Tyler Driscoll

Tyler Driscoll, an alumnus of LDR, serves as a facilitator and coach for the program. He currently works to connect kids to healthy food with FoodCorps. Previously, Tyler served as executive director for Public Allies CT and worked for Teach For America CT where he developed values-based leadership programming for members, alumni and staff. He began his work in the nonprofit sector as an AmeriCorps member serving in Washington, DC with City Year. Tyler is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and is passionate about challenging deeply-held assumptions about leadership and bringing diverse individuals together to learn from one another and enhance their impact.

Carrie Kramer

Carrie Kramer, an alumna of LDR, serves as a coach to program participants. Currently, she is a full-time faculty member and assistant professor in the Counseling and Family Therapy Department at Central Connecticut State University. Carrie has worked as a professional in the disability community for the past 25 years. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and holds a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from New York University. When not working, she can be found frolicking with her spouse, four boys and their retired racing greyhound.

Meghan Lowney

Meghan Lowney, Founder of the LDR Program, serves as the founding Executive Director of The ZOOM Foundation, a Connecticut family foundation that focuses its philanthropic investments on innovative change efforts that have the high potential for sustainable impact, particularly in the areas of education and the environment. Meghan is committed to helping emerging leaders and nonprofit organizations increase their impact. She recently founded Five Frogs, Inc. to further this commitment by building a powerful movement of diverse leaders with the competencies, mindset, drive and relationships necessary to create lasting, positive change for an equitable Connecticut. Previously, Meghan founded and led a leadership and organizational development company, Ripple Effect Consulting, and served for ten years as the Executive Director of Operation Hope of Fairfield, a nonprofit working to end homelessness. In recognition of her work, Fairfield University bestowed upon her an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2007. Meghan earned her BA from Boston College, and a Master of Social Work degree in Community Organizing from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. She has served on numerous boards and committees, and currently serves on the boards of the Connecticut News Project/CT Mirror and Five Frogs, Inc.

Alexis Northrop

Alexis Northrop serves as the part-time program administrator for the LDR Program at Five Frogs, Inc. Prior to joining Five Frogs, Alexis worked at The ZOOM Foundation and Fifth Street Advisors providing administrative support for multiple projects, both in the nonprofit and financial sectors. In the past, with a BA from Villanova University, Alexis worked in the enrollment services arena at universities in New Jersey and Texas helping students navigate the financial aid, bursar and admissions processes. Additionally, she was the functional implementation specialist during a department wide software implementation for the student financials module. Most recently, Alexis enjoyed an amazing three years living in London with her family before settling in Fairfield where she also works on an entrepreneurial enterprise.

Eric Rey

Eric Rey, an LDR alumnus, serves as a facilitator and coach for LDR. He is currently the Quality Assurance Manager at Christian Community Action and a workforce development consultant. He is also founder and principal at Potent Perspective Coaching. Eric was trained through the Coaches Training Institute and is a Certified Co-Active Coach. Previously, Eric was program manager for ReEntry Works, a nonprofit focused on employment for previously incarcerated individuals, and for Bridgeport-based Career Resources, Inc. (CRI), a workforce development agency. He also worked on similar employment issues at City Hall of New Haven. Born and raised in New Haven, Eric graduated from Career HS and earned his BA in Psychology from the University of Connecticut.

Joel Rivera

Joel Rivera is the Director of the Hartford Working Cities Initiative. Joel comes to us with the goal of addressing systemic poverty, focusing on systems change and organizational behavior to create new programs and impact communities that need it the most. He started his career in workforce development in 1998 in New York City, (Bronx, Harlem and Brooklyn), where he worked in Welfare to Work programs with economically disadvantaged communities helping them to achieve self-sufficiency. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Bradford College in 1998, as well as a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College in 2004 and a Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Central CT State University in 2009. Most recently Joel directed a suite of financial empowerment programs throughout the state of CT for low-to-moderate income communities. He also worked for 10 years with the State of CT Department of Rehabilitation Services. Joel is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.

Marina Rodriguez

Marina Rodriguez, an alumna of LDR, has a Master’s Degree in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood and has been in the field of education for the past 21 years. As a young mom Marina was a volunteer in her son’s Head Start classroom, and it was there when her educational expedition began both personally and professionally. Marina has worked in many aspects of education, from the coordination and management of early care and family services to program management for school-age children during out-of-school time. Her passion lies in being responsive to others and creating meaningful relationships. She believes care and education go hand in hand and that education is a life-long endeavor. Marina has served in a coach capacity for the past 5 years working with adult learners and young leaders to help them reach their full personal and professional potential through curiosity and inquiry.

Roosevelt Smith

Roosevelt Smith is a seasoned consultant, facilitator and administrator with proven success in supporting start-up, transition, and capacity building phases for nonprofit organizations. Roosevelt’s work has included large, small and volunteer-run nonprofit organizations in a wide array of mission areas such as youth development, housing, human services, human rights/social justice, environmental justice, food justice and arts. Prior to starting his independent consultant practice Roosevelt served for fifteen years as the Executive Director of two nonprofit youth development organizations in Boston, MA. Combined these organizations were responsible for assisting hundreds of Boston youth to graduate high school, attend college, and with becoming productive citizens. As a consultant, Roosevelt believes in partnership, meeting people and organizations where they are and facilitating processes that surface possibilities while leveraging existing strengths. He utilizes a dynamic, interactive facilitation tool-bag that promotes energizing experiences, respects existing wisdom within organizations, promotes consensus being reached and concrete, breakthrough results being achieved. Roosevelt attended New York University as a Martin Luther King Scholar. He earned Certificates from the Harvard University Executive Education Program, the Association for Fundraising Professionals (Boston Chapter) and the Boston University, Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

Lindsey Tengatenga

Lindsey Tengatenga, an alumna of LDR, is the Executive Director of Public Allies Connecticut (PACT), an organization working to create a more just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it. In this role, Tengatenga uses her experience in team development, adult learning, leadership coaching, creativity and collaboration to support homegrown, emerging leaders and organizations in Connecticut’s major cities to make meaningful change. Prior to joining PACT in 2011, she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Trinity College. She completed her Master's degree in Public Policy while working as the Assistant Director for the college's Office for Community Service and Civic Engagement developing programs to support student leaders in their passion projects and fostering community partnerships. A Chicago native, her volunteer work in Connecticut since she arrived in 2004 has been largely centered around community dialogue and civic participation efforts, policy work to support youth with incarcerated parents, farmers’ markets, and various local boards. Lindsey lives in New Haven with her husband and 3.5-year-old daughter and loves to frequent her neighborhood library, coffee shops, and hiking trails.

Katherine Velez

Katherine Velez, LMSW, an LDR alum, is a Research Coordinator for Columbia University Medical Center Nurture Science Program. Her focus is conducting randomized clinical trials for the Nurture Science Program in CT for preschool age children and in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in NY. She began working in nonprofit prior to graduating with an MSW from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services. Her experience has been working with vulnerable children and families with a concentration on the Spanish speaking population. As a new coach, she looks forward to empowering a new generation of leaders to help maximize their impact in our communities. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her daughter and Scottish Terrier Grace!

Anne Watkins

Anne Watkins has worked in the non-profit sector for more than twenty years. She is founder & principal at Watkins Strategy Group, LLC, a consulting practice focused on organizational development and executive coaching. Anne has held executive leadership positions in a number of organizations, including serving as executive director of the Greater Bridgeport Area Foundation and CT Campus Compact. Anne garnered extensive leadership development and facilitation experience with diverse communities working as a community organizer in California and Pennsylvania and managing local planning processes in cities and towns throughout California. Anne served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa where she worked with midwives and traditional birth attendants. She has an MPH from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a BA in Psychology from Boston University. Anne lives in New Haven, CT.

Keyairra Wright

Keyairra Wright is a director of program who designs community relevant experiences and professional development for educators in the Teach For America Program. Also, within her current roles as the Director of Bridgeport Program, Keyairra mentors and manages two teacher coaches in order to support them in their ongoing leadership development. In her work and personal life, Keyairra believes that all humans can improve and have strengths to lean on. She is compelled to help people see the truth about their own value and the gifts of others. Building trust between community members is a critical aspect of Keyairra's drive. She has supported with community events such as the Justice in Education Summit and Martin Luther King Days of Service. Keyairra also builds connections with the Environmental Justice Center of Connecticut as a retreat facilitator and the Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust as a board member. In 2010, Keyairra began coaching novice educators. She earned her coaching certification from the Center for Transformative Teacher Training and is an accredited Classroom Culture and Turnaround Coach who supports teachers in learning how to be anti-racist educators who can build trust across lines of difference. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in African-American Studies and Media Studies from the Then Pennsylvania State University. Keyairra is currently completing her final courses in pursuit of her Masters in Elementary Education through the University of Bridgeport.

Tim Yergeau

Tim Yergeau is a communications and fundraising strategist with a background in arts administration, nonprofit management, and community development. He has held leadership positions at the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the New Haven Free Public Library Foundation, and Civic Mind, a social enterprise. Today, he works with organizations in the nonprofit and public sectors to shape and share their stories, develop projects to improve communities, and secure the resources to achieve their goals. A life-long New Englander, Tim graduated from Boston University with a BS in Communications.