New York City
Executive Director, New YorkMaris 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program ManagerAfter 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 email@example.com.
Special Projects ManagerAs 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program ManagerBorn 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 email@example.com.
Program ManagerAlli 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program DirectorAnnie 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 email@example.com.
Senior Program ManagerKate 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Engagement ManagerRhea 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.
Senior Major Gifts OfficerMegan 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 email@example.com.
Senior Development ManagerJuliette'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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partnership Lead, Senior Volunteer ProgramKemba 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 email@example.com.
Senior Program ManagerDustin 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.
Program ManagerElaine 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doria Josma, Donor & Communications Coordinator
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
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
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Matthew Baldwin, Board Committee Chair
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Bill Ribbecke, The JPB Foundation, Vice President of Investments
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Katherine Schafler, Psychotherapist / Private Practice / In-house at Google
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Brodie Stone, Associate, PIMCO Investments
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Tutor Advisory Council
Christina Mason, Tutor Advisory Council Chair