Staff

 

Sabine Keinath – Director and COO

Sabine is an economist who has worked for international development agencies – primarily the European Commission – in the design and evaluation of education programs in many countries, including India, Egypt, and Tanzania.  Sabine has lived in Germany, Mexico, the UK, India, and now the United States.  Sabine joined LearnServe in 2008.  She directs the LearnServe Abroad program, and has co-led LearnServe Paraguay (2009 and 2010) and Jamaica (2011).

 

Scott Rechler – Director and CEO

A Washington, DC native, Scott graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in social anthropology.  He wrote his senior thesis on social entrepreneurship and social change in southern Chile, and co-founded Harvard’s Race, Culture, and Diversity Initiative to improve campus inter-cultural relations.  Scott worked for five years at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, strengthening Ashoka’s dynamic global community of social entrepreneurs.  Scott was selected a 2009 winner of the Linowes Leadership Award of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region.  He received his M.B.A. from George Washington University’s School of Business in May 2012.  Scott serves on the board of ScholarCHIPS, a LearnServe venture that offers college scholarships to children of incarcerated parents.  A fluent Spanish speaker, Scott has lived in Chile and Bolivia.  Scott joined LearnServe in 2006.  He directs the LearnServe Fellows Program, and has co-led LearnServe Paraguay (2009, 2010, and 2011). You can follow him on Twitter @ScottRec.

 

Lauren Jordan – Director of Seeding Social Innovation

Lauren, originally from Michigan, earned a BA from the University of Michigan in Sociology and went on to complete a year with City Year, an educational Americorps service program. Afterwards, she completed her MA in Higher Education from New York University. Lauren’s self-designed concentration at NYU was in Critical, Cultural, and Creative Pedagogies which influenced her design of The Poly Project, a civic engagement initiative at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering.  After graduating, Lauren took on an internship with Ashinaga, a non-profit in Japan that provides educational funding and support to students who have lost parents. She most recently comes from Lawrence Technical University in Michigan where she worked with Robofest, an autonomous robotics competition aimed towards middle and high school students. She is looking forward to a new journey with LearnServe.

 

Allison Eriksen – Development and Communications Associate

Allison grew up in Visalia, California and earned a BA in Sociology from UC Davis.  She worked as a substitute teacher before serving in the Peace Corps in Tanzania as an environmental education volunteer.  She worked in a rural village teaching high school students about environmental issues and how to mitigate their impact on the environment.  She also taught life skills and health to girls in upper primary school.  Allison has served on the board of Friends of Tanzania, a returned Peace Corps volunteer group that sponsors development projects in her country of service.

 

LearnServe Fellows

 

Te’Sheron Courtney Williams – Fellows Program Manager

Te’Sheron Courtney Williams is a blossoming Social Entrepreneur with a distinct passion for youth activism and food! She’s a Texas Native, born into a single parent-home that drove her innate ability to lead and be supportive. She obtained her BA in History and Political Science from Howard University and her previous experiences were facilitating and coordinating enrichment programs for DC Court Involved Youth. Courtney seeks to build bridges, connecting traditionally ‘underserved’ young people’s bold and innovative ideas with accessible resources and healthy lifestyles to support goal attainment.  Courtney joined LearnServe in 2015.

 

Shari Boyce – Fellows Co-Leader

Shari is an consultant at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in stakeholder communication and outreach initiatives. She has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Public Health from George Washington University. Prior to joining HHS, she worked at the International Monetary Fund providing support to country mission teams in the Asia and Pacific region.  Last year, Shari served as a mentor and looks forward to working more closely with the Fellows in her new role. She’s volunteered with adolescent/youth programs in the D.C. metro-area, particularly those focused on health and supporting and empowering young people to be agents of change in their personal lives and communities.  Shari joined LearnServe in 2016.

 

Ryan Dalton – Fellows Cohort Leader

Ryan is a project manager with a passion for politics and cultural sensitivity. He is a senior program assistant at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and he was an international observer in the 2015 national elections in Nigeria. From 2010 to 2012, he served in the Peace Corps supporting small and medium enterprises and NGOs in Togo. Fluent in French from his stint in Togo, Ryan has also lived in the UK and has visited 15 countries. He holds a master’s of arts in international communication from the American University and a bachelor’s of arts in communication from Truman State University. Ryan came to LearnServe in 2013.

 

Melanie Fedri – Fellows Co-Leader

Melanie considers herself a world citizen who grew up in New York and Texas and worked in India, Israel, and Kenya. She most recently worked for the George Washington University as the founding coordinator for the GWupstart Social Innovation Lab, the university’s hub for social entrepreneurship mentoring, education, and funding.  She taught an undergraduate course on social innovation and directed the social venture prize track of GW’s $200,000 New Venture Competition. She is a doctoral candidate at Penn State University studying Higher Education and how a social entrepreneurship curriculum evolves and benefits student development. She is a StartingBloc fellow, guest lecturer, competition judge, and improv troupe leader.  Loran joined LearnServe in 2016.

 

Loran Jackson – Collaborative Venture Mentors Program Volunteer

Loran Jackson was raised in Harrisburg, PA. She earned her BS in Economics from Clarion University of PA. From college, she went straight to Law School at Howard University, were she is currently working toward earning a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration. In her time in D.C., Loran has interned at the Prince George’s County Courthouse, Department of Consumer and Regulator Affairs, and Rose Law Firm. Loran plans to start her own non-profit in the future, while also working in consumer protection or civil rights. Loran joined LearnServe in 2016.

 

Sam Polk – Fellows Co-Leader

Sam Polk teaches high school humanities at the Barrie School in Silver Spring, MD. Before embarking on a full-time career in teaching, Sam spent over a decade working in international development with the World Bank, Results for Development, and other organizations working to create more transparent and accountable government in countries around the world. Sam has previously lived in Indonesia, Cuba, and East Timor, but currently calls the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC home.  Sam joined LearnServe in 2016.

Mary Roop – Fellows Co-Leader

Mary is currently a Masters student at American University studying International Development and Economics. She hails from the great state of Wisconsin, attended her undergraduate institution in Minnesota and then served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay from 2013-2015. In Paraguay she worked principally with youth teaching entrepreneurship through a program called Construye Tus Sueños (Build Your Dreams). She is a big sports fan, especially tennis, and in her spare time you can find her out on the tennis courts!  Mary joined LearnServe in 2016.

 

Matt Scott – Fellows Venture Mentors Program Volunteer

Matt Scott is a Digital Storyteller with innovation agency SecondMuse, where he works with clients including NASA, NIKE, the World Bank, and USAID to get the word out about social impact projects that these organizations are co-creating with SecondMuse. He earned a BBA in Marketing from the George Washington University and has focused on using his marketing and storytelling experience for digital advocacy and social good. A passionate advocate against campus sexual assault, Matt is committed to inspiring awareness and action for social impact, in support of environmental sustainability, global nutrition, the engagement of women and minorities in STEM, equitable access to education and more. After serving as a Venture Mentor in 2015, Matt joined the LearnServe team in 2016.

 

LearnServe Incubator

 

Alessandra Clará – Incubator Program Leader

Alessandra is a social entrepreneur. She is a founding partner and social enterprise consultant at Strategic Good. She is originally from El Salvador and has experience designing, leading and managing high-impact projects in the DC metropolitan area and Latin America. She has also taught Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford and Georgetown University’s Summerfuel program. She believes that social enterprises bring out the best of human nature: innovation and social empathy and that they are the perfect combination of social responsibility, sustainability and business efficiency. She obtained her a M.A. in Social Enterprise from American University and B.S. in Business, Management from Johns Hopkins University.   Alessandra joined the LearnServe team in 2016.

 

Shelley Rood – Incubator Venture Mentors Program Volunteer

Shelley Rood leads the Venture Mentor program, connecting LearnServe fellows with talented business and community leaders, consultants, and entrepreneurs. Shelley joined the LearnServe team after studying entrepreneurship and social enterprise in the MBA program at Georgetown University. In her day job, Shelley serves as an advocate for The Jewish Federations of North America and the Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies, working with Congress and the Administration to support policies that help children, seniors, and families in need.  A former legislative assistant to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Shelley studied sociology and political science at the University of Florida and remains an avid Florida Gator fan.

 

LearnServe Abroad

 

Randee Grant – LearnServe Jamaica Co-Leader

 

Te’Sheron Courtney Williams – LearnServe Jamaica Co-Leader

Te’Sheron Courtney Williams is a blossoming Social Entrepreneur with a distinct passion for youth activism and food! She’s a Texas Native, born into a single parent-home that drove her innate ability to lead and be supportive. She obtained her BA in History and Political Science from Howard University and her previous experiences were facilitating and coordinating enrichment programs for DC Court Involved Youth. Courtney seeks to build bridges, connecting traditionally ‘underserved’ young people’s bold and innovative ideas with accessible resources and healthy lifestyles to support goal attainment.

 

Malikkah Rollins – LearnServe Zambia Co-Leader

Malikkah Rollins, who moved to Washington, DC in 1998, is the school counselor at the Barrie School. She has her clinical social work degree from Smith College and a MA in international relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University where she also received her BA in history. Malikkah has been an educator, teaching upper school humanities at Maret and Bullis Schools as well as a human rights activist. Malikkah first traveled to Africa after college on a service project to Kenya with Operation Crossroads. The following summer, Malikkah led a group of high school students on a volunteer trip to Kenya through the Massachusetts YMCA. Besides Kenya, Malikkah has traveled to South Africa, Costa Rica, the Caribbean and Europe. When not dreaming of traveling, Malikkah is an amateur actress and chef, yoga-lover and volunteers in the DC theatre community.

 

Clarence Cross – LearnServe Zambia Co-Leader

 

Sam Polk – LearnServe Paraguay Co-Leader

Sam Polk teaches high school humanities at the Barrie School in Silver Spring, MD. Before embarking on a full-time career in teaching, Sam spent over a decade working in international development with the World Bank, Results for Development, and other organizations working to create more transparent and accountable government in countries around the world. Sam has previously lived in Indonesia, Cuba, and East Timor, but currently calls the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC home.  Sam joined LearnServe in 2016.

 

Rachelle Adams – LearnServe Paraguay Co-Leader