115 W. Second Ave., Suite 3
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Boxwood Team

Carl Chase, President

Carl G. Chase is the new president of Boxwood Development Services, LLC. A seasoned community affairs professional with extensive community development experience, Mr. Chase freely shares his passion for community organizing, community health/wellness promotion and coalition building with friends and allies in many communities.

Most recently, a community-program development analyst at Rutgers University, Mr. Chase began his urban and community development career at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in 2001. He has been a Fellow of Leadership Newark since 2009. He has served for many years as a member of the Newark Community Health Improvement Planning Partnership, and Newark Municipal Council Health Committee.

Mr. Chase served as an award-winning Star-Ledger staff reporter, covering various North Jersey communities. He is an award-winning writer and former editor of the City News weekly newspaper and The Minority Business Journal of New Jersey and New York.


Marie Thelusma-Chase, Founder/Youth-Advocate

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Marie Thelusma-Chase

For the past 20 years, Marie Thelusma-Chase has mentored and developed programs for children and families.

Mrs. Chase’s most recent recognitions include the 2014 Champion of Children Honoree by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders (NJ), and the 2015 Women of Purpose by the Women’s Ministry of Agape House Worship (Roselle, NJ). 

“My one consistent observation from my professional experiences is that young people who get in trouble with the law typically have challenges with writing and reading comprehension. The symptoms are the behavioral problems, but some of the root causes for behavior include lack of emotional support, inadequate mental health services, and poor functional, moral and cultural literacies”, says Mrs. Chase.

Mrs. Chase has developed community programs that have been successfully funded by Americorps, YouthBuild, and various state departments.

“I want to live in a world where our kids are creating economic and social opportunities that better themselves and their community. They already generate economic activities that too often lead to negative outcomes. I believe with the right preparation and winning habits, even the sky is no limit. It’s just one of their many frontiers.”
– Marie Thelusma-Chase


The Boxwood Team includes certified teachers, case managers, and volunteers. Moreover, our team is made up of people who relentlessly care about the future of our youth!

Rochelle Barlow – Certified Reading Teacher with expertise in tutoring children with special needs.

Lynve Laurard – Specializes in tutoring in English, History, Common Core Standard Math, and Chemistry.

Odeny Moriset – Certified High School Math teacher with four years supporting the math tutoring at the Boxwood Learning Center.

Tayler Stephens – GED Science instructor with Bachelors of Arts degree in Science.

We are supported by a growing list of tutors!