"My relationships with many of the gown recipients has continued
for over 6 years! We have serviced more than 225 high schools
and many community members in the tri-state area.
I would like to dedicate the community service and scholarship phase of Catherine's Closet
to the memory of my father, Jonas Schreiber, who taught me to
always pursue my dreams and not to worry about anything. The Johnson
family has helped me deal with my loss. It was amazing to have
Renee Johnson give the eulogy for my father with three Orthodox
Rabbis and one Conservative Rabbi present! Her words spoke to
the soul of my father. Our families will always be united and
that is the mission of Catherine's Closet-- to unite people together
and help them gain strength from their losses."
-Dr. Sandy Kessler
Sandra Kessler received her undergraduate, graduate
and doctoral degree in educational psychology from Temple University.
She is currently a non-matriculated student pursuing Judeo-Christian
studies at Seton Hall University. She is also studying at the Jerusalem
Women's University. Sandra is the president of Financial
Services of New Jersey, Inc., a company specializing in retirement
plans for employees of non-profit organizations.
Sandra Kessler is the founder and organizer of "Catherine's Closet,"
a New Jersey not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing girls and young women with prom gowns and scholarships.
Sandra has been a Keynote Speaker at Newark City Wide Women's
Career Day sponsored by the North Jersey Association of Female
Executives. She spoke at the Women's History Event for the New
Jersey Transit and was the keynote speaker for the Newark Public
Schools Principal for a Day, April 2003. Sandy's family includes
husband, David Kessler, two sons, Philip and Benjamin Fishbane.