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Meet Our Team

Say Yes Buffalo and its partners believe every student can graduate high school and college when given the proper supports, resources, and opportunities.

School-Based Staff

Leadership

David Rust is the Executive Director of Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Aziza Abdul-Alim is the Graphic Design and Communications Specialist at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Durgham Alyasiri is the Northeast Community School Zone Leader at Say YEs to Education, Buffalo.

Esther Annan is the Director of Data and Evaluation at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Tereka Baltimore is the Say Yes Scholar Mentoring Supervisor at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Betsy Behrend is the Senior Director for Operations and Communications at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Brandon Boudreault is the Development Associate and Executive Assistant at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

LeRondra Byrd is a Family Support Specialist Supervisor at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Johanna Caplan is the Internship and Career Pathways Supervisor for Student Outreach at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Dan Cross-Viola is the Extended Learning Time Supervisor at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Marissa Desiderio is the Family Support Specialist Supervisor at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Yolanda Gatewood is the Scholarship Coordinator at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Will Green is the East Side Community School Zone Leader at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Sylvia Lloyd is a Family Support Specialist Supervisor at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Eric Maldonado is a Family Support Specialist Supervisor at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Tommy McClam is the Director of Boys and Men of the Boys and Men of Color Initiative at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Allison D. Newman is the Scholarship Director at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Amanda Paul is a Family Support Specialist Supervisor for Say Yes Buffalo.

Stephanie Peete is the Internship and Career Pathways Supervisor for Employer Outreach at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Tanice Pendergrass is the Family Support Specialist Supervisor at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Daniel Robertson is the Boys & Men of Color Initiative Manager at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Daphne Ross is the Communications Director at Say Yes Buffalo.

Tiffany Swink is a Family Support Specialist Supervisor at Say Yes Buffalo.

Gellenia Smallwood is the Parent Center Coordinator at Say Yes Buffalo.

Tanya Staples is the Community Schools Director for Say Yes Buffalo.  

Emily Wyckoff is the Development Director at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

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