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Community Impact manages and oversees programs serving more than 8,000 people annually with 7 full-time professional staff, 6 part-time professional staff, 50 part-time student workers, and about 950 student volunteers.

Sonia Reese, Executive Director. Sonia’s key duties are development and fundraising, special events, Board of Directors, student advisory groups, community and university outreach.Prior to coming to Community Impact, Ms. Reese served as an Associate for Overseas Leadership Training at The Episcopal Church Center, a Special Assistant to the Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services, and as Director of Operation Crossroads Africa, Inc.’s Africa Program. Ms. Reese was a 1985-86 National Urban Fellow, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, a Master of Public Administration from Baruch City College, and Master of Arts in Education and Public Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University (212.854.2617, sk19@columbia.edu)

Sandy Helling, Associate Director, has been directing emergency service and adult education programs at Community Impact since 1986. She developed Community Impact’s Job and Education Empowerment Project (J.E.E.P.), an adult education and job-training program. Prior to joining Community Impact, Ms. Helling was Director of the Welfare Grant Increase Coalition, and a Client Apprentice Coordinator for the Community Council of Greater New York. Ms. Helling holds a Bachelor of Arts from New College, a Masters of Education and a Masters of Arts in Philosophy and Social Sciences from Teachers College, Columbia University.(212.854.9621, sh18@columbia.edu)

Katy Saintil, Senior Program Coordinator, joined Community Impact in 1995 as the Program Coordinator. Now, her main responsibilities include management of Community Impact’s health and homelessness/advocacy groups, as well as the food programs. She also advises groups, organizes up to fifty work-study students, and coordinates training programs such as the fall retreat. Ms. Saintil graduated from Columbia University with a major in Psychology. Before coming to Community Impact, she worked for the 1199 Benefit Union’s Child Care Fund, recruiting and training young people as part of a leadership council, which focused on education and direct service in the Upper Manhattan community.(212.854.6310, kjs5@columbia.edu)

Andrea Summers, Senior Program Coordinator, Andrea has served as Youth Programs Manager at Community Impact since December 2011 and advises 13 youth programs. She previously held positions as Program Coordinator at Family Service Agency, coordinating a wrap around program for families, school and community. Also, she was Client Services Coordinator at Lifelong AIDS Alliance implementing organizational policies, coordinating all reporting efforts, and working directly with clients. Through her professional experience she has developed strong skills in program and organizational development, systems design and evaluations, as well as leadership and management. Ms. Summers has a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Milano the New School for Management and Urban Policy with a focus on education policy and reform. She also holds a Bachelor of Sociology/Anthropology from Antioch College with a focus on social welfare systems and education. (212.854.2610, as4220@columbia.edu)

Jeffrey Zeiler Education for Success Program Coordinator, has been a Jobs and Education Empowerment Project (J.E.E.P.) Program Coordinator since 2005. Her primary responsibilities include managing the GED and ESL outreach programs at CI’s satellite locations in Upper Manhattan as well as heading up the Job Road team, which offers job readiness skills training to participants in all CI programs. Ms. Zeiler is a seasoned corporate professional with a successful 25-year career developing advertising and marketing plans for “blue chip” companies such as Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson. She also served five years as an Advertising Education Foundation Ambassador, lecturing at colleges about careers in advertising. After retiring from advertising, she started a second career in adult education, first teaching ESL at CI and then joining the J.E.E.P. team to help administer the adult programs. Ms Zeiler holds a B.A. from Hollins College, Virginia.(212.854.4500, jeffrey.zeiler@gmail.com)

Kaïme Desire, Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director. Kaime is the administrative support, liaisons on behalf of the Director with donors, Board members, staff, students, and other constituencies. Prior to coming to CI Kaime worked in the medical field, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and Brown & Root Company.(212.854.0734, kd2325@columbia.edu)

Rendolph Walker, J.E.E.P. Coordinator, was the National Diversity Recruitment Manager for the American Field Service (AFS) an international study abroad program prior to joining Community Impact. He was instrumental in taking their diversity percentage from 2 to 22 percent over seven years. He received his B.A. from CUNY John Jay College in Government and Public Administration.(212.854.2612, rw2344@columbia.edu)

Audra Acey, Development Officer. Audra is responsible for securing support for CI’s programs from individuals, foundations and corporations. She manages CI’s annual Gala Benefit Auction, alumni events, newsletters and appeals, as well as cultivation and stewardship of CI’s alumni and major donors. Audra joined Community Impact in December 2010. She has 10 years of experience in nonprofit social services, education and arts organizations. She most recently served as Development Director for Credit Where Credit Is Due which delivers financial empowerment services for low-income adults across New York City. Her prior experience includes development and public relations work for the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. She holds a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana
(212.854.5959, aa3111@columbia.edu)