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Our Fellows

Fall Cohort 2020

  • Amy Vogltanz
    Manhattan Legal Services

    Amy Vogltanz is the Director of Grants and Contracts at Manhattan Legal Services (“MLS”), a program of Legal Services NYC, the largest civil legal services provider in the United States whose mission is to fight poverty and seek racial, social and economic justice for low-income New Yorkers. Along with a central team of grant reporting specialists, Amy oversees all aspects of reporting and compliance of MLS’s 12.5 million dollar budget comprised of federal, state, local and private grants and contracts.

    Prior to being promoted to management, Amy was an attorney in the housing unit at MLS working on the Pinnacle Settlement Project — the result of a federal class action lawsuit brought by tenants across New York City against their landlord alleging a widespread and coordinated pattern and practice of harassment and intimidation. As part of that project Amy represented approximately 500 tenants in their damages claims under the settlement.

    In addition to her formal roles at MLS, Amy spent nearly two years serving her colleagues as a union delegate prior to moving into management and she has served as a borough-wide co-facilitator of the white anti-racist group seeking to equip white people with tools to individually and collectively participate in and support LSNYC’s organizational anti-racism transformation process as led by people of color, and to undermine structural racism within the organization.

    Before joining MLS, Amy served as the Special Assistant to the National Legal Director of the ACLU where she coordinated the production of all briefs to the Supreme Court and was responsible for the streamlining of multiple administrative processes, including legal intake for the entire national office, CLE programming for its almost 100 attorneys, and assisting the Legal Director in oversight of a multi-million dollar budget.

    Amy is a Nebraska native and a queer mom living in NYC with her daughter, Emelina Mae (age 27 months). She enjoys reading, photography, hiking, music and re-seeing the world through her toddlers eyes.

    Amy received a B.A. from Barat College in 2000 and a J.D. from CUNY School of Law in May 2014. She was admitted to practice law in New York State on June 1, 2015.

  • Anaise Morel
    Community Health Action of Staten Island

    I started at Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI) in 2013 as the Program Assistant for two programs: Return to Recovery, a re-entry program to promote re-integration for men returning to the community from incarceration and the Strong Steps program, a Trauma-informed Domestic Violence initiative. This last initiative was a partnership between CHASI, and the Richmond County District Attorney’s office Bureau of Special Victims. Both initiatives were funded by a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant. In my program assistant role, I managed and tracked data for both Intiatives, and I interacted with different managers, directors, clinical and line staff. As a result of these regular interactions, I started to learn each individual leadership & management style within the department, and I began the journey of identifying my own. I decided to further develop my leadership skills and I jumped to a volunteer opportunity presented in 2014. As a Youth Task Force Coordinator, I was tasked to implement and manage an educational and mentoring initiative for youth at- risk. This volunteer experience expanded both my managerial and leadership skills and allowed me the opportunity to be considered for a Life Skills Coordinator role within that same year. I was officially promoted to Life Skills Coordinator of the Domestic Violence Initiative and worked closely with the Director of Programs to design program curriculum and to develop life skills programming that included, but was not limited to: Financial literacy, employment skills, mental wellness, educational planning, self-esteem, networking skills, among others. In 2016, I was able to continue to expand my professional career at CHASI and decided to tackle a new area of public health – HIV prevention work. I received my second promotion as Prevention Coordinator for the Outreach & Education for Combination Prevention Program (OCP) whose goal was to increase awareness and access to PEP/PrEP services. In February 2017, due to successful program management, I was promoted to Director of HIV Prevention Services overseeing a portfolio of three prevention contracts targeting 3 different target populations and managing a team of 6 staff members. In December 01, 2017 the agency received a new women-focused grant for HIV & Prevention Services, “Women Up.” This multifaceted grant required managing three distinctive components: HIV/HCV Testing, Implementation of a peer program for a cohort of 10-14 and an evidence-based group facilitation initiative (Healthy Relationships) targeting HIV + women. I accepted the challenge as an opportunity for growth and transitioned to a new department with an expanded role overseeing 4 contracts as the Director HIV Prevention Services. During my time at CHASI, I have successfully adapted to the many changes and challenges each new role has brought to me. This helped me further expand both my management and leadership skills and it taught me to eagerly and consistently seek and create opportunities for growth. I believe that all these great opportunities that I have been honored to experience have made me a strong candidate for this fellowship.

  • Ben Anderson
    Children’s Defense Fund

    Ben Anderson is the Director of Policy and Health Policy at the Children’s Defense Fund – New York (CDF-NY). Mr. Anderson oversees CDF-NY’s health policy portfolio which includes health coverage, improving access to health care, improving the quality of health care and services for children, and eliminating disparate health outcomes for all New York children. Prior to joining CDF-NY, he worked in both the public and private sectors. Mr. Anderson began his career as a health care attorney, focusing primarily on Medicaid reimbursement and complex rate-setting matters. He represented health care providers, managed care plans and third-party administrators, and a state Medicaid agency. While practicing law, he successfully negotiated the resolution of a multi-million dollar rate-setting dispute on behalf of a statewide developmental disability service provider. His experience includes spending two years at First Five Nebraska, where his work focused on early childhood mental health care and developmental screening, in addition to education policy. Mr. Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Colgate University and a law degree from Boston University.

  • Chanda Dawadi
    New Destiny Housing Corporation

    Chanda Dawadi has over 10 years of experience in community and economic development with a focus on affordable housing and economic development. Currently, Chanda holds Senior Project Manager position at New Destiny Housing Corporation, where she is responsible for site identification, feasibility analysis, preparation of project budget, targeting the appropriate sources of funds, securing financing commitments for construction sources and for conversion sources, and managing the ongoing construction and pipeline projects. Prior to joining, New Destiny, Chanda was managing supportive housing projects at HELP USA, where she closed on a pipeline of projects totaling over 300 supportive housing units worth an aggregate public-private investment of over $120 million. Chanda’s previous work in the non-profit sector includes serving as the Vice President of Urban Planning and Real Estate at Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, where she identified potential development projects and facilitated those projects from conception to completion. She earned her M.S. in Business Administration from Montclair State University as well as M.S. in Infrastructure Planning from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Chanda is also an adjunct professor in the school of business at Montclair State University.

  • Chantel Austin
    The Brotherhood/ Sister sol,

    Chantel holds a Bachelors in Science in Business Administration in Finance from the University of Buffalo, a Masters in Science in Urban Affairs from Hunter College, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SHRM-SCP). Chantel currently works as the HR Manager at The Brotherhood/ Sister sol, a social justice youth non-profit in Harlem. She has extensive hands-on experience leading HR initiatives including policy design, compensation, performance management, recruiting, compliance reporting, HRIS implementations, HR workflow development, training and development, and benefits administration. She has served in the role of Human Resources Director at Display Technologies, a Berkshire Hathaway Company. Prior to her time at Display Technologies Chantel worked at the Federal Home Loan Bank of NY and at the University of Buffalo.

  • Courtney McClellan
    CUNY Creative Arts

    Courtney M. McClellan is a multi-disciplinary artist and creator who is tired of the same inequities in life being replicated in art (and artistic spheres) and then re-presented to humanity as a further enforcement of the status quo. She seeks to create equitable representation and compensation in all aspects of her work, learning, and art, for herself, her communities, and others who are interested in empathy-building, restorative justice, and personal growth for forward movement and positive change, especially with the most marginalized. She is anti-respectability politics, anti-racist, anti-capitalistic, anti-white supremacist, anti-bias, anti-neoliberalism, anti-prison industrial complex and -cash bail, and anti-individualistic extremism and ultra conservatism. She is pro-democratic socialism, in favor of the Affordable Care Act, pro-choice, pro women’s and femme rights, and an advocate for the LGBTQ community and any letters that add to it. She is a self-described Southern, Black, Christian Bruja and logophile, embracing and welcoming conversation and work with young children, students, educators, adults, all artists, applied theatre practitioners, facilitators, BIPOC populations, families, social workers, medical care professionals, caretakers, domestic workers, social and political organizers, corporate visionaries, human resources personnel, communications professionals, scientists, researchers, and non-profit workers, and she magnetizes communion with those groups.

  • Erika Lindsey
    Public Policy Lab

    Erika Lindsey is a designer and user researcher with a background in advocacy, urban planning and social change initiatives. As a Design Research Lead at Public Policy Lab (PPL), she contributes to the project management, design, user research, analysis, and storytelling for human-centered design research projects. Prior to PPL, Erika worked as a Senior Policy Advisor for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency (ORR), where she led initiatives aimed at strengthening social infrastructure and neighborhood-level emergency and resiliency planning in communities across New York City. Erika also taught ArcGIS to nonprofit leaders, and conducted spatial analyses for an environmental justice organization in New Delhi, India. Erika is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Sociology. She received her Master in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

  • Eva Rosa
    Playwrights Horizons

    Eva Rosa is the Associate Director, Individual Giving at Playwrights Horizons, an Off-Broadway non-profit in NYC that cultivates and produces new American plays. The organization’s specific focus on contemporary work naturally lends to supporting more diverse storytelling and audiences to better reflect our modern world. Eva has over 10 years of fundraising experience and now focuses her work in fundraising through the lens of equity, diversity and inclusion. She hopes to share her experiences and challenges of working within primarily white arts institutions and help continue to diversify arts leadership and non-profit boards. During her time at Playwrights Horizons, she has helped grow Generation PH into one of the top young donor programs Off Broadway, and has doubled the size of its loyal base. Her strong track record in digital growth in fundraising campaigns has yielded year-to-year online revenue growth. In addition, she has managed a growing list of donors and prospects and, through her efforts, deepened their commitment to Playwrights. As a native New Yorker and Latina, she understands the long history and heritage of theater with hopes to see it better reflect our community, and she believes in treating her cohorts and donors like family.

  • John Orr
    Vibrant Emotional Health

    John Orr currently serves Vibrant Emotional Health as the Associate Vice President of Children, Adolescent and Family Services. Having originally joined Vibrant (then the Mental Health Association of NYC) to develop the Child and Adolescent Care Coordination Department, his focus has broadened with this new role where he places emphasis upon building empowered relationships and efficient operations. With such aims and responsibilities there are many opportunities for collaboration with the vast array of services offered by Vibrant, including: Preventive Services for families who have interactions with ACS, Peer Support for families with young people who are experiencing mental and emotional difficulties, home-based Clinical Services for youth, specialized education and vocational training at the Adolescent Skills Centers, and Care Management for youth who are experiencing significant needs as a result of the circumstances of their lives. Treating leadership as a continual learning experience, John has looked to synthesize his education and experience in Communications and Mental Health Counseling into an approach that skillfully meets the ever-evolving demands of the field and community.

  • Katy Laird

    Katy is the Senior Director of Marketing and Engagement at the nonprofit edtech platform, ReadWorks. Over seven years, Katy has grown the ReadWorks community to reach over 1.2 million teachers and 17 million students. In addition she’s run large pilot programs to conduct research, developed and launched new products, and more recently, focused on fundraising and revenue generation. Prior to ReadWorks, Katy worked in digital marketing for the Meredith Corporation developing campaigns for clients like Kraft and P&G and taught ESL in Hanoi, Vietnam.

  • Kylie Repasy
    America On Tech
    Kylie began her career teaching high school science in Jacksonville, Florida. After leaving the traditional classroom, Kylie worked with various organizations, including with the North Florida Health Corps, Duval County YMCA, and Healthy Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Coalition on projects ranging from curriculum development to policy research and advocacy. Before venturing back north to pursue her master’s degree, Kylie managed a 21st Century Community Learning Center where she focused on STEM programming and project-based learning. Here in New York, Kylie has worked with the Harlem Children’s Zone where she implemented the Employment and Technology Center’s STEM immersion programming model. She has also worked on policy projects for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute. Kylie is currently the Program Lead for America On Tech in NYC, an organization working to prepare the next generation of technology leaders. She is also an Adjunct Professor with Marymount Manhattan College’s Academic Writing Program. Kylie holds an MPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a BA in Biology & Society from Cornell University.
  • Laniqua Dinkins
    Randall's Island Park Alliance

    I currently serve as the Icahn Stadium Manager for Randall’s Island Park Alliance. I assist the Director of Icahn Stadium with planning, directing and coordinating activities pertaining to the maintenance of Icahn Stadium. I assist with coordinating and supervising track and field and other sporting events at Icahn Stadium. I have previously worked in intercollegiate athletics at Chowan University as the Internal Operations Assist for three years. The position included assisting with Compliance to ensure that all student athletes were eligible to participate in respected sports as well as being the liaison for the NCAA Compliance Office. In addition, I assisted the Assist Athletic Director of Communications by overseeing nine sports with website maintenance, game day statistics and press releases. I hold a Master’s of Science in Sports Management from Northern Illinois University and Bachelor’s of Science in Health Science from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania.

  • Lorraine Jarvis
    Her Justice
    Lorraine Jarvis has spent most of her adult life working in the non-profit sector supporting attorneys, social workers, and senior management staff in the capacity of human resources, facility coordinator, and recruitment. As facility coordinator at the Legal Aid Society during a financial crisis restructuring, Lorraine was able to re-construct the Shared Service department which served the entire organization 5 borough offices with minimal staff within 6 months period. During the early years with the Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Practice Lorraine collaborated closely with the management information system staff on developing, and upgrading the Juvenile Rights Division’s case management system. Upon completion of the system, Lorraine was an intricate part of conducting a productive and successful training of all disciplines on the case management system, resulting in 85% compliance with staff and an increase in statistics used for the annual budget report. Currently at Her Justice Lorraine is in charge of the management and execution of general operation activities for all departments. She also coordinates recruitment, placement, and onboarding of both staff and volunteers. Supporting staff to ensure that Her Justice staff is equipped with the tools needed to provide service to our clients is at the forefront of the work that she does. Lorraine holds a Bachelors in Professional Studies with a concentration in Organizational Psychology and a Master of Public Administration both degrees acquired at Audrey Cohen College also known as Metropolitan College of New York. In her leisure, Lorraine enjoys teaching financial literacy, traveling, singing, and spending time with her friends and family.
  • Mai Brand

    Mai Brand currently leads exalt’s fundraising and partnership work supporting exalt’s plan to scale and triple the number of court-involved youth served across New York City. Mai is passionate about utilizing her voice, experiences, and skills to challenge injustices through fostering meaningful relationships, dialogues, and understanding across sectors. Mai began her career working as a Community Service Coordinator at Loyola University Maryland, where she connected students and staff to volunteer and advocacy projects in Baltimore City. Mai went on to work for Equal Justice Works, a national nonprofit supporting public interest attorneys. As the Fellowships and Development Specialist, she led key fundraising projects, including an annual gala that raised $3 million. Next, Mai worked for Food & Friends, where she developed and implemented strategies to raise corporate and foundation funding for meals and nutrition programs supporting critically ill children and adults. Mai joined Eskolta in a manager capacity after spending one year working, volunteering, and traveling in Southeast Asia. At Eskolta she led the organization’s nascent development work, and successfully developed a new pipeline of individual, corporate, and foundation funders, and launched the organization’s inaugural annual gala and year-end campaign. Mai holds a B.A. in Global Studies and Business from Loyola University Maryland.

  • Matthew Cheng
    Nonprofit New York

    Matthew Cheng joined Nonprofit New York in August 2016 as Development Coordinator and was promoted to Development Manager in October 2018. As Development Manager, he coordinates Nonprofit New York’s fundraising efforts by cultivating and maintaining relationships with the corporations, foundations and individuals that support Nonprofit New York’s programs. Prior to moving to New York, Matthew did a year of service with Project SERVE, a program of Catholic Charities of Baltimore and AmeriCorps, as a Volunteer Coordinator at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, which is where he found his love for fundraising. Matthew holds his M.A. in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University as well as a B.A in Psychology and a B.A. in Media and Communication from the University of Maryland – Baltimore County.

  • Nicole Galasso
    Randall's Island Park Alliance

    Nicole currently works as the HR Generalist at the Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA). In this role, she oversees recruitment efforts, administers employee benefits programs, navigates employee relations issues, develops and implements policies and coordinates trainings for staff. She is happy to support the organization and its mission to provide NYC with innovative programming, areas to play sports, cultural events and environmental exploration. Prior to working at RIPA, she worked in the architectural industry for three years in various capacities including talent acquisition, HR and project management and she also worked at another nonprofit in NYC, serving older adults, youth and families. Nicole has a Master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the Weissman School of Arts & Science at Baruch College.

  • Penn Gottfried
    Beat The Streets NYC
    My name is Penn Gottfried and I am currently the Youth Director at Beat The Streets NYC, a Non-Profit Wrestling organization, where my responsibilities include the K-8 programming as well as assisting with various High School events and programs. I have been with the organization for the past five years. I was born and raised in Westchester, New York where I graduated from Ardsley High School in 2010. After High School, I went on to wrestle at Columbia University where I graduated from in 2015. I currently live with my fiancee and my two brand new kittens, Fiona and Figaro.
  • Rafelina Contreras
    Rafelina Contreras is currently the Senior Program Coordinator at exalt where she leads the intake process to determine eligibility for youth referred to the program. Rafelina works to provide access to various experiences and opportunities that support the participants with their efforts to change their lives and the communities they belong to. She holds a BA from Rutgers University where she majored in Psychology and Sociology and minored in Criminology. Prior to joining exalt, Rafelina was a Case Manager for the Aegis Domestic Violence Program at an emergency crisis shelter. Through a Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) approach, she promoted safety, support, and empowerment to positively impact the lives of domestic violence survivors and their children in both an individual and group setting. Through offering crisis intervention and emotional support to survivors of domestic violence, Rafelina found a passion to help the youth struggling with the many challenges they were experiencing. She is determined to help transform the lives of youth at exalt through cultivating their leadership skills and promoting self-sufficiency.
  • Richard Santangelo
    Audubon New York

    Richard is the Program Director for Audubon New York’s For the Birds! (FTB!) Environmental Education Program. As director, he oversees the growth and implementation of FTB! throughout the five boroughs of NYC. For more than 20-years For the Birds! has worked with NYC schools and partners to increase access to conservation education for NYC youth, promote community based learning and conservation action, and inspire a culture of lifelong environmental stewardship. A former elementary school teacher and Peace Corps China volunteer, Richard holds a B.A. in Elementary School Education from William Paterson University and an M.S. in Environmental Education and Ecology from the Florida Institute of Technology. With more than 20-years of experience in both formal and non-formal education, Richard is committed to combining community-based education with his love for birds to engage communities underserved by environmental education and work to seed diversity, equity, and inclusion into the fiber of contemporary environmental stewardship. Rich currently lives in Passaic County NJ with his wife Maria, and two daughters, Isabela and Amalia. He enjoys hiking and birding with his family, native plant gardening and watching Portuguese Football.

  • Russell Martello
    VISIONS/Services and Visually Impaired

    Russell serves as Chief Development Officer for VISIONS/Services and Visually Impaired, and continues to expand fundraising and development initiatives, with a focus on foundation/corporate support and individual giving. Russell has enjoyed leading teams in programming and development in the New York City non-profit sector, since 2009. He has experience building and expanding Federal, State and privately funded programs for individuals with special needs in foster care, and for individuals who are legally blind, from the start-up phase to a self-sustaining level. Russell earned his BA from SUNY Albany and MSEd in School Counseling from Hunter College.

  • Zanita Tisdale
    Food Bank For New York City

    Zanita Tisdale is passionate about working to provide resources that ensure both community development initiatives and economic solutions empower Community Based Organizations to see real change. She is a driven and motivated self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit who is passionate about philanthropy, food systems and advocacy. When creating strategic initiatives, she positions herself as a leader with demonstrated success implementing programs, developing policies and establishing relationships. As the Sr. Director of Member Engagement at Food Bank For New York City she leads the strategic, data driven approach that promotes Food Bank’s work with 800+ nonprofits that make up its member network. She develops thoughtful, high impact initiatives that result in meaningful corporate and government investments. While at Food Bank, Zanita developed “Green Sidewalk”, the Food Bank For New York City’s public health solution for New Yorkers in need. The program successfully distributed over 6.9M pounds of fresh produce to hungry New Yorkers in the city’s poorest neighborhoods in its first year. Through Green Sidewalk, participating organizations increased their total distribution capacity by 33% over the previous year, thus ensuring that 59% of all food distributed to New Yorkers at participating organizations is now fresh produce. Zanita is a graduate of Oklahoma City University and holds a Bachelors of Mass Communication in Public Relations. She represents Food Bank For New York City on two citywide committees with representation from citywide nonprofits as well as city and state offices and was recently named to the 40 under 40 Rising Stars in NYC Food Policy, Class of 2020.

  • Zoe Rabinowitz
    Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre

    Zoe Rabinowitz is the Associate Artistic Director and a founding member of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre. Originally from Vermont, Zoe graduated from the Walnut Hill School for the Arts and earned her BFA in Dance from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program, with additional studies at De Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in the Netherlands. As an administrator, Zoe has worked with 651 ARTS and Queens Council on the arts; as a freelance dance artist, she has performed with artists and companies such as INSPIRIT: a dance company, JoAnna Mendl Shaw/ Equus Projects, Kristina Isabelle, MBDance, The Movement Party, Nia Love/ Blacksmith’s Daughter, Urban Bush Women, and Anne Zuerner. Her own choreography for stage and film has been presented throughout New York City, the U.S, and abroad in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Mexico, and South Korea.