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Our Team

Staff and Fellows

Aza Adam
Special Assistant to the CEO
Aza is committed to building relationships and fostering partnerships that focus on implementing creative, human-centered solutions that sustain underserved communities. In her role at FFI, Aza is responsible for cultivating relationships and devising strategies to maintain momentum on projects that strengthen the movement for a fair shot at wellbeing.
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LaRae Cantley
Senior Manager of Community & Wellbeing
LaRae’s role is to maximize her superpower and build authentic relationships by tapping into courageous vulnerability that paves the way for fellow leaders to share their wisdom, skills, gifts, and talents while seeing themselves as assets to systemic transformation.
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Christina Cramer
Senior Manager of Engagement and Partnerships
As a member of the Engagement and Partnerships team, Christina builds capacity and expands opportunities by making and deepening connections and managing projects and events. Christina comes to FFI with a decade of experience in non-profit, political, and local government environments, working in collaborative teams to rethink the norms that prevent wellbeing for all.
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Zach Goldstein
Chief of Strategic Innovation and Technology
Over the past two decades, Zach has led digital innovation teams to build delightfully simple tech solutions that create deep social impact. Zach is responsible for dramatically increasing FFI’s impact and reach through the cutting-edge use of technology.
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Sacha Green-Atchley
Operations Manager
Sacha is a member of FFI's operations team, supporting administration, infrastructure, accounting, and event management. Since the beginning of her career, she witnessed how trade-offs can keep people from accessing the support and services they need.
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Madge Haynes
ACSW, LCSW, Associate Director of Engagement and Partnerships
Madge brings to The Full Frame Initiative over 25 years of experience in social services and background of leadership in systems change/improvement. She believes cultivating relationships and collaboration are critical in achieving the best outcomes for individuals, families, and communities.
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Kelsey Heebink
Director of Finance
Kelsey has over 15 years of financial and analytical experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors with an emphasis on financial stewardship from funder to impact, multi-year strategic financial planning for new or dynamic initiatives, and data driven decision making. She was impressed and drawn to FFI for its explicit goal to mission align internal financial and administrative processes with the same holistic wellbeing lenses used for external work.
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Matthew Leger-Small
Associate Director of Development and Special Projects
Matthew is responsible for managing a variety of internal and external projects at FFI with an eye toward making new connections between streams of work to strengthen the movement for a fair shot at wellbeing.
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Nidhi Malik
Manager of Engagement and Partnerships
Nidhi brings over 5 years of professional experience in healthcare and the nonprofit sector. She has experience working in a clinical setting helping individuals with mental health, substance use, and behavioral health issues. She has also dug deep into theoretical frameworks to identify what works for individuals, communities, and systems.
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Samantha Moelter
Senior Manager of Talent
Samantha brings 15+ years of human resources/people capital experience to the Full Frame Initiative's Operations Team. Her diversity of roles has seen her directing human resources and operations in a variety of organizations.
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Miranda Rabuck
Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications
Miranda is part of the Digital Marketing team at FFI, elevating stories of change and engaging audiences across digital channels in the movement for wellbeing.
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George Rice
Chief Communications Officer
George is an experienced communications, marketing and outreach executive with noted success in improving organizational reach, advancing policy objectives and increasing engagement. A natural at connecting people and enterprises to valuable partners, George is known for helping organizations build greater capacity. He is recognized as a global authority in developing communications strategies to deliver key insights that support and magnify movements.
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Katya Fels Smyth
Founder and CEO
Katya grew up in New Jersey and went to high school in Massachusetts, where she volunteered at one of the state’s first shelters for homeless families. While getting a degree in biology from Harvard, Katya continued working with people who are homeless, eventually becoming co-director of one of Cambridge, MA’s first emergency shelters.
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Tanya Tucker
Chief of National Engagement and Partnerships
Tanya has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit, education, and youth development fields. Her career has focused on supporting low-income and underserved youth, building relationships with external partners, developing innovative programs and leading dynamic results-oriented teams.
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Lotus Yu
Senior Manager of Engagement and Partnerships
Lotus is part of the Engagement & Partnerships Team at FFI, collaborating on strategy for how to support people in shifting towards using a wellbeing orientation, developing capacity building and training materials, teaching, and supporting curriculum development.
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Sandy Ambrozy
Senior Fellow
Two threads cut across Sandy's career lattice – justice and curiosity. With nearly 40 years of experience in philanthropy, she has strong expertise in human services, arts and culture, green buildings, and civil legal justice.
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Phyllis Becker
Senior Fellow
Phyllis is an experienced human services leader working with youth, families, and communities. She has broad experience in juvenile justice reform, community engagement, and professional development.
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Miki Akimoto
Acting FFI Board Chair and Clerk; Chief Impact Officer, National Center for Family Philanthropy
Miki Akimoto is the Chief Impact Officer at the National Center for Family Philanthropy. In this role, she partners with the CEO to help move the NCFP strategic plan forward, align and integrate revenue, relationship management and program strategies, enhance sector partnerships and ensure a strong measurement and evaluation plan. She oversees the program, communications and development teams.
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Tim Decker
FFI Board Treasurer; Senior Consultant, Social Innovation Partners
Tim served as the Director of the Missouri Division of Youth Services from 2007-2013 and Director of the Missouri Children’s Division from 2013-2018. Tim retired from state government in 2018, after serving for 34 years in a variety of leadership positions with the Missouri Department of Social Services and the Greater Kansas City Local Investment Commission (LINC), one of the nation’s most innovative public/private community partnerships.
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Jose Faus
Independent Artist
José Faus is a native of Bucaramanga, Colombia and longtime Kansas City resident. He is an artist, writer, performer and independent teacher/mentor with an interest in the role of artists as catalysts for community building. He is a co-founder of the Latino Writers Collective and sits on the boards of Latino Writers Collective, UMKC Board of Governors Alumni Association, and Charlotte Street Foundation.
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Veola Green
CEO, The International Institute of Family Development, Inc.
Veola Green creates bridges between people, governments and organizations to serve the causes of child welfare and international women’s development. She brings dynamic energy and a background that includes field work, policy reform, and management to address issues at a systemic level. Veola is the Executive Managing Partner and Principal at The International Institute of Family Development which is driven by the premise that entire communities are lifted up when women are given tools for economic stability.
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Sanah Jivani
FFI Board Vice-Chair; Founder and CEO, The Love Your Natural Self Foundation
Sanah Jivani is a dual degree graduate from The University of Pennsylvania, receiving an M.S. in Non-Profit Leadership and an M.S.E.d. Education, Culture, and Society. Currently, she works as the Community Engagement Manager at Generation Hope, focusing on building community partnerships and promoting college access.
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Dr. S. Rebecca Neusteter
Executive Director, University of Chicago Health Lab
Dr. S. Rebecca Neusteter has dedicated her career to advancing equity in the criminal justice and health care systems. Her work spans the country. She is focused on reducing justice system contact, disparities, and collateral consequences. She works to enhance public safety, civic participation, and opportunities to support health and vitality.
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Katya Fels Smyth
Founder and CEO, Full Frame Initiative
Katya grew up in New Jersey and went to high school in Massachusetts, where she volunteered at one of the state’s first shelters for homeless families. While getting a degree in biology from Harvard, Katya continued working with people who are homeless, eventually becoming co-director of one of Cambridge, MA’s first emergency shelters. A hit-and-run of one of the shelter’s guests, uninvestigated by police, combined with the advice and vision of other shelter guests, led her to found Cambridge-based On The Rise, Inc. in 1995. On The Rise was widely recognized for its Full Frame Approach to working with women facing homelessness, trauma, and crisis.
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Lotus Yu
FFI Staff Representative to the Board
Lotus is part of the Engagement & Partnerships Team at FFI, collaborating on strategy for how to support people in shifting towards using a wellbeing orientation, developing capacity building and training materials, teaching, and supporting curriculum development.
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Dorothy Allison
Dorothy is the prize-winning author of a number of books, including Bastard Out of Carolina. She specializes in capturing the voices and rawness of entrenched poverty and violence and plans to work with FFI’s founder on raising up
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Juan Carlos Areán
Program Director, Children, and Youth Program, Futures Without Violence
Juan Carlos is an internationally recognized activist, public speaker, trainer and facilitator, and published author. Previously, he served as Director of the National Latin@ Network at Casa de Esperanza and as a Sexual Assault Prevention Specialist at Harvard University
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Prudence Brown
MSW, Ph.D., Independent Consultant
Prue’s work focuses on the documentation and evaluation of community change initiatives, new approaches to learning from and providing assistance to these initiatives, and the role of philanthropy in community change.
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Lonna Davis
Director of Children’s Services, Futures Without Violence
Lonna oversees a range of national and international programs for the nation’s preeminent anti-family-violence organization (in translating grassroots effectiveness into social policy and change).
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Cheryl Dorsey
M.D., M.P.P., President, Echoing Green Foundation
Cheryl heads one of the nation’s most prestigious social entrepreneurship fellowships. A pediatrician and an accomplished social entrepreneur (founder of Boston’s Family Van),
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Michelle Fine
Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Social and Personality Psychology, City University of New York
Michelle is a nationally known expert on the intersection of social justice and academic research.
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Cynthia M. Gibson
Ph.D., Founder and Principal, Cynthesis Consulting
For almost three decades, Cynthia’s work has focused on public policy research and analysis, program development, strategic planning, survey design, evaluation, and marketing and communications.
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Leland (Lee) Goldberg
MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Jones & Vining
Lee is a well-known and highly regarded Interim CEO and management consultant, having successfully restructured over 300 companies in his more than 25 years of management experience. He is an expert in business planning and integrating operational metrics with financial planning.
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Lisa Goodman
Ph.D., Professor, Boston College Lynch School of Education
Lisa is an expert on the intersection of poverty, domestic violence and mental health issues. She partnered with FFI’s founder in documenting the Full Frame Approach, and they continue to collaborate
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Naomi (Mio) Leavitt
Ph.D., Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Forensic Services
Mio has spent the last 25 years working with those who have been failed by systems and supports. She worked at Bridgewater State Hospital for over a decade, and now works in the courthouses of the Commonwealth assessing criminal defendants.
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Ceasar McDowell
Ed.D. Professor of the Practice of Community Development, MIT
Ceasar’s work focuses on the development of community knowledge systems and civic engagement. He has been working on the use of narrative and story making as a tool for sharing and maintaining grassroots knowledge.
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Anne Peretz
LICSW, Founder, The Family Center (now The Parenting Journey)
Anne is a longtime champion of family-based strategies to support families mired in poverty.
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Lisbeth (Lee) B. Schorr
Fellow, Center for the Study of Social Policy
Lee is a national authority on “what works” to improve the future of disadvantaged children and their families and neighborhoods.
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Nan Stone
Ph.D., Partner, Bridgespan
Nan heads the knowledge division of Bridgespan, a national consulting firm to leading nonprofits and managers.
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Laura Stravino
Former Chief Capacity Officer, the Full Frame Initiative
Laura has been part of developing and growing mission-based organizations, coalitions and networks for over 25 years.
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Dale Walker
M.D., Director, One Sky Center, and professor of Psychiatry, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Director of the Center for American Indian Education and Research, Oregon Health and Science University
Dale is nationally recognized for his work as an advocate and activist for access to healthcare and the
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Jane Wei-Skillern
Ph.D., Associate Adjunct Professor, Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley
Jane is a pioneer in the study of (and is an evangelizer for)
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Julie Boatright Wilson
Ph.D., Harry Kahn Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Julie is interested in poverty policy, family policy, and urban race relations.
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Olivia Leland
Senior Vice President, Collaborative Philanthropy; Founder & CEO, Co-Impact, Rockefeller Foundation
Olivia Leland brings more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy, government, and the nonprofit sector to her role as founder and CEO of Co-Impact, a global philanthropic collaborative focused on systems change in the areas of health, education, and economic opportunities in low and middle-income countries.
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The system is rigged, and the solution isn’t just to create more programs for people harmed by these unfair systems. The solution is to reimagine these systems to make our country fairer and more equitable for everyone — which means ensuring that the places where we work, live, play and pray tap into people’s drive for wellbeing, instead of undermining wellbeing for some and enabling it for others.

That’s what we do.