UnoBlessed Coons is from Indianapolis, Indiana. She is a recent graduate of Butler University with a B.A. in Urban Affairs. Before finishing her degree at Butler, UnoBlessed served as a Whole School Whole Child corps member in 2008-2009 and as a Recruitment Project Leader in 2009-2010. She is passionate about community and leadership development and has now returned to City Year Washington D.C. to serve as the Recruitment Manager. She is excited to share her City Year experiences with prospective corps members in hopes to build a corps of diverse young leaders who will strengthen our communities, become big citizens and change the world.
Whole School Whole Child Program Manager
Diploma's Now Program Manager
Madeline Corniel is proud city girl from the Big Apple, New York City. She grew up in the Bronx and graduated from the University of Rochester in Upstate, New York in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Spanish. Through her leadership experiences in college and high school, she developed a passion for education and serving high-need areas, like Washington, DC. After college, Maddy joined City Year Washington, DC's corps serving at Hart Middle School, and returned the following year as a Whole School Whole Child Team Leader at Johnson Middle School. Through her experiences serving with City Year Washington, DC, Maddy has developed a passion for youth development and the empowerment of young people. Wanting to expand her knowledge of the District of Columbia Public School System, she decided to continue her work with City Year Washington, DC and has joined the staff as a Whole School Whole Child Program Manager serving at Kramer Middle School.
Christine joined City Year DC as a Program Manager as part of the Diploma's Now Initiative. She is a proud graduate of DePauw University and former educator. She is a Teach For America Alumnus (Charlotte ’08) where she taught English at EE Waddell High School. Following her TFA experience, Christine spent time teaching English at Lycee Polyvalent Flora Tristan, a technical high school in the Parisian suburbs. Her experiences in the classroom continuously inspire her, and that's why she is so excited continue her work as part of the City Year DC team, working to end the dropout crisis here in Washington, DC.
Janae Eason is a native of Washington, DC, and is honored to serve in the city in which she was raised. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from The George Washington University. Janae worked in different areas, including university fundraising and student financial aid, before coming to City Year Washington, DC as a corps member for the 2009-2010 corps year. She was a member of the Heroes team, and returned for a senior corps year on the 2010-2011 Civic Heroes team. Both experiences gave her significant experience in service-learning and program and youth development. Janae served as a Whole School, Whole Child Program Manager for two years, maintaining the responsibility for managing corps members and sustaining relationships with her schools and other partners. She is now moving into her first year as Program Director, where she will support a team of Program Managers and continue to build school and service partner relationships.
Managing Director of Program and Service
Allison Felder graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2007 with a B.A. in Psychology and minors in Biology and Spanish. After graduating, Allison joined City Year San Antonio and served as a corps member and senior corps member. She then came to City Year Washington, DC and served as a Whole School Whole Child Program Manager at Malcolm X Elementary School and Turner Elementary School in 2009 through 2011. Since then, Allison has worked closely with school partners and DC Public Schools as the Service and Educational Partnerships Director and Whole School Whole Child Director. Allison is currently the Managing Director of Program and Service, overseeing all of City Year Washington, DC’s in school service.
Vice President and Executive Director
Jeff Franco has been the Executive Director of City Year Washington, DC since February 2008. During Franco’s tenure, City Year has grown from 75 to 156 corps members and from serving in 1 to serving in 13 DC public schools. During this same time period, the organization’s budget increased from $3 million to $6.2 million. Franco’s leadership in developing and implementing a six-year scale plan has paved the way for effective and sustainable growth. Currently three years in to the plan, by year six City Year will have 340 corps members serving in the 5 high schools that produce 57% of the Washington, DC students who drop out, and the 28 middle and elementary schools that feed into those schools.
Franco came to City Year with extensive experience in the business development and management arenas and has a successful track record of implementing corporate business development plans. Directly prior to joining City Year, Franco served as the Director of Global Business Development and Project Manager at Voxiva, a technology company specializing in disease surveillance systems for HIV-AIDS, SARS and Avian Flu in developing world countries. Franco helped develop Voxiva’s corporate strategy, analyzed market entry conditions and evaluated new opportunities in Latin America, Africa, and the United States. Prior to that, he worked as a Senior Consultant at BearingPoint Consulting, Associate Director of Marketing and Sales at Corporate Executive Board, and a Consultant at the International Finance Corporation.
Outside of his professional work, Franco dedicates his time to various organizations. He has served on his church’s Steering Committee for young adults and has led efforts on a variety of volunteer endeavors in the community. Franco is a member of DC’s Hands on Housing, So Others Might Eat (SOME), and Net Impact, an international nonprofit organization that seeks to make a positive impact on society by growing and strengthening a community of new leaders who use business to improve the world. Franco is also a 2010 graduate of Leadership Greater Washington, an organization focused on connecting diverse leaders to find effective solutions to regional challenges. He graduated from Fairfield University in Connecticut with a B.A. in Political Science, Pre-Medicine, and Spanish and has a Masters in International Affairs and an M.B.A. from American University in Washington, DC. Franco is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and enjoys traveling and participating in triathlons.
Whole School Whole Child Program Manager
Charisse Furlongue is a west coast transplant and attended high school in the Northern Virginia area. She holds a B.A. in Letters, Arts, and Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University. Charisse joined City Year Washington, DC as a corps member in the 2009-2010 corps year. She was a member of the Whole School Whole Child team serving at Malcolm X Elementary school and returned for a senior corps year where she served as the Team leader on the 2010-2011 Malcolm X team. Through her experience serving the Congress Heights Community, Charisse has developed a true love for service learning as well as educating and developing young people. Charisse has returned to City Year as a Whole School, Whole Child Program Manager, and looks forward to making a positive impact on a new partnership, students, and corps members.
Hunter Griendling graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in philosophy and a minor in international studies. She joined the AmeriCorps program as a Volunteer In Service To America (VISTA) at the Tippecanoe Chapter of the American Red Cross, working as a resource development specialist. Hunter served as an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team leader at the Atlantic Campus. She supervised a team of nine young corps members on seven remote service projects ranging from environmental conservation in northern New York to community development in Camden, NJ. Her team was deployed to meet immediate relief needs in northwest Alabama after the 2011 tornados and long term disaster recovery needs in Springfield, Massachusetts. Hunter strongly believes in national service programs, as well as the powerful impact a service year can have on young Americans.
Curriculum and Learning Manager
Jane Horstmann is a proud Philadelphia native, and earned her B.S. in Secondary English Education from Boston University. In her role as Curriculum and Learning Manager, she organizes the site’s Learning and Development Conferences and manages the Whole School Whole Child Project Leaders. Previously Horstmann worked as a Program Manager at Malcolm X and Garfield Elementary Schools, and as the National Mobilization Manager for City Year’s Headquarters. Horstmann is committed to supporting urban schools in working to end the drop out crisis and feels that City Year corps members will help close the achievement gap nationally. Prior to joining City Year, Horstmann taught and volunteered in classrooms in DC, Boston, Philadelphia, and Sydney, Australia.
Whole School Whole Child Program Manager
Jerry recently returned City Year DC as Program Manager for the Whole School Whole Child initiative. Jerry served as a City Year corps member from 2006-08 serving his first year in Washington, DC and his second in Los Angeles. After his service term ended, Jerry returned to the University of Maryland-Baltimore County where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. After graduating Jerry joined Teach for America and taught middle school English in Baltimore, MD. Jerry is excited to be back with City Year and to continue closing the achievement gap one child at a time.
Civic Engagement Program Manager
Daniel is serving his fifth year with the City Year Washington, DC Civic Engagement Team, and his third year as the Program Manager. He graduated from George Mason University in 2008 with a BA in Conflict Analysis & Resolution and a concentration in Community, Group, and Organizational Conflict. During his time with City Year he also received a Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from the University of the District of Columbia. Daniel has worked with youth of all ages and has built up a passion for community engagement throughout his academic and volunteer career. His personal mission is to find meaningful ways to bring together citizens from all corners of a community to build something great together, and to empower those around him to make the impact they wish to see on the world.
Lauren McDade serves as the Special Projects Assistant to the Executive Director and the Development Department. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Lauren graduated from Towson University in 2010 with a degree in political science. From 2010-2011 she served with the inaugural Diplomas Now team at Spingarn Senior High School. After her corps year she interned for City Year New York in the Research and Operations department while pursuing her master’s degree in Politics and Education at Columbia University. She earned her master’s in 2013 and is excited to return to City Year and combine her passions for education reform and national service.
Kristen McDonough graduated from James Madison University in 2007 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. After graduating, McDonough joined City Year San Antonio and served on the Miller Academy Whole School, Whole Child Team. She then served as a team leader for the Young Heroes Program. After completing her service, McDonough returned to the DC region whereupon she taught special education in DC Public Schools through the DC Teaching Fellows program. She also earned a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Educational Policy and Leadership from American University.
Whole School Whole Child Program Manager
Kate Mitchell is starting her 3rd year with City Year, proudly transitioning into the position of Whole School Whole Child Program Manager. Kate served her Corps year in DC working with an amazing class of 4th graders and Garfield Elementary school. She returned the next year as a Team Leader at Garfield and led a group of 10 idealist through the City Year program. Kate is a proud native of the great mid-west, born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan and a proud alum of the University of Iowa School of Social Work.Kate is excited to continue her work in the District with City Year and to continue to grow and develop as a leader.
Whole School Whole Child Program Manager
A Michigan native, Nick Monts earned a B.A. in Secondary Education and a M.A. in Educational Leadership at Eastern Michigan University. Nick has worked as a high school social studies teacher in the Detroit area. His previous schools include Covenant House Academy, which serves as an alternative high school and a shelter for homeless teens and Clintondale Continuing Education Center, a vocational school helping troubled high school students get back on track. Nick is embarking on his third year as a Program Manager and is looking forward to building new school partnerships. Nick has a passion for innovative educational programs and is glad to have another strong year at City Year Washington, DC.
Dave Moore grew up just outside DC and is a proud alum of the 2001-2002 City Year Boston corps and was a member of the City Year Little Rock start-up team. After four years on staff in Little Rock, Dave took a break from City Year to volunteer in Bolivia, train government employees, return to school to finish his undergrad and get married. Dave is very excited to return to City Year and serve in his hometown.
This year, Dave is serving as the Diplomas Now Program Director and will be working with three middle and high schools to address the dropout crisis. His teams will work in collaboration with Talent Development and Communities in Schools to provide a comprehensive response to truancy, behavior issues, and poor performance in math and English.
Corporate Partnerships Manager
In her role as Corporate Partnerships Manager, Jessica helps
to facilitate contributions from area businesses and to engage them
in meaningful partnership to impact City Year's mission. Jessica is
a proud Mountaineer and native of Morgantown, WV, but has become an
honorary New Englander by attending college at Boston University
and remaining in Massachusetts for 9 more years. While at BU,
Jessica studied Public Relations with special interest in
non-profit communication strategies. After graduation, she worked
for Boston Medical Center in special events, fundraising and cause
marketing. Prior to joining City Year, Jessica worked in
development for Joslin Diabetes Center. Jessica is honored to have the opportunity to expose new
people to the service of the CYDC corps members (and to meet new
people in DC!). She is an advocate for corporate citizenship and
loves to find ways to stretch boundaries and engage new
volunteers. Throughout her life she has had many meaningful
volunteer opportunities with 4-H and is a strong believer in the
power of young people to make a difference.
Individual Giving Manager
Abby Ransler brings her enthusiasm for education and fundraising to her role as Individual Giving Manager for City Year Washington, DC. She has worked with educational non-profits focusing on under-privileged youth for over six years. Throughout her career, Abby has been motivated by the need for additional resources for DC’s youth, including imperative after-school and service-oriented programs. She has been especially struck by the "oozing" of passion at City Year and is honored to add to it! In her new role, Abby conveys this passion of educating DC's deserving youth to individual donors while keeping an eye on finding new funders. Before joining the City Year team, Abby worked at The Fishing School as Development and Communication Manager and at the NativityMiguel Network of Schools as Associate Director for Development. In both of these positions, she garnered funding to provide critical services for disadvantaged students, one on a local level and the other nationally. Prior to that, she was the Director of Development at Community Lodgings, Inc., which empowers homeless and low income youth and their families to lead lives of self-sufficiency. In this role, Abby also directed a mentoring program to further improve successful student outcomes. Abby, a 2005 graduate of the University of Virginia, is thrilled to continue serving youth of Washington, DC, where she resides in Petworth with her rescue dog, Grover.
Government Relations and Program Service Operations Manager
Antonio was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After graduating from high school, Antonio committed one year of service with City Year Louisiana in 2007. Believing that all children should have a fair chance to succeed in school, he decided to serve a second year with City Year Louisiana. Within his two years of serving, Antonio has been awarded with a Clinton Innovation Award and served as one of City Year Louisiana’s Co-representative for City Year’s Deans Council. In February of 2012, Antonio became a start-up senior corps member with City Year Orlando. While serving on the start-up team with City Year Orlando, Antonio tutored 9th grade students in Orange County Public School System and served as the data and evaluations point person while in Orlando. He has been involved with several non-profit organizations, including the Children’s Defense Fund and Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge. As the Government Relations and ProServe Operations Manager in Washington, DC, Antonio will ensure the corps members and ProServe staff have all the resources and information they need to complete their jobs and responsibilities while being in compliance with HQ, ServeDC and AmeriCorps.
Senior Admissions and Alumni Affairs Manager
Originally from Davidson, NC, David Steber graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Environmental Studies in May of 2008. After graduation, he moved to Washington, DC to join City Year, where he served two years as a corps member and team leader on the Comcast Team serving at the Browne Education Campus. Steber believes strongly in the national service movement and the ability young people have to make lasting positive change; this is why he is proud to join City Year’s Recruitment Department as the Admissions Coordinator.
Andrew Stein serves as the Development Director for City Year Washington, DC. Andrew and his team are responsible for raising the site’s annual revenue and strategically building the City Year brand in Washington, DC. Andrew is a proud City Year alum, serving as a corps member and senior corps member after graduating from Michigan State University in 2004. After City Year, Andrew attended law school at Georgetown University Law Center. While in law school, Andrew continued to serve the DC community by working in a legal clinic that represented low-income tenant groups in Washington, DC. After law school, Andrew worked at the law firm, WilmerHale, in the litigation department, before returning to City Year Washington, DC in his current role. Andrew is a proud resident of the District (Ward 6) and is honored to raise money for an organization that has meant so much to him and has such a positive impact on the city that he and his family call home.
Meg Terry joins City Year, DC as the Events Manager. Meg is a Florida native, and a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Family and Child Sciences. Prior to joining City Year in our nation’s capital, Meg was a public school teacher in Orlando, FL, and served as the Chairman of Habitat for Humanity’s Young Professionals of Orlando. From a very young age, Meg was dedicated to community service as a powerful, life-changing experience. In college, she was deeply changed by her work with Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, specifically Camp Boggy Creek in Florida. Through her continued work with Hole in the Wall Camps, Meg came to see the important role that community service can play in a young person’s life, and the potential it had to dramatically change the trajectory of our communities, and the children and families who live in them. Meg is excited to bring her passion, spirit, and love of event planning to City Year, DC.
Raised in Queens in New York City, Stefany Tobel attended both public and private schools where she developed her respect and passion for public service. She completed her undergraduate degree at Tufts University in Boston, and received her MS in Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. She has proudly served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for Jumpstart for Young Children, and as a Prekindergarten Teacher for HeadStart. Before joining City Year she was a Stoneleigh Jr. Research Fellow at the Philadelphia Education Fund developing the data system for Diplomas Now. She continues to develop the strategic use of data as the Evaluation Specialist for City Year Washington, DC.
Chief of Staff
A native Washingtonian, Kristin Walega graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Villanova University in Pennsylvania and a Masters of Public Administration from The George Washington University, where she concentrated in non-profit management. After graduating from Villanova, she joined City Year Greater Philadelphia as a corps member in 1997. She has remained on staff since the completion of her second term of service in 1999. In her 15 years with City Year, Kristin has held a number of roles at multiple sites. Prior to joining the City Year Washington, DC staff she served as the Director of Events for City Year, Inc. where she oversaw the network-wide management of the Visitor Program and events, including Opening Day, MLK Day of Service, and Graduation in addition to planning large-scale national events including the National Leadership Summit and the organization's annual convention, cyzygy. As the City Year Washington, DC Chief of Staff, she is responsible for the management of all day-to-day site operations and the implementation of the site's six-year scale plan. In her role she oversees a wide variety of areas and departments including: staff and corps member recruitment and selections; budget and expenditures; marketing, events and communications; HR and staff professional development; and overall site operations and strategy.
As a City Year alumna herself she also enjoys her responsibility as liaison with the local City Year Alumni Association and works in partnership with the Alumni Association Board to engage the area alumni. Kristin is committed to the mission and vision of City Year which is her motivation for ensuring all staff and corps are able to do their jobs at the highest levels of excellence and that they are focused on both engaging the communities we serve and the improvement of students' academic performance.
Whole School Whole Child Program Manager
Gavin Ware is a Washington, DC native. He graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2009 with a B.A. in Business Administration w/an emphasis in Marketing. Gavin has previously served as a Whole School Whole Child Corps Member and Team Leader with City Year Washington, DC. His passion for community service originated in college while volunteering with service based student organizations on his campus. Gavin is greatly enthused to continue serving his community as a Program Manager for City Year Washington DC.
Communications and External Affairs Manager
Jerry Wohletz recently joined the team at City Year Washington, DC as Communications and External Affairs Manager. In this role, Jerry is responsible for site-wide and external communications that help to engage the community through media, print communications and collateral, social media, and outreach efforts. He works with City Year corps members to prepare for public speaking engagements, manages social media for the organization, oversees design of program materials and is responsible for media outreach. Prior to joining City Year, Jerry worked at a small liberal arts college in Western New York in leadership programming and communications. He is a Lawrence, Kan. native and a graduate of the University of Kansas with a B.A. in Communication Studies and American Studies.
Washington, DC Public Policy Staff
Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, City Year, Inc.
AnnMaura Connolly is the Chief Strategy Officer of City Year. As CSO, AnnMaura directs City Year’s public policy and public affairs work, manages relationships with national leaders and organizational partners, oversees City Year’s international programs, and collaborates with the CEO on strategic advancement issues. Additionally, AnnMaura serves as a co-convenor of ServiceNation, and oversees the day-to-day operations of Voices for National Service, a coalition of service organizations that works to advance citizen service policy.
AnnMaura has over 20 years of experience in the service field, beginning with her service year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and including senior management positions at Youth Service America and the Corporation for National and Community Service. She has also acted as an independent consultant to a variety of foundations and nonprofits, including the Grantmaker Forum on Community and National Service, Atlantic Philanthropies, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. She joined City Year as Chief of Staff in 2000, and went on to serve as the Senior Vice President for Global Initiatives and Strategic Partnerships, and Chief External Affairs Officer before being named CSO in May of 2010. AnnMaura holds a BA in Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross and serves as President of Voices for National Service and as a member of the Advisory Board for the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at Brandeis University, the Steering Committee for the Civic Mission of Schools, and MyGoodDeed Inc.
Special Projects Assistant, City Year, Inc.
Nicole joined City Year in September 2011 as Special Projects Assistant to the Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President. Prior to City Year, Nicole worked as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Starlight Children’s Foundation MidAtlantic. Originally from Rye, New York, Nicole moved to DC after graduating from Bucknell University with a degree in English and Political Geography. Service has always been a huge part of her life; in college, she helped found Relay for Life at Bucknell, served on the American Cancer Society Pennsylvania Youth Task Force, worked on microfinance programs in Nicaragua and volunteered with various local community organizations. Nicole recently served on the 2012 Summer Academy Team as Operations and Logistics Manager.
Senior Director of Public Policy, City Year, Inc.
Jennifer Ney joined the City Year family in May 2002. As Senior Director of Public Policy, she is responsible for maintaining current knowledge of national service legislation and directing policy initiatives that expand access to quality service opportunities for all Americans. Prior to City Year, Ney worked for seven years in the office of Senator Charles Robb (VA), with whom she worked extensively on legislation to protect the civil rights of minority farmers. In addition to working on Senator Robb’s legislative team, Ney directed Robb’s scheduling and advance operation and coordinated his speaking and media opportunities. In 2001, she was special assistant to the CEO/President at Dittus Communications, a full-service public relations and issue advocacy agency. Ney graduated from the University of Virginia where she majored in American Government and minored in Sociology. Outside of work, Ney serves on the Board of Directors for Capital Rowing Club, the largest community-based rowing organization in DC. Ney is committed to Capital Rowing Club's mission of diversifying the sport of rowing and making it an accessible, affordable activity for all DC residents.
National Mobilization Manager
Nate Treffeisen is City Year's National Mobilization Manager, responsible for providing operational and membership support for Voices for National Service. This includes Capitol Hill outreach, nation-wide mobilization strategy, event planning, and offline and digital communications. Prior to joining City Year, Nate worked as Communications Director for Nate Shinagawa's congressional campaign in upstate New York for the 2012 election cycle, and has held various advocacy and policy internships at organizations including The Sheridan Group in Washington D.C., as well as the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America in New York. Nate earned his Bachelor's degree in Biology and Society from Cornell University in 2012, where was very active in LGBT leadership on campus. Outside of work, Nate enjoys recreational and competitive sailing.
Washington, DC School Relations Staff
Senior Manager, School Relations
Bridget Kelly joined City Year in February 2013 as Senior Manager for School Relations for City Year Headquarters. In that role, she focuses on the alignment between City Year's work and national and state education priorities. She provides support for state and district engagement efforts. Bridget previously served as a program officer for the Race to the Top program at the U.S. Department of Education. There she worked closely with several state grantees as they implemented comprehensive education reform plans. Prior work experiences include serving as a New Sector Alliance Resident in Social Enterprise at ACCESS (now called uAspire) and teaching English to middle school students at a bilingual school in Honduras through a nonprofit called Bilingual Education for Central America. Bridget was also an Education Pioneers Fellow in Washington, DC at the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education. She has a B.A. from Yale University and an M.P.A. from Princeton University.