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About Global Kids



Global Kids staff members are full-time, highly skilled educators with extensive experience in youth development and global education. All GK staff hold a bachelor’s degree at minimum, and most senior staff members have advanced degrees in such fields as international relations, education, social work, and public administration.

Global Kids staff speak over 20 languages collectively, including Spanish, Haitian Creole, French, KiSwahili, Hindi, Wolof, Urdu, Punjabi, Cantonese, and many have experience working or studying abroad. GK educators participate in on-going professional development and are involved in program design and decision-making. They serve as mentors who provide personal support to youth who often do not receive it at home or in the classroom. Scroll down to view staff bios!

Ahmed Ali


A native of Durham, North Carolina, Ahmed began his career in youth development at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh NC. After graduating in 2014 from North Carolina State University with a degree in international Relations, Ahmed decided to spend one year as an AmeriCorps volunteer with City Year New York where he served as an attendance coordinator, organizing several initiatives to increase student attendance. He returned to North Carolina and worked as a photography technician before spending some time traveling in the Dominican Republic, Italy, Germany and England. He is a native Arabic speaker and as spent time in both Sudan and Egypt.

Genesis Almanzar


In 2015, Genesis completed a BA in Anthropology and International Studies at City College of New York. Throughout her career in youth development, she has contributed to the missions of various multicultural education based programs including One To World Global Classroom and Reach The World. Genesis has also devoted her efforts in the area of social emotional learning through her work in Morningside Center for teaching social responsibility specifically through their "Peace from A to Z" programming. Her hope is to continue empowering the voice of the youth worldwide now and into their future.

Wida Amir

Director, Washington DC Program

Wida is thrilled to be returning to the youth development sector after spending fours years leading public policy initiatives on local, state, and national levels. She has been a nonprofit leader in social justice, youth development, program management, coalition building and public policy fields for over 11 years. Most recently, Wida was the Immigrant Rights Program Director at the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF). She lead NAPAWF’s gender-based national immigration campaign that successfully shifted political narratives to include immigrant women’s issues as a central issue in the latest Congressional legislative proposals. Prior to her public policy work, Wida was the Program Director at South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!) where she played a key leadership role in the organization’s growth from a single-site program to a nationally recognized multiple-site agency serving over 500 immigrant youth and families annually. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, and two management certificates from the Institute for Non-profit Management at Columbia Business School. She was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and has also lived in India, Germany, California, and New York. Currently, she resides in the greater Washington, DC area.

Jason Anderson

Part-time Site Trainer - GK-DC

Jason is a native of Washington DC. In 2000, he earned his BA in Mass Media/ T.V. Production from the University of the District of Colombia. Jason is a former writer and producer for BET and was part of the NAACP Image Award winning staff of the youth-lead hit show; Teen Summit. Jason has been coaching football and basketball and also working with youth professionally for 15 years as a youth mentor, coach, trainer and instructor.

Carole Artigiani

Founder and President Emerita

Carole is the Founder of Global Kids, Inc and served as the Executive Director for 21 years. Beginning September 1, 2010, Carole has assumed a new role on staff as Founder and President Emerita and remains a member of the Global Kids Board of Directors. A former teacher of social studies and history on both the high school and community college levels, she was coordinator of Women's Studies and the Graduate Program in Women's History at Sarah Lawrence College from 1979 until 1987. There she organized campus and community conferences and worked to promote the integration of women’s history into formal and public history programming. Her Master’s thesis, A New Force in Politics (1979) was later published as Votes and More for Women (1983), as were other articles relating the history of women activists. Carole created Global Kids while serving as Managing Director of the Foreign Policy Association. She served as the Executive Director of Global Kids since establishing it as a fully independent, nonprofit educational organization in 1991.

Carole was named a 2006 and 2007 Purpose Prize Fellow by Civic Ventures and is a recipient of the "Spirit of Anne Frank Award" bestowed by the Anne Frank Foundation. She received the Sarah Lawrence College Distinguished Alumna Award for Achievement and the College of Notre Dame's Service to Society Award, given to an alumna who applies "her education, initiative and humanity to socially useful ends in the community, nation, or world." She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Directors of the Institute of Play. She holds a BA in History from the College of Notre Dame and an MA in Women's History from Sarah Lawrence College.

Adana Austin

Senior Trainer/Curriculum Specialist

Adana is a proud Brooklynite of Caribbean origin who grew up with a strong appreciation for cultural diversity. Adana is a Global Kids alumna who graduated from Lafayette High School in 2008. She received her BA in Political Science from St. Francis College, and her MA in International Affairs with a concentration in Governance and Rights at the New School for Public Engagement. She has done extensive work and research on race relations, education, and urban planning in New York City and Cape Town, South Africa. While in South Africa, she worked with the Community Organization Resource Centre and the South African Shack/Slum Dwellers International Alliance in documentation capacity building for slum upgrading projects and community saving initiatives. Adana also worked with the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town to produce a map of beauty ideals and social relations among Capetonians. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and karaoke!

Nicole Beck

LCSW/Senior Trainer

Originally from the Chicago-area, Nicole recently joined the Global Kids staff after teaching middle school Language Arts for four years at international schools in Guayaquil, Ecuador and Medellin, Colombia. Prior to that, she worked as a School Social Worker in Chicago Public Schools, both at the district level on the Crisis Intervention team, as well as in a grammar school as their school-based clinician. Nicole served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Suva, Fiji from 2005-2007, focusing on STI/HIV prevention and awareness and partnering with Save the Children, where she developed and implemented a training curriculum on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. She holds an MSW from Loyola University Chicago and a BS from Eastern Illinois University. Additionally, Nicole practices and teaches yoga, which she believes can serve as an effective component of wellness at both a preventive level, as well as a more targeted intervention. When not cooking, gardening, reading, or practicing yoga, she loves traveling internationally and eating.

Yvonne M. Brathwaite

Director of Programs

Yvonne Martínez Brathwaite is a native New Yorker, raised in East Harlem. Prior to joining Global Kids she managed and provided professional development, coaching and capacity building services for nearly 20 years at Partnership for After School Education (PASE). She serves as a member of a STEM Education Network and volunteers her time as a member of the Board of Trustees at International School of Brooklyn where her son attends school. Yvonne started her career working directly with youth, running social service and leadership development programs. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University and a Master of Public Administration from New York University. In 2013 she was honored by the Tanenbaum Center with the Adam Solomon Award for Excellence which recognizes education leaders who are committed to fostering and creating equitable and inclusive learning environments.

Nabin Chae


Nabin has been involved in many aspects of both education and finance, and is pleased to be supporting the work of Global Kids as its Controller. Prior to joining Global Kids, Nabin worked in the finance department at several national nonprofit organizations. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at City College and Pace University, teaching mathematics education and education research, and was a mathematics liaison in the DOE’s Department of English Language Learners. Nabin received her B.A. in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College.

Paul Chiariello


Paul graduated Rutgers in 2009 after studying Anthropology and Philosophy. He then earned his MSc in Sociology of Education from Oxford and completed PhD coursework in Philosophy at Yale. He’s also a Fulbright ETA Grantee, where he worked as a 10th grade English teacher, and a Humanity in Action Human Rights Fellow. Paul has worked with a variety of research and educational organizations, including the American Ethical Union, the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, Chess for Education Abroad, and the Global Literacy Project. With these and other orgs he’s lived and worked in Uganda, Kenya, Bosnia, Germany, England, India, and Indonesia, as well as traveled through two dozen other countries. In addition to GK, Paul’s also working as the Youth Development Specialist with Camp Quest national and is the founding member of the Yale Humanist Community’s Board of Directors.

Joseph Chin

Senior Trainer

Joseph is an East New York Brooklyn native, born to a Jamaican family, who currently resides in Staten Island. He earned his B.S. in Mathematics from the College of Staten Island (CUNY). While attending college, he worked for several mentoring programs including The Liberty Partnerships Program, The Black Male Initiative Program, and The Collegiate Science and Technology Program, all of which encourage high school students to further their education by attending college. He has traveled to Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Ivory Coast, Egypt, Amsterdam, and has also lived in Israel. In his free time, Joseph enjoys exercising, playing basketball, and listening to reggae music.

Seong-ah Cho

Program Manager

Seong-ah recently received her master's degree in International Education Development at Columbia University with a concentration in International Humanitarian Issues. She has experience in development, international education and program management with organizations such as Amnesty International USA, United Nations Development Programme and UNICEF. Her interests include international education programming, refugee education, and strategic communication in development.

Emilie Clark


Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Emilie moved to New York upon accepting a position at the non-profit theatre company, Girl Be Heard. Emilie received a B.A. in Global Studies with a concentration in Gender Studies and Youth Engagement from Long Island University Global. Emilie has worked with NGO’s such as The Tibetan Women’s Association, The Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation, and The Center for Community Dialogue and Change. Emilie has also worked as a Group Leader with World Learning’s The Experiment In International Living for two consecutive years, leading high school students on non-traditional educational/cultural immersion journeys to France and India. When Emilie isn’t working or traveling, you can find her exploring the hiking trails of Staten Island, attempting to learn Arabic, and trying to recreate interesting dishes from local restaurants!

Devin Dixon


Devin was born and raised in New York City. As an award recipient of the Posse Foundation Scholarship, Devin graduated from DePauw University with a B.A. in Communication. While in college Devin participated on DePauw’s Track and Field team, along with becoming a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. After graduating from DePauw, he worked at the College of Staten Island (CUNY) as the Program Coordinator for the Office of Access and Success Programs. These programs encourage high school students to further their education by attending college. He also has extensive experience teaching and mentoring youth in New York City public schools, nonprofits and community-based organizations.

Damaris Dunn

Youth Development Specialist

Damaris is a Queens native. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in History with minors in African American and Women’s Studies from the State University of New York at Oswego in 2012. Upon graduation she began teaching Social Studies at the historic Boys and Girls High School located in Bedford Stuyvesant. Damaris is currently working on her Master’s Degree in History and Education. Her thesis focuses on desegregation and student voice. Damaris’ love for young people and access to education bought her to Global Kids, Inc. For most of her young adult life she has dedicated her time to youth activism, developing youth as stakeholders, and youth participation in their local community boards.

Kody Emmanuel

Associate Director

A graduate of New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, Mr. Emmanuel has more than 10 years of experience in the nonprofit area and possesses extensive experience in collaboration building, strategic planning, fundraising, and marketing. He has served as Program Director for Cypress Hills LDC’s Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP) and Public Allies New York. Because of his various local community and international interests, he has pursued several independent projects, such as producing his own segment on the renowned radio station WBA and leading youth programs in Senegal.

Mr. Emmanuel is the recipient of the United States State Department’s NSEP/Boren Fellowship. In fall 2014, Mr. Emmanuel received the AMERICORPS LOCAL LEADER AWARD from Public Allies. He is also a SOCAP16 scholarship winner.

Reavey Fike

Development Coordinator

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Reavey moved to New York last summer. She currently serves as Global Kids’ Development Coordinator. Reavey holds a B.A. in Political Science and Educational Studies from Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN. Prior to her work at Global Kids, she worked or non-profit organizations including Hispanics in Philanthropy, Clinton Global Initiative, and Parque de la Memoria in Argentina. She has long been interested in the intersection between public policy, educational equity, and youth development. During her undergraduate career, Reavey conducted research on teacher motivation, gender, classroom-based educational equity, and education policy. In her free time, Reavey looks forward to long road trips, watching documentaries, playing board games, and spending time outdoors with her friends and family.

David Gajer


A New York native and experiential educator, David has 10 years towards a life-long investment in making richer connections between education, family, and community. He is skilled in curriculum design, youth mentorship and working with group dynamics. His passion for dissolving institutional racism and improving human rights led him to pursue his MA in Peace and Human Rights education from Columbia University Teacher’s College after completing his BA in political science from University of Maryland. David knows that teenagers can be the biggest emotional risk-takers on earth. His goal as an educator is to support peer-led platforms that engage youth to apply their risk to social action and through creative processes. Before joining Global Kids, David spent the last five years facilitating youth in non-traditional settings; from Nicaragua to the Catskill Mountains. Whether he is crossing an ocean or a neighborhood, David is a conscientious traveler eager to learn from young people. On his free time, David can be found seeking out hidden green spaces in New York City.

Sarah Giffin

Digital Learning and Leadership Program Associate

Originally from Washington, DC, Sarah moved to New York City to attend The New School University where she received a Creative Arts Therapy Certificate and a BA in Psychology with a minor in Theatre. Before coming to Global Kids, Sarah worked as a consultant and freelance facilitator with New York City nonprofits, youth development organizations, and informal community groups. She utilizes embodied, creative, and interactive games to connect the personal to the political, develop social change strategies, and elicit group dialogues on social justice, community organizing, and leadership. Her work draws from Theatre of the Oppressed techniques, trauma informed practice, and arts-for-social-change projects. She has most recently worked with The New School, The Forum Project, Groundswell, and Young Playwrights’ Theater.

She is thrilled to be a part of the movement to engage youth in the digital world as critical consumers, innovative designers, and global change makers.

Michael Grochowski

High School Program Manager

Michael is committed to a world with social and economic justice. He most recently worked in development with City Year Milwaukee and volunteered with Showing Up for Racial Justice as a racial justice workshop facilitator. Michael previously worked for nearly four years at Pan-African Community Association in Milwaukee providing after school programming and case management for refugee youth and families from Africa and Asia. He is also a graduate of AmeriCorps service with City Year, Public Allies, and VISTA, and he has his BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In his free time, Michael likes to listen to podcasts, read, and get involved in organizing and educational events in the city.

Evie Hantzopoulos

Executive Director

Evie joined Global Kids in 1996 as Director of Training and served as Deputy Director/Director of Programs for 12 years before her appointment as Executive Director in September 2010. Over the years, Evie has helped oversee the development, supervision, and expansion of GK's programs in New York City schools and has designed numerous special projects for youth and educators. She spearheaded the writing of Teen Action, a service learning curriculum grounded in GK methodology, for New York City's Department of Youth and Community Development, which is being used at over 50 sites by other community based organizations. Evie has also provided professional development training for youth workers and educators throughout the city and in other parts of the world, including Croatia and England. For over 12 years, Evie has worked with team of GK Leaders to develop and produce the annual Global Kids Youth Conference, which brings together over 600 youth and adults for a day of peer led workshops and social action. Evie has a BS in Journalism from Boston University and an MA in Educational Theater from New York University. Evie was a Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellow and is a member at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to working at GK, she worked as Service Leader for ASPIRA of New York and a Master Actor/Teacher for the Creative Arts Team. In addition to her work at Global Kids, Evie is actively involved in community affairs and received the New York City Council's Pacesetter award for outstanding women. She speaks fluent Greek and is proficient in French.

Caroline Harting

Director of Communications and Marketing

Caroline joined the Global Kids staff after working as a consultant on the Global Kids 25th anniversary history project. Along with GK Founder, Carole Artigiani, she produced a book and several videos documenting the impact Global Kids has had on the lives of its alumni. During the project, Caroline initiated a relationship with The Huffington Post to publish all the essays and photos from the retrospective book in a special Global Kids series. Prior to Global Kids, Caroline spent years making documentary films for PBS, AMC and The History Channel, and she produced videos for the human rights organization, International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). She holds a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and an MA in American Studies from Columbia University. A native New Yorker, Caroline's lived in every NYC borough except Staten Island.

Evelyn Herrera

WIA-ISY Program Manager

Evelyn holds a BS in Criminal Justice from Nova Southeastern University and is pursuing an MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Walden University. She comes to Global Kids with considerable ISY and OST program management experience. Evelyn has also worked as a substitute teacher for the NYC DOE at Long Island City High School in History, Biology, Forensic Psychology, Spanish Literature and AP Spanish. Evelyn has a passion for service and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. She is an avid singer, volleyball player, fan of rock & roll, and even sang in a rock band in Queens, NY in the early 2000's. Back in 2003 Evelyn traveled to Ecuador to learn about the culture and also did some extreme sports such as canyoning in Baños Ecuador.

Felix Hilario


Felix was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up in the Bronx. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from CUNY Herbert H. Lehman College in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. In college, he was part of a club at Lehman College called Seek Helping Hand that focused on community service in the community and city-wide on issues such as, poverty, healthy food options, education, and many more. By participating in this club, he was able to work with youth from his high school running small workshops on transitioning from high school to college. In his last year of college, he joined the CUNY Service Corps giving him the opportunity to intern for Global Kids. As a GK intern, Felix was able to hone his facilitator’s skills and it allowed him to eventually gain a full-time position in the organization.

Libby Hill

Senior Trainer, Washington DC Program

Libby received a BA in International Studies and Political Science from Muhlenberg College and is a MA candidate at the SIT Graduate Institute in Conflict Transformation with a focus on Youth Programming. During college, she volunteered and worked with various youth-serving organizations and schools to provide arts education and globally-focused enrichment. For three years, she attended the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and worked with delegates to document the proceedings. Libby moved to New York City after college where she worked with high school youth to provide afterschool and summer programs for elementary students. Following her graduate coursework in conflict and social justice, she facilitated peacebuilding dialogues and activism workshops for youth participating in exchange programs from all over the world. Most recently, before joining Global Kids, she managed a teen center for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, FBR Branch @ THEARC. She has traveled and studied throughout Europe, Eastern Africa and Southern Africa.

Janice Holzman

Director of Development

Janice has been working in the nonprofit sector since 1999, primarily focusing on advocacy, communications, development and outreach activities. Prior to joining Global Kids, she served as the Chief Development and Communications Officer for GEMS, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services. She has also held positions at Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley and Scenic Hudson. In addition, Janice has worked as a college adjunct instructor of composition and rhetoric and as a fundraising database consultant. She earned both her BA and her MA in English Literature from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Her travels have taken her to the Caribbean and to Europe, and she has lived and worked in Hawaii. She serves on the advisory board of Chill NYC, a non-profit that takes youth from underserved communities in the five boroughs snowboarding and surfing. When not helping support others as they change the world, she squeezes in as much reading as possible and a bit of cooking, running, snowboarding and surfing.

Lisalee Ibanez

Associate Director of Middle School Programs

Lisalee was born the Bronx and raised in East Harlem. She left New York to attend Brandeis University where she earned her B.A. in Psychology. After graduation, Lisalee spent five years working for an alternative to incarceration program for teenagers involved in the court system in New York City. Lisalee received a M.S. in Urban Affairs and non-profit management from Hunter College. Prior to joining the Global Kids team, Lisalee operated the Summer Youth Employment Program in the South Bronx and provided life skills workshops and service-learning opportunities to middle school and high school students. She is fluent in Spanish and Spanglish, which is most spoken in her home. In her free time, Lisalee is a mentor at her local church, enjoys baking desserts, and watching political dramas.

Iram Jabbar

Senior Trainer

Iram's interest in working in youth engagement and global affairs began as a teenager when visiting her parents’ home country of Pakistan, where she was struck by the lack of educational opportunities for children and youth. She then noticed a similar pattern of opportunity gaps in her own community in the San Francisco Bay Area and made it her goal to become involved in education. After working as a mentor and classroom leader for Oakland, California's public schools, Iram moved to Washington, D.C., to pursue a Master's in history at Georgetown University. Her academic background in international history, studying cycles of poverty and inequality, has strengthened her resolve to continue working to develop youth into global citizens through Global Kids.

Tamika Jones

Site Trainer - GK-DC

Washington, DC native and current Ward 8 resident, Tamika Love Jones, is a singer, songwriter, and community activist. Growing up in poverty, Tamika turned to music as an escape. At a young age Tamika began singing everywhere she went and has performed on stages, such as The Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall, and The Blue Note. Tamika is also very passionate about working with the youth. She began working in DC schools in 2009 as a substitute teacher and an instructional aide and continues to work with schools as well as several organizations as a resident and teaching artist, developing and facilitating interactive arts programming for youth of all ages.

Juhi Kansra


A native New Yorker, Juhi obtained her Bachelors degree in History and Political Science from Stony Brook University. Having a passion for dance and debate, she was an engaged member of the Stony Brook Bhangra Team and took part in several Model United Nations conferences in NYC. She continued her studies to New York University, earning her Master of Science in Global Affairs, with a concentration in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance. While at NYU, Juhi served as the Managing Editor for the School of Professional Studies' academic journal, Perspectives on Global Issues, and traveled to South Africa to conduct field research. Having traveled extensively to India, Juhi considers it her second home and speaks fluent Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu. Juhi hopes to challenge today's youth to make connections between global issues and increase access to education on a global scale.

Alan Kaula

Manager - Information Technology / Operations

Alan has been in the Information Technology field since 1992. He has worked with major telecommunication companies like AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, working on information technology and managing market expansion projects. He has also worked as an Information Technlogy specialist in Europe and Asia.

Alan has a B.B.A in Computer Science & Information Systems from Bernard M. Baruch College in New York and has studied music at the City College of New York.

Sophie Khan

Director of Middle School Programs

Sophie Khan holds a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University, after which she began her work with youth. After teaching and running after school programs for a year in Virginia, she moved to New York and received her MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work in 2008. Since then, Sophie has been working with disadvantaged youth in a variety of settings. Prior to joining the Global Kids team, Sophie developed after school programming for middle school students in Manhattan, created employment and educational opportunities for out of school youth in the South Bronx, and provided individual and group counseling for youth on a variety of topics. Sophie has traveled all over participating in community service work and hopes to be able to continue this work with the students at Global Kids.

Muhammed Korany


Originally from South Florida, Muhammed received his BA in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University in 2012. He moved to New York City in 2014 to pursue a Masters Degree in International Affairs at The New School. Muhammed has spent much of his professional career in youth development and international education. Prior to joining Global Kids, Muhammed worked as a College Access Counselor for the Arab American Family Support Center in Brooklyn. He has spent a significant time in Egypt, where his parent's are originally from, and he is fluent in Arabic.

Beau Lancaster


Born and raised in the South Bronx, Beau has been involved with community activism since the age of 9 through his family's nonprofit organization, Dred Scott Bird Sanctuary. Beau graduated cum laude with a BA in political science from the City of College of New York. Beau was an Undergraduate Fellow at the Colin L. Powell School for Leadership and Service. As a Fellow, Beau worked on a yearlong capstone project focusing on developing a feasible student/community driven public policy proposal, which could reduce obesity in West Harlem. He also worked as a Student Advocate at Harlem Children’s Zone Learn to Earn a High School after school college preparatory/ workforce readiness program. Beau is passionate about advocating for the rights and services of students with disabilities. In his free time, Beau enjoys running, reading comic books, debating and writing short stories.

Ameria Lennard

Program Manager

Ameria defines herself as a woman of color who takes pride in being an educator, teacher, and social change agent. She has been working with youth in all capacities for the past 14 years. She has put her skills to work, not only teaching, but inwardly learning through the voices and minds of the young people she works with. Ameria has a diverse background and knowledge in working with "at risk youth" and "urban" communities. Her motto in life is that “we are constantly learning and evolving as individuals.” Therefore, she recognizes that she is knowledgeable but has a lot more to acquire. Ameria graduated from SUNY Binghamton in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in English with a concentration in Global Culture and Creative Writing. During her undergraduate career, she studied abroad in Spain and traveled to European and African countries. Her travels exposed her to different cultures, languages, and traditions and informed her capacity to communicate, engage, and connect with diverse populations. Ameria is also a McNair Scholar and studied at the University of Pennsylvania for year and half while pursuing her MSW.

Tiffanie Lewis-Durham

Director of Community Schools

Tiffanie started her career in youth development as a trainer for Global Kids in 2004. Most recently, she served as an Assistant Professor of Educational Administration and Leadership at the University of Louisville. While in Louisville, Tiffanie and her colleagues researched educational equity and, specifically, anti-racist school leadership methods. She is most passionate about the way equity is defined and interpreted through educational policies as well as urban school reform in the United States and abroad. Prior to Louisville, she earned her Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Policy at the Pennsylvania State University. She is an avid reader of historical fictions and the proud aunt of 11 nieces of nephews. Tiffanie was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and has traveled to countries on three continents.

Stephanie Lubin


Stephanie began working with Global Kids in 2014 as an intern through the CUNY Service Corps. During her final year of pursuing her BA in English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, she learned how to facilitate and plan workshops. As a full time GK Trainer, she is excited to continue her work promoting youth leaders through GK's fun and interactive approach to education. Stephanie is also an artist and hopes to use her talents to promote creativity in the classroom to help students learn about global and local issues. Stephanie has traveled to Haiti twice and a recent visit to New Orleans to help rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Samora Mitchell


Born and raised in Brooklyn to Grenadian parents. A Global Kids alumnus who graduated the High School for Global Citizenship in 2008. As a GK participant, Samora traveled to seven different countries (Kenya, Eritrea, Egypt, Greece, Croatia, Turkey, Italy) on the Peace Boat Voyage 54 promoting peace around the world. Selected as a “People to People Sports Ambassador” a trip in which he was given the opportunity to go to Fiji, New Zealand, Australia and interact in cultural exchange by using sports as the main focus. He earned a B.S. in Entertainment Management at Bay State College. During his spare time he likes to play basketball, listen to music, and travel.

Ariam Mogos

Digital Learning and Leadership Program Director

Ariam is passionate about how innovative pedagogy, technology and civic participation can close the education to employment gap in the United States and the Global South. A native New Yorker born to Eritrean parents working in the international development field sparked her interest in global affairs at childhood. Prior to joining Global Kids as the Director of Online Leadership Programs, she worked across Sierra Leone, Kenya and South Africa designing maker education spaces, youth innovation challenges and community-based coding programs for girls. Ariam also led digital media and leadership for the U.S. Department of State’s TechGirls MENA program, and worked at the American Museum of Natural History in the Center for Science Literacy, Education and Technology, where she supported the implementation of mobile and web based technologies for youth programming. She received her masters degree from Columbia University in Human Rights and her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations. In her spare time she enjoys making short films, biking and gardening with her dad.

Young Sook Na

Staff Accountant

Young Sook has been involved in the nonprofit sector since 1996, primary focusing on advocacy & community organizing, civic participation and social services. Prior to joining Global Kids, she served as the Administrative Director for MinKwon Center for Community Action, Inc., Korean-American community based organization, overseeing administrative functions as well as facilities to ensure efficient and consistent operations. She started volunteering at the MinKwon Center as a high school student and then became an intern and participated in the DREAM Act campaign to grant amnesty for undocumented students, realizing the importance of community service activities while learning the harsh realities of the immigrant community. She holds B.B.A. in Accounting from Baruch College.

Ranti Ogunleye

Senior Trainer

As a Global Kids student, Ranti took part in the UN World Youth Forum in Austria and made three trips to Croatia, where he led workshops for war affected youth and refugees. He was also a participant in the Caring Communities Project and the video project Urban Voices. He was the 1998 recipient of the Catalog for Giving Urban Heroes Award for community leadership. Ranti received his BA in Political Science from Ramapo College, where he also worked with Upward Bound as a dropout prevention group advisor and served as president of Brothers Making a Difference. In 2003, Ranti joined GK’s team of educators to lead our programs at Canarsie High School in Brooklyn. In 2006, he was recruited to lead the Staten Island branch of the New York Urban League, with a focus on youth development programs. In 2010, Ranti joined the faculty of the College of Staten Island and currently teaches a freshman seminar on issues in college life. Born in Staten Island to a family from Nigeria, Ranti enjoys traveling and organizing service opportunities for NFL players through the CARE Africa program.

Justine Ouano

Community Schools Site Director

Justine is a Bay Area native and received her B.A. in Sociology with a Community Change emphasis from San Jose State University. She also minored in Asian-American Studies. During her college years, she was involved in a number of endeavors, including running an after-school tutoring program for at-risk youth, creating and facilitating workshops throughout the South Bay for Filipino-American youth and young adults, and creating service opportunities for San Jose State student based organizations. She relocated to New York in 2009 for her Masters, and attained her M.A. in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy from New York University in May of 2011. While at NYU, she interned with Global Kids where she focused on college preparation and career readiness as well as service learning. Additionally, she co-facilitated an Intergroup Dialogue based on race with NYU undergraduates, worked in a early childhood literacy development program with NYU Jumpstart, and served as a Graduate Researcher at NYU's Hip-Hop Education Center, where she is still involved in the Women and Gender Studies Initiative. Justine is Filipina-American and speaks conversational Visayan.

Jatnna Ramirez

Senior Trainer/Human Rights Specialist

Jatnna moved to NYC from the Dominican Republic at the age of 12. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from The City College of New York. Before joining Global Kids, Jatnna worked in youth development and community organizing at the Bronx Civic Scholars Institute at Hostos Community College and at the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition. She also worked with the Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation as a college mentor. Jatnna was a two-year fellow of the Colin Powell Fellowship for Leadership and Public Services at City College. Through the Colin Powell Center, Jatnna interned at Global Kids. As an intern, she helped coordinate and facilitate workshops for Global Kids’ Greening Western Queens Summer Institute.

Jessica Ramos Cuttone

Director of High School Programs

Jessica is a Bronx native currently residing in Queens, New York. She has an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from CUNY’s Hostos Community College in the Bronx. From there she earned the Serrano Scholarship to study the major of her choice at Columbia University’s School of General Studies, a school that presents the opportunity for students who have a gap in education between High School and College to obtain a traditional degree at an Ivy League Institution. After obtaining her B.A. in Social Cultural Anthropology, the Serrano Scholarship led Jessica to pursue a Master’s in International Affairs with a focus on Urban Social Policy at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. Jessica’s experiences attending high school as an at-risk, homeless teen inspired her to her work towards educating and empowering vulnerable populations around the city. She has created and implemented educational programs for at-risk youth and new immigrant youth and adults in various capacities over the last ten years.

Damelvy Rodriguez

Community School Site Director

Demelvy was born and raised in New York City. A Global Kids Alumni, she received her BA at Adelphi University, where she studied management with a specialization in marketing. She interned and worked as Assistant Account Executive at Geoffrey Weill Associates, a luxury travel public relations firm. She hopes to pursue a masters in corporate communications. She is fluent in Spanish.

Ali Rouatt

Development Associate

Ali is a recent graduate of Denison University where she received a BA in Psychology. Prior to joining the Global Kids team, Ali worked as a Development Associate at an organization called A Global Friendship, a non-profit that empowers women in developing countries to create their own small businesses. During her time at college she spent four months in Ecuador, living primarily on the Galapagos Islands. here she studied marine biology and also helped create a program called the “Primo Program”, which worked to lessen the cultural gap between the local youth and the exchange students. Before her senior year of college, Ali worked as a Development intern for Save the Children. Ali’s passions lie with human behavior, philanthropic service, and international humanitarian aid. In her free time she enjoys getting outdoors, going on long runs, and getting lost in a thrilling novel.

Shantanu Roy


Prior to moving to the United States at the age of 15, Shantanu grew up traveling in numerous Asian and Latin American countries, which gave him the opportunity to become fluent in English, Spanish, Hindi, Bengali and Urdu. Shantanu received his B.A. in International Relations with a Magna Cum Laude Honor at City College of New York. As an undergraduate student, he has been a Dobrich New Americans Scholar at the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service. His interest in foreign policy inspired him to write a policy to reduce child labor in Colombia through the promotion of youth advocacy. Post-graduation, he has continued his journey by becoming a Trainer at Global Kids. In addition to policy-writing, Shantanu is passionate about reading books, playing guitar,

golf and tennis.

Christie Saint-Vil

Senior Trainer

A New York native born to Caribbean parents, Christie holds a Master's degree in International Affairs from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy. Her activism today is influenced by her time in South Africa, where she worked as a research assistant. Her research focused on gender, intersectional discrimination, awareness of privilege, and injustice towards marginalized populations. New to youth development but not at all new to international affairs, she hopes her work at Global Kids will enable her to combine her global social justice experience with youth leadership work in order to improve the lives of others.

Emily Schofield

Senior Trainer

Emily was born and raised in Chalfont, Pennsylvania. She attended Old Dominion University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, with a minor in Religious Studies. Emily continued her studies at the University of Pittsburgh. There, she received a Master’s of Social Work, with a concentration in Community Organization and Social Administration. She also received a Master’s of International Development, with a concentration in Human Security. While in graduate school, she studied community development extensively, both internationally and domestically, as well as policy analysis, international law, human security, and non-profit management. Emily used evidence-based practices to work with families, schools, and communities, in order to change the statistics associated with kindergarten attendance and enrollment in Pittsburgh Public Schools. Emily also worked as the Middle School Assistant Coordinator at The Pittsburgh Project, a community development non-profit, where she was an after-school teacher, and managed the summer day camp program. She has traveled to Italy, Mexico, and Jamaica, and has studied abroad in Peru and Colombia. Emily loves all things music, the beach, card games, peanut butter sandwiches, coloring, Netflix, and, recently, podcasts.

Mallory Servais

Program Manager/Curriculum Specialist

Mallory earned a BA in Anthropology and Conflict Management from the University of Maryland. In addition to working with several DC-based non-profits and NGOs during her time at Maryland, Mallory served for two years as an AmeriCorps member in Oakland, California after graduation. After completing two terms of service with AmeriCorps, Mallory moved to NYC to study Peace and Human Rights Education. In 2014 she received her Masters from Teachers College. Prior to joining the Middle School team at Global Kids, Mallory worked for Seeds of Peace, helping to plan and coordinate successful conflict resolution and leadership programming with high-potential youth from international areas of protracted conflict. Mallory has particular interest in restorative practices, incorporating meditation in learning spaces, peace education and history education in post-conflict contexts, and storytelling as a tool for envisioning alternative futures. Outside of work, Mallory is most likely to be spotted running or enjoying the great outdoors.

Sharon Stokes

Administrative Assistant

Sharon is a Brooklyn native with a passion for art. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from The City College of New York. With her background as a freelance illustrator, she teaches illustration to elementary school students, encouraging creative self-expression. She believes that visual language is very important and is excited to be a member of Global Kids.

Thomas Sutton


Thomas is a recent transplant from North Carolina, where he attended UNC - Chapel Hill and double majored in Political Science and Global Studies. He loves sports, camping, hiking, rock climbing, and other outdoor activities. He first discovered his passion for working with NYC youth as a camp counselor with Mont Lawn Camp, a children's summer camp program in the Poconos that is run through The Bowery Mission. In his spare time, Thomas volunteers as a mentor for Leadership Academy in East Harlem, a Mont Lawn City Camp program dedicated to connecting at-risk youth with caring adults who wish to foster the development of positive character traits and leadership characteristics in order to break the cycles of unfulfilled potential that so often plague those kids' lives.

Frank Teah

Trainer/Program Assistant

The son of Liberian-born parents who sought refuge in the US from the Liberian Civil War, Frank understood at a young age the importance of global awareness. For this reason, he was naturally drawn to Global Kids as a freshman at the High School for Global Citizenship in Brooklyn. Through Global Kids, Frank took part in numerous programs, including having the incredible opportunity to travel on the Peace Boat. While on the trip, he met with Costa Rica's presidential runner-up, Ottón Solis, co-facilitating a workshop with him on government corruption. Frank's love for analyzing and writing on topics of interest lead him to the University of Bridgeport, where he obtained his B.A in Journalism. Watching basketball, researching fashion trends, exercising and listening to music are all things he likes to do in his spare time. He hopes to combine his love of those four things into a digital magazine.

Sashay Turner


Sashay was born and raised in the Caribbean Island of Jamaica and migrated to the United States at the age of 16. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the State University at Albany and soon after earned her Master’s degree in Global Affairs at NYU where she concentrated in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance with a Gender specialization. Her studies have led her to a Global Field Intensive to Prague, Czech Republic where she was able to conduct research about security issues concerning the region as well as political participation of women. She is passionate about human rights and bringing Caribbean issues to the Global Stage.

Marcus Del Valle


Marcus is a Brooklyn bred Global Kids alumnus. He is currently pursuing a double B.A. in Psychology and English Writing at the College of Staten Island (CSI). At CSI, Marcus was awarded the 2nd Annual Educational Program of the Year Award for a program on historical representation and the Black Power Mixtapes. Marcus attributes much of his scholarly curiosity, morality and vocabulary to the comic books, anime and video games he grew up with. As a youth development educator, he is passionate about using those platforms to bring knowledge and creativity to the youth around NYC. As a writer and creative, he is passionate about representing cultures that, through his research and hobbies, have been left out unjustly.

Paul Vergara

Senior Trainer

Paul was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the Bronx when he was a year old and has lived there ever since. He earned a BA from the University of Rochester in a self-designed major called the Globalization of Music and Dance Culture with minors in Anthropology and Public Health. While in college, Paul was involved in various leadership activities, including being a founding member of his school's chapter of GlobeMed, a collegiate global health organization, and the captain of Rochester Raas, a competitive traditional Indian dance team. In 2012, he studied abroad with the Semester at Sea program on which he circumnavigated the globe and visited a dozen countries. Before joining Global Kids, Paul worked in South Africa for Grassroot Soccer, a non-profit that uses soccer to educate youth about HIV.

Matthew Wallace

Digital Learning and Leadership Program Associate

Matthew is passionate about the intersection of peace and human rights education and technology. He focused on human rights during his undergraduate studies at Ohio University and later in New York University's MS in Global Affairs program. Matthew enjoys learning about global cultures and politics as they relate to government and human rights, having conducted field research on these topics in Bolivia, Vietnam, and the Palestinian Territories. Matthew also enjoys working with children, and spent two years helping create and teach peace and human rights curriculum in Brooklyn and Pakistan with the New York nonprofit Peace Project, Inc. At Global Kids, he is thrilled to continue teaching children the importance of global issues while simultaneously incorporating STEM and game design curriculum.

Moriah Washington

Community Schools Site Director

Moriah is a proud alumna of Berea College where she earned a BA in Sociology. Growing up she lived in five different states and in Germany as an Army Brat. She joins the Global Kids team with over 10 years in the youth development sector. She began her journey as an AmeriCorps volunteer with City Year New Hampshire. While serving with City Year her passion for enriching the lives of youth blossomed and she made a commitment to serve as a leader in the social-emotional development of youth in urban communities. Moriah is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer of Costa Rica where she developed an afterschool program; led life skills workshops and a variety of youth focused programs. She has co-led a group of students in a service-oriented trip in Nicaragua and has leisurely visited Panama, Peru, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico. When not working you can find Moriah cheering on the Carolina Panthers, watching movies and traveling.

Ariel Zitrin


Ariel was born and bred in New York City. She is a Global Kids alumnus through the High School for Global Citizenship. She graduated Stony Brook University with a B.A. in Political Science and Gender Studies with concentrations in the U.S Constitution and Global Feminism. While in school, she interned for a charter school in Brooklyn. Her hobbies include photography, classical mythology, and collecting more books than she can read. She hopes to pursue certification in American Sign Language.

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