Ja’Nai’s primary responsibilities are to coordinate and execute multi-year advocacy campaigns to win The Children’s Agenda’s goals for early childhood policy and funding reforms. Also Ja’Nai ensures the active participation of parents, caregivers and others directly affected by early childhood issues in leadership roles throughout our campaigns. Other duties include organizing public education, training and direct action events, like community forums, interfaith advocacy, and non-lobbying visits with policy-makers. Ja’Nai is currently in her senior year at Roberts Wesleyan College in the Master of Social Work program concentrating on mental health and its effects on children and families and on the community. Prior to attending Roberts Wesleyan College, Ja’Nai attended RIT and graduated in 2016 with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology and Anthropology. Ja’Nai has a desire to make her community better and to ensure that every child is able to have have equal access to fundamental human rights such as children being able to receive the appropriate service needed to strive and survive!
Carmen has a love of music, dance, culture and community.
Carmen was born in Villalba, Puerto Rico and moved to New York and eventually Rochester as a child. She started her career as a Paraprofessional for the Rochester City School District. She fell in love with her job and was encouraged to continue learning and growing as an educator. Before joining The Children’s Agenda, Carmen spent 30 plus years as a highly effective Parent Liaison; working with a variety of parents, students, building concrete relationships with neighborhood agencies as well as designing programs and events for her parents.
This makes her perfect in her position as TCA’s Parent Advocacy Coordinator, where her goal is to gain positive parental interest and trust for her work within The Children’s Agenda and the Rochester City School District.
Before joining The Children’s Agenda, Stephanie worked as the Director of Research and Analytics for ROC the Future, and before that for 12 years as a consultant to community-based and educational organizations. Her work included projects here in Rochester as well as for state, national, and global organizations. She also taught as an adjunct instructor in undergraduate and graduate programs at St. John Fisher College, Nazareth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and SUNY College at Brockport. Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Religious Studies from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in social ethics from the Graduate Theological Union, and master’s and doctoral degrees in community and prevention research from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
As a community psychologist, she has been widely published and is recognized as an expert on community-based responses to violence, including violence prevention. Stephanie grew up in a military family, attending public and Department of Defense schools around the country and overseas.
She and her husband have one son in middle school.
Kim is an administrative assistant to The Children’s Agenda. She helps to keep the Organization on track and flowing during our continued growth. Prior to joining The Children’s Agenda, she had over 25 years of experience working for a large local CPA firm managing multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment. Kim has a passion for fitness including bodybuilding and yoga that help keep her balanced in her personal and professional life. She is dedicated to nutrition and a holistic approach to wellness and hopes to share her knowledge and experience with the community. Kim lives in Irondequoit and has two adult children that are the joy of her life.
Michelle manages all administrative, operational, and financial activities for the organization, including high-level oversight of finances, budget, payroll and human resources. She serves as the staff liaison to the Board of Directors. Michelle has more than 25 years advanced administrative experience and she has been with the organization since its inception in 2004. Michelle lives in Honeoye, NY with her husband and 2 active teenagers.