|Katherine Brieger, RD, CCE, CPHQ
Katherine serves as the Executive Director of the Warwick Area Migrant Committee. Following the retirement of Stanley Grajewski, in 2016, she assumed the position at that time. Katherine has worked in a number of capacities with the farmworker community over the last thirty years.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Foods and Nutrition from the College of Saint Elizabeth and a Master’s degree from NYU in Clinical Nutrition. She is a Certified Content Expert with the National Committee for Quality Assurance, a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. Katherine is also employeed as the Chief of Staff Development and Patient Experience for HRHCare, a network of Federally Qualified Community Health Centers. In her role, with HRHCare, Katherine has also served as the Executive Director of the ALAMO Community Center.
Katherine has focused much of her career in the area of Migrant and Seasonal farmworkers. She has served as a National Advisor on several programs, including serving as the Chair of the National Advisor Council on Nutrition for Women, Children and Infants-USDA and the National Center for Farmworker Health-Women’s Health Project. She is recognized as an expert in nutrition, publishing curriculua for early childhood education programs. Katherine lives in Pine Island, New York-the heart of the black dirt region.
Chelsea Armitage is very excited to be joining the Dulce Esperanza program this summer as Assistant Director. For her, there is no greater or more rewarding profession than being able to work with children. She loves watching their faces as they explore the world and learn new things. Chelsea is currently an English as a New Language teacher in the Middletown Enlarged City School District (Middletown, NY) for elementary aged students. Her teaching job includes getting to work with children of so many different backgrounds, cultures, and languages. She completed her Undergraduate Degree at Mount Saint Mary College (Newburgh, NY), where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. While attending the Mount, Chelsea majored in History and minored in Hispanic Studies and Psychology. She earned her teaching certifications in Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities. After her time at the Mount, she completed her Graduate Degree at SUNY New Paltz and earned another certification in TESOL.
Chelsea considers teaching children as living out her life’s dream. When not teaching, she enjoys many different hobbies. In her free time she loves to spend time with her family and friends. She has a god-daughter who is her entire world. Being a kid at heart herself, Chelsea loves Disney World and traveling. Growing up she played sports and continues to dance till this day. Chelsea cannot wait for the summer to begin and embark on so many adventures with all of the children in the program!
PROGRAM STAFF MEMBERS – 2019 SUMMER SESSION
Vita Bosco is a fourth year student at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. She will be graduating in the at th end of the 2019 Fall Semester with a Bachelors in Mathematics and a Masters in Adolescent Education. In her free time Vita spends time with family, friends, and her many animals. She also spends time continuing her research work at Bishop Dunn Memorial School creating math trails in the Sensory Garden. Vita is very excited to meet and get to know the students in the Dulce Esperanza program.
Nancy Fernandez has lived in Warwick for 30 years, but grew up in the Bronx borough of New York City. She has been an ENL (English as a New Language) teacher for 20 years. Nancy has taught all age groups from Kindergarten to adults. She loves reading and learning something new every day. She enjoys doing yoga, dancing and taking long walks. Nancy speaks fluent Spanish (her family is from Puerto Rico). She has two daughters and three cats. One of her greatest joys and what she is looking forward to, is being around children in a happy learning environment. Nancy excited about getting to know everyone at Dulce Esperanza.
Vishnu is a Senior at Colgate University (Madison County, NY). He is a Computer Science and Spanish double major. He loves to travel and experience different cultures.
Vishnu was first introduced to the Dulce Esperanza Summer Program through tutoring in Homework Club at the ALAMO Community Center while he was in High School several years ago. He is very excited to put his STEM background to use and promote students’ curiosity in Science and Technology.
Madison Matos is a Sophomore at Mount Saint Mary College (Newburhg, NY) double majoring in History and History-Political Science with a Certification in Childhood Education. She enjoys traveling, teaching, and animals. Madison is extremely excited to take part in such a wonderful program!
Maya Henderson is a sophomore at the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD) majoring in Illustration with a focus on Sequential Art. She has a passion for illustration, comic arts, and animation. Her goal after graduation is to become a professional illustrator. When she’s not drawing, her other interests include listening to music and learning foreign languages. Maya has had seven years of experience working with kids, starting as a Wee Worship volunteer for children ages three and four at her church when she was twelve. Maya says that volunteering and working with youth has been something that she enjoys because she gets to pass on knowledge that she has to a new generation of kids that will become our nation’s future. Just as she looks back fondly on the special people in her life that have helped make her who she is today, she hopes to pay it forward to the next generation.
Would you like to join our faculty? We post openings for staff positions in the WAMC on our web site here. Volunteers can contact us at any time if you would like to help out and donate time to the WAMC programs. We are always looking for extra hands to help out our staff and give back to the community.