New York City

Our Team

  • Maris Goodstein

    Maris Goodstein

    Executive Director, New York

    Maris has spent the last decade in the nonprofit sector working to close the achievement gap in low-income communities. Before joining Reading Partners as executive director for the New York region in 2013, she spent seven years with City Year New York, most recently as chief of staff. Maris is a passionate leader who believes that volunteerism can help address critical problems facing our country. She is a vegetarian, and enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family. She is a proud Barnard College alumna. You can reach Maris at maris.goodstein@readingpartners.org.
  • Alexandra Black

    Program Manager

    After graduating from Boston University, Alex taught ninth and tenth grade English as a Teach For America AmeriCorps member in Jacksonville, Florida. Most recently, she spent two years with Citizen Schools where she led a team of AmeriCorps teaching fellows to provide extended learning time at a middle school in the South Bronx. Alex is excited to join the Reading Partners team and to continue working to ensure all students have access to the opportunities and resources they need to be successful. A Queens native, she is a proud product of New York City public schools (and the best borough). Feel free to ask her about her favorite Game of Thrones theory. You can reach Alex at alexandra.black@readingpartners.org.
  • Isabella Cucchi

    Special Projects Manager

    As special projects manager, Isabella helps build capacity for the New York region. Before joining the staff team in 2015, she served two years as an AmeriCorps member with Reading Partners New York as a site coordinator at Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter School in the Bronx. She graduated from Wesleyan University, and it was there that her passion for community service and closing the achievement gap solidified. In her free time, Isabella loves cooking, running, traveling, and helping her nephews and niece become life-long readers. You can reach Isabella at isabella.cucchi@readingpartners.org.
  • Yanely Espinal

    Program Manager

    Born and raised in Brooklyn, Yanely is a proud product of NYC public schools. In her second year as a program manager, she is excited to have the opportunity to support schools in her hometown for the 2016-17 school year. Yanely graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School before going on to receive her bachelor's degree at Brown University. She joined Teach For America in 2011, teaching third and fourth grade in Canarsie, Brooklyn. She received her master's degree from Relay Graduate School of Education in 2013. In her spare time she spends time with her family, sews, paints, listens to podcasts, and helps people learn about basic money management. If you aren't careful, she will tell you in great detail about her dream of creating national financial literacy standards. You can reach Yanely at yanely.espinal@readingpartners.org.
  • Allison Hoyle

    Program Manager

    Alli is a program manager in NYC. Prior to joining Reading Partners, Alli taught third grade and first grade with Teach For America and was a middle school literacy coach in Miami, FL. Most recently, Alli completed a master's degree in public administration and social work at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH while working for the State Department of Education in the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness. Alli graduated from The University of Florida with a bachelor's in psychology and english literature. Originally from south Florida, Alli is happy to be living near a coast again and to be back in classrooms! You can reach Alli at allison.hoyle@readingpartners.org.
  • Annie Kessler

    Program Director

    Annie joins the Reading Partners New York team as the founding program director. Prior to joining Reading Partners, Annie spent six years as a program manager and school partnership director for City Year New York, where she also served as an AmeriCorps member in 2007 and 2008. Annie grew up outside of New York City in New Rochelle, NY and graduated from Loyola College in Maryland with a BA in English literature. Annie is excited to join the Reading Partners team and continue to support the academic performance and achievement of students throughout New York City. Annie is currently pursuing a masters in public administration from Baruch College in New York City. You can reach Annie at anne.kessler@readingpartners.org.

     
  • Kaitlin Kotsko

    Senior Program Manager

    Kate is excited to be joining Reading Partners New York as the senior program manager. After graduating from University of Georgia, she started her career in education as a fourth grade teacher in Charlotte, NC. She then transitioned to a staff role at Teach For America, where she recruited over 100 teachers to join the teaching force to end educational inequity in our country. After that, she worked for Teach For America in New York as a coach and manager of first and second year teachers. Most recently, she worked in a charter school in Harlem as the English language learner program manager and as a kindergarten teacher. Kate has a passion for providing young students with all of the resources and opportunities needed to become lifelong readers and learners! In her free time, Kate enjoys exploring great restaurants in New York, catching Broadway shows, and training for her first NYC marathon! You can reach her at kaitlin.kotsko@readingpartners.org.
  • Rhea Quiñones

    Community Engagement Manager

    Rhea is honored to join Reading Partners as the community engagement manager for the New York region. Rhea spent three years with Achievement First Charter School Network where she developed community partnerships in Brooklyn, ensured strong family engagement, and managed community outreach for student recruitment efforts. Prior to to her work with Achievement First, Mrs. Quinones worked as a community organizer for a decade, supporting grass roots education, housing, and transit organizing in Mammoth Lakes, CA, Chicago, IL, Manhattan, NY, and Patterson, NJ. Rhea is committed to giving all students access to an amazing education, and is passionate about using volunteers to help address critical problems facing our country.
  • Megan Ross

    Senior Major Gifts Officer

    Megan joins the Reading Partners New York team as the first senior major gifts officer in the network. Most recently, Megan served for six years in a similar role at City Year New York. Megan's experiences focus primarily on individual giving, piloting national major gifts programs, and relationship development on all levels. Megan is thrilled to be joining a wonderful team in New York and is very excited about the prospect of developing a major gifts program both locally and nationally for Reading Partners. Megan lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children and has seen first hand the importance of developing strong literacy skills at a young age. Megan is honored to be working with a national nonprofit organization with a proven model and measurable results that will literally be changing the educational outcomes for countless of our country's youth. You can reach Megan at megan.ross@readingpartners.org.
  • Juliette Stableski

    Senior Development Manager

    Juliette's professional experience spans the  public and private sectors. After working as a writer and editor in business and publishing, she moved into the nonprofit industry to use her passion for communication to inspire support for mission-driven organizations. Prior to joining Reading Partners, she spent four years on the National Development Team of New Leaders, an organization that recruits, trains, and supports principals for high-need urban schools. She was also Director of Development at Global Kids, which works with underserved youth to develop their leadership skills, global awareness, and civic engagement. Juliette holds a BA in English from Amherst College and is an alumna of Coro Leadership New York and a Council of Urban Professionals 2013 Fellow. You can reach Juliette at juliette.stableski@readingpartners.org.
  • Kemba Tamar

    Partnership Lead, Senior Volunteer Program

    Kemba is no stranger to literacy or the nonprofit world. After graduating from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, she jumped right into the nonprofit sector and ran a tutorial program in Baltimore City Schools that had over 20 AmeriCorps members serving Southwest Baltimore and East Baltimore. For the past 15 years, Kemba was the Program Director for the Community Service Society NYC Experience Corps Program. Her passion has always been centered around student achievement and mobilizing volunteers to serve in their local communities. Over the years, she has worked with multiple school districts across New York City. She is a proud mom and in her spare time, Kemba enjoys spending time with family and traveling. You can reach Kemba at kemba.tamar@readingpartners.org.
  • Dustin Tamsen

    Senior Program Manager

    Dustin first began volunteering in education as an undergraduate at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. After graduating, he spent two years as a Teach For America corps member, teaching third grade in Harlem, NYC, followed by two years as a Peace Corps resource teacher in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. After Africa, Dustin taught pre-k at an international school in Beijing. Dustin's commitment to service and use of education as a vehicle for social change brought him to Reading Partners as a program manager in early 2015. This year, Dustin is excited to serve the NYC community as a senior program manager.
  • Elaine Tang

    Program Manager

    Elaine is joining Reading Partners as a program manager for the Queens and East Harlem school sites. Prior to Reading Partners, she taught in public elementary schools in New Jersey as a general education and academic intervention teacher. Elaine is a proud Rutgers University alumna where she earned her bachelor's in English literature and master of education in elementary/special education. At Rutgers, she served as an Urban Teaching Fellow through which she became passionate about culturally responsive pedagogy, effecting social change through education, and redressing the societal factors that contribute to the achievement gap. Born and raised in Queens, Elaine is beyond excited to be supporting schools in her hometown. You can reach Elaine at elaine.tang@readingpartners.org.

AmeriCorps Team

Development

Doria Josma, Donor & Communications Coordinator

Community Engagement

Stephanie Caban, Volunteer Organizer

Laura Delgado, Volunteer Coordinator

Christopher Dennison, Volunteer Coordinator

Johnniersi Harris, Volunteer Coordinator

Mahari Simmonds, Volunteer Organizer

Rakia Wells, Senior Volunteer Coordinator

Aaryn White, Volunteer Organizer

Site Coordinators

Sonia Bouclainville, Senior Site Coordinator, PS 175

Krystal Burrows, Site Coordinator, PS 305

Cory Chan, Site Coordinator, PS 38

Noraida Colon, Senior Regional Site Coordinator

Joelle Comrie, Senior Regional Site Coordinator

Kaitlin Cuskey, Site Coordinator, PS 48

Joanne Davidson, Site Coordinator, PS 188

Michael DeWitt, Site Coordinator, Hyde Leadership Charter School

Karly Forman, Regional Site Coordinator

Amanda Garami, Site Coordinator, East Harlem Tutorial Program

Jodi Helsel, Site Coordinator, PS 315

Kristin Jensen, Senior Site Coordinator, PS 3

Kimberly Kueny, Senior Site Coordinator, PS 126

Joanna Mawhinney, Site Coordinator, PS 192

Allison Paludi, Site Coordinator, PS 7 K (Harlem)

Roslyn Parker, Site Coordinator, PS 40

Ashley Paul, Site Coordinator, PS 33

Megan Popp, Site Coordinator, PS 7 M

Shana Small, Site Coordinator, PS 158

Danica Stewart, Regional Site Coordinator

Kahlen Washington, Senior Site Coordinator, PS 140

Eric Wong, Site Coordinator, PS 123

FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellow

Claudia Von Nostitz


Advisory Board

Erin Argo, Assistant United States Attorney, US Attorney’s Office

Matthew Baldwin, Board Committee Chair

Kerri Martin Bartlett

David Berg, Corporate Partner, Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel, LLP

Gillian Francis, Sustainable Solutions, Lockheed Martin Energy

James Hobson, Board Chair, Chief Operating Officer, OnDeck

Melissa MagnerBoard Committee Chair, Director, BlackRock Solutions

Matt Perelman, Garnett Station Partners

Bill Ribbecke, The JPB Foundation, Vice President of Investments

Elise Rosenberg, Director – Capital Solutions, Barclays

Alexander Sloane, Trustee, Heckscher Foundation for Children; Garnett Station Partners

Naomi Waltman, Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel, CBS Corporation

Jennifer Woods

Daniel Zarkowsky, Managing Director – Middle Market Group, Goldman Sachs

Associate Board

Christopher Armao, Project Leader, The Boston Consulting Group

Lauren Bindler, MBA Candidate, Columbia Business School

Ross Chapman, Business Development & Platform Solutions, OnDeck

Winston Choi-Schagrin, Author, Harper’s Magazine

Nasim Peretsman, Associate Board Committee Chair, Counsel, PRADA USA Corp.

Raquel Grazi FischerAssociate Board Vice ChairAssociate, Mousse Partners

Ramyata JoshiAssociate Board Chair, Winton Capital

Dasle Kim, Social Impact Manager, Pearson

Emily O’Shaughnessy, Associate Board Committee Chair, Teacher, Success Academies

Jacqueline Price, Associate, DLA Piper LLP

Katherine Schafler, Psychotherapist / Private Practice / In-house at Google

Caroline Shirk, Consultant, The Boston Consulting Group

Brodie Stone, Associate, PIMCO Investments

Anupama Yerramali, Associate, Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel, LLP

Tutor Advisory Council

Thomas Angiulo

Nancy Hemmes

Bobbie Hollander

Nikka Landau

Christina Mason, Tutor Advisory Council Chair

Anne Mullin

Darlene Reid-Dodick

Laura Sández

Julia Schnakenberg

Christopher Simon

Joan Stamler

Tom Wornom

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