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CNR graduates have made their mark in every field of endeavor!

The College of New Rochelle’s School of New Resources was THE BIG THING that facilitated my turning my life around. I still remember clearly the receipt of my bachelor’s degree. It was a real sheepskin. As I looked at it, I said to myself  Wow, I’m really a college graduate. I never have to fall again. And I never did.
Rob Carmona SNR79
Executive Director and President
STRIVE International

Rob Carmona is the founding Executive Director and President of STRIVE International. Under his stewardship, the organization has grown from a community-based organization to an international service network with 18 U.S. cities as well as sites in England and Puerto Rico. Prior to his tenure with STRIVE, he held senior executive positions at a number of non-profit organizations in the New York City area: Court Employment Project, Downstate Medical Center, Greater New York Fund/United Way, City Volunteer Corps, and Wildcat Service Corporation. Rob is a 1982 graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work and a 1979 graduate of The College of New Rochelle. Rob leads by powerful personal example. A former substance abuser and ex-offender, he reminds each new class of STRIVE participants that personal choices impact our lives more than any other dynamic. Rob’s primary focus is on both national and international site replications, strategic planning at STRIVE’s headquarters and national fund development for Stateside affiliates. He continues to make presentations to STRIVE classes, giving new initiates a taste of what a commitment to STRIVE entails. He has been married for 23 years to Christina Carmona and they have two daughters and a granddaughter.

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