Our Team

Our leadership team develops and delivers a program that prepares 100% of our graduating seniors to be accepted to and attend a right-fit four-year college with a reasonable financial obligation. Our volunteer team of over 160 dedicated professionals contribute over 16,000 hours a year in service of our students.


  • Sara Elaqad, Executive Director
  • Alex Hopkins, Chief Academic Officer
  • Danielle Best, Chief Program Officer
  • Dante Marinucci, Director of College Admissions
  • Carolyn Algee, Director of Student Engagement
  • Ruchi Asher, Director of Student Engagement
  • Michelle Nguyen, Director of Student Engagement
  • Matthew Phillips, Director of Student Recruitment
  • Jacob Stoller, Director of Summer Programs
  • John Shoemaker, Director of Summer Programs
  • Rebecca Maurer, Director of Instruction
  • Shanina Knighton, Director of Writing Council
  • Chris Sledzik, Director of Writing Council
  • Cindy Wong, Tutoring Coordinator
  • Francis Fungsang, Director of Fundraising
  • James Eberts, Director of Outreach
  • Kurt Low, Director of Outreach
  • Andrea Stuart, Director of Outreach
  • Rachel Brannon, Tech Coordinator
  • Nina Dale, Business Coordinator