Nora McCarthy, Director
Nora is the director of Rise, which means she works with the staff, board and our parent community to set the direction of the organization and to keep our programs and funding aligned with the vision. Nora founded Rise in 2005.
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Jeanette Vega, Assistant Director for Training and Policy
Jeanette specializes in presenting to child welfare professionals about her experience and about parents' perspectives and leads Rise's work consulting with the Administration for Children's Services and other agencies on their internal staff trainings.
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Bianca Shaw, Assistant Director for Programs and Culture
As the Assistant Director for Programs and Culture, Bianca supports Rise’s staff to ensure that our program designs and outcomes are aligned with Rise’s mission and values.
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Genevieve Saavedra Dalton Parker, Development Director
As the development director, Genevieve works to fund Rise programs and operations. They work with Rise staff and board to apply for funding, build relationships with supporters, and organize events to mobilize support for parent power.
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Tracy Serdjenian, Editorial Director
At Rise, Tracy co-facilitates our writing and reporting groups. Through storytelling and interview processes grounded in community and relationship building and parents’ experiences, we connect with ourselves and each other and advocate for change.
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Teresa M. Marrero, Parent Advocate Training Coordinator
As the Parent Advocate Training Coordinator, Teresa M. prepares NYC parents impacted by the child welfare system to work as parent advocates within the child welfare system (preventive and foster care agencies) as well as in impacted communities.
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Teresa Bachiller, Rise & Shine Coordinator
Teresa runs Rise's annual Rise & Shine parent leadership program for parents affected by the child welfare system.
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Robbyne Wiley, Senior Parent Leader
Robbyne is a member of Rise's Leadership Team and completed Rise's Advanced Writing Group and Public Speaking Skills Training and Advanced Public Speaking Program.
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Keyna Franklin, Assistant Editor
Keyna co-facilitates the Rise & Shine writing workshop series. Keyna writes and reports for Rise and coordinates and co-facilitates the Rise reporting group. She also leads social media at Rise.
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Ashanti Bryant, Program Assistant
As the Program Assistant at Rise, Ashanti manages administrative tasks and works closely with our parent leaders to help build technical and communication capacities.
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Imani Worthy, Parent Leader
As a Parent Leader at Rise, Imani facilitates workshops on public speaking for the Rise & Shine Parent Leadership Program and CORE parent advocate training.
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Halimah Washington, Community Coordinator
As Community Coordinator, Halimah leads a team of impacted parents in holding community conversations and conducting a participatory action research (PAR) project to identify and develop a vision to address root causes and community led solutions to child welfare involvement.
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Rise is a partner project of the Fund for the City of New York. Foundation support is provided by Casey Family Programs, Child Welfare Fund, JPB Foundation, Lower Manhattan Community Church, North Star Fund, New York Community Trust, New York Women’s Foundation, Pinkerton Foundation. Rise also contracts with child welfare, policy and advocacy organizations. We are grateful to our partners, subscribers and generous individual donors.
Hope Newton, Chair, Parent Advocate, Center for Family Representation
Bonnie Kornberg, Vice Chair, Chief Performance Officer, Graham Windham
Keith Hefner, Acting Treasurer, former Executive Director, Youth Communication
Lindsey McCormack, Secretary, Associate Director, Resource Mobilization, International Planned Parenthood Federation Western Hemisphere Region
Felicia Alleyne-Davis, Independent Support Broker, OPWDD
Digna Denis, Parent Advocate, Children's Aid
Linda Genereux, Producer/Director, Defy Expectations Filmworks LLC
Dana Guyet, Director, Prevention and Community Support, HRA Homelessness Prevention Administration
Elliot Williams, Parent Advocate, CHDFS
Joan Williams, District Outreach Coordinator for U.S. Rep. Marcia L. Fudge