Empowering Enrichment’s Board of Directors provide valuable insight and strategic direction towards the organization’s mission. Each member of the Board is committed to ensuring that all students are afforded access to experiences they need to develop a love of learning and explore possibilities for their future.
Position: EE Board Chair and Founder/Owner Urban Kangaroo
As the founder of Urban Kangaroo, a DC metro-area company that offers hip hop dance classes for local schools and special events, I understand the value of enrichment activities. I have seen first hand the joy that takes place when kids can learn new skills in a fun and safe environment. I have previously worked with Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Kids House after school program, Envision experiential learning programs, and Arlington Public Schools. I am a mom of two active boys who has loved watching her kids experience new things such as soccer, football, basketball, chess, and gymnastics. With each new opportunity my kids learned new skills and gained new confidence. I am ready to help give this same opportunity to many more kids. I truly believe that Empowering Enrichment is the perfect place to focus my passion for empowering the lives of youth!
Position: EE Executive Director and Enrichment Matters Co-Founder/Owner
As the co-founder of Enrichment Matters, I am passionate about ensuring that enrichment programs are accessible to every child regardless of their financial means. These programs are vital to our communities because they provide opportunities for our children to ignite an interest, delve deeper into a favorite subject, or help to hone a skill that may not have otherwise been possible. The extent to which we can maximize the benefit of these opportunities for all children is invaluable not only to their success as individuals, but to our society as well. Empowering Enrichment exists to serve this purpose.
Position: EE Treasurer and Founder/Owner SPARK Business Academy
I have witnessed an incredible amount of practical learning taking place in enrichment programs. I'm proud to support Empowering Enrichment’s mission to allow every child, particularly those with financial needs, to enhance his/her education through access to wonderful enrichment programs, which can truly enhance the overall learning experience of those students.
Position: EE Secretary and Principal/EMC Research
What I love about enrichment is the joy it can bring to a child when they are learning something new, or even just spending time with a friend in a class. After school enrichment programs offer great opportunities for kids to learn a new sport, a new art form, or feed their desire to know more about science and nature. As a mom who works outside the home, I love the fact that my kids can attend an enrichment class right after school, and I don't have to take PTO to get them to that class. It's a winwin for the child and the parent. I became involved in Empowering Enrichment because as a volunteer parent enrichment coordinator at my kids' school, I saw firsthand the growing need in our community for funds to pay for classes for families in need. There are many moving parts that make a successful enrichment program work, and not all communities can rely on the parents who can only do so much to help the program. I think Empowering Enrichment will help to support existing enrichment programs in the area to make them even better, and even more accessible.
Position: EE Board Member and Enrichment Matters Co-Founder/Owner
Having volunteered or worked in after school enrichment for over 10 years, I've become passionate about the value these programs have for students, parents and businesses. When students lack access to these enriching educational experiences due to financial limitations or logistical obstacles, the entire community suffers as a result. We started Enrichment Matters to support the whole system of enrichment - PTAs/PTOs, schools, Providers and families. But we realized we need to do more to increase access to these programs so that every child has the opportunity to explore their passions, satisfy their curiosities and expand their horizons.
Position: EE Board Member and Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO
I am an author and founder of two technology companies with 25 years of experience in the technology sector, specializing in Internet security and cloud-based applications. Recently I have become interested in the education technology market and the after-school enrichment programs. My two children have had the opportunity to take enrichment classes and I have seen first-hand the impact on their lives. When Marcia and Nadia asked me to join their cause and help them empower other children through enrichment programs, I did not hesitate to say yes and join the team. I am confident we all work passionately to achieve our objectives and I will look forward to seeing the results of the seeds we are sowing now.
Position: EE Board Member and Elementary School Teacher
I have seen the value of enrichment programs on a personal level. My children were lucky enough to attend a preschool which offered an after school Spanish enrichment class. Through this class, my oldest daughter fell in love with the Spanish language. The passion ignited in her as a preschooler followed her to elementary school where she continued to participate in after school Spanish enrichment programs. She is now a junior in high school and will spend this summer taking part in a 3 week Spanish immersion program and plans to continue studying Spanish in college. Prior to becoming a teacher, I was an attorney for many years. At the outset, I represented lowincome families, including children who were unable to access or were not receiving the necessary educational services. Through this experience, I saw first hand the disparity that lowincome children experience. As a teacher, I have come to appreciate the great benefit that realworld experiences have on student learning. After school enrichment programs are a great way to provide these experience to all learners. Because of this, it is important that I be part of anything that can help eliminate any financial barriers and, thus, ensure anyone who wants to participate in after school programs has the opportunity to do so.