Our Staff

Some Morningside Center Staff & Staff Developers at a gathering
Some Morningside Center Staff & Staff Developers at a gathering


Salaried Staff

Tom Roderick, Executive Director. During his 35-year tenure at Morningside Center, Tom has founded an array of top-ranked social and emotional learning programs, including the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program and The 4Rs (Reading, Writing, Respect, and Resolution). He has overseen our partnerships with researchers, our collaboration with the NYC Department of Education to bring restorative practices to schools throughout the city, and our running of three exemplary PAZ afterschool programs. Tom is the author of A School of Our Own: Parents, Power, and Community at the East Harlem Block Schools (Teachers College Press, 2001).  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in history from Yale University and a Master’s in Education and an Honorary Doctorate from Bank Street College of Education. 

Tala Manassah, Deputy Executive Director joined Morningside Center in 2009. She has led the development and rapid expansion our collaborative effort with the NYC Department of Education to introduce restorative practices into the NYC public schools. Tala served on Mayor De Blasio's Commission on School Climate and Culture, and on Chancellor Carmen Farina's advisory council on social and emotional learning. Before coming to Morningside Center, Tala was the founding executive director of the Middle East Children's Institute (MECI). In 2008, MECI was recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative, and became one of CGI's Member Commitments. Tala has a Bachelors degree in Philosophy and Masters in the Humanities from the University of Chicago. 

Sara Carrero, Communications Associate

Lillian Castro, Director of Operations

Daniel Coles, Senior Program Manager

Katrena Dennard, Assistant Controller

Leslie Dennis, Program Associate

Sully Diaz, Director, PAZ @ PS 24

Larry Garvin, Chief Financial Officer

Yaritza Hernandez, PAZ Program Manager

Bryanna Kolja, Program Director, PAZ @ PS 214 Middle School 

Doris Lo, Program Associate

Ann Mathews, Human Resources Director

Laura McClure, Director of Fundraising and Communications

Oshea Moyes, Director, PAZ  @ PS 214 Elementary School

Catherine Pichardo, Staff Accountant

Joseph Yabyabin, Human Resources Assistant


Staff Developers 

Eugenia Acuna

Mamzelle Adolphine

Hanaa Arafat

Jonah Braverman

Victoria Cheng

Ava Daniel

Javier Francisco Diaz

Nelida Espina

Lorraine Falchi

Emily Feinstein

Tara Fishler

Mariana Gaston

Makeda Gershenson

Andrea Gibbs

Emma Gonzalez

Dionne Grayman

Joyce Griffen

Janice Marie Johnson

Janet Kyle

Iris Laurencio

Ife Lenard

Lucy Matos 

Joseph A. McCarthy

Lauren Neidhardt

Anmarie Paul

Sebastian Robins

Abir Saleh

Jenny Seaquist

Marieke van Woerkom

Elizabeth Young

Marisa Zalaback