Staff Leadership

Staff Leadership

Chastity Lord

President & CEO

Chastity has spent two decades dedicated to dismantling systems of inequity for marginalized communities. She deeply believes that generational poverty is a social justice issue and that families are the best owners and narrators of their lives. History has proven time and again that building infrastructure, leadership, and power for marginalized communities creates a contagion of long-term change.

Chastity’s professional North Star and commitment to equity and justice for the past two decades is influenced by her own personal experience as a first-generation college graduate. Prior to JP, Chastity served as Chief Operating Officer at Color of Change (COC), a racial justice organization with 7+ million members.

Prior to joining COC, Chastity was the Chief External Officer of Achievement First, a nonprofit organization that operates 50 public charter schools in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Brooklyn. Chastity also spent eight years at The Posse Foundation, a nationally-recognized and MacArthur Genius-awarded college access program devoted to public high school students who show academic and leadership potential, but may be overlooked by the traditional college admissions process.

She has a BA in organizational communication from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA in strategy and marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is a 2012 Pahara-Aspen Fellow with the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Chastity serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees for Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. In the past year, she was quoted as a thought leader in top-tier outlets including Reuters, Politico, CNN, MSNBC, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, CBS Morning, and NPR.

Executive Leadership Team

Amy D’Angelo

Chief of Staff

Anedra Kerr

Vice President of Development

Archana Patel

Vice President of Parent Programming

Morcine Scott-Warren

Senior Director of Human Resources

Jason Seifert

Chief Financial Officer

Payal Seth

Vice President of Second Generation Programming

Kristina Turner

Sr. Director of Marketing & Storytelling

Leadership Team

Ally Hanten Ebert


Gloria Gonzales-Dholakia

Austin Executive Director

Laetitia Mizero Hellerud

Fargo Executive Director

Patty Healy Janssen

Minneapolis Executive Director

Alison Carter Marlow


Karla Benson Rutten

St. Paul Executive Director

Danielle Staton

Baltimore Executive Director

Maria Tucker

Las Vegas Executive Director


Savannah Anderson, CDC Teacher

Lindsey Ashburn, CDC Teacher

Jacqueline Delgado Bowen, CDC Teacher

Maria Delgado, CDC Teacher

Gloria Gonzales-Dholakia, Executive Director

Chelsea Evans, Operations Manager

Alexis Frezza, Program Associate

Gaudencia Miranda Hernandez, Assistant Teacher

Ashley Hudson, Family Coach

Lisa Hutchison, CDC Cook

Brittany Jackson, CDC Teacher

Kimberly Benford Johns, Community Teacher

Nancy Madrid, Family Services Director

Marlenne Maldonado, CDC Teacher

Alex Martinez, CDC Teacher

Tai McCants, CDC Teacher

MeShay McKinney, Family Coach

Marla Miller, Family Coach

Laura De La Pena, Assistant Teacher

Ashley Olson, CDC Teacher

Sierra Randall, Director of Development

Kasandra Sanchez, CDC Teacher


Danielle Staton, Executive Director

Julie Scott, Family Coach


Jessica Almeida, Family Coach

Jessie Elston, Family Coach

Kathy Javier, Family Coach

Alison Carter Marlow, Executive Director

Rachael Webb, Family Services Director


Achime Delouis, Family Coach

Elizabeth Dessources, Family Services Director

Asata Evans, Development Manager

Deanna Giordano, Family Coach

Nicole Ranger, Family Coach

Maddy Sanders, Operations Manager


Jan Anderson, CDC Cook

Annie Berg, CDC Teacher

Tamoisha Breeding, CDC Teacher

Caroline Gray, CDC Teacher

Brittany Jackson Hayer, CDC Director

Laetitia Mizero Hellerud, Executive Director

Amy Klein, Family Services Director

Shelby Nightingale, Community Teacher

Addy Sam, CDC Teacher

Megan Thompson, Family Coach

Andrea Williams, Director of Development

Christine Wylot, CDC Teacher

Las Vegas

Brittany Mann, Family Services Director

Maria Tucker, Executive Director

Rochester-SE MN

Sonya Chieves, Family Coach

Rashida Dean, Family Coach

Liz Dorn, Director of Development

Ally Hanten Ebert, Executive Director

Carissa Frandrup, Development Coordinator

Charleen Huber, Operations Manager

Latoya Richardson, Family Coach

Bri Rollins, Family Coach

Katie Ticho, Family Services Director


Lori Alle, CDC Teacher

Amber Brockton, Assistant Teacher

Ruth Christ, Operations Manager

Patty Healy Janssen, Executive Director

Meera Kannan, CDC Director

Joanne Kaufman, Director of Development

Kim Laden, CDC Teacher

Katy Mason, CDC Teacher

Shoa Yang, Family Coach

* Shared role across both Minneapolis and St. Paul Campus

St Paul

Karla Benson Rutten, Executive Director

Chris Bernard, Family Services Director

Lisa Freitag, Family Coach

Ciara Graham, Family Coach

Renae Jones, CDC Teacher

Joanne Kaufman, Director of Development*

Mikaela Keegan Kaus, CDC Teacher

Natasha Johnson-Mills, Operations Manager

Denita Ngwu, Family Coach

Kimberly Peter, CDC Teacher

De’Avery Priest, CDC Teacher

Corey Stewart, CDC Director

Denise Taylor, CDC Teacher

*Shared role across both Minneapolis and St. Paul Campus

Campus support team

Kimberly Ali, Payroll & Benefits Manager

Todd Arnhold, Director of Technology

Heather Asp, Director Talent Management

Monita Bell, Director of Content Strategy

Amanda Bernasconi, Director of Family Recruitment

Nakia Bennett, Human Resources Generalist

Bonita Broadnax, Director of Housing & Operations

Rochelle Brockington, Director Finance

Pamela Carlston, Senior Director of Development Strategy & Operations

Logan Contreras, Director of Data Strategy & Analytics

Vernisha Crawford, Director of Volunteer Mentor Program

Sarah Crompton, Sr. Grant Writer 

Humberto Cruz-Chavarría, Director of Second Generation Programming

Amy D’Angelo, Chief of Staff

Delwin Derksen, Senior Finance Manager

Michelle Dunbar, Sr. Coordinator Human Resources, Recruitment

Julie Gehring, Sr. Director of Individual Giving

Jules Goins, Senior Grant Writer

Dana Greenup, Talent Recruiter

Kavitha Gundala, Residential Program Community Manager

Melissa Halsne, Senior Database Manager

Cassidy Hopson, Digital Marketing Strategist

Mays Jumah, Data Analyst

Ezra Kenyanya, Program Manager

Anedra Kerr, VP Development

Chastity Lord, President & CEO

Katherine Langston, Parent Programming Coordinator

Kelsey Martinez, Talent Recruiter

Jill Miller, Special Projects Advisor

Noella Mua, Accountant 

Dorothy Mukasa, Executive Assistant to Executive Leadership Team

Dione Overshown, Designer

Martina Owens, Sr. Coordinator Human Resources, Operations

Sharin Park, Director of Parent Programming

Archana Patel, VP Parent Programming

Chelsea Phillip, Executive Assistant to President & CEO

Rebecca Putzer, Director of Student Programming

Maureen Rafferty, Sr. Director of Institutional Partnerships

Treshy Schaper, Senior Accountant

Morcine Scott-Warren, Senior Director of HR

Jason Seifert, Chief Financial Officer

Payal Seth, VP Second Generation Programming

Ally Teeples, Development Coordinator

Taylor Thompson, Special Assistant to the CEO &Board Liaison

Kristina Turner, Sr. Director of Marketing & Storytelling

Araceli Urquiza, Family Recruiter

Vanessa Woods, Public Policy Program Associate