Engaging Families for Student Success

Staff & Board

Staff

President & Chief Executive Officer: Jason King

jking@turningthepage.org, ext. 10

Jason King earned his A.B. in 1994 from Duke University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1997. In early 1998, while practicing commercial finance law at Krooth & Altman LLP, he co-founded Turning the Page with friends and colleagues as an all-volunteer organization. In July 2000, Jason left his law practice to become Turning the Page’s full-time president and first staff member. Since then, Turning the Page has become a recognized leader in developing and implementing innovative solutions to family involvement and community investment challenges facing urban public schools. In 2004, Jason was recognized as a “Hometown Hero” by local PBS affiliate WETA and served for five years as Chair of the D.C. Congressional Art Competition. In 2009, Jason participated in the Stanford School of Business Executive Program for Non-profit Leaders and is part of the Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2013.


Managing Director (DC): Ellie Canter

ecanter@turningthepage.org, ext. 19

Ellie Canter is Managing Director at Turning the Page in DC, and committed to building family engagement capacity in D.C. Public Schools. She leads Turning the Page’s partnerships with six Title I schools to strengthen relationships between teachers and families that foster greater learning outcomes for students. Before coming to Turning the Page, Ellie graduated with a Master’s in Education Policy and Leadership Studies from the University of Washington’s College of Education. During her time as a graduate student, she led an undergraduate service learning seminar and cultural exchange with elementary school students on the Makah Indian Reservation. She also worked with the Office of Admissions in reviewing undergraduate applications for the incoming freshmen class and led the National Education for Women’s Leadership program through the University of Washington Women’s Center. Ellie graduated with a Bachelor’s in English and French Literature from the University of Virginia in 2007.


Turn The Page Staff PhotosManaging Director (Chicago): Kylia Kummer

kkummer@turningthepage.org

Kylia Kummer is the Director of Programs at Turning the Page in Chicago. She leads partnerships with six Chicago public schools to strengthen relationships between teachers and families that foster greater learning outcomes for students. Before coming to Turning the Page, Kylia was a Social Science Specialist for Chicago Public Schools. During her time with Chicago Public School, she was responsible for developing and managing professional development experiences for the district’s kindergarten through twelfth grade social studies teachers, and developing workshop curriculum. She also worked with Chicago Children’s Museum as Director of Student and Educator Programs. There, she was responsible for the overall success the program by growing and managing partnerships that built capacity in children, educators, parents, and caregivers and provided strategic planning and oversight to all student and educator programs. Kylia, a former classroom teacher, graduated with a Bachelor’s in History and Education from Hendrix College.


Development Coordinator: Alie Mihuta

4-144Alie Mihuta is the Development Coordinator for Turning the Page. Alie plans and executes fundraising activities and events in order to meet our current funding needs and goals for the future. Additionally, Alie is responsible for the sustainability and growth of Carpe Librum, TTP’s fundraising used bookstore. She also helps maintain and grow the financial support TTP receives from individuals and companies. Alie is originally from upstate New York and graduated from St. Lawrence University with a major in Spanish and a double minor in Government and Religious Studies. Before joining Turning the Page, Alie served as an AmeriCorps member for two years with City Year, Washington DC, providing tutoring and mentoring support to 5th graders at Stanton Elementary school.


Development Coordinator: Sara Finocchio

Sara Finocchio is Development Coordinator at Turning the Page where she is in charge of researching, writing and submitting grants to foundation and corporate funders, as well as maintaining all of the organization’s digital platforms. Sara graduated from the University of Georgia with her B.A. in international affairs and received her M.A. in public administration from Cornell University. Sara knew she wanted a career working in the nonprofit sector after her experiences working as an intern at The Carter Center in Atlanta, the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, and DC Central Kitchen in Washington, D.C.. She developed a passion for education and education policy while working at the University of Georgia as a tutor for student athletes, where she began to notice that far too many of our country’s youth were failing to receive high quality public educations simply due to their families’ economic circumstances.


Partnership Manager (DC): Ally Gasdaska

agasdaska@turningthepage.org, ext. 22

Ally Gasdaska works with three of TTP’s partner schools to coordinate Community Night and family engagement programming. Prior to Turning the Page, Ally served two years as an AmeriCorps member working in DC’s nonprofit and education sectors. Through AmeriCorps, she worked as the Community Outreach VISTA at Fair Chance DC and as a corps member with City Year Washington, DC, tutoring and mentoring middle school students at Browne Education Campus in the Carver Terrace neighborhood of Northeast DC. Originally from Harrisburg, PA, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Ally has also worked as a research/academic assistant at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and has volunteered with numerous advocacy organizations.


Partnership Manager (DC): Talia Crosby

thullum@turningthepage.org, ext. 11

Talia Crosby supports the growth of family engagement practices at three of TTP’s partner schools. She brings a wealth of experience in mentoring programs, community development programming, and research in Health and Human Services and Education Policy. She obtained her Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Community Organizing and Public Policy at the University of Pittsburg in 2013, after which she completed a year of English language instruction in China and received her Master’s in International Studies with a concentration in Education Development from Concordia University. She graduated from Westminster College in 2011 with a BA in History and a minor in Secondary Education.


 

Turn The Page Staff PhotosPartnership Manager (Chicago): Keirstin McCambridge

kmccambridge@turningthepage.org

Keirstin McCambridge is the Partnership Manager with Turning the Page Chicago, and works with three partner schools to support parent engagement programming in Chicago’s North Lawndale community. Keirstin recently completed her Masters of Education in Community Development and Action at Vanderbilt University where she focused on integrating community practices into education. While in Nashville she worked with Valor Collegiate Academy, a new Nashville school, to support family engagement and operations efforts. Before going back to graduate school, Keirstin served as a Teach For America corps member teaching high school mathematics in Jacksonville, Florida. Her Jacksonville students inspired her to view education as a multi-faceted process that extends well beyond the classroom and encouraged her to continue to fight for education equality. Keirstin graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2011.


 

HadiatuPartnership Manager (DC): Hadiatu Sumah

hsumah@turningthepage.org, ext. 25

Hadiatu Sumah coordinates family engagement programming at TTP’s two newest school partners in Ward 8. She also focuses on identifying community resources and partners for TTP families that support their children’s learning beyond the classroom. Prior to Turning the Page, she worked as a Community Support Specialist with a nonprofit in Washington, DC assisting and supporting residents from low-income communities in accessing resources to address needs ranging from housing to educational resources. She has also worked with university students and school partners in New York City to develop and coordinate disciplined based service-learning programs. As a graduate student, she interned with a Rwandan based nonprofit and assisted with a campaign to provide access to education to orphans of the Rwandan Genocide. Originally from the Washington, DC area, she graduated with a Master’s in International Communications and a Bachelor’s in Government and Politics from St. John’s University.


PartnershJennip Coordinator (DC): Jenn Parisi

jparisi@turningthepage.org, ext. 18

Jenn Parisi works with one of TTP DC’s partner schools and with TTP’s national expansion pilot schools in Philadelphia and the Bronx to coordinate Community Night and family engagement programming. Jenn joined Turning the Page as an AmeriCorps VISTA, serving with the organization for two years, focusing on TTP’s student programs and volunteer recruitment and management. Jenn graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2014 with a BA in Mandarin Chinese, a BS in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Business Administration. During her time at the University of Rhode Island, Jenn spent time living abroad in China, studying Mandarin language and culture while teaching English to Chinese students, and working with the URI Feinstein Center for Service Learning to strengthen service learning programs for students throughout the university community.


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Partnership Coordinator (Chicago): Jasmine Jones

jjones@turningthepage.org

Jasmine Jones is the Partnership Coordinator at Turning the Page Chicago. She supports parent engagement initiatives with three Chicago elementary schools in the North Lawndale community. She has over 5 years of professional experience in social services and education. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology and minor in Sociology from St. Xavier University, she served with AmeriCorps’ City Year Chicago to experience the state of education in urban communities. As a corps member she served as a near peer and tutor to 7th and 8th grade students in math and literature. She later went on to use her Psychology background and passion for education at Youth Guidance. There she helped develop on campus, tuition and grant-based after school programs and camps. Now at Turning the Page, she works directly with diverse parent groups and school staff to promote holistic learning and skill development for students in under-served communities.


Current AmeriCorps VISTA members:

Americorps VISTAs serve nationally to strengthen local organizations that serve low-income communities. At TTP, they’re fundamental to bolstering partnerships with parents and school staff and forging long-lasting relationships with local nonprofits, museums, and universities. In fact, VISTAs are a part of almost all aspects of TTP programs, and are the faces behind outreach strategy, child mentoring activities, field trips, social media, program evaluation, and research.

 

TTP Washington, DC VISTA members:

 

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Leisha Winley (lwinley@turningthepage.org)

Leisha Winley is serving as the Communication and Outreach VISTA at TTP. She joined TTP because she believes that everyone should have access to quality education and wants to provide support and resources to families that will impact their lives in purposeful and meaningful ways. She participated and led service trips to Atlanta and Baltimore which contributed to her passion for service and community engagement. Leisha graduated with a degree in Communication and a minor in Public Leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Michelle Holmes (mholmes@turningthepage.org)

Michelle Holmes is a recent graduate and former NCAA Women’s Basketball player at American University with a major in Sociology, and a minor in Public Health. Michelle is passionate about helping other in need and is pursuing a career in the field of social work and/or public health.


Jeremy Simmons (jsimmons@turningthepage.org)

Jeremy Simmons is a Peoria, IL native and holds degrees from Clark Atlanta University and Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He became interested in volunteering during his matriculation at Clark Atlanta when he became a mentor with Upward Bound. From there, Jeremy has become interested in helping serve America in a positive and productive way. He holds interest in data entry and management, analyzing data, and research and analysis of topics that deal with the hearts of inner-city communities. Once he ends his service year, he plans on working for the federal government or another non-profit organization with similar goals as himself.


TTP Chicago VISTA members:

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Emily Lien (elien@turningthepage.org)
Emily serves as the Community Nights VISTA, focusing on volunteer management and curriculum development. Since graduating from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Psychology,  she’s served with AmeriCorps in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood and crossed the Atlantic to teach in France. She returned to Chicago, the most beautiful city in America, because she believes in the right to a quality education for everyone.


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Liz serves as the Communications VISTA at Turning the Page. She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in advertising management and a minor in public relations. While in college, Liz participated in service trips that exposed her to the great work non-profit organizations and companies are doing in their communities. These experiences inspired her to work for organizations that strengthen families and communities. She hopes to continue working in non-profit communications next year and eventually help companies be more socially responsible in the communities they impact.


 

Jacob Dimuzio (jdimuzio@turningthepage.org)

Jacob is an Americorp Vista who graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Writing.  Jacob came upon Turning the Page because of his passion for excellent education paired with a desire to partner with communities lacking resources in his home city of Chicago.  Children everywhere should be given the same opportunities to live up to their full potential, to exceed expectations, and to discover their individual interests.  Jacob will also be working on the annual Chicago Book Drive and Carpe Librum pop-up store.

 

 


Claire McNorton (cmcnorton@turningthepage.org)

Claire is serving her second term as an AmeriCorps VISTA doing partner relations for Turning the Page Chicago. She recently graduated from Loyola University Chicago with BAs in political science and international studies as well as a minor in Spanish. She hails from Royal Oak, Michigan which is located right outside Detroit. Claire served her first VISTA term in Detroit working to alleviate childhood hunger. While she is passionate about children’s issues, especially the right to a quality education, ultimately Claire hopes to one day write public policy for mental healthcare reform.

 

 


Operations and Logistics Manager:

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Christian Green: A DC native and DCPS graduate, Christian joined TTP after graduating from West Virginia State University. She is currently working towards her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Trinity University, loves books, and enjoys getting to know those who shop at Carpe Librum.


Board of Directors

Terrell Braden
Vice President, The Premier Bank

Terrell Braden is Vice President and Washington Division Branch Administrator for the Premier Bank. Terrell received a BS degree in Business Administration from Memphis State University and has since received numerous banking achievement awards and certificates of training for outstanding sales and services, managing bank operations, consumer lending and customer service.

At Permier Bank, Terrell enjoys the daily interaction with customers and new prospects, allowing him to  conduct banking business the old fashion way:  face-to-face.  He is proud of his efforts to help  non-profit organizations and start-up businesses address financial needs and the impact of those efforts on  the local community. He loves the feeling of making a difference in the community and helping those who face daily challenges in managing their finances. That is why he feels it is an honor to be a part of such a wonderful organization as Turning the Page.


Arnold F. Fege
Founder and President of Public Advocacy for Kids

Arnold F. Fege’s extensive career has spanned numerous areas, including being a journalist, a war reporter in Vietnam, a U.S. Senate staffer, a grassroots organizer, and a non-profit executive. Arnold is known for his work in education policy and child advocacy and is currently president of Public Advocacy for Kids.  In that role, he works closely with educators, parents, communities, service providers, federal agencies, congressional offices and the White House to strengthen policy and practice on children’s issues, and seeking common ground.

Mr. Fege has more than 30 years of public education experience as a former public school teacher, curriculum coordinator, director of desegregation, college teacher, Title I director, and leader in governmental relations. He is an expert in connecting the practical everyday challenges of the classroom and school with national issues of equity, resources, and quality. The guiding principles of his work are that every child receives a quality public education and learns at high standards through the involvement of parents and the public with a special focus on low-income families and children with special needs.

Mr. Fege serves on numerous boards and committees; has published numerous articles on connecting schools with parents and community; has been an international education adviser to South Africa, Vietnam, Bulgaria, Singapore, and Azerbaijan, among other countries; and is frequently requested as a guest speaker and commentator on federal policy, equity, civil rights, teacher quality, and leadership


Doran Lee Flowers
Attorney-at-Law

When co-founding Turning the Page in 1998 , Doran believed that every person deserved  a quality education. These many years later, he takes great pride in Turning the Page’s continued fight alongside parents and like-minded supporters to make it happen.

Doran earned his B.A. in 1993 from Northwestern University and his J.D./M.S.F.S. from Georgetown University Law Center and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in 1998. Upon graduation from Georgetown Law Center, Doran practiced real estate and real estate finance law at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP (formerly Katten Muchin Zavis LLP) and Arent Fox LLP. Doran left his law practice in 2003. Doran helped form and deliver many of Turning the Page’s innovative solutions to family involvement and community investment challenges facing urban public schools when acting as Turning the Page’s part-time Advisor and Senior Advisor.


Tina P. Hsu
Counsel, FDIC

Tina Hsu works as Counsel at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. As an idealistic recent law school graduate, Tina was one of the original co-founders of Turning the Page, helping to shepherd the organization through many firsts – from the first fundraiser at Buffalo Billiards, the first donation of books to a Washington, DC, public school, to the launch of the website in 1997. Tina has lived and worked in the DC region since 1993, practicing with national and regional law firms across a wide variety of practice areas. Tina earned a degree in Government from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.


Brenda V. Johnson
Eastern Region Director, Continental Societies, Inc.

Brenda V. Johnson, a former Assistant Director of the District of Columbia Public Library, has spent her entire life as a public service employee. Following retirement, she joined the staff at Ballou S.T.A.Y. High School, DCPS, where she continues to work as an Assessor/Advisor for the National External Diploma Program. She has served on several boards, including the Thea Bowman Public Charter School, the Prince George’s County Public Library Foundation and the Archdiocese of Washington Parish Pastoral Council. She is also the current Eastern Region Director for Continental Societies, Inc., an international organization committed to providing services to undeserved children through a wide variety of programs and activities. As a result of her lifelong involvement in programs that enhance the educational and social development of children, she strongly believes in the tremendous value and transformative skill set that is provided to the families served by Turning the Page.


Jason S. King
President, Turning the Page


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Rhoda Morris
Consultant, Creative Memories

Rhoda Morris currently works at Morris Corporate Housing. She has a BA in Psychology from Hampton University and a Master’s of Education, Counseling Psychology from Howard University. A former Social Worker and Program Director, Rhoda and her family moved to DC in 2000 on a military assignment. While participating in Turning the Pages’s Community Nights, Rhoda and her family enjoyed their monthly gatherings as well as the Parent leadership workshops. A photographer and avid reader, Rhoda enjoys non-fiction, but gets an added thrill when she and her kids are able to discuss a recent book they’ve enjoyed. She and her husband are the parents of four and within their home, there’s a book for any age and taste to enjoy. Rhoda has served on various committees with military organizations,including USMC Headquarters Key Volunteer Advisory Council and continues to do so at the local level with the military women’s ministries.


Sowmya Murthy
Chief Marketing Officer, Seven Lakes Technologies

Sowmya Murthy leads all aspects of Seven Lakes Technologies’ marketing program. She is responsible for scaling the company’s messaging to ensure it supports the target outcomes for it’s products, technologies, and solutions.

Previously, Sowmya served as the Portfolio Marketing Director and Marketing Insight and Internal Strategy Group Director at Unisys.  She managed a $10.5M budget, allocating funds to the field marketing and advertising team while also managing a $3M portfolio-marketing budget to drive $150M in start-up security and infrastructure products over a 3-year period. She also implemented the Challenger Sales Methodology by developing Sales Navigator, which was universally adopted across the organization. Sowmya improved performance by restructuring the team methodology from just providing data to providing analysis and evaluation of options for market entry and exit, product requirements, setting corporate strategy and advising executives on the portfolio.


Michael Nesbitt
Senior Transportation Specialist, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

In his capacity at the FHWA, Michael assists state transportation agencies with implementing performance management best practices. Michael is a proud graduate of the District of Columbia’s public school system. He earned a BA in Sociology/Anthropology from Carleton College and a MA in Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics from George Mason University. Upon returning to Washington, DC, after college, Michael joined AmeriCorps VISTA and served as a VISTA Fellow with Turning the Page.


Maria Salvadore
Adjunct English Professor, University of Maryland, College Park

Maria Salvadore works as a children’s literature specialist, consulting with local and national organizations. Before becoming a consultant, she served as Coordinator of Children’s Services for the District of Columbia Public Library system. Prior to her return to Washington, Salvadore worked as the Children’s Services Coordinator in Cambridge (MA) Public Library. While there, she worked with the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College. She teaches graduate level and has taught undergraduate courses in children’s literature at the University of Maryland. Salvadore continues to review children’s and young adult books for various professional journals. She was consulting editor and contributor to The Essential Guide to Children’s Books and Their Creators and contributed to Children’s Books and Their Creators (both edited by Anita Silvey) and co-authored Books Your Children Will Talk About with Susan Hepler (NEA, 2003). Salvadore has served on or chaired various award juries including the Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards, the Caldecott Medal, Newbery Medal, the Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award, and the Notable Children’s Book Committee.


Chicago Advisory Board

Anita Bose, Head of Client & Business Development at W2O Group

Bethann Hester, Director of Development at The Resurrection Project

Candace Fleming, Author

Ellen Sherratt, Deputy Director at the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders at AIR

Elsa Andriani, Attorney at Skadden Arps

Eric Rohmann, Illustrator

Evelyn Kelly, Director of Sales for PBS National Sponsorships, SG/PTV

Garth Walker, Emergency Medicine Resident Physician at University of Chicago Medicine

Meggan Runner, Senior Manager of New Client Development SmithBucklin

Patricia Ford, Executive Director, Steans Family Foundation

Sonya Anderson, Independent Consultant, Anderson Consulting

Tene Gray, Partnerships Manager, Digital Youth Network