President, Board of Directors Anthony Flax, is a product of the Camden, New Jersey Public School system. Despite the tough childhood growing up in the Abblett Village “projects” in East Camden, Anthony developed a passion and strength through service and education. While in middle school, Anthony began tutoring other kids in the neighborhood and fellow church members in math and English. Throughout his high school years, Anthony excelled academically an was placed in the advanced placement/college prep curriculum. Anthony graduated high school with honors and was awarded several scholarships to help him go to college.
Anthony attended Rutgers University as an EOF (Educational Opportunity Fund) student pursuing his Bachelors of Arts degree. During his collegiate career, Anthony excelled academically and was a University Ambassador and active student leader on campus. Anthony credits his passion for academic excellence and service to the poor and disenfranchised to his mentors, the late, Dr. Samuel D. Proctor, Dr. Earl Farrow, Dean Freda McClain and Dean James Plummer. Each of them in their own way nurtured and developed Anthony’s passion for service, integrity, excellence and faith. In fact, Anthony credits the late Dr. Samuel Dewit Proctor with instilling his insatiable desire for reading and serving one’s community. “Dr. Proctor would always say. “Leaders are readers, and if you are going to ever lead then, you must read.” Anthony admits that he follows this edict this very day. Through hard work and perseverance, Anthony graduated Rutgers University as a Paul Robeson Scholar, where he received his BA in 1989.
After graduation, Anthony immediately attended Seton Hall University Law School in Newark, New Jersey where he excelled and was selected by Dean Ronald Riccio as his Research Assistant. Anthony graduated and received his J.D. (Juris Doctor) in 1992. After graduation from law school, Anthony was selected as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Betty J. Lester, J.S.C in Essex County Vicinage. Once Anthony completed his judicial clerkship, Anthony began gaining solid legal work experience working with several distinguished law firms and corporations such as Deloitte &Touche, LLP, Ingersoll Rand Company, Sony Music Entertainment, Ashley & Charles, EMI Records Group, J.K. Harris and Company and Fred Johnson and Company. After gaining a stellar legal and tax background, in 2005 Anthony started his own Tax Consulting firm on Wall Street assisting defrauded investors, professional athletes, entertainers and ultra high net-worth individuals. In 2011-12, Anthony began discussions with his best friend, Andre Yates who had the idea of honoring his father Rufus T. Yates, an Army veteran. Andre expressed his desire to start a non-profit organization that would dedicate itself as advocates to better the lives of our military veterans that were in need. The blood, sweat and tears of building The Yates House for Military Veterans, Inc. has been a team effort among its Board Members. Cultivating its moto of “moving the chains” to decrease the 22 suicides per day among veterans has been the primary focus for TYHMV by providing “boots on the ground” and wrap around case management and supportive services through tenacious advocacy.
New Jersey has among its homeless population, male and female veterans. Overall it is estimated that there is 7,000 to 8,000 homeless within the State of New Jersey. Our Nation and our State, although grateful for their sacrifice, owe a special debt to these military veterans who have sacrificed much for our country.