Jemima Laurent, Co-Founder, CEO
Jemima Laurent is a Haitian-American, born to parents whose native tongues were French. As she navigated through the transition from high school to college, Ms. Laurent faced the challenge of assimilating to the American culture while keeping true to the Haitian culture. As an undergraduate student at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Ms. Laurent majored in Psychology and Communications. She then went on to graduate school and obtained her Masters in Social Work from Yeshiva University. During her graduate career, Ms. Laurent was able to explore the social and emotional health challenges parents and children face as the transition is made into adulthood. As the co-founder and CEO of College Lingual, Ms. Laurent hopes to help students and parents similar to herself navigate the transition into college.
Natasha Stone, Co-Founder, COO
Natasha was born and raised in Newark, NJ to Jamaican parents. She is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Currently, Ms. Stone works with high school students supporting them as they transition from high school through college. She is studying to obtain her Master’s degree in Education at Walden University. As co-founder of College Lingual, Ms. Stone hopes to be a support for parents and students as they navigate the education system and preparing them to transition to college.
Kevin Celisca, CFO
Kevin Celisca is a first generation American who experienced the difficulties of transitioning from high school into college. Despite not having the full understanding of the college transition process, Mr. Celisca was able to overcome the obstacles and obtain his college degree in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is currently an auditor for Ernst & Young, and is the CFO for College Lingual. Mr. Celisca has a deep passion for College Lingual because he understands the hurdles most first generation students have to go through as they transition from high school to college.