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Erica Phillips, Chief Operating Officer
Erica Phillips brings a diverse set of business and education experiences to All Our Kin, a leading social enterprise in early education. As the Chief Operating Officer, she is responsible for strong program implementation across multiple sites, ensuring fidelity to All Our Kin’s nationally-recognized model for improving availability and quality of home-based child care, and leading All Our Kin’s expansion into new markets. Prior to joining All Our Kin, Erica founded Second Home Early Child Care Centers, which prepares children for in family child cares for life-long achievement. Previously, Erica was Senior Director at Achievement First Charter School Network, where she created and led the Human Capital team. Erica was also a fellow with the Education Pioneers 2008 NY cohort and 2014 NextGen Pahara Cohort. Erica began her career working as a strategy consultant at Monitor Group. Erica holds an M.B.A. and an M.Ed. from Stanford University, and a B.S. in industrial engineering from Northwestern University.

Phone: 475-619-9641
Jessica Sager, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Jessica Sager is the co-founder and chief executive officer of All Our Kin. A graduate of Barnard College and Yale Law School, Jessica co-teaches a Yale University seminar on “Child Care, Society, and Public Policy,” and is a trustee of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund. She has provided commentary on child care issues for Time, The Hill, New America, and Education Week. Jessica’s honors include the Seton Elm-Ivy Award, the US Small Business Administration’s “Women in Business Champion” award, the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, New Profit’s “Extraordinary Social Female Entrepreneur” designation, the Roslyn S. Jaffe Award Grand Prize, and the Ashoka Changemakers/Robert Wood Johnson Champion of Children's Wellbeing award. She is an Ashoka Fellow, a Fellow of the 14th class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship, and an Aspen Braddock Scholar.

Phone: 203-772-2294

Janna Wagner, Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer
Janna was born and raised in New Haven and attended the New Haven Public Schools. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Graduate School of Education, Janna taught in the South Bronx through Teach For America. In addition to her work at All Our Kin, Janna co-teaches, with Jessica, a course on “Child Care, Society, and Public Policy” at Yale. Active in the New Haven community, Janna is an Associate Fellow of Jonathan Edwards College at Yale University and a founder of The Group with No Name, a civic organization that turns New Haven's residents into citizens. Janna serves as chair of the board of the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation, a sixty-seven-year old academic summer program, which brings together Yale students and New Haven middle school students on Yale's campus. She is the former chair of the advisory board of the Community Fund for Women and Girls, a component fund of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. Janna was awarded the Yale Jefferson Award and the Roslyn S. Jaffe Grand Prize Award. She was a Zero to Three Leadership Fellow and a Public Voices Fellow at Yale. She is a Fellow of the 19th class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a Promising Ventures Fellow. Janna was recently awarded the Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership given annually to a Teach For America alum whose work has led to significant progress toward educational equity and excellence.

Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 15
Support and Sustainability Office
Nicole Allman, Communications and Development Manager
Nicole is thrilled to re-join All Our Kin’s team after spending one year as a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Logroño, Spain. In this role, she worked with preschool and elementary school students, and she conducted a multifaceted project exploring Spain’s early care and education landscape. Fulbright Spain invited Nicole to present on this project at their annual mid-year conference – bringing an early care and education perspective to Fulbright leadership and 150+ English teaching assistants and researchers – and to highlight her learnings in their Pedagogy Guide. In Nicole’s prior role at All Our Kin as Development and Strategy Associate, she played a key role in communicating the importance of supporting the quality, availability, and sustainability of family child care to current and prospective funders. She also supported the leadership team’s strategic planning efforts. Nicole holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from Kalamazoo College. In 2016, she was a Visiting Fellow with Education Pioneers.

Phone: 718-450-8857
Christie Balka, Policy Director
As Policy Director, Christie works with All Our Kin’s staff and family child care educators to create conditions at the local, state and national level for high quality family child care to thrive. A longtime fan of All Our Kin, she joined its staff in 2019 after serving in Philadelphia city government. There, she spearheaded a comprehensive, community-driven plan to improve early care and education for children from birth to age five. Previously, she consulted for the School District of Education on its early childhood education programs and led early childhood advocacy with a regional child advocacy organization. She also led a community-based foundation. Christie holds an M.A. in American History from Temple University and a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan. 

Phone: 203-659-8237

Erica Fine, Support & Sustainability Office Associate
Erica has always been passionate about working for organizations that build stronger, more resilient communities. In the past she has taken on educational roles with Outward Bound such as leading a diversity of groups on experiential education courses outdoors throughout North and South America or managing the logistics for their program for inner-city youth in upstate New York. She has also served as a bridge between different cultures, working first in tourism with various populations from Patagonia to Brazil, as well as by translating later at Yale to bring agroforestry trainings to the Neo-tropics and create a survey tool and report as part of study of public perception of climate change amongst U.S. Latinos. Erica studied psychology and earned a degree in tourism in her native Argentina. 

Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 36
Ana Elisa Franco-Labarga, Research, Evaluation, and Data Specialist
As Research, Evaluation, and Data Specialist, Ana Elisa leads All Our Kin’s internal evaluations to ensure high standards are met and capitalizes on opportunities to advance the field of research in early childhood. Her passion for promoting and improving services for families comes from her experience as an adoptee. Ana Elisa was a visiting fellow with the Education Pioneers 2017 Tri-State cohort. Previously, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Journey Home, Inc. customizing and implementing a web-based universal housing application for people experiencing homelessness in the greater Hartford region. Ana Elisa holds a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Children, Youth, and Families from The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and a B.A. in Critical Theory and Social Justice from Occidental College in Los Angeles.
Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 11
Melinda Gorley, Finance/Human Resources Director
Melinda is a New Haven native and has joined our Finance department as the Finance/HR Director. Prior to joining All Our Kin, she volunteered at her children’s preschool, and spent a summer working at Alice Peck in Hamden CT as a paraprofessional for special needs children. Although her time in education was short, her love for social services flourished. For two years, Melinda worked alongside her mentor where she gained in-depth knowledge of nonprofit finances. Melinda has passionately brought her knowledge of nonprofit accounting and human resources to All Our Kin’s finance department. Melinda has a Business Administration degree with a focus on Human Resource Management from Charter Oak State College. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time on her boat, taking long walks, and spending time with family.

Phone: 203-772-2294

Dana Holahan, Director of Professional Development
Dana was born and raised in New Haven. She received her B.A. with honors in Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University. She then spent 15 years living and working as a researcher, journalist, and translator in Chile, where she also did Masters work in Latin American Studies and Arts Management at the University of Chile. Since moving back to the United States 11 years ago, she became a certified teacher through the CT State Department of Education’s ARC program and has taught Spanish at Fairfield University and in the Fairfield Public Schools. She has also continued her work as a professional translator, most recently for the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven’s Progreso Latino Fund. Dana has been with All Our Kin for 10 years, in many different roles, and is currently the Director of Professional Development for our four sites. In order to further develop the leadership skills needed for this role, she completed the Zoom Foundation´s Leadership Development Roundtable and attended the William Caspar Graustein Foundation’s Community Leadership Program. Within All Our Kin’s Professional Development work, Dana is especially passionate about social justice and equity, early literacy, and outdoor, nature-based education. She co-created and led All Our Kin’s successful organic garden project for three years, and attended Nature Explore’s Outdoor Classroom Leadership Institute in Nebraska.

Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 13

Jasmine Honegan, Research, Evaluation, and Data Associate
Jasmine has always been passionate about incorporating community healing in social justice, community building, and nonprofit spaces. Her desire to explore accessible healing modalities for herself and marginalized communities led her to apprentice at a Quilombo healing clinic while living in Salvador, Brazil. Since moving back to the United States, Jasmine worked as a Continuous Quality and Data specialist at a Hartford nonprofit, using data to tell the stories of marginalized communities with dignity. Currently enrolled at Hartford Seminary, Jasmine also facilitates well-being and healing circles with Hartford residents. At All Our Kin, Jasmine is continuing the work of using data to honor family child care providers and ensure high standards are met within our programs.   
Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 11
Summer Kim, Development Associate
Summer is the Development Associate at All Our Kin. Summer earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science as a first-generation student at Yale University, focusing on racial, spatial, and socio-economic equity in the United States. Prior to joining All Our Kin, Summer served as a Political Consulting Intern in New York, and was a student leader for various groups on campus, including a student-run non-profit singing group, Whim ‘n Rhythm. As a Development Associate, Summer reports on All Our Kin's work to our generous donors, and pursues new funding opportunities to sustain and expand All Our Kin’s work across our sites and family child care networks. Summer enjoys singing, cooking, and engaging with all types of media and culture.
Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 17

Tanya Michaelson, Mentor Coach
Tanya holds a B.A. from the University of Connecticut and a M.A.T. in Early Childhood from Sacred Heart University. Before coming to All Our Kin in 2000, she taught in both bilingual and English-only classrooms for eight years, first through Teach for America and then in New Haven’s public schools. Ms. Michaelson is certified as an Accreditation Observer through the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC). She is also a certified yoga, Pilates, and fitness instructor. Tanya loves learning, nature, drama, and music. She is a devoted mom who is continuously inspired by her loving partner and two beautiful children.

Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 25 (office line)
Nishi Mehta, Strategy and Operations Specialist
Nishi brings cross-sector expertise in strategic planning, program design and management, and organizational change, with a focus on comprehensive approaches to promoting the well-being of young children and families in under-resourced communities. Prior to joining All Our Kin, Nishi was a Farber Fellow with REDF and served as a consultant to More Than Words, a social enterprise that employs and empowers system-involved youth. Nishi previously worked at The Primary School to develop their team-based approach to care across early childhood, healthcare, and family wellness services. She began her career in strategy consulting at Simon-Kucher & Partners. Nishi holds a B.S. in Psychology and English from Tufts University. She is currently pursuing an MBA focused on nonprofit management at Yale University.  
Katherine Pier, Development Associate
Katherine is originally from Connecticut and received her bachelor’s degree from Boston College in 2017. Upon graduation, Katherine spent a year volunteering with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest. As a Jesuit Volunteer she served Northern Cheyenne and Crow high schoolers as a tutor at St. Labre in Ashland, Montana. Katherine also spent time serving as a tutor and mentor for young, extraordinary children--to whom she became incredibly close--living in a group home on St. Labre's campus. Her time spent in Montana opened her eyes to the severe inequalities embedded in the education system in the United States, especially on Native American reservations. Katherine is thrilled to be working for All Our Kin, whose mission centers around closing the opportunity gap for young children, especially those from over-burdened and under-resourced families. As a Development Associate, Katherine reports on All Our Kin programming to All Our Kin’s generous donors and procures funding to sustain and expand All Our Kin's work. In her spare time, Katherine enjoys reading, cuddling with her puppy, listening to "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me", and spending time outdoors.

Phone: 203-772-2294 x. 16
Jessica Rawlins, Senior Development Director
Jessica Rawlins joined All Our Kin to develop and lead the organization’s strategic fundraising and development operations. With a B.A. in religion from Dartmouth College and an M.S. in fundraising management (now nonprofit management) from Columbia University, Jessica has built an impressive record as a fundraising specialist serving education and community-based initiatives throughout New York City. Most recently, she served as the Director of Institutional Giving at the Harlem Children’s Zone, where she oversaw a multimillion-dollar portfolio of private philanthropic and publicly contracted funding to support a broad range of programs including early childhood education. Jessica serves on the board of directors of the Fiver Children’s Foundation.

Phone: 718-514-2482

Colby Rutledge, Professional Development Associate
Colby was born in New York and has spent her time living between Connecticut and Argentina. She received her B.A. in Spanish from Western Connecticut State University and has worked as a translator for a number of years. Prior to coming to All Our Kin, she was the Community Coordinator for Danbury’s Promise for Children Partnership which opened up her eyes to the impact and value of quality early childhood education on creating an equitable society. Within the early childhood field she is especially interested in the relationship between early trauma, attachment and social emotional development. At All Our Kin, Colby is currently working as the Professional Development Associate and is delighted to be able to expand the possibilities of professional development opportunities for family child care providers.

Phone: 203-772-2294
Alison Wunder Stahl, Partnerships Manager and Network Strategist
Alison (Ali) was previously the All Our Kin New Haven Director for four years. She came to All Our Kin with a strong background in nonprofit management and a commitment to equity of educational access for all.  Prior to joining All Our Kin, she was the Director of Implementation for City Connects (Boston College) where she was responsible for their model of optimized student support across 60+ schools in MA, NYC and Ohio. Prior to that she was the Director of Programs for Families United in Educational Leadership (FUEL), which works with low-income families in the Boston area to realize their dreams of a higher education and break the cycle of poverty. Alison helped to develop their model and facilitate implementation in new sites. She also worked for three years as a Campus Director for Citizen Schools overseeing the staff, volunteers, and 100+ middle school students engaged in their educational after-school program.  Alison graduated from Amherst College with a double major in Psychology and Spanish. She has an MSW from the UCONN School of Social Work, a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the INML at Boston University, and an MBA from Boston College.  She enjoys travel, playing sports, and spending time with family and friends.

Phone: 203-772-2294
Jade Thomas, CT Early Care and Education Policy Fellow
Jade earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut in 2018. During her time as an undergrad, she studied Black political thought and issues of race, gender, and equity. Prior to joining All Our Kin, Jade worked as an intern at New Haven Reads where she tutored children in grades K-12. As the Connecticut Early Care and Education Policy Fellow, Jade will be working with the Connecticut teams to lead the organization’s advocacy and policy efforts and uplift the voices of family child care educators and the communities they serve at the local, state, and national level. In her spare time, Jade enjoys watching romantic comedies, spending time with family and friends, and conquering her fear of travel. 

Phone: 203-772-2294

Natalie Vieira, Policy Advisor                           
For three years, Natalie led All Our Kin's policy work in Connecticut, partnering with staff, family child care educators, early childhood advocates, and policymakers to push for increased resources and support for home-based child care. Now, she leads a technical assistance initiative, advising state and local leaders across the country who are eager to strengthen family child care in their communities. Prior to joining All Our Kin, Natalie was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at a foreign language school in Bulgaria. For two years, Natalie served on the Connecticut Help Me Grow Advisory Council and the Steering Committee of the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance. In 2018, she was selected as a Visiting Fellow with Education Pioneers. Currently, Natalie serves on the Young Professionals Advisory Council of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She attended the University of Connecticut, where she graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Resource Economics and a minor in Political Science.

Phone: 203-772-2294

Erica Wilcox, Finance and Human Resource Associate
Erica is a graduate of All Our Kin and earned her Child Development Associate credential (CDA) in 2005. She received her Associate’s Degree in general studies at Northwestern Community College in 2007. Since 2004, Ms. Wilcox has been a part of the All Our Kin family where she has delighted in serving providers and families in the Greater New Haven area.

Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 25

Daniel Vines, Part Time Finance Associate
Daniel was born in Stamford and has been living in New Haven since 2003. He joined All Our Kin in September of 2018. Daniel completed residential services at Chapel Haven, a program for people with learning disabilities in New Haven, from 2003 to 2005. He earned an Accounting Diploma at Stone Academy, a business training school, in 2007. He completed a one-year internship at Yale New Haven Hospital during the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Phone: 203-772-2294

Bridgeport Team -
Natasha Auguste-Williams, Educational Coach & Provider Mentor
Natasha was born and raised in St. Lucia, West Indies. After living in Brooklyn, New York for many years, she settled in Connecticut. Before joining All Our Kin in 2018, Natasha directed her own NAFCC-accredited, licensed Family Child Care program, which she ran for 8 years. She has an Associate in Child Development and a certificate in Behavioral Management that she obtained at Housatonic Community College in 2017. She is continuing her studies and professional development in Early Childhood Education and Behavioral Management. Natasha is a mom of a 5 year old boy, and she has been working with children for the past 23 years. Natasha believes that all children are born geniuses, and they just have their own learning styles. She believes children learn and grow best through positive encouragement, play, exploration, and hands-on experiences. She is dedicated to mentoring and coaching educators to reach their goals to ensure each child receives the best care, respect, social and emotional development, and love that they deserve to strive for a bright future.

Phone: 475-282-4770 

Monica Edgerton, Early Childhood Outdoor Education Coach
Monica grew up in Ohio where good home-cooking and helping her grandfather in the garden spurred an appreciation of the importance of childhood nutrition and outdoor play. Monica has a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Denison University and is bilingual in English and Spanish. At Denison, she developed her passion for creative garden spaces while leading the construction of a roof-top garden on the dining hall.  She moved to New Haven 3 years ago to serve with the FoodCorps in the Bridgeport Public Schools to connect kids with fresh, healthy foods, and has taught English as a second language to adults for two years at Junta for Progressive Action.  In her free time, Monica loves to cook with veggies from the garden and go on hiking adventures. 
Phone: 203-491-8090
Lisa Carley Fay, Educational Coach
Lisa joined All Our Kin after having worked for eight years with children in both toddler and primary classrooms. She trained in Montessori "Assistants to Infancy" (birth to three) at the Montessori Institute in Denver, Colorado. Lisa currently leads infant/parent and toddler/parent classes in New York and Connecticut, helping parents understand early childhood development. She also conducts in-home visits, working one-on-one with children, and coaching parents on issues they are facing in the parent-child relationship. Lisa earned her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College. She has three children, ages 16, 20 and 22.
Phone: 475-282-4770
Jill Keating-Herbst, Bridgeport Director
Jill Keating Herbst has been an educator and non-profit professional for nearly 20 years. She joined AOK in 2017 from Common Ground High School, Urban Farm and Environmental Education Center where she was a program manager and teacher. Prior to her time at Common Ground, she worked as an elementary and middle school teacher and coordinated several informal education programs in Florida, California and Vermont. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Florida and an M.Ed. from Antioch University New England.
Phone: 475-282-4770 ext. 10 (office line), 203-893-9779 (cell)

Joel Rivera, Business Development Coach
Joel was born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He received a Bachelor of Science in General Studies with a Social Science concentration from the University of Bridgeport. He is currently completing his course work at Johnson and Wales University where he is earning his Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management. He’s been in sales as a Real Estate Broker and Realtor® in Connecticut and Florida since 2012. He operates a successful small business in Connecticut while giving back to the community through his generous MeetUp group, “Hatch CT” which provides support and networking for small business owners in New Haven County. Joel enjoys the entrepreneurial spirit, and spending time with his partner and their three dogs.

Phone/Text: 203-204-31

Elman Rodriguez, Tool Kit Licensing Coordinator                                  
Elman was born in the Dominican Republic, and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She studied Business Administration at the University of Bridgeport. Prior to joining the All Our Kin staff, Elman was a licensed family child care provider in Bridgeport and graduated from the All Our Kin Business Series in 2015. Elman has developed strong relationships with various nonprofits in Bridgeport, including Neighborhood Trust, Gear Up, All Our Kin, and Habitat for Humanity, who is currently building her home. In 2014 she was part of a Yale University medical study on depression in teenagers, and in 2015 she was also part of a Yale University medical study on high blood pressure in children. Elman enjoys working with children and helping others.
Phone: 475-282-4770

Pamela Rodriguez, Office Associate
Pamela was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Stamford, Connecticut, where she graduated high school. She attended Norwalk Community College majoring in General Studies, while working in a family child care program. She moved to Bridgeport in 2005 and enrolled at Housatonic Community College, studying business, marketing, and sociology. Before joining All Our Kin in 2019, Pamela worked for several years as a sales representative and store manager, where she became the district brand selector, responsible for selecting products that were most beneficial for the community the business served. Outside of work, she enjoys reading books, cooking, and spending time with her three daughters, friends and family. What she loves most about All Our Kin is the passion everyone brings to ensure family child care providers get all the help and knowledge they need to create the best home child care program in their community.  

Phone: 475-282-4770

Johana Vallejo, Bilingual Educational Coach
Johana Vallejo was born and raised in Norwalk, CT but later moved to Bridgeport, CT, after graduating college. She attended Southern Connecticut State University where she received a BA with concentrations in Social Work and Psychology. Johana became a parent during her time as a student and was more eager than ever to complete her education to provide a resourceful life for her son. Prior to joining All Our Kin in 2019, Johana worked in multiple early learning centers as a lead toddler teacher/curriculum specialist. Johana has always had a passion for working with children and believes that children are more knowledgeable than we can  imagine and therefore need to be challenged in order to promote curiosity and growth. Johana also enjoys mentoring educators and believes that together they can help close the achievement gap in the community that is being served. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family, read, and loves to attend her son's basketball games.

Phone: 475-282-4770 or 203-836-3438
Danbury Team -
Yazmin Iglesias, Stamford/Norwalk/Danbury Director 
Yazmin joined All Our Kin in 2016 as a Business Coach and began serving in her current role as Director in early 2017. Yazmin grew up attending Stamford Public Schools, and studied finance for her B.S. at the University of Connecticut while concurrently gaining experience with a number of corporations in Fairfield County. Yazmin is also English/Spanish bilingual and studied translation at Hunter College. Her previous experience directing a community education center in Costa Rica and serving as comptroller for UNITE HERE Local 5 in Honolulu. Yazmin has always been committed to social justice issues, especially equal opportunity, immigrant rights, and education access.

Phone: 475-619-9641 (office line), 203-691-0912 (cell)
Jessica Palencia, Tool Kit Licensing Coordinator
Jessica was born in Guatemala, Central America and raised in Summit, New Jersey. She earned her BA in Spanish at Kean University. She worked as a Spanish teacher in New Jersey and Connecticut. She has also served as a community volunteer messenger and translator in Danbury to provide support for early childhood education. She deeply believes that all children deserve an equal opportunity to gain the skills necessary to be successful in life and in their careers. Jessica has a 2 year old daughter. She enjoys being a mother and spending quality time with family and friends.

Phone: 203-800-8386
New Haven Team -
Maureen Acevedo, Educational Coach
Maureen has always had a passion for the early care and education of young children. She is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Sociology (2008) and a Master’s of Science degree in Early Childhood Education (2012). During her time at CCSU, Maureen busied herself interning at the University’s child care center, conducting a research project with CCSU’s Teacher Education faculty and educating families at a Family Resource Center in New Britain. Before joining the All Our Kin family, Maureen had sixteen years of experience working in the Early Childhood Education field. Her previous work included being a head teacher and site coordinator of a child care center caring for children at infancy through age five. She then went on to support family child care home providers and daycare center staff through consulting and professional development while employed with the state’s resource and referral agency. In her free time, Maureen loves spending time with her family, traveling to new places with her husband and daughter and reading.
Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 14 (office line), 203-690-8804

Nilda Aponte, Provider Showcase Director
Nilda was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where she completed her B.A. in Education with a concentration in Preschool Education at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. Nilda is an active member of the community. In 2008, Casa Otoñal’s graduating Child Development Class honored Nilda and her work with the Tool Kit Licensing Program with a “Special Tribute” award; in 2013,RYASAP honored her with the “Above and Beyond” Award. She was selected by the Community Fund for Women & Girls as the recipient of the first 2014 Susan M. Lewin Women's Leadership Award for her strong servant leadership qualities and her commitment to advancing women and girls. Nilda is a graduate of the Community Leadership Program and the Parent Leadership Training Institute. She's a proud mother of five beautiful children and loves to travel.

Phone: 203-909-9151 (cell)

Nancy Carrillo, Educational Coach
Nancy was born and raised in Guatemala, Central America where she completed her BA in Psychology. Before coming to USA in 2000, Nancy taught Spanish in first grade for several years. She started working as an assistant teacher in a preschool classroom in 2003 at Centro San Jose in New Haven and then in 2004 she obtained her CDA through All Our Kin. Nancy became a licensed child care provider in 2007 and opened her own business at her home in West Haven, taking care of her two daughters and other children in the neighborhood. Nancy obtained a MA in Special Education in 2015 from Fairfield University and currently holds a Birth to Five teacher certification. Before coming to All Our Kin, Nancy was a preschool teacher in New Haven Public schools and also worked as a Bilingual Early Intervention Teacher at a Birth to Three program in New Haven, where she worked with children with developmental delays and their families. Nancy is also a Sunday school teacher at her church, where she enjoys teaching Bible to children ages 6-12 and helps to organize trainings for other Sunday school teachers.

Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 16 (office line), 203-823-8481 (cell)
Shaniece Conyers, Early Head Start Education & Operations Coordinator
Shaniece is a native of New Haven, CT and a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University. She later attended Grand Canyon University and obtained a masters degree in Educational Administration. Shaniece began her career in Early Childhood after college where she was a lead teacher. After years in the classroom she later became the Program Manager at Elizabeth Celotto. Shaniece briefly left Early Childhood work and joined the elementary school field where she began as a second grade academic assistant and quickly became a third grade teacher. She most recently taught fifth grade for a year before leaving to return to Early Childhood work at All Our Kin. Outside of education Shaniece enjoys tending to my small event planning business. In her spare time she loves spending time with family and friends, traveling and laying on the beach.
Phone: 203-646-6644
Nancy DeJesus, Office Associate
Nancy was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New Haven, where she graduated high school and went to Gateway Community College for two years to study psychology. She is currently working on going back to school to finish her education at Liberty University. Nancy is married and has two amazing children, Elijah and Rebecca. She is very involved in her community; she and her husband serve as pastors in East Haven. Nancy's goal is to serve, love, restore and be able to make a difference in the lives of others. She brings those values to her work with All Our Kin. 

Phone: 203-772-2294

Sarah Derbala-Santiago, Tool Kit Licensing Coordinator
Sarah was born in Salem, Massachusetts, but grew up in Puerto Rico. She recently completed her Associate in Science degree in General Studies at Gateway Community College, and she is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Education at Albertus Magnus College. Before joining All Our Kin in 2010 as Tool Kit Licensing Coordinator, Sarah was a youth minister and an All Our Kin volunteer. She is passionate about helping women in her community and eradicating racial and socioeconomic barriers to success. She has taught and co-taught numerous trainings for family child care providers in All Our Kin's network, including a series on early literacy and an orientation to the licensing process. In 2012, she graduated from the Community Leadership Program (CLP), a program run by the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, and in October 2014, she was certified as a Circle of Security educator. Outside of her work at All Our Kin, Sarah is very active in her church's community outreach programs and is the dance leader of her church's dance team. 

Phone: 203-773-4992 ext. 18 (office line), 203-691-0764 (cell)

Monica Edgerton, Early Childhood Outdoor Education Coach
Monica grew up in Ohio where good home-cooking and helping her grandfather in the garden spurred an appreciation of the importance of childhood nutrition and outdoor play. Monica has a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Denison University and is bilingual in English and Spanish. At Denison, she developed her passion for creative garden spaces while leading the construction of a roof-top garden on the dining hall.  She moved to New Haven several years ago to serve with the FoodCorps in the Bridgeport Public Schools to connect kids with fresh, healthy foods, and has taught English as a second language to adults for two years at Junta for Progressive Action. In her free time, Monica loves to cook with veggies from the garden and go on hiking adventures. 
Phone: 203-491-8090
Dariana Francisco, Early Head Start Health Services Coordinator
Dariana's passion for nursing began when she was a freshman in high school. She became an RN in 2013 at the Interamerican Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico. She then practiced as a school nurse for about 3 years before moving on to case management. Due to Hurricane Maria, Dariana chose to move back to CT where she learned that there is much need for nursing advocacy. Her passion lies in expanding her knowledge in order to teach others. She plans to continue to learn and broaden her horizons in order to be a reliable resource for people. She joined All Our Kin because she saw the opportunity to live her passion for learning and giving through work with family child care providers and the children and families they support.
Phone: (203) 800-8806

Debra Kelly, Early Head Start Family Child Care Specialist
Debra comes to her position with over 30 years of early childhood education experience, working as a Head Start teacher, and a Montessori teacher in New Haven, then transitioning to family child care for the last 12 years. In her role as Early Head Start Family Child Care Specialist, she provides technical support to family child care educators partnering with Early Head Start in New Haven. She also provides outreach services for both All Our Kin and Early Head Start family child care educators. Debra holds an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Infant Toddler Education. He passions include her faith, family, and working with and for young children and their families. For relaxation she enjoys crocheting, playing the violin, sketching, and writing poetry.

Phone: 203-772-2294

Jane Lee, Business Consultant
Jane is a longtime New Haven resident, who before joining the All Our Kin team, worked for many years at Yale University.  Jane worked in various central finance and business operations roles, including as the Senior Director of Budget and Planning and as the Lead Administrator of Yale College and the Graduate School.  Jane has also worked with several small businesses and start-ups. Jane has a B.A. in Art History from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management.  She is a board member at the New Haven Ecology Project and Common Ground High School and a volunteer with SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business. 

Phone: 203-772-2294 ext. 23 (office line), 203-892-9696 (cell)
Luz Martinez, Educational Coach
Luz Martinez was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia in South America where she completed her B.A in Business Administration. Before coming to the United States in 2000. For three years, she was an administrator of 13 home daycares in her country (Bienestar Familiar) and an administrator of other businesses. In 2007, she began working as an educator in the Infant Toddler Room of Wallingford Community Day Care Center. In 2014, she was promoted to the lead educator of the center's Coordinatoring Infant Toddler room. From 2009 to 2013, Luz served as a provider participant in All Our Kin's program attending training sessions, workshops and annual conferences. Luz obtained her Infant Toddler CDA in 2008, her Preschool Bilingual Certificate in 2009, and Certification from the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health as a Designated Head Teacher for child day care centers for children ages 0 to 5 in 2012. She also received Certification in Education Administration in 2012 and received her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Gateway Community College in 2016. Luz is currently studying to receive a B.A. in early childhood education. She is fluent in Spanish and has three children and one grandson: they are her inspiration. Luz loves and enjoys working with the children and the community. Her motto is "Children are the World, children are the Future."
Phone: 475-206-9460
Cinthia Perez, Early Head Start Family Services Associate
Cinthia was raised in New Haven, where she completed her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University in 2016. She plans on going back to school to complete her Masters in Social Work. She has worked with non-profit organizations like Junta for Progressive Action and a youth-led statewide network CT Students for a Dream, fighting for the rights of undocumented youth and families. Her passion is helping undocumented youth and families in her community. Prior to working with All Our Kin she worked with a Head Start program which piqued her interest in the Early Head Start model of education. During her free time she enjoys dancing, spending time with her family, and visiting beautiful beaches to enjoy the scenery. 

Phone: 203-772-2294
Marina Rodriguez, New Haven Co-Director and Mentor Coach
Marina Rodriguez was born in Puerto Rico. The youngest of four, she was raised by a single mother who gave everything she had to raise her children. At the young age of twelve, Marina arrived at New Haven, CT where she has spent all of her adult life. Marina was raised in a family of strong women who all cared for each other’s children. Thus supporting other women to realize their own potential comes naturally to her. A true advocate for women and children, Marina works purposefully to support adults who work with children to provide rich, responsive, culturally and developmentally appropriate practices and spaces for children. Her journey in early childhood began when she was a volunteer in her son’s Head Start classroom when she was just 18 years old. Marina continued her education and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood and has been in the field of education for the past 20 years. Marina has worked in many aspects of education and community organizing, from the coordination and management of early care and family services to program management for school-age children during out-of-school time.
Her passion lies in being responsive to others and creating meaningful relationships. She believes care and education go hand in hand and that education is a lifelong endeavor. In more recent years Marina has taken an intentional role in leadership coaching and development. Using her personal story and life experiences, Marina uses inspirational and personal leadership to promote and inspire leadership in others.
In her spare time, Marina loves to meditate, practice Zumba, and most of all spend time with her boys by simply listening to them and stepping into their world.

Phone: 475-221-1571

Carmen Roman-Gonzalez, Family and Community Partnerships Manager
Carmen has over 25 years of experience in the human services field. She worked for Catholic Charities in New Haven for 17 years, providing home-based outreach services to vulnerable families as a Primary Services Manager and training participants how to help their children adjust to life changes as a Parent Education Facilitator. Prior to working with Catholic Charities, Carmen was a Prenatal Family Support staff member at the Fair Haven Community Health Center and a Program Supervisor with Junta for Progressive Action. She studied Human Services at Gateway Technical College, and she received her Interpreter Certificate in 2014 and her Family Development Credentials in 2011. Carmen enjoys taking walks on the beach, spending time with her grandchildren, and cooking. 

Phone: 203-772-2294 (office line), 203-909-9152 (cell)
Darrah Sipe, New Haven Co-Director
Darrah is a proud Pennsylvanian, and is now also happy to call New Haven home. Throughout her career as a social worker, she has been committed to raising the voices of workers and their families and children. Prior to coming to All Our Kin, Darrah was the Assistant Director of Training and Placement Services at The Door, a New York City-based agency providing youth development services. She previously served as Interim Director and Director of Community Building at the Retail Action Project, a member-based organization of retail workers. In that capacity, she organized campaigns advocating for retail workers’ right to fair schedules, access to child care, protections for pregnant workers, and paid sick leave. Her clinical experience includes counseling youth with substance use issues, adults struggling with 9/11-related trauma, and young women in deportation proceedings. Darrah started her career at Maternity Care Coalition, a maternal and child health nonprofit in Philadelphia. She received her MA in social work from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and her BA from Wesleyan University.

Phone: 203-772-2294 (Office), 203-666-5124 (Cell)
Molly Stevens, Business Coach
Molly was born in CT and moved to a farm in Colombia at a young age where she was raised. She got her Bachelor's degree in Environmental Management in Pereira, Colombia, with a major in Community Service and a dedication of research towards helping rural families create and manage sustainable plans for their land, family and community. In 2005, she created the Little Guava Foundation to help rural kids access a quality education in Cartago, Colombia. In 2010, she pursued her Masters degree in Sustainability at the Universidad de Lanus in Argentina, where she researched sustainable ways of living for Latin American farmers. During this time she founded the Eco Yoga Farm project in Cartago, a space dedicated to organic living, community service and holistic health. Aside from her non-profit experience, Molly also teaches English and Spanish as a second language, is bilingual, and is a Prenatal Yoga instructor. She has a passion for nature and loves spending time outdoors with her two children. 

Phone: 203-800-7654

New York City (Bronx) Team -
Kim Benedith, Educational Coach
Kim has been in the early childhood education field for over 8 years. She started working as an Assistant in her mother’s Family Child Care business. After working side by side with her mom she became passionate about the Family Child Care field. She earned her masters degree in early childhood education in 2015. After working in her mom’s business she moved on to work at one of the Family Child Care networks in the Bronx. Kim serves as the education coach with All Our Kin where she builds one on one relationship with Family Child Care providers to establish quality child care in their homes.  Kim believes every child deserves to have the best education.   

Phone: 718-480-8857, 917-268-3438

Erica Buchanan, New York City Director
Erica’s passion for education started at an early age. Throughout her years of being educated and educator, she sought to apply sets of defining factors of education to her daily tasks and efforts. Within the process of preparing for her career, it was important for her to remember the purpose and definitions of her role as a future educator. Previous to working for All Our Kin, Erica worked for Bank Street College of Education as a Instructional Coach under the Making Pre-K Count Initiative. She then moved into a Supervisory Role for High 5’s K-Math research project. In the completion of these projects, Erica became one of the Lead Coach Supervisors for the PreK Explore Track in NYC for the next three years. Over her 22 years of working in education, Erica has taught grades from Pre-Kindergarten to fifth grade. She has mentored, coached and supervised countless teachers over the course of these years as well. Currently Erica is enrolled in Fordham University completing her Doctorate in Administration, Supervision and Policy (Pre-K to 12th grade). 
Phone: 718-450-8857

Rosemary Goyzueta, Business Consultant 
Rosemary has extensive work experience in program management, capacity building, organizational development, monitoring & evaluation, and humanitarian aid. She has worked for USAID, UN and several international nonprofit organizations. Her work has been concentrated in Latin America, particularly on providing technical assistance to programs focused on children, youth and women and includes community development, protection of vulnerable groups, financial inclusion and employment opportunities. For the past twenty years she has lived in several countries, including most of South America. She holds bachelor degrees in Intercultural Communication and Economics and a Master’s degree in Public Policy. She also serves as a volunteer advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in the Mount Sinai network.
Phone: 347-943-3687

Fendi Munoz-O'Shea, Office Assistant 
Fendi was born and raised in Hell's Kitchen, New York. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University at Albany. Her passion for education began when she became an ambassador for the City of Albany as a member of the 2013 Albany Tulip Court where she created and implemented literacy programs at different schools in the area. The following year, she began working at Troy Prep Middle School as the Office Manager, where she learned more about the public school system and the day to day of a school structure. The experience was very rewarding because she was able to assist with after school events and had direct contact with parents daily. Fendi has a strong passion for children and for helping child care providers give the best care possible. In her free time, she loves to cook, read, exercise and snuggle with her dog and husband. 
Phone: 718-450-8857
Jassiel Olivero, Tool Kit Licensing Coordinator and Educator Mentor
Jassiel was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. Before joining All Our Kin, she directed her own licensed family child care program in New York City for 10 years. Her educational credentials include an associate’s degree in Marketing from APEC University in Santo Domingo, CDA (Child Development Associated), and a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Lehman College. Currently, Jassiel is continuing her studies toward her master’s in Public Policy and Administration. She advocates for quality childcare, and equity among family child care educators in New York City. She believes all children deserve the same opportunity to develop their potential regardless of where they live, their race, or their ethnic background. She believes early childhood education is the foundation of teaching, and that child care educators play a vital role during the first stage of development in children’s lives. Her motto is: “Children are the future generation, they should be able to grow healthy in every way with quality, equity, love, and support from every leader in our communities.”
Phone: 718-247-4431

Stamford/Norwalk Team -
Antonia Better-Wirz, Educational Coach
Antonia has worked to support low-income parents, children, and families in Stamford and Norwalk for over fifteen years. Her focus has been on training parents and professionals who have a direct influence on young children from birth to five years of age. She studied Early Childhood Education at Norwalk Community College, and received a Family Development Credential from the University of Connecticut in 2013. In addition to serving as an Educational Consultant with All Our Kin, she serves in the Community Action Network, a transition pre-K to kindergarden in Stamford, in representation of AOK as a Community Partner. Antonia is the author of a children's book, Children All Over The World Enjoy Hammocks, which has been published in three languages. She is the proud mother of three children who all attend public schools in Stamford, where she and her husband have resided for over 20 years. Antonia is originally from Barranquilla, Colombia, and she speaks fluent Spanish.

Phone: 475-619-9641 (office line), 203-285-7797 (cell)

Angela Engborg, Early Education and Outdoor Education Coach
Angela was born and raised in Bolivia, South America. As a law student at the Catholic University of Bolivia San Pablo, she worked closely with the Human Rights Department of her city, becoming an active member of the organization and working as a conflict resolution mediator upon graduation. She also worked as a prosecutor’s assistant for the government of Bolivia. After moving to the United States in 2012 with her husband, Angela began working for Abilis Birth to Three as an interpreter and educational associate assistant serving Spanish-speaking families in the Stamford area.  Her experience at Birth to Three ignited her passion for early childhood education and the impact it has on children and their families.  Angela believes that with a positive attitude and hard work one can create lasting change and build a better future. In her free time, she enjoys camping and doing yoga. 

Phone: 475-619-9641 (office line), 203-570-0449 (cell)

Gloria Finn, Tool Kit Licensing Coordinator
Gloria studied at Colegio La Ilustracion, located in Mazatenango, Guatemala, where she earned her Bachelor of Secretary and Office Administration in 1986. She moved to Greenwich, Connecticut in 1987, and later received her diploma in English as a Second Language from Greenwich High School. Prior to joining All Our Kin's staff, Gloria was a Team Leader in the Sales Department at People's United Bank for fifteen  years. In this role, she developed strategies to increase business opportunities for the bank and provided professional development to her peers. She is a certified Parent Leader of Stamford by the State of Connecticut Class of 2017 (PLTI).

Phone: 475-619-9641
Yazmin Iglesias, Stamford/Norwalk/Danbury Director 
Yazmin joined All Our Kin in 2016 as a Business Coach and began serving in her current role as Director in early 2017. Yazmin grew up attending Stamford Public Schools, and studied finance for her B.S. at the University of Connecticut while concurrently gaining experience with a number of corporations in Fairfield County. Yazmin is also English/Spanish bilingual and studied translation at Hunter College. Her previous experience directing a community education center in Costa Rica and serving as comptroller for UNITE HERE Local 5 in Honolulu. Yazmin has always been committed to social justice issues, especially equal opportunity, immigrant rights, and education access.

Phone: 475-619-9641 (office line), 203-691-0912 (cell)
Simon Jaime, Business Consultant 
Simon was born and raised in Lima, Peru in South America. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business from Southern Connecticut State University. He spent several years working as a sales representative and store manager for Verizon Wireless which inspired him to pursue a career in business. He also attended Norwalk Community College to take finance and business classes. He believes in helping our communities in Stamford/Norwalk to make a positive impact. Simon enjoys being outdoors with friends and family, and practicing sports.
Phone: 475-619-9641
Amoulifie Souffrant, Early Education Coach
My name is Amoulifie Souffrant. I was born in Haiti but I grew up in Stamford Connecticut. I went to Westhill High School. I hold a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood. I’ve been working with children for over 20 years. I speak English and Creole fluently. I am a mother of an 18 year old girl, who is a freshman in college. She is my inspiration. Working with children is one of my many privileges and I look forward to working with All Our Kin.

Training and Technical Assistance Team

Ariana Shapiro, Business Mentor Coach
Ariana grew up in Ithaca, NY but has called New Haven, Connecticut home since 2012 when she moved to attend Yale University. At Yale, she received a B.A. in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, with a focus on transformative approaches to economic development that dignify service work. Before joining All Our Kin in 2016, she worked with New Haven Works, coaching job seekers and promoting local hiring among area employers. She is passionate about supporting adult learners to empower themselves and build community. She also has experience as an outdoor educator and loves spending her free time honing her wilderness survival skills.

Phone: 203-491-8844

Tamara Troadec, Mentor Coach, New York
Tamara has spent years supporting children and adult learners, continually developing a strengths-based practice. Before joining All Our Kin, Tamara worked as Assistant Director and teacher supervisor of a preschool in her home community of Roosevelt Island. Her interest in education began during her college years, when she spent summers teaching visual arts at a local YMCA camp, and a few years later, while working towards her MFA at Columbia, when she volunteered as an English tutor through Bank Street College’s Liberty LEADS program. Soon after graduating, Tamara moved to Chicago, where she became a first grade teacher, falling in love with the work of early childhood education. For a few years, Tamara expanded into the world of adult learning, becoming a GED teacher and manager of programs in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and later, a coordinator of a program in rural Vermont that supported single parents to navigate the world of college and complete their degrees. Tamara ultimately decided to return to early childhood; after earning her MAEd, she became a collaborative preschool teacher at a Social Constructivist preschool, where she developed a reflective practice with pedagogical documentation at its core. Tamara has enjoyed sharing her learning and research about children with parents and larger groups, and presented twice on progressive education topics at NAEYC conferences, including Approaches to Developing Autonomy and Resiliency in Preschool-Age Children.  

Phone: 718-480-8857, 917-488-0566 
Maureen Wright, Director of Training and Technical Assistance
Maureen was born and raised in New Haven and is excited to have returned to the Elm City and join the All Our Kin Technical Assistance Team. A daughter of educators, she brings over a decade of experience in education as a teacher, coach, policy maker and administrator in New York City and Spain. In her past role, she led a team of curriculum writers to design a rigorous and equitable teacher training program for teachers in the New York City Department of Education. She holds a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and running after her two sons.

Phone: 203-772-2294