Kathiana Amazan Nellie Mae Education Foundation NME Staff

PROGRAM ASSOCIATE

Kathiana AmazanPROGRAM ASSOCIATE Kathiana Amazan joined the Foundation in 2020. A first-generation and former Boston Public Schools student, Kathiana supports Nellie Mae’s mission as she believes all students should have access to equitable public education and opportunities to realize their full potential. Prior to joining Nellie Mae, Kathiana served as the Operations Coordinator for the…

Julita Bailey-Vasco Nellie Mae Education Foundation NME

SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Julita Bailey-VascoSENIOR COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER “The precept In Lak’Ech by Luis Valdez and Domingo Martinez Paredes has been my mantra for the past few years. “Tú eres mi otro yo. You are my other me. Si te hago daño a ti, If I do harm to you, Me hago daño a mi mismo. I do harm…

Jessica Spohn Nellie Mae Education Foundation NME Staff

DIRECTOR OF GRANTMAKING

Jessica SpohnDIRECTOR OF GRANTMAKING “I have been committed to education change for the better part of 30 years, and things have not necessarily improved for the folks who need change the most. A radical departure from the way people think about education reform is needed. An approach – which says it’s the access to opportunities…

Dr. Gislaine N. Ngounou Nellie Mae Education Foundation NME Staff

INTERIM PRESIDENT & CEO

Dr. Gislaine N. NgounouINTERIM PRESIDENT & CEODownload Photo “I am a firm believer that philanthropy has a responsibility to play a unique role in dismantling and reshaping systems of inequity that have perpetuated barriers to access, opportunities, and equitable outcomes for far too many of our young people and communities.” Gislaine joined the Foundation in…

Ellen Wang Nellie Mae Education Foundation NME Staff

SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER

Ellen WangSENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER “I believe all young people deserve access to an equitable and quality education. In order for education to resonate with all of our children and youth, they need to feel like their needs are at the center of their learning experience. Our job as educators is to create a network for…

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Doreen Bergstrom ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT “I have kids and grandkids, so I know that every little bit we can do for our schools and for the education system helps. Sometimes, school is too regimented. We need to make learning work for everyone.” Doreen Bergstrom joined the Nellie Mae Education Foundation in 2009. Doreen serves as the…

Delia Arellano-Weddleton Nellie Mae Education Foundation NME Staff

DIRECTOR OF ENGAGEMENT & PARTNERSHIPS

Delia Arellano-WeddletonDIRECTOR OF ENGAGEMENT & PARTNERSHIPS “I’m personally driven by our mission because I’m part of a traditionally underrepresented group. For me, it’s a moral obligation to make education work better for low-income learners in our region. It’s exciting to be behind an organization that actually has the resources to make a difference. Let’s give…

Caroline Rodriguez Nellie Mae Education Foundation NME Staff

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Caroline RodriguezCOMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR Caroline Rodriguez joined the foundation in 2018. Previously, Caroline worked at Emerson College’s Social Justice Center as a social media strategist and Social Justice Cohort member from 2018 to 2019, as well as a student worker in the College’s Office of Intercultural Affairs. Caroline was also formerly the co-chair of Protesting Oppression…

Alexis Harewood Nellie Mae Education Foundation NME

PROGRAM OFFICER

Alexis HarewoodSENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER “As a child growing up in Brooklyn, New York, my family instilled in me two valuable lessons: 1. Access to quality education would offer the greatest opportunities. 2. Everyone is not educated similarly. I would not come to understand the second lesson and the factors contributing (race, class, citizenship status) to…