Board of Directors
Michael Feder, Board Chair
Director of STEMx, Battelle
Faheem Rahman, Treasurer
Director, Product Management, Branch Sales & Service, Capital One Bank
Brian Whittaker, Secretary
Contract Specialist, General Services Administration
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
Attorney at Law, Goulston & Storrs
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.
Robin Minter joined the Kid Power staff in the fall of 2016 as part time Director of Operations. Robin has over 15 years of non-profit management experience, including five years as Executive Director of a DC based afterschool program. After a long career in fiscal management, she recently received a BAA in Political Science. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of the District of Columbia. Robin has one adult child, one husband, two dogs, and two cats. Minter and her husband reside in the Brookland community of Northeast Washington, DC.
Curtis Leitch, Assistant Program Director
Curtis Leitch was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He went to Washington State University and later transferred to the University of Alaska Anchorage earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Political Science. Curtis moved to Washington, DC and studied with The Washington Center program in the summer of 2014, interning with a non-profit called Asia America Initiative. He joined Kid Power as an AmeriCorps Academic Consultant in 2015. In this role Curtis created curriculum for the Academic Power Hour curriculum that aligned to the Common Core Standards but featured innovative, hands-on activities and creative review activities with benchmark assessments. In his second year based on the success of piloted hands-on math and science activities, Curtis significantly increased Kid Power’s STEM curriculum. He also worked with senior leadership on evaluation and grant compliance. After two years of service in this role, Curtis transitioned the role of Assistant Program Director in the fall of 2016 and he currently oversees program at Jefferson MS, LaSalle-Backus EC, Stanton ES, and J.O. Wilson ES.
Leslie Meyers joined Kid Power as Director of Development and Communications in 2017. She has a decade of experience in the non-profit world having worked for the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity as the Program Coordinator. There she oversaw the Nobel Laureates Initiative, the annual Prize in Ethics Essay Contest for college juniors and seniors across the country and the Beit Tzipora Centers in Israel for Ethiopian-Israeli children. Prior to working for the Foundation, Leslie was a talent manager in Los Angeles where she worked with many notable people in the film industry. A native of Philadelphia she graduated from the University of Michigan.
In 2014 President Obama appointed Leslie to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and in 2015 she became a Non-Resident Fellow of the Enough Project.
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.
Mira Smith comes to Kid Power excited to create and implement fun and unique ways to effectively teach youth about healthy eating, gardening and playing in the dirt. Mira graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A in anthropology where she was always fascinated by the significance of food in shaping personal and cultural identity. She recently completed a year serving with AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, where she worked at a youth development after-school program teaching poetry and service learning to elementary school students. There she also helped to write the poetry curriculum to be used nation-wide and developed and coordinated a nutrition and healthy eating program for students throughout D.C. As VeggieTime Director Mira is also responsible for managing the Kid Power gardens and cultivating partnerships with local food and gardening organizations.
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.
Najeeba joined Kid Power in August 2016 as an AmeriCorps Service Member. She serves as the Site Director at J.O. Wilson Elementary School. She hails from Mechanicsville, Virginia but earned her B.A. in Integrative Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She graduated in May 2016, studying Art Therapy in an individualized program as well as earning a minor in Non-Profit Studies. Volunteerism and Service Learning have been passions of Najeeba's since she was young, having started her service path as early as middle school serving on a youth service council. She has carried that passion into college and beyond. She has worked with youth and their families all around Virginia and has served the D.C. area while interning for Youth Service America her sophomore year of college. She is excited to help her new student's learn all about civic engagement and healthy lifestyles this year!
Zoe Zakin was born and raised in Washington, DC and is a proud graduate of DC Public Schools. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology and Global Studies with a Spanish minor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. Zoe started working with kids in high school by teaching swim lessons and supporting students with disabilities through inclusive performing arts programs. She has continued to work with children, serving as a summer camp counselor the past 6 years. While in college Zoe studied and traveled abroad in South and Central America to become proficient in Spanish. Zoe joined Kid Power as an AmeriCorps volunteer to pursue interests in education and giving back to the community she grew up in. She is currently the Site Director for Barnard Elementary where she oversees program implementation, writes curriculum, and teaches VeggieTime.!
Sylvie joined Kid Power as an AmeriCorps member in November 2016. Originally from Philadelphia, she recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with B.A. Degrees in Urban Studies and Communication. Prior to starting with Kid Power, Sylvie has had a variety of non-profit internships and volunteer opportunities involving children, both in and out of the classroom. Internationally, Sylvie spent a summer in Peru running interactive health fairs for local children, and taught a weekly English language class to Dutch elementary school students in Amsterdam. Equally committed to her own communities, Sylvie has spent time tutoring Pittsburgh public high school students and leading a weekly after-school cycling club in Philadelphia. Sylvie is now using these experiences. among others, to serve as the Site Director at JO Wilson Elementary School.
Shanasia Billinger is a recent graduate from Texas A&M University where she earned a Master of Science degree in Health Education and certificate in Nonprofit Management. Prior to that, she studied Health & Wellness at the State University of New York- Buffalo State College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2013. Shanasia was first introduced to working with children at a daycare center in Texas caring for children as young as 6 weeks old through age 10. After relocating to the DMV area, Shanasia joined Kid Power in November 2016 as an AmeriCorps Service Member serving as the Site Director at Stanton Elementary School. Her passion has always been educating the community on healthy lifestyles/behaviors and believes that it begins with educating its young people.