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Central Team

Luisa Florez, Central Team Office Associate
Luisa earned her Bachelor's degree in English with a minor in Spanish from Eastern Connecticut State University. Before coming to All Our Kin, she worked as a student leader on her on-campus job in Willimantic where she closely worked with Windham Public schools. She facilitated a middle school girls mentoring group and a tutoring session where her love for teaching had deepen. Luisa’s passion is tutoring. She has a great desire to change the school system by providing outside assistance to students, who are neglected in their classrooms by giving them one-on-one help. She joined All Our Kin due to her great desire to equip providers with the necessary tools, educational skills, and knowledge. Luisa also has a strong passion for all children having equal opportunities.

Email: luisa@allourkin.org 
Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 40 (office line)

Ana Elisa Franco-Labarga, Research, Evaluation, and Data Specialist
As Research, Evaluation, and Data Specialist, Ana Elisa is responsible for managing All Our Kin’s data and contributing to the evaluation of a variety of programs to ensure high standards are met. Her passion for promoting and improving social services for families comes from her experience as an adoptee. Ana Elisa earned a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Children, Youth, and Families from The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Her capstone project explored institutional policy options to address workplace challenges. Previously, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Journey Home, Inc. customizing and implementing a web-based universal housing application for people experiencing homelessness in the greater Hartford region. Ana Elisa was a visiting fellow with the Education Pioneers 2017 Tri-State cohort. She earned a B.A. in Critical Theory and Social Justice from Occidental College in Los Angeles, completing her senior comprehensive project on first/birth mothers and the effect of public perceptions on law and policy.
 
Email: anaelisa@allourkin.org
Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 11

Dana Holahan, Director of Professional Development
Dana was born and raised in New Haven. She received her B.A. with honors in Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University. She then spent fifteen years living and working as a researcher, journalist, and translator in Chile, where she also did Masters work in Latin American Studies and Arts Management at the University of Chile. Since moving back to the United States eight years ago, she became a certified teacher through the CT State Department of Education’s ARC program and has taught Spanish at Fairfield University and in the Fairfield Public Schools. She has also continued her work as a professional translator, most recently for the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven’s Progreso Latino Fund. Dana has been with All Our Kin for over seven years, in many different roles, and is currently the Director of Professional Development for our three sites. In order to further develop the leadership skills needed for this role, she recently completed the Zoom Foundation´s Leadership Development Roundtable and attended the William Caspar Graustein Foundation’s Community Leadership Program in 2014-15. Within All Our Kin’s Professional Development work, Dana is especially passionate about social justice and equity, early literacy, and outdoor, nature-based education. She led All Our Kin’s successful organic garden project for three years, and in 2014 attended Nature Explore’s Outdoor Classroom Leadership Institute in Nebraska. Dana is committed to early childhood education not only as a professional endeavor, but also as the mother of a curious eleven-year-old daughter.

Email: dana@allourkin.org
Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 13

Natalie Kianoff, New York City Director
Natalie brings experience in education, government and nonprofit management to help lead All Our Kin's expansion into New York City. She joins All Our Kin after playing a key leadership role in the implementation of Pre-K for All, New York City's initiative to provide free, full-day, high-quality pre-K to all four-year-olds. As the Special Advisor to the program's CEO, Natalie managed critical strategic initiatves and special projects and collaborated with a variety of key stakeholders across the Department of Education, NYC government and community organizations. Natalie's passion for child development and education was sparked at Indiana University, as a student working with Bloomington's local Head Start. After graduation, back home in Birmingham, AL, she joined the Children's Policy Council as a Health Policy Analayst. In 2012, she moved to New York, where she earned a Master's in Public Administration from NYU Wagner. At Wagner, Natalie served as Coordinator of Early Childhood Engagement Strategies at the Union for Reform Judaism. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys spin class, hiking, cooking and traveling.
 
Phone: 347-824-0828

Erica Phillips, Chief Operating Officer
Erica Phillips brings a diverse set of business and education experiences to All Our Kin, a leading social enterprise in early education. As the Chief Operating Officer, she is responsible for strong program implementation across multiple sites, ensuring fidelity to All Our Kin’s nationally-recognized model for improving availability and quality of home-based child care, and leading All Our Kin’s expansion into new markets. Prior to joining All Our Kin, Erica founded Second Home Early Child Care Centers, which prepares children for in family child cares for life-long achievement. Previously, Erica was Senior Director at Achievement First Charter School Network, where she created and led the Human Capital team. Erica was also a fellow with the Education Pioneers 2008 NY cohort and 2014 NextGen Pahara Cohort. Erica began her career working as a strategy consultant at Monitor Group. Erica holds an M.B.A. and an M.Ed. from Stanford University, and a B.S. in industrial engineering from Northwestern University.

Email: ericap@allourkin.org
Phone: 475-619-9641

Marina Rodriguez, Mentor Coach
Marina has a Master’s Degree in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood and has been in the field of education for the past 17 years. She was a volunteer in her son’s Head Start classroom, and it was there that her educational expedition began both personally and professionally. Marina has worked in many aspects of education, from the coordination and management of early care and family services to program management for school-age children during out-of-school time. Her passion lies in being responsive to others and creating meaningful relationships. She believes care and education go hand in hand and that education is a life-long endeavor. In her spare time, Marina loves to spend time with her boys, simply listening to them and stepping into their world.

Email: marina@allourkin.org
Phone: 203-772-2294 (office line), 475-221-1571 (cell)

Jessica Sager, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Jessica received her B.A. from Barnard College and worked as an artist-in-the-schools in New York City before attending Yale Law School, where she was a Coker Teaching Fellow. In 1999, she received her J.D. from Yale. Upon graduation, she was awarded both the Mary McCarthy and Liman Public Interest Fellowships. She founded All Our Kin with Janna Wagner in the fall of 1999. In addition to her work at All Our Kin, Jessica co-teaches, with Janna, a college seminar on “Child Care, Society, and Public Policy” at Yale. She is a trustee of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, serves on the Board of Advisors for the Arbor Brothers social venture fund and the Board of Directors for the State Education Resource Center Foundation, and is active in numerous local, state and national initiatives to improve the quality and sustainability of child care in low-income communities. In 2001, Yale University and the City of New Haven awarded Jessica a Seton Elm-Ivy Award for her efforts to strengthen partnerships and understanding among the New Haven and Yale communities. Ms. Sager’s honors include the US Small Business Administration’s “Women in Business Champion” award (2012), the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame (2013), New Profit’s “Extraordinary Female Social Entrepreneur” designation (2014) and the Roslyn S. Jaffe Award Grand Prize (2015). Jessica has provided commentary on child care issues for Time, The Hill, and Education Week. She is a Ms. Foundation Public Voices Fellow and a 2016 Pahara Aspen Fellow.

Email: jessica@allourkin.org
Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 19

Phillip Vander Klay, Development and Strategy Associate
Phillip grew up in Sacramento, California where experiences with diversity, poverty, and social injustice inspired a passion for public service and community empowerment. After graduating from Calvin College with a B.A. in Political Science in 2013, he accepted a Fellowship at the California State Senate with State Senator Lou Correa. Upon completing the Fellowship, Phillip continued his work in the State Capitol with Senator Connie M. Leyva as her Senior Legislative Aide. During his almost four years working for the California Legislature, Phillip specialized in education policy and children’s issues, including work increasing funding for child care, after school programs, clean water in schools, and career technical education. He also worked on environmental justice, local government, tax, energy, and health policy. Phillip was a 2017 New Leaders Council Fellow with the Sacramento NLC Chapter. Outside of work, he enjoys participating in basketball and football leagues, playing guitar, reading novels or political books, and spending time with his family and friends.
 
Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 36
 
Natalie Vieira, Early Childhood Policy Fellow                          
Natalie is a Connecticut native. She attended the University of Connecticut, where she graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Resource Economics and a minor in Political Science. Her passion for combining policy and social justice began during an internship with Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) in Washington D.C., where she was spurred to action by the reality of widespread poverty in our nation’s capital. In the spring of 2015, Natalie organized and led twelve university students on an immersive learning and volunteer trip to D.C., focusing on urban poverty and political action. Most recently, Natalie was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at a foreign language high school in Bulgaria, where she engaged students in grades eight through twelve in English speaking activities. As the Policy Fellow, she advocates for policy that makes family child care a priority at the local, state, and national level. In her free time, she enjoys getting lost in a book, mediating conflict between her cat and dog, and exploring new places. 

Email: natalie@allourkin.org
Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 21

Janna Wagner, Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer
Janna was born and raised in New Haven and attended the New Haven Public Schools. Janna holds a B.A. in psychology from Yale University and an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She taught in the South Bronx through Teach for America, and then joined the staff of the Boston Public Schools' Center for Leadership Development before founding All Our Kin with Jessica Sager in 1999. In addition to her work at All Our Kin, Janna co-teaches, with Jessica, a course on “Child Care, Society, and Public Policy” at Yale. In 2001, Yale University and the City of New Haven awarded Janna a Seton Elm-Ivy Award for her efforts to strengthen partnerships and understanding among the New Haven and Yale communities. Active in the New Haven community, Janna is an Associate Fellow of Jonathan Edwards College at Yale University and founder of The Group with No Name, a social, civic organization that turns New Haven's residents into citizens. Janna serves as chair of the board of the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation, a sixty-four year old academic enrichment summer program, which brings together Yale and New Haven students on Yale's campus. She is the chair of the advisory board for the Community Fund for Women and Girls, a component fund of the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. Together with Jessica Sager, she was honored by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame in 2013 for her work with All Our Kin. In 2014, Janna was selected as a Class of 2014-16 Zero To Three Fellow, and she and Jessica also received the "Living Our Beliefs Within Our Community" Award from the ACES Educational Foundation. Most recently, she was awarded the Yale Jefferson Award and was a Grand Prize recipient of the Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards. Janna is a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow with the Fall 2017 cohort.

Email: janna@allourkin.org
Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 15

 
Bridgeport Team
 
Monica Edgerton, Early Childhood Garden Educator
Monica grew up in Ohio where good home-cooking and helping her grandfather in the garden spurred an appreciation of the importance of childhood nutrition and outdoor play. Monica has a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Denison University and is bilingual in English and Spanish. At Denison, she developed her passion for creative garden spaces while leading the construction of a roof-top garden on the dining hall.  She moved to New Haven 3 years ago to serve with the FoodCorps in the Bridgeport Public Schools to connect kids with fresh, healthy foods, and has taught English as a second language to adults for two years at Junta for Progressive Action.  In her free time, Monica loves to cook with veggies from the garden and go on hiking adventures. 
 
Phone: 203-491-8090
 
Jill Keating-Herbst, Bridgeport Director
Jill Keating Herbst has been an educator for over 15 years. She joined us from Common Ground High School, Urban Farm and Environmental Education Center where she taught and managed education programs for seven years. She started the CT School Garden Resource Center in 2012, facilitated gardening and science workshops for PreK-8 teachers statewide, and taught 5-7 year-old children in the NatureYear Program. Prior to her time at Common Ground, she worked as an elementary science specialist and taught middle school science in New Hampshire and taught at several outdoor education programs in Florida, California and Vermont. Jill is passionate about teaching the whole child and about programming that is child-directed, engaging and incorporates play. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Florida and an M.Ed. from Antioch University New England. Her own children are 2 and 3 years old and she loves to garden, hike, cook and spend time with family. She was thrilled to join the Bridgeport team in 2017 and especially loves to bike to work.
 
Phone: 475-282-4770 ext. 10 (office line), 203-893-9779 (cell)
 
Luz Martinez, Educational Consultant
Luz Martinez was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia in South America where she completed her B.A in Business Administration. Before coming to the United States in 2000. For three years, she was an administrator of 13 home daycares in her country (Bienestar Familiar) and an administrator of other businesses. In 2007, she began working as an educator in the Infant Toddler Room of Wallingford Community Day Care Center. In 2014, she was promoted to the lead educator of the center's Coordinatoring Infant Toddler room. From 2009 to 2013, Luz served as a provider participant in All Our Kin's program attending training sessions, workshops and annual conferences. Luz obtained her Infant Toddler CDA in 2008, her Preschool Bilingual Certificate in 2009, and Certification from the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health as a Designated Head Teacher for child day care centers for children ages 0 to 5 in 2012. She also received Certification in Education Administration in 2012 and received her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Gateway Community College in 2016. Luz is currently studying to receive a B.A in early childhood education. She is fluent in Spanish and has three children and one grandson: they are her inspiration. Luz loves and enjoys working with the children and the community. Her motto is "Children are the World, children are the Future."
 
Phone: 475-206-9460

Maureen Myers, Educational Consultant
Maureen has been in the field of early childhood education for nearly forty years. She was the owner and head teacher of a child care center for over thirty years. For much of that time, she also worked as an educational consultant and workshop presenter. She spent many years on the Council for Professional Recognition and has trained people pursuing a CDA (Child Development Credential) for over a decade. Maureen taught All Our Kin’s New Haven CDA class in 2010, 2011, 2014, and 2016 and has led workshops for All Our Kin’s conferences and trainings for many years. Her classes and trainings consistently draw rave reviews from participants. Born and raised in Bridgeport, she now lives in Hamden with her husband of 48 years. In addition to her work in the ECE field, Maureen enjoys reading and travelling. She joined All Our Kin full-time as a member of the Bridgeport team in 2012. 

Email: maureen@allourkin.org
Phone: 475-282-4770 (office line), 203-583-5309 (cell)

Elman Rodriguez, Office Assistant                                                  
Elman was born in the Dominican Republic, and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She studied Business Administration at the University of Bridgeport. Prior to joining the All Our Kin staff, Elman was a licensed family child care provider in Bridgeport and graduated from the All Our Kin Business Series in 2015. Elman has developed strong relationships with various nonprofits in Bridgeport, including Neighborhood Trust, Gear Up, All Our Kin, and Habitat for Humanity, who is currently building her home. In 2014 she was part of a Yale University medical study on depression in teenagers, and in 2015 she was also part of a Yale University medical study on high blood pressure in children. Elman enjoys working with children and helping others.
 
Phone: 475-282-4770
 

New Haven Team

Maureen Acevedo, Educational Consultant
Maureen has always had a passion for the early care and education of young children. She is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Sociology (2008) and a Master’s of Science degree in Early Childhood Education (2012). During her time at CCSU, Maureen busied herself interning at the University’s child care center, conducting a research project with CCSU’s Teacher Education faculty and educating families at a Family Resource Center in New Britain. Before joining the All Our Kin family, Maureen had sixteen years of experience working in the Early Childhood Education field. Her previous work included being a head teacher and site coordinator of a child care center caring for children at infancy through age five. She then went on to support family child care home providers and daycare center staff through consulting and professional development while employed with the state’s resource and referral agency. In her free time, Maureen loves spending time with her family, traveling to new places with her husband and daughter and reading.
 
Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 14 (office line), 203-690-8804

Nilda Aponte, Provider Showcase Director
Nilda was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where she completed her B.A. in Education with a concentration in Preschool Education at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and taught preschool at the Centro PrisoSocial Educativo Integral in Puerto Rico. Nilda is an active member of the community. In 2008, Casa Otoñal’s graduating Child Development Class honored Nilda and her work with the Tool Kit Licensing Program with a “Special Tribute” award; in 2013, RYASAP honored her with the “Above and Beyond” Award. She was selected by the Community Fund for Women & Girls as the recipient of the 2014 Susan M. Lewin Women's Leadership Award for her strong servant leadership qualities and her commitment to advancing women and girls. Nilda is a graduate of the Community Leadership Program and the Parent Leadership Training Institute.

Email: nilda@allourkin.org 
Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 16 (office line), 203-909-9151 (cell)

Nancy Carrillo, Educational Consultant
Nancy was born and raised in Guatemala, Central America where she completed her BA in Psychology. Before coming to USA in 2000, Nancy taught Spanish in first grade for several years. She started working as an assistant teacher in a preschool classroom in 2003 at Centro San Jose in New Haven and then in 2004 she obtained her CDA through All Our Kin. Nancy became a licensed child care provider in 2007 and opened her own business at her home in West Haven, taking care of her two daughters and other children in the neighborhood. Nancy obtained a MA in Special Education in 2015 from Fairfield University and currently holds a Birth to Five teacher certification. Before coming to All Our Kin, Nancy was a preschool teacher in New Haven Public schools and also worked as a Bilingual Early Intervention Teacher at a Birth to Three program in New Haven, where she worked with children with developmental delays and their families. Nancy is also a Sunday school teacher at her church, where she enjoys teaching Bible to children ages 6-12 and helps to organize trainings for other Sunday school teachers.

Email: nancy@allourkin.org
Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 16 (office line), 203-823-8481 (cell)

Sarah Derbala-Santiago, Tool Kit Licensing Coordinator
Sarah was born in Salem, Massachusetts, but grew up in Puerto Rico. She recently completed her Associate in Science degree in General Studies at Gateway Community College, and she is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Education at Albertus Magnus College. Before joining All Our Kin in 2010 as Tool Kit Licensing Coordinator, Sarah was a youth minister and an All Our Kin volunteer. She is passionate about helping women in her community and eradicating racial and socioeconomic barriers to success. She has taught and co-taught numerous trainings for family child care providers in All Our Kin's network, including a series on early literacy and an orientation to the licensing process. In 2012, she graduated from the Community Leadership Program (CLP), a program run by the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, and in October 2014, she was certified as a Circle of Security educator. Outside of her work at All Our Kin, Sarah is very active in her church's community outreach programs and is the dance leader of her church's dance team. 

Email: sarah@allourkin.org
Phone: 203-773-4992 ext. 18 (office line), 203-691-0764 (cell)

Monica Edgerton, Early Childhood Garden Educator
Monica grew up in Ohio where good home-cooking and helping her grandfather in the garden spurred an appreciation of the importance of childhood nutrition and outdoor play. Monica has a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Denison University and is bilingual in English and Spanish. At Denison, she developed her passion for creative garden spaces while leading the construction of a roof-top garden on the dining hall.  She moved to New Haven 3 years ago to serve with the FoodCorps in the Bridgeport Public Schools to connect kids with fresh, healthy foods, and has taught English as a second language to adults for two years at Junta for Progressive Action.  In her free time, Monica loves to cook with veggies from the garden and go on hiking adventures. 
 
Phone: 203-491-8090

Sara Feudo, Early Head Start Nurse Consultant
Sara earned a B.S.N. from Columbia University School of Nursing and an M.S. in Health Education from Southern Connecticut State University. Before joining All Our Kin, Ms. Feudo provided health and safety training and resources to the Stratford community at the Stratford Health Department. 

Email: sarafeudo4@gmail.com
Phone: 203-772-2294 (office)

Jane Lee, Business Consultant
Jane is a longtime New Haven resident, who before joining the All Our Kin team, worked for many years at Yale University.  Jane worked in various central finance and business operations roles, including as the Senior Director of Budget and Planning and as the Lead Administrator of Yale College and the Graduate School.  Jane has also worked with several small businesses and start-ups. Jane has a B.A. in Art History from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management.  She is a board member at the New Haven Ecology Project and Common Ground High School and a volunteer with SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business. 

Email: jane@allourkin.org 
Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 23 (office line), 203-892-9696 (cell)

Tanya Michaelson, Educational Consultant
Tanya holds a B.A. from the University of Connecticut and a M.A.T. in Early Childhood from Sacred Heart University. Before coming to All Our Kin in 2000, she taught in both bilingual and English-only classrooms for eight years, first through Teach for America and then in New Haven’s public schools. Ms. Michaelson is certified as an Accreditation Observer through the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC). She is also a certified yoga, Pilates, and fitness instructor. Tanya loves learning, nature, drama, and music. She is a devoted mom who is continuously inspired by her loving partner and two beautiful children.

Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 25 (office line)

Isabel Osgood-Roach, Early Head Start Program Support Specialist
Isabel Osgood-Roach earned her B.A. in Critical Theory & Social Justice from Occidental College in Los Angeles, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2013 and was captain of the women's lacrosse team. Isabel was a two-time recipient of the Angell Foundation Values & Vocations Fellowship, in which she explored the intersection of spirituality and social justice by engaging in internships at the Los Angeles LGBT Center and Children's Hospital Los Angeles and participating in a weekly reflective seminar. During her junior year, Isabel studied abroad in Valparaiso, Chile in a program focused on Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development. After graduating, Isabel worked as a Project Assistant in the Health, Emotion, and Addiction Laboratory at the University of Southern California. In 2014, Isabel moved to New Haven, CT, where she learned about All Our Kin through her participation as an outside assessor in an evaluation of All Our Kin's effectiveness. She later joined the staff as a member of the Early Head Start team. She is currently working towards a Master's degree in Early Childhood, Inclusive Education, Curriculum & Instruction with a specialization in Infant/Toddler Mental Health through Portland State University. 

Phone: 203-772-2294
 
Rosie Price, Early Head Start Nurse Consultant
Rosie received her Bachelor of Science degree in molecular science and has trained as a Registered Nurse and Midwife in Scotland, UK. She has many years of experience working in hospitals and the community. She was employed by Yale University with “Minding the Baby,” a reflective home visiting parenting program, working with teenage mothers and their babies. She has a great interest in working with children and received her Master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. She is also working for the Connecticut Infant Mental Health endorsement.

Email: rosie.price624@gmail.com

Carmen Roman-Gonzalez, Early Head Start Family Advocate
Carmen has over 25 years of experience in the human services field. She worked for Catholic Charities in New Haven for 17 years, providing home-based outreach services to vulnerable families as a Primary Services Manager and training participants how to help their children adjust to life changes as a Parent Education Facilitator. Prior to working with Catholic Charities, Carmen was a Prenatal Family Support staff member at the Fair Haven Community Health Center and a Program Supervisor with Junta for Progressive Action. She studied Human Services at Gateway Technical College, and she received her Interpreter Certificate in 2014 and her Family Development Credentials in 2011. Carmen enjoys taking walks on the beach, spending time with her grandchildren, and cooking. 

Email: carmen@allourkin.org
Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 20 (office line), 203-909-9152 (cell)

Ariana Shapiro, Business Consultant
Ariana began learning about small businesses during her undergraduate degree at Yale University in the Ethnicity, Race, and Migration program. She studied the history of the greater New Haven economy and strategies to urban poverty that empower people to make their own decisions about community development. During her time at Yale, she worked with Dwight Hall, the campus community-service center, to organize trainings and workshops on anti-racism and social justice. After graduation, she worked with New Haven Works to develop the workforce and promote local hiring among area employers. She has experience as an outdoor educator and loves spending her free time in nature. 

Email: ariana@allourkin.org 
Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 23 (office line), 203-936-7791 (cell)

Paula Simpson, Senior Educational Consultant
Paula holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Southern Connecticut State University and for twenty years was a teacher at Yale Divinity Nursery School, which served children ages three and four from the New Haven community and countries all over the world. She has participated in extensive professional development in the field of early childhood and infant and toddler development, including I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL) and the Program for Infant and Toddler Care (PITC).  

Email: paula@allourkin.org 
Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 25

Tanya Smith, Educational Consultant
Tanya was born and raised in New Haven, where she attended the public schools. She holds an associate degree in Child Care and Development from Briarwood College, a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Southern Connecticut University, and a master’s degree in Social Work from Springfield College. She has also obtained both a social work license and a School Social Worker certification. Tanya has 20 years of experience working with children in early care settings, including teaching, helping caregivers provide quality care, and helping caregivers support children who are struggling behaviorally, socially and emotionally. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and doing puzzles.

Email: tanyas@allourkin.org
Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 14 (office line), 203-892-4481 (cell)

Carissa Vega, Educational Consultant
Carissa was born and raised in New Haven. She received her B.A. in Political Science from New York University. While an undergraduate, she spent a semester studying at the Univeristy of Habana, Cuba for an Arts & Culture program at the University of Buffalo, and she later taught English in Barcelona, Spain for 2 years. Her passion for languages and learning led her to receive her M.S. in Communication Disorders from Nova Southeastern University, and she spent several years working as a Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist in Early Intervention for Connecticut's Birth to Three system. Carissa lives in Woodbridge with her husband and two children.She enjoys being a mother, spending time outdoors and taking on creative projects.  

Email: carissa@allourkin.org
Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 14 (office line), 203-997-8463 (cell)

Kara Wevers, Early Head Start Director
Kara is originally from Michigan and received her B.A. from Calvin College. In 2009, she completed an M.A. program in International Development Studies at George Washington University. Before coming to All Our Kin, Kara spent two years teaching high school students in rural Honduras. She has also worked extensively in support services for a variety of diverse populations, including refugees, low-income families, and homeless individuals, in New York City and Washington, D.C. She recently served as a consultant to the City of New Haven on local anti-poverty and community engagement initiatives. Kara is excited to continue growing All Our Kin’s Early Head Start program as it plays a critical role in supporting families and children in New Haven and beyond. When not at work, Kara loves exploring new travel destinations, reading good books, and enjoying the Great Outdoors.

Email: kara@allourkin.org
Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 17

Erica Wilcox, Administrative Assistant
Erica is a graduate of All Our Kin and earned her Child Development Associate credential (CDA) in 2005. She received her Associate’s Degree in general studies at Northwestern Community College in 2007. Since 2004, Ms. Wilcox has been a part of the All Our Kin family where she has delighted in serving providers and families in the Greater New Haven area.

Email: erica@allourkin.org 
Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 10

Alison Wunder Stahl, New Haven Director
Alison comes to All Our Kin with a strong background in nonprofit management and a commitment to equity of educational access for all. Most recently, she was the Director of Implementation for City Connects (Boston College) where she was responsible for their model of optimized student support across 60+ schools in MA, NYC and Ohio. Prior to that she was the Director of Programs for Families United in Educational Leadership (FUEL), which works with low-income families in the Boston area to realize their dreams of a higher education and break the cycle of poverty. Alison helped to develop their model and facilitate implementation in new sites. She also worked for three years as a Campus Director for Citizen Schools overseeing the staff, volunteers, and 100+ middle school students engaged in their educational after-school program.  Alison graduated from Amherst College with a double major in Psychology and Spanish. She has an MSW from the UCONN School of Social Work, a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the INML at Boston University, and an MBA from Boston College.  She enjoys travel, playing sports, and spending time with family and friends. 

Email: alison@allourkin.org
Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 24

 

Stamford/Norwalk Team

Antonia Better-Wirz, Educational Consultant
Antonia has worked to support low-income parents, children, and families in Stamford and Norwalk for over fifteen years. Her focus has been on training parents and professionals who have a direct influence on young children from birth to five years of age. She studied Early Childhood Education at Norwalk Community College, and received a Family Development Credential from the University of Connecticut in 2013. In addition to serving as an Educational Consultant with All Our Kin, she serves in the Community Action Network, a transition pre-K to kindergarden in Stamford, in representation of AOK as a Community Partner. Antonia is the author of a children's book, Children All Over The World Enjoy Hammocks, which has been published in three languages. She is the proud mother of three children who all attend public schools in Stamford, where she and her husband have resided for over 20 years. Antonia is originally from Barranquilla, Colombia, and she speaks fluent Spanish.

Email: antonia@allourkin.org
Phone: 475-619-9641 (office line), 203-285-7797 (cell)

Angela Engborg, Tool Kit Licensing Coordinator & Early Childhood Garden Educator 
Angela was born and raised in Bolivia, South America. As a law student at the Catholic University of Bolivia San Pablo, she worked closely with the Human Rights Department of her city, becoming an active member of the organization and working as a conflict resolution mediator upon graduation. She also worked as a prosecutor’s assistant for the government of Bolivia. After moving to the United States in 2012 with her husband, Angela began working for Abilis Birth to Three as an interpreter and educational associate assistant serving Spanish-speaking families in the Stamford area.  Her experience at Birth to Three ignited her passion for early childhood education and the impact it has on children and their families.  Angela believes that with a positive attitude and hard work one can create lasting change and build a better future. In her free time, she enjoys camping and doing yoga. 

Email: angela@allourkin.org
Phone: 475-619-9641 (office line), 203-570-0449 (cell)

Gloria Finn, Office Assistant
Gloria studied at Colegio La Ilustracion, located in Mazatenango, Guatemala, where she earned her Bachelor of Secretary and Office Administration in 1986. She moved to Greenwich, Connecticut in 1987, and later received her diploma in English as a Second Language from Greenwich High School. Prior to joining All Our Kin's staff, Gloria was a Team Leader in the Sales Department at People's United Bank for fifteen  years. In this role, she developed strategies to increase business opportunities for the bank and provided professional development to her peers. She is a certified Parent Leader of Stamford by the State of Connecticut Class of 2017 (PLTI).

 
Yazmin Iglesias, Stamford/Norwalk Director (Business Consultant)
Yazmin received her B.S in Business Administration with a major in Finance from the University of Connecticut. Yazmin grew up in Stamford and considers Connecticut, homebase. Yazmin started her career at a local hedge fund but after reflecting on a 4 week studying experience in Nepal, she quickly learned that her strengths and desires were in supporting and teaching others. Yazmin lived and worked in Honolulu, Hawaii where she served as Comptroller for an organization that defended workers´ rights. Yazmin relocated back to Connecticut after spending five years living in Costa Rica where she was the Director of a rural community education center that focused it´s volunteer run programs around conservation, sustainable tourism, teaching english, computer literacy and community development. Yazmin is also certified in Spanish/English Translation from Hunter College in New York City. She has always been committed to social justice issues, most especially equal opportunity, immigrant rights and access to education for all. Yazmin considers herself a world traveler and a lover of people and cultures. She has spent extended periods of time in Morocco, Egypt, India, Thailand, Uruguay and Argentina. Yazmin joined All Our Kin in 2016 as the Stamford/Norwalk Network's Business Development Consultant.

Email: yazmin@allourkin.org 
Phone: 475-619-9641 (office line), 203-691-0912 (cell)

Elizabeth Lopez, Educational Consultant
Elizabeth was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and raised in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. In May of 2005, she completed her B.A. in Elementary Education from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico and holds a Connecticut State Certification in Elementary Education (K-6). In September of 2015, she completed her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University - Portland. Elizabeth has worked with children from toddlerhood right up to 6th grade, providing individual, small group, and whole group instruction to students with learning disabilities, emotional disturbances and behavioral problems. For the past seven years, she has worked in Early Childhood Education settings as an Assistant Teacher and a Head Teacher. She also worked at 211 Child Care/United Way of Connecticut, first as a Referral Specialist/Information Specialist and then as an Early Childhood Specialist providing training and assisting family child care providers in establishing a successful businesses. Elizabeth enjoys watching movies, reading, dancing, but most of all spending time with family and loved ones, especially her 5-year-old nephew, Lucas Jose. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Education: Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy at Walden University.

Email: elizabeth@allourkin.org
Phone: 475-619-9641 (office line), 203-747-9757 (cell)

Katie Stenclik, Business Consultant
Katie graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Human Development and a minor in Inequality Studies. While at Cornell, Katie was a member of the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology. Her interest in education developed during her semester abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she studied special education policy. After graduation she was accepted into the MATCH Teacher Residency program where she received teacher training at a charter school in Boston, Massachusetts. Upon receiving her teaching certification, she moved to New Haven, Connecticut, where she taught second grade at Amistad Academy, part of the Achievement First Charter School Network. Prior to joining All Our Kin, Katie was a 2014-2015 Zoom Public Policy Fellow at the City of New Haven working in the Office of Development and Policy. She led and supported a variety of city funding initiatives that covered topics including youth anti-violence, prison reentry, natural disaster resiliency, summer meals, and employee engagement. In the summer of 2017, Katie was a Visiting Fellow with the Education Pioneers Tri-State cohort.

Email: katie@allourkin.org
Phone: 475-282-4770 (office line), 203-491-6727 (cell)