The inaugural Cabinet members shall be appointed by the Chair of Psychology and Counseling and approved by the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Each position must be freely accepted by the appointees.

bradshaw Maxine A. Bradshaw; PhD – Advisor & Chair of Psychology & Counseling

Dr. Bradshaw is a graduate of Howard University where she earned her MBA, M.Ed. in Counseling and PhD in Counseling Psychology. She has worked extensively as an Educator, Administrator and Counselor. She currently serves as a Chair of the Psychology and Counseling Department and Associate Professor of Psychology at Pillar College.

Dr. Bradshaw has fifteen-plus years of leadership in diverse work environments with increasing abilities in grant writing, staff development, negotiations, project management, and need analysis. She served as Associate Vice President of Associates in Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and Lead Counselor for the Urban Medical Center Mental Health Division. She has provided individual, couples and family counseling, as well as group therapy to survivors of domestic violence/rape; and also provided services to individuals in need of anger management, impulse control and coping/resilience skills. Dr. Bradshaw is also an international motivational speaker. Dr. Bradshaw is a Presidential Member in good standing of the American Association of Christian Counselors and a Member New Jersey Psychological Association.

hardy Dr. Cheryl Clarke-Hardy, Ph.D. – Advisor

Cheryl Hardy graduated from Cornerstone University with a PhD in Clinical Christian Counseling, Master of Art in Clinical Christian Counseling and a Bachelor in Christian Counseling from Calvary Theological Seminary. Dr. Cheryl worked as a Program Supervisor for the Irvington, Orange & Passaic School Districts formally known as the Abbott Preschool Program. Dr. Cheryl was a Consultant for A Godly Women’s View blog talk radio & local cable channel.

Dr. Cheryl was a weekly Co-Host and Relationship Expert for BKS1 Radio, The (O)nly (W)omen (W)ear (H)igh (H)eels Show. (OWWHH) Dr. Cheryl was in a movie /documentary in 2014. She is an author of 2 books, the first one title: A Time to Move the second book, New You Collections NYC Walk through the Inner Journey of the Real You. She was the Interim Director of Community Programs at Irvington Family Development Center, Irvington, NJ. She has a part-time private practice in Irvington, N.J. Dr. Cheryl is an Adjunct Professor at Pillar College in Newark, NJ teaching Counseling & Psychology. Dr. Cheryl loves encouraging people, bike riding, line dancing and reading.

KimberMrs. Kimberly Gonzalez – Activities Coordinator

Kimberly Gonzalez has worked in the healthcare industry for several years. Her passion for strategy, family and people has led her to transition to the educational industry. Her charisma, work ethics and people skills allows her to strive in networking with others as well as climbing the ladder in Pillar College.

Throughout the process of her accomplishments, she observed the necessity of education and counseling in the urban families. She is optimistically working on developing strategies that will help families and organizations to practice individual and organizational interventions to manage and reduce the stress levels and increase productivity, performance, education and behaviors. Kimberly is currently completing her B.A. in Psychology and Counseling. She will continue her education at Harvard University or Montclair State University. She has been married for five years and mother to eleven year old daughter Aniella Lopez and ten year old son Eliasel Baez Jr.


Shelly L. Bell – President

Shelly L. Bell assumed responsibilities as the Director for Pillar College Academy of Continuing Education on August 1, 2016. Prior to her arrival at Pillar, Shelly served as the Administrator and Director for Family Friendly Program at Babyland Family Services in Newark, NJ. Shelly was the Operations Manager and Director, she also served in state government for twelve years managing the day-to-day operations for the 28th Legislative District Office.

Shelly, a native of Newark, NJ, graduated with an AA in Biblical Studies, B.A. in Theology and is currently pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and Counseling. Her formal training also includes Rutgers Family Development Credentials. Furthermore, in May 2016, Shelly earned a Certificate of Completion from Nyack College Alliance Theological Seminary, and 9-month Women’s Empower Program in Spiritual Formation. Originally from New Jersey, her hobbies include attending live musical events, watching movies, reading, maintaining an active lifestyle, and traveling.


reyes Yesenia Reyes – Vice President

Yesenia Reyes serves as the Vice-President of the Psychology Club. Mrs. Reyes is on a mission to empower young men and women with skills and knowledge that will help them revolutionize our world. She has nine years of experience in Elementary Education serving children with special needs. This experience has helped her to become better at motivating children towards achieving personal success. Currently, Yesenia is completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Counseling at Pillar College.

Upon completion of her degree, Yesenia will pursue a Master of Arts in Education Management while simultaneously earning credentials in the study of Autism. Mrs. Reyes is enthusiastic about obtaining opportunities that will help her to aid others in becoming well-adjusted adults who live more meaningful lives. Her accomplishments include a Leadership Certificate from Lehman College and she has done conferences on different types of Abuse that have affected the lives of children. Mrs. Reyes enjoys spending time with her husband and her family as well as traveling to Dominican Republic and doing Arts and Craft. Her passion for Children has impacted her to one day maintaining several schools including one in Dominican Republic.

maldonado Raquel Maldonado

Raquel Maldonado was born on the island of Puerto Rico. At the age of 14 she moved to the United States of America with her seven siblings (two sisters and five brothers). Her vast experience in social work through non-profit organization has led her to help families for several years. She is determined to complete her B.A. in Psychology and Counseling at Pillar College. You can find Raquel traveling to several countries throughout the year as she is a missionary with passion to help those in need. She is currently a substitute teacher for the Newark public schools. She has four children and has seven grandchildren.