MEET THE TEAM
In carrying out the work of its mission, HEAF draws on a breadth of experience and dedication to the core values that inform its unique approach to academic enrichment, youth development, and career preparation. HEAF’s staff is comprised of diverse individuals working diligently and collaboratively to carry out its mission of empowering underserved students through a comprehensive array of educational programming and learning opportunities.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Senior Director of Programs
Chief Finance & Administrative Officer
College Quest Program Coordinator
Onward Program Manager
Chief Programs Officer
Finance & Administration Manager
Nick was born in England and moved to the US when he was very young. He grew up in a small town in Connecticut not far from New York City. Nick earned his degree at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, graduating with a BS in Finance. Nick has previously worked in a variety of different roles including Finance, Retail, Customer Service and Landscaping. Outside of work he enjoys skiing, soccer, cooking, and travel. Nick has a passion for work that brings meaningful change to people and always tries to contribute as much as he can.
Director of Career Connections
Interim Executive Director
Fern is a HEAF Board Member and Dean Emerita of Bank Street College’s Division of Continuing Education. As Interim Executive Director, Fern works closely with HEAF’s program team and the staff broadly to continue to drive innovative solutions for HEAF students that bridge education and opportunity gaps, and open doors to college, careers and success. At Bank Street College, Fern developed and supervised a wide range of continuing education programs including: a college access program for students who are at risk of dropping out of school; a Head Start program and other family support and education programs; and programs focused on school reform. Prior to Bank Street College, Fern spent nearly two decades at LaGuardia Community College, where she was the Associate Dean for the Division of Adult and Continuing Education. Many of the programs she has developed, including a program providing access to education for deaf adults, have been replicated throughout the city, and state.
Director, High Expectations
Youth Development Manager
the Mary J Blige Center for Women and Children and Goddard Riverside as an Outreach Coordinator. Sasha is passionate about HEAF’s mission to provide equity and looks forward to continuing her journey servicing the youth of New York City.
College Quest Director
Christabel was born and raised in Harlem and although she has worked in different boroughs and went away for college, she believes that returning to where it all began happened for a reason. “Fall is a time of transition and new beginnings. With that being said, I am listening and I am engaged. We are all one of a kind, but we are also here because our visions align. I strongly believe that collaborating as a team creates a force & leads to a bigger impact”.
Yoheidy Moya Peguero
Queens Program Manager
She is very passionate about being a part of a support system that caters to the educational and personal growth of young children and their families. She’s currently enrolled in CUNY School of Professional Studies for Psychology.
Harlem Program Manager
Emily is Harlem Program Manager. She originally joined HEAF as Program Coordinator for our Harlem programs.
Brooklyn Program Manager
Senior Manager, Data & Development
Program Coordinator, Harlem
Cianell was born in Rhode Island, raised in Florida, and moved to NYC her senior year of high school. Cianell went to college to pursue her associates degree at Laguardia Community College and transferred to Hunter College for her BA, where she studied sociology and psychology. Cianell worked with children and families throughout her transition between schools and now has the privilege to work with kids again, which brings her joy saying, “I can’t wait to continue growing as an individual, spreading positivity, and encouraging students and staff to be their best selves every day.”