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Alfonso Beale

Regional Manager of Recruitment & Outreach

Pronouns: He/Him As an emerging change-agent, Alfonso believes every young...

 

Alfonso Beale

Position: Regional Manager of Recruitment & Outreach
Email: abeale@summersearch.org

Pronouns: He/Him

As an emerging change-agent, Alfonso believes every young person has limitless potential. He believes with intentional exposure and support along with healthy spaces—each young person can actualize their potential. Prior to Summer Search, Alfonso worked as a Budget and Policy Analyst with the legislative branch in Prince George’s County, Maryland while working as a Program Coordinator with a non-profit organization in Washington DC that serves black and brown boys and young men.

Originally from Silver Spring Maryland, Alfonso graduated from Howard University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in English, and Masters of Social Work from the Howard University School of Social Work. He comes with vast experience and is excited about the opportunity to contribute to the mission and vision of Summer Search.

In his free time, you can catch Alfonso sitting in front of his laptop crafting blogs for his website, looking up cheap flights to different countries for his next trip, or exploring New York City and all the food and culture it has to offer.

Amanda Moretz

Amanda Moretz

Associate Director of Development

Pronouns: She/Her. Amanda is honored to be a part of...

 
Amanda Moretz

Amanda Moretz

Position: Associate Director of Development
Email: amoretz@summersearch.org

Pronouns: She/Her.

Amanda is honored to be a part of an organization and team that champions equity, diversity and inclusion and allows young people to reach their limitless potential.

Prior to joining Summer Search NYC, Amanda served as the Senior Development Associate at Symphony Space, a nonprofit theater on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Amanda graduated from Muhlenberg College with a BA in Psychology and Dance. In her spare time, Amanda is an active member of the NYC professional dance community. She loves Broadway shows, concerts, traveling, and trying new restaurants across the five boroughs.

B Berrios

Post-Secondary Coordinator (Pathways)

Pronouns: She/Her. A Native New Yorker Brooklyn Raised, B is...

 

B Berrios

Position: Post-Secondary Coordinator (Pathways)
Email: mberrios@summersearch.org

Pronouns: She/Her.

A Native New Yorker Brooklyn Raised, B is a first Generation College Graduate. B comes from a mixed background of Hispanic, African American and Native American Indian. She grew up in a low income household and low income community with a very strict upbringing. B has been working in the Human Service field for almost a decade and found her calling in helping others. B hopes to constantly add positivity to her team and be a warm welcoming relatable presence to her students.

Borah Coburn

High School Program Director

Pronouns: She/Her Borah is passionate about empowering young people to...

 

Borah Coburn

Position: High School Program Director
Email: bcoburn@summersearch.org

Pronouns: She/Her

Borah is passionate about empowering young people to live authentically, and a believer in the power of transformative experiences and nature. As a High School Program Manager, Borah supports mentors to hold space for their mentees’ kaleidoscopic experiences, grow in their own amazing ways, and model healthy work/life balance by celebrating, taking care, and being fully present in our own lives.

Before joining Summer Search, Borah taught literacy and global citizenship in the Bronx. Borah received the 2017 Excellence in Education award from the Committee for Teaching on the United Nations for her work as a NYC Junior Ambassador Educator.

Borah holds a BA from Boston University and an MA from the Hunter College School of Education.

A wilderness enthusiast herself, Borah has participated in an archeological expedition in Mongolia, camped in the Adirondacks, canoed the Delaware, and hiked all over upstate NY with her baby girl (safely strapped into her carrier). When she’s not in the woods, she’s probably singing, knitting, soaking up time with family and friends, or making dumplings.

Catherine Smith

Program Associate

Pronouns: She/Her Cat is a Brooklyn native who grew up...

 

Catherine Smith

Position: Program Associate
Email: csmith@summersearch.org

Pronouns: She/Her

Cat is a Brooklyn native who grew up in an artistic family. She grew a passion for connecting with others through novel storytelling and pursued her bachelor’s degree at SUNY Purchase College in journalism as a first-generation student. While studying journalism, she found an interest in psychology with a concentration on personal and social relationships and how relationships affect personal development. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree, she switched careers, with the support of her EOP counselor and loved ones, to education. She joined Americorps and worked at universities in Connecticut and New York where she realized she loved mentoring high school and college students to bring awareness to various resources and opportunities that aid in building personal success and ending societal disparities. Her top priority within this work is to make sure students understand that they have a right to gaining education and that they have the potential to pursue whatever makes their heart soar.

When Cat is not working, you will find her at karaoke, belting some Ariana Grande and Whitney Houston or watching a supernatural show or anime. If she’s not singing or watching shows, she’s playing video games like Bomberman, Tekken, Fall Guys, Fortnite and the Sims.

Chakira Branch

Foundations and Corporate Relations Manager

Pronouns: She/Her Chakira Branch comes to Summer Search with ten...

 

Chakira Branch

Position: Foundations and Corporate Relations Manager
Email: cbranch@summersearch.org

Pronouns: She/Her

Chakira Branch comes to Summer Search with ten years of experience in development and fundraising. She believes that young people hold the keys to spark long lasting change and organizations like Summer Search provide a safe space for them to learn, grow, and feel supported. Chakira’s passion and belief in youth led change began in college with the Eyes on the Prize documentary.  A segment of this documentary showed Black children leading movements for their civil rights. At this moment, Chakira understood that the path forward was to inspire young people to actualize their power. Chakira has used her passion for young people and writing to contribute to fundraising including Our Turn and The Brotherhood/Sister Sol.

Chakira was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and is a graduate of Cornell University and the Baruch School of Public Affairs.

Cynthia Garcia

Senior Program Associate

Pronouns: She/Her Cynthia is first generation Mexican-American born and raised...

 

Cynthia Garcia

Position: Senior Program Associate
Email: cgarcia@summersearch.org

Pronouns: She/Her

Cynthia is first generation Mexican-American born and raised in San Clemente, California. Being one of the first in her family, she graduated Loyola Marymount University in 2016 where she received her B.A. in Modern Languages. Soon after she committed to a year of service, providing counseling services to high school students in Bushwick, through Good Shepherd Volunteers.

Cynthia strongly believes that everyone deserves an opportunity to explore their highest potential. The phrase “It takes a village” highly resonates with the amount of support she believes we all need in order to help achieve all our goals. Cynthia strives to be able to help youth reach their goals, be part of that “village,” and be the support they need and want. When she is not at work, Cynthia enjoys spending time with her friends and going back to California to visit her family. Being relatively new to New York City, she enjoys exploring new areas and discovering what this city has to offer.

Danya Allswang

Senior Program Operations Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her Danya is a visionary and a leader. She...

 

Danya Allswang

Position: Senior Program Operations Coordinator
Email: dallswang@summersearch.org

Pronouns: She/Her

Danya is a visionary and a leader. She has had the opportunity to mentor individuals of all ages in various settings such as dance studios, foster homes, and correctional facilities. Driven by innovation and a desire to see a better tomorrow, Danya has utilized rehabilitative and restorative justice practices, as well as formal and informal therapeutic techniques, to encourage positive development. After graduating high school, Danya took a gap year to volunteer with foster youth overseas. After a year of self-growth, she obtained her B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland. An avid dancer, Danya has practiced many forms of the art including West African, Jazz, Modern, Afro-Jazz, Ballet, and her favorite and most studied, Hip-Hop. Her favorite animal is the baby elephant, and she has never eaten a waffle that she didn’t love!

Darian Ginsberg

Darian Ginsberg

Summer Programs Associate

Pronouns: She/Her. Darian is a SoCal native with three true...

 
Darian Ginsberg

Darian Ginsberg

Position: Summer Programs Associate
Email: dginsberg@summersearch.org

Pronouns: She/Her.

Darian is a SoCal native with three true loves: travel, adrenaline, and cats. Her professional background includes accounting, customer service, and farming. After graduating from the University of San Francisco she concluded that youth empowerment and environmental justice were necessary for a better future and decided to dedicate her career to those fields. When Darian is not working, she’s probably biking around town, picnicking in a park, or having a yummy treat.

Dariela Colon

Alumni Relations Manager

Pronouns: She/Her Dariela is a Summer Search alum who is...

 

Dariela Colon

Position: Alumni Relations Manager
Email: dcolon@summersearch.org

Pronouns: She/Her

Dariela is a Summer Search alum who is passionate about youth development and giving back. After high school, Dariela learned just how critical it is to have a strong support system and access to resources. Dariela had a community she could turn to for support but knew this was not the case for everybody. She decided to pursue a career in youth development and work towards bridging the equity gap. Before joining the Summer Search team, she worked with buildOn where she engaged youth in service-learning. This experience allowed her to explore different ways to support students and work with them to address community issues that mattered to them.

Dariela attended Fordham University where she earned her B.S in Psychology and is currently pursuing her MPA from Baruch. When she is not at Summer Search, Dariela can be found reading poetry, spending time with her family, exploring new recipes or training.

Dariela is excited to be a part of the team and give back to a community that had such a profound impact on her.

Daris Mendez

Program Associate

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers. Daris is passionate about helping youth recognize their...

 

Daris Mendez

Position: Program Associate
Email: dmendez@summersearch.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.

Daris is passionate about helping youth recognize their strengths and reach their full potential. Since earning her master’s degree in clinical psychology with a concentration in children and adolescents from Montclair State University, Daris has used this theoretical foundation to provide youth with the support and resources they need to thrive.

 

Daris has worked in various settings supporting youth. She was an advocate counselor at a transfer high school, providing post-secondary planning, career readiness, and mentorship to youth from the ages of 16-21. Daris also has experience in grief work. At Imagine, a center for coping with loss, Daris provided trauma-informed grief support to youth and their families. At Imagine, Daris also focused on providing further access to grief support services in Spanish. Her most recent role involved working with the youth ELITE program in Middlesex County to provide case management, career guidance, and crucial resources to help youth obtain their high school equivalency and/or enter in-demand training programs. Daris is excited to continue supporting youth in her role at Summer Search.

 

Daris is a first-generation Dominican American. In her free time, Daris enjoys spending time in nature and taking walks in flower gardens and arboretums. She also enjoys finding beautiful places to have a picnic. Daris really enjoys traveling and visiting new cities and countries. Her guilty pleasure is watching reality TV shows such as The Bachelorette and Love is Blind.

Darlyne Vasquez

Post-Secondary Program Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her Darlyne was born in Dominican Republic and moved...

 

Darlyne Vasquez

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

Pronouns: She/Her

Darlyne was born in Dominican Republic and moved to the United States when she was 5 where she began to learn English. Darlyne grew up in the Bronx and was the first one in her family to go to college. She attended St. Bonaventure University where she doubled majored in psychology and philosophy and then got her master’s degree in teaching from RELAY Graduate school of Education through Teach for America. Before becoming a Post-Secondary Program Coordinator with Summer Search, Darlyne was a special education teacher for four years and then a Program Associate with Summer Search. As an educator, she has worked with students by creating and fostering a trusting and supportive learning environment. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, eating good food and spending time with her family and dogs. Overall, as a summer search alum, Darlyne believes in the importance of having mentors and peers that provide a safe, supportive, and productive environment where one can build the skills and tools necessary to achieve one’s goals.

Destynee Oakley

Program Associate

Pronouns: She/Her Destynee has spent her career working with young...

 

Destynee Oakley

Position: Program Associate

Pronouns: She/Her

Destynee has spent her career working with young people in both classroom and community settings throughout Buffalo, NY, West Palm Beach, FL, and NYC. She enjoys creating the space for young people to share their interest, motivations, fears and the things that bring them joy. Destynee aims to continue assisting young people as they navigate through their questions and feelings with the use of creative outlets, conversation, and personal research.

Destynee received her MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University in London and her BA in child Psychology from Buffalo state. She recently worked as a Sexuality educator providing middle and high school students with comprehensive sex education.

During her spare time, Destynee writes stories, makes music with her band and spends time reading and watching tv. She loves to travel and is always planning her next location to visit.

Dominic Cathey

Co-Interim Executive Director

Pronouns: He/Him Dominic Cathey loves traveling around the world, meeting...

 

Dominic Cathey

Position: Co-Interim Executive Director
Email: dcathey@summersearch.org

Pronouns: He/Him

Dominic Cathey loves traveling around the world, meeting new people whenever possible, and enjoys attending the arts, tasting chocolate desserts, listening to music, going to brunches, swimming and gathering with friends and family.  He is also a first-generation college student, the oldest of 5 younger brothers, a former collegiate athlete, an artist, an entrepreneur, and a recently married gay Black man.

Dominic earned his M.S.W. and Social Enterprise Administration degree from Columbia University, as well as a B.A. in African American Studies where he concentrated on social policy, at-risk community development and the African Diaspora in relation to power, privilege and oppressive ideology from the University of California, Berkeley.

As a leader, Dominic is focused on developing social emotional learning cultures and innovative programs rooted in equity, antiracist ideology and young people’s voice. He’s deeply passionate about cultivating safe environments for marginalized humans to push past systematic barriers and reimagine life’s possibilities and their full potential.

Elizabeth Allen

Program Associate

Pronouns: She/her Liz is deeply passionate about empowering youth through...

 

Elizabeth Allen

Position: Program Associate
Email: eallen@summersearch.org

Pronouns: She/her

Liz is deeply passionate about empowering youth through introspection of their identity, goals, and interests. She believes that every young person deserves a mentor to lean on, trust, and laugh with to get through these sometimes challenging, but important years.

Liz is a Philly native and new to NYC! She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Urban Studies and Sociology. In school she focused on youth and education in cities. Her passion for empowering youth grew from her work at an education non profit that encouraged students to graduate with a dedicated post-secondary plan. There, her passion grew for working with students and helping them along the way. She is excited to continue working with students as a mentor!

In her free time, she loves cooking and baking for her friends, exploring new parks, and biking through the city. She cares for her cat, Lady and her many many plants in Brooklyn!

Enrique Abreu-Ramos

Enrique Abreu-Ramos

Program Associate

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

 
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!

Hilary Ogden

Event and Donor Relations Manager

Pronouns: She/Her Hilary has been in the development world within...

 

Hilary Ogden

Position: Event and Donor Relations Manager
Email: hogden@summersearch.org

Pronouns: She/Her

Hilary has been in the development world within nonprofit organizations for the past eight years, propelled by her natural desire to help and connect with people whenever and however possible.

Hilary is a Washington, DC native and graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a degree in Psychology and Sociology. She was drawn to Summer Search because of the mental health benefits that come along with the work that our mentors do with our participants. She is thrilled to be a part of the Development team and integral in planning our annual Gala and Associate Board Soirée to help support the Summer Search community.

In her free time, Hilary enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, and soaking up the sun outside. Preferably, all three of those at once!

 

Isabella Rogovin

High School Program Manager

Pronouns: She/Her Isabella finds joy through connecting with others and...

 

Isabella Rogovin

Position: High School Program Manager
Email: irogovin@summersearch.org

Pronouns: She/Her

Isabella finds joy through connecting with others and being outside. She spends most of her spend time with family and friends and her favorite thing is to travel. She loves working at Summer Search because it is basically all those things!

Isabella studied General Science and Philosophy in college (at Fordham). She gets life from working with young people and is constantly impressed and inspired by their wisdom.

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