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Board of Directors


Marlene Veloso is the Executive Director of Kids Research Center and has fifteen years of experience in non-profit management. She served as head literacy specialist at several community centers, where she designed curricula and led educational programs for children. Her programs have achieved tremendous results as she consistently demonstrates ways to transform shy, tentative readers into confident, eager readers.

Prior to founding KRC, Marlene produced school and family performances at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and oversaw House Management operations at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. 

She won the Meringoff Writing Award for Fiction from the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers and received a Proclamation from the City of Newark for her work in the community.


Sonya Aizenberg has worked with various non-profit organizations on strategy and financial planning initiatives, including the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and The Battery Conservancy. She has professional experience in children’s books publishing and is passionate about advancing the importance of early childhood literacy.

Sonya is Latvian born, fluent in English and Russian, highly active in the New York philanthropic community, and hopes to create opportunities for children of immigrant parents through KRC.  


Raj Bhatia has been working with non-profit organizations over the past 12 years. One of his early experiences was as Vice President of a Rotary Club chapter in India, where he was involved in various aspects of fundraising and event coordination. He has worked closely with children as a tutor, mentor, and as part of a collaborative theater initiative to provide underprivileged children with broader cultural experiences.

Raj received his Masters in Business Administration from Fairfield University, where he was the founding member of Fairfield's Graduate Business Association. He is also a member of The Microfinance Club of New York (MFCNY). Raj and his wife Amrita live in New York City and are both actively involved in organizations that help create opportunities for disadvantaged individuals around the world.

Board of Advisors:

Charles A. Fast is a Managing Director at Moody's Corporation, serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors at Kids Research Center, and is active with various other non-profits. He has been instrumental in providing financial leadership, organizational planning, and strategic direction to KRC.

Alex Aizenberg is a Manager of External Affairs at IBM and has extensive background in communications to the non-profit sector. He advises KRC on social media efforts as well as traditional communications and PR.

Marshell Jones Kumahor is a seasoned arts educator and arts administrator with a passion for expanding possibilities for young people. Currently serving as Vice President of Education & Community Engagement at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Marshell also enjoys volunteering her time to support the development of youth-serving nonprofit enterprises.

Thank you for your interest in Kids Research Center.  We are a not for profit and are exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Kids Research Center are tax deductible to the amount allowed by law.