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LISC National Contacts

Seung Kim, Senior Vice President of National Programs

Seung Kim is Senior Vice President at LISC and leads the National Programs unit including Health, Economic Development, Child Care & Early Learning, Safety & Justice and Sports & Recreation. She guides these programs in delivering technical and financial resources, thought leadership, program innovation and scaling, and external partnerships with an aim to enhance LISC’s impact in communities. 

Seung has led the strategic expansion of LISC’s national workforce and asset building initiatives, through its network of Financial Opportunity Centers, and its Bridges to Career Opportunities initiative.  She was also instrumental to successful program development for LISC’s growing network of business development partners focused on serving small businesses owned by people of color and women. She has championed community-focused and data-driven approaches to pilot, test, and scale promising program strategies. 

Laura D'Alessandro, Director of Financial Health

As co-director of the national Family Income & Wealth Building program, Laura leads LISC’s Financial Opportunity Center® and Bridges to Career Opportunities work, with a focus on wealth building strategies—including access to safe and affordable financial products, building short- and long-term savings, and creating opportunities for credit-building through accessible, fairly-priced financial products—micro entrepreneurship, and FOCs’ role in creating pathways to asset building and homeownership.  Prior to joining LISC, Laura worked at Helen Keller International and has a breadth of experience in program design, non-profit capacity-building and grants management. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a master’s in public administration from New York University and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

Katrin Sirje Kärk, Director of Workforce Innovations

As co-director of the national Family Income & Wealth Building program, Katrin leads LISC’s Financial Opportunity Center® and Bridges to Career Opportunities work, with a focus on program sustainability and innovations including employer partnership development, retention and advancement, digital skilling, and FOCs’ role in creating pathways to homeownership.  After starting her career in communications at PolicyLink, she joined LISC to help grow the FOC and Bridges models, then launched a $32M financial capability grant program at NeighborWorks America, and spent time in Rural LISC collaborating with local partners to expand workforce and asset building innovations in rural America before rejoining LISC’s national team in 2019.  Katrin earned a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and a master's degree in public administration from the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College-City University of New York.

Lorena Avillaneda, Assistant Program Officer

Lorena Avillaneda is a Houston native with over five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She co-manages two Salesforce platforms for LISC’s Financial Opportunity Center® (FOC), Financial Opportunity Center® (FOC) Network, Business Development Organizations (BDO) Network, and the Entrepreneurs of Color Fund (EOCF) by providing ongoing system maintenance, customizations, custom reports & dashboards, and any other program data needs. In addition to this, she facilitates virtual trainings and provides technical assistance to users. Before LISC, Lorena worked at a former Financial Opportunity Center® in Houston where she held roles as a Career Coach, Executive Assistant, and Program Support Specialist while acting as the back-up Salesforce Administrator for the agency-wide platform. Lorena earned a Bachelor of Science in human development and family studies from the University of Houston with a credential as a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP).

Candi Blake, Program Officer

Candi supports the Family Income and Wealth Building (FIWB) team by providing a range of grants management and compliance functions. She also assists with development and implementation of the FIWB program initiatives. Candi joins LISC after serving as Program Specialist for the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Superstorm Sandy Blue Acres Buyout Program. She also has over 10 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. Candi has a passion for community action and service. She holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in political science from Rutgers University.

Thomas Brande, Program Officer for Communications

Thomas Brande executes marketing campaigns for LISC’s Economic Development and Family Income & Wealth Building teams. This includes managing the website, newsletters, social media, client stories, and other promotional content. Thomas has over eight years of experience as a communications professional, serving at non-profit organizations on the local, regional, and international levels. He is passionate about magnifying the voices of community members and creating a more equitable society through his work. Most recently, he acted as Marketing and Communications Manager at Phipps Neighborhoods, a community development organization based in the South Bronx. Thomas holds a Bachelor’s in Peace and Justice Studies and a Master’s in Public Communications from Fordham University. He currently lives in Queens, New York with his family.

Julia Brown, Program Officer

Julia provides technical assistance, grants management and program support to LISC’s Financial Opportunity Center® and Bridges to Career Opportunities networks, with a focus on workforce development. Julia has over 10 years of experience in nonprofit and corporate responsibility, including program and grant management, capacity building and cross-sector partnerships. Julia joined LISC from the Corporate Social Responsibility team at Prudential Financial where she led pro bono capacity building programs that connected employee talent to nonprofit organizations and small businesses.  Prior to Prudential, Julia worked at two different nonprofit organizations that focused on financial literacy training and career development programming. She holds a BA from Lafayette College and a master’s degree in public administration with a focus on Public and Nonprofit Performance Measurement from Rutgers University-Newark.

Jessica Clements, Program Officer

Jessica brings to LISC over a decade of experience in the public sector, serving the community at the local government level and was actively involved in the Ohio CSEA Directors’ Association for several years. Jessica has experience serving on local boards including as Program Chair of the Wood County ADAMHS Board and has prior experience working in community mental health.  In her current role, Jessica focuses on data analysis support to LISC’s Financial Opportunity Center® (FOC) partners and co-manages our client relationship management (CRM) system in Salesforce. This includes utilizing raw data sets to derive valuable insights that contribute to data-driven decision making and enhance the organization’s network evaluation efforts. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Social Work degree from Eastern Michigan University. She resides in her hometown of Bowling Green, Ohio. 

Valerie Moffitt, Senior Program Officer

Valerie joined LISC’s Family Income & Wealth Building Team in June 2022 to increase equitable access to safe, affordable financial products for people living in underserved communities. She first joined LISC Toledo in January 2014 to establish and grow the city’s network of Financial Opportunity Center® partners. During her tenure with the Toledo office, she also provided capacity building and technical assistance to local non-profit and grassroots organizations, spearheaded local policy initiatives leading to a moratorium on new payday lenders in the city and partnered with statewide coalitions to effect Payday Lending Reform in Ohio.

Valerie is an attorney licensed in Ohio, a Housing Development Finance Professional, and a Board Certified Coach with over 20 years of experience serving in government and nonprofit positions. She completed her undergraduate studies in her hometown of Murray, Kentucky at Murray State University. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Toledo College of Law. She currently resides in Toledo, Ohio with her husband, Judge Joseph V. McNamara, and their merry band of four-legged family members.

Sandylane Oquendo, Program Officer

Sandylane provides technical assistance, grants management and program support to LISC’s network of Financial Opportunity Centers® and Bridges to Career Opportunities specializing in financial products, housing and micro-entrepreneurship. With over 15 years of combined strategic and management experience, she joined the team from the LISC Houston where she acted as Program Officer providing support to the FOC Network and overseeing the Wells Fargo WORTH BIPOC Homeownership initiative. Sandylane is a Retired Army Veteran. She spent 11 years serving in the logistics operations field. Sandylane holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in Business Occupations and a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis on Management & Leadership from Texas A&M University-Central Texas. She is a Doctor of Business Administration candidate from Prairie View A&M University. Sandylane is passionate about volunteering with various philanthropic organizations, especially those focused on closing the racial wealth gap.

Carolina Rendon, Senior Program Officer

Carolina has over 14 years of experience working in nonprofit in the Chicago area, including in grants management, data evaluation, contract regulations, fiscal management, programmatic design, and CRM administration. Carolina supports multiple LISC national programs including the Financial Opportunity Center® (FOC) Network, Business Development Organizations (BDO) Network, and the Entrepreneurs of Color Fund (EOCF) as the Salesforce System Administrator managing over 750 users.  In addition, Carolina provides the FOC network with technical assistance and model implementation support. Carolina holds a dual bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in finance and management and is a Certified Salesforce Administrator.

Talia Vasquez Rader, Program Officer

Talia manages projects and grants focused on workforce development programming, capacity building and technical assistance initiatives for LISC’s Family Income & Wealth Building program. She also collaborates closely with team members and leadership to develop and raise funds for new initiatives and innovations, fostering the growth and support of LISC's FOC partner network in alignment with the organization's mission. Talia started her career as a first-grade teacher and has a decade of non-profit experience, primarily in skills training and workforce advancement. Talia holds a Bachelor's degree in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin and currently resides in her hometown of San Antonio.

LISC Local Office Directory

Local LISC Office Contacts

Office Target Market 
Contact Person
AtlantaAmit Khanduri, Program Officer
BostonEmily Jones, Senior Program Officer
Silvana Bastante, Program Officer
CharlotteHiba Asalih, Program Officer
Harold Lloyd, Program Officer
ChicagoJennifer McClain, Financial Opportunities Director
Sarai Garza, Program Officer
CincinnatiValerie Daley, Senior Program officer
ClevelandWalter Morris, Program Officer
ConnecticutRaQuasia Smith, Assistant Program Officer
DetroitJackie Burau, Program Officer
Karista Gallick, Assistant Program Officer
DuluthEmily Mowchan Drevlow, Assistant Program Officer
FlintJuan Zuniga, Executive Director
Shaina TinseyAssistant Program officer 
Hampton RoadsRosalyn WolfeProgram Officer
Hawai'iMatt Hara, Program Officer
HoustonRushka Tcholakova, Director, Community Programs
Ellary Makuch, Program Officer
IndianapolisBrandon Taylor, Program Officer
JacksonvilleMelissa ChesterEconomic Development Program Officer
Kathie Silva, Program Assistant
Sonja DeanSenior Program Officer
Kansas CityKelli Hearn Assistant Program Officer
Los AngelesVicky Rodriguez, Director, Field Services & Program Management
Memphis Katie Midgely, Program Officer
MilwaukeeChristopher KempDeputy Director
Gabrielle Charles, Assistant Program Officer
New York   Talor Crawford, Community Development Officer
NewarkElijah Dixon, Senior Program Officer
PeoriaAngela BoldenExecutive Director
Tara Lindsay, Assistant Program Officer
PhiladelphiaJessica CollazoProgram Officer   
Phoenix Mariana Torres, Assistant Program Officer
Rhode IslandClaudia Staniszewski, Program Officer
 Sue Leonardi, Assistant Program Officer
RuralEmily Avery, Director of Rural Financial Opportunity Centers 
Justin Burch, Program Director
Francesca Santos, Assistant Program Officer
San DiegoKarina Velazquez, Program Officer
Ivonne RojasAssistant Program Officer
San Francisco (Bay Area)Sasha Werblin, Senior Program Officer
Hellena Ruiz, Assistant Program Officer
Seattle/ Puget SoundTina VlasatyDeputy Director
ToledoSelena ColeyAssistant Program Officer
 Shaulonda JonesAssistant Program Officer
Twin Cities Rachel Speck, Consultant
Orissa Ramnarine, Program Assistant
VirginiaShanika McClellandProgram Officer, Community Development/FIWB
Western New YorkTyra Johnson Hux, Deputy Director
Kate Rehban, Program Officer

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