Meet Our Team

The movers & shakers behind the scenes.

ELA surrounds ourselves with the brightest, most talented educators in the industry. Our team members share a passion to make a difference in the lives of all students we connect with. Our team's background in leadership and education, and a passion for supporting youth on their path to successful futures.

Flo Brett

Founder & Executive Director

Since serving as the Training and Development Lead and Clinical Governance Manager at University Hospitals of Leicester United Kingdom, Flo has built a reputation for developing and implementing action-based, team-building strategies, goal achievement plans and positive attitude programs that help individuals and teams reach their full potential.

Heather Lee

Director of Operations

Heather joined ELA after leading the charge in developing dynamic programs for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. With a master’s degree in education and over 18 years’ experience in education and nonprofit management, Heather has a passion for supporting students and educators in their journey of personal growth and development and she is dedicated to ELA’s mission. Heather has a significant impact on mission performance, financial success, internal team collaboration, and school relationships.

Kimberly Ames

Strategic Growth Manager

Kimberly comes to ELA with 20 years of experience within Postsecondary Education leadership and 10 years of experience as a College Compliance Officer for the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. As a Trades School and Technical College Administrator, Kimberly found her passion, and calling, within the diverse, and underserved, populations of students that were drawn to the career colleges with  the hope of changing their lives through education. Kimberly led initiatives to add SEL coursework to all trades school curriculum and wrote Professional Development curriculum that was required for all entering freshman. Kimberly is deeply passionate about Urban Social Renewal and the reclamation of communities through the education and development of our youth.

Jessica Vaughn

Talent Manager

Jessica is a dynamic leader in youth advocacy with over a decade of professional experience. She has a background in an array of culturally diverse leadership and academia from kindergarten through the collegiate level. She earned her Masters in Special Education and her Batchelor's of Arts in Elementary Education both from Kentucky State University. Jessica has a passion for equipping leaders, empowering learners, and cultivating collaboration that impacts communities.

Amaris Jones

Marketing Associate & Lead Facilitator

Amaris has a passion to provide a learning experience where children can celebrate their differences, feel empowered, and achieve their learning goals. Through her 12 years of experience in the educational field, Amaris has worked in an Autistic Support classroom, a trauma-informed care classroom, and as a director over the children's ministry at a local Cleveland church. Amaris also participated in a NASA Pre-Service teacher program during her undergrad at Hampton University where she learned to incorporate technology and science into the classroom.

Melanie Twomey

Advancement

Melanie has over twenty years’ experience creating and supporting non-profit programs as a teacher, program coordinator and development officer. Her passion is creating sustainable programs that enrich child development. Located in the Washington DC metro area, she is both passionate about the ELA program offerings and looking forward to expanding its reach to new communities.

Tyelisha Johnson

Reentry Coordinator & Lead Facilitator

Tyelisha has a thriving  passion for community redevelopment with an emphasis on education and lessening environmental & social contributors to criminal behaviors. She believes that effective community redevelopment requires collaboration and strives to restore the village mindset  within minoritized and low-income communities.  Tyelisha has extensive experience working with youth and young adults as well as planning and delivering reentry services. She is motivated to combine her passion, experience, and purpose to serve in order to have a lasting impact on the communities around her.

Sydnei Sellers

Dream On Foundation Coordinator & Lead Facilitator

Sydnei has a passion for community-based leadership, diversity and inclusion. She takes pride in her proven ability to encourage and empower the minds of youth which helps ignite their confidence to discover their voices, gifts and talents. Sydnei has over the years played a very important role in giving voices to youth and young adults. Her goal everyday is to help at least one young person feel heard and valued.

Danielle Grays

Alabama Coordinator & Lead Facilitator

Danielle has a passion for leading and motivating disadvantaged youth while cultivating drive and responsibility. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Shenandoah Conservatory in Music Theatre. It is a joy for to her to combine creativity and education to impact student growth. Following 3 years of classroom teaching, Danielle proposed and implemented an after-school Drama Program for middle schoolers. She is passionate about creating artistic, real-life, and social emotional learning experiences for youth. It is a privilege, to Danielle, to build relationships with students and witness their progress within their school community as well as contributing to their overall growth.

Susan Romano

Office Volunteer

Susan started with ELA in its beginning stages. She joined the team in 2010 as the office administrator. Susan is the linchpin behind supplies and equipment organization for programming.