Lee Education Center in Fort Lee, NJ. She provided individual and group psychodynamic therapy for special education adolescent males and females ranging in age from 11-21. For the past 6 years she served as the Clinical Supervisor and provided individual and group supervision for five MSW clinicians.  She was a member of the administrative team and liaison for Hispanic families.

 

In 1993 Evelyn earned her Masters in Social Work from New York University. In 1997 she earned her license as a Clinical Social Worker.  Evelyn has been married for 24 years to a wonderful man and they have two beautiful children, a 21-year-old son attending UF and an 18-year-old daughter who will be attending UCF this fall.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family.