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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Tina Al-Khersan

summer program organizer

Tina Al-khersan graduated from the University of Michigan in May 2017 with a bachelor's degree in International Studies and Arabic. While in undergrad, Tina worked with various organizations that served refugees, such as the International Refugee Assistance Project and the Karam Foundation, and was a founding executive board member of the Michigan Refugee Assistance Program. After graduating, Tina was selected for the Coro Fellowship in Pittsburgh, which is a nine-month program in leadership development and public affairs, and this is how she came to ARYSE. Tina plans on attending school in the fall in order to study refugee law.

Contact Tina: tina@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

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Hana Swift

teaching artist

Hana came to ARYSE in 2016 as a counselor at the summer program, PRYSE Academy. In 2017, she became the director of program and continued her work with ARYSE by organizing a new program, ARYSE Girls Art and Maker Group, a monthly meet-up for immigrant women in middle and high school who live in Pittsburgh. Hana is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Studio Arts. She also is the co-founder of the Pitt Bicycle Collective, a student-led initiative that organizes group rides and provides pop-up bike repair services.

Contact Hana: hana@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.