Kelly Sturgis, Executive Director
, (518) 486-8556

As Executive Director, Kelly oversees the daily operations of the Network for Youth Success. Prior to joining the Network for Youth Success, Kelly was employed by the Capital District YMCA for over ten years, and most recently as the Operations Director for the Albany Branch. Prior to her role in Albany, Kelly was the Associate Executive Director for the Schenectady Branch.

Kelly began her career at the YMCA as an afterschool site director then quickly rose to Childcare Director, and was then promoted to District Childcare Director overseeing school-age programs in six school districts.

Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Russell Sage College, and an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Hudson Valley Community College. Kelly also went through the School-age Childcare (SAC) Credential Program and later became an accreditation coach and endorser for the Network for Youth Success.

Kelly was also one of the Riley Institute’s 2016-2017 White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellows.

Alli Lidie, Associate Executive Director
email, (646) 943-8671

Alli is involved in the full array of Network for Youth Success’ work, including state and national policy development, capacity-building for programs and stakeholders, and communications and partnership development in close coordination with the Executive Director. She takes a lead role in Network for Youth Success’ policy development and organizational management.

Prior to joining the Network for Youth Success in 2013, she was a Quality Advisor at Dallas Afterschool where she coached numerous programs to help them improve overall quality. Alli planned and implemented programming with middle school students for three years at the Old Firehouse Teen Center in Virginia and served as a Drama Specialist and Team Leader at Camp McLean. Alli holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama with a minor in Economics from the University of Virginia. She was one of the Riley Institute’s 2014-2015 White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellows and one of National AfterSchool Association’s Next Generation Leaders in 2014.

Chris Neitzey, Policy Director
email, (518) 486-8557

As the Policy Director for the Network for Youth Success, Chris leads the organization’s advocacy and policy efforts around out-of-school-time opportunities, including afterschool, summer, expanded learning time programs, and community schools. Chris has been with the organization since May of 2014, and brings experience as a former Education Specialist with the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, MD where he delivered in-school and afterschool educational programs, along with running a science-themed summer camp. Chris received his Masters in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University and holds a BS in Geography from Towson University.

Timothy Fowler, Professional Development Director
email, (518) 486-8559

As Professional Development Director, Timothy oversees the workshops, coaching, and technical assistance work of the Network. He is a credentialed trainer with experience in youth development, quality improvement, coaching, peer learning, and organizational development. Additionally, Timothy is the New York State lead for the National Girls Collaborative Project; this STEAM initiative works to bring science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math to youth of all backgrounds and identities. 

He most recently worked for the Missouri AfterSchool Network, coordinating technical assistance for the state’s 21st Century Community Learning Center grantees. He has more than 20 years’ experience working with children and youth in a variety of community organizations. Timothy completed his Masters Degree in Public Affairs — Nonprofit Management through the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri–Columbia. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Washington University in St. Louis. Despite this, he is not from Missouri–Timothy spent his youth in Greene in Chenango County and Austerlitz in Columbia County. He graduated from Chatham High School before going to college in St. Louis, and returned home to New York in 2014.

Erin Broderick, Capacity Building Director
email, (518) 694-0660

As Capacity Building Director, Erin oversees accreditation, credentials, membership and the annual conference. Erin joins the Network for Youth Success with many years of experience working with school-age children and school-age providers.  Most recently, Erin worked at the Capital District Child Care Council, where she helped to ensure quality in afterschool programs throughout the Capital District.  Erin taught the NYS School-Age Credential Preparatory Program, advised credential candidates, and coached programs through the accreditation process.  Erin also serves as an accreditation and credential endorser.

Erin holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the College of Saint Rose, a NYS Early Learning Trainer’s Credential and went through the NYS SAC Credential Program.

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Emma Terwilliger, Regional Network Coordinator VISTA
email, 518-694-0660

As the Regional Network VISTA, Emma’s role is to expand support to regional afterschool networks. Additionally, Emma will be assisting with our membership and professional development opportunities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with dual minors in Education and Society as well as Healthcare and Society from the University of Richmond. During her four years at Richmond Emma was a Division 1 swimmer and spent a summer as a David D. Burhans Civic Fellow.

Joyce Jian, Food Programs VISTA
email, (646) 943-8671

As a Food Programs Vista, Joyce is responsible for performing outreach to afterschool and summer camp programs to enroll in a federal nutrition program called Child and Adult Care Food Program. Joyce has been serving and making a difference in the community by working directly with youth starting as an AfterSchool Counselor for third-grade students in which she tutored, planned and implemented lesson plans for sports and recreational activities. She was a Program Aide for the SONYC Program. Then managed a reading-based mentoring program for elementary students as a Program Coordinator. Joyce graduated from Baruch College majoring in Entrepreneurship with a minor in Asian and Asian American Studies.