Staff

Rachel Sotsky

Executive Director


Rachel Sotsky spent over two decades as a senior policy advisor to several U.S. Senators, where she devoted considerable time and energy to the development of education policy. She was deeply involved in the drafting and enactment of the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act which reauthorized and extended the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) as part of a three-sector approach to improving educational outcomes in the District of Columbia. The SOAR Act authorizes equal funding for traditional D.C. public schools, D.C. charter schools, and the D.C. OSP. Ms. Sotsky has also served in state and local government, performed as a consultant for several non-profit organizations in the District, and counseled educational institutions as part of a D.C. lobbying firm. She has a B.A. from Brandeis University with a major in Political Science, and an M.P.A. from George Washington University with a major in Budget & Public Finance.

Raven Duvall 

Executive Assistant


Raven Duvall serves as the Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. Raven comes to Serving Our Children with over 15 years of experience in administrative and operational strategies, including expertise in stakeholder relations/engagement from private sector and non-profit organizations such as Orr Group, Alcoa, UNCF and Howard University.  Prior to joining SOC, Raven served as the Regional Sales and Event Coordinator for Arbinger Institute  where she provided daily project management and department support as the principal admin performing a broad range of professional, administrative, clerical, organizational, and calendaring duties in support of the VP of Development and Strategies. Raven is a native Washingtonian and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management. 

 

Family Support Team 

Kevin Mills

Manager, Family and Community Affairs 


Kevin Mills comes to Serving Our Children with over 20 years of experience working in the non-profit sector, developing and implementing national member engagement and business development strategies. Prior to joining SOC, Kevin served as the Senior Director of Membership Engagement and Marketing for Child Care Aware of America. In this role he managed a team of 4 and provided leadership in the development of social media, direct mail, community engagement and online communication strategies. He was also responsible for identifying and developing products and services to increase awareness, membership and resources. In his previous role as the Director of Membership at the Black Alliance for Educational Options, Kevin managed all community engagement activities increasing program participation and awareness in the communities served. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Justice from Howard University.

Carla Durandisse

Deputy Manager, Family and Community Affairs


Carla serves as the Deputy Manager of Family and Community Affairs. With over 8 years of advertising sales experience, Carla comes to us from the local CW affiliate television station, where she handled an account list of over 25 advertisers in the Washington, D.C. area. She received her Digital Marketing Professional certification from the Center for Sales Strategy, and has created and executed more than a dozen integrated marketing campaigns nationwide. She has also spent a number of years working as a sales assistant at the local CBS Radio station cluster, as well as TEGNA owned WUSA 9 television station. Carla is a graduate of Howard University’s School of Communications with a minor in Business Administration, and participated in the NABEF Media Sales Institute.


S. Osman

Family Support and Community Engagement Specialist 

Mr. Osman has spent over 8 years working towards the advancement of under privileged children. In 2013, Mr. Osman created an enrichment program for children ages 4-13 designed to address the social, emotional, and behavioral issues that confront young children today. This program focused on coping techniques, one on one therapy sessions, play therapy, and educational assistance. Subsequently, Mr. Osman became a Career Counselor with Job Corps, where he mentored young adults, ages 16-24, to secure high school diplomas, college admission, occupational trade credentials, and general life skills. Mr. Osman brings cultural sensitivity, and a deep understanding of the value of diversity to the families of Serving of Children.


Luis Garcia

Family Support and Community Engagement Specialist 


In 2009, Luis moved to Washington, DC from Puerto Rico in the pursuit of a career supporting opportunity youth. He comes to Serving Our Children with 10 years of experience in the non-profit and education sector. He has developed and implemented programs at the local level, providing educational and employment opportunities to the immigrant, homeless and LGBTQ communities. Prior to joining SOC, Luis served at UNIDOSUS as the Program Manager for the Department of Labor Reentry Employment Opportunity initiative. In this role, he provided formerly incarcerated youth greater access to workforce opportunities by overseeing three national sub-grantees in Los Angeles, San Jose and Puerto Rico. In addition, Luis worked as a Bilingual Re-engagement Specialist at the DC Re-engagement Center, where he increased the Latino population of the program by establishing new partnerships with community-based organizations.


Tilak Kebede

Family Support and Community Engagement Specialist 


Tilak Makonnen Kebede holds a Master of Science degree with a major in Public Health from Malmo University in Sweden. She worked as a volunteer for Red Cross Sweden in the Swedish Red Cross Youth Breakfast Club project in Malmo city.  Before joining Serving Our Children, she was an employee of the Law Office of James A Roberts in Virginia. She worked on a support team actively helping the immigrant community in defending their rights. In addition, her experience includes work as a Sponsorship and Child Development Facilitator at World Vision Ethiopia, an international NGO. She managed and operated the sponsorship database and sponsorship tracking enhancement program.  Tilak received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Social Anthropology at Addis Ababa University, College of Social Science in Ethiopia.


Finance Team 

Robert Uyttebroek

Manager of Finance and Operations 


Robert Uyttebroek has over 20 years of experience managing the finances of municipalities, including serving as Finance Director for the communities of Lynnfield and Sharon, Massachusetts, Narragansett, Rhode Island, and Newark, Delaware. In these capacities, he managed treasury operations, employee policy and benefits, collection of taxes and other receivables, and strategic planning for revenues and budgeting. Prior to joining Serving Our Children, he worked for the Office of Financial Policy for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a former Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy and former President of the Norfolk County Municipal Finance Officers Association. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Santa Clara University and a Master in Public Administration from Golden Gate University.

 

Data Team 

Sharita Page

Manager, Data and Compliance


Sharita comes to Serving Our Children as an accomplished education professional with over ten years of experience in communications, financial aid, student and data services for the Higher-Ed and K-12 industries. In conjunction with her extensive work experience, she has published numerous articles for Alpha Nu Rho’s Literary Magazine, was quoted in Change Magazine, participated in the Department of Education panel discussions and conducts financial aid consulting to high school seniors. Sharita received a Masters degree in Organizational Communication from Bowie State University and is experienced with evaluating international credentials through her training with AACRAO and the University of Southern California.

Robinson Mateo

 Deputy Manager, Data and Compliance 

Robinson Mateo is a Southern University graduate with a Bachelors of Art in Inter Disciplinary Studies. He comes to Serving Our Children after holding several roles as an educator and advocate for children.  As an accomplished college baseball athlete, he served as an assistant coach and mentor at the Homerun Baseball Summer camp, teaching the fundamentals of baseball. As a student, he also played a pivotal role at the Jaguar Kids Summer Camp, managing the Spanish and sports program for over 50 camp attendees. In this role, he was responsible for tracking the metrics of individual student progress in order to communicate regular updates to all the parents.  His passion for educating and helping children to learn the necessary skills to be successful in school and beyond is an asset to the mission of Serving Our Children.

 

 

 

 

 

 








 

 


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