Chief Executive Officer
Wesner Pierre is a positive change-maker, having worked in the social purpose sector for over a dozen years, the impact he has had on youth, families, and community is undeniable. A former Vice President at CAMBA Inc., and Executive at the Harlem Children’s Zone, Wesner is excited to bring his passion, creativity, and innovation to bear at Partnership with Children. As a native New Yorker who grew up in the underserved inner-city community of South Jamaica Queens, Wesner began his successful career by working in and giving back to that very same community.
Wesner started his work in education and youth development as a Beacon Community Center director. While at CAMBA, Wesner demonstrated his passion, innovation, and unwavering commitment to youth, families, and community development. He was able to grow the community center program reach from 3,100 youth and families served to over 13,500 served annually. During his time at HCZ, Wesner oversaw all the organization’s pipeline programs serving 28,000 youth and families including Social Services, Family and Support Services, Parent, Community and Health Programs, After-School and Higher Education, and Career Support work.
Wesner is a former adjunct professor, author of educational texts, a board member of the CUNY School of Professional Studies (SPS) Masters in Youth Studies Program. He is active in the ongoing work of leadership development and is an alumnus of the American Express Leadership Academy, 2015; member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council, 2017; PASEsetter, 2017; American Express Global Alumni of the year nominee, 2019; an Aspen Fellow, 2019; and was published in Forbes twice in January 2020; and Creator of the American Express Global Alumni Platform, LeadersCafe 2020. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the City College and a Master of Arts degree from Queens College of The City University of New York.
Catherine Anderson-Cruickshank, LCSW
Catherine is a Program Director, overseeing several Community Schools in Brooklyn and Harlem, including PS 165, PS 284, PS 298, and PS 194, as well as a DYCD school-based community center, the Beacon Program. She provides clinical and administrative supervision to program Directors and staff at each school, supporting partnerships and collaborating with the school community. She has extensive experience in academic, court-based, and clinical settings, serving vulnerable children, adults, and families. She has engaged in direct practice, staff, and program management, most recently as an Administrative Supervisor in therapeutic foster care, and previously as a court-based social worker. She began her career as a Program Coordinator in a Brooklyn high school. As a lecturer, Catherine teaches advanced level social work practice and policy courses at various reputable Universities and MSW programs. Catherine has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Adelphi University.
Jasmin Berrios, LCSW, CLC
At Partnership with Children, Jasmin oversees Renaissance School of Arts, MS 377, P.S. 38-Roberto Clemente, in East Harlem and Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom Middle School, in the Bronx. Prior to joining Partnership with Children, she served as Program Director with Healthy Families New York, focused on improving maternal and infant health outcomes and early childhood development by way of supporting positive parent-child attachment. Jasmin has always been passionate about working with young people and improving services in underserved communities. Jasmin has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Oswego and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College as well as postmaster’s training from the Ackerman Institute for the Family.
Director of HR and Administration
Ron joined Partnership with Children in 2000 working in the Development Department, and quickly became the Office Manager. He was later promoted to Director of Human Resources and Administration. He provides guidance around human resources and administrative issues, including hiring, onboarding, leave and health benefits, payroll and timekeeping administration – and overall administration of the office space and building policies. Prior to joining Partnership with Children he worked at a variety of health and human service organizations. Ron is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. He is the longest standing employee and deeply connects to and believes in Partnership with Children’s mission.
Chief of Staff
Jerry Hyppolite is a Brooklyn-born professional, creative and community builder. He is a highly accomplished and successful leader with 15+ years of experience overseeing personnel, logistics, compliance, and operations while ensuring maximum team efficiency and growth. He was formerly the Director of Facilities Management for Community Centers for the NYC Department of Youth & Development where his focus was on innovative youth development practices and compliance. His recent activities include moderating panel discussions for Census Youth Conferences, NYC DYCD Barbershop Talks, National Behavioral Conference, and NYC Youth Social Activism. His primary time is allocated to ensuring operational quality programming for youth and young adults across New York City.
Angela Jefferson, LCSW
Chief Program Officer
Angela oversees all of Partnership with Children’s programs. She has dedicated more than fifteen years of her career as a social worker to working with community based organizations, schools, and health care agencies throughout New York City, primarily serving neighborhoods that disproportionately experience the challenges of community violence, teen pregnancy, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and health disparities. Angela has extensive experience as both a direct practice clinician and as a clinical supervisor. Prior to joining Partnership with Children she served as the Director of Family Support Services for the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone. Angela has a Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University as well as postmaster’s training from NYU and the Ackerman Institute for the Family.
Lola Martin, LCSW
Lola Martin is a Clinical Director overseeing and providing clinical supervision to several Partnership with Children social work programs, including MS 126 in Brooklyn and High School for Teaching and the Professions in the Bronx. Lola has been in the field of school and community-based social work for over 13 years. In her prior role as Social Work Director at PS 194, a Partnership with Children elementary school in upper Harlem, Lola provided ongoing counseling and support to children and their families, support groups and professional development for teachers and support staff, workshops for parents, and ongoing classroom-wide interventions. She is also a part of Partnership with Children’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council and serves as a facilitator of “Anti-Racism 101” trainings for staff. She firmly believes in developing the day-to-day “muscle” of individuals and organizations to walk in the truly reflective work of becoming anti-racist. Lola holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Information Science and Policy from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. She has also received additional training in Play Therapy from Western State Connecticut University and the University of North Texas.
Katie Nicholson, LCSW
Katie has been with Partnership with Children in various roles since 2001. In her current role, she provides programmatic oversight and clinical supervision to seven of the organization’s partner schools. Prior to joining Partnership, Katie worked at New York Presbyterian/Westchester Division in the Child & Adolescent Inpatient and Outpatient units. Katie has always been passionate about working with children and families, leading her to launch one of PWC’s most successful parent engagement programs, Parent University. Katie has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Shippensburg University and a Master’s in Social Work from Temple University.
Director of Program Design and Performance
Krista established and oversees the online system for PWC’s data collection, reporting, and continuous learning work, ensuring there are clear links between desired program impact, program activities, and performance measurement and monitoring. An expert in theory of change models and effective program design, she also works to develop and assess new strategic program models within PWC, and currently supervises the programs from the affiliated Center for Arts Education. Krista is passionate about social justice and has worked in the nonprofit sector in NYC for over a decade. Prior to joining Partnership with Children, Krista served as Director of Planning and Evaluation at Safe Space NYC, where she oversaw data & evaluation, public grant writing, and strategic planning initiatives. Krista has also worked for the Community Service Society of New York as a Strategic Planning and Policy Associate, and in the Evaluation Branch of the National Institutes of Health Office of the Director. She has a Masters of Public Policy from The George Washington University and a BA in English from Villanova University.
R. Franklyn Pintado
Vice President of Finance
Franklyn joined Partnership with Children in 2016. He oversees the organization’s day-to-day accounting and reporting functions. Prior to joining Partnership with Children, Franklyn served as the Senior Director of Finance and Administration at Single Stop USA, a national nonprofit that specializes in benefit access, and financial and legal counseling for low income families. He studied Finance and Accounting at Lehigh University and has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 10 years. Franklyn was named one of NYN’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in 2018.
Jenny Rawlings, LCSW
Jenny Rawlings is a Clinical Director currently managing and clinically supervising the Partnership with Children social work teams within the Public Prep Network. She has been licensed in the mental health professions since 2007 and holds prior experiences in both direct client practices and clinical supervision. Jenny joined the PWC team in 2019 where she first served as a Social Work Director before moving into her current position. She previously served in both inpatient hospital-based and community settings. She has always had a passion for working with the youth of our under-served populations, utilizing creative outlets to find every voice. Jenny has additional certifications in Trauma-Focused CBT and trainings in art therapy-based practices. Jenny holds both a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and Clinical Counseling from Ohio State University. She has also earned double under-graduate degrees in Art Therapy and Psychology from Capital University.
Chief Development Officer
Jessica has over a decade of experience in fund development, using public and private philanthropy, strategic planning, and bringing high-impact resources to organizations eliminating the inequitable outcomes of systemic oppression. Jessica has built an impressive record as a fundraising specialist supporting some of the region’s most transformative education, arts, and community-based initiatives, including Partnership with Children. Jessica currently serves as Partnership with Children’s Chief Development Officer where she is leading fundraising and development operations for one of New York City’s largest providers of Community School programs. Prior to Partnership with Children, Jessica served as Senior Development Director at All Our Kin, leading the critical growth of fund development in support of high-quality family child care programming. In addition, she served as the Director of Institutional Giving at the Harlem Children’s Zone, where her team oversaw a multimillion-dollar portfolio of private philanthropic and publicly contracted, and corporate funding to support a broad range of early education, K-12, postsecondary and family-based programs. Jessica currently serves on the board of directors of the Fiver Children’s Foundation.
Christine Salazar, LCSW
Christine has experience as both a direct practice clinician and a clinical supervisor. Christine has dedicated more than thirteen years of her career as a social worker to working with community based organizations and schools, primarily serving some of the toughest, most under-served communities. Prior to joining Partnership with Children, Christine served multiple roles at the Puerto Rican Family Institute, Inc. Those roles included, Clinic Director of the Brooklyn Mental Health Clinic, project manager of the Electronic Medical Records program and, most recently as the Behavioral Health Services Specialist.Christine has a Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University as well as postmaster’s training in Clinical Practice with Adolescents and Executive Leadership in the Not-for-Profit Sector from NYU. Christine is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
Marina oversees all financial and administrative operations for the organization and brings experience from for-profit, government, and non-profit organizations to her role. Prior to joining Partnership with Children, Marina served as Chief Operating Officer at Domus Kids, Inc.; Chief Administrative Officer at the I Have A Dream Foundation; Director of Special Projects, Office of Deputy Chancellor for Finance and Administration at the New York City Department of Education; and Principal, Health Solutions Group at American Management Systems. Marina has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Meredith Sherman, LCSW
Vice President of Programs, Community Schools
Meredith’s work at Partnership with Children includes programmatic oversight of all of our Community Schools and of the Center for Arts Education (CAE), which recently joined the Partnership with Children family. She brings significant expertise in the community school strategy, which combines social work, youth development, enrichment activities, family engagement, and community outreach; as well as using the arts to advance social-emotional learning, academic excellence, and social justice. Meredith previously served as a Program Director at PWC, with programmatic oversight of four Community Schools in East New York and Brownsville. Meredith has provided social work services to youth between the ages of 4-18 both in the school setting and in youth development programs. She spent over 11 years as Program Director at Groove With Me, Inc. and 2 years as Clinical Director of Programs at ENACT. Earlier in her career, she was a Special Education teacher in South Phoenix as a Teach For America corps member. Meredith received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of Michigan; a Master of Science in Social Work degree from Columbia University; and a certificate in Not-For-Profit Management from the Baruch College/PASE Emerging Leaders program. Meredith was a 2008 recipient of the PASEsetter Award.
Alexandra Teitel, M.Ed
Alex Teitel serves as the Program Director for PS 67, PS 308, Brooklyn Gardens Elementary, and Rockaway Collegiate High School, supporting the staff teams, partnerships, and programming at each of these Community Schools. Prior to stepping into the Program Director role, Alex was the Community School Director at PS 284, where for six years she collaboratively developed and implemented strategies to advance attendance, enrichment, health and wellness, family engagement, and a positive school climate. Before her time at PWC, Alex brought entrepreneurship education to high school students in Oakland, California, as a Director of National Growth, Site Director, and Program Manager, and taught middle school ELA and Social Studies in Boston Public Schools. Throughout her time as an educator, she has been focused on advancing equity and access for all students, rooted in a firm belief in the power of students’ voices, community collaboration, and a strengths-based approach. Alex has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and History from Brown University, a Masters in Education from Lesley University, and a Masters in School-Based Leadership from City College.