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Announcing NAA’s Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders 2021

Tuesday, 26 January 2021 00:00

In selecting NAA's Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders 2021, the National AfterSchool Association sought to highlight emerging leaders who are making contributions that influence programs and organizations, and have the potential for long-term and broad impact on the afterschool field—who are active in the broader afterschool community; demonstrate the NAA Core Competencies; and possess passion for the profession and for their work as an emerging leader, have a clear purpose in their efforts to support others, and show determination to grow as a leader in the field of afterschool.

We're pleased to present this year's list of outstanding performers. We hope you share in the excitement about these leaders and how their contributions are shaping the next generation of the afterschool field.

NextGen21 Headshots 0021 Alla YoonisAlla Yoonis
Program Coordinator
Girls on the Run | Atlanta, Georgia


NextGen21 Headshots 0029 Amanda BarnettAmanda Barnett
Offsite Master Educator
Kentucky Science Center | Louisville, Kentucky


NextGen21 Headshots 0017 Christopher MarroquinChristopher Marroquin
Program Operations Manager
East Boston Social Centers | East Boston, Massachusetts


NextGen21 Headshots 0006 Damian ChambersDamion D. K. Chambers
Site Coordinator and Assistant Director
Dramatic Education and A Perfect Vision, LLC | Orlando, Florida


NextGen21 Headshots 0007 Danielle SargradDanielle Sargrad
Director and Health and Safety Ambassador
Champions | Lacey, New Jersey


NextGen21 Headshots 0020 Deborah PeelDeborah Peel
Center Coordinator
Promise South Salt Lake | South Salt Lake, Utah


NextGen21 Headshots 0018 Devonte WoodsonDevonte Woodson
Founder and Executive Director
Greater Youth Sports Association | Las Vegas, Nevada


NextGen21 Headshots 0016 Dwayne HenryDwayne Henry Jr
21st Century Site Coordinator
Capital School District | Dover, Delaware


NextGen21 Headshots 0028 Efuru EugeneEfuru P. Eugene
Education Coordinator
Casa Guadalupe Center | Allentown, Pennsylvania


NextGen21 Headshots 0036 Frederick GonzalezFrederick Gonzalez
Assistant Director of Youth Development
YMCA | Ogden, Utah


NextGen21 Headshots 0014 Gabriel ClarkGabriel Clark
John Boner Neighborhood Center | Indianapolis, Indiana


NextGen21 Headshots 0026 Gabe OjedaGabriel Ojeda
Education Coordinator - Indy East Achievement Zone
John Boner Neighborhood Centers | Indianapolis, Indiana


NextGen21 Headshots 0039 Gabriella GonzalezGabriela Gonzalez
Program Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
The Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League | Los Angeles, California


NextGen21 Headshots 0002 Gabriella St FleurGabriella St. Fleur
School Age Child Care and Summer Camp Director
Metuchen YMCA | Metuchen, New Jersey


NextGen21 Headshots 0022 Grace KellyGrace Kelly
Assistant Director SummerLEAP at Brockport
SUNY Brockport | Brockport, New York


NextGen21 Headshots 0024 Hailey GottardyHailey Gottardy
Strategic Partnership Manager
Girlstart | Austin, Texas


NextGen21 Headshots 0010 Helen WelderufaelHelen Welderufael
Regional Operations Analyst
Think Together | Santa Ana, California


NextGen21 Headshots 0023 Hillary BlackstoneHillary Blackstone
Program Specialist
Idaho State Department of Education | Boise, Idaho


NextGen21 Headshots 0046 Jacob SassJacob Sass
Harbor Highlands Program and Food Access Coordinator
Duluth Area Family YMCA | Duluth, Minnesota


NextGen21 Headshots 0013 Jahna JohnsonJahna Bonet' Johnson
Owner and Director
JJ's Define You Dance LLC | Stone Mountain, Georgia


NextGen21 Headshots 0001 Joshua LoGiudiceJoshua LoGiudice
Site Director
Capital District YMCA | Guilderland, New York


NextGen21 Headshots 0041 Katherine DavisKatherine Davis
Recreation Specialist (CASA)
Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services | Leesburg, Virginia


NextGen21 Headshots 0044 Kathleen VigreuxKathleen Vigreux
After School Program Coordinator
Kidventure, Inc. | Houston, Texas


NextGen21 Headshots 0035 Krista FlukerKrista Faith Fluker
Site Coordinator
Birmingham Cultural Alliance Partnership | Birmingham, Alabama


NextGen21 Headshots 0008 Kristina MuffolettoKristina Muffoletto
COO, ASE School Counselor
LE3 INC | Williamsville, New York


NextGen21 Headshots 0011 Laura OchoaLaura Ochoa
Operations and Grant Manager
After School All Stars Los Angeles | Los Angeles, California


NextGen21 Headshots 0033 Laura WassonLaura Wasson
Assistant Program Director
Extended Child Care | Santa Rosa, California


NextGen21 Headshots 0027 Lauren SImmonsLauren Simmons
Program Director
Horizons Greater Washington | Washington, D.C.


NextGen21 Headshots 0025 Leslie SamanoLeslie Samano
Navigator and Community Relation Specialist
Urban Neighborhood Initiatives | Detroit, Michigan


NextGen21 Headshots 0019 Mackenzie SteadmanMackenzie Steadman
School Age and Youth Program Coordinator
Middlesex YMCA | Middletown, Connecticut


NextGen21 Headshots 0012 Maritza RuizMaritza Ruiz
Multi Site Coordinator
Eugene Family YMCA | Eugene, Oregon


NextGen21 Headshots 0000 Marz RiveraMarz Rivera
Family Subsidy Specialist
Right At School LLC | Evanston, Illinois


NextGen21 Headshots 0031 Mateo PalfremanMateo Palfreman
Manager of Community Development
Community Resource Development, Framingham Public Schools | Framingham, Massachusetts


NextGen21 Headshots 0032 Mavis ShepardMavis Shepard
Afterschool Site Coordinator
Addison Northwest School District | Vergennes, Vermont


NextGen21 Headshots 0030 Melissa PenningtonMelissa Pennington
Associate Director
Sara Holbrook Community Center | Burlington, Vermont


NextGen21 Headshots 0040 Michelle TurnerMichelle Cook
Guidance Services Coordinator
Urban Youth Impact | West Palm Beach, Florida


NextGen21 Headshots 0005 Miriam MontesMiriam Montes
Program Manager
Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area | Albany, New York


NextGen21 Headshots 0038 Noah MantioneNoah Mantione
School Age Childcare Director
Williamsport Branch YMCA | Williamsport, Pennsylvania


NextGen21 Headshots 0034 Sharon Washington BarnesSharon Washington-Barnes
East Oakland Youth Development Center | Oakland, California


NextGen21 Headshots 0004 Stephanie BalkeStephanie Balke
Field Coach, Site Director
Champions | Portland, Oregon


NextGen21 Headshots 0037 Tatiana SandovalTatiana Sandoval
Program Manager
Latin American Youth Center/Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers | Riverdale, Maryland


NextGen21 Headshots 0003 Taylor WitterTaylor Witter, CPRP
Recreation Supervisor
Northbrook Park District | Northbrook, Illinois


NextGen21 Headshots 0015 Timothy ZoyacTimothy C. Zoyac, M.A.
Project Manager
Pathways 21st CCLC-Bridgeton Public Schools | Bridgeton, New Jersey


NextGen21 Headshots 0042 Travis ConwayTravis Conway
Program Director
Edna W. Runner Tutorial Center | Jupiter, Florida


NextGen21 Headshots 0043 Tyresha JohnsonTyresha Johnson
Site Liaison
California Teaching Fellows | Fresno, California


NextGen21 Headshots 0009 Victoria GarciaVictoria Garcia
Alumni & Community Engagement Manager
Sociedad Latina | Boston, Massachusetts



Courtesy of NAA.