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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

Scott Albert

Senior Global Trainer

Jack W. Bates

Project Manager, North Carolina

Roux Bedrosian

Administrative & Research Associate

Becca Brandt

Project Manager, North Carolina

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

Taryn Cheeks

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

Albert Chun

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

Betsy Cohen

Director of Development, New York City

Christine Compo-Martin

Administrative & Research Associate

Erica de la Cruz

Project Manager, New York City

Angela Powell DeGraff

Senior Director, Professional Learning & Capacity Building

Guadalupe Diaz

Community School Director for Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance and Frederick Douglass Academy IV, New York City

Russel Dunnings

Statewide FDA Project Coordinator

Jon Englebrecht

Project Manager, Maryland

Sammijo Ervin

Administrative Associate

Anna Falkovich

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

Alison Fedyna

Senior Project Manager, New York City

Anna V. Frank-Zubova

Executive & Administrative Associate

Christine V. Harris

Senior National Trainer

Melissa (Meli) Kimathi

Consultant, North Carolina

Kristina Knight

Project Manager, New Jersey

Joyce Loveless

Executive Director, North Carolina

Joyce T. Lundy

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

Director of Administration

Altagracia Montilla

Community School Director for Frederick Douglass Academy III, New York City

Evelynn F. Moon

Project Manager, New Jersey

Paul Neenos

Senior Community Schools Director, New York City

Thao Nguyen

Community School Director for Bronx Early College Academy, New York City

Trung Nguyen

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

Catherine Nti

Executive Director, New Jersey

Johanna Pisecky

Administrative & Research Associate, New York City

Karen Platt

Finance Associate

Kainat A. Puetz

Contracts Manager

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 & Research Associate

Leah Shaw

Evaluation Coordinator

Lindsay Shouldis

Evaluation Manager

Morgan L. Silk

Director of Curriculum & Training

Beshon Smith

Executive Director, Delaware and Maryland

Pamela Taylor

Senior Trainer, New Jersey

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 & Research Associate, North Carolina

Lauren Wainczak

Director of Finance & Accounting

Nora Wynn

Project Manager, New York City

Staff Bios

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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 has served on the Board of Trustees of the Northeast Charter Schools Network since 2001. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Princeton University. Phone: (609) 252-9300, ext. 101 E-Mail: 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 E-Mail: 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 E-Mail: 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 E-Mail: 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 E-Mail: 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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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 E-Mail: salbert@supportiveschools.org

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Jack W. Bates

Project Manager, North Carolina

Jack W. Bates, MA, is a Project Manager in CSS’s North Carolina office. He supports school administrators, faculty, and stakeholders to successfully implement CSS’s solutions across the state. Prior to joining CSS, Jack spent three years as a social worker serving children, families, individuals who are homeless, and individuals with mental illness. Jack also has experience in international education, where he worked in study abroad offices at two different universities. In addition, his background includes positions on two, national-level political campaigns and an internship with the Office of the Governor of Colorado. Jack earned a master’s degree in international studies with concentrations in development and foreign policy from the Joseph Korbel School at the University of Denver, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. E-Mail: jbates@supportiveschools.org

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Roux Bedrosian

Administrative & Research Associate

Roux Bedrosian is an Administrative & Research Associate in CSS’s New Jersey office. She coordinates training events, prepares training materials, and supports program evaluation activities. Prior to joining CSS, Roux worked as the studio coordinator of a music school providing administrative support and assistance with event coordination. She also worked as a Family Support Specialist through the Arc of Middlesex County, where she assisted with the physical and cognitive needs of disabled adults. Roux holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a focus in critical sexualities studies from Rutgers University. Phone: (609) 252-9300, ext. 127 E-Mail: rbedrosian@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 E-Mail: bbrandt@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 E-Mail: ncarofalo@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. E-Mail: 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 E-Mail: 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. E-Mail: ecastro@supportiveschools.org

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Taryn Cheeks

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

Taryn Cheeks is a Community School Director working with Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School in New York City. As a Community School Director, Taryn 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, Taryn served as a Founding Dean of Students and Founding Assistant Principal at a charter school in Western Massachusetts and has held a variety of school leadership and administrative roles at charter schools in New York City. Taryn holds a master’s of education degree in psychology and a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation and disability studies both from Springfield College. She is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in school building leadership at St. John’s University. E-Mail: tcheeks@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. E-Mail: achun@supportiveschools.org

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Betsy Cohen

Director of Develolpment, New York City

Betsy Cohen is the Director of Development for CSS’s New York City fundraising efforts. She secures funds to support CSS’s strategic initiatives in New York City from national sources and from New York-based foundations, corporations, and individuals. Prior to joining CSS, Betsy worked in development for Success Academy Charter Schools, where she managed a Volunteer Program, a Young Professionals Committee, an Annual Holiday Appeal, database restructuring and implementation, and event planning. Betsy also worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as a grants and funding researcher, and as an English conversation instructor in Paris. She received a master’s degree from Harvard University in theological studies and a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature and women’s studies from Emory University. Phone: (609) 252-9300, ext. 130 E-Mail: bcohen@supportiveschools.org

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Christine Compo-Martin

Administrative & Research Associate

Christine Compo-Martin is an Administrative & Research Associate in CSS’s New Jersey office. She coordinates training events, prepares training materials, and supports program evaluation activities and daily office operations. Prior to joining CSS, Christine had a 28-year career as an educator teaching both middle and high school English Language Arts. She also served as an adjunct instructor at SUNY Potsdam in the Secondary Education program where she had the privilege of mentoring many amazing novice teachers. Christine also has experience in radio broadcasting, journalism, advertising, writing, and editing. Christine received her master of science in teaching from State University of New York at Potsdam, where she also received her bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in writing. Phone: (609) 252-9300, ext. 115 E-Mail: ccompo-martin@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. E-Mail: 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 E-Mail: adegraff@supportiveschools.org

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Guadalupe Diaz

Community School Director for Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance and Frederick Douglass Academy IV, New York City

Guadalupe Diaz is a Community School Director working with Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance and Frederick Douglass Academy IV. As a Community School Director, Guadalupe 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, Guadalupe worked with the New York City Department of Education as a teacher and principal, and with the Denver Public Schools as an assistant principal where she led an innovative roll-out of high school CTE pathways leading to associates degrees. She holds a master’s degree in bilingual legal interpreting from the College of Charleston, a master’s degree in education from Queens College, and is finishing a master’s degree in educational administration from Baruch College. Phone: (347) 464-0722 E-Mail: gdiaz@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 E-Mail: rdunnings@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 E-Mail: jenglebrecht@supportiveschools.org

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Sammijo Ervin

Administrative Associate

Sammijo Ervin is an Administrative 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 E-Mail: 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. E-Mail: afalkovich@supportiveschools.org

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Alison Fedyna

Senior Project Manager, New York City

Alison Fedyna is a Senior 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, Alison worked with Blue Engine, an educational non-profit working to increase high school students’ readiness for college, first as a teacher and tutor in NYC public schools and later managing the implementation of a social-psychological skills curriculum. She has also worked to support NYC students in other capacities, previously serving as a Policy Intern with Advocates for Children and conducting mixed-methods research evaluating the efficacy of educational interventions and policies. She holds a master’s degree in applied psychology with a concentration in education from New York University and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and biology from the University of Toledo. E-Mail: afedyna@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 E-Mail: afrank-zubova@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 E-Mail: charris@supportiveschools.org

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Melissa (Meli) Kimathi

Consultant, North Carolina

Melissa (Meli) Kimathi, MS.Ed., is a Consultant for CSS’s North Carolina office. In her role as Consultant, she facilitates at faculty training events to build the capacity of school personnel to successfully implement CSS’s solutions across the state. Prior to her role as a consultant, Melissa was a Project Manager for North Carolina. As a Project Manager, she provided on-site support to school administrators, faculty, and stakeholders to successfully implement CSS’s solutions. Prior to joining CSS, she spent over a decade developing and coordinating educational programs in disciplines ranging from literacy to leadership and cultural diversity, in both school and community-based settings in New York, Florida, and North Carolina. Melissa earned a master of science degree in International/Intercultural Education from Florida International University, a master of social work degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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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 E-Mail: kknight@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. E-Mail: jloveless@supportiveschools.org

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Joyce T. Lundy

Project Manager, New York City

Joyce T. Lundy is a 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. E-Mail: 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 E-Mail: 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. E-Mail: tmcelmoyl@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 E-Mail: 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. E-Mail: pmohamed@supportiveschools.org

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Mary Moloughney

Director of Administration

Mary Moloughney is 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 E-Mail: mmoloughney@supportiveschools.org

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Altagracia Montilla

Community School Director for Frederick Douglass Academy III, New York City

Altagracia Montilla is a Community School Director working with Frederick Douglass Academy III in New York City. As a Community School Director, Altagracia 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, 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 is a successful non-profit education leader, with 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: (718) 585-4024, ext. 3402 E-Mail: amontilla@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 E-Mail: emoon@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. E-Mail: pneenos@supportiveschools.org

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Thao Nguyen

Community School Director for Bronx Early College Academy, New York City

Thao Nguyen is a Community School Director working with Bronx Early College Academy in New York City. As a Community School Director, Thao 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, Thao completed two years of AmeriCorps service with City Year New York, providing literacy tutoring and afterschool programming to middle school students in the South Bronx. Most recently, she served as Program Manager, implementing City Year’s Whole School, Whole Child model at BECA. Thao received her bachelor’s degree in Classics from Union College. Phone: (917) 325-6684 E-Mail: tnguyen@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 E-Mail: trung.nguyen@supportiveschools.org

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Catherine Nti

Executive Director, New Jersey

Catherine Nti is the Executive Director for New Jersey, providing strategic vision and leadership for growth throughout New Jersey 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 E-Mail: cnti@supportiveschools.org

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Johanna Pisecky

Administrative & Research Associate, New York City

Johanna Pisecky is an Administrative & Research Associate in CSS’s New York City office. She coordinates training events, prepares materials, and supports program evaluation activities and daily office operations. Prior to joining CSS, Johanna worked as an evaluator and program manager for EDUCULT, an NGO in the field of education and culture. Johanna also has experience in the field of marketing and event management for educational organizations like the Postgraduate Center of the University of Vienna (Austria) and Fabel Kommmunikation in Stockholm (Sweden). Johanna holds a master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Vienna, where she also received bachelor’s degrees in Scandinavian studies and communication studies. Phone: (609) 252-9300, ext. 155 E-Mail: jpisecky@supportiveschools.org

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Karen Platt

Finance Associate

Karen Platt is a Finance Associate in our New Jersey office. She works closely with the 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 E-Mail: kplatt@supportiveschools.org

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Kainat A. Puetz

Contracts Manager

Kainat A. Puetz, Ph.D., is Contracts Manager in CSS’s New Jersey Office. As Contracts Manager, 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 E-Mail: 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 E-Mail: 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 E-Mail: mreagan@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. E-Mail: 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 E-Mail: crenta@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. E-Mail: 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 E-Mail: msantana@supportiveschools.org

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Kate Shaner

Administrative & Research Associate

Kate Shaner is an Administrative & Research 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 E-Mail: kshaner@supportiveschools.org

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Leah Shaw

Evaluation Coordinator

Leah Shaw, M.A., is Evaluation Coordinator 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 E-Mail: lshaw@supportiveschools.org

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Lindsay Shouldis

Evaluation Manager

Lindsay Shouldis, M.A., is Evaluation Manager 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. E-Mail: 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 E-Mail: msilk@supportiveschools.org

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Beshon Smith

Executive Director, Delaware and Maryland

Beshon Smith, Ph.D., is the Executive Director for Delaware and Maryland, providing strategic vision and leadership for growth in both states, 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. E-Mail: bsmith@supportiveschools.org

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Pamela Taylor

Senior Trainer, New Jersey

Pamela Taylor, M.S., is a Senior Trainer in CSS’s New Jersey office. She coordinates all technical assistance provided throughout New Jersey and supports administrators, faculty, and stakeholders from schools across the state 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 E-Mail: 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 received her bachelor’s degree in education with a concentration in secondary education and history from Seton Hall University. Phone: 718-888-7500 ext. 6191 E-Mail: 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 E-Mail: pvega@supportiveschools.org

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Maiya Preston Vick

Administrative & Research Associate, North Carolina

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 E-Mail: mpreston@supportiveschools.org

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Lauren Wainczak

Director of Finance & Accounting

Lauren Wainczak, CPA, is 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 E-Mail: lwainczak@supportiveschools.org

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Nora Wynn

Project Manager, New York City

Nora Wynn 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. Before joining CSS, Nora served young people across the south side of Chicago, facilitating group therapy in Chicago Public Schools for survivors of trauma and supporting homeless youth transitioning to independent living. She holds a master’s degree in clinical social work with a focus on child and adolescent mental health from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Hunter College. E-Mail: nwynn@supportiveschools.org

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