As Nellie Mae continues to learn and grow in our work, we are fortunate to see our staff expand with the addition of knowledgeable, experienced new team members. We are excited to welcome two new staff members to our organization and announce the promotion of one of our long-term team members.
Michele Blasey, Accounting and Finance Manager
Michele Blasey joined the Foundation in January 2022. Previous to joining the Foundation, Michele worked in finance operations of a continuing medical education company and as a Finance Operations Manager for Family Equality. Michele has also worked as an Accounting and Federal Funding Specialist within the intellectual and developmental disabilities field in her home state of Pennsylvania.
Mellie Torres, Ph.D., Senior Manager of Learning, Evaluation, and Research
Mellie Torres, Ph.D., joined the Foundation in August 2022. Previous to joining the Foundation, Mellie partnered with nonprofits, universities, and philanthropy to advance social impact using a culturally responsive and equity-informed lens. Mellie is especially passionate about collaborations in the service of nonprofits and BIPOC communities in Puerto Rico.
Alexis Harewood, Senior Program Officer
Alexis Harewood was promoted to the role of Senior Program Officer in 2022. Alexis leads the Amplifying Youth Voice & Leadership grant fund, as well as provides support for other grant funds including the Supporting Organizations Led by People of Color and Rapid Response grant funds. Alexis has been instrumental in the development and currently leads the support of ongoing engagement with the Community Advisory Group and is a member of the Foundation’s Equity Leadership Team.