Meet the Team

Executive Leadership Team

Jessica Sager

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Akash Mangar

Chief Finance and Operations Officer

Anika Marston

Interim Chief Impact Officer

Dr. Brandi King

Chief Strategy Officer

Chelsea Freemon

Chief Development Officer

Janna Wagner

Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer

Support and Sustainability Office

Ana Elisa Franco-Labarga 
Research, Evaluation, and Data Specialist

Anika Marston
Vice President of Talent & Equity

Bessie Wilkerson
Vice President of Learning & Evaluation

Chanel Heckstall
Development Operations Manager

Colby Rutledge
Professional Learning and Events Coordinator

Dana Holahan
Director of Professional Development

Daniel Reyes
Development Associate

David Rodgers
Executive Administrative Assistant 

Erica Wilcox  
Finance and Human Resource Associate


Gianna Barada
Data and Evaluation Associate

Jade Thomas
CT Early Care and Education Policy Fellow

Jahnna Rymer
Operations & Strategy Specialist

Jill Keating Herbst
VP of CT Programs

Kaleb Dornheim
Data and Evaluation Associate

Kaitlyn McNabney
Strategy Associate,
Program & Learning Team

Kenya Welch
Development Manager

Latonya Barrett
People Development & Equity

Lorena Fernandez
Business Support Associate

Madeline Ray
Development Associate 

Nicole Allman
Director of Institutional Giving

Sam Otero
Benefits & Compliance Specialist

Sheila Carmen
Strategic Advisor

Steven Morales
New York Policy Director

Syritha Robinson
Director of Movement-Building and Field-Level Change

Tanya Michaelson
Mentor Coach

Violet McKain
Digital Media Associate

Wende Gozan Brown
Vice President of Communications and Marketing

Yesenia Morillo
Finance Associate

Bridgeport Team

Elman Rodriguez
Tool Kit Licensing Coordinator

Johana Vallejo
Bilingual Educational Coach

Lesbia Orellana 
Business Development Coach

Lisa Carley Fay
Educational Coach

Natasha Auguste-Williams
Educational Coach & Provider Mentor

Pamela Rodriguez
Office Associate

New Haven Team

Carmen Roman-Gonzalez
Family & Community Partnerships Manager

Cinthia Perez
Early Head Start Family Services Associate

Dariana Francisco
Early Head Start
Health Services Coordinator

Debra Kelly
Early Head Start
Education Manager 
& Coach

Jane Lee
Business Coach

Lilliam Ramos
Toolkit Coordinator

Luz Martinez
Bilingual Educational Coach

Marina Rodriguez
New Haven Senior Director/Mentor Coach

Maureen Acevedo
Educational Coach

Molly Stevens
Business Coach

Nancy Carrillo
Bilingual Educational Coach

Nilda Aponte
Provider Showcase Director

Shandar Butler
New Haven Site Manager

Shaniece Conyers
Early Head Start Associate Director

North Bronx Team

Erica Buchanan
North Bronx Site Director

Jassiel Olivero
Tool Kit Licensing Coordinator & Educator Mentor

Milenis Gonzalez
New York VP of Programs

Rosemary Goyzueta
Learning and Development Specialist

Sandra Massey
Educational Coach

Shaela Fanini
Office Assistant

South Bronx Team

Eunice Reed 
Educational Coach

Fendi Munoz - O'Shea
Office Coordinator

Kim Benedith
Educational Coach

Milenis Gonzalez
New York VP of Programs

Shannon Vazquez
South Bronx Director

Sylvia Santos
Business Coach

Stamford/Norwalk Team

Amoulifie Souffrant
Early Education Coach

Angela Cusicanqui
Early Education & Outdoor Coach

Antonia Better-Wirz
Early Education Coach

Gloria Finn
Toolkit License Coordinator

Jessica Palencia
Office Associate 

Ligia Hendrie
Stamford/Norwalk/Bridgeport Site Director 

Patricia Santos
Stamford/Norwalk Business Coach

Training and Technical Assistance Team

Alison Wunder Stahl 
Director of Partnerships

Darrah Sipe
TA Advisor 

Erica Fine
Project Associate

Fatima Valdez Bain
Network Development Project Associate

Jennifer Drake
Director of Network Development

Joel Rivera
Mentor Business Coach

Kelly Ramsey
Network Development Strategist

Maureen Wright  
Vice President of Training & Technical Assistance

Rebecca Smith  
Policy Advisor

Sarah Derbala-Santiago
Network Development Facilitator

Simon Jaime
Mentor Business Coach

Tamara Troadec   
Vice President of Program and Learning

Yazmin Iglesias
Director of People, Processes and Projects