Presenter Bios

Thank you to all of our talented presenters who made the School’s Out, Make it Count! 2021 Virtual Conference possible. Feel free to scroll through and get to know a little bit more about our presenters before you join their sessions on April 23rd and 24th!

This is an alphabetical listing of all of the lead presenters you will meet at School’s Out, Make it Count! 2021.

Hamad is an active alumnus of global and local schools, organizations, and programs including The College of Saint Rose, New York Institute of Technology, University of Bahrain, AIESEC, Fulbright Alumni Association, Department of State-MEPI, National Society of Leadership & Success, New Leaders Council. He currently sits on the board of GLSEN Upstate NY, With Our Voice, and the AIESEC Alumni Association.

Andrea Bertucci

Andrea Bertucci, M.Ed., Training Manager for Whole Child Connection at Children’s Institute, works with an amazing team to build the capacity of adults in a variety of settings. Their goal is to work in partnership to support adults in effectively creating spaces for whole child healthy development and social and emotional learning. She has over 20 years of experience working in OST programs as well as in schools, supporting youth, families, and staff in a variety of ways. Andrea grew up just outside of Rochester, NY, although she began her career through an Americorps program at the Roxbury Boys and Girls Club in Boston. Following the RBGC, she spent a little over nine years at YO Boston in Roxbury, MA serving as the Education and Youth Training Coordinator. Most recently she worked as the Family and Community Engagement Coordinator at Urban Choice Charter School in Rochester, NY. Andrea is passionate about elevating youth voice, especially around issues of racial and social justice, and is thrilled to learn from, work with, and support the Youth Advisory Council at Whole Child Connection.

Marcel Braithwaite

Marcel currently serves as the Director of Community Engagement for the Police Athletic League. He has a Master’s in Business Administration in Computer Information Systems from Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from The Johns Hopkins University. Marcel is a Board Member with Network for Youth Success and an Advisory Board Member for the Youth Studies Program at CUNY School of Professional Studies. He is committed to bridging the digital divide through youth development work. Marcel was the 2015 New York State Afterschool Ambassador and is a Congressional Tech Champion Award winner. Marcel collaborates with the Partnership for Afterschool Education, The Youth Development Institute, and Change Impact Consulting Services as a trainer and consultant.

Roz and Jed Buck

Roz and Jed Buck have done what many married couples consider to be impossible…They have worked together, side by side, for over 15 years. From 2004 – 2016, they owned and directed Meadowbrook Day Camp, a large private day camp in New Jersey, where they significantly grew the business and trained over 400 staff each summer. They love to share what they learned and experienced first-hand by delivering interactive keynotes, experiential and participant-centered conference sessions, and private training workshops to passionate Youth Development and After School professionals throughout the country. They successfully provide Two Voices, Customized Content, and Real Experience. Roz and Jed have shared their messages and experiences at conferences in 23 different states and trained thousands of staff across the country.

Ally Buonanno Tardy

Ally is a former school-age program director who has worked within the field for 10 years. Since 2017, she has worked for the Professional Development Program on the Educational Incentive Program (EIP) Team as a Education Specialist. She is excited to show you how to access EIP funding to assist you in accomplishing your professional development goals!

Maggie Dickson

Maggie Dickson is a senior at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, pursuing a Bachelors degree in Psychology with minors in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Cognitive Science. Maggie participated in the Marist Albany Summer Internship Program, an opportunity to intern at nonprofits and learn about public policy and advocacy, in the summer of 2019. Placed at Prevent Child Abuse New York, her primary role as an intern was assisting with the PCANY Trauma-Informed Legislature Initiative. The initiative involved scheduling and performing educational meetings about Adverse Childhood Experiences and Protective Factors with Senators, Assemblymembers, and legislative staff. Maggie used her knowledge about psychology to provide a clinical perspective during the meetings, explaining the biological basis of trauma science. In addition to these duties, Maggie attended task force meetings and webinars with her supervisor, Jenn O´Connor, to learn about strengthening families with child care and home visiting policy. At the conclusion of the internship, PCANY hired Maggie permanently to work on the Home Visiting Coordination Initiative (HVCI).

Timothy Fowler

Timothy Fowler (he/him) has worked with children and youth programs for more than 25 years. Since 2002, he has been a trainer, facilitator, coach, and consultant for youth programs in Missouri, Illinois, and New York. His specialty areas are youth development, program development, quality improvement, and organizational change. Currently, Timothy is the Professional Development Director for the NYS Network for Youth Success, and a New York State T-TAP certified trainer and coach. He lives in Troy, NY and loves hockey.

Sara Jablonski

Sara Jablonski has served as the Urban 4-H Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County since 2013. She has worked to expand opportunities for young people in Buffalo to not only participate but to feel a sense of belonging in the Erie County 4-H Program. She has led teen leaders to address topics including racial, religious, and gender discrimination; special education; and homelessness. She also teaches science, engineering, and technology, along with public speaking, to youth across Buffalo. Her prior experience includes serving in Peace Corps Guatemala and as an Americorps VISTA. She has a Masters from Michigan State University.

Adam Lenter

Adam Lenter has spent his career working in the not-for profit, for-profit, and public education sectors. He has been a classroom teacher, a program director, a director of operations, and a consultant among other roles. Throughout his career, he realized that organizations lacked the tools they needed to operate effectively, measure success, and plan strategically for the future. In response to this need, he launched Nonprofit Data Solutions to provide powerful yet easy to use data management systems to nonprofit organizations. He holds a BA from Tufts University, an MBA from Columbia Business School, and an MA in Education Leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University.

Donna Meyer

Donna Meyer, MS Ed. serves as the Administrator of School-Based Programs for EnCompass: Resources for Learning. She collaborates with school leaders and educators to address strategic priorities and implement academic and social-emotional programming for K-8 students in the City of Rochester and surrounding areas. Donna is dedicated to helping all students experience success in school and life. Her expertise in reading instruction, commitment to working with students with special learning needs, and experience as an educational diagnostician help her lead programs and staff responsive to the needs of diverse learners.

Trudy Morgan

Trudy Morgan is the Policy Director at the New York State Network for Youth Success. In her role, 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.

Trudy comes to the Network with over four years of experience in policy, advocacy, and research. She has held previous positions at the State University of New York (SUNY) System Administration at the Office of Academic Affairs, New York City’s Mayor de Blasio’s office, Generation Citizen, and Capitol Group LLC. Trudy is also a proud alumna of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) fellowship at Princeton University, and the Brown University AmeriCorps VISTA fellowship. She is also a past Women in Government fellow at the Rockefeller College of Public Policy and Affairs.

Godwyn Morris

Godwyn Morris is the Director of two programs in New York City – Dazzling Discoveries, a STEAM education center for grade school-age children, and Skill Mill NYC, a maker space and digital fabrication studio for adults and teens. Godwyn has been working and creating with educators and children for more than 20 years. She is an advocate of making, mixing, trying, testing, and playing, all with the aim of teaching creative thinking and problem solving skills to children and adults. She works with hundreds of students and teachers every year in classes, camps, and professional development workshops. Her expertise is helping educators bridge the gap between teaching content and expanding hands-on exploration.

Theo Phillips

Theodore Phillips began his career in community organizing and youth work as a college undergraduate. As an undergrad, Theodore studied politics and government where he gained invaluable knowledge of how people of color had been systemically marginalized historically. It was his experiences as a young black man growing up in New York City, coupled with his gained knowledge, that lead him to a 17 year career at the Police Athletic League (PAL). Throughout those years Theodore served in a variety of capacities advocating for and building community to support the advancement of thousands of young people and their families in all five boroughs. Currently Theodore is the Lead Trainer and Consultant at the Youth Development Institute. Here he empowers countless people with the vital skills and knowledge essential to supporting communities that positively develop young people. Further he informs policy and consults and trains city agencies such as the Dept. of Probation, Dept. of Education, the Administration for Children’s Services, and the Dept. of Youth and Community Development. He holds a BA in Political Science from Iona College.

Arlene Rider

Dr. Arlene Rider has been an active member of Network for Youth Success’s statewide workgroup for the School-Age Care Credential since 2007. For nearly two decades, Dr. Rider has been an advisor, instructor, and endorser for the NYS SAC Credential. Her career in education has spanned early childhood to college, during which time she earned her doctorate in psychology with a concentration in educational psychology. She co-authored a book with Tracy Galuski, Ph.D. “Schools Out: Challenges and Solutions for School-Age Programs,” which was published by Gryphon House in 2020.

Jay Roscup

Jay Roscup has been a Project Director for Federal Grant Projects including Safe Schools Healthy Students, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and Project AWARE grants. Supporting young people through these programs came after a decade of teaching. Jay’s administrative work is centered on generating active collaboration using a Community Schools model. He remains an advocate for young people and supports afterschool, summer, and other out-of-school programming.

Natalie Scavone

Natalie Scavone is a retired public school teacher and school administrator now enjoying the role of Executive Director for BASCOL (Before and After School Care on Location) in Central New York. She has been a professional development presenter for more than 20 years, focusing on topics related to child development, English Language Arts, and cross-curricular planning.

Matthew Shapiro

Matthew Shapiro is the Associate Director, Public Affairs for the National Alliance on Mental Illness-New York State (NAMI-NYS), the state chapter of NAMI, the nation’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and family members impacted by mental illness. A passionate advocate with a dual perspective of someone with lived experience as well as a family member, Matthew directs NAMI-NYS’s public policy platform and communication efforts along with organizing NAMI-NYS’s annual education conference and managing other special projects.

Matthew is the host of the NAMI-NYS produced video series Perspectives, television program Mental Health Now, and is a frequent guest on Capital Region television and radio programs (such as Capital Tonight, Capital Pressroom, and the AMC Roundtable) to discuss mental health issues. He has also presented at numerous national conferences and conventions including the CIT International Convention, the annual NIMH Outreach Partner Program meeting, the CNS Summit, the We Work for Health Summit, and the NAMI National Convention. He also provides the family/consumer perspective at the Crisis Intervention Trainings held by the Albany Police Department and Albany County as well as presenting to each class of cadets in the Albany Police Academy.

Matthew serves on several prominent steering committees including the National Institute of Mental Health’s Outreach Partner Program, What’s Great in Our State-A Celebration of Children’s Mental Health, which is led by the New York State Office of Mental Health and Council for Children and Families, and the Stakeholders for Treatment, Advocacy, Research, and Recovery (STARR) coalition.

Matthew is the recipient of the 2019 NAMI Richard T. Greer Advocacy Award, 2020 STARR Coalition STARR of Excellence Award for Advocacy and the 2017 NYS Association for Psychiatric Rehabilitative Services Family Partner Award.

Matthew lives in the Capital District with his wife Jessica and their cat Harriet.

Diane Shirley

Diane Shirley-Wright is the founder of DS Health and Safety Trainings, Inc, that specializes in offering a holistic approach to wellness through the mind, body, and heart. She is on a mission to reduce the impact of childhood obesity, spread the message of shared power with young people, and support professionals in meeting their personal and professional goals. Diane Shirley-Wright is a School-Age Care Credential Instructor, School-Age Care Credential Advisor, and School-Age Care Credential Endorser, a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor, personal trainer, youth fitness trainer, a weight management specialist, and a licensed Zumba instructor for adults and children. She offers programs that consist of health coaching, functional exercise, and Eat to Live resources for children and adults. As an educator, Shirley-Wright is an accomplished and revered trainer with over 15 years in the youth development and child-care field. She has been successfully delivering New York State’s Office of Children and Family Services childcare trainings to various organizations throughout New York City. Throughout her various venues, she aims to inspire and educate all people, especially children about whole-body health, wellness, and relationships.

Carla Stough-Hoffman

Carla Stough Huffman has been working in the youth-serving community in Rochester, NY, for 30 years. While she’s played every role from program design and staff development to grant writing and assessment, her favorite gig will always be training. Providing engaging opportunities for joyful learning, exploring sensitive topics with compassion and humor, or simply escorting participants down the back roads of their memories to rediscover their own thoughts and feelings around a subject, Carla believes that knowledge is transformative and gathering it can be both fulfilling and fun!

Currently serving as the Coordinator of Professional Development and OST Program Quality for the Greater Rochester After School & Summer Alliance (GRASSA), Carla is a trainer, coach, role model, external observer, STEM educator, and more. She earned a BA in Developmental Psychology from Bard College, and continues her education every day through reading, conversation, webinars, random Internet searches, media channels like History, Discovery, and the Food Network, Ted Talks, and following links sent to her by Facebook friends – including those outside her echo chamber.

Rachael Van Schoik

Rachael Van Schoik has worked in non-profit management at the intersection of science, equity, and education for over 10 years in the Bay Area. As the Science Action Club Manager, she leads national efforts to scale Science Action Club. Previously, she spent three years in Public Programs at the California Academy of Sciences delivering programs and connecting research to visitors, and four years at The Energy Coalition, managing projects such as developing a cohort of environmental justice organizations across Contra Costa County and guiding student-led climate action projects. She also runs Notes on Nature, a science learning and creative writing educational service, and is the Board President at Things That Creep, a local non-profit focused on protection and awareness of reptiles and amphibians.

Lianne Werlein Jaén

Originally from Panamá, Lianne Werlein Jaén is a gifted storyteller in both Spanish and English and a leader in the field of literacy. Her experience includes teaching at all levels (from first grade to graduate school), in all types of settings (afterschool programs, schools, colleges) and as an administrator in schools, districts, and the not-for-profit sectors. Lianne is completing her doctorate in Language, Literacy, and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is an avid salsa dancer.

Tinnycua Williams
Tinnycua believes in the power of strength-based programming for children and families through empowerment.  A Professional Development trainer, facilitator, and coach who has worked with youth development professionals, Tinnycua’s current work as the Professional Development Quality Assurance Specialist with New York Works for Children, Aspire Registry focuses on supporting the professional development needs of the early childhood workforce, specifically Early Childhood Directors and Trainers.  With over 16 years of experience, Williams has served in several roles including tutor and School Age Childcare Director with programs throughout New York City.  A certified NYS T-Tap School-Age Professional Development Specialist, Tinnycua is a SAC Credentialed Professional and certified SAC Credential Advisor .

Therese Workman

Therese Workman (she/her) has dedicated her career to supporting communities through economic development, higher education, and youth development initiatives. Her most recent experience was developing future-of-work education programs for low-income individuals at Samaschool, where she designed and delivered in-person and web-based curricula and workforce training programs. In this role, Therese partnered with over twenty community organizations, CUNY central and campus staff, and government agencies to enhance their job readiness programming. She has an array of previous experiences in learner support in higher education, from her posts with the Fulbright Program at the Institute of International Education and with Columbia University’s Office of Global Programs.

Therese is also a skilled communications professional, having managed online content including websites, blogs, and social media as Senior Manager of Digital Content Strategies at ExpandED Schools. She has an AB in Visual and Environmental Studies and a Master of Education, both from Harvard University.