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

The Network is led by a full-time Executive Director, Kelly Sturgis, housed out of the Capital Region office, who is responsible for overseeing the growth, development, and day-to-day operations of the network and capacity building of regional afterschool networks. Additionally, Kelly’s duties focus on staff management, budget oversight, and development and fundraising.

Prior to joining the Network for Youth Success, Kelly was employed by the Capital District YMCA for over ten years, and serving in her final capacity as 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.

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

The Professional Development Director, Timothy Fowler, oversees all of the Network’s professional development and technical assistance work, along with all of the organization’s STEAM work, including leading the statewide National Girls Collaborative STEAM Project. The Quality Self-Assessment (QSA) tool is also a part of the Professional Development Department. Timothy’s work includes leading workshops and trainings, ensuring compliance with state requirements for training, providing coaching to individuals, and providing technical assistance on issues related to afterschool, summer, and expanded learning programs.

He previously worked for the Missouri AfterSchool Network, coordinating technical assistance for the state’s 21st Century Community Learning Center grantees. He has more than 25 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.

Timothy holds a New York State Trainer and Technical Assistance Professional Credential as a Professional Development Specialist in both School-Age and Early Care.

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

The Capacity Building Director, Erin Broderick, is responsible for overseeing, executing, and expanding all of the quality services of the organization, including Afterschool Program Accreditation, School-Age Care Credential, Network membership, and the annual conference.  Erin also oversees all of the Network’s communication and marketing.

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 teaches the NYS School-Age Credential Preparatory Program, advises credential candidates, and coaches 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.

Erin holds a New York State Trainer and Technical Assistance Professional Credential as both a School-Age Professional Development Specialist and as a Coach. Erin is also a New York State Certified Health and Safety Trainer through the Office of Children and Family Services.

Trudy Morgan Dadzie, Policy Coordinator
email, (518) 486-8559

Trudy Morgan Dadzie initially joined the Network for Youth Success as a Women and Public Policy Fellow from the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society (CWGCS). As the Policy Coordinator, she supports statewide and national advocacy and policy efforts to increase funding for expanded learning opportunities and address regulatory and programmatic concerns through legislation.

Prior to this, Trudy was an AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow at Brown University, where she worked as a Coordinator with Generation Citizen— an action-civics, non-profit organization that empowers young people with tools, skills and knowledge to become effective citizens. She is an alumna of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) fellowship at Princeton University. She has also worked at New York City’s Mayor de Blasio’s office; Capitol Group LLC; and at SUNY System Administration in the Office of Academic Affairs.

Trudy holds a BA (Honors) in Public Policy and Management from Rockefeller College of Public Policy and Affairs. She is currently finishing her MPA in Nonprofit Management and Government Information Strategy and Management at the same institution.

Annah Bravata, Office Administrator
email, (518) 694-0660

Annah worked in the afterschool field for several years as a Site Director, Childcare Coordinator, and Childcare Director for the Capital District YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs.  During that time, Annah was very involved with Program Accreditation, being both an accreditation coach and endorser. In her time working for the CDYMCA, she not only saw the great need and importance for afterschool programming, but also saw the value in quality programming and the need for the higher standard of programming through accreditation.

Annah is currently studying for her NCLEX exam.  While she pursues this, she is helping out with the Network.

Americorps VISTA Fellows


Marcos Velazquez, Capacity Building VISTA

email, (815) 486-8567

As the Capacity Building VISTA, Marcos’ role is to expand support to multiple regional afterschool networks across New York State. Additionally, Marcos will be assisting with our membership and professional development opportunities. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, with minors in both Economics and History from Penn State University. During his four years at University Park, Marcos worked as a Supervisor for Penn State’s Intramural Sports Program, while also acting as a volunteer Outreach Ambassador for Clear Water Conservancy during his junior and senior years.