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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.



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.



Suzie Parsons, Parent Advocate

suzieparsonsSuzie Parsons graduated from the University of Florida, College of Architecture with a major in design and a minor in architectural studies. She moved to Washington, DC in 1990 and has been living in Columbia Heights with her husband for about 23 years. Her two sons are both in French tracks and speak French at home with their father. One is an eighth grader at DC International School, and the other is a third grader at Elsie Whitlow Stokes.

Suzie is active in the EW Stokes PTA as the Facilities Co-chair. In this role, she has worked on both exterior and interior projects for the building with school and community input. Before that, she was a parent liaison from Stokes to District Department of Transportation (DDOT) working on the Safe Routes to School and National Walk to School Day. Suzie has always been an active parent as part of the Parent Alumni Leadership Council for the DC Public Charter School Board and serves on the board of Parents Amplifying Voices in Education (PAVE)..

Farhana Rabbi, Manager of Program Data

 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), Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE), and currently works full-time at Raise DC. Prior to her current position, Farhana served as a parent advocate for two years. 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.

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