Executive Director

Laura Muriello

Laura Muriello, a first-generation college graduate joins WFF from OneGoal, where she served as Sr. Managing Director of Program. During her tenure, Muriello defined and managed the overall direction of the OneGoal program in Chicago, growing their reach from approximately 20 schools to nearly 80, and to achieving ambitious goals of college enrollment and persistence for nearly 6,000 CPS students.

Previously, Laura was the Director of Instruction, Middle School at the Lighthouse Academies. During her time, the academy saw a 27% increase on their state achievement exams and was named to the Illinois Honor Roll two years in a row. She has also worked for Teach For America as an instructional coach and for Chicago Public Schools as a middle school teacher.

Laura earned a BS in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Dominican University.

Site Leader

Ksenia Chernova

Ksenia is excited to join Pitch In as the Site Leader at Sumner Elementary. Ksenia feels connected to Pitch In’s mission and model of supporting students and communities through Social-Emotional learning and relationship building. She graduated from Loyola University with a degree in developmental psychology. Following graduation, she served with AmeriCorps and became a program director working on providing educational support and community outreach in North Lawndale, Garfield Park, Austin, and Englewood communities. She is currently working on completing her MSW and School of Social Service Administration and is committed to bringing a Trauma-Informed and restorative perspectives to her work at Pitch In. In her free time Ksenia likes to run, go on hikes with her pup, and share delicious meals with her friends. 

 

Operations Manager

Brittani Emmons

Brittani grew up in Zion, Illinois, and moved to Chicago shortly after graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017. Her background and experience are diverse, coming from multiple positions in retail management, policy analysis, and community engagement. She is a part of Chicago’s inaugural cohort of the Community Leadership Corps, a 6-month civic engagement program piloted by the Obama Foundation. She is passionate about positive team culture and loves collaborating with her peers to achieve common goals.

Brittani holds a BA in Political Science and French Language from UIUC. In her spare time you can find her walking her dog, lifting weights, or finding a new vegetarian recipe to try.

Program Director

Janene A. Ingram

Janene is a graduate of Chicago Public Schools and believes fervently in closing the opportunity gap that leaves so much untapped potential in historically marginalized and disenfranchised communities. As the Managing Director, Strategy & Chief of Staff for the Collective Leadership & Engagement on Teach for America’s national program team, she leveraged her unique talents of being deliberative, focused, and relating to others to drive the impact of Teach for America alumni throughout the country. As an alum of the Surge Institute’s signature fellowship program, Janene is wholeheartedly committed to working to achieve a more just and equitable world for the most marginalized and disenfranchised communities.

Prior to her role at Teach for America, Janene served as the Senior Director of Enrollment at OneGoal-Chicago, where she founded the Enrollment Team to fulfill its promise that students seamlessly enroll in post-secondary institutions and programs immediately after high school graduation. Janene earned the Sontag Prize in Urban Education for the academic excellence achieved in Middle School Humanities. She enjoys setting and achieving ambitious goals so much that she trained herself to run several half marathons and competed in one professional bodybuilding competition. Janene is a proud Chicago native and lives in the Woodlawn community with her husband.

Development Director

Brynne Mancuso Krein

Brynne joins the Wood Family Foundation team as Development Director after serving for nearly a decade in a variety of fundraising roles at OneGoal. Most recently she was Senior Director of Development Training + Support on OneGoal’s National Development Team, where she coached OneGoal’s six regional fundraising teams to devise and implement high-impact revenue-generating strategies. Prior to this role, she led the OneGoal-Chicago fundraising team as Senior Director of Development to raise $5.2M in FY17 alone. 

Brynne holds a BA in English Language & Literature and Spanish Language from Northwestern University.

 

Site Leader

Nate Olison

Nate Olison is a writer, performer, and teaching artist living in Chicago, Illinois. He received a BA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College in 2012. He has been teaching and performing poetry in the city for 10 years, most notably winning a spot on the finals stage of the National Poetry Slam with Mental Graffiti slam team. As a youth development specialist and prison abolitionist, he is dedicated to helping young people overcome obstacles presented by systemic oppression. He’s also a competitive video game player and aspiring comic book creator in his spare time.