New York City
Executive director, New York CityPrimo Lasana is honored to become the executive director of Reading Partners NYC. Primo joins Reading Partners after eight years with iMentor, a national college access program that leverages volunteers for student success. At iMentor, he held leadership roles in program implementation, volunteer recruitment, fundraising and national program expansion. He started his career at City Year Chicago, where he completed two years of service in Chicago Public Schools as an AmeriCorps member. Primo is proudly born and raised in New York City. Outside of work, he serves on Brooklyn Community Board 9 as the co-chair of the Youth Services Committee. In 2021, Primo graduated from NYU Wagner with an executive master’s in public administration and completed his bachelor's degree at CUNY Hunter College.
Senior Community Engagement Manager
Steph Caballero (she/her) grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, but has called Queens home for many years. She attended The Boston Conservatory for her undergraduate BFA, and later continued on to graduate school at Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a Master of Science in Education. Steph has worked in four out of the five boroughs as a former theater instructor, completed an Americorps year with Reading Partners as a Site Coordinator, taught 4th grade ELA in Baltimore City Public Schools through Teach for America, and spent two years on the Reading Partners New York program team before becoming the full-time Senior Community Engagement Manager. When Steph is not at work, she is trying to achieve her goal of reading 52 books per year, engaging in local politics, and organizing and volunteering in her community around education, racial, and food justice. You can reach Steph at Steph.Caballero@readingpartners.org
Program ManagerJanai Gilkes is a program manager in Brooklyn and Queens. Janai is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn. Over the course of her career in education administration spanning from the NYC Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood (DECE) to the City of New York (CUNY) Janai has focused on creating opportunities where students can pursue both their academic and socio-emotional goals allowing them to thrive and gain success. She was a teacher for both second and fourth grades with Grace Church School where she provided authentic, differentiated learning experiences that cultivated essential academic skills and knowledge for her students promoting their confidence and self-esteem. Janai is committed to giving all students access to an amazing education; she is truly excited about working with Reading Partners and its proven model and measurable results to change the educational trajectory for so many students, across the country. Janai has a MS.Ed in both General and Special Education K-6 from Bank Street Graduate School of Education and a BA in Psychology from Temple University. Janai loves going to concerts, enjoying apple-flavored foods, and reading because let’s face it- there’s nothing like the smell of a new book!
Program DirectorAlli 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 email@example.com.
Program ManagerMaddie is a program manager in Harlem and the Bronx. She is originally from Miami but loves working and living in Harlem. She attended Florida State University where she studied literature, education, and law and received both her BA and MA. Maddie is a former Americorps site coordinator in Harlem and is excited to return to Reading Partners New York. She has previously worked as a first-year college composition teacher, specifically focusing on media, personal narrative, and research. Maddie loves going to concerts, eating dumplings, listening to crime podcasts, and drinking too much coffee. She's currently reading The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead.
Program ManagerLauraly was born in Haiti and grew up in South Florida. She now considers New York and the larger Northeast her home. Lauraly is excited to be a Program Manager for Reading Partners where she will manage PS 48X, PS 43, PS 179, PS 18X, and PS 54 in the Bronx and Bed Stuy. She comes from an education background, previously working as a College Counselor for high school students, and has a master's degree in educational leadership. When Lauraly is not working, she enjoys spending her time dancing, trying new recipes, and studying different languages.
FAO Schwarz FellowClara Monk is currently the FAO Schwarz Fellow with Reading Partners NY. A recent graduate of Columbia University, Clara studied Economics and Education Studies with research interests in access and equity, particularly as related to college admissions and standardized testing. Clara brings seven years of experience as a private tutor and is thrilled to be in a role at Reading Partners where she will be able to work with students one-on-one as well as collaborate with the Community Engagement team. You can reach Clara at firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Engagement DirectorRhea 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 her work with Achievement First, Mrs. Quinones worked as a community organizer for a decade, supporting grassroots 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.
Director, New Business DevelopmentMegan 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.
Development ManagerDanica Stewart is excited to be re-joining the Reading Partners New York team as the development manager. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, she started her career in research and healthcare. After volunteering with Reading Partners, she became fueled by impacting education and previously worked as an education manager with an NYC charter network. Danica served as an AmeriCorps member with Reading Partners NY and is excited to be returning to Reading Partners as a staff member. Danica enjoys relaxing with a good book, spending time eating with good friends and traveling.
Matthew Baldwin, Tutor at PS 188
Kerri Martin Bartlett, Tutor at PS 123
David Berg, Corporate Partner, Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel, LLP
Gillian Francis, Sustainable Solutions, Lockheed Martin Energy
James Hobson, Chief Executive Officer, Attune Insurance
Elizabeth John, Tutor at PS 171
David Levine, Senior Managing Director, The Blackstone Group
Brandon Lower, Head of Financial Sponsors Group, William Blair & Company
Melissa Magner, Board Committee Chair, Director, BlackRock Solutions
Peter Martelli, Mergers & Acquisitions Partner, Kirkland and Ellis
Marshall N. McIntosh, Sr. Vice President, Head, U.S. GWM Internal Sales, PIMCO
Matt Perelman, Garnett Station Partners
Elise Rosenberg, Managing Director at Seven Bridges Advisors, LLC
Alexander Sloane, Trustee, Heckscher Foundation for Children; Garnett Station Partners
Amy M. Starck, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Alexis Strongin, Retired Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician, Tutor at PS 38
Andrea London, Senior Vice President at Lincoln Land Services, Co-Board Chair
Stephen G. Tomlinson, P.C., Partner, Real Estate, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Co-Board Chair
Daniel Zarkowsky, Partner at Apollo
AJ Alexakos, Investment Analysis, LCM Asset Management LLC
Mackenzie Bernan, Senior Associate, The Blackstone Group
Zack Coleman, Associate, Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC
Angela Cui, Investor, Wildcat Capital Management
Joe Fiorie, Account Manager, Dealogic
Andrew Gothelf, Senior Manager, AppExchange Marketing, Salesforce
Raquel Grazi Fischer, Vice President at Mousse Partners
Heather Heinz, Investment Analyst, Real Estate, Kemnay Advisory
Ramyata Joshi, Associate Board Chair, Winton Capital
MaryEllen McGann, Associate, Goldman Sachs
Katherine Schafler, Psychotherapist / Private Practice / In-house at Google
Anupama Yerramali, Counsel, Latham & Watkins
Sam Zaretsky, Real Estate Associate, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Tutor advisory council
Christina Mason, former Tutor Advisory Council Chair
Joan Stamler, Tutor Advisory Council Chair