Staff

Sonia Reese, Executive Director

Phone: 212-854-2617 | Email: sk19@columbia.edu

In her role as Executive Director, Sonia Reese has had oversight for the management of 27 community service programs at Community Impact since 1991. She steers the organization's growth, ensuring that CI achieves successful outcomes for community members and creates meaningful leadership opportunities for Columbia University and Barnard College volunteers. Sonia has secured CI's financial stability, and most recently she has helped to inaugurate an endowment campaign with the leadership of CU trustees to ensure the longevity of CI and its service programs. Sonia’s key areas of focus are program development, community and University outreach, evaluation, fundraising, and special events. Prior to coming to Community Impact, Sonia served as an Associate for Overseas Leadership Training at The Episcopal Church Center, a Special Assistant to the Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services, and as Director of Operation Crossroads Africa, Inc.’s Africa Program. Sonia was a 1985-86 National Urban Fellow, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, a Master of Public Administration from Baruch City College, and a Master of Arts in Education and Public Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.

 

Sandy Helling, Associate Director

Phone: 212-854-9621 | Email: sh18@columbia.edu

Sandy Helling has key responsibilites in the over-all operation of Community Impact in the areas of fundraising, program development and management, special events, and community partners. She has directed emergency service and adult education programs at Community Impact since 1989.  She developed Community Impact’s Jobs and Education Empowerment Project (J.E.E.P.), a network of adult education and workforce development programs. Prior to joining Community Impact, Sandy was the Director of the Welfare Grant Increase Coalition, and a Client Apprentice Coordinator for the Community Council of Greater New York.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts from New College, a Masters of Education and a Masters of Arts in Philosophy and Social Sciences from Teachers College, Columbia University.

 

Alissa Mayers, Youth Programs Manager

Phone: 212-854-2610 | Email: alissa.mayers@columbia.edu 

 

Jodi Taggart, Development Officer

Phone: 212-854-5959 | Email: jt2869@columbia.edu

 

Nora Phelan, Evaluations Officer

Phone: 212-854-4219 | np2592@columbia.edu

 

Ken Fay, Departmental Administrator

Phone: 212-854-0731 | Email: kf2479@columbia.edu

 

Alyssa Nittolo, Senior Program Coordinator 

Phone: 212-854-6310 | Email: an2728@columbia.edu 

 

Sandra Pinzow, Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director

Phone: 212-854-0734 | Email: sp3452@columbia.edu

 

Clayuri Parrilla, Outcome Coordinator

Phone: 212-854-9622 | Email: cp2415@columbia.edu

 

Jeffrey Zeiler, Education for Success Program Coordinator

Phone: 212-854-9615 | Email: jz2208@columbia.edu

 

Erica Rosen, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 212-854-4500 | Email: ciannex@gmail.com

 

Dora King, J.E.E.P Coordinator

Phone: 212-854-0731 | Email: dking.ci@gmail.com

 

Kent Katner, J.E.E.P Coordinator

Phone: 212-854-2612 | Email: kk3171@columbia.edu