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 Director
email, (518) 270-1275

Trudy Morgan 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 Director, she leads the organization’s advocacy and policy efforts around expanded learning opportunities, including afterschool, summer, expanded learning time programs, and community schools. She is responsible for formulating and executing the organization’s statewide and national advocacy and policy efforts to increase funding for expanded learning opportunities, and addressing regulatory and programmatic concerns through legislation.

Before coming to the Network, Trudy worked as a Special Projects Assistant at the SUNY System Administration in the Office of Academic Affairs.  She served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow at Brown University, working 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. Trudy is also a proud alumna of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) fellowship at Princeton University, and previously interned at New York City’s Mayor de Blasio’s office and Capitol Group LLC, a government relations firm.

Trudy holds a Master of Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree (honors) in Public Policy and Management from Rockefeller College of Public Policy and Affairs.

Marcos Velazquez, Temporary Capacity Building Coordinator

email, (518) 694-0660

Marcos served us last year as our Capacity Building VISTA. Throughout his time with the Network he helped facilitate and coordinate meetings with our Regional Networks, organize and run events, assist in website development, developed social media strategies, marketed our various trainings, and more.

Prior to joining the Network, Marcos obtained a bachelors degree from Penn State University in International Relations and minored in History and Economics. During the college months Marcos was apart of several environmental based organizations and clubs, and worked as an Intramural Sports Supervisor for 2 years. During the summer months Marcos helped out at his local High School and helped run their Summer Recreation Program.

Marcos will be staying on with the Network for the time being to assist with VISTA orientation, website development, event coordination, and other communications and marketing projects.

Americorps VISTA Fellows


Lakeycia West, Capacity Building VISTA

email, (518) 694-0660

As the Capacity Building VISTA, Lakeycia’s role is to expand support to multiple regional afterschool networks across New York State. Additionally, Lakeycia will be assisting with our membership and professional development opportunities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, from the University of Georgia. During her four years at the University of Georgia, Lakeycia worked as Head Mentor organizing academic enrichment activities for afterschool programs, tutoring, and volunteer trainings for the East Athens Community Center. She also served Campus Kitchen, a student-powered hunger relief program as a Delivery Shift Leader by delivering meals to families in need.

Bonner Service Leader

Marykate DelGais, Bonner Service Leader

email, (518) 694-0660

Joining us in September 2019, Marykate is part of the Bonner Service Leaders Program. The program places undergraduate students into a professional work setting throughout their 4 years in college. The goal of the program is to utilize their academic talents to lead community change through direct service, professional development, and through examination of injustice.

Marykate’s role at the Network is to perform the administrative and support functions necessary to run and expand the New York State Community Schools Network, including committee coordination, statewide listserv and social media management, website management, convening scheduling and logistics, grant writing, and other duties as assigned. On top of her work here at the Network, Marykate is a freshman at Siena College, studying Business, with concentrations in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.