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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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Felicia Crump

Chief of Staff

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Jen Chau Fontán

Senior Director of Talent Development

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MEGAN HODGES

Director of Development

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Karina Saltman

Chief Program Officer

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ANDRéS SATIZáBAL

Chief Strategy Officer

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David Houlihan
Senior Director of Administration and Operations

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DEVELOPMENT

Hannah Baek Kim

Senior Manager of Communications

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JESSICA BRENNER

Director of Special Events

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DAVID BIRCHER

Director of Institutional Giving

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MARY BOYLE

Grants Assistant

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COLLEEN DORAN

Development Coordinator

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BETH CORY

Manager of Institutional Giving

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 MADDIE WHITLOCK 

Special Events Assistant 

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 Maggie McCarthy

Communications Assistant

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Courtney Orr

Development Officer

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IDALIA SOTO

Special Events Associate

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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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JILL CRAWFORD

Capital Projects Manager

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KADIAN CREIGHTON

Staff Accountant

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JASMIN DENDARIARENA

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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GRACE LEE

Recruitment and Selection Assistant 

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ERIC LUGO

Director of Facilities

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Ejolee Mitchell

Program Executive Assistant

 

   

Gary Noke

Facilities Assistant

CARLOS ORTIZ

IT Coordinator

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JUDY PADILLA

Senior Administration Coordinator

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CHRISTINA RIVERA

Administration Coordinator

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 Jennifer Plaza

Administration Assistant

 

 

Travis Walls

Operations Manager

   

LYDIA TOMMY

Director of Finance

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Yabre Kompaore

Human Resources Manager

   

Margie Weiner

Enrichment Coordinator

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DeVaughn Williams

Facilities Manager

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AMANDA YEPEZ

Recruitment and Selection Coordinator

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Yolanda Acosta

Administration Assistant

   

Javier Cardenas

Staff Accountant

 

Seanariel Montalvo

Human Resources Coordinator

 

   

 

PROGRAMS

       

JASON ACOSTA

Legends Program Coordinator

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    CLARISA ALAYETO

TeamWorks Program Coordinator

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JASON ALLEYNE

REAL Kids Campus Manager

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STEFANO BARROS

DreamWorks 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 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

Assistant Director of Team Enrichment

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ETHAN GREENBERG

Evaluation & Assessment Assistant

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CHRIS HEINRICH

DreamWorks Program Coordinator

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Melissa Karl

TeamBuilders Program Coordinator

   

KALILA HOGGARD

Academic Manager

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Lauren Kalbfell

REAL Kids-East Harlem
Campus Manager

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    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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ANA MELO

Family Engagement Manager

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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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LUIS POSADA

TeamBuilders Program Coordinator

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Honike Madhoo

TeamBuilders Associate Program Coordinator

Vance Henry

TeamBuilder Associate Program Coordinator


 

   

BRITTNEE ROCK

Legends Program Coordinator

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LINDSEY ROMERO

TeamWorks Program Coordinator

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CAROLINA ROMERO

TeamBuilders Program Coordinator

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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

TeamBuilders Associate Program Coordinator

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DEBORAH STEINBERG

DreamWorks and Legends Program Manager

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Sharyf Muhammad

TeamBuilders Associate Program Coordinator

WHITNEY VAIRIN

TeamBuilders Program
Coordinator

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Shané Tate

South Bronx REAL Kids Program Manager

ANDREW WATERS

Director of REAL Kids

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    JENNIFER WEIDENBAUM

Director of Program Excellence

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Natalia Yulfo

TeamBuilders Associate Program Coordinator

 

   

Emmerson Yaxte

DREAM Senior Program Manager

Kristi Kaneyuki

Baseball/Softball Coordinator 

 

   

 Gabriella Gómez

South Bronx Academic Coordinator

 


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.

 

 

Jen Chau Fontán, Director of Talent Development, is responsible for all strategic talent efforts, including recruitment and hiring, workforce planning, coaching and professional development and the building of cultural competency in Harlem RBI's staff. Before joining Harlem RBI full-time, Jen served as a consultant for Harlem RBI and DREAM on talent initiative work. Prior to joining Harlem RBI, Jen was at New Leaders for six years, the education reform organization that focuses on training high quality school leaders. For five of those years, she served as the National Director of People Development and Human Resources, where she helped to grow the organization from 60 staff to 200 in four years. She also founded Swirl in 2000, a multiracial community organization that is committed to initiating and sustaining cross-racial, cross-cultural dialogue. Jen's perspectives on race and racism have been featured in such media outlets as The New York Times, USA Today, and NPR. Jen holds a Bachelor's Degree in Women's Studies from Wellesley College, and a Master's Degree in Organizational Change Management from New School 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, Director of Development, 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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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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