President & CEO[email protected]
Director of Programs
Director of Finance and Administration[email protected]
Deirdre Bennett comes to HEAF with several years of nonprofit experience. Before coming to HEAF as Director of Finance and Administration she worked at several non profits offering healthcare and educational services. Ms Bennett brings an expertise in all aspects of not for profit accounting. She has a lifelong dedication for helping others and feels working with non profits allows her to fuel this passion. Ms. Bennett earned her BBA at Baruch College.
Director of Development[email protected]
Associate Director, College Quest
Claribel is from the Bronx, NY and comes from a Dominican family. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Union College and a Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University. Her career has revolved working in Student Affairs through different universities in New York City and working abroad through the Semester at Sea and N.U.in programs. Now, she’s looking to assist high school students in having the support and resources that she didn’t have growing up. In her spare time, she likes to go to brunch, travel, and listening and dancing to bachata!
Associate Director, Youth Development[email protected]
Krystal was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. and is the youngest of five boys and the only girl. She is a first-generation college student with a BS in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Social Work and attended both an HBCU ( Lincoln University) and an Ivy League ( Columbia University). Her passion has always been to work with youth and increase youth voice in their communities. In her free time, she enjoys going to brunch, traveling, Netflix and sleeping.
Program Coodinator, High Expectations[email protected]
Jessica Dagg is originally from the Boston area and moved to New York after graduating from Bard College, where she studied Literature. She has experience working with young people in both academic and peer support roles and is passionate about empowering students with the tools and confidence to be successful wherever they go. In her spare time, she enjoys running, going to museums and trying new restaurants.
Manager of Volunteer Initiatives[email protected]
Coordinator of Admissions and Community Outreach
Yamilet grew up in the Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights. She graduated from SUNY Purchase with a B.A in Sociology and a minor in History. She has nearly five years of experience working with students as an academic tutor and facilitator. As a HEAF alumnus she hopes to give back to the agency that has been essential to her own growth and successes. She hopes to make connections that will encourage student growth and ability to achieve their greatest potential. She has a passion for music, education, connecting with people and poetry. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling and eating good food.
Youth Development Facilitator
Tyran Jackson is a Harlem native and is currently attending College of Staten Island (CSI) for Sports Medicine. My hobby and passion is fitness. I enjoy reading comics, watching anime, and doing puzzles.
Manager, High Expectations
Senior Manager of Finance & Administration
Calvin Luo is a New York State Registered CPA. He has a M.BA. in accounting from SUNY New Paltz from upstate New York. Prior to
joining HEAF, He worked at PwC, a big-4 public accounting firm, where he focused was for-profit taxes and accounting. Subsequently he worked at Lighthouse Partners, a private hedge fund with $8 billion asset under management. He worked at Citco Financial Services as supervisor. He started out at HEAF in the Finance department as a volunteer. His goal is to use his talents and skills to help the underserved youth and communities.
Program Operations Associate
Avery was born in Manhattan but lived in New Jersey and Massachusetts before returning to the city. She currently resides in Brooklyn. She was a camp counselor in high school and once in college, worked as a Peer Advocate for younger students. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Dance and a self-designed concentration combining psychology, anthropology, and philosophy. After receiving her B.A., Avery worked at a yoga studio for a year and a half before moving back to New York. She is currently a first year student at Columbia School of Social Work and is looking forward to this new chapter of her life.
Joshua was born in the Bronx and grew up in Washington Heights the youngest of 3 boys. He graduated with a B.S. in Human Biology with a minor in theatre. He brings prior experience working at the non-profit organization Center for Family Life as part of their administrative team. As a product of a Harlem-based after school program he is happy to give back to the community that helped him as a youth.
Brooklyn Program Coodinator
Brooklyn Site Manager
Happi Rasheed is a native of Sacramento, CA who first attended Howard University to pursue a major in psychology with a minor in education. She transferred to Maharishi University of Management where she received her BA in an individualized study that focused on creativity and social entrepreneurship. She has a passion for youth advocacy and empowerment that began when she was in high school. Happi has been involved with youth centered organizations in various capacities since 2009 and believes in a world where youth from all walks of life are given the opportunity to explore career paths they feel completely aligned with, both traditional and non-traditional, and be of service in way that is unique to them.
Youth Development Coordinator
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Kayla graduated from UCLA with a Masters in Psychology before heading to Manhattan. Kayla has a breadth of experience working with children and young adults, ranging from her supervisory role at a sleep-away camp to her work at a charter school for juvenile justice-involved youth. Kayla is passionate about making education equitable and accessible and is thrilled to translate her enthusiasm, tenacity, and creativity into impactful Youth Development programming at HEAF. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys cheering for the Mets, listening to a good true-crime podcast, traveling and spoken word.
Community Relations Manager
Associate Director, College Quest[email protected]
Data and Development Manager