Artavia has worked extensively over the past 20 years, in a variety of executive leadership roles, to help provide academic and economic support to young people in under-resourced communities in the U.S. and developing countries. She is an ordained minister, holding a B.A. in Theology and a Masters of Divinity from Grace Christian Seminary, and believes that faith-centered social change can prove especially valuable in youth empowerment. She is co-founder of Pocketrev, a spiritual social sharing app, and serves as Regional Executive Director for Multiplying Good. She worked under Michelle Obama in community development and non-profit management at Public Allies Chicago and is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago.
Ben Elconin has an extensive background in the non-profit sector. His experience ranges from having helped lead a social and recreational program for adults with developmental disabilities in Southern California to spearheading the creation of an employment counselling service for recent immigrants in New York City. Prior to joining Multiplying Good, Ben worked for Pencils of Promise as the operations manager of the office in Laos where the organization has built over 100 preschools and primary schools to date. When not working to make the world a better place, Ben can most likely be found watching Star Wars or, during football season, cheering on the Green Bay Packers.
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Prior to joining Multiplying Good in September 2013, Hillary Schafer worked on Wall Street for 12 years. In her capacity as the Head of U.S. Institutional Equity Sales in New York for Citigroup, Hillary was one of the highest ranking women in the equity business. From 1995 to 1999, Hillary was the Executive Director of Economic Security 2000 fighting to save and remodel Social Security. Hillary earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Middlebury College.
Jayme lives in Townsend, Delaware and has been with Multiplying Good for eleven years. When she is not busy putting together the most amazing Multiplying Good events in her role as Vice President of Logistics and Events, she is devoted to her family and enjoys spending lots of time with her daughter.
After spending time in California's wine country, Shannon found herself back home again in Indiana. She joined Multiplying Good as a Program Manager in 2015 where she grew youth programming 500%. As the Executive Director in Indiana Shannon is always trying to do better, aim higher and reach farther. She enjoys seeing young Hoosiers change by serving others and having a lasting impact on their communities. She is a graduate of Indiana University and describes herself as committed and willing to evolve and improve rather than jump ship when times get tough. In her free time, she practices massage, is an avid pickleball player, enjoys spending time with her favorite Québécois, Luc, and her Australian Cattle Dog, Bodie. And did we mention her love for Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters!
Stephanie Madden is the Vice President of Technology and Operations at Multiplying Good, who had previously served as the Head of Information Systems and Technology for a variety of companies in a variety of industries. Stephanie, a champion of holistic improvements, focuses on strategies that align technology, operations and finance, in the belief that organizational collaboration and operational excellence go hand in hand. With that as her hallmark, Stephanie makes every effort to become a valuable resource eager to engage all team members who together can develop impactful solutions that keep the mission progressing and innovating at every turn.
Tabitha May-Tolub has more than 20 years of experience in the Youth Leadership Development Field. She brings her expertise in training, cultivating and mentoring youth and the adults who work with them to her role as Director of Training with Multiplying Good. Tabitha also serves as the LEAD training partner and CEO of Roots & Wings, a company which provides training and consultation for youth and the adults who care about them in the areas of leadership, communication and identity development. Prior to the launch of Roots & Wings Tabitha served as Associate Director for Youth LEAD (Leaders Engaging Across Difference) a Massachusetts non-profit that trains and inspires youth leaders to use their values and beliefs to connect with communities across differences to address social issues and enact positive change. Tabitha holds a degree in Psychology from Clark University with a concentration in education. When she is not working to develop the next generation of leaders and changemakers you can find her outside, reading or raising her own two youth leaders near Boston, Massachusetts.
Michele, a National Director for Multiplying Good, joined the organization in 2007 where was instrumental in starting up and running the Students in Action programs in Central Florida, Chicago, Delaware and the San Francisco Bay Area for 2 years. In 2009 the Students in Action program grew, expanding to its current size of 13 regions. Michele continues to run all the Multiplying Good programming in Central Florida and Delaware. She also plays a major role each year in the coordination of the Jefferson Awards in Washington, D.C.
Brady is the VP, Partnership Development. He began his career over two decades ago as a job coach for an organization serving people with developmental disabilities. He brings diverse experience to Multiplying Good and is celebrating his 11th year with our team. Brady lives in Memphis, Tennessee.
Emily Schultz is a graduate of Monmouth University in Long Branch, New Jersey. After completing her degree in History and obtaining her secondary teaching certificate, Emily moved to South Carolina where she taught History and Effective Leadership at Fort Dorchester High School. She also served as a Students In Action advise during her time there. After 9 years of teaching, Emily decided to combine her passions of promoting volunteerism and working with young people by joining Multiplying Good. In her free time, Emily enjoys photography, travel, baking, gardening and spending time with her husband and their fat cat, Jack.
Heather Love has spent more than 15 years in the international development and nonprofit sectors. She holds a business degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama from 2005 to 2008. After Peace Corps, Heather spent several years working for City Year and United Way before joining Multiplying Good in late 2013 to serve as the organization’s Executive Director in South Carolina. In October 2021 Heather moved into the role of Vice President, Community Building at Multiplying Good to help each of our staff teams nationwide be successful in building awareness of our mission, raise the resources necessary to support our work, and deliver impact through our programs.
Heather has lived in the Upstate, Midlands, and Grand Strand of South Carolina but now calls the Lowcountry home where she resides with her husband and two sons. She is a graduate of Leadership South Carolina, the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative, and was named by Greenville Business Magazine as one of Greenville’s Best and Brightest 35 and Under in 2015.
Janai Smith is a Human Rights Advocate with over 10 years of experience. Before joining Multiplying Good, she served as the Youth Outreach Manager for ECPAT-USA where she directed the Youth Against Child Trafficking program and focused on educating, empowering, and mobilizing young people around the issue of child sexual exploitation. Previously, she worked with non-profits such as Global Kids, South Asian Youth Action, and the Advocacy Lab, teaching youth about various human rights issues and how they can effect social change. Janai received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Vermont, her M.S. in Global Affairs from New York University, and is an alumna of AmeriCorps.
A Broadcast/Cable Communications graduate from Penn State University and former President of Klebick & Company, Jodi has served as President of the Board of the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP), of Women In Film & Media Pittsburgh, and as a Co-founder and Advisory Board member of the international Silk Screen Asian Festival. She is a graduate of Leadership Development Initiative and Leadership on Board, winner of the National Association of Women Business Owners’ “Make the Connection” community service award, and a 2009 Nominee for Nonprofit Marketer of the Year from the American Marketing Association. She is thrilled to be a person of influence for young leaders as a Regional Executive Director of Multiplying Good, and enjoys endless of hours of ‘playing fetch’ with her happy-go-lucky Jackweenie dog named Henri.
Karen has 8 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on development through grant writing and grants management. She also has a background in strategic planning and leadership from her prior experience with an innovative statewide organization in South Carolina. Karen is passionate about positively impacting individuals and building communities, through persuasive story-telling, grant writing, and partnership building. Born and raised in Kentucky, Karen now lives in South Carolina. A graduate of Wake Forest University, she enjoys cheering on her favorite college sports teams—the Kentucky Wildcats, Clemson Tigers, and Wake Forest Demon Deacons—and spending time with her husband and two grown children.
After earning her BA from Duke University and Master of Social Work from UNC Chapel Hill, Nikki started her career in drug and alcohol counseling before transitioning into prevention work with the YMCA of Delaware where she managed youth programs to prevent bullying, drug and alcohol use, and juvenile delinquency. Nikki was also the Delaware statewide coordinator for Stewards of Children, which teaches adults how to prevent child sexual abuse. In addition to serving as Multiplying Good’s program manager in Delaware, Nikki is an active volunteer of Delaware 4-H, where she has served as secretary and president of the Delaware 4-H Foundation, and also volunteers with the Delaware Youth Leadership Network as an adult mentor. In her spare time, Nikki is an avid reader, gardener, certified health coach, and is a group fitness instructor.
Once described as “relentlessly cheerful,” Chloe is a lover of all things colorful and practically every fruit known to man. She lives in Alpharetta, Georgia and divides her time between working with Multiplying Good, working as a Marketing Maven for Lucky Break Consulting, and event planning for business conferences. She’s also working on the launch of her skincare line while finishing her degree in Leadership & Organizational Studies. She was involved in Spring Hill High Schoool's chapter of Students in Action while living in South Carolina and spent her senior year working as a Program and Research Intern with Multiplying Good. When she is not working, you can find Chloe crafting away in her room or dancing around the house to Dave Matthews Band.
Stephanie J. Lloyd, MA brings more than a decade of experience in the non-profit, academic, and social impact sectors where she has both implemented and evaluated numerous volunteer and youth development programs. She has dedicated her career to advancing social justice through research, evaluation, and service by supporting programs and organizations that uplift under-resourced communities and address economic and social challenges. Her ambition and expertise lie in working with organizations to design effective programs and evaluation tools and use data to inform strategy and recommendations that positively impact individuals and communities. Stephanie holds a Master of Arts in Applied Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. As a City Year AmeriCorps Alum and lifelong volunteer, she believes in the power of social good to change our world and is committed to inspiring youth to enact positive social change through service. Stephanie is also passionate about photovoice (a participatory research method that puts cameras in the hands of individuals whose knowledge, expertise, and experience bring value to community assessments, research, and evaluation for policy and practice improvement) and serves as a trainer and project consultant for PhotovoiceWorldwide LLC. Outside of working and volunteering, Stephanie enjoys photography, travel, and sports.
Ariel Infante is a Technology & Data Team Member who had previously helped start Yondster, a professional social network that helped youths start their career. Before joining Multiplying Good, Ariel was an Operations Team Lead at Breather, helping manage over 150 on-demand office locations around New York City. With a B.A. in Computer Systems and Operations experience. Ariel is taking the lead in automation and integration projects and tackling technology issues to keep Multiplying Good's mission of service running smoothly.
Courtney joins Multiplying Good with over 10 years of experience in youth & teen programming. Upon graduating from Slippery Rock University with a degree in Secondary Education, Courtney began her career traveling with Carnival Cruise Line, creating interactive and inclusive activities for the fleet and engaging with youth across countries and cultures. She has since worked in the nonprofit sector with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, where she continued her professional passion for servant leadership, growing programs, and building relationships with youth, families, and the community. As the Program Manager for Students In Action in Pittsburgh, Courtney is thrilled to bring her experience and passions to the city she calls home, and can always be found exploring new places and trying new things!
Brittany Henderson (she/her) is a SHRM-CP certified human resources professional with expertise in both operational and strategic HR business practices, including talent acquisition, employee training, performance management, employee relations, benefits, and payroll. Brittany has a passion for diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion with a constant commitment to helping others achieve their goals. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia State University and has worked in the HR field for 7 years with proven success in creating cultures of collaboration and implementing change to achieve workplace excellence. Born and raised right outside of Washington, DC, Brittany is a wife and mother of two.
Samantha Huff was born and raised in Waltham, Massachusetts, making the move to the Carolinas in search of warmer weather, Now Calling Myrtle Beach home with her dog Finley. Throughout her career Samantha has interwoven her love of event planning with her passion for service to her community. She can often be found giving back to others by serving dinner at the New Directions Men’s Shelter, co-founding member of the Junior League of the Grand Strand, or volunteering as an Ambassador for the Grand Strand Young Professionals. Samantha was introduced to Multiplying Good through these volunteer efforts, initially serving Multiplying Good as a South Carolina Board member before joining the Multiplying Good team in the role of ChangeMakers Coordinator in 2021.
Tysha holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology. Her professional background includes working with nonprofits in various operational roles. She is eager to apply her people skills with technology to find progressive ways to have people and technology work together. She is passionate about people and multiplies good in her local community as a volunteer at Doctors Without Borders, The New York City Food Bank and New York Cares.
Jessie’s commitment to service began as a high school teacher working with language learners in Chaska, Minnesota. The bulk of her career in teaching, leadership, and program coordination has been in educational settings. A passionate advocate for families and communities, she is on the Board of Directors for Bethel House, an ecumenical project helping families facing homelessness. An avid reader, you’ll often find her at the library or on the back porch with a pile of books. Jessie lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two teenage sons, and two rescue dogs.
Dan Hoffman has more than 15 years of experience in education. His professional history includes teaching, developing curriculum, training educators, and school leadership. Dan is stepping in as the new Manager of Youth Programs at Multiplying Good. Previously, Dan served as Head of School at Colorado Early Colleges (CEC) in Parker, Colorado. Prior to joining CEC, Dan was High School Director at the STEM School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Before moving into school administration, Dan was a teacher and curriculum specialist in both private and public schools. Dan also worked as a professional development consultant with The Eagle Rock School in Estes Park, Colorado where he partnered with schools nationally to deliver Asset Based trainings for educators. In all of Dan’s work, he has remained focused on improving student engagement especially for students in marginalized and underserved communities. Dan studied community organizing and urban planning and received a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy from Occidental College in Los Angeles. He received his teaching credentials from Prescott College in 2010 and his Principal’s license from The Principal’s Institute in 2018.
Sharmin grew up in New York City and has been part of community-based organizations from an early age. Her first experience in the nonprofit world was through a settlement house, where she learned about the benefits of social services. Sharmin is passionate about social change and fundraising. She thinks one way to contribute to social change is to push for adequate funding so organizations can thrive. Before joining Multiplying Good, Sharmin worked in development and operations for a grassroots organization that organizes and builds the power of low-income immigrant communities in New York City. Sharmin firmly believes in volunteerism and spent almost five years planning and executing peer-to-peer grassroots fundraisers with the support of volunteers. Sharmin has a Bachelor's in Political Science, Religion, and Human Rights. She has a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA). Sharmin's career is centered around development, grassroots fundraising, and creating systems and infrastructure that bolster the funding needs of community programs. During her free time, she loves to journal, spend time with her nieces, and research plants.
Killian serves as the Manager of Digital Community for Multiplying Good- managing and creating a comprehensive archive of digital assets for the team. While working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography and Related Media at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Killian worked for the Lower East Side Girls Club in order to combine their passion for digital media and social service. During this time, they mentored their students in photography and digital media literacy so that these students in disadvantaged school districts could receive digital media education not otherwise possible, while also handling the Girls Club's events photography, file organization and management, and digital archiving.
As a community organizer & nonprofit leader for the past 15 years, April Okpwae has worked in communities throughout New York City and Detroit, MI leading youth leadership & performance-based development programs. Experienced in program implementation & growth, in her most recent role with the Police Athletic League of New York, she partnered with the private and public sector to create & expand youth development programs with the Garden of Dreams, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Loyalty Foundation & more. Born & raised in Detroit, she is a founding board member of BlackCount, a grassroots arts-based voter education, engagement, & advocacy organization. Both an arts lover and beachgoer, April currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and 3 kids.
Marilyn McNeal has worked as a community health educator, job and life skills mentor, and computer literacy instructor for the past 20 years. A digital folk artist inspired by American roots culture, Marilyn explores storytelling through video essays, documentaries, writing, and music production. She developed her podcast, Ear Medicine, to acknowledge and share the stories of artists and makers in her area. Marilyn teaches web production and visual storytelling in the San Francisco Bay Area and received her Masters in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research. When she’s not working, she spends her free time enjoying her two cats, gardening, and taking local day hikes.
Prior to joining Multiplying Good, Taylor spent 6 years in nonprofit social services as a fundraiser. In addition to her hands on fundraising experience she has a Certificate in Fundraising Management from The Lilly School of Philanthropy. Taylor developed her fundraising passion in high school where she saw and experienced, firsthand, the impact of service to others. She sincerely values cultivating a life-long relationship with philanthropy. She is passionate about the donor experience and ensuring that donors have a fulfilling partnership with the organizations they generously support. Taylor is located in Indianapolis, IN where she resides with her husband, Jordan and two young children. Outside of work you can find Taylor enjoying new restaurants and wineries, binge watching Netflix, spending time outdoors and of course, driving her kids to and from extra curricular activities.
Kristy is a grant writer for Multiplying Good and enjoys collaborating with several Leadership Communities to grow local programming. Kristy has more than a decade of experience working in the non-profit sector either as a resource coordinator for families navigating disability services or in non-profit development organizing fundraising events, marketing, and donor relations. Kristy believes in the service-oriented mission of Multiplying Good and has been involved with many volunteer endeavors, including her current role as a volunteer peer coach for CASA in New Jersey. Kristy holds a Master’s in Public Health from Thomas Jefferson University and undergraduate degrees in both biology and Spanish from the University of Pittsburgh. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and gardening.
Chelsea Mangrum has nearly a decade worth of experience working with the youth throughout her community. During her career, she has fulfilled the role of tutor, mentor and educator and currently volunteers as an assistant coach for a high school basketball team. In her free time you can find her cheering on her Clemson Tigers or spending time with her husband and daughter, Ariyah.
MaryAnn is a native Hoosier, living in Indiana her entire life, despite her aversion to the cold winters. She worked with youth as a Students In Action Advisor for six years before joining the Multiplying Good Indiana Team as a Program Manager in 2022. Service within our communities can be a transformative event for everyone involved, and she feels humbled to be a part of facilitating these experiences for the youth of Central Indiana. MaryAnn is also involved with youth as a high school assistant coach for cross country and track. When she’s not at the track or on the course, you can find her baking (specifically bread, cheesecake and mac-and-cheese), travelling, brushing up on her photography skills, or enjoying her lifelong love of running. However, her absolute favorite thing to do is spend time with her husband Dustin and three children, Malyka, Keith and Maya, and her two grandcats, Saweetie and Alakay.
Dan has spent the last 23 years dedicated to education & nonprofit management, focusing his efforts on professional development, leadership training, strategic planning, change management, online education, marketing & fundraising. Most recently Dan served as the Executive Director of Academic Services & Professional Development at Horry-Georgetown Technical College. He holds a Bachelor of Education from The University of Toledo, a Masters in Organizational Management & Strategic Planning from Spring Arbor University and is completing a Doctorate of Education in Leadership Studies at Bowling Green State University. Dan is a graduate of the South Carolina Technical College Leadership Academy & Leadership Grand Strand through the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, where he serves on their board of regents. In his spare time, Dan enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children, grilling on his patio & coaching high school girls’ lacrosse.
Amy Reiland has spent more than fifteen years in Marketing and Communications creating change for namesake brands in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Marketing from San Francisco State University, Amy has been able to build on her Marketing foundation in various roles. Ranging from advertising, storytelling, and email marketing to brand development and creation, her ongoing commitment is to create and produce high-quality and cutting-edge content that speaks to the targeted demographic. Amy also has a strong passion for volunteering within her local community and through the years she has been fortunate to work with various organizations including Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles and Inland Pacific Ballet.
Dr. Joaquin Alvarado was raised in South Los Angeles and developed his passion in education at a very young age. He is currently an Adjunct Faculty at East Los Angeles College (ELAC). He holds a Doctorate in Education and a Masters of Science in Teaching from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining ELAC, Dr. Alvarado worked in the high school setting for almost ten years, first as a teacher and then as an administrator. Dr. Alvarado is a proud member of his community and continues to serve students and families of South Los Angeles. He believes that every student can learn, every student can succeed and every student has the potential to change the world.
Rashaan Meador has managed and created programs and partnerships in the areas of Design, Media, STEM and career technical education over the past 12 years in Chicago. His other past experience includes teaching, Marketing, Journalism, and Events. He's a former Emmy-winning editor from TNT's "Inside The NBA" and worked in the world of entertainment in various roles through companies such as Live Nation and BET Networks.
Luz has a wealth of experience working as a healthcare professional in hospitals, private practice, and community-based clinics in New York City. She recently worked as an administrative specialist, assisting faculty and a wide range of providers in the department of Hematology and Oncology at Weill Cornell Medicine. She also dabbles in the creative space in her free time as a Dominican Children's Book Author and loves spending her free time attending writers' groups. As a writer, she won the Best Animated Short Film at Bridge Fest in October 2020. In March 2021 featured on PBS's chat and learn. ¡Pequeña Maria Descubre su baile! Little María discovers her dance! As well as partnering with Disney Storybook Art Team in helping write the "Family is Everything (Disney Encanto) picture book. Her latest project is The Secret of the Plátano, which will be available in English and Spanish on Sept 7th, 2022, and published via Soaring Kite Books, a small imprint of Lerner Publishing. Luz Maria Mack was born in Villa Mella, Dominican Republic, and immigrated to the United States as a young child with her family. She holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from Metropolitan College of New York and resides with her three children and husband in Bronx, New York.
Amelia Firnstahl Hemmingsen has over ten years of experience working with community organizations with a focus on student development and the arts. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies prior to joining Multiplying Good as Executive Director, Minnesota. She was raised in the Twin Cities metro area, and moved to Los Angeles to study music and English, eventually completing a dual graduate degree program in Arts Management and Business Administration at Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker School of Management. After twelve years in Los Angeles, she moved back to the Twin Cities and is thrilled to continue to create a positive impact in this community through her work with Multiplying Good. In addition to her professional work, she has volunteered as a mentor through the Department of Children and Family Services in Los Angeles and Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities. She has served as a nonprofit board member and is active in helping local candidates run for office. She lives in Saint Paul with her husband and three dogs.
Veena is a trained facilitator and experienced program manager with a passion for youth leadership development. She grew up in Arkansas and Tennessee, has lived in Bangalore and Bombay, and now calls New York City home. A lifelong connector who thrives on building relationships, Veena brings experience in education, startups, and nonprofits to her role as the NY Program Manager. Outside of work Veena enjoys running and hiking, discovering delicious restaurants, listening to too many podcasts, and traveling, and she can always be found with a book in tow.
Collin has worked for a diverse set of mission-driven organizations in Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, and New York, helping them develop and execute comprehensive communications strategies to advance their missions and achieve their goals. He earned his undergrad degree from University of California San Diego and his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business.
At Multiplying Good, we celebrate diversity of thought, backgrounds, and experiences, and embrace all dimensions of our people and stakeholders. By empowering our teammates to bring their full selves to work and amplifying diverse voices and representation, we are able to live our values, lead by example, empower our people, and understand the communities that we serve.