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.
Dinean—who lives in Newark, NJ—is a tenacious and refreshing storyteller who helps cause-driven organizations achieve their goals through strategic communications. Her career highlights include transforming Teach for America’s messaging framework, building the public relations function at the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, and serving as founding publicist for best-selling Nation Books author, Darnell L. Moore. Dinean is a first-generation college graduate, having obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Seton Hall University. She is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ youth and serves as the board chair of GLSEN (Northern New Jersey Chapter).
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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.
Jackeline Muñoz holds a Post Graduate Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the California State University of Long Beach. Muñoz first joined Multiplying Good as a volunteer, and now serves as the Regional Program Manager for the Greater Los Angeles Region. Muñoz is eager and passionate to continue applying her social work and leadership skills to help others multiply good in the causes they care about most.
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.
Kelly is a native New Yorker, a movie lover, and is a licensed social worker with 10 years’ of non-profit experience. As Multiplying Good’s Chief Impact Officer, she holds a multifaceted position, dividing her time in three diverse but connected arenas: strategic planning and partnerships, development, and marketing/communications. Prior to Multiplying Good, she was at Fran Drescher's cancer organization, Cancer Schmancer. She began her work with non-profits in 2009, when she assisted in setting up the U.S. branch of The Startfund. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from The New School and received her Master of Social Work degree from the Silver School at New York University.
After earning her Juris Doctorate, Kim and her husband operated their own successful California law practice for nearly 23 years. In addition to managing their law firm, Kim also has been an arts educator for nearly 15 years, developing and teaching a dynamic integrative program to elementary and middle school students. Most recently Kim developed and piloted a STEAM program for her school as well. Her family ethos is based upon “giving back” and so Kim is pleased to be able to bring her talents to Multiplying Good to continue to live her philosophy.
Margaret Nasta has worked at Multiplying Good for eighteen years, where she is inspired time and again by all of the incredible Multiplying Good stories. In 2018 she was especially moved by Richard Perez in Rochester, NY, who in 2003, received a life-saving liver transplant. Since then, Richard has taken advantage of his second chance by helping more than 700 liver transplant recipients, 2,000 people who have undergone a transplant evaluation, and innumerable family members who have turned to him for assistance. Most incredibly of all, according to the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, the percentage of registered organ donors has grown from 27 percent to nearly 40 percent of viable residents.
Raesa Waldon has an extensive public relations background which includes film festivals, special events, entertainment and non-profit PR. In her previous roles she worked alongside senior leadership to execute high-impact PR campaigns, including media relations, event coordination, celebrity relations and account administration. Before joining Multiplying Good as the Social Media Community Manager, Raesa attended Fisk University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She went on to pursue higher education at Syracuse University where she received her Master of Science degree in Public Relations.
Sarah Fanslau has more than 8 years’ experience in the social impact and innovation sector with expertise in positive youth development and health, experience which has proven valuable in her position as Vice President of Youth Programs at Multiplying Good. Previously, Sarah served as VP of Programs at generationOn, the youth division of Points of Light, where, by using data to drive decision making, Sarah grew participation in generationOn’s core programming by more than 50%. Prior to joining generationOn, Sarah worked at Health Leads where she managed programs that leveraged undergraduate students to connect limited income families in pediatric outpatient settings to resources that could help them lead healthier lives. Sarah has a background in social policy research and holds a Master of Science in Social Policy from the London School of Economics.
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.
Allison Carey has worked with multiple nonprofit organizations, focusing mostly on donor relations and special event planning. Recently, she developed and ran a public awareness campaign for Doctors Without Borders that traveled through a dozen American cities educating students about the global refugee crisis. Allison began her career with a foundation at Yale University that awarded scientists who made groundbreaking research discoveries. She is a graduate of Drew University and lives in New York.
Before joining Multiplying Good Angela worked for more than a decade in the non-profit sector, including five years working with youth in child welfare in New York and Minnesota. She has a background in working with organizations to identify, measure, and use outcomes to drive program goals. Angela holds a Master in Arts of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota. She is passionate about empowering youth and thrilled to be living this passion in her role as Program Manager in Minnesota. When not working Angela enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and with her family.
Wendy Helgeson, President, and Co-Founder of Civic Source and considers herself a community connector! Wendy delivers projects that clients use to achieve cross-sector success and goals important to them. Her career focuses on producing leadership programs and meeting/travel experiences with civic-focused agendas. Wendy’s work history gives her access to regional leaders in the public and private sector, elected and appointed officials, and non-profit executives throughout Minneapolis-Saint Paul, and other metropolitan areas nationwide. She is well connected in the community and will use her network to support Multiplying Good in Minnesota.
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.
Dr. Joaquin Alvarado was raised in South Los Angeles and developed his passion for 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 Master’s 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.
Jessica is a multi-careered woman who is an actor, entrepreneur, singer, advocate, lover of all things music, and podcast host from Lansing, MI. She has called Chi City home for 12 years! Jessica received a B.S. in Theatre and Interpretation: Acting from Central Michigan University and an M.A in Training and Development from Roosevelt University. She has spent 15 years working in education and youth development through arts administration, service-learning, afterschool programming, and much more. Her passion lies in supporting youth and adults in the process of self-discovery, coaching them to see their potential by doing the things they love, and that brings them joy. Jessica is always striving to enhance her skills and passions, all while practicing self-care and being there for others! When she is not wearing her many hats, she is at the gym, reading a book, enjoying a good Chicago meal; most likely a burrito, watching a movie or at the theatre. Oh, and hanging out with Mayfield, her cat.
Amanda, a Hoosier through and through, has lived in Indiana her entire life. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and now lives in the greater Indianapolis area with her husband and two children. Amanda is passionate about fomenting relationships between the corporate culture and local communities, a passion which drives her in her role as Vice President of Champions. She doesn’t have free time, but if she did she would love to cook, garden and preserve more food for those long, cold winters in Indiana.
Brady celebrates a decade of Multiplying Good in January 2019, after starting his career with our organization by working with the Students in Action program in Memphis TN, Savannah GA, and Charleston SC. Soon thereafter, he joined our national team as the Director of Media Partners, working to promote volunteerism through media partnerships reaching more than 30 million homes. In July 2018, Brady became the organization’s Chief of Field Staff, working in concert with our CEO and CIO to scale the organizational mission. Brady is a graduate of the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Louisiana.
Betty began her life as a southerner and now has planted roots in Indiana and is an adopted Hoosier. She spent most of her career working for the local ABC affiliate in Indianapolis. Betty’s relationship with Multiplying Good began during her time with ABC as a media partner. She is honored to have a chance to work for Multiplying Good and continuing to help spread the message of the power of service. In her free time she loves to read and enjoys a nice long walk in the park (when it’s warm).
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 is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After receiving her degree in Business Administration, Heather served three years in Panama with the Peace Corps where she worked with community members on economic development and taught life skills to young people. Since returning to the US she has made her home in South Carolina and continued her work in community and youth development as a Regional Executive Director for Multiplying Good. In her free time, Heather enjoys photography, travel, history, and spending time with her husband and 10-pound rescue poodle, Yogi.
Heather Tedesco is the Regional Executive Director for Multiplying Good in New Jersey, which honors individuals and groups for their excellence in community service and empowers young people through the Students In Action and Celebrate NJ programs. She runs the North Brunswick Township Youth Alliance and is the Director for the North Brunswick Young Adult Drama Group, in addition to volunteering as a Religious Education teacher, Eucharistic Minister, and as part of the Youth Ministry Team at St. Augustine of Canterbury Church. Heather also serves as the Chairwoman for the Young Alumnae Network and on the Board of Directors for the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College.
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.
Rachel graduated with a BA in Chemistry from Butler University but stepped away from attending medical school after discovering her passion for working with youth. During her undergraduate career, Rachel traveled on seven service trips where she worked on rebuilding homes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and worked with youth at an orphanage in Mandeville, Jamaica. After graduating, Rachel completed an AmeriCorps term with the Intercollegiate YMCA, serving as the Site Director for an after-school program and summer program in low-income housing neighborhoods. Before accepting her position with Multiplying Good, she worked as the Senior Youth Development Professional for the Jonathan Jennings Boys and Girls Club in Indianapolis. She is also currently getting her Master’s in School Counseling at Butler University. If she’s not working or volunteering, you can find Rachel playing soccer and attending Butler basketball games!