Elizabeth Recio, Executive Director
Elizabeth, who is better known by her friends and peers as Lisa was promoted to her Executive Director role in October 2012. She has dedicated herself to youth oriented programs in and around New York City since the age of 16. It was her deep commitment to the success of all children and dedication to the field of youth development that made the decision to promote her an easy one for the board of directors.
Prior to Lisa’s advancement, she served as the Site Programming Specialist. In this role she developed and implemented Roads to Success’ very first Summer Camp, managed nine after-school programs and developed and implemented a skill-based curriculum for RTS students. Simultaneously, Lisa developed strategies to utilize the RTS curriculum at program sites and nurture new partnerships with organizations that utilize the curriculum. Formerly, Lisa has held the role of Summer Program Director for Oasis Children Services, Senior Program Director for Oasis Community Corporation, and has held the role of After-School Program Director of various school sites. Lisa previously held multiple positions at Center for Family Life, the Fresh Air Fund and Shorefront YM-YWHA.
Bashan Fernandez, Chief Program Officer
Bashan Fernandez is a youth development professional with over fifteen years of experience. He began working for Roads to Success in October 2008 as an instructor, and since then his role within the organization has continued to grow. He has had experience with all aspects of administration, including managing several after-school and summer programs in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx. He’s also spent the last five years working as Camp Coordinator for our Camp POWER partnership with Country Roads Foundation, where he heads all camper and staff recruitment, organizes bi-monthly events and coordinates information sessions, parent orientations and staff training. Bashan previously held a Community Associate position with the New York City Department of Education in which he coordinated community development programs that included a wide range of non-profit and corporate partnerships. Prior to working at Roads to Success, he worked as a professional hip-hop dancer and choreographer. He also has had extensive experience in production, including producing music videos and stage performances for various music artists.
Joel Feliciano, Chief Operating Officer
Joel Feliciano is a nonprofit management executive with more than 15 years of human resources, operational and leadership experience in challenging goal-oriented environments. His background in managing operations, teams, and processes serve to propel growth while realizing enhanced organization success and productivity. From establishing and implementing visionary HR strategies to driving employees to achieve peak performance levels. Joel excels at directing strategic enhancements to outperform organizational objectives while communicating openly and productively with staff and management teams.
Davis Connelly, Director of Development
Davis Connelly holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology, and has been working in nonprofits for over a dozen years. Having spent ten years with RTS, Davis has forged partnerships with many schools across multiple boroughs, designing and executing both grant-funded and tuition-based programs. Davis also contributed to RTS’s infrastructural capacities through receivables platforms, payroll processes, marketing efforts, training modules and plenty more. Davis has now launched RTS’s first Development Department and has raised hundreds of thousands to support RTS’s robust programming for youth from PreK – early adulthood. Along with his service in youth programming, Davis is a visual artist and is active in international exchange programs in the arts, having attended residencies in Corciano, Italy and the Chautauqua Institution and serving as New York’s representative for cultural exchange programs for a D.C.-based arts non-profit. Davis loves film analysis, rock n’ roll, mythology, travel, wilderness, and being a kid.
Kachina Respress-Pierce, Director of Education
Kachina holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The City College of New York. She has been working with youth for over 12 years starting in her Mother’s Day Care. Kachina has held several positions at NYJTL, PAL, YMCA, Nature’s Classroom, Boy Scouts of America, Keddie KeepWell Camp, Oasis Children Services, Counseling in Schools and Cardinal McCloskey Children Services.
Kachina is also a member of Gamma Nu Delta Sorority Inc. a community based organization founded at CCNY. Through her work with this organization she has gained experience in fundraising, community organizing and leading a team. She co-founded a mentoring program with a local community based organization. She also helps raise funds to send teens to New Orleans to rebuild houses.
Jasmine Ramirez, Human Resources Manager
Jasmine earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management with a minor in Psychology from Baruch College. She has been a part of the Roads to Success team since 2012 working in several after school programs as a group leader. Besides working with Roads to Success, she has also worked for programs like Oasis Summer Camp, Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, and Queens Community House as an Assistant Director and Operations Director. In 2016, Jasmine was hired to take on the role of Human Resource Manager for Roads to Success.
Daniel Garcia, Sr. Program Director
Hailing from Brooklyn, Daniel joined RTS in 2012, starting as an Art Instructor, becoming a Site Director, and eventually was promoted to Senior Program Director. He has over 20 years of experience in youth development and Social Group Work. Daniel discovered his passion for communities growing up in The Center for Family Life after-school/summer-camp since the age of four. Originally specializing in Team Building and Group Work, Daniel is a jack of all trades having held every position from group leader to instructor, operations and coordinator. He has worked for Oasis Children’s Services for 4 summers as a Operation Director in the Upper West Side and Site Director in the South Bronx. Serving as Residential House Supervisor for The Justice Department and an Advocate Counselor for LGBT community for The Door, Daniel is in no shortage of experience.
Kristi Miller, Sr. Program Director
The woman, the marvel, the role model. Kristi was born and raised in the Midwest to two outstanding parents and three older sisters. Kristi graduated with her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology followed by her Master’s of Arts in Public Administration. Her passion for working with kids started when she was 15 years old helping students learn during summer school sessions. Though she has had different opportunities, the best opportunity she has received is working with students and being a great role model for them. Currently she works at Roads to Success as a Senior Program Director. She hopes to continue to work as a public servant and help manage great programming that the organization provides.