Meet Our Team
Michele is a Trustee of the Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation where she serves as board Secretary and chair of the governance committee. She also serves on the Advisory Board of one of the nation’s leading anti-bullying organizations, STOMP Out BullyingTM, and is a board member of the New York City chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals where she also serves on the Professional Advancement Committee. A native of Flint, Michigan, Michele is a proud graduate of Michigan State University (go Spartans!!) with a B.A. in Advertising and has been an active associate member of the Essex Hudson Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. for 10 years. Michele has been featured in Social Lifestyle Magazine, Times Square Chronicles, Resident Magazine, ABC7, CBS New York and Spectrum1, to name a few.
Fast forward two years, she found herself living in and loving all NYC had to offer while working for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – where her love for planning events fully emerged.
Tied to enCourage Kids by a personal mission connection, Christina feels lucky to be able to put her youth services background and her love for making a difference to good use.
Christina has a wonderful husband, Michael, who is also an EKF superfan, and welcomed a brand new baby boy, Mikey in November 2018. She enjoys summers by the beach, spicy tuna rolls and her not so guilty pleasure, reality TV.
A native New Yorker, Danielle attend Polytechnic University in Farmingdale, LI as an Aerospace Engineering major but switched to a humanities track when it became obvious that she enjoyed an evening with Shakespeare more than structural loads. After college Danielle ran away (sort of) to join the Big Apple Circus headquarters in Manhattan, where she worked for almost 10 years helping to administer their hospital clowning and after-school programs, and coordinating special performances of the tent show for blind and deaf children in their major tour markets.
Danielle was named the 2007 Eastern Region Community Leader of the Year by America’s Charities and is a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). Passionate about the performing arts, Danielle is also an active member of the St. Bart’s Players, NYC’s longest continuously running community theater group, where she served on the Board from 2001 to 2014, planning and executing more than 40 main stage productions and fundraising events. Since then she has worked on and off stage in numerous roles including as Stage Manager and her favorite, Props Master. Danielle also volunteers at fundraising events for the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation, where she has served as a Production Assistant for their award shows and Gala productions, and as a celebrity escort for legendary icons Liza Minnelli and Bebe Neuwirth (a definite check mark on her bucket list!)
After graduating, Briana moved back to the East Coast and started her career in the nonprofit realm working at ELEM, an organization that offers treatment, counseling and social services to troubled youth in Israel. In April 2018, Briana joined the enCourage Kids team and is excited to continue her dedication of improving the lives of children by helping them overcome obstacles so that no child feels afraid or alone.
Mallory graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Science in 2016 and moved on to get her Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the University of Georgia as well, making her a Double Dawg. During her time in college, she was an active member of many nonprofit and student organizations. She served on the executive board of UGA Miracle and was an integral part of their mission to raise money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She is passionate about serving others, creating equal opportunities for all, and improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses. She is looking forward to continuing to work with enCourage Kids as they grow and expand across the country.
Emma attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison (go Badgers!) where she majored in Communications with a focus in T.V., Radio, and Film, and received a minor in Digital Studies. Emma began her journey in the nonprofit world at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and later, New York Cares, and feels lucky to be able to help make a difference.
Emma enjoys traveling, loves all things chocolate, and hopes to one day conquer the New York City Marathon.