OUR TEAM

ADAM GELAW

Alumnus

Lauren Woody

Senior Manager of Institutional Partnerships

Pronouns: She/Her Lauren has dedicated her career to the social...

Ebriel Livingston

Program Associate

Pronouns: She/Her Ebriel Livingston was raised in West Philadelphia and...

Kiana Taylor

Program Associate

Pronouns: They/Them Kiana grew up in the Bronx and graduated...

Enrique Abreu-Ramos

Program Associate

Pronouns: He/Him. Enrique is a New York City native who...

Maverick Breton

Program Associate

Pronouns: He/Him. Maverick is from Dover, New Jersey, and graduated...

Carolina Torres

Post-Secondary Program Coordinator

Jenni Humes

Professional Title: Global Investment & Corporate Banking Controller, JPMorgan Chase

ADAM GELAW

Position: Alumnus
Professional Title: Product Analyst, Harbor Capital Advisors

DENISE PEGUERO

Position: Alumna
Professional Title: Financial Operations Specialist, Lendbuzz

DEIRDRE CURRY

Professional Title: Vice President, Client Portfolio Manager, Dodge & Cox

Lauren Woody

Position: Senior Manager of Institutional Partnerships
Email: lwoody@summersearch.org

Pronouns: She/Her

Lauren has dedicated her career to the social sector, holding titles in roles ranging from development, to grants administration and DEI strategy at Greater Boston nonprofits. Her work has been focused on creating educational and financial opportunities for young people and families, with emphasis on participant-centered partnership development and program design. She is a passionate collaborator who believes in supporting organizational cultures that are inclusive, trust-based, and support strong shared values. Most recently at UpTogether, she fundraised and helped implement some of the region’s first unrestricted cash initiatives, working with government and philanthropy to administer no-strings-attached funds to hundreds of participants with limited incomes. Lauren holds an English Major and Law and Society Minor from William Smith College. In her free time, she enjoys watching documentaries, spending time with family and friends, and exploring Boston. She lives with her husband and two cats in Jamaica Plain, MA.

 

Ebriel Livingston

Ebriel Livingston

Position: Program Associate
Email: ELivingston@summersearch.org

Pronouns: She/Her

Ebriel Livingston was raised in West Philadelphia and is a graduate of the Philadelphia High School of Creative and Performing Arts. A trained dancer, musical theatre performer, and a self-taught visual artist. Ebriel then graduated from Rosemont College with a B.A. in Communication and Sociology. She is living a life full of creativity, education, and wellness and is passionate about centering those values for those who can benefit from it. She has also spent considerable time employed at the University of Penn planning commencement ceremonies and alumni events.

After College, she spent five years in New York City working in a variety of creative roles from fashion week hair stylist to an inner-city gardener in Brooklyn. She moved back to Philadelphia to ground herself in her passion which she discovered over time is healing community. Ebriel is a doula as well as a licensed cosmetologist as she learned the art of listening and supporting from being behind the hairstylist chair. “The Hairdresser is the therapist of the Community”

Philadelphia Native but a global citizen at heart. She enjoys traveling to the Caribbean and spending time at the seaside. She has been to Haiti, Trinidad, Honduras, Belize, Bahamas, Mexico, the Virgin Islands, and Jamaica. She dreams of visiting Africa one day soon!

Kiana Taylor

Kiana Taylor

Position: Program Associate
Email: KTaylor@summersearch.org

Pronouns: They/Them

Kiana grew up in the Bronx and graduated with a BA in Policy and Political Science from John Jay College. Kiana specializes in policy research, curriculum development, and being an advocate for people pushed to the margins of society. They have worked with students from 8-28, ensuring they had adequate resources and support to matriculate to the next grade and college. Additionally, Kiana has worked with people experiencing incarceration and their families struggling to cope after surviving state violence. Kiana comes to this work because of their love of serving young people and desire to break down barriers to quality education and mental health care. Outside of work, Kiana loves to take photographs of the city and their friends, watching anime, and cooking food.

Enrique Abreu-Ramos

Enrique Abreu-Ramos

Position: Program Associate
Email: eabreu-ramos@summersearch.org

Pronouns: He/Him.

Enrique is a New York City native who understands the positive impact of meaningful mentoring and wishes to provide the next generation of youth with the tools and resources to reach their full potential. Enrique graduated with a degree in Cognitive Studies and Spanish from Vanderbilt University, which helped shape his versatility in communicating and understanding students’ emotions. Prior to Summer Search, Enrique spent 3 years working for the REACH (Recruiting Excellence in Academics for Catholic High Schools) Program, where he mentored gifted middle-schoolers from underprivileged backgrounds in preparation for their transitions into high school.

In his free time, Enrique likes listening to music, playing sports, and video games. His favorite sport is ultimate frisbee, which he played throughout high school and college (go Vanderbilt Armada!). He also has a soft spot for funny cat videos!

Maverick Breton

Maverick Breton

Position: Program Associate
Email: MBreton@summersearch.org

Pronouns: He/Him.

Maverick is from Dover, New Jersey, and graduated from New York University with a BA in Psychology minoring in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. He’s been able to work with students from grades 3-12 and has also been able to provide support in college settings as a former RA and Tutor. Additionally, Maverick has worked with individuals affected by the child welfare system here in New York as well as communities in the city affected by a systemic lack of resources. As a first-generation student, he recognizes the way access to resources can profoundly change the way someone can recognize their place in the world and ultimately works towards helping students challenge what is expected of them and find their passions and desires that lead to happiness beyond the classroom and workplace.

Outside of work, Maverick usually splits time between friends and himself. Whether it’s a shared hot pot dinner or solo ramen experience or going to concerts for bands he’s heard of in the further corners of the Internet, Maverick has come to appreciate both the liveliness and solitude that New York can provide. He’s also up to date when it comes to video games and anime and is always open to giving his thoughts on each.

Carolina Torres

Position: Post-Secondary Program Coordinator
Email: ctorres@summersearch.org