In mid-August, CMW welcomed our first-ever Family Engagement Coordinator, Akina Ramos. Akina comes to us through the AmeriCorps VISTA national service program, which means that, before starting work for us, she had to swear an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States! [Pictured: the oath was administered by Vincent Marzullo, Rhode Island's fantastic Director of the National Service Program.]
Akina brings a wealth of energy and optimism to this position, and is already hard at work getting to know CMW parents, adjusting our family volunteering system, and learning about the program. As a mother of five, Akina has first-hand knowledge of the many demands on parental time, and of the importance of volunteering! Three of her children are in a singing group called C3; we hope to have them appear at a CMW event before long.
Akina grew up in the West End, and is a proud graduate of William D'Abate Elementary School. She worked at Brown University and at Citizens Bank before coming to CMW. We're thrilled to welcome her, and we look forward to introducing her to everyone at the first Community Day later this month.
-Chloe Kline, Education Director