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Staff

 

Harlem RBI’s staff works diligently to improve the lives of the youth and families of East Harlem and the South Bronx. Harlem RBI employees strive to demonstrate our organizational values of: teamwork, respect, diversity, promise, effort, integrity and, of course, fun!

 

Harlem RBI was named as one of the top 50 non-profit organizations to work for in the nation by The NonProfit Times in 2011, 2013 and 2014. This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in the nonprofit industry, benefiting the industry's economy, its workforce and businesses.

 

LEADERSHIP | DEVELOPMENT | OPERATIONS/FINANCE | PROGRAMS

 

LEADERSHIP
     

Richard Berlin
Executive Director
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Jeremy Abarno

Chief Talent Officer

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Felicia Crump

Chief of Staff

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MEGAN HODGES

Chief Development Officer

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David Houlihan 
Senior Director of Administration and Operations

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Karina Saltman

Chief Program Officer

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ANDRéS SATIZáBAL

Chief Strategy Officer

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DEVELOPMENT

Hannah Baek Kim

Director of Communications

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Michelle Bennett

Special Events Assistant

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MARY BOYLE

Grants Assistant

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JESSICA BRENNER

Director of Special Events

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BETH CORY

Manager of Institutional Giving

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COLLEEN DORAN

Manager of Corporate Partnerships

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ELIZABETH WRIGHT

Grants Manager

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Laura Lebow

Digital Strategy Coordinator

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Maggie McCarthy

Communications Assistant

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Courtney Orr

Development Officer

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IDALIA SOTO

Special Events Manager

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OPERATIONS/FINANCE        
Tiffani Alexander

Senior Staff Accountant

   

ROBIN BALDWIN

Director of Training and Professional Development

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BRIAN BARZEY

IT Support Manager

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Arianne Benford

IT Support

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Leonardo Bullaro

Director of Strategy
Design and Implementation

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Wai Phyo

Database Associate

 

 

KADIAN CREIGHTON

Staff Accountant

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Jordan Grunewald

Executive Assistant

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James DiCosmo

Financial Analyst 

 

   

Manuel Paredes

Administration Coordinator

ZACHARY HARR

Recruitment and Selection Coordinator

 

   

 LAUREN KLEIN

Director of Recruitment and Selection

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Yerlyn Rojas

Recruitment and Selection Assistant 

 

   

Kate Malekoff

Volunteer Coordinator

 

John Murphy

Director of Facilities

 

   

Nathaniel Mitchell

Facilities Assistant

 

Richard Hale

Facilities Assistant

  

   

Gardy Charles

Facilities Assistant

Gary Noke

Facilities Assistant

 

   

George Jones

Facilities Assistant

John Pizarro

Facilities Assistant

 

   

Christopher Williams

Facilities Assistant

CARLOS ORTIZ

IT Coordinator

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JUDY PADILLA

Senior Administration Coordinator

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Yolanda Acosta

Administration Assistant

 

 

    Garrett Guillen

Knowledge Management Associate 

CHRISTINA RIVERA

Administration Coordinator

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 LYDIA TOMMY

Director of Finance

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Travis Walls

Operations Manager

   

 Margie Weiner

Enrichment Coordinator

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AMANDA YEPEZ

Recruitment and Selection Coordinator

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Tre Wells

Education Innovation Associate

 

PROGRAMS

       

Erika Astarita

REAL Kids Campus Manager

 

 

    CLARISA ALAYETO

Family Engagement Coordinator

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JASON ALLEYNE

REAL Kids Campus Manager

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STEFANO BARROS

Leadership/11th grade Program Coordinator

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STEVEN BLITZER

East Harlem Baseball/Softball
Program Manager

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Dilim Dieke

Academic Coordinator

 

JOANNA GONZALEZ

REAL Kids DREAM Social Worker

   

MARISOL DE LEON

Health Educator

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Rob Saltares

Baseball/Softball Coordinator

 

 

   

LOANKY DE JESUS

Senior TeamBuilders Program Coordinator

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SHARON DHILLON

South Bronx TeamBuilders Program Manager

 

   

DEBBIE BLAS

REAL Kids South Bronx Social Worker

 

ALEXIS DIAZ

REAL Kids Social Worker

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CAROLINE GONZALEZ

DREAM Campus Coordinator

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Matthew Gonzalez

TeamBuilders Associate Program Coordinator

 

   

JILLIAN GREEN

Director of Middle School Programs

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ETHAN GREENBERG

Evaluation & Assessment Analyst

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CHRIS HEINRICH

Career/10th Grade Program Coordinator

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Melissa Karl

Social Services Coordinator

   

KALILA HOGGARD

Director of Academic Support

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Maleck Bryant

REAL Kids-South Bronx
Campus Manager

 

    PATRICK LOUGHRAN

Baseball/Softball Coordinator

GREG LUCAS

Director of South Bronx Programs

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JOSEPH LUESSE

Director of Evaluation and Assessment

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Gabriella Gomez

Academic Coordinator

 

   

SEAN O'CONNOR

Senior Manager of Academic Instruction

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YEISON PIMENTEL

South Bronx Baseball/Softball Manager

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JASON POLANCO

Baseball/Softball
Coordinator

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Kristi Kaneyuki

Baseball/Softball Coordinator 

 

   

Honike Madhoo

Leadership Coordinator

BRITTNEE ROCK

Legends Program Coordinator

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Isidro Fortuna

Legends Program Coordinator

 

CAITLIN SANTOSTEFANO

REAL Kids Social Worker

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Jennifer Khan

TeamBuilders Program Coordinator

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CHANDELLE SCHULTE

Senior Director of
Baseball/Softball

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JUSTINA SHARROCK

College and Career Coordinator

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DEBORAH STEINBERG

DreamWorks and Legends Program Manager

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Sharyf Muhammad

TeamBuilders Associate Program Coordinator

WHITNEY VAIRIN

Middle School Manager

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Dipabali Chowdury

High School Access Coordinator

 

 

ANDREW WATERS

Director of REAL Kids

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    JENNIFER WEIDENBAUM

Director of Program Excellence

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Natalia Yulfo

Operations Coordinator

 

   

Emmerson Yaxte

REAL Kids Campus Manager

 


FULL-TIME STAFF BIOS


Richard Berlin
Executive Director at Harlem RBI since 1997, Richard Berlin is also a founding member of Harlem RBI's DREAM Charter School. Mr. Berlin began his connection with Harlem RBI as a volunteer baseball coach in 1994. Under his leadership, Harlem RBI has grown from a seasonal recreation program with one staff member to a thriving community-based organization recognized locally and nationally with numerous awards for programmatic and operational excellence.

 

Mr. Berlin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and attended a Master's Program in Political Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science in London, England. Additionally, he has completed certificate programs at Columbia University's Institute for Not-for-Profit Management in both Non-Profit Management and Leadership Development. Mr. Berlin has also been a Leadership Fellow at the Citizens' Committee for the Children of New York City.

 

Mr. Berlin, who frequently speaks on topics related to non-profit management, governance, and sustainability, has served as an adjunct faculty member at The New School University's Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Policy. He also serves as the vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the National Summer Learning Association.

 

 

 

Jeremy Abarno, Chief Talent Officer, is responsible for all of Harlem RBI's strategic talent efforts. He oversees recruitment and hiring, workforce planning and coaching and professional development in addition to growing a more diverse and inclusive environment within the workplace. Jeremy started as a teacher in East Harlem in 2000 and has dedicated his career to the children of New York City. He has served as the principal at PAVE Academy public charter school. Prior to joining Harlem RBI, Jeremy was the managing director of talent at Ascend Public Charter Schools in Brooklyn, a network of nine schools serving more than 4,000 students in central Brooklyn. Jeremy holds a Master’s in Special Education from City College and a School Building Leader license from Baruch. He holds a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from New York University.

 

 

Felicia Crump, Chief of Staff, provides the Management Team with external support as well as the coordination of internal management projects. Prior to her current role, Felicia worked as the Academic Counselor to the Men's Basketball Team at the University of Connecticut, where she was responsible for the academic support and performance of the programs’ student-athletes. She has also previously held positions in the Community Affairs Departments at Major League Baseball and the Community and Player Programs Department at the National Basketball Association. Felicia is rejoining the organization, having originally served as Harlem RBI's first Development Assistant. Felicia holds a Bachelor's Degree in Art History from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Master's Degree in Sports Management and Sociology from the University of Connecticut.

 

 


Megan Hodges, Chief Development Officer, leads development and communications to execute all of Harlem RBI and DREAM Charter School's fundraising efforts. Additionally, Megan is responsible for growing contributions to Harlem RBI and DREAM Charter School from individual and corporate supporters and oversees event based fundraising. Megan received her Bachelor's in Communication Studies from New York University. Prior to arriving at Harlem RBI, Megan worked as an Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships and Planning for Princeton University, where along with other responsibilities she prepared and reviewed campaign strategies targeting University alumni and other potential donors. Megan also has a strong background in industry research and sales and marketing.

 

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David Houlihan, Senior Director of Administration oversees Information Facilities, and Administration. Prior to arriving at Harlem RBI, David served as an Intern for the United States Trade Representatives Office where he researched, analyzed, and provided recommendations for the President’s trade advisory committee. David also worked at Coney Island Prep as a Director of Operations, where he planned and executed school expansions and location, and improved the operations department’s ratings from 60% to 100%. David holds a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University, a Master of Science of Teaching from Pace University, and a Bachelor of Arts from New York University.

 

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Karina Saltman, Chief Program Officer, serves as Harlem RBI's Chief Program Officer – managing all programs at Harlem RBI in both East Harlem and the South Bronx.Prior to joining Harlem RBI, Karina served as the executive director of Summer Search New York City. During her tenure (which began as Director of Programs) she doubled both the organization's budget as well as the number of youth served, while also focusing on improving program quality.  Karina was born in NYC and grew up in Teaneck, NJ. She graduated from Brown University, where she received a BA in Portuguese and Brazilian studies. After Brown she joined the New York City Teaching Fellows program where she received a Master's in Early Childhood Education from Lehman College while teaching 3rd and 4th grade in a South Bronx public school.

 

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Andres Satízabal, Chief Strategy officer, will define and implement new organizational strategy, and increase organizational performance by aligning priorities and defining and supporting culture alignment and talent strategy. Prior to arriving at Harlem RBI, Andres served on the Board of Trustees at DREAM Charter School. Andres also worked at Mckinsey & Company as the Engagement Manager, in which he led several clients’ growth strategies, successfully grew their impact by defining, piloting, and scaling up various strategies. To add, Andres served at Advantis Consultoria Gerencial as a Project Manager, where he participated in over 25 successful consulting engagements in Latin America. Andres holds a Masters of Business Administration from New York University and Bachelor of Arts in Business from Universidad De Los Andes.

 

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“As an organization, we are setting clear goals to improve, expand and develop skills that will help us continue to deliver excellent services for youth.”

— Jen Chau Fontan,

Director of Talent Development

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