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.
Manager of Finance and Payments
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 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.
Jackie Olcott has been working for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program since 2008. She manages all the in-house data that is frequently used to provide reports to the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Government Accountability Office to ensure the program continues to comply with federal and state regulations and guidelines. She played an integral role in coordinating efforts to migrate the application process from paper format to an online platform, which has facilitated an efficient and streamlined process for scholarship applicants. Prior to assuming her current position with the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, she worked as a researcher for NextSteps Research, a consulting firm that helps their clients to monitor industry trends, gather competitive intelligence and identify merger and acquisition opportunities. She has a B.A. in Theatre Arts/Creating Writing from Gettysburg College.
Family Support Specialist
Prior to her arrival at Serving Our Children, Bahgi Solomon worked as an intern for the United Nations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, researching the economic effects of agricultural trends in various African countries. Bahgi also interned for the African Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C., where she worked closely with senior officials at the Department of Defense including the Office for Under-Secretary for Defense Policy. While there, she participated in the Young Professional Community and Distinguished Lecture Program and provided translation services from English to French to support communications with the 17 French speaking countries in Africa. She has worked in various volunteer capacities across the country for programs that serve youth. In her current role at Serving Our Children, she works closely with the families across the city throughout the application cycle to assist them with understanding the federal requirements required to determine scholarship eligibility.
Family Support Specialist
After receiving her B.S. in Psychology from Tennessee State University, Toré Jackson worked at Howard University as a research assistant on PTSD epidemiological and biological studies, conducted psychology literature reviews and worked with the clinical research team to conduct psychological interviews on subjects. She later went on to work with teenagers and young adults at Put Up Your Dukes Foundation where she organized community events, and conducted training workshops designed to promote awareness on education and the importance of developing leadership skills. In her current role at Serving Our Children, Toré plays a key role in managing the application process and providing overall support to the families in the District that apply and participate in the program.
Family Support 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.
Financial Support Specialist
Jeneffer Lopez is one of the first recipients of a scholarship from the OSP Program. She attended Archbishop Carroll High School and went on to attend Mount Saint Mary’s University graduating with a double major in Economics and Business. Prior to her arrival at Serving Our Children, she held several positions in both the non-profit and private sector. In her new role with the organization, she will assist with administration of the financial function of the organization and overseeing school compliance requirements.
Chelsea is currently the Data Specialist 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.
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.