Staff

 
 

Leadership

 

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Sarah E. Walzer, J.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Prior to becoming Executive Director of PCHP, 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.

 


 

Development & Communications

 

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Courtney Inman
Development and Events Director
In her role, Courtney is responsible for creating and implementing strategies to meet event goals as well as the marketing and public relations activities of PCHP. 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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Michelle Ioannou, M.A.
Social Media & Events Manager
Michelle joined PCHP in 2014 as Communications and Events Coordinator, and has now become the Social Media & Events Manager. 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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Sara Karlya
Grant and Content Manager
Sara Karlya is the Grant and Content Manager at PCHP. She works with foundations to foster funding for the support and expansion of PCHP nationwide, and creates marketing materials to raise the profile of the organization. Before joining PCHP, Sara worked in book publishing at St. Martin’s Press. Sara holds an MS from New York University’s School of Professional Studies.

 

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Teresa Kemp Zielenski
Strategic Initiatives Manager
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.

 

Research & Data Management

 

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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 PCHP’s Management Information System (MIS), including designing, updating, and providing training to Site Coordinators and Home Visitors. Before coming to PCHP, 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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You Zhou, PhD.
Research and Evaluation Manager
You has recently joined the team to support the program’s internal and external evaluation, the quality improvement and program fidelity research work, and the monitoring and support of program implementation activities. Her main responsibility is to design, organize and conduct independent research in conjunction with the Research Evaluation Director to strengthen the model of evidence-based practices. You comes from China, has lived in the UK for 11 years and recently has moved to New York. She completed MSc Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology and later PhD at University College London in the UK. Prior to joining PCHP, You worked at Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, and later the Psychotherapy Evaluation Research Unit of Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London. She currently also works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute. You is a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychology Society, an Early Career Professional of the APA Division 39 Section II Childhood and Adolescence, and a member of the Youth Working Committee of the Chinese Mental Health Association.

 

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Sarah Aparicio
Data & MIS Coordinator
Sarah joined our research team to manage PCHP’s Management Information System (MIS), and assist on research projects related to program evaluation. Sarah graduated from Hunter College with her M.S. in Applied Social Research, and graduated from Queens College with her B.A. in Sociology and a Political Science Minor. She brings a background in database management, statistical analysis, and Geographical Information Science. She has previously worked on research studies focusing on parent and youth relationships, environmental predictors of health outcomes, and social justice.

 

Training & Program Support

 

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Michele Morrison, M.S.
Training and Program Support Director
Michele oversees training and certification of PCHP 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 PCHP sites on issues including hiring, training, and supervising staff, recruiting families, expanding services, and community relations. She also organizes PCHP’s annual national conference. Michele was a Site Coordinator for six years at PCHP 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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Tiffany Lee
Family Child Care Initiative Director
Tiffany relocated from the state of Washington to lead PCHP’s Family Child Care Home Visiting Initiative. She works with PCHP sites across the country as well as state, county, and city child care agencies on the national expansion of the PCHP FCC model to bring quality school readiness supports to providers and parents in under-resourced communities. She has worked for the Department of Defense as a Training and Curriculum Specialist developing and delivering training and supporting providers’ pursuit of national accreditation. As a regional coordinator for Child Care Aware of the Olympic Peninsula, she led a team of coaches in creating and delivering supports to providers in center and family-based settings based in six counties. As the state Director of Quality Improvement and Professional Development for Child Care Aware of Washington, she administered the state’s system of coaching and training for child care providers across Washington. She holds a Bachelor of Art’s degree in History, a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in secondary education, and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration.

 

Operations

 

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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.

 

Shannalee Levy
Development & Finance Manager
Shannalee Levy has joined PCHP as the Development and Finance Manager.  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.

 

State Directors

 

Massachusetts

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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 PCHP 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.

 

New York

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Andre Eaton, MSW
New York State Program Director
Andre coordinates program expansion, program support, staff development, and additional training for all New York PCHP 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 PCHP, 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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Malkia Singleton Ofori-Agyekum
Pennsylvania Program Director
Malkia Singleton Ofori-Agyekum currently serves as the PCHP Pennsylvania Program Director. She was hired in 2016 in conjunction with the launch of the GreenLight roll-out in Philadelphia. She has been overseeing the Program’s successful start-up and expansion in Philadelphia, as was as supporting sites elsewhere in the state and working on expanding into new PA communities. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a Certificate in Early Childhood Mental Health from Widener University, and a Certificate from the Non-Profit Executive Leadership Institute (NELI) from Bryn Mawr College. 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. In addition, she is currently the co-chair of the Children’s Workgroup-Early Childhood Committee, member of the Intergen Steering Committee, and Commissioner for the Strong Families Commission, Inc. and a member of the PA Family Support Stakeholder Committee.

 

Washington

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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 PCHP 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.

 

Founder

 

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Phyllis Levenstein
Founder (Deceased)
Dr. Levenstein was the founder and original Executive Director of PCHP. 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 PCHP. She was the lead author of the article examining the results of the high school graduation rate study that earned PCHP national attention.