A goal of The National Afterschool Matters Fellowship is to engage fellows in the preparation and writing of briefing papers, workshops, curricula, and articles for professional publication. Recent works include:


    • How to Redefine Structured After-school Activities So Kids Will Be Engaged
      by Omid Amini in Youth Today Read here>>


    • The Story of a Goose: Creating an Afterschool Culture That Matters!
      by Sonia Toledo in Youth Today Read here>>


    • A Holistic Approach to OST Staff Development
      by Mike Waters in Youth Today Read here>>


    • The Language of Spaces
      by Devan Blackwell in Youth Today Read here>>


    • Continuum of Professional Development Should Target Needs, Develop Talents
      by Mike Waters in Youth Today Read here>>


    • Teaching our Children the Truth to Self-Love
      by Sonia Toledo in Fractus Learning Read here>>


    • Medical Needs in After-school Programs: What Would You Do?
      by Ashley Peters in Youth Today Read here>>


    • The Plague of the Broken Crayons and the Heads That Haunted Us
      by Sara Cole in Afterschool Matters Journal Read here>>


    • Detroit’s Kids Deserve After-school Programs
      by Kim Newberry in The Detroit News Read here>>


    • Professional Development in Out-of-School Time - A Case Study in Maine
      by Pamela Prevost in Youth Today OST Hub Read here>>


    • The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship: Building a Community of Practice Founded on Social Justice Principles
      by Cecelia Auditore in Youth Today OST Hub Read here>>/a>


    • 4 Powerful Tips To Keep After-School Children Engaged and Focused
      by Sonia Toledo in Fractus Learning Read here>>

The 2015-2017 cohort completed its fellowship in spring 2017. Facilitators of the program were Georgia Hall, Ph.D., Michelle Porche, Ed.D., Jenny Grossman, Ph.D., and Sara Hill, Ed.D. The fellows are:


Omid Amini

Omid Amini started his work inOST programs right after college as an activity leader creating fun and engaging projects for kids. He then joined an AmeriCorps program for two years, aiding in the development of young adults into leaders through community service. Following this, he joined Denver Public Schools’ Department of Extended Learning as a program specialist, where he led three individuals in OST programs and coordinated 17 outside organizations to offer paid and free enrichment for students at University Park Elementary. His current role with the Department of Extended Learning is as a program supervisor, where he leads six individuals across six elementary schools in implementing programs and OST services for students.

Cecelia Auditore

Cecelia Auditore joined the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship (MPF) in August 2008 as an AmeriCorps fellow, where she she served at Mass Mentoring Partnership and Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring. She joined the MPF staff in July 2012 as their evaluation and volunteer manager.

In her role at Mass Promise, an AmeriCorps program housed at the Center of Community Service at Northeastern University, she supports and evaluates 30 Corps members as they implement OST interventions in the form of mentoring, academic enrichment, or college and career readiness for youth in grades six to twelve. Their mission is to decrease the incidence of drop-out by implementing evidence-based OST interventions in low-income communities and schools. She trains Corps members to adhere to their assessment protocol and coaches community partners around evaluation procedures.

Before joining the staff at MPF, she also worked as a research assistant at the University of Chicago, supporting their urban health initiatives. She graduated from Emmanuel College with a B.A. in history and a minor in political science, and in 2010 earned her M.S. in global studies and international affairs from Northeastern University. Her research capstone explored the impact of conflict in oil regions of Colombia, particularly the negative health and education outcomes of displaced populations. Currently, she is pursuing an Ed.D, also at Northeastern, and her goal is to pursue research in how OST programs can foster engagement as well as lower the incidence of drop-out.

Devan Blackwell

During his more than a decade in OST, Devan Blackwell has developed, facilitated, supervised, and evaluated a number of educational programs and expanded learning opportunities that supported the academic, artistic and social-emotional development of youth. He has created many arts-based initiatives, including: Resilient: A Learning Experience, an urban landscape photography and writing initiative for youth that resulted in a museum installation; and, The SPE@K Project, an award-winning film and teaching curriculum that cultivated artistic strategies for encouraging youth voice.

Olutosin Burrell

Olutosin "Olu" Burrell is an education and change management professional who hails from Washington, D.C. He has worked in the field of education at both the secondary and post-secondary level for the majority of his professional career, including more than five years as an English Instructor at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School (also his alma mater). In addition to his work as a program development specialist in the Office of Youth Programs at the D.C. Department of Employment Services, where he develops training and program modules that connect the classroom to the boardroom, he also serves as an adjunct professor of English at Trinity Washington University. Olu holds a B.A. in English from Howard University, an M.S. in organization development from American University, and is currently pursuing a certification in comprehensive evidence-based coaching from Fielding Graduate University.

Sara Cole

As the vice president of youth development for the YMCA of Greater Rochester, Sara Cole works with a team of creative youth and community development innovators to provide a spectrum of high-quality programming to serve thousands of youth in the Greater Rochester area, from cradle to career, each day. In addition to being one of the key architects of a nationally-replicated afterschool model, Cole develops and deploys collaborative strategies which have led to increased Association capacity and new programming pathways with local school districts and community agencies. Her grant-writing results have led to more than $2 million in new program improvements and revenue in 2015. Additionally, Cole serves as the regional food program facilitator for the YMCA of the USA and guides large YMCAs throughout the East Coast as they expand food access and enhance food quality.

Previously, Cole served as the director of OST for the Community Services YMCA in Cincinnati where she led 21st CCLC partnerships for Cincinnati Public Schools through CincyAfterSchool programs. She also advised on YMCA Community Learning Center development, served as regional director of the Building Futures Mentoring Program, acted as Director for Walnut Hills Childcare Center, and offered guidance in operating Educational Service tutoring programs.

Before joining the YMCA, Cole served as the assistant director of education for the Department of Youth Services, and provided program management for 63 residential schools and 20 Community Re-entry Centers throughout the state of Massachusetts. Managing over $14 million in educational services, Sara interacted with LEAs as well as faith and community based organizations throughout the state. A former college professor, she brings a personal commitment to promoting youth development, educating youth, and eradicating the achievement gap to open access to educational and workforce pathways to all.

Dare Dukes

Dare Dukes is the executive director of Deep Center in Savannah, Georgia. Deep Center takes an in-depth approach to literacy and creative youth development by challenging young people to engage with language and their stories through writing, reading, and performance. Deep also strives to raise the voices of diverse young people in to ensure their perspectives, stories, and aesthetics are part of Savannah's rich cultural fabric, and to afford them the opportunity to engage in critical debates and the development of new cultural forms and movements.

Dukes is a musician, writer, and a nonprofit leader with more than 20 years of experience working in arts and social-justice nonprofit settings, both as an artist and leader. As a nonprofit professional, he worked for more than eleven years as development and communications director for Global Action Project (GAP), a New York City nonprofit that provides award-winning media-arts and leadership training for marginalized and low-income youth. There he directed fundraising and related organizational communications and strategy for one of the nation's leading youth media-arts nonprofits. Dukes has also consulted extensively for nonprofits across the country, and prior to his tenure at GAP, he was the manager of foundation and corporate relations for the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law, where he oversaw an institutional-giving portfolio for a leading public-interest law firm working to strengthen democratic institutions, protect the poor, and ensure fairness in the U.S. criminal justice system.

As a musician and composer, Dukes has written, arranged, and produced two critically acclaimed indie rock and folk records and performed across the country. As a writer and performance artist, Dare wrote numerous plays and performances presented in traditional and nontraditional venues in Boston and New York City; articles for periodicals; and two novels (one unpublished, another a work-in-progress). He earned an MFA in creative writing from The New School, a second MFA in theater from the University of Minnesota, and a B.A. in English literature from the College of the Holy Cross.

Dukes has attended the Summer Institute at the Red Clay Writing Project, the National Writing Project's site at the University of Georgia, Athens, and he is a Red Clay Writing Project teaching consultant.

Briana Flannery

Briana Flannery is director of development at For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO), a nonprofit organization that provides year-round OST programming in partnership with families, school and communities north of Boston, and now serves over 1,200 children in partnership with 18 schools within six communities. She has been with the organization since 2007, and her current role, manages fundraising, board development, program planning, budgeting and evaluation. She has extensive experience in grant writing, assessment and data analysis and collaboration with school districts, and knowledge of Massachusetts’ policy, procedure and implementation of the Child Care and Development Block Grant and 21st CCLC grant programming. She is involved with many local and statewide policy teams, advocacy groups and community organizations working to improve the lives of children and families and has participated at numerous local, state and national conferences as both a trainer and attendee.

Andrew Fletcher

Andrew Fletcher is the program director for 21st CCLC Afterschool Program in the Cassia County School District in Idaho. He have degrees in English and philosophy and is currently finishing a secondary teaching certificate in English. Since 2011, he has been directly involved with afterschool program operations in 18 different schools across eastern and southern Idaho, and has provided statewide presentations and trainings on incorporating STEM education into afterschool. He has also provided local and regional afterschool educators with professional development opportunities in service learning, technology integration, and quality program standards. He also coaches a high school cross-country team.

Rachel Katkar

Rachel Katkar majored in biology, but realized her passion was in youth development. Her first job was at the Science Museum of Minnesota, hiring high school youth to work in the Cell Laboratory. Later, Rachel enrolled in an M.Ed. program specializing in natural science and environmental education.

Now, Katkar coordinates community education classes for 16,000 youth in preschool through grade 12. She combines youth and family feedback with the passions of her instructors and curriculum development. In the summer of 2015, she created a camp for 30 youth called Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, which involved theatre makeup, an Aikido self-defense workshop, fishing, archery, and the anatomy of the human brain. Additionally, she facilitates the Youth Leadership Team, a group of high school youth who choose and implement community impact projects. In her spare time, she teaches cello lessons over Skype to a student in Seoul, South Korea, and trumpet to a non-traditional learner in person.

Andrea Magiera-Guy

Andrea Magiera-Guy is the principal of Youth Development Solutions. She has an M.S. in social administration and planning from Columbia University’s School of Social Work and has been working in youth development and cultural exchange programs for the past 17 years.

Working as a program director, a funder, a policy maker, and a consultant, Magiera-Guy has:

  • Revitalized and redesigned an afterschool program in Washington Heights, New York. Supported and supervised the implementation of 119 OST Programs in the Bronx and Manhattan that served New York City youth ages five to 21.
  • Managed the design of a contract database system used across four DYCD program areas to track attendance, participation, program design, and implementation.
  • Launched the Teen ACTION Service Learning initiative, part of the Center for Economic Opportunity’s anti-poverty programming.
  • Coached after-school programs in program planning and design and program management.

Kendra Moore

Kendra A. Moore received both her Bachelor and Master of Social Work from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. She has over 10 years of experience in youth programs, strategic planning and teen development. Her professional experience includes serving as a director of the Bellemeade Community Center for the City of Richmond in Virginia and currently working for the City of Tallahassee as interim executive director for the Palmer Munroe Teen Center. Ms. Moore is a proud and loyal member of Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority and Divine Light No. 6 Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Prince Hall Affiliated.

Kimberly Newberry

Kimberly Newberry was educated in Detroit Public Schools and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. She also studied on the graduate level at Wayne State University and Central Michigan University. She has held key leadership positions within various organizations, including serving on the board of directors of the National Association for Child and Youth Care Practice. Kim is the program director for youth development at Don Bosco Hall, a leadership member on the Detroit Youth Development Alliance and a trainer of the Academy of Competent Youth Work. She serves as the founder, president and CEO of Developing Kingdoms In Different Stages (Developing K.I.D.S.) Developing K.I.D.S. has served more than 700 youth and their families since its inception in 2006.

Ashley Peters

Ashley Peters has worked in the field of afterschool for the past 25 years. Her personal journey has given her the opportunity to lead a program through National Accreditation, becoming the first non-military based afterschool program in South Carolina to become nationally accredited by the National Afterschool Association (NAA). Her career started as a part-time counselor in the “Adventure Club” afterschool program, while attending the College of Charleston. Eight months later, her supervisor was promoted and moved to a different school, and Ashley became the site coordinator.

Advancing through the ranks of the school district has given her the opportunity to work as a program manager, overseeing eight afterschool programs, to her current position as program officer in the Office of Expanded Learning and Community Education, for the Charleston County School District. She has served as an endorser and endorsement application reviewer for NAA, and currently serves as a reviewer of 21st Century Grants going through the CIPAS process. She has been active in promoting afterschool at the state and national level, holding positions with the South Carolina Afterschool Association and the South Carolina Adult and Community Education Association, as well as servings as a regional representative for the National Community Education Association, where she earned a national fellowship.

Pamela Prevost

Since 2003, Pamela Prevost has worked with the Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network facilitating cohorts of Maine OST programs seeking national accreditation of their OST programs (through NAA and COA accreditation). She was also trained as an afterschool accreditation endorser for NAA and the Council on Accreditation.

She has been active in Maine’s Afterschool Network as a member of their leadership team and has facilitated a cohort of OST practitioners statewide who are interested in obtaining Maine’s Youth Development Credential.

She written, co-written, and revised curricula related to school age care for the Maine Roads to Quality Prpfessional Development Network. She wrote a course that was delivered as a series of afterschool classes at one of Maine’s community colleges in the spring of 2016.

She has written two articles for the Youth Today Hub:

  • She is currently completing her studies for a Ph.D. in education and human development at the University of Maine. Her research interests include the impact of professional development and technical assistance supports (such as coaching/mentoring) in providing engaging learning experiences for youth in OST programs.

  • Elana Rosenberg

    Elana Rosenberg is the senior project manager of expanded learning at United Way of Rhode Island. She joined the team in September 2014, with a background in higher education and program development, and is responsible for the overall management and growth of the statewide afterschool network: RIASPA. Prior to coming to United Way, she spent five years providing direct service to 13- to 23-year-olds at Youth Pride, Inc., where she coordinated center programming, provided professional development to Rhode Island school educators and administrators, and helped facilitate both statewide and national networks. She enjoys working with diverse populations, striving towards a community conscious of social justice, and working collaboratively with colleagues. She is particularly interested in exploring the intersection between afterschool and the school-to-prison-pipeline. Rosenberg received her Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Smith College and a Master’s degree in college student personnel from Miami University of Ohio.

    Julia Rugg

    Julia Rugg is the chief strategy officer at WINGS for Kids, a nonprofit organization focused on developing social and emotional learning skills in at-risk elementary school age youth during the after school hours. In July 2011, she launched WINGS’ expansion efforts across the Southeast with the CEO, and has worked alongside the senior team to ensure the WINGS model has been replicated with fidelity and quality through internal and external evaluations. She evaluates current and future growth opportunities for WINGS, develops partner relationships, and builds the necessary internal infrastructure and resources necessary to support growth. Rugg’s experiences range from the nonprofit to small business industries, and includes work as a federal government attorney. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.

    Ana Thomas

    Ana Thomas has a M.Ed in youth development and has worked in the OST field for 10 years. She is currently certified through the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality as a qualified Youth Work Methods trainer, Youth Work Management, and a reliable assessor for the Youth Program Quality Assessment tool. In the course of her career she has had a wide range of experiences establishing youth programs both in private and non-profit organizations including the ramp up and implementation of a 21st CCLC where she managed a team of youth development instructors. In these roles she has helped to develop and implement meaningful content, elevate staff practice and create quality learning environments for young people. In her current role as school-age advisor at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, she has helped build the infrastructure necessary to support quality OST programs. In this role, she manages the continuous improvement processes for school-age directors that gives afterschool staff an opportunity to assess their own programs, reflect on their strengths and growth areas, then build out improvement goals to elevate the quality of their programming. As a part of this process, she facilitates workshops and training for front line staff to introduce best practice, examine new techniques and plan how to incorporate these new skills into their practice.

    Thomas has been able to share this work with city, state, and national audiences presenting at numerous conferences on best practices in OST, including the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Youth Development Summit, the Illinois Afterschool Network State Conference and the Ready by 21 National Meeting. In 2015, she was asked to be a contributing writer for the “From the Field” section of Beyond the Bell: A Toolkit for Creating Effective Afterschool Programs designed by American Institutes for Research.

    Sonia Toledo

    For the past 25 years, Sonia Toledo has worked in the after-school field building quality programming for students in elementary through high school during their out-of-school time. Toledo spent her first 10 years as a hands-on director of Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA, and Children's Aid Society. In 1995, she created a workshop for after-school staff focused on building children's self-esteem, in order to make a difference in their future successes. Her career in youth development took off, as she became more involved in training and advocacy on a state and a national level.

    From conception to institutionalization, she has contributed to the creation of grassroots projects for not-for-profit organizations and public schools. As former President of the After School Works NY (formerly the New York State School Age Care Coalition), she spearheaded a strategic plan with the board of directors to bring the organization to the next level of institutionalization, creating statewide infrastructure to support building quality after-school programs and enhancing professionalism in the field. In 1998, she became a national endorser for the National AfterSchool Association, assessing programs and recommending them for accreditation. Today she is still endorsing after-school programs with the Council on Accreditation.

    During her nine years at Child Care, Inc., she streamlined and upgraded the school-age department to deliver nationally recognized standards and best practices to thousands of program directors and staff members of after-school programs throughout New York City.

    As a single mother of two sons, she has faced the challenges of raising boys in New York City, and the experience has clarified and energized her passion for making a difference in the lives of whole families—not just children. She founded Dignity of Children, Inc. in 2008 with the vision of creating programs that would support families holistically. She now serves as CEO, and her approach is to educate adults, parents, caregivers, and teachers, helping them to create environments for children that will make them feel emotionally safe and develop their self-worth.

    Michael Waters

    For the past 18 years, Michael Waters has worked in an expanding role within Westlake City School District in Westlake, Ohio. In this suburban public school district on the west side of Cleveland, he is responsible for the development, implementation, supervision, and coordination of all district OST programming for students in eight K-12 schools, along with providing adult community education programming. This programming encompasses content areas including art, music, drama, STEM, world language, physical education and college prep, and serves nearly 1000 students annually. He has presented nationally on multiple occasions at the National After School Association Convention on topics ranging from continuous improvement to multi-site management.

    Jocelyn Wiedow

    Jocelyn Wiedow works as the network and quality coordinator of Sprockets, the citywide OST system in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The "network" part of her role convenes groups of youth workers on a monthly basis to network and collaborate. Through the "quality" part of her role, she supports network partners through their quality improvement cycle and provides trainings throughout the year.

    Prior to working with Sprockets, she engaged in a variety of youth work, most recently managing an afterschool and summer program in St. Paul for eight- to 14-year-olds. She has also worked direct service with young people in OST programs, support groups, probation and diversion supervision, wraparound case management as well as camp settings.

    Tinnycua Williams

    Tinnycua Williams is the director of programs at Homes for the Homeless' Saratoga Family Inn in Queens, NY, where she is responsible for the operational success of multiple programs in the areas of school age and adult education programs primarily in the area of workforce development. In that capacity, Williams focuses on ensuring seamless team management and development, program delivery, and quality control, evaluation and reporting. Previously, Williams managed, oversaw, and organized the education department of the Saratoga Family Inn serving more than 600 residents. By building partnerships with community-based organizations, Williams increased the shelter’s afterschool enrollment rate by over 77 percent over the course of a year and a half. Before joining Homes for the Homeless in 2010, Williams served as program director at the Samuel Field YM & YWHA and as program coordinator at the Harlem Children’s Zone’s Countee Cullen Community Center.

    Williams earned her B.A. from Colgate University, where she studied Africana Studies and Political Science.

    The 2017-2019 cohort kicked off its fellowship with a retreat on the Wellesley College campus, Wellesley, MA in September 2017. Facilitators for the current cohort are Georgia Hall, Ph.D., Lisette DeSouza, Ph.D., Katie Wheeler, Ed.D., and Sara Hill, Ed.D. The fellows are:


    Kourtney Andrada

    Kourtney Andrada graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz and began her career in youth work as a college advisor for first-generation students in Watsonville, California, through UCSC's Education Opportunity Program. In 2006, she began her work with Girls Inc. of Alameda County where she currently works as a program manager. Kourtney’s work with young people has ranged from direct service and coordinating middle and high school programs, to managing elementary and middle school programs for girls. Andrada has also facilitated trainings both locally and on a national level with the goal of supporting the efforts to professionalize the OST field.

    Maria Arteaga-Beltran

    Maria Arteaga-Beltran is currently associate director of Youth Speak Collective in Northridge, California. Her career in youth development started right after she graduated from college and joined AmeriCorps VISTA, where she was introduced to the nonprofit world. She has worked in the nonprofit world since 2004, focused on providing youth with opportunities to find and utilize their voices. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a B.A. in sociology and obtained an M.S. in human services, non-profit management.

    Melvina Banti

    Melvina S. Banti has over ten years of supervision, policy and procedure enforcement, project facilitation, and staff development experience in the nonprofit sector. As a problem solver and strategic thinker, Melvina is known for her hard-work and perseverance.

    Melvina started her professional career as an AmeriCorps member with EducationWorks, Inc. and served as an afterschool program site coordinator for two years at Gideon school in North Philadelphia. After successfully completing two terms of AmeriCorps service, in 2008, she was hired as an operations manager (OM) to oversee six of sixteen After School Initiative (ASI) programs. Until May 2016, she served as an OM for six of eighteen Department of Human Services licensed OST programs. During her work as an OM, Melvina was responsible for the professional growth of numerous OST AmeriCorps and part-time staff. She succeeded at coaching and supporting OST staff to ensure their professional growth, quality programming, and safety of all enrolled children. Currently, Melvina is assistant director of OST programs for Episcopal Community Services.

    Melvina earned a B.A. in English education with a minor in Spanish from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, in 2006. She also holds an M.A. in English from Middlebury College, BreadLoaf School of English, Vermont (2010), and an M.S. in nonprofit management from Eastern University, the Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies, Pennsylvania (2012).

    Marie Benson

    Marie Benson has worked in the OST field since 1991, when she was asked to work for the afterschool program at her daughter’s preschool as a substitute staff member. She was then asked to apply for the director position when the founding director left. She has also been involved in OST at the local level by organizing conferences, at the state level as president, as an endorser for NAA, and as a Weikart Trainer. Her degree is in business.

    Alicia Christensen

    Alicia Christensen currently serves as the outreach programs manager for Denver Zoo. She has been working in informal science and OST education since 2002, including aquariums, residential camps, National Parks, and university outreach and afterschool programs. She holds a B.S. from Colorado State University and an M.S. in marine resource management, with a focus on free-choice learning, from Oregon State University. She grew up and currently resides in Colorado, but has always had a tremendous passion for the ocean, and visits frequently. She loves the outdoors, animals, and inspiring others to appreciate their natural world. Her most recent work has involved the development of a very popular Denver Zoo afterschool outreach program that partners with afterschool providers in the Denver area.

    Trina Dorn

    Trina Dorn joined the team at LearningWorks in July 2014, inspired by the agency’s mission to help children, adults, and families realize their potential through innovative educational programs. She uses her background in science and elementary education as assistant director of LearningWorks Afterschool in Portland. Dorn is a licensed K-8 educator in Maine and holds a B.A. in elementary education and Ecology, as well as an M.A. in teaching and curriculum design, from Bennington College in Vermont.

    Prior to joining the LearningWorks team, Dorn taught pre-K, kindergarten, and first grade in Vermont and Maine. She started in educational leadership and science curriculum design in early 2014 when she designed and launched summer marine science programs at Coastal Studies for Girls in Freeport. She brings this innovative, big-picture thinking into her work of developing afterschool and summer programs at six of Portland’s public elementary schools.

    Chris Dudley

    Chris Dudley is a 15-year professional in OST and senior director of youth development the YMCA of Greater Rochester in Rochester, NY. His YMCA career path has been guided by a community-wide approach to serving families. In partnership with the United Way, a dozen public school districts and higher learning institutions, local museums, local medical partners, and under the leadership and guidance of the YMCA of the USA, the YMCA of Greater Rochester continues to implement innovative programming that strengthens their communities, help children to be active and make healthy food choices, develop passions for arts and sciences, and strives to close the achievement gap.

    Connor Durham

    Connor has worked in OST for over 15 years. He began as an afterschool counselor with the Boys and Girls Club, and now works as a coordinator of Elementary Community Learning Center (CLC) programming with Seattle Parks and Recreation. He has facilitated the addition of CLC programming at multiple school sites, incorporated ESL classes for families into OST programming, developed academic transition programs and summer learning programs for elementary school youth. In addition to his work with the City of Seattle, Connor has spent the past 10 years volunteering for Camp Ten Trees, a residential summer camp for youth in the LGBTQ community, in various roles ranging from camp leadership staff to the board of directors. Connor holds a B.A. in recreation from Western Washington University, and a M.Ed in guidance and counseling from City University of Seattle.

    Amy Franks

    In her nearly 20 years in OST, Amy Franks has worked in afterschool programs in every capacity from beginning as a group leader in college through becoming the head of the School-Community Relations Department in Orange County Schools. Franks, who holds a B.A. in English education, has worked primarily in school-based programs, but has served in community and non-profit organizations as well, providing direct services, supervising others who provide direct services, volunteering in programs, and serving on committees that address needs related to the provision of high quality afterschool programs.

    Leah Golubchick

    Leah Golubchick is the manager of middle and high school courses and institutes at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), where she oversees programs that explore the natural world with NYC teens and middle schoolers. She holds an MSEd from Bank Street’s Leadership in Museum Education Program. Before AMNH, Leah taught informal science and history in institutions across New York City, including the Children's Museum of Manhattan, The Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum.

    Sabriyah Hassan

    Sabriyah is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park (2002 B.A., Spanish) and holds a Master’s degree from Loyola University of Maryland (2009) in educational leadership. Her past professional experiences include working as a special education teacher for the Pathways Schools in Silver Spring, Maryland, as a behavior intervention specialist for Baltimore’s Kennedy Krieger Institute, and as a site manager and community school coordinator for Elev8 Baltimore.

    Sabriyah founded Team Triumphant, Inc. in 2006 to identify innovative and meaningful OST activities and make them accessible to all Baltimore City youth. Team Triumphant’s mission is to provide supplemental educational and extracurricular services to youth that promote creative thinking, develop strong problem solving skills, build self-esteem and improve physical and mental well being. Since its founding, Team Triumphant, Inc. has worked with over 300 students in grades K-12.

    Brandon Hutton

    Brandon Hutton has been in the Youth Development field for eight years. His career started in afterschool programs while working towards his B.S. in sociology at Kansas State University. Previously, Brandon served as a senior unit director for the Boys and Girls Club in Manhattan, Kansas. Currently, he works as a research project coordinator with the Kansas Enrichment Network through the Center for Public Partnerships and Research, University of Kansas. Brandon has received multiple certificates related to afterschool professional development involving STEM education and afterschool administration. Brandon holds certification in the Simensions of Success tool from the PEAR Institute at Harvard University and serves as an external assessor for the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.

    Janice Manfredi

    Jan Manfredi is the director of expanded learning time, Boston Public Schools. In this role she oversees the rollout of a longer school day for 58 K-12 schools; the implementation of 21st Century Learning Funds, Summer School K-12 and Online and Blended Serving. Jan has also served as part of the BPS High School Redesign Team and sits on the Superintendent's Leadership Team.

    Prior to joining BPS, she was the project director for the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services Education Reform Initiative at the Commonwealth Corporation, where she was responsible for the oversight and management of the agency’s statewide multi-year education reform initiative in its 58 facilities. She has served as youth director in a large urban district and taught for many years in programs for at-risk youth. Jan began her career in the national education legislative and policy arena and continues to participate on various federal and state advisory boards.

    Jan holds an advanced degree in curriculum design and instruction from Cambridge College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut. She has been involved in professional development and strategic planning for schools and school districts across the country and has served as a member of the Gates Foundation Youth Transitions Taskforce.

    Lizette Martinez

    Lizette Marie Martinez lives in Brooklyn, New York and is a mother of two beautiful daughters and three grandchildren. She studied deviant behavior and social control with a minor in psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and proceeded to work in city government to pursue her passion for youth development. Currently, she is a deputy director at the Department of Youth and Community Development and oversees a portfolio of 71 OST programs with a budget of $24+ million that serves 7,975 middle school youth throughout the New York City area.

    Tricia McGuiness-Carmichael

    Patricia McGuiness-Carmichael is assistant director of Tenacity’s Middle School Academy, with an expertise in family engagement, who works to empower students and parents to access services to foster academic, behavioral, and social-emotional success. Patricia has worked in the out of school time field for more than a decade in direct service roles and in research, policy, and evaluation as knowledge projects manager with Boston After School & Beyond (BASB). As a family engagement coordinator, Patricia worked to support families by acting as an advocate and making necessary resource connections. While with BASB, Patricia worked to strengthen the quality of afterschool programming by helping nonprofits access and utilize data for ongoing program improvement. Patricia has facilitated substance abuse groups for parents and adolescents at Children’s Hospital Boston and has worked in a variety of camps for kids. Patricia is a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) and has received continuous training in work with youth and families. She holds an MSW from the University of South Carolina and a B.A. from Stonehill College with a focus on criminal justice and psychology.

    Keith Miller, Jr.

    Keith Miller is an award-winning director of Deep Center's advanced, year-long creative writing and youth leadership program, Block by Block. A storyteller, creative, and village-maker, he has several years experience recruiting, training, screening and matching over 1,500 mentors across 18 different New York City high schools with youth mentoring organization iMentor; crafting compelling marketing campaigns for the the largest school districts in the country at TNTP; and developing NYU Stern's first-ever ambassador program and think tank of over 30 business school students tasked with reshaping and reimagining school culture.

    Keith also serves as the managing editor and creative director of The Pillow Talk Project, a website dedicated to sharing the fearless stories of men--and those who love them--in an effort to redefine masculinity while rediscovering the power of everyday intimate conversations. He also collaborates with artists around the country, sparking national dialogues through marketing campaigns like #WeSmileToo and #WhenMenDance, bringing the power of creative storytelling, healing, and empowerment to the masses.

    In addition to being a National Writing Project teaching consultant, Keith is pursuing his M.S. in educational psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison exploring village making and fostering fearlessness and empathy through creative arts.

    Marisela Montoya

    Marisela Montoya is the director of education for Foundation Communities, a nonprofit affordable housing organization in Austin, Texas. Marisela graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in psychology. She began her work with out of school time programs during college. For 24 years, she has directed and implemented programs for youth and adults, including eight years with Austin ISD as a program director and program specialist (community education; at-risk youth programs; afterschool, teen and adult education programs). She has been with Foundation Communities for 16 years, first as lead learning center coordinator, and now as the director of education. In her current position she oversees 12 learning centers in the Austin and North Texas areas. The learning centers provide on-site afterschool, summer and adult education programs for residents. She holds a certificate in nonprofit leadership and management from Austin Community College and Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations.

    Abby Nash

    Abby Nash began her career with youth development as an afterschool assistant in North East Independent School District’s, Kids’ Involvement Network. Her professional path at NEISD led her through the roles of site director, 21ST CCLC grant programmer, program coordinator, and training director. After participating in many community efforts to support youth in OST hours, Nash joined the YMCA of Greater San Antonio as the district director of youth development. She currently operates as an executive director of OST overseeing afterschool and summer day camp programs. She has a B.A. in political science and an M.S. in organizational leadership.

    Shawn Petty

    Shawn Petty is training and development manager for Westat, overseeing the creation and implementation of educational training products and providing leadership to a team of instructional designers, trainers, and technical assistance consultants. In this role, he drives results for one of Westat’s main clients, the Texas Education Agency 21st CCLC Program Enhancement and Quality Assurance program.

    Prior to joining Westat, Petty worked with one of Houston’s largest non-profit OST entities as a project director overseeing nine 21st CCLC programs in Klein ISD, with a staff of 100 and serving over 1500 students daily. Petty’s tenure in OST began as a program coordinator managing multiple 21st CCLCs and partnership projects at Harris County Department of Education’s Cooperative for After-School Enrichment.

    Mr. Petty also served as the South East Texas Afterschool Association president (2010-2011) and secretary (2008-2010) and was an active liaison for the National Afterschool Association and the state affiliation. He was invited to join the charter board for the Texas Partners of Out-of-School-Time and led its communication committee. In 2013, Petty was selected as a White-Riley-Peterson Fellow with Furman University and has been asked back every year as a faculty member. In 2017, he was selected to be a National Afterschool Matters Fellow at Wesley College.

    Petty began his career at the Walt Disney Company as a guest service operations manager, managing business operations including financial and reserve planning, resort arrival and departure experience, hiring, training, schedules, cost control, marketing, and inventory. He was project manager on a variety of Disney projects and a leadership trainer. Petty then joined the Target Corporation as an executive distribution manager, where he facilitated a just-in-time distribution system through Six Sigma and Lean Management techniques, and developed a flexible scheduling system that became a standard for the Target Distribution System.

    Mr. Petty holds a B.S. in business management from BYU-Hawaii, a Project Management Certification from Villanova University, and a Master’s of Political Management from George Washington University.

    Kate Porter

    Kate Porter began OST work as a teen assisting in a preschool summer program at a small daycare center. She then obtained obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in general education with triple minors in early childhood, physical education and reading at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    Following graduation, she continued to work in child care settings including as a site coordinator for the Eastern Michigan University Bright Futures program, a 21st CCLC funded program. She then took an administrative position overseeing 10 of the 20 sites at EMU, training front line staff, assisting with hiring, supporting staff and their programs. She is now a quality specialist with the Michigan After School Partnership, supporting programs throughout the state.

    Anthony Pound

    Anthony Pound is assistant director of education/Youth Corps for the New 42nd Street and New Victory Theater. He joined The New Victory Theater in 2007 working with the teen program, The New Victory Usher Corps. He has since gone on to helm and develop three other programs at the New 42nd Street focused on arts administration, arts access, and college success. Previously, he worked with teens as a counselor and acting instructor at Ewing’s Children’s Theater, a venue run by the City of Memphis, and as a theater director and arts administrator for numerous regional theater companies. A 2009 JP Morgan Chase Fellow, Pound has obtained certifications for mentor supervision through Fordham University and Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and for college counseling through the Options Institute. In 2014, he was honored to accept the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities on behalf of the New Victory Usher Corps program. He studied performance in the BFA program at the University of Memphis.

    Carla Rizzo

    Carla Rizzo has been working in the nonprofit field for nearly 20 years at Camp Fire USA – Midlands Chapter, now Completely KIDS, starting as a volunteer and then as part-time program support staff. She was promoted to program coordinator and then program manager after completing her MSW degree. Finally, she was promoted to director of programs in 2011. Currently, she oversees seven 21st CCLC programs for Completely KIDS, which, in addition to the after school programming, provides case management, mental health services, and parent education. Most of her responsibilities center around setting the vision for the program, writing grants, networking, and ensuring high quality programming.

    Katie Svaicer

    Katie Svaicer is currently a Program Manager at Youth Guidance, a leading social-service, non-profit agency in Chicago. She works within their Community and After Schools programs and manages afterschool programs and enrichments at five Chicago Public Schools throughout the city. She started her work with the organization in 2004 when she was teaching art and drama to students in one of their school programs. She moved from that position into managing a school site and then to managing an entire group of schools. She has a B.A. in art history from Arizona State University, and an MAM in arts management from Columbia College Chicago. She is currently also serving on the board of a small, non-profit, musical theater company in Chicago, Kokandy Productions.

    Emily Ustach

    Emily Ustach is director of programs for New Urban Arts, a free, community art studio for high school students in Providence, Rhode Island, with the mission to build a vital community that empowers young people as artists and leaders to develop a creative practice they can sustain throughout their lives. She joined as director of programs in the fall of 2013, but has been involved with the organization in various capacities since 2007. As director of programs she designs, manages, oversees and evaluates year-round arts programs including directing the organization’s 21st CCLC grant. Prior to joining New Urban Arts full time she developed the Education Fellowship AmeriCorps program at The Learning Community, a nationally recognized public charter school. Emily received her Bachelor’s degree in art history from Salem College and a Master’s degree in art and design education from the Rhode Island School of Design.

    Andrea Wilson

    Andrea Wilson grew up in Guyana, South America. She started her career primarily as a classroom teacher but from the inception worked beyond school hours trying to find ways to meet the needs of kids on the brink. One of her first ventures involved opening a community reading room in a tiny town in Guyana, with only a small, clean room and a few used books. Every day the room would be packed with children needing help with homework or just a place to read, relax and talk about their day and their lives.

    Andrea completed a Master’s degree in education leadership, management and policy with Seton Hall University and then accepted a position as education coordinator with Casa Guadalupe Center. Working with a small staff, she is presently coordinating and implementing a multi-faceted OST education program.


    Through the Afterschool Matters Initiative, the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) offers out-of-school-time (OST) professionals unique opportunities to expand their own research, evaluation, program development, and policy-making skills. The two components of the dynamic Initiative are: National Afterschool Matters (NASM) Fellowship Program, an intensive professional development opportunity for OST professionals and Afterschool Matters Journal--a peer-reviewed journal that is produced semi-annually and highlights the work of OST researchers, NASM Fellows, OST practitioners, and other related professionals.


    Afterschool Matters began in 2000 as a national, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarship, and consciousness in afterschool education. It was published by Susan Ingalls, then executive director of the Foundation for Children and the Classics, and edited by Elaine Lyons, then executive director of Interfaith Neighbors, and funded in part by the Robert Bowne Foundation. NIOST Director Michelle Seligson joined its advisory board that year.

    The Robert Bowne Foundation took over publishing of the second edition in 2003 with Jan Gallagher as editor. In 2007, the foundation awarded more than $2.1 million over five years to NIOST for the National Afterschool Matters Initiative, a broader undertaking to promote research and professional development for the OST industry.

    NIOST thus took ownership of the journal as well as several other projects that the foundation had incubated: a Practitioner Fellowship Program, the Edmund A. Stanley, Jr. Research Grantee program, and Research Roundtables, a forum for connecting research and practice. NIOST Senior Research Scientist Georgia Hall headed the overall initiative and became managing editor of the journal, and Jan Gallagher continued as editor.

    In 2015, NIOST, in partnership with the National Writing Project and funded again by the Robert Bowne Foundation, launched the National Afterschool Matters Fellowship, a two-year professional development and leadership training program for mid-career OST and youth development professionals. The fellowship welcomed its first cohort of participants that year and a second in 2017.


    For information on Afterschool Matters Initiative, the National Afterschool Matters (NASM) Fellowship Program and Afterschool Matters Journal, please contact:

    Georgia Hall, Ph.D.
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      "NIOST has been an anchor for numerous school age care projects we do, including ASQ (After-School Quality) and Links to Learning. They are a nationally respected organization that Pennsylvania has partnered with for over 20 years."

      – Betsy O. Saatman, TA Specialist/SAC Initiatives, Pennsylvania Key

      "NIOST was a core partner in supporting the development of quality improvement systems across the nine cities that participated in The Wallace Foundation Next Generation Afterschool System-Building Initiative. The NIOST team worked well with other technical assistance partners in the initiative, always willing to pitch in and collaborate with others to make our professional learning community meetings a team effort. I truly hope the Foundation has an opportunity to partner with them in the future."

      – Priscilla M. Little, Initiative Manager, The Wallace Foundation


      "NIOST has been a leader in the out-of-school time field for as long as I can remember, and I have relied on their research, tools, and advice to improve my practice throughout my career. Their staff members are good partners and good listeners, and their influence across the country is palpable."

      – Jane Quinn, Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society

      "Georgia Hall, Ellen Gannett, and the NIOST team have been instrumental in driving the healthy afterschool movement. Their dedication to quality practice, informed policy, and collective impact is instrumental in our effort to create healthier communities."

      – Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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