Darla Bunting, Parent Advocate
Darla Bunting is driven by an unshakable belief that a child's life outcomes shouldn't be determined by where they are born. Darla is currently the Executive Director of the Northeast territory for Enriched Schools. Prior to joining Enriched, Darla led College Summit's national strategy to build an alumni program to support students in college and career. Her career in education began as an elementary school teacher in New Orleans and Washington, DC as part of Teach for America.
When Darla's not working, she's actively volunteering in her community. She resides in Washington, DC, holds a bachelors degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Education from American University.
Natasha Ettienne-Modeste, Parent Advocate
Natasha Ettienne-Modeste, is a Project Administrator who has worked with non-profits, healthcare, and education companies for the past six years. Natasha helps to create, develop, and implement an organization's goals, and she plays a major role in helping organizations with special initiatives and assists with the implementation of projects from small to large.
She has deep passion for community empowerment and has volunteered with non-profits to assist with mentoring, student enrichment programs, youth employment, and facilitate self- empowerment and life skills workshops.
Natasha holds a MPA from the University of Baltimore, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management from University of St. Joseph.
Vanessa Gerideau, Parent Advocate
Vanessa Gerideau has dedicated her career to serving families and children. Vanessa is currently the director of the Kids, Camps, and Co-op Division at DC's Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).
Prior to joining DPR, Vanessa served as an elementary school teacher within DC Public Schools. She holds a bachelors degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters in Teaching from American University. Vanessa currently resides in Washington, DC.
Erika Harrell, Database Manager
In 2007 Erika earned a B.A. in Anthropology from CSU Dominguez Hills and an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University. As a Registrar with Youthbuild of Moreno Valley, Erika worked with state audits and worked with a database for state compliance.
Currently, Erika serves as DCSRN’s database manager, and was previously a parent advocate for several years. Having gone through the school choice process with her two eldest children, Erika understands firsthand how overwhelming both the application and enrollment can be, and how important it is to offer support and resources to families, especially those who live in underserved communicates.
In addition to her current position, Erika sits on the Parent and Alumni Leadership Council of the DC PCSB, the Parent Advisory Council for My School DC, and the Board of Directors for PAVE.
Jonah Koch, Videographer
Jonah is a master photographer based in the Washington, DC metro area. He received his BFA from Parson’s School of Design, and has worked for a variety of publications. As DCSRN’s videographer, Jonah films and edits the Virtual Schools Tours and photographs DCSRN events. He specializes in commercial, event, and portrait photography, remaining technically cutting edge while making the experience comfortable and fun for clients.
Marissa McGee, Parent Advocate
After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University in Sociology, focusing on social stratification and inequality in 2008, Marissa completed the Stanford Teacher Education Program in 2009, earning a master’s degree in elementary education. Last year, Marissa was interviewed for the nprED article, “Why Kindergarten Is the New First Grade,” and featured in another, “5 Pieces of Wisdom for Kindergarten Teachers.”
She is currently in her eighth year of teaching in the Washington, D.C. area. After nearly a decade of teaching, and Marissa is still driven by the belief that a student’s zip code should not determine their future.
Frennie Nixon, Parent Advocate
Frennie is a project management professional with expertise and experience in office management administration and event planning/management. She has worked at companies such as Discovery Communications, Inc. and Fox Television and as a consultant/contractor for companies such as Lockheed Martin.
Frennie is currently enrolled in the Emergency Management Master's program at the University of Maryland, University College. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Theatre Arts from Eureka College and pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha during her time there.
Frennie is originally from Chicago, IL and resides in Washington, DC with her 11 year old son and fiance. She currently serves as the parent member on the Board of Directors at DC Preparatory Academy (Benning Middle campus).
Farhana Rabbi, Parent Advocate
As a programs manager, policy researcher, and educator in Houston, Farhana became strongly passionate about issues of access and opportunity for all people regardless of their diversities and challenges. She moved to DC in June 2016 to complete her Masters in Education through Johns Hopkins University and pursue work in education policy and programming.
She has worked with a variety of government agencies and community groups in DC, including the Office of the Student Advocate housed in the State Board of Education (SBOE), Parents Amplifying Voices in Education (PAVE), and Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE). As she continues in her career of service in education, she looks forward to developing innovative programs and policy for underserved communities!
Raquel Vasquez, Parent Advocate
Raquel Vasquez received her bachelor’s degree from Towson University, majoring in Biology and minoring in biochemistry, molecular biology and informatics. At Towson, she researched the inhibition of protein p53, a tumor suppressor, in axolotl salamanders. Raquel studied the process underlying regeneration, and the salamanders she worked with were extremely tumor resistant and highly regenerative. Raquel also volunteered at Mount Washington pediatric hospital her entire college career.She aspires to one day become a physician.
Raquel enjoys working for DCSRN, giving families the support needed to ensure their children have access to quality education.