Katrina is a native New Yorker. She has a strong background in the Community School strategy having developed and grown a Community Learning School in Brooklyn, NY for two years, where she received the Phenomenal Woman of the Year Award. Katrina was also a Permanent Substitute Teacher with the New York City Department of Education for 8 years. Katrina is a Licensed Funeral Director in the states of New York and North Carolina. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Joseph’s College, is a Distinguished Graduate Awardee and holds an Associate degree in Mortuary Science from the American Academy McAllister Institute. She is currently a graduate student at Gannon University.
Tami, an Erie native, returned back home to serve the community as a social worker in 2011. After graduating from Mercyhurst Prep, she attended North Carolina State University on a full athletic scholarship. During her time there, she served as the captain of the women’s soccer team, was the named to the ACC All-Academic Team and earned her B.S. in social work. Tami pursued her graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, earning a Master's degree in social work and a certificate in gerontology. Volunteering in Cambodian orphanages is among one of her most valued experiences. Tami’s previous work involved connecting families and community members with various resources offered throughout Erie County. Tami is passionate about intergenerational programming and community building and believes in utilizing the strengths of individuals and aligning them with the assets in our community. Tami has been a Community School Director since 2017 and values the beautiful experiences of partnering with the students and families of Edison.
Corporate Partner: Mercyhurst University
Lead Partner Coalition: Accudyn Products, Inc., American Tinning & Galvanizing, Custom Engineering Company, Lincoln Recycling, McInnes Rolled Rings, Reddog Industries, Smith's Provision Company, Inc. and Team Hardinger Transportation and Warehouse
Karen previously worked at Mercyhurst North East as an Academic Success Coach and Director of the Perkins Grant for the campus. She is a native Rhode Islander who has been in the Erie area for more than 30 years. Karen is most excited to join the team at Diehl because she is passionate about working with children and feels this role brings her career full circle. "This job is a culmination of all of the skills developed throughout my career," Karen stated.
Meghan, an Erie native, attended Harding Elementary School and a graduate of Fairview High School. Meghan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Masters of Arts in Sociology, both at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) where she was also a student athlete (soccer). Professionally, Meghan has spent her career working with children and families in the home, school, and community settings and within a variety of capacities. Currently serving in the role of Community School Director at Pfeiffer-Burleigh, provides Meghan with the opportunity to continue to serve the Erie community. On a personal level, Meghan is married to Jason L. Easter, whom she first met in elementary school at Harding. The Easter family, resides in Erie City, and have three boys (Devin, Gavin, and Jaxson), all of which are students within Erie’s Public Schools.
Rachel is an Erie native, a graduate of Iroquois High School and Edinboro University, earning an Associate and Bachelor degree. Rachel is a currently in the concentration year of her Masters of Social Work at Edinboro University. Prior to working with the students and families at East Middle School, Rachel served as a Family Specialist with Erie Homes for Children and Adults. Following her time in that program, she went on to serve as the Community School Coordinator and now the Interim Community School Director at East. Additionally, Rachel serves Erie County through her work as a Crisis Clinician at Crisis Services in Erie PA.
Amy, an Erie native, graduated from East High School in 2003 and went on to obtain a B.A. in Psychology and dual minors in Athletic Coaching and Sports Behavior from Gannon University. Amy pursued her Graduate studies at California University of PA, earning a M.S. in Sports Management. Amy has spent her career dedicated to working with youth, teens, and families in the Erie community, most commonly in the nonprofit sector. She has a passion for Health & Wellness and has coached High School Girls' Basketball within Erie's Public Schools and Erie Crossover.
Kerrie Grande, an Erie native, graduated from Erie's East High School in 1997 and went on to attend Gannon University, where she earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Special Education in 2001. During her time as an educator and administrator for the Iroquois School District, Kerrie pursued a graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University (2006) and a graduate degree in Educational Leadership with a Principal's Certificate from Edinboro University (2011). Kerrie is passionate about volunteering through her school and church, as a way to give back to those in her community.
A Girard School District graduate herself, Tammy received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Counseling both from Edinboro University. Tammy went on to pass testing to become a Nationally Certified Counselor and has nearly ten years of experience in counseling. Prior to becoming a Community School Director, she was the director of the Family Based Mental Health program at Family Services of NWPA. Tammy lives in Springfield with her husband Josh and their two sons Jake and Jaxon.
Shanna is an Erie native who attended Edinboro University and received bachelor's and master's degrees in Education. She is a former classroom teacher and reading specialist, passionate about building relationships with students and families to help them be successful. She has fifteen years of experience in education, working with students of all ages in various capacities. She enjoys traveling, reading and the outdoors, especially walks with her two rescue dogs, Bo and Rocky.
Corporate Partners: United Way's Women United and Anonymous