Staff

Rachel Sotsky

Executive Director

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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.

Robert Uyttebroek

Manager of Finance and Payments

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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.

Kevin Mills

Manager, Family and Community Affairs


Kevin Mills comes to Serving Our Children (SOC) 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.
 

Robinson Mateo

 Family Support and Community Engagement Specialist

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.

Chelsea Jones

Deputy Manager, Data & Compliance

Chelsea is currently the Deputy Manager, Data & Compliance at Serving our Children. Prior to her arrival, she worked as Associate Director of Student Programs at the Center for Student Opportunity, a national non-profit dedicated to providing access to students who were the first in their family to attend college. Chelsea also served as the Community Engagement Manager at Strive for College, an organization that connects aspiring college students to mentoring resources to support them through the college admissions and financial aid process. She attended Howard University where she majored in Political Science.  Chelsea was a participant and is an alumna of the Goldman Sachs Scholars Foundation and Princeton University Preparatory Program.  

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 is a certified Digital Marketing Professional with 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.

Sharita Page

Manager, Data and Compliance



Sharita comes to Serving Our Children (SOC) as an accomplished education professional that has procured 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, quoted in Change Magazine, participated in the Department of Education panel discussions and conducts financial aid consulting to high school seniors. Sharita has 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.

Tilak Kebede

Family Support and Community Engagement Specialist 

Tilak Makonnen Kebede holds a Master of Science 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. She was involved in preparing and serving breakfast in schools located in socio-economically challenged areas where many immigrants reside.  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. In addition, she was responsible for facilitating effective capacity building for communities on UNCRC, child protection and child development issues.  Tilak received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Social Anthropology at Addis Ababa University, College of Social Science in Ethiopia.