Our Team

 
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Jenna Baron

Executive director

Jenna's compassion for immigrant communities was inspired by her experience as a volunteer tutor from 2011-2013 for a Somali Bantu refugee family living in Pittsburgh. In her senior year at the University of Pittsburgh in 2013, she co-founded ARYSE's signature program, PRYSE Academy, a summer camp for immigrant and refugee youth to learn, have fun, develop friendships, and be celebrated for their unique experiences and cultural identities. Jenna is eager to guide ARYSE in becoming a national model for educational programs and advocacy for immigrant and refugee youth.

Contact Jenna: jenna@arysepgh.org

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Kristen Hochreiter

program manager

Kristen became involved with ARYSE while she was a student at the University of Pittsburgh, and later became the Director of PRYSE Academy in 2015.  After she graduated with her BA in Social Work and certificates in Global and African Studies, she began working for Acculturation for Justice, Access, and Peace Outreach (AJAPO) providing intensive case management services to refugee families. Along with her work with ARYSE, Kristen currently works with Just Harvest where she promotes healthy food access in Pittsburgh.

Contact Kristen: kristen@arysepgh.org

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Alicia Quebral

director of operations

Alica is the Program Coordinator for Immigrant Services and Connections (ISAC), a six-agency collaborative program serving immigrants throughout Allegheny County. She began volunteering with refugees at a resettlement agency in Buffalo, and throughout her undergraduate years was an active ESL tutor with FORGE (Facilitating Opportunities for Refugee Growth and Empowerment), serving as co-president from 2012-2013. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned her BA in International Relations, with minors in Economics and Latin American Studies.

Contact Alicia: alicia@arysepgh.org

 
Pictured above is the 2017 PRYSE Academy planning team and ARYSE staff. From left, Neelam Vohra, Summer Program Organizer; Alicia Quebral, ARYSE Director of Operations; Hana Swift, PRYSE Academy 2017 Director; Lucy Powell, Summer Program Manager; Abby Meinen, PRYSE Academy 2017 Director; Kristen Hochreiter, ARYSE Director of Operations; Jenna Baron, ARYSE Executive Director.

Pictured above is the 2017 PRYSE Academy planning team and ARYSE staff. From left, Neelam Vohra, Summer Program Organizer; Alicia Quebral, ARYSE Director of Operations; Hana Swift, PRYSE Academy 2017 Director; Lucy Powell, Summer Program Manager; Abby Meinen, PRYSE Academy 2017 Director; Kristen Hochreiter, ARYSE Director of Operations; Jenna Baron, ARYSE Executive Director.