Super Stars Literacy has a dynamic staff committed to student success and community partnership.
Rose Lynn A. Abesamis-Bell, Evaluation Specialist
Rose Lynn joined Super Stars Literacy in 2006 and has carried the mission forward with energy and hope. She has over 13 years of experience teaching socio-economically and ethnically diverse students. Rose Lynn holds a Masters of Arts in Education from Claremont University, a B.A. in Sociology from Pepperdine University, and a Reading Specialist Credential from California State University of the East Bay, Hayward.
Malaysia Alcorn, Volunteer Coordinator
Malaysia Alcorn has recently joined Super Stars Literacy as an AmeriCorps member, and is our new dynamic Volunteer Coordinator. She is an Oakland native who is passionate about her community. She earned two Associate Degrees from Laney College and will soon be attending California State University – East Bay to obtain a BA in Social Work. She is committed to not only helping the students we serve on a daily basis, but also the communities that surround them.
Francesca Aspromonte, Grants Manager
Francesca Aspromonte joined Super Stars Literacy in 2017 as Grants Manager. She has worked in non-profit development for the last several years, including grant writing, marketing, and event management. She served as an AmeriCorps VISTA, for two terms, building capacity for educational access programs in New York City and Santa Monica. Her most recent position was as an English Fellow for the Colombian Ministry of National Education, employed at a highly impacted High School in Medellin. She attended Binghamton University (SUNY) for English Literature and received her MA in Corporate Communication from Baruch College (CUNY).
Daniel Braga Lawlor, Development Manager
Dan’s career in community work has led him to deeply engage in both direct work and behind the scenes organizing in Southern New England, the United Kingdom, and the San Francisco Bay Area. A graduate of Brown University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Dan’s professional work is to foster connected communities of social change and common purpose. At Super Stars Literacy, Dan’s portfolio focuses on individual giving, special events, and partnership projects and support for the VISTA team.
Katie Brym, AmeriCorps Grants Manager
Prior to joining Super Stars Literacy, Katie spent two years serving with AmeriCorps*VISTA in Rhode Island, where she helped to create partnerships between higher education institutions and k-12 schools. Katie has a B.A. in Theater Design and Technical from the University of New Hampshire. Her passion for service and community building led her to the Super Stars Literacy AmeriCorps Program.
Sarah Morrison, Operations Manager
Sarah began her Super Stars Literacy career in 2011 as the volunteer chair of the first annual Gala. She became a board member in 2012 and served as chair of the Resource Development Committee for 5 years. She is now happy to be filling the role of Operations Manager. Sarah’s commitment to literacy grew through her experiences as a classroom volunteer in Maine, Kentucky and California. She currently serves on the Steering Committee of the West Contra Costa Literacy Coalition. Sarah has an M. Arch from Princeton University and her favorite place to read is at the beach.
Evan Robinson, Development and Communications VISTA
Evan originally joined Super Stars Literacy in 2015 as a Group Leader and taught in the after school program for two years. He is now part of the development team and serves as an Americorps VISTA working on fundraising efforts, social media outreach, and development of the Young Professionals and Alumni Network (YPAN). Prior to his service, Evan worked in schools as a Campus Supervisor and Wrestling Coach. He graduated from Ashford University with a B.A. in English. Evan is passionate about supporting students and believes in equitable change.
Jenn Campbell, Program Associate VISTA
Jenn Campbell is entering her third year with Super Stars Literacy, serving as a Group Leader for two years and continuing her service as the VISTA Program Associate. Understanding firsthand the growth a student can garner in small group reading, she is piloting the implementation of the Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention. Her service aims to help Super Stars students fall in love and grow in their reading and empower them to share their stories. With a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a Minor in Women & Gender Studies from Gonzaga University, Jenn is passionate about building intentional community and the power of transformative narratives.
Carly Maurano, Program Manager
Carly is a dedicated educator, committed to creating opportunities for young people and their families. Carly‘s work and interest in social change has taken her to Paraguay, the Plains, Georgia, and California. A graduate of the University of Nebraska with a B.S. in Middle Grades Education, Carly earned a Master’s Degree in Reading, Language, and Literacy at Georgia State University.
Jissel Poblete, Program Manager
Jissel graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014 with a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies and a minor in Education. During her time at Berkeley, she served as an AmeriCorps member for two years with Jumpstart, providing language and literacy support in preschool classrooms in her hometown of Oakland. After graduation, she was a program manager at Jumpstart for three years, serving low-income families in San Francisco. She is currently a graduate student at San Francisco State University’s MA in Education, Equity and Social Justice program. At Super Stars Literacy, Jissel continues to share her love of literacy, her dedication to serving diverse.
Claire Elowitt, Program Manager
Claire joined Super Stars Literacy in 2017 as a Program Manager. She began her career in education as a Teach for America Corps member at an elementary school in Brooklyn. After receiving her Masters in Special Education she joined The New York Public Library’s founding education division to create the Literacy Leaders credit recovery programs for at risk youth. An avid reader, Claire is passionate about equipping all students with the tools and confidence to become lifelong readers.
Dr Hollis Pierce Jenkins, Executive Director
Dr. Hollis Pierce-Jenkins has 22 years experience in education. She has held positions in elementary school administration, has taught grades 4-8, high school and college. Her work experience spans Catholic, public and charter schools and includes: educational consulting, social-emotional learning, development, school evaluations and organizational leadership. Dr. Pierce-Jenkins holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, a M.Ed in Curriculum Development from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, an Ed.D in Education (Organization and Leadership) from the University of San Francisco. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for ARISE High School and Conservatory of Vocal & Instrumental Music (COVA) both in Oakland, California.