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.
Program managerDerrick is the program manager for the Bronx. He grew up in Louisiana and later moved to Maryland where he completed high school. He attended Fordham University in the Bronx where he got a crash course on living in NYC. He studied Sociology and Communications with a focus on social work while also being a D-1 collegiate football player. Derrick enjoys good conversation, dancing, singing, and both watching/playing sports.
Kimberly De Jesus
Program managerKimberly De Jesus considers herself a lifelong learner. She is a recent graduate from the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she received a Master's in Public Administration with a specialization in Management and Leadership. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Culture with a minor in Spanish from Howard University. Her journey as an educator began as an afterschool step coach for elementary-aged children in Washington D.C. She later joined Teach For America (TFA), serving two years as an elementary school teacher for the Greater New Orleans region. After her TFA commitment, she continued teaching, focusing on differentiating instruction for English Language Learners and children with exceptionalities. As a program manager, she continues to pursue her passion for educational equity by designing and implementing educational opportunities for students and families across the NYC region.
Koula Von Hoppe
Special projects managerKoula Von Hoppe is the special projects manager for Reading Partners NYC. Before joining the NYC team, she completed two AmeriCorps service terms in the wonderful Silicon Valley region. She has always had a passion for children and equity; besides her various volunteer experiences, she graduated from Pace University with a Bachelor's Degree in English in the concentration of Literature and Culture, and minors in Peace and Justice Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Journalism. In her free time, Koula loves to cook, dance, and explore new places in the greatest city in the world.
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 the community engagement team at Reading Partners NY. Clara recently graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Economics and Education Studies and is excited to be working in an education equity organization. In addition to her work at Reading Partners, Clara is a dancer, general manager for a dance company, standardized test tutor, and avid foodie. You can reach Clara at email@example.com
Development directorLouisa Moyse is the development director at Reading Partners NY. Before joining the team in September 2021, Louisa lead development and external relations efforts at Public Prep Network, a single-sex charter school network in NYC. In her role at Reading Partners, Louisa is responsible for leading the strategy and execution of the short- and long-term development goals. Louisa has a Bachelor's Degree in international studies from SUNY Cortland. She is thrilled to be on the Reading Partners New York team where she can continue her commitment to providing equitable access to high-quality educational experiences.
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 joined the Reading Partners New York team in 2015 as the first senior major gifts officer in the network. Prior to Reading Partners, Megan served for six years in a similar role at City Year New York. Megan's experiences focus primarily on individual and corporate giving, major gifts programs, and relationship development on all levels. Megan lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children and has seen firsthand the importance of developing strong literacy skills at a young age. Outside of work, Megan serves on the Annual Fund Advisory Board at Duke University where she double majored in Public Policy and Spanish. You can reach Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program managerElisabeth is a program manager in Harlem. She grew up in Maryland and DC and currently loves living in Harlem. She attended Boston University, studying Theatre Arts and African American Studies. She has previously worked in youth development focused on art and mentorship. Elisabeth loves dancing, cooking, and painting. Her favorite author is Elif Shafak.
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