Laura Muriello

President & CEO

Laura is thrilled to join the Pitch In team as the President and CEO. Laura is a Latina, first-generation college graduate and grew up in Bolingbrook, IL. Laura’s entire career has been focused on giving students like her voice and agency to write their own stories and forge their own paths. Laura has been a middle school teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, a school leader at a charter school in Chicago, and led multiple nonprofit organizations to grow and scale while focusing their models, defining and measuring their impact, and gaining support through fundraising and awareness. Laura previously led Pitch In as the Executive Director from 2018-2021. Laura holds a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in Education and Social Policy, and a Masters degree in Teaching from Dominican University. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband, three daughters and two dogs (and two guinea pigs..and a gecko…), and loves spending time with her eight nieces and nephews.

Jon Arndt

Director of Finance + Operations

 

Jon is a non-profit professional with over 20 years’ experience working in the sector of education, arts, and culture. Born and raised in Ohio, Jon has been a Chicago resident for the past 23 years and is a 6 year resident of Jefferson Park on the northwest side. Jon earned his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from The Ohio State University and has dedicated his career to being in service to the power that the arts have in the development of young hearts and minds. Jon has worked across the non-profit spectrum, providing operations leadership and financial management to organizations that serve in providing access and opportunity to teach, nurture, and inspire young communities from across all parts of the Chicago landscape, including Chicago Public Art Group, Chicago Children’s Theater, and The Chicago Academy for the Arts.

Jon believes that access to quality education for all young people is imperative to create a just and equitable future where we all thrive.

Quinnetta “Quinn” Daniels

Director of Program

 

Quinn is a native Chicagoan, National Board Certified Educator, Coach, and Consultant. Quinn is a Golden Apple Scholar, George Pullman Scholar, and graduate of DePaul University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, aiming to correct generational cycles of miseducation. Driven by life’s purpose, she coaches through thoughtful, authentic leadership that empowers others to do the things they once thought unimaginable. Former Chicago Public Schools middle school teacher, with over a decade of experience and funny stories surrounding adolescent education and development. A kid at heart, Quinn enjoys being brave and curious. This has led her down wondrous paths towards her mission to provide meaningful educational experiences for young and adult learners alike by promoting education equality, taking a holistic approach to teaching and learning, and using data driven strategies–that sometimes look more anecdotal.

Brynne Mancuso-Krein

Development Director

Brynne joins the Wood Family Foundation team as Development Director after serving for nearly a decade in a variety of fundraising roles at OneGoal. Most recently she was Senior Director of Development Training + Support on OneGoal’s National Development Team, where she coached OneGoal’s six regional fundraising teams to devise and implement high-impact revenue-generating strategies. Prior to this role, she led the OneGoal-Chicago fundraising team as Senior Director of Development to raise $5.2M in FY17 alone.

Brynne holds a BA in English Language & Literature and Spanish Language from Northwestern University.

Nate Olison

Site Leader, Lawndale Community Academy

Nate is a writer, performer, and teaching artist living in Chicago, Illinois. He received a BA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College in 2012. He has been teaching and performing poetry in the city for 10 years, most notably winning a spot on the finals stage of the National Poetry Slam with Mental Graffiti slam team. As a youth development specialist and prison abolitionist, he is dedicated to helping young people overcome obstacles presented by systemic oppression. He’s also a competitive video game player and aspiring comic book creator in his spare time.

Allison Shakelford

Program Manager, Sumner Math & Science Academy

Allison is the Pitch In Program Manager at Charles Sumner Math & Science Community Academy in the North Lawndale community. Allison comes to Pitch In with over 5 years of experience planning, coordinating, and facilitating youth programs in CPS and the Chicagoland community in topics ranging from performing Shakespeare to civic engagement. Allison’s approach to working with youth is rooted in a social justice youth development framework that is restorative, healing centered, facilitates critical thinking and agency, and celebrates culture and identity. Allison feels her approach is in alignment with the Pitch In program’s mission of giving students the range of tools they need to thrive in middle school, high school, and beyond. Allison graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a B.A in Theatre Performance in 2014 and from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a M.Ed. in Youth Development in 2021. Her hope for the future is in young people.

Isamar Valentin

Program Manager

Isamar is a proud Chicago native who has an immense love for the city and its rich culture. She received her BA in Spanish language studies with a communications minor from Monmouth College. After graduating she joined City Year where she discovered her passion for working with students. Being a product of the Chicago Public School system herself has given Isamar first hand knowledge of the challenges that students face when it comes to continuing their education. She believes that one of the many opportunities that every individual should have regardless of their social economic status, zip code, and background is an equal opportunity to a higher education. Isamar is excited to be a part of the Pitch In family and looks forward to continuing to empower students with the necessary skills to be confident in themselves in order to reach their full potential.

Aaron Vogel

Program Manager, Yates Elementary School

Aaron earned a B.A. in Political Science From DePauw University and an M.A. in Secondary Education from Lewis University. After teaching for six years, he brought his corny sense of humor and passion for working with young people to Pitch In.

Aaron lives in Chicago with his wife and three young children. He is an avid runner, frequent traveler and pickle aficionado.