Below are the 2023-2024 White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellows. This prestigious group of individuals will learn best practices around policymaking targeted at improving afterschool and expanded learning.
Elizabeth Anderson is the director of the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs, where she serves as the Afterschool Network Lead for North Carolina and provides strategic leadership to convene key stakeholders and advocate around critical statewide afterschool policy and practice issues. She has more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and management of afterschool programs in various settings including public schools, museums, and community centers.
Roslyn Copeland is a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania, mother of three loving children, wife, and woman of God. Currently employed as program specialist of the Department of Human Service, quality control coordinator for 1 Vote count, youth lead coordinator at Gospel Fellowship Church, and vice president school board director of Harrisburg district. She is passionate in helping and now being a community activist in her community to see them become one voice and one body.
Maya Dorsey serves as director of K–12 Strategies for Learn to Earn Dayton. Maya leads K–12 in and out–of–school time programs in partnership with Montgomery County school districts and the Summer and Afterschool Collaborative. Maya holds teacher and principal licenses and, prior to coming to Learn to Earn in 2018, Maya was an elementary school dean, assistant middle school principal, reading specialist, and classroom teacher. She is recognized in the Dayton community as a champion for education.
Sheryll Famularcano, M. Ed. (she/her/hers) is the program manager for the Hawaiʻi Afterschool Alliance at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. In this role, she leads the work in youth entrepreneurship, STEM, and summer learning to ensure that all children in Hawaiʻi have access to quality out–of–school time programs. She was born and raised in Carson, CA from Pilipinx immigrants who instilled the values of “utang na loob” or eternal debt of good will, community, and shared love for food.
Stephanie is a passionate and devoted afterschool professional with over 25 years’ progressive experience implementing innovative programs impacting the academic and social–emotional wellness of students K–12. As extended learning manager, Stephanie provides oversight of nine 21st Century Community Learning Centers serving upwards of 1,000 students annually.
Jahaziel Hiriart has more than a decade of experience in the nonprofit field – as a designer, board member, director, and founder. She currently serves as the director of the Oklahoma Partnership for Expanded Learning (OPEL). Jahaziel holds degrees in Political Science, International Business, and soon, Educational Psychology.
Melanie Hooper is the CEO for Camp Fire Alaska one of the largest non–profit youth development organizations in the state of Alaska, serving over 5,000 youth each year through a diverse set of programs. She has been with Camp Fire Alaska since 2011 in various roles, bringing with her almost two decades of leadership experience with programs ranging from outdoor education and recreation, childcare, summer camps, and community–based programs.
A Bronx, New York native and current policy director at ExpandED Schools, Shawn Jean–Louis is a strong believer in the potential of the ecosystem of schooling when it comes to supporting students and families. With experience at both the program and policy level as it relates to the extended learning time and afterschool space, Shawn lives by the ethos of being an agent of service to his community and those like it.
Ashlee is the youth development credential coordinator within Missouri AfterSchool Network
(MASN). Ashlee has been an advocate for after–school programs for over 17 years. She enjoys finding creative and innovative ways to support the afterschool field and share the importance and impact of afterschool programs with local and state elected officials. If she had one goal, it would be for all children and youth in Missouri to have equal access to high–quality afterschool programs.
Hannah McDowell is the policy and partnership coordinator for Iowa Afterschool Alliance. Hannah has a passion for systemic change. She enjoys thinking critically through issues and identifying the specific areas where improvement can occur while collaborating with influential partners to create more efficient processes. Hannah looks forward to building partnerships between organizations and key stakeholders that are providing out–of–school time opportunities to Iowa youth.
Aimee Moody, a program consultant with Maine Department of Education supports state–wide grants providing high–quality out–of–school time programs for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC). Specializing in program quality, Aimee coaches others to enhance youth and family program impact in communities that need it the most. When she’s not visiting and supporting out–of–school time programs, Aimee is an avid pickleball player. At home, you can find her creating recycled art projects with her two kids and appreciating the four seasons outside with her husband and standard poodle.
Angelique Nichols is a rising leader in education policy and youth development. As Michigan Afterschool Partnership’s policy coordinator, she devotes her time to strategically understanding and implementing policy to improve out–of–school time for disadvantaged youth.
Holly Phillips is the director of operations with the Utah Afterschool Network. Along with her team of 9, she focuses on program quality in both the afterschool and licensed childcare settings. Her formal background and training are in environmental education, and her passion is seeing youth light up when they make real-world connections to their learning. She focuses on afterschool program quality by day and loving on her baby daughter and English Bulldog by night.
Troy Selvey is a manager on the equity and quality team for California AfterSchool Network (CAN), joining the network in August 2017. Some areas of focus for Troy include but are not limited to the support of the site coordinators and those who support them through the site coordinator network, physical health and wellness for youth, and those who serve them through initial and the coordinating of convenings which include the Statewide Site Coordinator Symposium. Troy’s goal in the work is to be a part of the solutions that will help to create spaces where all people feel seen, heard, valued, and loved.
Shané A. Tate has served as an educator, leader, and Out–of–School Time program lead in schools, community–based organizations, and intermediaries for the past 20 years. She is a proud Howard University and City University of New York-NYC Teaching Fellows alum. Most importantly, Shané is a committed advocate and ally for young people and currently serves as a board member of the Maryland Out–Of–School Time Network (MOST Network) and volunteers with Her Birth Right, a Black Maternal Health & Nursing advocacy organization.
Stephanie Vadnais serves as the program and compliance specialist at Beyond School Bells, Nebraska’s Statewide Afterschool Network. In her position, Stephanie plays a crucial role in providing support to newly established afterschool and summer programs throughout the state of Nebraska. She is deeply committed to strengthening communities by fostering strong relationships and providing extensive resources. Stephanie flourishes in collaborative environments that acknowledge, empower, and celebrate the unique qualities of individuals.
Rachel Wanderscheid is the director of the Montana Afterschool Alliance, a statewide resource and advocacy organization for youth after–school and summer programs. Rachel is also a licensed attorney with experience in juvenile justice, civil legal services, and indigent defense. Prior to becoming an attorney, she worked in outdoor education, teen drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and youth wellness.