Fekadu is a recent immigrant to the United States from Ethiopia, where he worked as an accountant for two decades. His accounting experience includes processing payroll, banking, billings, account receivables/payables & preparing financial statements. Fekadu has been working with IMPACT since the spring of 2015 to support with accounting duties and is now a part time employee.
Keren began working with IMPACT Silver Spring as a volunteer and officially joined the team in January, 2018. She comes to the position with nearly two decades of Special Events coordination and Development experience in the non-profit sector.
Daniel Centeno, a native from El Salvador, has lived in Maryland, since 2005. Since 2015, Daniel has been Assistant Sports Director at IMPACT Silver Spring and is responsible for the soccer program at IMPACT. His bi-cultural background and focus on community collaboration has led him to a number of opportunities and community leadership roles. Daniel received his Associates degree in Culinary Arts at L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg; is CPR and First Aid certified; has completed the course for the ``B” Soccer and Referee licenses with the U.S Soccer Federation; and has over 15 years of sports experience and has work with kids of all ages and demographic groups and continues to build a safe environment where kids can have fun and learn how to work together to create a better community.
Kyree is a Montgomery County local, who attended MCPS before earning his Bachelors in Biology and Philosophy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Upon graduation he returned to Montgomery County to further his interest in eco-conservation and sustainable healthcare systems development, gaining over half a decade of experience working with Health and Wellness organizations at the local, state, and federal level. Kyree is active as a volunteer in his community as a Master Gardener/Naturalist, and applied his skills to co-create IMPACT Silver Spring's first Community Garden as part of a greenspace initiative to reduce local food insecurity and boost climate resiliency -- a solution designed to mitigate socioeconomic disparities exacerbated by climate change and the more recent COVID Pandemic.
Carmen Hernandez is without doubt the most seasoned community builder ever to serve on the IMPACT Staff. She is originally from El Salvador, where she worked with the administration and faculty at the Central American University on various community building/engagement projects. Carmen has been in the United States for 15 years, and worked for three years as a lead organizer with Tenants & Workers United in Virginia. She has worked with IMPACT Silver Spring for nine years.
Oneyda began working with IMPACT Silver Spring in the summer of 2021. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, she saw a need for essential resources and services for at-risk communities and filled it by founding Audelia Community, a mutual aid program dedicated to assisting underserved community members in Montgomery and Prince George’s County. Audelia Community first partnered with IMPACT to coordinate COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics to ensure low- income and uninsured communities had access to the vaccine. Oneyda later joined IMPACT as a Long Branch Network Builder. Currently, she is pursuing a BA in Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She hopes to continue working with community members to eliminate barriers to access including food insecurity and scarcity of resources. Oneyda is a native of El Salvador. She moved to Maryland when she was four years old and speaks both Spanish and English.
Renée is a graduate of Montgomery County Public Schools and the University of MD at College Park, where she majored in philosophy and English. She continued her studies with graduate coursework in the Philosophy and Social Policy program at American University. She served three years on the Countywide Recreation and Parks Advisory Board, and has led several all-volunteer nonprofits in the Burtonsville area. With a career background in federal court reporting and transcription as well as bookkeeping, Renée brings a variety of skills to the Network Administrator position.
A native of Montgomery County, MD, Rudy is IMPACT’s East County Network Builder. He has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from St. John's University and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Before coming to IMPACT, Rudy was engaged in prison ministry, supporting restorative alternatives to incarceration and social outreach. His favorite pastimes include listening to R&B soul music, and involving himself in sports and art related activities. Moreover, he seeks to live his life guided by principles of justice, compassion, and healing.
Sara has more than seven years of experience in community development work at IMPACT. She began her work as a facilitator working with immigrant parents through the IMPACT in the Schools program. She became the lead organizer of IMPACT’s Parent Educator Program before moving to her current work with the Family Asset Building Network. Sara is a native of Ethiopia and, in addition to English, speaks Amharic and German. Sara has just stepped into her role as Bel Pre Network Builder.
Yesenia is a Racial Equity Network Builder at IMPACT Silver Spring. She has worked as a racial equity facilitator and trainer through her prior work with Montgomery County Public Schools’ Office of Community Engagement and the MCPS Equity Initiatives Unit, as well as with Kindred, a non-profit working on education equity in D.C Public Schools. The work that she does with community members, parents, staff and students is guided from personal experiences as a second generation Latina and the impact of educational inequities on her family. Yesenia continues to guide diverse cohorts of community members to critically examine racial and economic inequities and explore actions that inspire personal transformation and leadership to influence change in their communities and organizations.
Michael came to IMPACT in the spring of 2014. He was most previously employed with the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes as their Director of Operations. Michael has an MBA with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from the Heller School at Brandeis University. Michael is currently the President of Crossroads Community Food Network and is Treasurer of CHI Centers, a developmental disabilities service provider. He is also a founding member of the Resolve Financial Services Cooperative, a virtual worker-owned cooperative providing bookkeeping and business services. In his role as Managing Director, Michael has demonstrated a capacity for strategic financial management, contracts management, and program management. Additionally, Michael works with the entire staff to ensure organizational and program fidelity, oversees IMPACT sports operations and provides technical assistance to cooperatives and entrepreneurs. As Interim Executive Director, he looks forward to moving IMPACT Silver Spring toward becoming a worker self-directed nonprofit.
Valerie Salazar joined Impact as a Local Economy Networker in the winter of 2018. She got involved with Impact in 2017 as she became a founder, volunteered on their finance council and became the administrative manager of MCIC. She has a background in community organizing, accounts and program management and youth engagement. Valerie has an AA in Business Administration, C.S.C in Business Information Technology and is currently pursuing a BA in Business Management and a minor in Theology from Liberty University. She is looking forward to working towards building a bridge between economic justice and opportunity through cooperative development and workplace democracy by building relationships, empowering local/personal capacity and business development in Montgomery County.
Lanita has worked as a fundraiser, project manager, and event planner for non-profits for more than 9 years. Before coming to IMPACT, she worked for the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) as Director of Special Projects and worked as a consultant on projects including the national AIDS/HIV Youth Summit, the NASBE New State Board Member Institute, and several State Superintendent of Education searches. Lanita has a BA in English from North Carolina State University. Lanita has been involved in the IMPACT Network since 2009, initially working as a community builder with the Thriving Multicultural Schools Project. She was Director of Development from 2012-2013. In spring 2014, Lanita rejoined the staff as a consultant and now serves as IMPACT’s Senior Network Coach.