Board of Directors
Michael Feder, Board Chair
Senior Program Officer, Board on Science Education at the National Academies
Theresa Poussaint, Secretary & Parent Representative
President and CEO at NavigateYourDestiny.com
Faheem Rahman, Treasurer
Director, Product Management, Branch Sales & Service, Capital One Bank
Brian Whittaker, Secretary
Senior Consultant at Grant Thornton Global Public Sector
Principal, iLead: Innovative Learning through Expeditionary and Adaptive Discovery
Program Officer, Performing Arts at Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Linay Foreman, Parent Representative
Staff Assistant at Facilities Management at American University
McKesson Corporation, Senior Vice President Public Affairs
Senior Partner, Deloitte Consulting
Co-Owner/Head Chef, Eco Caterers
Max Skolnik, Board Emeritus
Executive Director, Taproot Foundation DC
Andria Tobin served as Kid Power’s Program Director from 2006 to 2012. During that time, she significantly increased organizational capacity, managed a staff of 40, built strong community partnerships, created original curricula, developed evaluation systems, and forged deep bonds with youth and their families. In 2012, Andria transitioned to Executive Director of the organization. As Executive Director, Andria has focused on creating stronger pathways to college and career success for DC youth and building a strong foundation for Kid Power’s strategic growth into Wards 7 and 8.
Andria began her professional career working in therapeutic group homes supporting youth with severe emotional and behavioral challenges and continued working with this population by facilitating a successful transition to adulthood for her foster daughter. She has a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a M.P.A. with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from the American Universitywhere she graduated Cum Laude and was inducted into the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society.She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates (DCAYA).
Grant Elliott joined Kid Power in 2009 as the Middle School Director and transitioned to Program Director in September 2012. Grant has been an educator for 19 years, having worked as a Social Studies teacher in Chicago and DC Public Schools. Grant has created innovative ways to engage youth from all backgrounds in positive, character-building activities and combined his background in music and horticulture to enhance the education of countless youth. He is responsible for overall program operations, including staff hiring and oversight, curriculum development, project implementation, and evaluation. Grant has completed the Advancing Youth Development training and Supervisor’s Training from the Children & Youth Investment Trust. Grant currently serves on the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates Extended Learning Committee. During his tenure with Kid Power, Grant has maintained his teaching certificate with Highly Qualified status and stayed on top of best practices for youth development for elementary and middle school ages.
Stacy Kirk first joined Kid Power as the Site Coordinator at Tubman Elementary School during the 2011-2012 school year. She returned in May 2014 to undertake the role of Assistant Program Director, in which she is responsible for managing staff and developing curriculum at multiple sites, as well as overseeing key community partnerships. Her professional experience with youth began nearly twenty years ago as a residential counselor at the University of Virginia’s Summer Enrichment Program. It has continued over the years through such opportunities as teaching at a New York City middle school for girls as a member of AmeriCorps, imparting English lessons to students in a rural province of South Korea, and facilitating life skills workshops and extracurricular opportunities for underserved youth in Costa Rica during her recent Peace Corps stint there. Stacy holds a B.A. in Fine Arts and Education from the University of Richmond, and an M.A. in History of Art from University College London.
Courtney Moran has a B.A. in Government and International Studies from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Courtney worked for three years in fundraising for the Colby Fund raising money for the school’s academic, athletic, and financial aid funds. At the Colby Fund, she had success in growing the small donor base, while managing existing major donor and trustee relations. As a member of the advisory board for the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, Courtney worked to promote community engagement, raise social awareness, and bring progressive speakers and events to campus. Courtney has always had a passion for working with youth and worked as a one-on-one mentor for many years. Courtney joined the Kid Power team in March 2014 to contribute to the organization’s growing development and communications efforts.
Jessica Friedman first joined Kid Power in the spring of 2015 as a Site Coordinator at Jefferson Middle School and then at Barnard Elementary School. She transitioned to the role of 21st Century Community Learning Center Program Director in May 2016. Jessica has BA in Anthropology and Communications from Tulane University and a MPH in International Health and Development, with a focus on Nutrition, from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Her professional experience with youth began nearly ten years ago as an afterschool enrichment instructor with New Orleans Outreach. It has continued over the years through teaching English to students in Bangkok, Thailand and working as an Early Education Teacher in Washington DC. Before joining Kid Power, Jessica served for two years as the Washington DC Program Manager for the Institute of America's Health, a non-profit that worked to provide health and wellness curriculum and teacher training to over 30 elementary public and charter schools.
Katie Harvey joined Kid Power in 2007 and has been instrumental to the development of Kid Power’s farm-to-table VeggieTime program. Katie has a Bachelor of Science from Loyola University Department of Biological Sciences in New Orleans and a Post-baccalaureate CRTA from the National Institute of Health. She has completed the University of Maryland Master Gardener Youth Gardening Education Class, the Life Lab Sustaining School Garden Workshop, the DC School Garden Workshop Series, an “Introduction to US Food Systems: Perspectives from Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, “Fundamentals of Human Nutrition” at the University of Florida, and the National Service Learning Conference. As VeggieTime Director, Katie is responsible for managing over 70 urban gardens throughout the District, leading a team of part-time VeggieTime instructors, writing original VeggieTime curriculum, and developing community partnerships.
Curtis Leitch was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Political Science. Shortly after graduating, Curtis moved to Washington, D.C. to study with The Washington Center and intern with an international development NGO, Asia America Initiative. Curtis joined Kid Power as an AmeriCorps Member in the Academic Curriculum Consultant position in September 2014 and had continued with Kid Power for a second year of service in which he is working to further align and benchmark original Kid Power curricula and deepen Kid Power’s relationships with schools and families.
Anna Davis joined the Kid Power team as an AmeriCorps VeggieTime Community Director in 2014, and has continued with Kid Power for a second year of service as the Community Outreach Coordinator, in which she is working to expand alumni programming and volunteer recruitment and management. Her passion for working with youth and recreation drew her to the position. Growing up she always enjoyed helping out in her family’s garden and now loves giving students the opportunity to gain those same experiences in their school gardens. In high school Anna began working as a teacher’s assistant at the Old Dominion University Child Development Center where she gained firsthand experience with youth development strategies and practices. Anna attended the University of Mary Washington where she earned a BA in Sociology while volunteering at family shelters and helping with the youth programs after school. These experiences sparked her interests in helping those in vulnerable populations. As a supervisor at Campus Recreation, she encouraged the student body to maintain a healthy lifestyle and participate in campus activities.
Allison Hyman comes to Kid Power as an AmeriCorps Member with a variety of garden and volunteer experience. Allison has volunteered as a nutritionist at Foodlink, a youth cooking instructor at the Food Bank of WNY, and as a Farm Share Intern at Journey’s End Refugee Services, where she provided refugees with a weekly supply of fresh produce and helped create educational materials to assist refugees in making health choices. Allison graduated with a BS from the State University of New York—Buffalo in 2015 and plays a crucial role to expanding Kid Power’s growing VeggieTime program.