Kenn Jones started his career as a licensed architect working in New Jersey and New York City. His career as an educator paralleled his career in architecture where he taught undergraduate courses in studio art, design, and the history of art and design as well as graduate courses in non-profit management. Kenn has substantial experience with developing project-based curricula, interdisciplinary programs, and adult education/professional development. He has served as a U.S. Diplomat in the Middle East and as the Executive Director of Peters Valley Craft Education Center and the New York Foundation for Architecture; most recently he was the Curator of Education for the New Jersey State Museum. Kenn holds a M.Arch. degree from the University of Maryland and post-graduate studies in historic preservation and design as a Rotary Foundation Fellow at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Using strategic planning and creative problem solving to achieve organizational goals and objectives, Kenn ties together his experiences in education, executive management, and philanthropy ~ an approach he brings to the Salvadori Center.
Aliza has been working in education in various capacities for over 20 years. After graduating with a degree in Fine Arts from Pitzer College in California, Aliza managed and fabricated community-based public art projects, taught at the Braille Institute and worked as an art teacher on both the elementary and high school level in the Los Angeles area. She came to New York in 1999 to pursue a Masters in Art Education, during which time she directed a hospital outreach program through The Newark Museum. Aliza then became the manager of school, youth, intergenerational, artists-in-residence, and professional development programs at the Museum of Arts and Design for 8 years. After returning from a year abroad in South Africa where she developed educational materials and programming for arts exhibitions and public artworks, she continued to cultivate an international design business and work as a mixed media artist in her Brooklyn studio, and hold a teaching artist position through the Anne Frank Center before becoming a manager for middle and high school programs at Lincoln Center Education.
David joined the Salvadori Center as Operations Manager in 2010 and changed roles in 2012 to become Development Director. A British native, David settled in New York City and managed four senior centers from 2005 to 2010, after several years working for local government in England and a year spent traveling the world. David graduated with a Master’s in Public Administration, in 2011, from Baruch College, where the United Way of New York City honored him with a Senior Fellowship. In 1997 David received a BA with honors in Creative Writing from the University of Derby in the United Kingdom. David is an active volunteer with Street Soccer USA – helping the homeless develop life skills through soccer.
Mei-Ling joined the Salvadori Center in the Summer of 2014. Prior to The Salvadori Center, she worked as an Accounting Manager, Controller and Business Manager for private and not-for-profit organizations. Included among her past financial positions have been entities involved in creative works, religious facilities with pre-school operations, and out of school programs for grade schools. She can identify and provide corrective action for any internal problems of accounting procedures, and for weaknesses of database program links to the internal accounting system. She has been engaged to lead accounting remediation projects. She has also volunteered in a charity kitchen serving homeless people. Mei-Ling has a BA in Accounting from San Francisco University in California, completed Finance Management and Budget courses at Bernard Baruch College, and Computer Database Program Courses at Columbia University in New York City.
Photo credit: Anna Louise Jiongco
Stephanie Tumbaga, a southern California native, graduated from California State University, Fullerton in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Before Salvadori, she worked with a nonprofit in San Diego, CA as both an assistant editor for the organization’s newsletter and a marketing associate. In August 2013, Stephanie moved to New York City and became Salvadori’s Administrative and Media Assistant. She changed positions in 2015 to become the Social Media and Marketing Manager.
Photo credit: Anna Louise Jiongco
Richa joined the Salvadori Center in October 2016 as a Development Assistant. Prior to Salvadori Center, Richa worked in government institutions/non-profits, dedicated to humanitarian relief, development and education, handling event management logistics, system management and communications. She also worked in production for three years in the Indian news broadcasting industry producing news stories on political, health care and educational issues. Richa holds a Masters in Global Affairs from New York University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism from SACAC (India).
Phi Nguyen graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After graduation, Phi worked in a biotech company and then an academic research laboratory. Phi’s passion for volunteering led him to change career path and, in June 2015, he graduated from Baruch College with a Master of Public Administration, concentrating in nonprofit administration. Phi joined the Salvadori Center as Administrative Assistant in September 2015.
Julianne is currently a student of architecture at The City College of New York. Throughout her childhood she always had an inquisitive nature paired with an instinctive ability for the arts, math and science. This blend culminated in her interest in pursuing architecture as well as maintaining a general enthusiasm for the sciences. During the summer of 2011 she worked as an intern at Terreform ONE + Planetary ONE, a research based architectural and design firm. She worked primarily on materials exploration resulting in an imaginative inquiry into the possibilities of the architectural retrofit, a case study of the Brooklyn Navy Yards. Julianne joined the Salvadori Center in October of 2014 as the Materials and Supplies Preparator.
Photo credit: Anna Louise Jiongco
Richie is originally from New York. He served 10 years in the armed forces where he graduated from the Military University with a degree in Clinical and Forensic Psychology. During his free time he enjoys working on his own carpentry and electrical projects. Richie enjoys volunteering his summers helping communities in South America.
Juliana grew up in England, and received her BA (Honors) in Interior Design at Kingston University, London. After graduation, she worked as an interior designer for firms in London, Hong Kong and New York. Helping out at her son’s nursery school sparked an interest in education. This led, in 2003, to a job at the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment, where Juliana led neighborhood design projects, community mapping, and orienteering in Prospect Park. She joined the Salvadori Center staff in 2009.
Martin and his family moved to Queens from Colombia in 1992 when he was 11 years old. At the International High School at LaGuardia Community College, he was introduced to the Salvadori Center through Educator Janny Gedeon. Martin’s ability and dedication earned him a Salvadori Center college scholarship and he graduated from City College of New York in 2008. Martin joined the Salvadori staff in 2009 and now teaches in the Salvadori After-School and Starter programs.
Emiliano Maghallighen was born and raised in Mexico City and moved to New York to study at City College. He received a BS in Architecture in 2004 and joined Gensler as a job captain where he helped design retail stores including Apple, Victoria’s Secret and Gap. While teaching at the Guggenheim museum and interning at the Museum of Modern Art, Emiliano became interested in education and the arts. In 2009 he joined Organizacion Tepeyac, a non-profit organization that provides after school programs, adult education, and immigrant advocacy to Mexicans in New York.
Cindy is a recent graduate of the New York Institute of Technology, and holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Health, Behavioral, and Political Sciences. The two years prior to joining the Salvadori team initially in the spring of 2013, Cindy worked to a similar capacity with another nonprofit organization, doing pro-bono curriculum design and instruction that served students from low performing schools in low-income communities. Cindy has also spent her last two summers teaching basic engineering concepts and serving as an administrator of a national program for 3-5th grade students, with the mission of increasing the numbers of minorities pursuing STEM-related majors. Cindy currently serves the Salvadori Center as an Educator.
Carlos, originally from Equador, moved to Manhattan when he was 2 years old. In high school, he volunteered with a nonprofit humanitarian organization in Botswana, Africa, providing HIV/Aids care to at-risk orphans and students, which spurred him on to pursue a career serving individuals in need. Carlos spent a year in the AmeriCorps program teaching literacy in the Lower East Side before completing his degree in Childhood Education at Bronx Community College. Since then, he has continued working for nonprofit organizations providing math and literacy to students in boroughs across New York City. In his free time, Carlos enjoys studying languages and spending time in his Congregation in the Bronx.
Bahati is currently pursuing his Master of Arts Degree in Education at CUNY Brooklyn College. Prior to working at the Salvadori Center, for over 6 years Bahati worked in youth development in urban communities, providing Academic Intervention services for students with complex developmental disabilities. He enjoys bicycling and spends the weekends discovering community gardens and farmers markets throughout Brooklyn. As a first generation Tanzanian-American, Bahati enjoys promoting Tanzanian Culture through teas and spices, and sharing East African customs and traditions.
Lisa Nehring, a New Jersey native and diner enthusiast, graduated from Colby College in 2014 with a degree in biology and creative writing. While in college, Lisa had the transformative experience of being part of a wildlife research and monitoring team in Namibia. With this insight into the power of experiential learning, Lisa became interested in finding ways to bring similar opportunities to urban students. After graduation, Lisa was part of a teaching residency in East Harlem, receiving her Master of Science in Elementary Education at Hunter College. Lisa is thrilled to join the Salvadori team as an Educator.
Roxanne was born in New York City and grew up in Queens, NY. As a child, she always had an interest in art and design. In 2006, she received her BFA in Architecture from Parsons The New School for Design, moving on to work in the design and construction industries. In July of 2010 she joined the Salvadori Center full-time to manage an after-school program in New York City Housing Authority community centers across the 5 boroughs. Currently, Roxanne serves as an Educator and helps develop new curricula for Salvadori.
Kaelin Anderson is a native of Northeastern Pennsylvania and recently graduated from Wilkes University’s School of Education with honors. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in middle level science education and special education. Throughout Kaelin’s college career she served as a volunteer track and field coach for her hometown high school and held various leadership positions within her education department’s honors society, clubs, and student government. Kaelin’s passion for guiding students towards a love of learning through hands-on activities, principles, and concepts are what inspired her to seek the Educator position for Salvadori’s first Pennsylvania-based initiative beginning Fall 2016.
The Berman Group
More than 100 individuals each year