Natasha Ettienne-Modeste, Parent Advocate Coordinator & 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.
Lamont Harrell, Parent Advocate
Natiia Johnson, Parent Advocate
For the past 20 years, Natiia Johnson has worked diligently and effortlessly in helping students and families find the best school placements in the DC Metropolitan area. Natiia has a reputable history in both the Public and Charter school systems with assisting families in preparing scholars to achieve life goals.
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.
LaJoy Johnson-Law, Parent Advocate
LaJoy Johnson-Law, is a dedicated mom who is an advocate for special needs children and their families with a deep passion and commitment to ensure all children with disabilities have access to quality and fair education. LaJoy is currently a Rocketship Parent Leader at Rocketship Rise Academy in ward 8, a board member with Appletree PCS and a board member with Parents Amplifying Voices in Education. LaJoy holds a Bachelor's in Psychology and an Associates in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix.
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.
Suzie Parsons, Parent Advocate
Suzie 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 liaison for 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.
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.