ABOUT US

The Founders: Al Foderaro and Denise Schmidt have offered counsel and advice to thousands of community college students for more than thirty years. They have been outspoken advocates for taking control of life by making better choices and, presenting nationally, have encouraged and enabled hundreds more to make life's "big ticket" decisions in a way that produces favorable outcomes and positive impacts on their overall lives.

Al Foderaro

Al possesses both a passion for helping others and an understanding of how to guide and motivate individuals to achieve greater academic, career, and personal success. His experience includes 40 years as a higher education administrator, career counselor, lecturer, author, public speaker and entrepreneur.

  • Founder/Executive Director, Life Decisions Group,LLC

  • President, Partners for Cultures of Student Success, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation

  • Creator and Coordinator of Stay in to Win, a student success and dropout prevention program of the National Association of Basketball Coaches

  • Co-Author, It’s Your Decision, A Commonsense Guide to Making Better Choices and It’s Your Decision for Teens, A Commonsense Guide to Making Better Choices.

  • Co-author of the Keys to Student Success Guidebook

  • Creator of Be Life Ready® initiative and author of Keys to Be Life Ready® Guidebook

  • Columnist for Parent News magazine featuring student success topics

  • Certified Professional Life Coach, Life Coach Institute of Orange County
    Gannett Media Education, Guest Curriculum Writer on decision-making for middle school and high school youth

  • County College of Morris, 32 years, Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education, Director for 19 years

  • Taught “Career Development: Theory and Practice” Psychology Course, 22 years

  • Past President, National Cooperative Education and Internship Association and Recipient, Dean Herman Schneider Award for leadership

  • Past President, Mid Atlantic Career Counselors Association and Recipient, Lifetime Membership Award for contributions to the field of career development

  • Project Director, nationally-recognized School-to-Work Consortium (36 secondary and vocational school and college members)

  • Presenter and featured speaker at more than 80 regional and national conferences

Denise Schmidt

  • Co-Author, It’s Your Decision, A Commonsense Guide to Making Better Choices and It's Your Decision for Teens, A Commonsense Guide to Making Better Choices.

  • County College of Morris, 30 years in Career Services

  • Director, Career Services and Cooperative Education

  • Past President, New Jersey Cooperative Education and Internship Association

  • Featured Presenter at more than 30 regional and national conferences

  • Co-founder, Life Decisions Group and Partners for Cultures of Student Success, Inc.

  • Co-creator and Coordinator of Stay in to Win, a student success and dropout prevention program of the National Association of Basketball Coaches

  • Co-author of the Keys to Student Success Guidebook

  • Columnist for a monthly It's Your Decision column for Parent News magazine featuring student success topics