Jeanette Vega, Co-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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Bianca Shaw, Co-Executive Director
Bianca specializes in supporting Rise’s staff to ensure that our organizational culture, programs 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, Communications 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, 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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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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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 co-facilitates the Rise reporting group. She also leads social media at Rise.
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Ashanti Bryant, Operations and Communications Manager
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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Halimah Washington, Project Manager
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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Shamara Kelly, Parent Organizer
Shamara 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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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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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
Felicia Alleyne-Davis, Independent Support Broker, OPWDD
Kelly Castagnaro, Special Advisor, International Planned Parenthood Federation
Jeff Chang, Communications Director, Lawyers for Children
Digna Denis, Parent Advocate, Children's Aid
Linda Genereux, Producer/Director, Defy Expectations Filmworks LLC
Elliot Williams, Parent Advocate, CHDFS