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Wayra’s Story

Wayra, who is cognitively gifted and also has significant impairments in speech and language, needed a school that could meet her unique learning needs.

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Leadership & Staff

Leadership & Staff

Kim Sweet
Executive Director

Matthew Lenaghan
Deputy Director

Karen Alves
Senior Education Specialist, Helpline

Melissa Atkinson
Administrative Assistant

Betty Baez Melo
Project Director, Early Childhood Education Project

Tayo Belle
Staff Attorney

Gilma Bernal
Education Specialist, NYS-TEACHS

Hannah Briggs
Jesuit Volunteer, Project Achieve

Janyll Canals-Kernizan
Staff Attorney, Robin Hood Project

Vanessa Collado
Administrative Assistant

Joao Da Silva
Education Specialist, NYS-TEACHS

Lilliana Díaz-Pedrosa
Director, AFC Parent Center

Michelle Eaton 
Senior Education Specialist, Project Achieve

Ana Espada
Senior Advocate/PTIC Co-Director

Michelle Frank
Assistant Director, NYS-TEACHS

Jacqueline Garbe
Administrative Assistant, NYS-TEACHS

Mileisa Gomez 
Advocate, Parent Center

Ashley Grant
Supervising Staff Attorney

Ivette Greenblatt
Director of Development

Allison Guttu
Supervising Staff Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator

Chantal Hamlin
Staff Attorney, Project Achieve

Harold Hinds
Staff Attorney, Charter Schools Initiative

Daniel Hochbaum
Staff Attorney

Beata Jarosz
Development Associate

Carolina Jimenez
Education Specialist, Helpline

Anne Klein
Director of Operations

Emily Kramer
Program Analyst, NYS-TEACHS

Meggie Kwiatkowski
Human Resources Manager 

Randi Levine
Policy Director

Arija Linauts
Senior Program Associate, NYS-TEACHS

Kimberly Madden
Director of Family Support

Gena Miller
Equal Justice Works Fellow, Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Maggie Moroff
Special Education Policy Coordinator

Jacqueline Ontaneda
Education Helpline Supervisor

Romi Paek
Assistant Director, Project Thrive

Erika Palmer
Supervising Attorney

Sarah Part
Communications & Policy Associate

Alyssa Perrone
Staff Attorney, School Justice Project

Andrea Picon
Education Specialist, Helpline

Laur-Edine Pierre
Transition and Family Support Specialist

Jennifer Pringle
Project Director, NYS-TEACHS

Karoline Quiros 
Education Specialist, Helpline

Rita Rodriguez-Engberg
Project Director, Immigrant Students' Rights Project

Rebecca Shore
Director of Litigation

Rohini Singh
Staff Attorney, School Justice Project

Jared Stein
Director, Robin Hood Project

Macy Stockton
Senior Advocate, Robin Hood Project/Coordinator of Social Work Initiatives

Sam Streed
Policy Analyst

Eliza Vasconcellos
Staff Attorney, Robin Hood Project

Nicole Wallach
Staff Attorney, Immigrant Students' Rights Project

Maya Weissman
Staff Attorney, Early Childhood Education Project

Linda Yassky
Director of Donor Relations and Special Events

Dawn Yuster
Project Director, School Justice Project