Kenneth Jones, M.Arch., Executive Director

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.



David McGillan, Deputy Director

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.


Malika Khalsa, Education Director

Malika is a Virginia native who moved to New York to attend St. Johns University where she received degree in Childhood Education. After teaching for a year, Malika became a Child Protective Specialist, investigating allegations of abuse and neglect and ensuring safety for children. Later, Malika went on to work with City Year New York as a Program Manager, Program Director and Senior Program Director, managing different levels of staff whose goal was to provide academic tutoring and mentorship to students in under-resourced schools. Malika joined Salvadori Center recently as the Education Director.


Mei-Ling Poon, Full Charge Bookkeeper

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.


Stephanie Tumbaga, Social Media and Marketing Manager

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.


Richa Sadana, Development Assistant

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).


Julianne Geary, Materials & Supplies Preparator

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.


Richie Tamacas, Materials & Supplies Preparator

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.




Hilda Abla

Hilda Abla aka Hildos moved to New York City from Beirut, Lebanon in 2013. Prior to the Salvadori Center she worked as a Graphic Designer, Teaching Artist, Museum Educator, and did branding and marketing for an Engineering Company and Mobile Banking company. She is also an artist and a body image activist who works to help women change the way they view their bodies and themselves. Hildos holds a Masters in Marketing & Communication and a Bachelor in Fine Arts and Art Education.


Kaelin Anderson

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.


Sally Feng

Sally is originally from Chicago and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduation, she lived in the Philippines to conduct research on coral reef restoration while promoting marine conservation. Since then, she has been empowering youth as an environmental educator at Wahsega 4-H Center and at Hudson River Park. Sally is a happy environmentalist living a zero waste lifestyle and hammocking in her free time.


Bahati Kidayi

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.


Emiliano Maghallighen

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.


Lauren McIntyre

Lauren graduated from Hartwick College in 2011 and obtained a BA in Sociology and her NYS teaching certificate. In May 2017, she graduated from SUNY Albany and completed her MS in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology. Prior to the Salvadori Center, Lauren worked in public schools and taught math and science after school programs. In her spare time, she develops and presents hands on art and science programs to students at libraries throughout Suffolk and Nassau Counties of Long Island.


Roxanne Mejia

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.


Carlos Montoya

Carlos, originally from Ecuador, 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.


Amanda Sarantos

Amanda is originally from Staten Island, and is a lifelong attendee of New York City Public Schools. She is currently pursuing an interdisciplinary degree in architecture at The City College of New York. Prior to working for Salvadori, Amanda has worked at various architecture education non-profits across the city. She is passionate about sharing the design process with young students. In her free time, Amanda enjoys working on independent projects in graphic design and riding her bike.


Juliana Wong

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.



Interns, Assistants & Volunteers

Jorge Barrenechea, Preparator (11/14/2012 – 7/2013) & Development Intern (10/1/2013 – 5/10/2014)

Soraya Batista, Education Assistant (3/11/2014 – 4/29/2014)

Atta Boateng, Education Assistant (1/28/2014 – 4/29/2014)

Marcieli de Souza, Education Assistant (10/3/2013 – 11/21/2013)

Max Gross, Education Assistant (4/4/2013– 5/2/2013; 1/28/2014 – 4/29/2014)

Olivia Mason, Education Assistant (3/7/2014 – 9/16/2014)

David Lisbon, Volunteer Materials & Supplies Preparator (7/16/2014 – 7/29/2014)

Ben Flood, Volunteer Materials & Supplies Preparator (2/2014 – 3/2014)

The Salvadori Center Values Our Volunteers – Including:

Goldman Sachs
The Berman Group
More than 100 individuals each year

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