Jeanette Vega, Executive Director
Jeanette is a parent impacted by the foster system who specializes in representing Rise and building relationships to center parents' expertise and vision in the movement to end family policing.
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As the Communications & Organizing Director, Mary works closely with the parent-led Organizing Team and the Communications Team. Her role is to build and establish partnerships and community connections and contribute to quarterly & annual publications.
Teresa M. Marrero, Peer Support Program 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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Shakira Paige, Peer Trainer
Paige is part of the Rise team working to develop and implement a parent-led model of peer and community care in NYC.
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Zoraida Ramirez, Peer Trainer
Zoraida is part of the Rise team working to develop and implement a parent-led model of peer and community care in NYC.
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Naashia B, Parent Organizer
Naashia is part of Rise's organizing team working to develop a Parents' Platform to amplify the experiences of families targeted, surveilled and separated by ACS and to advocate for real community-based support.
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Teresa Bachiller, Rise & Shine Director
Teresa runs Rise's annual Rise & Shine parent leadership program for parents affected by the child welfare system.
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Rise’s Parent Advocate Director, her role is to train other Parent Advocates coming into this work and support their growth. She is a proud mother that has been impacted by the child welfare system and has dedicated her career to supporting families.
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, Writing and Public Speaking Coordinator
Keyna co-facilitates the Rise & Shine writing workshop series. Keyna writes and reports for Rise and coordinates and facilitates the Rise reporting group. She also leads social media at Rise.
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Ashanti Bryant, Operations and Communications Manager
As the Operations & Communications at Rise, Ashanti manages administrative tasks and works closely with our parent leaders to help build technical and communication capacities. She also is a part of our Communications Team and contributes to Rise's social media.
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Halimah Washington, Project Manager
As Project Manager, 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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As Rise’s Program Support Manager and her role is to continue to elevate other parents’ voices in these tables and bring parents’ perspectives to change conditions that harm families’ well being.
Based and raised on the Lower East Side, Loren is a mother of three, one boy and two girls. She is passionate about creating networks of joy and loves supporting families.
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, Ira W. DeCamp Foundation, JPB Foundation, Lower Manhattan Community Church, North Star Fund, New York Community Trust, New York Women’s Foundation, Pinkerton Foundation, Redlich Horowitz Foundation and Wellspring Foundation. Rise also contracts with child welfare, policy and advocacy organizations. We are grateful to our partners, subscribers and generous individual donors.
Bonnie Kornberg, Acting Board Chair, Chief Strategy and Development 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
Elliot Williams, Co-Chair, Parent Advocate, CHDFS
Felicia Alleyne-Davis, Independent Support Broker, OPWDD
Kelly Castagnaro, Special Advisor, International Planned Parenthood Federation
Jeff Chang, Communications Director, Lawyers for Children
Linda Genereux, Producer/Director, Defy Expectations Filmworks LLC