Mahogany Grimes

AmeriCorps Program Empowerment Director
617-699-8408

Mahogany Grimes was born and raised in Greater New Haven, CT. After graduating with her Bachelor Degree in Social Work and receiving her Master Degree in Human Services with a focus in Social and Community, she discovered that she wanted to help the youth especially in the inner city with providing the right services prepare the next leaders. As a result, she has involved herself in many nonprofits that had a focus on education and leadership.   

 

Mahogany is excited to serve as the new AmeriCorps Program Empowerment Director for Orchard Gardens and Somerville Housing in the Greater Boston area while obtaining her Ph.D. in Education with the focus on Leadership and Management at Capella University.

 

Natalí Salcedo

AmeriCorps Program Empowerment Director
202-347-9357

Natali is a Washington, D.C. native that graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in the Spring of 2017 with a double major in Sociology and Spanish. While at SJU, she was a part of two unique service learning opportunities where she got the chance to get involved with the local Philadelphia community. During her first year, she served as a tutor and mentor for students at an elementary school in South Philadelphia. Her senior year, Natali participated in a unique academic experience where she learned alongside inmates, fueling her passion for social justice and change. Natali’s current interests and passions include her long time love for soccer as well as music.

Jenny Tsialikas

AmeriCorps Program Empowerment Director
609-276-6070

Jenny is from Waretown, NJ and graduated in 2009 from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey with a BS in Biochemistry. She received her Ph.D in Molecular Biology in 2016 from Rowan University. Most recently, Jenny was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. While there she realized she wasn’t feeling as passionate about science and desired a professional position which would give her community development experience and a deeper exposure to the nonprofit world. After learning about DREAM she knew this would be a perfect fit for her. She is passionate about mentoring and the life-changing effects it has. Jenny is also an avid student of mixed-martial arts, and a lover of cookies.

Destiny Brew

AmeriCorps Program Empowerment Director
267-339-4051
Destiny is a Philadelphia native and graduated in May 2017 from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA with a BA in International Relations. She has ample youth development experience through volunteer work as a tutor and a facilitator with Girls, Inc. Most recently Destiny served as Operations Lead with Springboard Collaborative, an organization in Philly dedicated to providing training and coaching to teachers and parents to help close the reading achievement gap for youth. While at Mount Holyoke, Destiny also served as Volunteer Coordinator for the Association for Pan African Unity.  She loves cookies… chocolate chip to be exact, and long walks on the beach where there's one around!

Margo Matthews

AmeriCorps Program Empowerment Director
609-356-4710

Margo is from Princeton, NJ and graduated in 2016 from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY with a BA in Sociology. In 2015 she spent a semester abroad in Cape Town, South Africa where she studied Multiculturalism and Human Rights. Margo’s interest in childhood development and the relationship between childhood factors and adult well-being led her to several professional work experiences as both a Case Manager for adults with serious mental illnesses and most recently, a Coordination of Care Specialist with Crisis Preparation and Recovery in Tempe, AZ. These experiences in the mental health field focused on adults, which strengthened her motivation to work in organizations geared towards children and childhood intervention, making DREAM the perfect step for her moving forward. A fun fact about Margo is that she is a dual citizen of both the United States and Canada.

 

Zora Wesley

AmeriCorps Program Empowerment Director
215-617-9212
Zora was born in Seattle, raised in Atlanta, and has lived in Philadelphia for the past 7 years. Zora graduated in 2015 from Lincoln University with a BS in Biology and a minor in English. In 2016 she served as a Corps Member with City Year Philadelphia, working with a team of 15 others to provide tutoring and mentoring services to youth in a high need public school in North Philadelphia. While there Zora organized several special events, to include a school talent show and poetry slam. Over the summer Zora served as a College and Career Exposure Coordinator with New Foundation Charter School, providing work ready experiences for youth and providing college prep assistance.

Jendaya Herbert

AmeriCorps Program Empowerment Director
317-619-2077
Jendaya is from Indianapolis, IN and graduated in May 2017 from Wittenberg University in
Springfield, OH with a BA in International Studies. While a student Jendaya held several
different internships at Wittenberg University and with the city of Springfield. She has
extensive volunteer experience through her sorority, Kappa Delta, and was selected to
attend the National Student Leadership Conference at American University. Jendaya served
as a tutor providing academic assistance to high school students participating in Wittenberg
University’s Upward Bound Program. She is passionate about music and sang for the
Indianapolis Children’s Choir for 5 years.

Antonia Nichols

AmeriCorps Program Empowerment Director
617-699-8408

Antonia, originally from Boston, MA, is a University of Vermont graduate with a degree in Community and International Development. After high school and through college Antonia spent her time traveling and interacting with diverse communities around the world.  Although she moved around a lot home base was in Vermont where she spent much of her time pursuing her passion for dance in the ballet company at school as well as supporting the American Sign Language community.  Her first introduction to DREAM was the summer of 2016 as a summer Americorps member in Vermont.  Absolutely thrilled by the work DREAM was doing and interested in returning home she excitedly decided to make DREAM her new home with an Americorps year in Boston.

 

In her spare time you can find Antonia exploring new places, dancing until her hearts content and spending as much time with friends and family as possible. She loves the color yellow and laughing.

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