Aaron Philip Dworkin joined the National Summer Learning Association as Chief Executive Officer on June 3, 2019 having most recently served as President of the After-School All-Stars National Network – a non-profit organization providing free afterschool and summer programs to 90,000 low income students in more than 450 Title I schools in 20 major cities across the United States. Over the last 12 years, Aaron led the organization through tremendous growth, significantly increasing the number of students served, doubling the After-School All-Stars national footprint and annual revenue, while opening a national office in Washington, D.C. to expand its advocacy efforts.
Aaron also oversaw the creation and implementation of the After-School All-Stars’ four signature national initiatives, each with their own summer learning program, designed to combat childhood obesity (Sports as a Hook), promote high school and college graduation (We Are Ready), prepare students for careers (CEO: Career Exploration Opportunities) and inspire youth leadership and community service (Life Service Action).
Prior to After-School All-Stars, Aaron founded and directed Hoops & Leaders, an acclaimed summer youth leadership and mentoring program in New York City. He also helped support the creation of Up2Us Sports, a national coalition of sports based youth development programs. Aaron is a frequent presenter at national education conferences, a graduate of Tufts University, a former Coro Fellow in Public Affairs and holds master’s degrees from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He is a member of the 2019 Class of Leadership Greater Washington and serves on the National Board of Directors of the American Camp Association.
Laura leads the overall communications strategy to support the NSLA’s mission as the only national nonprofit exclusively focused on closing the achievement gap by increasing access to high-quality summer learning opportunities.
Brodrick has extensive experience working with the K-12 student population, primarily in an out-of-school time setting. He has recruited and trained hundreds of youth workers and volunteers. As a seasoned professional development trainer, Brodrick incorporates research and best practices with interactive simulations to engage his audience in dynamic learning experiences.
Leslie is responsible for translating NSLA’s strategic priorities into services, projects, and partnerships that strengthen summer learning programs and build capacity for providers, intermediaries, and communities.
Talon oversees the day-to-day marketing communications operations for NSLA’s signature initiatives and takes the lead on the organization’s tactics with audience outreach using traditional and digital media.
Mashona Councill is a youth development consultant and facilitator eager to lend experience in specific program evaluation and development. In addition to providing management, staff training and coaching, she also had experience with curriculum design, strategic planning and volunteer management to enhance organization’s effectiveness and community impact.
Jason Perry is a social and administrative communications professional. He uses communication in all its forms as a springboard for organizational change management. With thirteen years of experience in non-profit marketing and communications, student and family stability, and program planning and development, Jason designs unique approaches to help organizations and individuals achieve more optimal outcomes.
Josephine Russo holds her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a focus on program design, evaluation and nonprofit management from the University of Pennsylvania, where she now teaches as an adjunct professor. Currently, she serves as the Director of Research at Algorhythm, the makers of the social emotional learning evaluation platform: Hello Insight. She is responsible for leading Algorhythm’s research agenda, ensuring tools are valid and reliable for members, and sharing widespread insights about Hello Insights community of learners.
Dr. Beth Salyers is a former public school classroom teacher who now works to help the people within organizations increase their individual and collective capacity through custom designed learning solutions. She believes that education is the most powerful force we have on the planet and that nothing exists in a vacuum. Beth lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. Learn more about her and her company, Custom Learning Atelier here.
Femi Vance, Ph.D. is a researcher at American Institutes for Research (AIR) where she researches and evaluates out-of-school time programs and provides technical assistance to youth development professionals. She has expertise in youth program quality, social and emotional learning, evaluation capacity building, and skill-building in youth programs. She has extensive experience providing professional development to OST practitioners on a range of topics such as continuous quality improvement, engaging youth, and coaching staff.
Rebecca Wade-Mdivanian is currently the Director of Operations for the LiFEsports Initiative. In this position, she is responsible for the day-to-day management and leadership of all current programming. In addition to this role, she supports and manages teaching/learning, research, and fundraising endeavors within LiFEsports. Outside of LiFEsports, Becky is an independent licensed social worker in the State of Ohio, has coached middle school soccer in Grandview Heights City Schools for the past 14 years, and is the current President of the Grandview Baseball and Softball Association.
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