NSLA Board

Jim Quinn

Board Chair

President (Retired)
Tiffany & Company

Reggie Love


Vice President and Head of External Affairs
HRS Management

Lacrecia Cade


Head of B2B Brand & Strategy

Dan Anglin

Prince Henry

Luke Bayer

Territory Manager
Philips Healthcare

Matthew Boulay

NSLA Founder

Jon Fortt

Co-Anchor, Journalist

Dan Levi

Executive VP and
Chief Marketing Officer
Clear Channel

Kristen Masino

Chief Financial Officer

Ericka Miller

Chief Executive Officer
Issacson, Miller

Lindsey Schmidt

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Fatima Shama

Executive Director
The Fresh Air Fund

Malbert Smith, III


Rachel J. Thornton

Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Stephan Turnipseed

Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
Pitsco Education

National Advisory Board

Karl Alexander

Academy Professor and
Sociology Research Professor
Johns Hopkins University

Rich Berlin

Chief Executive Officer

Richard Tagle

Chief Executive Officer
Andy Roddick Foundation

Margaret McKenna

President Emeritus
Lesley University

Our Team

Aaron Philip Dworkin

Chief Executive Officer

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Aaron joined the National Summer Learning Association as Chief Executive Officer in 2019. Prior to NSLA, 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

Laura Johnson

Vice President, Communications

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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 Clarke

Vice President, Programs and Systems Quality

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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 Gabay-Swanston

Director, Programs and Systems Quality

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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.

Christi Kobus Rokicki

Director, Development

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Christi is responsible for managing and stewarding NSLA’s philanthropic partnerships working with foundations, corporations, and individual supporters. Her work aims to match donors’ values with opportunities to invest in the summer learning community in service of the programs, people, and policies serving thousands of students across the country.

Ally Talcott

Legislative Counsel

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Ally is an expert in coalition building and management, federal education policy, direct lobbying, and bringing diverse groups together to advance shared policy goals. All of Ally’s work on behalf of her clients is centered around a mission to close the equity gaps across all sectors of the education system, which disproportionately impact underserved students and families, especially those of color, in low-income communities.

Field Consultants

Mashona Council

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.

Josephine Russo

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.

Beth Salyers

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.

Stacy Silverman

Stacy Silverman is driven by a passion rooted in a belief that every hour counts for communities creating safe and nurturing environments for youth to become learners and leaders. He has over 20 years of experience in education and youth services including therapeutic wilderness and adventure-based programming, mental health services, restorative justice programs, assessment, coaching and adult facilitation. He has extensive experience working with the K-12 student population, primarily in out-of-school time settings, and has trained thousands of youth development professionals and managers in the art of teaching and reaching youth. Stacy founded the Youth Development Training Collaborative to support organizations and leaders with continuous quality improvement system design, training and advising.

Femi Vance

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-Mdivian

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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Become a summer learning champion! NSLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and healthy workplace. Salary is commensurate with experience. Our benefits include health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, a 401 K retirement plan and paid time off.

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