Vanessa has been Program Director of the Harbor’s Jr./Sr. Program since 2000. She served as a supervisor from 1998‒2000 and as a group leader from 1990‒1998. In her role, she provides direction and oversight to more than 230 children annually through the Harbor's multidisciplinary programs. Under Vanessa's direction, program accomplishments include the Pioneer Award for Microsociety in 2008 and recognition from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Past accomplishments include being certified as a Microsociety school, being recognized as an outstanding school-age program by the Professional Association of Day Care Directors, and a proclamation for outstanding leadership in Harlem. Vanessa earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Bernard Baruch College. She has met all the qualifications mandated for SACC licensure.