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Ryann Denham
  • Regional Vice President

Ryann Denham serves as the Regional Vice President, Central. In this role, she oversees six sites, and works closely with Executive Directors and their teams to ensure operational success and growth, by generating resources and building support from the public and private sectors.

A native of Gonzales, Louisiana, Ryann served as the Executive Director of City Year Baton Rouge from 2015-2017, where she led the organization through its strategic growth plan with the goal of providing more tutors and mentors to the students of Baton Rouge who are struggling to get back on track to high school graduation. During her tenure as Executive Director, City Year Baton Rouge grew grown from 72 AmeriCorps members, seven partner schools, a 15 member staff and a $2.2 million budget to 109 AmeriCorps members serving in 13 schools, 22 staff members and a $4.5 million budget. Prior to Executive Director, Ryann served in two different senior roles at City Year Baton Rouge, first as Chief of Staff from 2012-2014 where she directed City Year Baton Rouge’s operations, finance, and human potential, public policy, and communications work. Then as Development Director from 2014-2015, she worked to advance the site’s fundraising portfolio by deepening City Year’s current partnerships, building dynamic new investments and enhancing the ways in which City Year public and private stakeholders across the community collaborate to further advance the organization to achieve its impact goals. She previously served as the Site Operations Manager of City Year New York for two years.   

Ryann received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, she served as the Graduate Assistant for Parent and Family Programs and as a Teaching Assistant with the Olinde Career Center. Ryann is a member of the Junior League of Baton Rouge where she led the league’s local Donor, Grant, and Research committee from 2016-2018, and currently serves as a New Member Advisor. 

Derrick Fulton
  • Regional Vice President

Prior to joining City Year, Derrick served as the Executive Director at University Settlement, a neighborhood center in the Broadway/Slavic Village community. Derrick managed 33 staff members and 11 AmeriCorps members and worked with 16 board members. He oversaw a $3M+ budget, three facilities, and 10 major programs that served 15,000 children, families, and seniors daily. Derrick led a successful turnaround, reducing the operational and structural debt he inherited by 75% in less than five years while increasing the budget by 42% during that same period. He increased funding from various funders, ranging anywhere from 25%-225%. Also, Derrick oversaw programming that helped students improve their literacy assessment scores by 80 percent.

Before joining University Settlement, Derrick served in several executive capacities, including at the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and Communities in Schools of Central Ohio (CIS). As a Transformation Specialist at ODE, Derrick managed nine schools, coached principals, and oversaw a School Improvement Grant (SIG) budget totaling $20 million. Overall, 100% of the schools Derrick oversaw were approved for consecutive years of funding. Also, at the helm of CIS, Derrick led the site through aggressive growth and expansion, serving nearly 5,000 students daily. 

Derrick is a strategic leader with a results-driven performance history. He leads with integrity, authenticity, and passion, combined with experience working directly in the communities he serves.  Also, Derrick has significant experience managing P&Ls, fundraising, leading diverse staff and boards, and developing collaborative partnerships within urban school districts with student achievement as the primary focus. Derrick graduated with a bachelor of science in sociology from Bluffton University and he earned his master's of science from the Franklin University. Derrick is the proud father of Jala Fulton.

Delores Morton
  • Regional Vice President

Delores Morton was most recently the president of Points of Light’s Programs Division where she provided oversight, design, and delivery of programs that mobilized volunteers to meet education, economic opportunity, emergency response and preparedness needs in communities. Included in this portfolio of programs were AmeriCorps National Direct and AmeriCorps VISTA that activated nearly 300 members in 50 communities. Additionally Delores was responsible for the leadership of Points of Light’s Knowledge Center which provided strategic volunteer engagement capacity building to national nonprofit organizations. She led the organization’s Recognition Programs including the Daily Point of Light Award established twenty five years ago by President George H.W. Bush and the President’s Volunteer Service Award which is operated in partnership with the White House.

Delores joined the Points of Light team in 2003. During her tenure, she developed training and consulting best practices to support nonprofits, government entities and companies to build and improve volunteer engagement strategies, managed national service programs, and provided strategic and innovative vision for the National Conference on Volunteering and Service. Prior to joining to Points of Light, Delores served as the Director of the Center for Nonprofit Resources at Volunteer Baton Rouge, Executive Director of the Louisiana Association for Community Economic Development, and the Chair of the Mid-South Collaborative for Nonprofit development.

Delores holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature and a graduate degree in Human Resource Management. She began her career in the nonprofit sector in 1995 as an AmeriCorps member in her Louisiana hometown. She is an accomplished nonprofit executive with twenty years of experience designing and leading creative enterprises that make a lasting difference in communities.

When baseball is not in season, Delores enjoys reading graphic novels, cooking, writing, and playing video games.

Jordan Plante
  • Regional Vice President

A native Floridian, Jordan loves living and working in the Sunshine State—close to family and friends—enjoying the natural beauty of Florida and working every day to make a difference for others. Passionate about service, leadership, and community, Jordan is a two-time AmeriCorps alumna, having served with National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and National Preparedness & Response Corps (NPRC) with the American Red Cross. Inspired by her national service experience, Jordan joined City Year in the fall of 2006.

Over the years she served in many roles, including Admissions Manager, Recruitment Director, Deputy Director of Site Operations, and Interim Executive Director in Providence, Rhode Island. Moving back to her home state, Jordan served as the Interim Deputy Director of Development & External Affairs in Miami before launching City Year Orlando as the Start-up Director. For five years she served as the founding Executive Director for City Year Orlando before transitioning to her current role as Regional Vice President for City Year’s six sites in the South Region.

She is a LEAD City Year Executive Class alumna, an alumna of ATHENA NextGen and Leadership Orlando, and a University of Florida graduate. In addition to writing cards and watching sappy movies, Jordan loves sunshine, family time, and adventuring with Jarrad, her teammate for life. 

Jay Thompson
  • Regional Vice President

Jay Thompson joined City Year in 2002 as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Greater Philadelphia. He has also served with City Year as a Program Manager and Program Director in Philadelphia, Deputy Director of Program and Service in London and Milwaukee, Startup Director and Interim Executive Director in Jacksonville, and Senior Director of New Site Operations for City Year Headquarters. Jay earned a B.A. in History and Psychology from the University of Rochester, and a Master’s of Public Service degree from the Clinton School of Public Service. Jay lives in Glen Burnie, MD with his wife Monica, and he joined the Regional Vice President team in November 2014.

Jada Lewis
  • Executive Director, City Year Baton Rouge

Jada Lewis is the Executive Director of City Year Baton Rouge, leading the organization through its strategic growth plan with the goal of providing more tutors and mentors to the students of Baton Rouge who are struggling to get back on track to high school graduation.

A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Jada served as Assistant Dean for Diversity at LSU in the College of Engineering. She is also serving her first term as an elected member of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education representing District 8, which is composed of fourteen parishes and seventeen school districts in Louisiana. Prior to joining the LSU College of Engineering, she held positions as a Regional Technical Advisor for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and as an Operations Planning Engineer for the Shell Motiva Convent Refinery.

Jada received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from LSU and also has a Master's degree in Government with dual concentrations in Law and Public Policy and Public Administration from Regent University. Jada is recognized throughout Baton Rouge and Louisiana as a thought leader and in education policy and a subject matter expert in the area of diversity and inclusion in Science, Technology. Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education and Workforce strategy. She is a graduate of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber's Leadership Program and was selected as one of Baton Rouge's Business Report's "Forty under 40." She is passionate about inspiring and mentoring students and young professionals and continues to devote her time and resources to developing the next generation of leaders.

Sandra Lopez Burke
  • Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Boston

Sandra Lopez Burke joined City Year as the Director of Individual Giving in 2001, subsequently served four years as Vice President and Chief of Staff to the CEO, and most recently, was promoted to Vice President and Executive Director of the Founding Site of City Year – Boston. Sandra brought to City Year more than 10 years of management and event planning experience in the nonprofit sector, including working with Boston 2000 and the San Antonio Sports Foundation, and directing the 1998 NCAA Men’s Final Four. She also worked closely to establish the Dreams for Youth program, aimed at introducing San Antonio’s disadvantaged youth to Olympic sports. Sandra is the parent of two City Year alumna.

Rebeca Nieves Huffman
  • Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Chicago

City Year has appointed Rebeca Nieves Huffman as Executive Director of City Year Chicago. City Year Chicago currently deploys 206 AmeriCorps members into 24 of Chicago’s highest-need schools, reaching more than 15,000 students per day. City Year local Executive Directors also serve as Vice Presidents of City Year, Inc.

“Rebeca is a talented, strategic and proven leader and we are excited to welcome her back to City Year Chicago, where she originally served as an AmeriCorps member," said Michael Brown, national CEO and Co-Founder of City Year. “She has already been a driving force behind City Year Chicago’s success to date from her participation on the Chicago Board. She is uniquely suited to lead City Year Chicago’s ongoing work helping students and schools succeed in partnership with Chicago Public Schools.”

Huffman, a native of Chicago’s Humboldt Park community, previously served as a City Year AmeriCorps member at Piccolo Elementary, an experience that ignited her passion as an advocate for public education. Since her service with City Year, Huffman has served with various educational organizations including the KIPP Foundation, the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (Hispanic CREO), the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), and most recently as the Executive Director for Education Reform Now–Illinois.

“Rebeca Nieves Huffman has dedicated her career to improving the educational options available to students,” said Casey Keller, City Year Chicago Board Chair. “I could not be more thrilled to have her lead City Year Chicago as we continue to ensure that more students succeed in communities across Chicago.”

An alumnus of the Aspen Institute’s Fellowship for Education leaders and the first in her family to attend and graduate college, Huffman has a deep commitment to develop the next generation of leaders in her community—a commitment rooted in her service as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Chicago during the 1998-1999 service year.

“I am excited to build upon City Year’s amazing track record here in Chicago,” said Huffman. “City Year is an incubator for amazing leadership and my experience as an AmeriCorps member ignited my passion to work for educational equality. I am so proud to be coming home to City Year Chicago—returning to ensure every Chicago student has the opportunity to succeed.”

Toi D. Comer
  • Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Cleveland

Toi brings a solid history of fundraising, management, strategic planning and communications to her role.

Prior to joining City Year Cleveland, Toi served as the Development Director for Eliza Bryant Village, a nonprofit that provides services and outreach programs to seniors. Thereafter she spent several years serving as the Resource Development Manager of the United Way of Greater Cleveland, where she oversaw the Small Business and Healthcare division team that raised over $15 million for various programs. Previously, Toi served as the Assistant Area Development Director for the United Negro College Fund of Northeast Ohio, where she raised over $1 million towards scholarships and grants for African American youth seeking to go to college. 

As a Cleveland native, Toi also finds time to make an impact in the community outside of work. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Toi was inducted into the Kaleidoscope Magazine Forty/Forty Club, Class of 2009. She is a member of the Cleveland Bridge Builders, Class of 2015. Also, she is a member of City Year’s Executive Leadership Program, Class of 2015.

Toi holds a Master of Public Administration degree with a specialty in Management from Cleveland State University’s (CSU) Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from CSU.


Toi resides in South Euclid. She enjoys spending time with family and friends. 


Gail Wilson-Giarratano
  • Vice President and ​Executive Director, City Year Columbia

Dr. Gail Wilson–Giarratano, (a native of Lancaster, SC) joined City Year Columbia on March 26, 2012. She was the President and CEO of Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region in Albany, NY. She has a B.A. in Education from Winthrop College, a M.S. in Early Childhood Education: Leadership & Policy from Wheelock College and a PH.D. in Applied Management & Decision Sciences. Gail is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She has a vast experience in teaching, child welfare, research, public policy, and mental health. She is thrilled to return to her home state and make strides in reducing our state’s dropout rate. Gail is committed to supporting City Year’s mission to be an education-focused nonprofit that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate.

Tasha Booker
  • Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Columbus

In this role she serves as the primary leader, internal manager, strategist, external champion, and builder of the Columbus site. Tasha develops and leads City Year Columbus’ annual and long-term strategy and priorities, in alignment with City Year Inc. strategy and priorities. Prior to joining City Year, Tasha served as the Director of Development and Public Relations for I Know I Can where she was responsible for all resource development and public relations activities of I Know I Can to recognize an annual organizational budget of $4 million. Tasha has 15 years of nonprofit experiences. She has held leadership roles for United Way of Central Ohio, Boy Scouts of America and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Tasha is dedicated to her community through her service on volunteer committees for the YWCA, and as a member of the Board of Directors for First Night Columbus and the advisory board for the YMCA Jerry L. Garver branch. She is a founding member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Central Ohio Chapter and is a member of WELD Ohio and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She is a graduate of the JPMorgan Chase Gen Y Leadership Project and a Cycle 6 African American Leadership Academy Fellow. She was recognized in 2011 as a Girls Rock Columbus Honoree and in the Business First 2014 class of Forty under 40. Tasha received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin University and holds a Masters of Education and State of Ohio Teacher’s licensure from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. She is the proud mother of one son, Logan.

Alex Enriquez
  • Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Dallas

Alex Enriquez is Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Dallas, an education-focused nonprofit that places 50 AmeriCorps members in 5 Dallas schools for one year of full-time service. The AmeriCorps members serve all day, every day, providing whole school support, as well as targeted interventions to students who are off-track in attendance, behavior, or course performance in math or English.

A Dallas native and third-generation DISD graduate (Bryan Adams), Alex was extremely excited to return to Dallas in 2014 and lead the effort to establish City Year in his hometown as Startup Director.

Alex served as an AmeriCorps Member with City Year Washington, DC, and stayed on the east coast for nine years to work in the government affairs field. In addition to working in the office of Dallas-area Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Alex has extensive experience working with federal, state, and local governments.

Alex is a graduate of Florida State University and lives in historic east Dallas with his wife Betsy, also an alum of City Year.

Morris W. Price, Jr.
  • Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Denver
Morris W. Price, Jr. is proud to serve as the Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Denver. Prior to assuming the position, Morris was the district director for Colorado's 1st Congressional District and served as the national program officer for the Gill Foundation, developing relationships and providing technical assistance and financial support to  national nonprofits involved in LGBT advocacy and civil rights.
Morris spent 15 years in higher education administration working for institutions including DePauw University, Montclair State College, NYU and Wabash College, and served as the director of undergraduate admission at the University of Denver. Morris’s community leadership includes serving as past board chair of many local commissions and organizations, and he currently serves as a member of Rose Community Foundation's Committee on Aging and the Denver Art Museum Marketing Committee. 
Morris is a Denver native and proud graduate of Denver Public Schools. He received his BA from Colorado State University and was the recipient of the 2000 Colorado Trust Fellowship for a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. Morris has received the Professional Man of the Year Award from the Denver Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Advocate of the Year Award from Equal Rights Colorado, and the 2013 Whitney M. Young Award for civic engagement from the Urban League of Metro Denver.
Andrew Stein
  • Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Detroit

Andrew Stein is Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Detroit, an education-focused nonprofit that places 71 AmeriCorps members in 11 Detroit schools for one year of full-time service.  The AmeriCorps members serve all day, every day, providing whole school support, as well as targeted interventions to students who are off-track in Attendance, Behavior, or Course performance in math or English.

Andrew was born and raised in the Detroit area.  He is a proud alumnus of Detroit Country Day School and Michigan State University.  In 2004, after college, Andrew spent a year serving as a City Year corps member in Washington, DC, where he worked in the schools and neighborhoods in Southeast DC.  After his service, Andrew attended law school at Georgetown University.  He then worked at the law firm, WilmerHale, before returning to City Year.   

Andrew is proud and humbled to lead City Year in his hometown.  He lives in Detroit, along with his wife and two children.

Dan Foley
  • Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Jacksonville

Dan is proudly from Philadelphia, PA and graduated with a degree in Biology from Seton Hall University. Moved by his college experiences to answer the call of community service, Dan chose to serve as a corps member and a team leader in the South Bronx with City Year New York. He then became a Program Manager and Senior Program Manager with City Year Los Angeles, and for the last two years has been a Program Director with CYLA, overseeing the service of 70 corps members serving 7 school partnerships in the South LA/Watts communities. Dan is a YDC graduate, a member of the current LEAD City Year class, and an original member of the Dean's Council. His deep knowledge of the Whole School, Whole Child model, his ability to connect with people and communities, and his leadership are going to make a huge difference for City Year Jacksonville.

Audra Clark
  • Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Kansas City

Audra Clark is the founding Executive Director for City Year Kansas City, an education-focused nonprofit that help students in high-need schools stay in school and on track to succeed. Audra's nonprofit career began with a year of service as an AmeriCorps*VISTA. She then joined City Year Washington, DC as a staff member in the fundraising department. For 11 years, Audra held many fundraising positions with City Year Washington, DC, including serving four years as the Development Director. In that role, she was responsible for all areas of fundraising for a $5 million budget and helped the site triple in size from 55 to 160 AmeriCorps members.   

When City Year launched in Kansas City in July 2015, Audra was humbled to have the opportunity to lead the effort to establish City Year in her hometown. Currently in the pilot phase, City Year Kansas City has 6 staff members, 17 AmeriCorps members and is serving 1,100 students at 2 KC public schools.  

Audra has a B.A. in Communication and Business Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and a Masters of Public Administration from The George Washington University, where she concentrated in non-profit management. Audra and her husband, Bryan, are proud parents of two energetic little girls, ages 3 and 6.

Sarah Roberson
  • Vice President and ​Executive Director, City Year Little Rock/North Little Rock

Sarah Roberson is a proud alumna of the ’97 and ’98 City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley Corps and is currently the Executive Director of City Year Little Rock/North Little Rock. Sarah has spent over a decade serving with City Year in a variety of roles but is most proud of being part of the City Year Little Rock Start-up team serving as the founding Program/Service/Recruitment Director. In addition to her work with City Year, Sarah has also served as the Director of Programs for the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas and as the Program Coordinator for American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley. She has a degree in Political Science from San Jose State University and is a recipient of the Comcast Leadership Award.

Mary Jane Stevenson
  • Vice President and ​Executive Director, City Year Los Angeles

Mary Jane Stevenson serves as the Executive Director of City Year Los Angeles (CYLA). In this role, Mary Jane is leading the organization with the goal of providing more tutors, mentors and role models to City Year’s partner schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate. Specifically, Mary Jane works with the organization’s Board of Directors and Senior Leadership team to scale City Years’ service model throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District. Previously, Mary Jane was a leader in the Obama campaign and the President’s organizing work for five years. In 2011, Mary Jane served as California State Director for President Obama’s re-election campaign. Prior to the 2012 re-election campaign, Mary Jane served as the California State Director of Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee known as the President’s Field Team, where she organized staff, surrogates, political officials and volunteers across the state to support the President’s agenda. After her work on the presidential campaigns, Mary Jane founded and directed a political action committee (PAC) in support of Eric Garcetti for Mayor of Los Angeles. The PAC raised and spent $2.2 million during a four-month period and forged an unlikely coalition of union leaders and private donors. Mary Jane started her career as a print and television reporter, spending 10 years as a reporter and anchor at Courtroom Television Network.

Catherine Cushinberry, PhD
  • Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Memphis

Dr. Catherine Cushinberry is a native of Memphis, TN who graduated from Watkins Overton High School, a performing arts school in Memphis. She received her B.S. from Murray State University and M.A. from the University of Memphis, both in Organizational Communication. In 2004, she earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

In 2004, Catherine began a consulting business in Los Angeles, California providing consulting to nonprofit and for-profit organizations in the areas of organizational development and change, evaluation, and staff development and training. She worked with an overseas client in the Philippines, where she lived for almost a year. As an independent consultant, Catherine also worked with grassroots organizations such as Camp PROMISE, Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy (J.U.I.C.E.), and an organization that supported children of incarcerated mothers.

Prior to joining City Year, Catherine served as the National Executive Director of Parents for Public Schools (PPS). She led PPS through a critical restructuring period to focus their vision, mission and resources. From 2009-2014 Catherine was the Director of Research for national office of Girls Inc. and was responsible for developing a network-wide tool to measure impact. Prior to her role with Girls, Inc., she served as an Executive Director of a Boys and Girls Club, where Catherine was responsible for multiple sites and opened a teen center. She has also worked with nonprofits such as 4-H, Children’s Home Society of California, and Cheers to the Designated Driver.

Meralis Hood
  • Vice President and ​Executive Director, City Year Milwaukee

Since joining City Year in December 2015, Meralis Hood has served as the Managing Director of Impact and Interim Executive Director for City Year Milwaukee. Most recently, Meralis was promoted to Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Milwaukee.

In her time with City Year Milwaukee, Meralis has led the Impact team to excellence by building strategy around the AmeriCorps experience, executing data-driven results, and maintaining a flourishing relationship with the administration of Milwaukee Public Schools. She continues to lead the site with educational wisdom and energy, as well as an understanding of the growth needed to provide students with the resources they deserve.

Meralis was born and raised in Milwaukee after her mother was recruited from Puerto Rico to serve as a bilingual educator. She graduated from Hamilton High School and earned her undergraduate degree from Marquette University and her Masters degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Before transitioning to City Year, Meralis served students and families as a teacher for over 10 years in Milwaukee Public Schools, concluding her time there as an Assistant Principal in Bay View High School. 

Karen Velazquez-Vargas
  • Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Miami

Karen Velazquez-Vargas currently serves as Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Miami. Prior to her Executive Director role, Karen served as the Managing Director of Impact and Senior Program Director at City Year Philadelphia for six years. As an innovator in Impact, Karen worked closely with the Executive Director of City Year Philadelphia to build a coalition of district partners and principals to create the site’s first principal summit. Her contributions and leadership resulted in an improvement in impact, staff engagement, and culture, and increased funding from the district. 

Prior to City Year, Karen worked as a Bi-Lingual Discipline and Truancy Liaison to navigate crises and disciplinary procedures with students, families, and district personnel covering 44 schools and impacting 16,000 students with the School District of Philadelphia. Earlier in her career, Karen also worked with several consulting and social work agencies, with a focus on performance management improvement and supporting bi-lingual communities.

Karen is a first generation U.S. citizen and first generation college graduate, holding a Master of Group Counseling and Organizational Dynamics from Drexel University and BA in Psychology with Minors in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a native New Yorker, as is her husband of 17 years. Karen is passionate about equal rights for women and considers education key to attaining gender equality for all women, both locally and globally. As the mother of three girls, this is not only a passion, but an incredibly personal cause for Karen. 


Pawn Nitichan
  • Vice President and ​Executive Director, City Year New Hampshire

Pawn Nitichan was a founding staff team member of City Year NH and currently serves as the site’s Executive Director. During Nitichan’s tenure, City Year NH (CYNH) has more than doubled its service capacity, hosted the National Convention during the Presidential Primaries, and moved its service location to NH’s largest city, Manchester, where the corps currently serves in the six lowest performing elementary schools in the state. With Nitichan’s leadership and her deep commitment to helping students & corps succeed, CYNH has developed a recognized culture of idealism and high quality of service, reflected in numerous awards, including Best of City Year Awards (CYNH being one of two sites to receive this award consecutively since the 2008 award inception) and the Corporate Fund’s Dunfey Award --one of the most prestigious awards in NH. Nitichan was born and raised in Thailand, and because of her interest in diverse cultures, she became a student ambassador in the international student exchange program at Assumption University. Nitichan was the first student invited to continue her education at Loyola College in Baltimore, MD. She has since made a permanent life in the United States.

Melissa Manuselis
  • Vice President and Executive Director, City Year New Orleans

Meli currently serves as the Vice President and Executive Director of City Year New Orleans.

Meli served as the Managing Director of Impact at City Year New Orleans from 2015-2017 where she led the execution of City Year’s Whole School Whole Child school-based service model, oversaw the management of 45 AmeriCorps members, served as the primary liaison to the CMO partner, and led scaled revenue negotiations. During her tenure as MDI, Meli launched the expansion of City Year into two additional CMOs and oversaw the growth in corps by more than 10%. Meli previously served as the Program and Service Director for five years where she directed the overall management and day-to-day programmatic operations for 40 AmeriCorps members serving in four public elementary and middle schools, oversaw numerous large-scale community service projects engaging 850 volunteers annually, as well as managing key school district relationships and partnerships with community based organizations. Prior to City Year, Meli spent four years with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans beginning as an AmeriCorps Site Supervisor before moving into the role of Volunteer Coordinator.

A Crescent City resident for more than 13 years, Meli received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy/Religious Studies from Loyola University at Chicago and her Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Loyola University at New Orleans.  Meli is deeply involved with Rethink New Orleans and volunteers with Animal Rescue New Orleans.

Laura Hamm

After completing two years in the corps, Laura was recruited by City Year New York’s Development Director to serve as its Individual Giving Manager. Laura helped create an individual giving program that resulted in $1.7M in revenue in its first year and she also helped spearhead the planning for City Year’s annual gala. After two years, Laura was tapped to serve as Chief of Staff. After two years as Chief of Staff, Laura was promoted to Managing Director of Development where she helped grow the New York budget from $7.6M to $9M by increasing support from private funding sources.

Eventually, Laura accepted the challenge to lead a turnaround effort as the Vice President Executive Director for City Year Baton Rouge, a site that was struggling to meet its programmatic and financial goals post-Hurricane Katrina. During her four year tenure, Laura increased funding from $1.3M to $3M allowing the site to expand the corps by 60 percent. Laura led a dramatic improvement in staff retention and satisfaction at the site. In addition, during Laura's first three years, three of the four City Year Baton Rouge partner schools came off of the state’s Academically Unsatisfactory list, and the site increased its annual per AmeriCorps member funding from our district partner from $6,400 to $10,000. Laura most recently served as the Vice President for Development Operations for our national development department. She now proudly serves as the Vice President and Executive Director of City Year New York City.

Jared Billings
  • Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Orlando

Jared Billings was most recently a program director in the Education Division of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center). Prior to joining the NGA Center, Jared was a senior policy advisor to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. In this capacity, he advised the governor, senior executive staff, and cabinet secretaries on the development and implementation of a wide range of policy issues. His policy portfolio included higher education, workforce development, early childhood development and K-12 education. Jared was also the executive director of Teach Plus Mid-Atlantic; a high school psychology, government and history teacher; an academic advisor at Florida State University; and worked in Khayelitsha, South Africa and Siteki, Swaziland designing curriculum, building schools and training teachers. Jared now proudly serves as the Executive Director and Vice President of City Year Orlando

Darryl Bundrige
  • Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Philadelphia

Darryl Bundrige was named the Executive Director and Vice President of City Year Philadelphia in July of 2015. In this role he inspires, challenges and supports, a staff of 40, an AmeriCorps team of 205 and oversees a $8 million budget.  Darryl will also encourage potential funders, policy makers, alumni and other leaders in the Philadelphia community to contribute to the City Year mission of helping students get back on track to success.

Darryl is a long-time member of the City Year family. Prior to this role, he served as City Year Philadelphia’s Managing Director of Impact for over six years. In this position, he led the execution of City Year’s Whole School Whole Child school-based service model, the management of the Corps, and was the primary liaison to the School District of Philadelphia and PennSERVE, the Governor’s Office of Citizen Service.  In this role, Darryl also launched the first ever School District Leadership Summit, an opportunity for local education leaders to meet and discuss impact.  Darryl’s leadership was also critical in the implementation of the Diplomas Now collaborative model which was piloted in Philadelphia and is currently being expanded nationwide.

As a passionate supporter of youth education, Darryl’s experience prior to City Year includes roles as the After School Programs Director at Foundations Inc., the Dean of Students for Family Charter School and two years of service as an AmeriCorps member for the National School and Community Corps in Philadelphia.  

Darryl is an Eastern suburb of Pittsburgh native. He is a graduate of Penn State University and a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association of which he is currently serving his third term on the Penn State Alumni Council, the governing body of the association. He is also a Cedar Park Neighbor Association Scholarship Co-Chair for the Berta and Earnest Bundrige Jr. Diversity Scholarship in State College, PA.

Jennie Johnson
  • Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Rhode Island

As Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Rhode Island, Jennie is responsible for raising the site's $2 million budget and oversees the organization’s development and fundraising, communications, service and impact, recruitment, training, and evaluation components. 

In addition, Jennie serves as Co-Chair of the Attendance Work Group of the Providence Children and Youth Cabinet. Working closely with the school district, school leaders and the Mayor’s office, the Attendance Work Group focuses its efforts on decreasing chronic absenteeism and increasing attendance across all grades in Providence.  

Prior to joining City Year Rhode Island, Jennie worked as a Community Director for the March of Dimes Rhode Island Chapter. Jennie was named a recipient of the 40 Under Forty award from the Providence Business News, has participated in The American Express Non-Profit Leadership Academy and was named one of GoLocalProv’s 12 people who made a difference in 2012.

Born and raised in Warwick, Johnson became immersed in community service at an early age; her family was involved in local politics, and her grandfather, Walter Constantine, served on the School Committee for 20 years.  Jennie is proud RIC alum who in 2000 earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor concentration in Psychology. 

Jeff Owen
  • Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Sacramento

Jeff Owen is the proud Executive Director and Vice President of City Year Sacramento. Jeff was previously with School Innovations & Achievement (SI&A) a market leading K12 service and technology firm since its inception in 2002.  A long tenured executive with SI&A, Jeff most recently served as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships.  

Starting in 2003, Jeff began channeling his energy and focus into working with education, non-profit, and state and federal leaders, in the effort to reduce chronic absenteeism and dropout rates.  He is incredibly proud of his work in creating SI&A’s award winning software/service called Attention2Attendance®, his contributions to the California Attorney General’s 2013 groundbreaking report In School + On Track, and the many partnerships he’s forged across private, public and non-profit sectors that are committed to the same mission.

Jeff works closely with state and national truancy prevention organizations and is an active member of the California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance (CASCWA) and the State SARB (School Attendance Review Board).  Jeff has a passion for improving student outcomes, public service, and City Year’s mission of increasing the number of students on track to graduating College & Career ready.  Jeff received his BA in Communications from CSU-Sacramento and resides in Elk Grove with his wife Danielle and their three children.

Kelly Hughes Burton
  • Vice President and Executive Director, City Year San Antonio

Kelly Hughes Burton began her City Year career in 2009 with City Year Boston, where she supported the Executive Office team and the City Year Boston Board as the site prepared for significant growth. When City Year Boston doubled in size in 2012, Kelly became the site's Senior Manager of Human Potential and Site Operations, where she was responsible for overseeing site operations and leading staff recruitment, development and retention strategies. 
In 2013, Kelly transitioned to the City Year Headquarters team overseeing the organization's Operating Model Transformation, where she served as the Director of Operations Transformation. In this role, she was responsible for leading an integrated change management and communication strategy and developing systems to monitor the quality of City Year's support services. Kelly also managed City Year's Internal Communications and oversaw the LEAD Executive Program. 
Kelly has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Boston University. She is originally from New York and relocated to Texas in September 2013 where she currently resides with her husband, who is a native Texan and a City Year staff and corps member alumnus. Kelly is a certified Change Management practitioner and a member of the 2014-15 LEAD Executive Class.

Pete Settelmayer

Prior to working in the field of education, Pete worked with the Walt Disney Company. He ended his career with Disney working in training development, where his love of educating took hold. After graduating from Georgia State University, he began his teaching career at Sarah Smith Elementary. He served on the founding board of the Sarah Smith Educational Foundation and in other leadership positions. Pete was tapped to become the Instructional Learning Specialist at Morris Brandon Elementary and led the transition to Response to Intervention practices that would help identify specific strategies for students in need of further support.

Pete was selected to be the administrator of the Morris Brandon Primary Center, where he led a staff of 35 educators and 480 kindergarten and first-grade students. The Primary Center at Morris Brandon quickly garnered a reputation as a warm and nurturing place that was dedicated to positive student growth. During the recent tumult in the Atlanta Public Schools in 2010, Pete was asked to lead a school (Westside Atlanta Charter School) that had been caught in the midst of the nationally reported cheating scandal. His efforts were chronicled that year on CNN, where the positive atmosphere that he had forged was the highlight of the report. Pete has served as President of the Board for Museum Towers and is active in fundraising for educational causes such as the Emory Vaccine Clinic.

Lee Lambert
  • Executive Director, City Year Seattle/King County

City Year Seattle/King County is pleased to announce that Lee Lambert has been selected as the organization’s new executive director.

Lambert is an experienced nonprofit leader who has held positions at Washington STEM as the Director of the Statewide STEM Network and at the College Success Foundation as the founding Director of the Washington College Access Network. Prior to his career in the nonprofit sector, Lambert worked for Congressman Adam Smith and Senator Maria Cantwell in their Washington State Offices. A native Washingtonian and a first-generation college graduate, Lambert earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington State University and a master of public administration from Seattle University.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to lead City Year Seattle/King County—I am joining a talented team of professionals dedicated to advancing equitable outcomes for the youth in Seattle,” said Lambert.  “City Year is poised to expand our work in Seattle, and I look forward to partnering with the community and school district, so together we can support more students on their path to graduation.”

This year, 94 City Year Seattle/King County AmeriCorps members are serving full-time in 11 of the city’s schools, reaching more than 5,300 students each day. During their year of service, AmeriCorps members serve as tutors, mentors and role models, preparing students with the skills and mindsets to succeed in school and in life. Nationally, schools with City Year are two to three times more likely to improve on math and English assessments. Last year, 93 percent of partner principals and administrators indicated that they were satisfied with the quality of service provided by City Year Seattle/King County.

Paul Davis

Paul is a seasoned executive with extensive experience in fundraising, board and people development, and operations. He has spent the last 9+ years in progressively senior roles with the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma (MHAOK), a $30M organization with 190 employees, and most recently served as Chief Administrative Officer overseeing fundraising, finance and operations, human resources, and marketing. He also has overseen large-scale change management and created MHOAK’s marketing and communications department. Paul got his start at as a lobbyist at MHAOK after spending time in Jordan pursuing his interests in political and public affairs. Paul grew up in California and North Carolina. Paul was attracted City Year due to its local and national scale, well-researched model, and ability to drive impact in education in the Tulsa community.

Paul is highly respected in the Tulsa community and a passionate people developer. He graduated from Drury University, with a bachelor of arts in International Political Studies, Design Arts, Middle Eastern Studies, and Architecture. In his spare time, Paul enjoys watching hockey and spending time with his daughters Mia and Olivia, and excited to strap on Mia's first pair of skates this winter. Also, when you see Paul, make sure to also ask him about his college Tuba scholarship. Paul now proudly serves as the Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Tulsa.

Michelle Tafel
  • Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Washington DC

Michelle serves as the Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Washington DC where she leads the staff of 40 and nearly 200 AmeriCorps members to provide critical tutoring, mentoring, and role modeling to DC Public Schools students. Prior to joining City Year in December 2017, Michelle was a member of College Summit’s executive leadership team where she served as Chief Strategy and Advancement Officer and Chief Innovation Officer. In those roles, she was responsible for raising significant private funding to support the organization, leading the strategic planning and transition from a legacy program and organizational model to a new program, running product pilots, and overseeing alumni initiatives. Prior to this, Michelle served as Chief of Staff at College Summit where she worked with the president, CEO, executive team, and board of directors to drive the achievement of College Summit’s mission. Prior to her time as Chief of Staff, Michelle served in various roles at College Summit beginning her time there as an AmeriCorps*VISTA.

While earning her bachelor’s degree, Michelle worked for a DC-based youth leadership organization as a mentor, tutor, teacher, and founder of their young women’s program. She is a proud graduate of American University (B.A.) and Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management (M.B.A).