Executive Team

Shari Krull, Executive Director

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, Chief Program Officer

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.

Nicole Carrea, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Nicole came to StreetWise Partners initially as a one time volunteer in 2016, later serving as a Mentor and Officer in the program before transitioning to a staff member in August 2019. A career fundraiser, Nicole is excited to blend her personal passion for StreetWise Partners’ mission with her professional acumen to help fuel growth for the organization. Most recently, Nicole served as Senior Director of Development at National Kidney Foundation where she helped to establish the Greater New York market’s fundraising strategy, drove revenue growth through volunteer leadership and lead the corporate partnership program. Previously, Nicole spent time at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Make-A-Wish Foundation. Nicole is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, holds a bachelor’s degree from Sacred Heart University, and a certificate in non-profit executive leadership from Baruch College.

Development Team

Amelie Lyons, Development Manager

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, Development Coordinator

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.

New York Program Team

Dave Font, NY Program Director

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.

Maria Elena Fraga, New York Community Outreach and Program Manager

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, Manager of Alumni Services & Program

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.

Liz Fernandez, Manager of Volunteer Experience

Liz Fernandez joined StreetWise Partners in July 2019. As a nonprofit professional, Liz has progressive experience working on social change efforts and community mobilization. Prior to joining the team, Liz was Program Manager for the early childhood programs at Hudson Guild, a nonprofit multi-service community agency in the Chelsea section of Manhattan serving those in need. Liz was instrumental in developing and streamlining the recruitment and enrollment process for over 250 children at four site locations, while building community relationships and partnerships with constituents. She has gained much inspiration related to her commitment to social impact work through her management experience within the nonprofit sector.

Liz received a Masters degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Fordham University; a joint degree from the Graduate School of Social Service and the Gabelli School of Business. She is excited to leverage her skills and passion for relationship building to support the goals and advance the greater impact of StreetWise Partners.

Michele Stine, Program Coordinator

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.

Detroit Program Team

Dichondra Johnson, Detroit Program Director

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, Detroit Community Outreach and Program Coordinator

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.

D.C. Program Team

Monica Floyd, D.C. Program Director

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 D.C. programming. Monica holds a Bachelor's degree from American University in International Development. She lives in D.C. and enjoys gardening and camping.

Simitha Kumar, D.C. Community Outreach and Program Coordinator

Simitha Kumar joined StreetWise Partners in September 2017. She manages the White & Case and Gallup programs in addition to mentee recruitment for the D.C. 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.

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