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 ARYSE's summer program, 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 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. Kristen's role with ARYSE is to oversee program implementation and ensure quality.

Contact Kristen: kristen@arysepgh.org

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Alicia Quebral

advocacy advisor

Outside of her work with ARYSE, Alicia is a Program Manager for Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) where she manages the Women Empowered to Lead Program serving the Pittsburgh region.  Prior to working with PICC, Alicia was the Program Coordinator for Immigrant Services and Connections, 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 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. Alicia's focus with ARYSE is guiding the organization's involvement in advocacy.

Contact Alicia: alicia@arysepgh.org

 
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Varsha Ramasubramanian

Social work intern

Varsha became involved with ARYSE when she served as a counselor at PRYSE Academy in 2017. She is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh studying to receive her BASW. Varsha is also involved with United Students Against Sweatshops Local 31, a student-led labor organization at Pitt, and strives to be active in social movements throughout the community. She hopes to continue her passion for community organizing, especially to support immigrants and refugees in Pittsburgh.

Contact Varsha: varsha.ram@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.