Our Team

VITO BORRELLO

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.

Contact Vito at (703) 739-1344 or borrellov@nafsce.org




  

LISA ARAMONY

Lisa Aramony is NAFSCE’s Senior Director of Communications and Outreach. 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.

Contact Lisa at (703) 739-1359 or aramonyl@nafsce.org




  

REYNA HERNANDEZ

Reyna Hernandez is NAFSCE’s Director of Research and Policy Development. 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.

Contact Reyna at (703) 739-1344 or hernandezr@nafsce.org




  

SHERRI WILSON

Sherri Wilson is NAFSCE's Director of Engagement and State Partnerships. Sherri 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.

Contact Sherri at (703) 739-1344 or wilsons@nafsce.org


  

MARGARET CASPE

Margaret Caspe, PhD, is the NAFSCE Pre-Service and Credentialing Services Consultant. She co-leads the Pre-Service Family Engagement Consortium which is a collaborative of national partners and state and higher education teams dedicated to supporting educator preparation in family engagement. Over the past 20 years, she has studied how partnerships among families, schools, and communities influence children’s development in a variety of areas, including language and literacy, and bilingualism, as well as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Prior to joining NAFSCE she worked with the Global Family Research Project and Harvard Family Research Project where she developed tools to support faculty in developing courses on family engagement topics and oversaw a project to amplify family engagement in public libraries. She is co-editor of Promising Practices for Engaging Families in STEM Learning and author of a variety of articles published in journals such as Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Public Library Quarterly, School Community Journal, Childhood Education, and Young Children. As an advisory member of various national collaboratives, including the Family Math Roadmap Project, she provides insights on the intersection of research, practice, and policy to promote innovative family engagement strategies. Margaret earned her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, where she currently teaches courses as an adjunct faculty member. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and three daughters.

Contact Margaret at (703) 739-1344 or caspem@nafsce.org


  

ALICE CLARK

Alice Clark is NAFSCE's Manager of Programs and Communications. 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.

 

Contact Alice at (703) 739-1344 or clarka@nafsce.org 


  

ZID MANCENIDO

Zid Mancenido is serving as Educator Preparation in Family Engagement Fellow with NAFSCE. Zid is an Instructor and Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). He teaches courses in general pedagogy and teacher policy. His research focuses on issues related to teacher supply and teacher education, with a particular interest in problems of research design, measurement, and evaluation. Before HGSE, Zid worked for various organizations including the Australian Department of Education, Teach for the Philippines, and Teach for Australia. He began his career as a high school social sciences teacher in Canberra, Australia. Zid holds a Ph.B. (Honours) degree from the Australian National University; an MTeach (Secondary) from the University of Melbourne; and an Ed.M. (Education Policy and Management) from HGSE.



  

JUNICHI LOCKETT

Junichi Lockett is serving as an Archer Fellow with NAFSCE. Junichi is a Ph.D. student in educational leadership and policy studies at The University of Texas at Arlington. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Lockett graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School before joining the United States Marine Corps, where he participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom. After being honorably discharged, Lockett enrolled at UT Arlington, where he earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in community and public affairs, and a master’s degree in urban affairs and public policy. Lockett has served as a teacher, consultant, advocate, and youth development trainer. The author of three books, Lockett has also been active in political campaign management, organizing, and canvassing. He is passionate about education and plans a career in higher education that includes helping organizations implement and evaluate programming and projects for community improvement and social justice and empowerment. 

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