OUR TEAM:

From naturalists to film makers, educators to designers, our staff is comprised of experts from many different fields under a common purpose; connecting people to the natural environment.

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Jeanne DuPont, Executive Director

As Founder & Executive Director of RWA, Jeanne has worked closely with the Rockaway community and city agencies in developing strategies for large stretches of underutilized and neglected public land in the Rockaways. Much of her work has involved activating public space through programming and advocacy with youth and developing strong relationships with community partners. Jeanne has a Masters Degree in Design from Yale University.


 

Pascale Mevs, Director of Programs

Pascale comes to RISE with a background in education, workforce development and civic service design. She has worked in multiple capacities within NYC government, including most recently as a Senior Advisor at the Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity where she focused on program design, performance monitoring and evaluation, and previously worked in nonprofit community economic development. As RISE's new Director of Programs, she is committed to developing systems to ensure effective and equitable youth education, civic engagement and urban planning initiatives. Pascale is a former NYC public school teacher and holds a Master's degree in Urban Education Policy from Brown University.


 

Mesha Joseph, Program Coordinator

Mesha Joseph is the newest addition to the RWA team and oversees all youth development programs. Mesha has worked with various nonprofit organizations focused on youth development prior to joining RWA. Focused on making impactful social change, Mesha has dedicated her career to working with youth in all capacities. With her Bachelors from Fairfield University, where she was on the NCAA Div I Women's Basketball Team, Founder of the Performance for Change Theatre Troupe, and with a Masters Degree from Walden University in Nonprofit Management; Mesha utilizes her experience and knowledge to expand and develop youth programming. 


 

Judah Asimov, External Affairs Manager

Judah has been involved in working on political campaigns and government relations prior to joining RWA. He has been putting his skills to work doing public outreach and coordination with local individuals and organizations in the Rockaways to promote RWA & RISE Programs as well as collaboration with local  youth on planning work associated with Project Underway. Judah has a Bachelors Degree in Comparative Government from Wesleyan University and is presently pursuing his Masters Degree in Regional Planning at Pratt Institute. 


 

Keza Lawrence, Office Manager

Keza comes from the Healthcare industry where she worked in the health system assisting the elderly for several years. She has a passion for working to help improve her community and gives back as much as she can through our community and youth programs. Keza has a Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Administration / Human Resources Management from Ashford University.


 

Ana Fisyak, Deputy Director for Planning & Development

As an urban planner dedicated to a community-based approach, Ana has previous years experience doing community advocacy and technical assistant provision for New York City communities. Before joining RWA, Ana was a planner at WXY Architecture & Urban Design where she worked on the Rockaway Parks Conceptual Plan. She is  a public space advocate and co-edited Beyond Zuccotti Park (New Village Press, 2012) and curated From Zuccotti to Taksim: Negotiating the Right to the City through Public Space (Pratt, 2013). Ana has a Masters Degree in Science/City & Regional Planning from Pratt Institute. 


 

Ephraim Foster, Environmental Educator

Ephraim likes educating youth about environmental issues affecting Far Rockaway.   He started coming to RWA as a member of Shore Corps in 2016. Since then he's been heavily involved in RWA programs such as Living Classroom and Aqua 101.  Ephraim has lived in Far Rockaway for all of his life, and he loves the effect RWA has had on his community with events like tree plantings and beach clean ups.  He has an Associates degree in Fire Science from Nassau Community College.


 

Tiffany Bryant-Fulton, Culinary Educator/ Farmshare Chef

Tiffany Bryant-Fulton teaches youth in the Shore Corps Program and community members in the RISE Farm Share fun, easy, and healthy recipes using the fresh produce from the weekly Farmshare. Come by any Wednesday to see her teaching the students to prepare scrumptious food for the community. Her cooking style is focused on creating savory favorites with a healthy spin! Tiffany has worked at a number of restaurants and Cocusocial teaching cooking classes for adults. Tiffany owns her own culinary catering business in Long Island called, "More Please" and has a Degree in Culinary Arts from Star Career Academy.

 


 

Success Stories:

Meet Keneisha

As a champion for arts and science education, Keneisha brings to us a successful track record that ranges from her experience at the Brooklyn Museum to specialized hands-on learning. She has been a lead educator for RWA for over three years in environmental arts and urban gardening. Hear more about Keneisha's story.