Vito Borrello is the first Executive Director for the National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE), appointed in September 2014. Prior to his current position, Mr. Borrello served as the 19-year president of Every Person Influences Children, a New York-based organization providing parenting education, family engagement in education, and character education programs. Current National Advisory Board Member roles include Scholastic, the National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement, the National Center for After-school and Summer Enrichment, and the Center for Education Equity. Recent previous national roles include membership on the National Family, School and Community Engagement Working Group; and two completed terms as both an Appointed and At-Large Board Member for National PTA, where he also served on committees for finance, legislation, resource development, strategic planning and most recently, leadership recruitment. He is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus for the NY State Family Engagement Coalition. Prior to his NAFSCE appointment, Mr. Borrello was Chairman of the NY State PTA Urban Initiatives Task Force, Steering Committee member of the NY State Parenting Education Partnership, and a past appointee to NY State Education Department workgroups for Teacher Standards, Striving Readers, and Safe Schools. In his home community of Western New York, Mr. Borrello is a past Board Member for the State University of NY at Buffalo’s Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention; past Chairman for the Care Management Coalition of Western New York, and past Board member for Buffalo’s Read to Succeed literacy initiative. He is a 2009 graduate of the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York Fellowship program and a 1998 graduate of Leadership Buffalo. Mr. Borrello has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Wittenberg University and resides in East Amherst, New York with his wife, Maria, and daughters, Marisa and Samantha. He commutes to the NAFSCE offices located in Alexandria, Virginia.
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Keami Harris is Director of Capacity Building Programs for NAFSCE. Prior to joining NAFSCE, Keami was Director of Programs and Affiliate Relations for the National Black Child Development Institute. There she was responsible for developing and managing programs focused on family engagement, literacy and early childhood development. Additionally, Keami provided support and oversight of a National Affiliate network working to improve the lives of Black children and their families through education and advocacy. Previously, she was an elementary school teacher with the Prince George’s County Public School system in Maryland, where she analyzed school assessment data, and setting yearly goals and objectives for school improvement. In other professional experience, she has held positions with the American Nurses Credentialing Center and served on the Early Childhood Education Research Alliance, REL Mid-Atlantic board. Keami holds a Master of Education degree from Bowie State University in Bowie, MD and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD. She a native of Prince George’s County, MD and resides in a Washington, DC suburb with her husband and sons.
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Lisa Aramony is NAFSCE’s Director of Communications. Throughout her career, Lisa has helped dozens of nonprofits maximize their effectiveness through interactive engagement, communications and online fundraising efforts. Previously, Lisa was Senior Consultant to the Chairman at Changing Our World, Inc. a philanthropy and fundraising consulting firm to leading nonprofit organizations, corporations, private foundations, and philanthropists. Prior to that she served as Vice President of AOL Time Warner Corporate Relations and the AOL Time Warner Foundation where she became a leader in the field of increasing nonprofit effectiveness through the strategic use of interactive technology and communications. Lisa led the creation of Network for Good, the premier online philanthropy portal. Lisa began her career with AOL, where she led the company’s first direct mail efforts, managed member communications, and oversaw the launch of AOL’s e-commerce/shopping channel. She has served as Chairperson of DC SAFE (Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment), Vice Chair of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG), Chairperson of WRAG’s New Ventures in Philanthropy Group and Chairperson of their Strategic Planning Committee, as well as Vice Chairman of the ePhilanthropy Foundation and on the Board of Directors of GiveNow.org, the first philanthropy portal launched in the United Kingdom. Lisa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from the University of Notre Dame. She resides in Alexandria, VA with her husband, Bob, their daughters.
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Reyna Hernandez is NAFSCE’s Director or Policy and Research. She is a longtime community advocate who supports education, leadership development, and capacity-building in the Latino community. Prior to joining NAFSCE, Reyna worked as the Community Wellness Director at Latinos Progresando. She also provides strategic support to nonprofits, startups, and school districts independently and as a Changemaker with Innovare SIP. She is adjunct faculty at DePaul University, teaching on issues of Latinos, English learners, and education.
Reyna previously served as an Assistant Superintendent at ISBE for five years, overseeing the Division of English Language Learners, Early Childhood, and family and community engagement efforts. Her previous experiences include Research and Policy Associate at the Latino Policy Forum, Community Education Parent Facilitator at Waukegan CUSD 60, and educational director and trustee at the National Hispanic Institute. She graduated with a J.D. from New York Law School and an A.B. from Harvard University.
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Sherri Wilson is a nationally recognized expert and consultant in family engagement. Formerly, she served as the Director of Consultative Services at Scholastic and was a founding partner of the Center for Active Family Engagement (Café). Prior to that, she served at the Senior Manager of Family Engagement at the National PTA. During her time at the National PTA, Sherri oversaw the implementation of the National PTA Standards for Family School Partnerships and led the Urban Family Engagement Initiative. She was the staff lead and primary author of the Family Reading Experience, Powered by Kindle. She provided training, information and support to National PTA staff as well as state and local members related to family engagement and the implementation of the National PTA Standards for Family School Partnerships. Ms. Wilson was the Co-founder of the Alabama Parent Education Center and served as Alabama PIRC Director for over fourteen years. She has served on a wide variety of national, state, and local boards and committees and was a founding board member for the National Association of Family School and Community Engagement. Ms. Wilson holds an MBA with a concentration in Marketing, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marketing, a Family Development Credential from the University of Alabama and is a Certified Grant Administrator and Certified Grant Evaluator. Ms. Wilson has presented information to families and educators in a variety of formats at the local, state and national levels.
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Alice Clark is NAFSCE's Program Coordinator. Prior to joining the NAFSCE team, Alice was the Parent Education Coordinator at SCAN of Northern Virginia, working extensively with school personnel, non-profit partners, consultants, volunteers, interns and colleagues to coordinate effective educational programs for the diverse families of Northern Virginia. Previously, she taught second grade at bilingual schools in both Arlington, VA and Copan Ruinas, Honduras. She has a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science from the University of Virginia.
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