Staff

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Sarah E. Walzer, J.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Prior to becoming Executive Director of The Parent-Child Home Program, Inc., Sarah Walzer was Counsel to the Assistant Secretary for Legislation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she worked on legislative initiatives and funding for early childhood and domestic violence programs, welfare reform, and dropout prevention programs for youth. From 1989 through 1993, she was legislative assistant/counsel to U.S. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman. During this time, she also was responsible for children and family issues for the Clinton/Gore Domestic Policy Transition Team. In that capacity, she evaluated early childhood initiatives, prepared policy memoranda, and worked on legislation on a range of issues, including, child care, Head Start and early childhood education, and family preservation. Sarah is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School

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Anita Stewart
Chief Development and Strategic Partnerships Officer
Anita’s new role at PCHP is to help extend PCHP’s reach via new funding sources including corporations, foundations, cause-marketing and public private partnerships. Anita recently joined PCHP after 12 years as Senior Vice President of Global Strategic Partnerships & Development at Sesame Workshop, where she developed innovative private/public partnerships and funding globally, for the Sesame Workshop’s signature children’s series and critical community engagement programs. Prior to Sesame Workshop, Ms. Stewart held positions at PBS, MobileComm Inc. Texaco, and N.W. Ayer & Partners where she had strategic development and relationship management positions. She holds a BA in Education and Sociology from City University of New York, Queens College.

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Michele Morrison, M.S.
Training and Program Support Director
Michele oversees training and certification of Parent-Child Home Program Site Coordinators and sites. She develops training materials and workshops to train both Site Coordinators and Home Visitors and provides technical assistance to both developing and existing Parent-Child Home Program sites on issues including hiring, training, and supervising staff, recruiting families, expanding services, and community relations. She also organizes The Parent-Child Home Program’s annual national conference. Michele was a Site Coordinator for six years at The Parent-Child Home Program replication site sponsored by the Freeport, N.Y. School District and the Nassau Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). She has also worked in the Nassau BOCES Teen Parenting Program, and taught child development courses to college students and professionals. Michele has also made national presentations on the value of early parent-child literacy experiences. Michele has a Master’s degree in Elementary Education.

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Katie Zapata
Grants Manager
Katie Zapata is the newly appointed Grants Manager. In this role she works with foundations, corporations and individuals to raise funds to expand the Program nationally and to continue to support current PCHP sites. Prior to joining PCHP, Katie was the Manager of Board Recruitment at the Robin Hood foundation where she identified, recruited and trained executives to serve on the board of directors of nonprofits throughout New York City. Previously, she was the Director of Marketing at On Deck Capital, an innovative small business lender that uses electronic payment technology to deliver affordable capital to businesses underserved by traditional bank loans. In her earlier positions at Robin Hood, Experts Media, and Ettus Media Management, Katie developed and executed comprehensive marketing strategies for a variety of nonprofit, corporate and individual clients.Katie holds an MS in Strategic Communications from Columbia University, an MA in Sociology and a BA in Journalism, both from Lehigh University.

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César Zuniga, M.S.
Research Director
César oversees data collection, quality assurance, and research projects. He coordinates the National Center’s efforts to build the capacity of replication sites capacities to plan and conduct research and evaluation projects on the short and long-term impacts of the Program on children and families. He is responsible for the implementation of The Parent-Child Home Program’s Management Information System (MIS), including designing, updating, and providing training to Site Coordinators and Home Visitors. Before coming to The Parent-Child Home Program, César worked as a project associate at the Equity Assistance Center (EAC) at, New York University. César also served as a Board Member of the Passaic Public Schools in New Jersey. He has a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Developmental Psychology.

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Courtney Inman
Communications and Events Director
In her role as Director of Communications and Events, Courtney is responsible for creating and implementing strategies to meet event goals as well as the marketing and public relations activities of The Parent-Child Home Program. Courtney manages the Communications and Events team in their work to increase the visibility and prominence of the organization and supporting the program’s fundraising and expansion activities. Prior to joining PCHP, Courtney worked on the Lawyer Development team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and as the Director of Communications and Development at Dwight School in New York. In her role at Dwight School, Courtney was responsible for both internal and external communications, event planning including an annual benefit, and Annual Fund strategy and solicitation. Courtney is a graduate of The University of South Carolina.

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Teresa Kemp Zielenski
Manager, Strategic Initiatives
Terri is the Strategic Initiatives Manager. In this role she works with the public, private and nonprofit sectors, to include non-traditional partners for early-childhood/early-literacy programming, with a goal of enhancing the work of PCHP’s national center in New York while focusing on building strategic partnerships to expand the organization’s capacity for growth. Prior to joining PCHP, Terri was the Director of Development for the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation where she raised scholarship funds for elementary education. Previously, she was the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of United Way of Long Island where she was responsible for programs, grant making, and human resources; she was Executive Director of the Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Foundation where she was responsible for operations, development, and programs; and the Assistant Director of Development for Corporate and Foundation Relations at Georgetown University where she raised funds for the university’s medical center. Terri spent the early part of her career as a management consultant with Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc. and Standard Technology Inc. She holds an MALS in Public/Social Policy from Georgetown University, a BA in English and Spanish from George Mason University, and a post graduate certificate in Leading Community Problem Solving from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Andre Eaton, MSW
New York Program Director
Andre coordinates program expansion, program support, staff development, and additional training for all New York Parent-Child Home Program sites. He also helps the sites coordinate with the New York City Department of Education to ensure that all Program children are connected with the appropriate next educational step. Andre also works on developing new public and private funding streams, fostering relationships with new local partner agencies and state and local policy makers, and enhancing partnerships with business and other literacy and early childhood programs. Additionally, Andre was selected in 2017 to be a member of the NYS Family Engagement Coalition Steering Committee.  He serves on the Support/Best Practices subcommittee. Before coming to The Parent-Child Home Program, he was the Southeastern Regional Director for Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc. and previously was Executive Director of Covenant House Georgia. Andre has a B.A. in Sociology from Brandeis University, a Masters Degree in Social Work from The University of Pennsylvania, and is a candidate for a Masters of Divinity from The Interdenominational Theological Center. He is a Certified Social Worker and holds a Student Supervisor Certificate. Andre currently serves on the Winning Beginning NY Steering Committee, and is also a part of the Amex Leadership program for 2012-2013.

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Amy S. Hamper-Gilmore
Program Support and Site Certification Manager
Amy has been managing the site certification and recertification process at the Parent-Child Home Program for eight years. In this capacity, she monitors sites’ progress, provides support to ensure fidelity to the PCHP model and compliance with replication criteria, and evaluates sites’ replication status. Amy conducts site visits and comprehensive reviews covering all aspects of program delivery. Additionally, she assists a small team of Regional Coordinators in conducting site certification reviews. Amy worked at UNICEF in NYC for eight years as well as at the Spunk Fund, Inc. where she developed a strong interest in children’s causes and became a part of the Citizen’s Committee for Children. She has a B.A. from Michigan State University.

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Sarah Howard, Ed.M.
Family Child Care Project Manager
Sarah is the Project Manager for the expansion of PCHP’s Family Child Care model, which provides school readiness and early literacy supports in home-based, family child care settings. She is responsible for ongoing program support to current sites, development of curriculum and training materials, identifying partnerships, and local and state-level outreach. In 2012, Sarah received her B.A. in English from the University of Maine, where she studied composition and writing development. After graduating, she spent two years assistant teaching at The American School of Madrid and developed an interest in the early language and literacy development of multilingual children. In the spring of 2015, she received her Ed.M. in Language and Literacy from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, where she focused her studies on early childhood development and participated in research on the psychology of bilingualism and literacy intervention evaluation. Sarah is originally from Portland, Maine and looks forward to getting to know New York.

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Michelle Ioannou, M.A.
Interim Communications & Events Manager
As the newest member of the team, Michelle has joined PCHP as the new Communications and Events Coordinator. In this role, Michelle supports the Program through event management, social media, public relations, marketing and communications in order to meet all goals. Michelle graduated from Fordham University, Summa Cum Laude, in 2014 with her M.A. in Public Communications, and graduated in 2013 with her B.A. in Communications & Media Studies and a Business Administration Minor. Throughout her graduate studies, Michelle worked part-time at the Arvo Pärt Project where she planned a sold out concert at Carnegie Hall for Arvo Pärt, the world’s most played living composer. In addition to her studies, Michelle was the Founder of Fordham’s Colleges Against Cancer, Chair of Fordham’s Relay For Life, and an intern at The American Cancer Society. In these roles, Fordham’s Relay For Life reached its goal of $30,000 for the first time in Fordham history!

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Sylvia Kollappallil, M.A.
Research Coordinator
Sylvia Kollappallil is the Research Associate at the Parent-Child Home Program National Center. She graduated with her MA in Experimental Psychology at CUNY Brooklyn College and earned her BA in Psychology at Queens College. She has experience in both gathering and analyzing data for research that pertains to helping youth make gains in their education. For instance, she co-authored a research study for a program that allows underprivileged youth the opportunity to read books with older adults via Skype. This program connected both the children and older adults together in an attempt to promote healthy aging and education. Sylvia interned for the Research Department at the National Center from 2013-2014, and was offered the position of Research Associate one year later.

Shanalee Levy
Development & Finance Associate
Shannalee Levy has joined PCHP as the Development and Finance Associate.  She comes to us from Mediaocean where she was a Sr. Client Accounting Systems Analyst, with experience in developing, project management, implementing and training of financial, media and CRM data systems.  She is an expert in client accounting, digital, and media buying/planning. She also worked at NASDAQ OMX as a staff account where she prepared budgets, performed general accounts analysis and reconciliations, audit preparation, maintained vendor contracts, and assisted with payroll.  She’s been praised her for her professionalism, dedication, erudition, attention to detail, teaching and people skills, among many other great attributes. She attended Pace University and State University of New York at Oswego where she majored in Business Accounting. Shannalee lives in Lindenhurst NY with her husband and two children.

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Dina Shahverdi
Office Manager
Dina manages the day-to-day operation of the National Center office and provides administrative support to National Center activities. She manages the office, maintains site and office records, and assists with the annual conference, trainings, and other events. She is fluent in German, Farsi, Hebrew, and English.

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Carol Rubin,MSW, LICSW,
Massachusetts Program Director
Carol is a licensed, independent clinical social worker who has worked in the field of prevention, parent education, and early education since 1970. From 1991 to 2006, Carol was the Director of The Parent Child Home Program in Newton, Needham, Wellesley, Waltham, Brookline, and Watertown, and in 2006, she became the Massachusetts Program Director for PCHP. In this role, she maintains close working relationships with the Governor’s staff, the House and Senate leadership, and the Education and Ways and Means Committees. She provides technical assistance, workshops, regional meetings, and individual consultations for the 34 Parent-Child Home Program coordinators in Massachusetts and works closely with foundations to expand the program statewide. Carol works closely with the state’s advisory council and is a member of the Human Services Committee for the City of Newton, the Advisory Committee for the Department of Early Education and Care, and the Policy Committee for Strategies for Children.

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Pamela Williams
Washington Program Director
Pamela currently serves as the PCHP Washington Program Director and is a member of the Home Visiting Services Account (HVSA) HUB team within Washington. Formerly she was the Family Literacy Program Manager for the School District of Philadelphia Office of Early Childhood where she managed the Parent-Child Home Program in Philadelphia from 2005 -2013 and the Even Start Family Literacy Program for over 10 years. Ms. Williams has worked in the field of family literacy for over 20 years and holds a BA from Temple University and a MS from Drexel University.

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Malkia Singleton Ofori-Agyekum
Pennsylvania Program Director
Malkia Singleton Ofori-Agyekum currently serves as the PCHP Pennsylvania Program Director. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Rehabilitation Services from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore and Masters of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She also has a certificate in Early Childhood Mental Health from Widener University. As a program designer, leader and advocate in the fields of early childhood education and homeless services, Mrs. Ofori-Agyekum has dedicated her time and talent to serving underserved communities in both Baltimore, Maryland and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her fifteen years of experience as an administrator and advocate includes Vice President of Social Services at the People’s Emergency Center, Jumpstart Baltimore Program Coordinator, Project Act Training Consultant for Abilities Network and Education Coordinator for Head Start at Morgan State University. Mrs. Ofori-Agyekum has also earned certificates in Early Childhood Mental Health from Widener University and Executive Leadership from the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Insitiute at Bryn Mawr College. In addition, she is currently the co-chair of the Children’s Workgrou-Early Childhood Committee, member of the Intergen Steering Committee and Content Expert for families experiencing homelessness in Emergency Housing for the Strong Families Commission, Inc.

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Phyllis Levenstein
Founder (Deceased)
Dr. Levenstein was the founder and original Executive Director of The Parent-Child Home Program. She was a clinical psychologist, who first developed the Program for her Columbia University doctoral dissertation. Her background was in the interdisciplinary study of the family, social work, and education. She was an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Program at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. She conducted much of the early research on the effectiveness of the Program and published numerous articles and the acclaimed book, Messages from Home, about child development and The Parent-Child Home Program. She was the lead author of the article examining the results of the high school graduation rate study that earned The Parent-Child Home Program national attention.