Shari joined StreetWise Partners in August 2015. With a Master's Degree in Social Work from Columbia University, Shari dedicated her early career to tackling issues related to mental illness, domestic violence and foster care. She spent the next 11 years at Catholic Big Sisters and Big Brothers where she held positions of Program Director, Development Director and Managing Director. Shari served as an Adjunct Professor at New York University, where she shared her expertise and worked to inspire others to join the non-profit space. As Executive Director for Grace Institute, Shari led the transformation of a century old organization into a market leader in workforce development. Shari was excited to join StreetWise and bring her passion for mentoring and job creation. She serves on the board of New York City's Education and Training Coalition and lives on Long Island where she is outnumbered by her husband and two sons.
Lauren Silberstein joined StreetWise Partners in November 2015 and oversees all aspects of programming in both the NY and DC regions. She is a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW), receiving her Masters degree in Social Work from Columbia University in 2004. Prior to StreetWise Partners, Lauren served as Director of Support Services at Grace Institute, a workforce development organization for women where she worked for 7 years. Overall, she has 11 years of management and program development experience working in organizations that serve disadvantaged communities, both at Grace Institute and Safe Horizon. Lauren lives on Long Island with her husband and three daughters.
Morgan Blackburn joined StreetWise Partners in January 2017. As Development Director, Morgan collaborates with the Executive Director and Program Director on strategies surrounding corporate relations, fundraising, marketing, and special events. Prior to joining StreetWise Partners, Morgan worked as a Development Coordinator at Grace Institute, a non-profit that serves as a tuition-free job training program for unemployed women in New York. Her main tasks included assisting with special events, major gifts solicitation, foundation solicitation, marketing, and expansion of donor community, as well as overseeing all volunteer and corporate relations. Additional work experiences include interning for the Oklahoma State Senate Democrats, the ACLU of Oklahoma, and ACLU National Headquarters in their National Security Program. Morgan received her Bachelor’s Degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, with a major in Women’s and Gender Studies and a double minor in US Government and Native American History.
Amelie Lyons joined StreetWise Partners in January 2017. Prior to StreetWise Partners Amelie was a Development Assistant at Room to Read, assisting with event planning and donor communications. She graduated from Boston College in May 2016 with a degree in English and Women and Gender Studies. While attending Boston College Amelie interned at EmpowerHer and Girls Write Now, two mentorship-based non-profits, doing mentor outreach and managing the mentor enrollment process as well as assisting with events. She is excited to continue working in the non-profit field and to be part of the StreetWise team.
Eric Meehan joined StreetWise Partners in January 2019. Prior to StreetWise, he worked at American Eagle Outfitters in various managerial roles. Outside of American Eagle, he is a playwright who has self produced multiple productions and has presented work at theatres across New York including Dixon Place, Alchemical Studios, The Baumann, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and Cherry Lane Theatre. He received his Bachelor degree from New York University in 2016. Eric is thrilled to start the next chapter of his career with StreetWise and looking forward to helping others reach their professional goals.
Dave Font joined Streetwise Partners in January 2019. Prior to Streetwise Partners Dave served as the Executive Director for Push to Walk, a nonprofit gym for people living with paralysis. There he oversaw all financial, outreach, and strategic initiatives for the organization. Previously, he served in various roles over eighteen years with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest New Jersey, ultimately overseeing the day-to-day operations of its largest unit serving over four thousand children a year. Dave holds a Masters Degree in Human Resource Development from Clemson University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University – Newark where he currently serves as a Part-Time Lecturer in the School of Public Affairs and Administration. He loves helping people through his work in nonprofits and is excited to work with mentors and mentees at Streetwise Partners to tackle unemployment.
María Elena joined StreetWise Partners in May of 2017. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Duquesne University and is a New York University certified coach. Previously, she worked at CarCharging Group where she assisted the sales team and at Vme Media where she was in charge of scheduling and promotion. Prior to this she had experience in various administrative, sales and customer service roles in the fashion and beauty industries. Thru her volunteer work, she has gained experience working with human trafficking survivors, children and the elderly. Most recently, she volunteers at Restore NYC where she assists with their Economic Empowerment program for women survivors of human trafficking. She is excited to have made the switch to the non-profit field and to be able to support others in reaching their goals through her work at StreetWise Partners.
Kristina Cepeda joined StreetWise Partners in August of 2017. She previously worked as a Program Manager at Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, where she was responsible for supervising high-quality, high-impact one-to-one mentoring relationships between adult volunteers and youth in New York City. Here she advised mentors, mentees and parents through on-going support, facilitated parent workshops, promoted youth goal achievements and provided resources and referrals to youth volunteers and parents. Prior to this she worked as a Foster Care Case Worker at SCO Family of Services; in this role she took on a comprehensive approach to the therapeutic, academic and physical needs of each family. Kristina has several years experience in non-profit organizations, case management, and working with individuals and families in disadvantaged communities and sheltered environments. Kristina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Syracuse University. Kristina looks forward to helping both mentors and mentees at Streetwise Partners to reaching their professional and personal goals.
Michele Stine joined StreetWise Partners in February 2019. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology as well as Criminal Justice with a minor in Statistics. After many years of volunteering, Michele began working for the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Throughout her six years with the organization, she transitioned through the roles of Adoption Counselor, Adoption Manager, Volunteer Coordinator, and Special Event Planner. Michele then began working as a Criminal Investigative Research Analyst with the Philadelphia Police Department, where she spent four years. Throughout her roles, Michele developed a deep passion for helping others and finds it easy to connect with everyone she meets. With a recent move to the NYC area, Michele decided to go back to her roots and fulfill her desire to get back to nonprofit work. She is enthusiastic about the organizations mission and looks forward to owning a role that deeply impacts the lives of others. Michele enjoys spending time with her husband and cats, as well as brewing craft beer, cooking, and exploring the city.
Monica Floyd joined StreetWise Partners in March 2018. Previously, Monica was a Program Manager at HandsOn Bay Area, a nonprofit that connects individuals with volunteering opportunities in their community. She loves working in her community and helping others get involved. Outside of work, she participates in a mentor program that supports first-generation college students. Monica is excited to bring her passion for mentoring and volunteer management to her role managing DC programming. Monica holds a Bachelor's degree from American University in International Development. She lives in DC and enjoys gardening and camping.
Simitha Kumar joined StreetWise Partners in September 2017. She manages the White & Case and Gallup programs in addition to mentee recruitment for the DC region. Prior to StreetWise Partners, she was the Program Specialist at Northern Virginia Family Service in the housing department where she aided homeless and low-income clients to obtain rental assistance. Simitha holds a Master’s degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai in India. Simitha is enthusiastic about volunteerism and has coordinated special events such as the International Yoga Day on the National Mall. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, meditation and cooking.
Dichondra Johnson joined StreetWise Partners in March 2019. Dichondra, MBA, MPA, CBSP, has an over 20-year accomplished career in education, non-profit, health care, and government sectors. Native Detroiter and life-long Michigan resident, Johnson has diverse expertise in non-profit leadership, program management, workforce development, and creating mission-driven partnerships. Johnson’s awarded achievements while serving in progressive roles in local, state, and federal government include spearheading state-wide, strategic veteran higher education programs, launching nationally-recognized veteran education and career development initiatives, and oversight of programs that positively impacted thousands of Michigan residents. Johnson is a business entrepreneur, adjunct certified online post-secondary educator, and a Certified Business Solution Professional by the Michigan Works! Association. She is an invited featured presenter, trainer, and panelist for several Michigan and national association conferences, forums, and leadership programs. Johnson has a life-long, dedicated commitment to board service, the arts, mentoring, advocacy and volunteerism, giving countless hours of service to local schools, political campaigns, organizations and institutions, and is an active local Chamber of Commerce member. Johnson received a Master of Public Administration & Affairs, Western Michigan University; Master of Business Administration, Davenport University; Bachelor of Science, Eastern Michigan University; and a 2011 Fellow of Michigan Political Leadership Program, Michigan State University. She is a proud parent of an academically gifted and talented middle school scholar.
Alphonso Amos is an individual that is committed to working for social justice and improving the quality of life for all. Alphonso has 12 years of career experience in education, non-profit, for-profit, and government sectors. He was the community relations coordinator where he oversaw the giving programs and community outreach for Schostak Family Restaurant Port Huron Applebee’s. In addition to his role as a community relations coordinator Alphonso has also served as a local elected official in the capacity of city councilman. He is a passionate advocate for youth and young adults, believing strongly in the power of mentoring, volunteerism and service.
Alphonso also leads community initiatives such as, the Blue Water Youth Voice and the Mentors Matter community initiatives. He is the past president of the Port Huron Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), current youth advisor and secretary and former MCCC AmeriCorp Member. Amos also served on the Michigan Municipal League Energy, Environment, & Technology Policy Committee as a member, a Young People For alum and is a member of the People for the American Way Young Elected Officials Network, Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials and the Young Elected Officials Black Caucus.
Amos is a first-generation college graduate with a Bachelor of Art in communication from Ashford University and a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. His life mission is to be the change that he wishes to see in the world.