Our Staff

Directory

 
 

Daniel F. Oscar

CEO

Abby Attias

Managing Director, Curriculum & Training Design

Sherry Barr

Managing Director, Operations & Evaluation

Erin O’Leary

Managing Director, Operations and Executive Director, New York City

Margo Ross

Managing Director, Communications & Development

Sharon Rose Powell

Founder

Nicholas Agosti

Assistant Community School Director for Flushing High School, New York City

Scott Albert

Senior Global Trainer

Catherine Bell-Nti

Executive Director, New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Becca Brandt

Project Manager, North Carolina

Evelyn Canela

Community School Director for Longwood Preparatory School, New York City

Nadia Carofalo

Director of Curriculum

Michael Carrigan

Senior Trainer, New York City

Daphne Casciano

Executive Assistant, National Team

Eddie Castro

Community School Director for Flushing High School, New York City

Albert Chun

Community School Director for Teller Avenue Campus of Community Schools, New York City

Arlean Dawes

Student Engagement Coordinator for IS 349, the School for Math, Science, & Technology, New York City

Erica de la Cruz

Project Manager, New York City

Angela Powell DeGraff

Senior Director, Professional Learning & Capacity Building

Russel Dunnings

Statewide FDA Project Coordinator

Jon Englebrecht

Project Manager, Maryland

Sammijo Ervin

Administrative & Human Resource Associate

Anna Falkovich

Community School Director for Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies, New York City

Anna V. Frank-Zubova

Executive & Administrative Associate

Tawanda Futrell-Taylor

Accountant

Cynthia Graham

Project Director, New York City

Verushka Gray

Community School Director for Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance, New York City

Christine V. Harris

Senior National Trainer

Ashley Holanda

Administrative & Finance Associate, New Jersey

Shelly Horn

Community School Director for Water’s Edge Campus High Schools, New York City

Kristina Knight

Project Manager, New Jersey

Laura Larimer

Senior Director of Development

Renelle Lawrence

Community Schools Solution Manager

Susan Lembo

Project & Training Manager, New Jersey

Julissa Lopez

Student & Family Engagement Coordinator, BCAM, New York

Joyce Loveless

Executive Director, North Carolina

Joyce T. Lundy

Senior Project Manager, New York City

Brenda Marzan

Community School Associate for Flushing High School, New York City

Tina McElmoyl

Curriculum Manager

Natasha Mir

Community School Director for IS 349, the School for Math, Science, & Technology, New York City

Paulina A. Mohamed

Student Engagement Coordinator for the Teller Avenue Campus of Middle Schools, New York City

Mary Moloughney

Senior Director of Administration

Altagracia Montilla

Lead Community Schools Director for Frederick Douglass Academy III and Longwood Preparatory Academy, New York City

Evelynn F. Moon

Project Manager, New Jersey

Paul Neenos

Senior Community Schools Director, New York City

Trung Nguyen

Community School Director for Isobel Rooney Middle School, New York City

Andrea A. Ortiz

Community School Director for C.S. 111Q – Jacob Blackwell Community School, New York City

Karen Platt

Accounting Supervisor

Kainat A. Puetz

Senior Director of Operations Strategy

Nkese Rankine

Community School Director for New Heights Middle School, New York City

Melissa Reagan

Project Manager, North Carolina

Shilpa Reddy

Community School Director for Fordham Leadership Academy, New York City

Cynthia Renta

Community School Director for Whitney M. Young, Jr. Community School (PS 15), Jersey City, New Jersey

Katie Robinson

Project Manager, New York City

Michelle Santana

Family Resource Coordinator for Bronx, New York

Kate Shaner

Administrative & Program Associate

Mia Shapiro

Community School Director for Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School, New York City

Leah Shaw

Evaluation Manager

Lindsay Shouldis

Director of Evaluation & Data Management

Morgan L. Silk

Director of Curriculum & Training

Beshon Smith

Executive Director, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, DC

Pamela Taylor

Senior Trainer, New Jersey & Pennsylvania

Krystal Turner

Assistant Community School Director for Flushing High School, New York City

Petra U. Vega

Community Outreach & Engagement Coordinator for the Teller Avenue Campus of Middle Schools, New York City

Maiya Preston Vick

Administrative & Program Associate

Andrew Vollavanh

Administrative & Finance Associate, New York City

Lauren Wainczak

Senior Director of Finance & Accounting
 
 

Daniel F. Oscar

CEO

Daniel F. Oscar has been the CEO of CSS since 2009, following the retirement of CSS’s founder Dr. Sharon Rose Powell who had led the organization for 30 years since its inception in 1979. Daniel has an extensive record of achievement in establishing and growing innovative educational organizations. He was one of the lead founders of Teach For America (he is featured prominently in Wendy Kopp’s book One Day, All Children), the national teacher corps, and the President & Founder of The Learning Project, a not-for-profit school management organization based in New York City. He also served as Vice President of Product Development for EdisonLearning (formerly Edison Schools). Immediately prior to joining CSS, Mr. Oscar worked as a consultant to a wide-range of education organizations, including Newark (NJ) Charter School Fund, Children’s Progress, and Wireless Generation, where he provided strategic consulting on issues related to business development, educational technology, student assessment, and charter schools. In addition, he served for 17 years (2001-2018) on the Board of Trustees of the Northeast Charter Schools Network (previously New York Charter Schools Association). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Princeton University. 

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 101

Email: doscar@supportiveschools.org

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Abby Attias

Managing Director, Curriculum & Training Design

Abby Attias, Ph.D., is Managing Director, Curriculum & Training Design at CSS. She oversees the design and implementation of new CSS solutions, applying the organization’s theories and practices to programmatic and training innovations. Dr. Attias oversees CSS’s school-wide Student & Family Advisory program; she also develops customized projects in partnership with schools. She has consulted both domestically and internationally on diversity training and communication issues. She holds a doctorate in English from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton. 

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 103

Email: aattias@supportiveschools.org

 

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Sherry Barr

Managing Director, Operations & Evaluation

Sherry Barr, Psy.D., is Managing Director, Operations & Evaluation at CSS. She oversees the implementation, dissemination, and evaluation of CSS’s high school peer leadership programs. Dr. Barr is a New Jersey-certified school psychologist and visiting faculty member at the Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University. She holds both a doctorate and master’s degree in school psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Millersville University. 

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 117

Email: sbarr@supportiveschools.org

 

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Erin O’Leary

Managing Director, Operations and Executive Director, New York City

Erin O’Leary is Managing Director, Operations and Executive Director, New York City at CSS. She leads CSS’s efforts to improve and enhance the internal infrastructure to support organizational growth and expansion. Ms. O’Leary started her career working in management consulting and prior to joining CSS she served as Director of Strategy and Project Management at Children’s Progress, an early childhood technology company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy from Boston College. 

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 129

Email: eoleary@supportiveschools.org

 

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Margo Ross

Managing Director, Communications & Development

Margo Ross, Psy.D., is Managing Director, Communications & Development at CSS. She oversees CSS’s business development efforts including grant writing, grants management, corporate and foundation relations, communications, and marketing. Dr. Ross has been a member of the staff at CSS for over 10 years and is a certified school psychologist in New Jersey. She holds both a doctorate and a master’s degree in school psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University.

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 113

Email: mross@supportiveschools.org

 

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Sharon Rose Powell

Founder

Sharon Rose Powell, Ed.D., is the Founder of CSS. An educator and leadership training consultant for over 30 years, Dr. Powell has developed numerous peer leadership models, beginning with the comprehensive Peer Group Connection program in 1979. She is a frequent presenter at public forums that focus on teacher professional development initiatives, leadership training, and the developmental issues of adolescents during critical transitions in their lives. Dr. Powell is currently in a private practice as a licensed psychologist for adolescents, couples and families in the Princeton area. She holds a doctorate in counseling psychology from the Graduate School of Education (GSE) at Rutgers University; a master’s degree from the GSE at the University of California, Berkeley; and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

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Nicholas Agosti

Assistant Community School Director for Flushing High School, New York City

Nicholas Agosti is an Assistant Community School Director working with Flushing High School in New York City. He is responsible for collaborating with the various stakeholders within Flushing High School, such as administration, teachers, parents, and the community to support the creation of a supportive, engaging, and rewarding learning environment for students. Through community strategies, Nicholas strives to increase student engagement and attendance along with providing students with the tools they need to become effective members of the community. Prior to joining the CSS team, he pursued his graduate studies in educational sciences with the hopes of gaining the tools necessary to serve as the voice for students who couldn’t find theirs. Nicholas holds a master’s of science degree in educational sciences from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium and a bachelor’s degree in history and psychology from Molloy College.

Phone: 347.462.0424

Email: nagosti@supportiveschools.org

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Scott Albert

Senior Global Trainer

Scott Albert, MSW, is Senior Global Trainer for CSS. He provides training, on-site technical assistance, guidance, problem-solving, and coaching to school stakeholders and faculty. Before joining CSS, Mr. Albert had been a school administrator, teacher, counselor, and advisor in independent schools for almost 20 years. Mr. Albert has also been a columnist for Packet Publications in Princeton; he has worked as a teen mentor and family coach, and has served on the Boards for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Mercer County and The Childcare Center at the Lawrenceville School. He holds a master’s degree in social work from Simmons College School of Social Work and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Oneonta.

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 108

Email: salbert@supportiveschools.org

 

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Catherine Bell-Nti

Executive Director, New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Catherine Bell-Nti is the Executive Director for New Jersey and Pennsylvania, providing strategic vision and leadership for growth throughout both states and ensuring that CSS is providing the highest quality of service. Catherine has over fifteen years in the educational arena and has held leadership positions with The College Board, Educational Testing Service, and Innovative Schools where she was able to provide schools and districts with the tools and resources needed to provide a quality education for all students. Her passion for working with underserved students has always guided her career and volunteer efforts, and she has been a true advocate for ensuring that the needs of underserved students are met. Catherine holds a master’s in education and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina. 

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 148

Email: cnti@supportiveschools.org

 

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Becca Brandt

Project Manager, North Carolina

Becca Brandt, MSW, MSPH, is a Project Manager in CSS’s North Carolina office. She supports school administrators, faculty, and stakeholders throughout the state to successfully implement CSS solutions. Prior to joining CSS, Becca co-founded the nonprofit, ABAN, which serves to engage adolescents in Ghana who have dropped out of school through vocational training and experiential learning while simultaneously raising environmental awareness through the recycling of plastic waste. Most recently, Becca served as a Whole Child Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. In this role, she supported the implementation of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model within 11 school districts. She holds a dual master’s degree in social work and maternal and child public health from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in secondary art education from Concordia University Irvine.

Phone: 919.238.6933

Email: bbrandt@supportiveschools.org

 

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Evelyn Canela

Community School Director for Longwood Preparatory Academy, New York City

Evelyn Canela is a Community School Director working with Longwood Preparatory Academy in New York City. As a Community School Director, Evelyn is responsible for the day-to-day management of the community school strategy in collaboration with school leadership and community partners. Prior to joining CSS, Evelyn was a Senior Education Consultant working with the New York City Department of Education and the Louisiana State Department of Education supporting the advancement of school improvement strategies. She also worked as a College Access Coordinator at Legal Outreach and as a Program Manager at Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC. Evelyn holds a master’s degree in education policy and social analysis from Teachers College, Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from Skidmore College.  

Phone: 347.967.5892

Email: ecanela@supportiveschools.org

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Nadia Carofalo

Director of Curriculum

Nadia Carofalo is Director of Curriculum in CSS’s New Jersey office. She supports curriculum design for new and existing CSS solutions, and is a trainer as well. After graduating from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in English, she became a public school teacher in one of New Jersey’s Abbott districts. Passionate about social justice and education, she spent a year teaching abroad in Honduras. After returning to the United States, she was a teacher and then an assistant principal at a school for students with learning differences in Hawaii.

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 110

Emailncarofalo@supportiveschools.org

 

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Michael Carrigan

Senior Trainer, New York City

Michael Carrigan, Ed. D., is a Senior Trainer in New York City and has been associated with CSS for over two decades: first, as a Peer Group Connection faculty advisor in Newark, NJ; then as Director of Special Projects for CSS; and most recently as a consultant to several CSS initiatives. He has also served several New Jersey school districts as teacher, district-level director, and central office administrator. Dr. Carrigan has developed award-winning staff development programs and has served as a national consultant for several leading-edge projects in youth mentoring, truancy prevention, and in the creation of small learning communities. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education; a master of divinity from New York Theological Seminary; and a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University.

Email: mcarrigan@supportiveschools.org

 

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Daphne Casciano

Executive Assistant, National Team

Daphne Casciano is Executive Assistant, National Team at CSS. She is a former educator with 15 years classroom experience on the high school level in Virginia and Vermont She began working in the non-profit world over 20 years ago and has a thorough knowledge of document design, ensuring that the designs are user-friendly, well organized, readable, legible, and relevant to the subject matter. She holds a bachelor’s of science degree in health & physical education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 119

Email: dcasciano@supportiveschools.org

 

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Eddie Castro

Community School Director for Flushing High School, New York City

Eddie Castro is a Community School Director working with Flushing High School in New York City. As a Community School Director, Eddie is responsible for the day-to-day management of the community school strategy in collaboration with school leadership and community partners. Prior to joining CSS, Eddie pursued his graduate studies in developmental and educational psychology, with a strong interest in fostering resiliency and closing the achievement gap among low-income students. In the past, he has worked with Communities In Schools of Chicago as a Student Supports Manager in a Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) Southside high school. Eddie holds a master’s of arts degree in developmental and educational psychology from Boston College and a bachelor’s degree in human development and psychological services from Northwestern University.

Email: ecastro@supportiveschools.org

 

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Albert Chun

Community School Director for Teller Avenue Campus of Community Schools, New York City

Albert Chun is a Community School Director working with the two middle schools of the Teller Avenue Campus of Community Schools, New Millennium Business Academy and Urban Science Academy, in New York City. As a Community School Director, Albert is responsible for the day-to-day management of the community school strategy in collaboration with school leadership and community partners. Prior to joining CSS, Albert was a founding teacher and later principal at a charter school in Richmond, California. During his time there, it became the highest performing school in the district. He later went on to work as a teacher at a nationally top-ranked school in Piedmont, California where he helped establish a competitive robotics program called the Piedmont Pioneers. He currently volunteers as the Director of the Education Planning Commission at Joseon Institute where he writes actionable blueprints for developing countries. Albert earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and education at the University of California, Berkeley and received his teaching credentials at California State University, East Bay.

Emailachun@supportiveschools.org

 

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Arlean Dawes

Student Engagement Coordinator for IS 349, the School for Math, Science, & Technology, New York City

Arlean Dawes is a Student Engagement Coordinator working with IS 349, the School for Math, Science, & Technology in New York City. As a Student Engagement Coordinator, Arlean is responsible for coordinating partnerships to develop student engagement within the community school strategy at IS 349, providing support to the school’s Peer Group Connection (PGC) program, and working with school leadership to improve the social and emotional well-being of each student through campus-wide initiatives. Prior to joining CSS, Arlean worked extensively with Fundación Bolivia Digna, a non-profit organization in Cochabamba, Bolivia with a focus on community development through educational programs. Previously, she worked with the Center for Arts Education in New York City and Artistic Dreams International of Harlem. Arlean holds a master’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean studies from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in international studies and Spanish from Texas A&M University.

Phone: 347.380.8783

Email: adawes@supportiveschools.org

 

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Erica de la Cruz

Project Manager, New York City

Erica de la Cruz is a Project Manager for New York City. She supports administrators, faculty, and stakeholders from schools across the city to successfully implement Peer Group Connection. Prior to joining CSS, Erica served as the Head of Curriculum Development at Bright Kids NYC, a tutoring and publications company specializing in test preparation and subject tutoring, and has worked with a range of organizations, including Minds Matter, the NYC Office of Emergency Management, and the Museum of Modern Art. Erica is a Brooklyn native and has been involved in various community development projects, including SUNY Downstate’s Brooklyn Healthcare Improvement Project. Ultimately, Erica’s goal is to help reduce the impact of the school-to-prison pipeline by continuing to work with programs that foster respect, acceptance, and appreciation within schools and communities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from CUNY’s City College of New York.

Email: edelacruz@supportiveschools.org

 

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Angela Powell DeGraff

Senior Director, Professional Learning & Capacity Building

Angela Powell DeGraff, M.Ed., is a third-generation educator with more than 20 years of experience in educational administration, teacher professional development, and school transformation. Her teaching and administrative leadership spans early childhood, elementary, and secondary education across public and private schools in urban, suburban, and rural communities. She has extensive background as an organizational consultant and expertise in curriculum and instructional design, transitions management, quality assessment, accreditation team leadership, group facilitation, and community outreach. Angela has served as an Interim Executive Director and Head of School (for a progressive independent school), the Founding Principal of a consulting firm, and Instructional Director of a magnet school in a large urban district (which she developed from concept through full implementation). Angela received her master’s degree in education from Gratz College and her bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University.

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 126

Email: adegraff@supportiveschools.org

 

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Russel Dunnings

Statewide FDA Project Coordinator

Russel Dunnings, MBA, is the Statewide FDA Project Coordinator (SFPC) for the FDA State Tobacco Compliance Check Inspection Program, which is a collaboration between the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and CSS. He supports the successful implementation of this initiative through capacity-building, training, administration, and guidance of a team commissioned by the FDA. Russel has an extensive background in education, program management, training, and performance improvement in sexuality and reproductive health with a focus on addressing the needs of males in family planning. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Eastern University in Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Virginia State University.

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 134

Emailrdunnings@supportiveschools.org 

 

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Jon Englebrecht

Project Manager, Maryland

Jon Englebrecht, M.Ed., is CSS’s Project Manager in Maryland, supporting schools in successfully implementing CSS solutions and driving continued growth throughout the region. Prior to joining CSS, he served Baltimore and DC public schools for over seven years in a variety of instructional and administrative roles, supporting AVID programs and student-mentoring initiatives. Most recently, he has partnered with The New Teacher Project and Urban Teachers to facilitate training in student-centered instructional practices with a whole-child approach in order to raise student achievement and engagement. He holds a master’s degree in education from Towson University and a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics with a minor in philosophy from Stevenson University.

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 152

Email: jenglebrecht@supportiveschools.org

 

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Sammijo Ervin

Administrative & Human Resource Associate

Sammijo Ervin is an Administrative & Human Resource Associate in CSS’s New Jersey office. She supports daily office operations, including Human Resources, technology, and other general office duties. She also prepares training materials, and assists with internal and external communications. Prior to joining CSS, she worked as a real estate administrator and political campaign field director. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English at Rutgers University.

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 109

Email: servin@supportiveschools.org

 

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Anna Falkovich

Community School Director for Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies, New York City

Anna Falkovich is a Community School Director working with Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies (MACS) in New York City. As a Community School Director, Anna is responsible for the day-to-day management of the community school strategy in collaboration with school leadership and community partners. Prior to joining CSS, Anna pursued her graduate studies in public health, with a strong interest in school-based health education and health services. In the past, she has worked with Planned Parenthood Federation of America on direct marketing and direct response fundraising. Anna holds a master of public health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a bachelor’s degree in public health, international development, and gender studies from Boston University.

Emailafalkovich@supportiveschools.org

 

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Anna V. Frank-Zubova

Executive & Administrative Associate

Anna V. Frank-Zubova is an Executive & Administrative Associate in CSS’s New Jersey office. She is responsible for supporting the staff in daily office operations, assisting with all meetings and activities of the Board of Trustees, proofing and editing documents, and preparing materials for various training events. Anna comes to CSS from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey where she held a number of administrative roles and gained experience in nonprofit administration, event planning, and program support. Anna received her bachelor’s degree in European studies from Rutgers College, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and she also holds a Certificate in Meeting, Event, and Conference Planning and Management from New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 128

Email: afrank-zubova@supportiveschools.org

 

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Tawanda Futrell-Taylor

Accountant

Tawanda Futrell-Taylor is an Accountant at CSS. She works closely with the Director of Finance and the Accounting Supervisor to support CSS’s fiscal operations. Tawanda comes to CSS with over 12 years of experience in both non-profit and public accounting. Most recently she worked for CFO Strategies as an Assistant Controller where she performed outsourced accounting services for multiple companies. She has worked for both small and large companies during her career, including a non-profit organization based in her home town of Jersey City and The American Red Cross. Tawanda holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from New Jersey City University.

Phone: 609.337.2038

Email: ttaylor@supportiveschools.org

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Cynthia Graham

Project Director, New York City

Cynthia Graham is Project Director for New York City. Through group facilitation and individual supervision, she leads a team of Project Managers to implement CSS solutions throughout New York City. Cynthia has 15 years of experience in youth development, nonprofit leadership, and field support. Her most recent role before joining CSS was Chief Program Officer for Friends of the Children NY, a Harlem and South Bronx based organization committed to providing professional mentoring services to the most vulnerable youth in NYC. Previous roles include Executive Director for New York’s Children of Promise (a statewide collaborative of Big Brothers Big Sisters to provide mentoring for children of prisoners), Director of Innovation for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and Director of Program Services for Mass Mentoring Partnership. Cynthia holds a bachelor’s degree in black studies from SUNY New Paltz. 

Phone: 347.943.3827

Email: cgraham@supportiveschools.org

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Verushka Gray

Community School Director for Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance, New York City

Verushka Gray is a Community School Director working with Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance in New York City. As a Community School Director, she is responsible for the day-to-day management of the community school strategy in collaboration with school leadership and community partners. Prior to joining CSS, Verushka worked at Columbia University’s Roger Lehecka Double Discovery Center as the Assistant Director for their TRIO Talent Search program. She also worked with Austin Achieve Public Schools as the founding Director of Student Affairs. Verushka holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies with a minor in Portuguese.

Email: vgray@supportiveschools.org

 

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Christine V. Harris

Senior National Trainer

Christine V. Harris, Psy.M., is Senior National Trainer for CSS. She draws on years of experience in leadership development, training and group facilitation to provide high quality training, on-site technical assistance, problem-solving, and coaching to school stakeholders and faculty. Additionally, Ms. Harris has over 10 years of experience in providing therapeutic services to children and biological and foster/adoptive families. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she is completing her doctoral dissertation.

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 106

Email: charris@supportiveschools.org

 

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Ashley Holanda

Administrative & Finance Associate

Ashley Holanda is an Administrative & Finance Associate in CSS’s New Jersey office. She supports the organization’s fiscal operations as well as the operations of the Food and Drug Administration Tobacco Inspection Program. Prior to joining CSS, Ashley worked as a Research Assistant at The Nuclear Studies Institute. She also worked as an Accounts Payable Coordinator at RCN Telecom Services. She received her bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies with a minor in Japanese from American University. 

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 165

Email: aholanda@supportiveschools.org 

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Shelly Horn

Community School Director for Water’s Edge Campus High Schools, New York City

Shelly Horn is a Community School Director working with Water’s Edge Campus High Schools in New York City. As a Community School Director, Shelly is responsible for the day-to-day management of the community school strategy in collaboration with school leadership and community partners. Prior to joining CSS, Shelly managed arts afterschool programs in Brooklyn and Queens, focusing specifically on youth development and community engagement. Her experience in dance education and political fundraising also inform her practices today. Shelly received her bachelor’s degree in strategic communications and journalism with a minor in political science from The Ohio State University.

Phone: 347.220.8781

Emailshorn@supportiveschools.org

 

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Kristina Knight

Project Manager, New Jersey

Kristina Knight is a Project Manager in CSS’s New Jersey office. She supports school administrators, faculty, and stakeholders to successfully implement CSS’s solutions, including Campaign Connect. Previously, she served as an adjunct professor at Rutgers University in the African Studies Department teaching upperclassmen undergraduates courses with a concentration in contemporary African issues. Kristina recently received her master of social work degree from Fordham University and holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and Africana studies from Rutgers University.

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 116

Email: kknight@supportiveschools.org

 

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Laura Larimer

Senior Director of Development

Laura Larimer is Senior Director of Development at CSS. She is leading CSS’s fundraising strategies to increase individual giving and to build strong partnerships with corporations and foundations in New York City. For nearly 20 years, Laura has used her fundraising experience to build opportunities for youth in low-income communities to access high-quality learning experiences. Past positions have included development and regional management roles at ExpandED Schools, College Summit, and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). Before focusing on nonprofit fundraising, she began her career in public relations at Widmeyer Communications. Laura earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and women’s studies from the University of Virginia.

Phone: 347.252.6584

Email: llarimer@supportiveschools.org

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Renelle Lawrence

Community Schools Solution Manager

Renelle Lawrence is a Community Schools Solution Manager working with our partner community schools throughout New York City. As the Community Schools Solution Manager, she is responsible for evaluating and supporting the continued development of CSS’s community school strategy. Prior to joining CSS, Renelle was the Program Manager for Harvard Public Schools Partnerships, which provided university resources to Boston students, teachers, and families in the way of professional development, family engagement initiatives, and youth programming. In the past, she has worked as a Blueprint Teaching Fellow at English High School in Boston and as a researcher at the Strategic Education Research Partnership Institute. Renelle holds a master’s degree in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Macaulay Honors College at CUNY.

Phone: 347.943.1065

Email: rlawrence@supportiveschools.org

 

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Susan Lembo

Project & Training Manger, New Jersey

Susan Lembo is a Project & Training Manager in CSS’s New Jersey office. She provides training and on-site technical assistance to school faculty and stakeholders, assisting the successful implementation of CSS solutions. She also supports curriculum and training design. Susan has been associated with CSS for almost two decades: first as a freshman student participating in Peer Group Connection; then as a Teen PEP advisor and stakeholder team coordinator; and most recently as a trainer, curriculum designer, and technical assistance provider for the Teen PEP network. Prior to joining CSS, she spent 15 years in the field of education serving as a public school teacher and coach, as well as a health educator and curriculum manager for an area nonprofit. She earned a bachelor’s of science in health and exercise science and teaching certification from The College of New Jersey.

Phone: 609.357.0207

Email: slembo@supportiveschools.org

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Julissa Lopez

Student & Family Engagement Coordinator

Julissa Lopez is a Student & Family Engagement Coordinator working with Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School (BCAM). In this role, she is responsible for the day to day management of BCAM’s community school student and family engagement development strategy. Prior to joining CSS, Julissa served with AmeriCorps at BCAM, mentoring chronically absent students, creating attendance initiatives, and providing support to families. Julissa is currently working on a Master’s degree in Public Administration. She holds and Bachelor’s degree from Hunter College and a Master’s from Lehigh University.

Phone: 347.263.8441 

Email: jlopez@supportiveschools.org

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Joyce Loveless

Executive Director, North Carolina

Joyce Loveless is the Executive Director for North Carolina, leading the organization’s expansion efforts to increase the number of North Carolina students benefitting from CSS solutions. Before joining CSS, she was Senior Director for Schools Services for NC New Schools/Breakthrough Learning and the NC State Director for Early College High Schools. In these roles, Joyce designed, developed, and supported over 180 innovative schools focused on transforming classrooms into student-centered, personalized learning environments that align with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for success in careers and higher education. She has also served as Executive Director for Access and Equity for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and is a National Board Certified Teacher herself who has taught elementary and middle school students in Virginia and North Carolina. Joyce holds a master’s degree in adult education from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Virginia Tech.

Email: jloveless@supportiveschools.org

 

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Joyce T. Lundy

Senior Project Manager, New York City

Joyce T. Lundy is a Senior Project Manager for New York City. She supports school administrators, faculty, and stakeholders to successfully implement CSS’s solutions. Upon graduating from college, Joyce was a member of Teach For America’s charter corps in New Haven, CT. After several years of teaching, Joyce moved into case management where she provided social services to diverse groups of individuals, youth, and families. Immediately before joining CSS, she worked with The Afterschool Corporation (TASC) as a Program Manager where she provided consultation to schools and community-based organizations to successfully implement expanded learning day and literacy interventions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Hofstra University.

Email: jlundy@supportiveschools.org

 

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Brenda Marzan

Community School Associate for Flushing High School, New York City

Brenda Marzan is a Community School Associate working with Flushing High School in New York City. As a Community School Associate, Brenda assists with Peer Group Connection, mentoring, and academic intervention initiatives. Prior to joining CSS, Brenda was an AmeriCorps member at Flushing where she mentored a cohort of chronically absent students and provided homework assistance for the ENL (English as a New Language) students. She also served as a coordinator of Flushing High School’s pilot Adult Education program where she coordinated logistics, collaborated with Office of Adult Education and Continuing Education teachers and staff, and organized cultural immersion trips and activities for the adult learners. Brenda is currently working towards her master’s degree in youth studies from CUNY Schools of Professional Studies and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Queens College.

Phone: 718.888.7500 ext.1962

Email: bmarzan@supportiveschools.org

 

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Tina McElmoyl

Curriculum Manager

Tina McElmoyl is a Curriculum Manager for CSS. She supports curriculum and training design for new and existing CSS solutions and also serves as a training facilitator. Tina began her career in education in CSS’s New Jersey office before moving to Massachusetts. She returns to CSS with over 15 years of experience in educational and public health non-profit work. Tina holds a master’s degree in education with a focus on social justice education from University of Massachusetts Amherst and a bachelor’s degree in American studies and women’s studies from Rutgers University, Douglass College.

Emailtmcelmoyl@supportiveschools.org

 

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Natasha Mir

Community School Director for IS 349, the School for Math, Science, & Technology, New York City

Natasha Mir is a Community School Director working with IS 349, the School for Math, Science, & Technology in New York City. As a Community School Director, Natasha is responsible for the day-to-day management of the community school strategy in collaboration with school leadership and community partners. Prior to joining CSS, Natasha worked in public schools as a first grade teacher in Mississippi and a special education coordinator in Harlem. She has also consulted for the New York City Department of Education as an Education Pioneers Fellow and a pre-K evaluator. Natasha holds a master’s degree in public administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a bachelor’s degree in peace and conflict studies from Vassar College.

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 151

Email: nmir@supportiveschools.org

 

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Paulina A. Mohamed

Student Engagement Coordinator for the Teller Avenue Campus of Middle Schools, New York City

Paulina A. Mohamed is a Student Engagement Coordinator working with the three middle schools of the Teller Avenue Campus – JHS 145 Arturo Toscanini, New Millennium Business Academy, and Urban Science Academy in New York City. As a Student Engagement Coordinator, Paulina is responsible for coordinating partnerships to develop student engagement within the community school strategy across the three middle schools, providing support to each school’s Peer Group Connection (PGC) program, and working with school leadership to improve the social and emotional well-being of each student through campus-wide initiatives. Prior to joining CSS, Paulina developed a year-round teen program that focused on career and college readiness while connecting youth to their local green spaces and fostering environmental stewardship. She has been empowering youth through environmental education and advocacy in underserved communities for the past 10 years, helping to create and implement environmental youth-based programming in both Syracuse and the Bronx. Having grown up in the South Bronx, Paulina understands the great need for students and their families in this specific area of New York City. Paulina received her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies with a concentration in biology and a minor in urban environmental science from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Email: pmohamed@supportiveschools.org

 

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Mary Moloughney

Senior Director of Administration

Mary Moloughney is Senior Director of Administration at CSS. She oversees purchasing, information technology, human resources, and facilities management for CSS’s offices. Ms. Moloughney studied business administration at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and brings over twenty years of business experience to the Center.

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 222

Email: mmoloughney@supportiveschools.org

 

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Altagracia Montilla

Lead Community Schools Director for Frederick Douglass Academy III and Longwood Preparatory Academy, New York City

Altagracia Montilla is a Lead Community Schools Director working with Frederick Douglass Academy III and Longwood Preparatory Academy in New York City. As a Lead Community Schools Director, Altagracia is responsible for the day-to-day management of the community school strategy in collaboration with Community School Directors, school leadership and community partners. Prior to joining CSS, Altagracia managed education programs in the greater Chicago-land area, most recently as the Director of Education and Professional Development at the Beyond Sports Foundation. She has expertise in culturally conscious, student-centered success programs for students and educators and is passionate about assessing the individual needs of students, drawing on her experiences as a NYC native and first generation college student. Altagracia received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Skidmore College.

Phone: 347.286.7427

Emailamontilla@supportiveschools.org

 

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Evelynn F. Moon

Project Manager, New Jersey

Evelynn F. Moon is a Project Manager in CSS’s New Jersey office. She supports school administrators, faculty, and stakeholders to successfully implement CSS’s solutions. Prior to joining CSS, she worked as an assessment coordinator with the American Institutes for Research and served as an adjunct professor at New York University. She received her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, Douglass College and her master’s degree from New York University, Steinhardt.

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 104

Emailemoon@supportiveschools.org

 

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Paul Neenos

Senior Community Schools Director, New York City

Paul Neenos is a Senior Community Schools Director working across our partner community schools throughout New York City. As Senior Community School Director, Paul is responsible for supporting the day-to-day management of the community school strategy in collaboration with Community School Directors, school leadership, and community partners. Prior to joining CSS, Paul spent a year traveling abroad in India, speaking at education events and consulting with educational organizations and schools. In the past, he has worked with a dual language charter school network on upper elementary grade curricular development and teacher coaching, and as a classroom teacher with the New York City Department of Education and a founding charter school in Brooklyn. Paul holds a master’s degree of childhood education from Hunter College in New York City and a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University at Buffalo.

Email: pneenos@supportiveschools.org

 

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Trung Nguyen

Community School Director for Isobel Rooney Middle School, New York City

Trung Nguyen is a Community School Director working with Isobel Rooney Middle School in New York City. As a Community School Director, Trung is responsible for the day-to-day management of the community school strategy in collaboration with school leadership and community partners. Prior to joining CSS, Trung was the Policy and Community Engagement manager for a national community development organization specializing in education programming and policy analysis in the DC area. Trung received his bachelor’s degree in history with a specialization in American and East Asian History from the University of New Orleans.

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 168

Email: trung.nguyen@supportiveschools.org

 

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Andrea A. Ortiz

Community School Director for C.S. 111Q – Jacob Blackwell Community School, New York City

Andrea A. Ortiz is a Community School Director working with C.S. 111Q – Jacob Blackwell Community School. As a Community School Director, Andrea is responsible for the day-to-day management of the community school strategy in collaboration with school leadership and community partners. Prior to joining CSS, she consulted with New York State developing a large-scale professional development program. Before moving to New York, Andrea served teens and families in Austin, Texas as a Life Coach, leading a high school evidenced-based initiative that offered students a constructive alternative to punitive disciplinary actions with trauma-informed and restorative practices. She holds a master’s degree in education policy from Teachers College, Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and gender studies from New College of Florida.

Phone: 347.943.6221

Email: aortiz@supportiveschools.org

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Karen Platt

Accounting Supervisor

Karen Platt is an Accounting Supervisor in our New Jersey office. She works closely with the Senior Director of Finance to support CSS’s fiscal operations. Prior to joining CSS, Karen worked as a junior accountant, staff accountant, merchandise controller, and assistant controller at Phillips Van Heusen. She began her career at Arthur Young as a financial analyst. Karen received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Kean College of New Jersey.

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 150

Email: kplatt@supportiveschools.org

 

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Kainat A. Puetz

Senior Director of Operations Strategy

Kainat A. Puetz, Ph.D., is Senior Director of Operations Strategy in CSS’s New Jersey Office. As Senior Director of Operations Strategy, she ensures requirements are met for all federal, state, school, district, and other contracts. Prior to joining CSS, Kainat managed grant submissions, reconciliations, and policy adherence in continuing medical education. She holds a doctorate in composition and rhetoric from St. John’s University; a master’s degree from Montclair State University; and a bachelor’s degree from Drew University.

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 164

Email: kpuetz@supportiveschools.org

 

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Nkese Rankine

Community School Director for New Heights Middle School, New York City

Nkese Rankine is a Community School Director working with New Heights Middle School in New York City. As a Community School Director, Nkese is responsible for the day-to-day management of the community school strategy in collaboration with school leadership and community partners. Prior to joining CSS, she oversaw admissions and community outreach for a New York City-based college-prep program. She also spent several years running mentoring programs geared at improving child literacy at New York and New Jersey public schools. Nkese holds a master’s degree in sociology and education from Teacher’s College Columbia University and a bachelor’s in political science and women & gender studies from Bates College.

Phone: 347.391.2695, ext. 169

Email: nrankine@supportiveschools.org

 

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Melissa Reagan

Project Manager, North Carolina

Melissa Reagan, MPA, is a Project Manager in CSS’s North Carolina office. Through training and technical assistance, Melissa oversees, drives, and supports CSS’s work and federal grant deliverables in the state of North Carolina. Prior to joining CSS, Ms. Reagan worked at law firms in Washington D.C. and Maine where she assisted attorneys in the International Corporate Finance and Litigation groups. During college, Ms. Reagan served as a Peer Leadership Mentor to help incoming first-year students make a successful transition from high school to college. Melissa holds a master’s degree in public administration with a focus on nonprofit management from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from The George Washington University.

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 137

Emailmreagan@supportiveschools.org

 

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Shilpa Reddy

Community School Director for Fordham Leadership Academy, New York City

Shilpa Reddy is a Community School Director working with Fordham Leadership Academy in New York City. As a Community School Director, Shilpa is responsible for the day-to-day management of the community school strategy in collaboration with school leadership and community partners. Prior to joining CSS, Shilpa pursued her graduate studies in public health, focusing on community and international health. As a Peace Corps volunteer, she worked to improve health, water, and sanitation conditions in Ghana, West Africa. Shilpa holds a master of public health from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in human physiology from Boston University.

Email: sreddy@supportiveschools.org

 

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Cynthia Renta

Community School Director for Whitney M. Young, Jr. Community School (PS 15), Jersey City, New Jersey

Cynthia Renta is a Community School Director working with Whitney M. Young, Jr. Community School (PS 15) in Jersey City, NJ. As a Community School Director, Cynthia is responsible for the day-to-day management of the community school strategy in collaboration with school leadership and community partners. Prior to joining CSS, Cynthia served as the Hudson County Youth Development Director of the YMCA of Newark and Vicinity and was the Managing Director of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs-Baruch College through the National Urban Fellows program and a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Bryn Mawr College.

Phone: 609.331.9072

Emailcrenta@supportiveschools.org

 

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Katie Robinson

Project Manager, New York City

Katie Robinson is a Project Manager for New York City. She supports administrators, faculty, and stakeholders from schools across the city to successfully implement Peer Group Connection. Prior to joining CSS, Katie served as the Dean of Students at Leadership Prep Brownsville Middle Academy, part of the Uncommon Schools network. Before that, she taught for four years, and her teaching experience ranges from second to eighth grade. She holds a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri, St. Louis; a master’s degree in the sociology of education from New York University where she conducted qualitative research on the role that teachers play in their students’ social and emotional development; and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and women’s studies from Loyola University Chicago.

Email: krobinson@supportiveschools.org

 

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Michelle Santana

Family Resource Coordinator for Bronx, New York

Michelle Santana is a Family Resource Coordinator working with CSS’s community schools in Bronx, New York. As a Family Resource Coordinator, Michelle is responsible for connecting families who are experiencing high levels of need with various social and non-profit services to ensure they receive the support needed to sustain familial stability. Prior to joining CSS, Michelle worked with Bronx-based mental health organizations for over six years to assist families in accessing resources in the community. She is passionate about providing support to families in need. Michelle received her bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in psychology from Lehman College. Michelle is currently an MSW student at Fordham University School of Social Service.

Phone: 347.242.5871

Emailmsantana@supportiveschools.org

 

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Kate Shaner

Administrative & Program Associate

Kate Shaner is an Administrative & Program Associate in CSS’s New Jersey office. She coordinates training events, prepares training and communication materials, and supports program evaluation activities. Prior to joining CSS, Kate worked as the program coordinator for the Franklin Township Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse. In this role she provided event coordination assistance, marketing material design, and grant administration support. Kate graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in international affairs, and received her master’s in public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from Georgia State University.

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 157

Email: kshaner@supportiveschools.org

 

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Mia Shapiro

Community School Director for Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School, New York City

Mia Shapiro is a Community School Director working with Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School in New York City. As a Community School Director, Mia is responsible for the day-to-day management of the community school strategy in collaboration with school leadership and community partners. Prior to joining CSS, Mia taught ELA and Special Education to sixth and seventh graders at a community school in Brooklyn. During her teaching career, Mia has specialized in spearheading the implementation of social and emotional supports for students. She has also provided coaching, consultation, and modeling for her colleagues regarding the implementation of safe and supportive groups for students. Mia earned her bachelor’s degree in English and education, as well as her teaching credentials, at Barnard College.

Phone: 347.227.0232

Email: mshapiro@supportiveschools.org

 

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Leah Shaw

Evaluation Manager

Leah Shaw, M.A., is Evaluation Manager for CSS. She supports program evaluation through data analysis and reporting. Leah received her master’s degree in psychology from New York University, where she was a Graduate Fellow at NYU’s Stern School of Business, and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ursinus College.

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 102

Email: lshaw@supportiveschools.org

 

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Lindsay Shouldis

Director of Evaluation & Data Management

Lindsay Shouldis, M.A., is Director of Evaluation & Data Management for CSS. She conducts program evaluation and research activities both internally and with schools to inform program improvement and new product development. Before joining CSS, Ms. Shouldis worked as a researcher for The Hunt Institute in Durham, North Carolina where she investigated statewide and national education policy initiatives. Lindsay holds a master’s degree in educational psychology, measurement, & evaluation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Email: lshouldis@supportiveschools.org

 

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Morgan L. Silk

Director of Curriculum & Training

Morgan L. Silk, MBA, is Director of Curriculum & Training for CSS. She oversees curriculum development and revision across CSS solutions; reviews curricula to ensure age-appropriateness, inclusivity, and effective instructional strategies; coordinates continuous improvement process to ensure needed updates are made to trainings and curricula; coordinates trainings and events from design through implementation, including overseeing logistics and managing key administrative and training staff at all levels; and facilitates teacher professional development training. Before coming to CSS, Ms. Silk wore several hats in higher education, serving undergraduate students in advising and counseling roles, and as an adjunct professor of sociology and business. She holds a master’s degree in business administration with a focus on international management from Centenary College and bachelor’s degrees in sociology and women’s studies from William Paterson University.

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 135

Emailmsilk@supportiveschools.org

 

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Beshon Smith

Executive Director, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, DC

Beshon Smith, Ph.D., is the Executive Director for Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, DC, providing strategic vision and leadership for growth in both states and the District of Columbia, while ensuring that CSS is providing the highest quality of service to partnering schools and districts. Dr. Smith has spent the past eighteen years of her professional career leading organizations, programs, and services that use the transformative power of education to enhance the lives of students and their families. She has partnered with school districts in New York City, Washington D.C., and Baltimore to help strengthen student academic achievement and improve school culture and climate. Dr. Smith holds a doctorate degree in language, literacy and culture from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County; a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in non-profit management from the City University of New York-Baruch College; and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the City University of New York-John Jay College.

Emailbsmith@supportiveschools.org

 

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Pamela Taylor

Senior Trainer, New Jersey & Pennsylvania

Pamela Taylor, M.S., is a Senior Trainer in CSS’s New Jersey office. She coordinates all technical assistance provided throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania and supports administrators, faculty, and stakeholders from schools across both states to successfully implement several CSS programs including Peer Group Connection and the Teen Prevention Education Program. She has worked as a trainer, facilitator, and technical assistance provider at CSS since 1998. Rev. Taylor serves as an Associate Minister of Alpha Baptist Church in Willingboro, New Jersey, where she works with women’s, youth, and educational ministries. She holds a master’s degree in Christian counseling from the Philadelphia Biblical University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia. 

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 107

Email: ptaylor@supportiveschools.org

 

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Krystal Turner

Assistant Community School Director for Flushing High School, New York City

Krystal Turner is the Assistant Community School Director working with Flushing High School in New York City. As Assistant Community School Director, Krystal is responsible for coordinating partnerships to develop student engagement within the community school strategy at the school, providing support to the school’s Peer Group Connection (PGC) program, and working with school leadership to improve the social and emotional well-being of each student through campus-wide initiatives. Prior to joining CSS, Krystal worked with several non-profits servicing New York City’s youth and homeless population. She has also served as an advocate and aide for students within New Jersey public schools. Krystal is currently pursuing a master’s degree in social work from Fordham University. She received her bachelor’s degree in education with a concentration in secondary education and history from Seton Hall University.

Phone:718.888.7500, ext. 1962

Email: kturner@supportiveschools.org

 

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Petra U. Vega

Community Outreach & Engagement Coordinator for the Teller Avenue Campus of Middle Schools, New York City

Petra U. Vega , M.S.W., is a Community Outreach & Engagement Coordinator working with the three middle schools of the Teller Avenue Campus – JHS 145 Arturo Toscanini, New Millennium Business Academy, and Urban Science Academy in New York City. She is responsible for coordinating partnerships to develop community and family engagement within the community school strategy across the three middle schools in collaboration with school leadership and community partners. Prior to joining CSS, Petra organized South Bronx residents to launch a community-led, adult literacy program for Spanish-speakers, as well as built the capacity of East Harlem families to develop literacy events for afterschool students. She holds a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in community organization, planning, and development from CUNY Hunter’s Silberman School of Social Work, and a bachelor’s degree in women’s, gender, & sexuality studies from SUNY New Paltz.

Phone: 347.364.4113

Emailpvega@supportiveschools.org

 

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Maiya Preston Vick

Administrative & Program Associate

Maiya Preston Vick is an Administrative & Research Associate in CSS’s North Carolina office. She supports daily office operations, coordinates training events, prepares training materials, and supports program evaluation activities. Prior to joining CSS, she worked as an intern in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), Health Effects Division (HED) for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She received her bachelor’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 136

Emailmpreston@supportiveschools.org

 

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Andrew Vollavanh

Administrative & Finance Associate, New York City

Andrew Vollavanh is an Administrative & Finance Associate in CSS’s New York City office. He coordinates training events, prepares materials, and supports daily office operations and fiscal operations. Prior to joining CSS, Andrew worked at Frost Valley YMCA providing summer experiences for hundreds of youth as a counselor, supervisor, and director. Andrew has a bachelor’s degree in government and economics from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

Phone: 347.396.0339, ext. 173

Email: avollavanh@supportiveschools.org

 

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Lauren Wainczak

Senior Director of Finance & Accounting

Lauren Wainczak, CPA, is Senior Director of Finance & Accounting at CSS. She oversees all aspects of fiscal management at CSS. She is a licensed CPA with over 20 years of public and private accounting experience. She has worked for large and small public accounting firms, for the NJ Dept. of Education as an auditor for Abbott school districts, and as Accounting Manager for Sarnoff Corporation before entering the non-profit field. Lauren received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Trenton State College.

Phone: 609.252.9300, ext. 105

Email: lwainczak@supportiveschools.org

 

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