MEET THE TEAM

"Our goal is simple: change the world, if slowly, by providing the infrastructure and support to youth to become kind leaders and bring lasting change to their communities."
- Ian Sandler, Co-Founder

Our Staff

Dr. Christine O'Connell

Executive Director

Laura Dunn

Director of Operations

Lauren Shenkman

Director of Partnerships and Programs

Shonda Smith

Director of Communications

Stephanie Dore

Engagement and Events Director

Cheyenne Rosado

Program Manager

Naya Houchen

Program Coordinator

Denise Smith

Assistant

Christina Alvarez

Senior Communications Intern

Kris Qiu

Communications Intern

Tatiana Simmons

Alumni Engagement Intern

Dr. Christine O'Connell

Executive Director

Laura Dunn

Director of Operations

Lauren Shenkman

Director of Partnerships and Programs

Shonda Smith

Director of Communications

Stephanie Dore

Engagement and Events Director

Cheyenne Rosado

Program Manager

Naya Houchen

Program Coordinator

Denise Smith

Assistant

Christina Alvarez

Senior Communications Intern

Kris Qiu

Communications Intern

Tatiana Simmons

Alumni Engagement Intern


Our Board of Directors

Ian Sandler

Co-Founder and Board Chair

Mackenzie Sandler

Co-Founder

Amy Bersh

Director & Secretary

Paul Burke

Director

Scott Eisenberg

Director

Eric Frank

Director

Jordan Freundlich

Director

Gia Gambino

Youth Advisory Board Co-Chair

Laura Rebell Gross

Director + Chair of DEI Committee

Agha Haider

Youth Advisory Board Co-Chair

Noah Heller

Director

John Horner

Director + Chair of Governance Committee

Oseloka Idigbe

Director + Chair of Programming Committee

Mindy Jacobs

Director

Lauren Hyman Kaplan

Director

Terry Kaplan

Director & Chief Creative Offier

David Kerstein

Director

Katie Leonberger

Director

Lindsey K. Levine, Ph.D.

Director + Chair of Development Committee

Yolonda Marshall

Director

Brian Potash

Director, Treasurer + Chair of Finance Committee

Rob Robinson

Director

Ian Sandler

Co-Founder and Board Chair

Mackenzie Sandler

Co-Founder

Amy Bersh

Director & Secretary

Paul Burke

Director

Scott Eisenberg

Director

Eric Frank

Director

Jordan Freundlich

Director

Gia Gambino

Youth Advisory Board Co-Chair

Laura Rebell Gross

Director + Chair of DEI Committee

Agha Haider

Youth Advisory Board Co-Chair

Noah Heller

Director

John Horner

Director + Chair of Governance Committee

Oseloka Idigbe

Director + Chair of Programming Committee

Mindy Jacobs

Director

Lauren Hyman Kaplan

Director

Terry Kaplan

Director & Chief Creative Offier

David Kerstein

Director

Katie Leonberger

Director

Lindsey K. Levine, Ph.D.

Director + Chair of Development Committee

Yolonda Marshall

Director

Brian Potash

Director, Treasurer + Chair of Finance Committee

Rob Robinson

Director

Our Youth Advisory Board

Gia Gambino

Board Co-Chair

Agha Haider

Board Co-Chair

Campbell Arnone

Board Member

Phoebe Grace

Board Member

Nia Huff

Board Member

Emma Lin

Board Member

Everest Maya-Tudor

Board Member

Sonika Menon

Board Member

Amber Rahman

Board Member

Michal Ruprecht

Board Member

Welela S.

Board Member

Tiara Soto

Board Member

Jonathan Tamen

Board Member

Julia Westra

Board Member

Gia Gambino

Board Co-Chair

Agha Haider

Board Co-Chair

Campbell Arnone

Board Member

Phoebe Grace

Board Member

Nia Huff

Board Member

Emma Lin

Board Member

Everest Maya-Tudor

Board Member

Sonika Menon

Board Member

Amber Rahman

Board Member

Michal Ruprecht

Board Member

Welela S.

Board Member

Tiara Soto

Board Member

Jonathan Tamen

Board Member

Julia Westra

Board Member