Our Team

Angela Williams

Executive Director

Bronx, NY, Lehman College – MS Education

In the poignant words of Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

At “I Have A Dream” New York, we stand committed and dedicated to promoting societal change by providing long-term, holistic engagement with real-time, meaningful tools and resources from Kindergarten to Career to empower young people to rise above their circumstances, pursue their dreams, achieve their educational and career goals, and attain self-defined success. I am so honored to be amongst this group of powerful change agents.

Amy Tashjian

Vice President of Programs, Strategy and Impact

Boston, Massachusetts

At the “I Have A Dream” Foundation – NY our PROGRAM is guided by a unique approach;
our STRATEGY is to Educate and Empower and provide long-term holistic support;
our IMPACT is demonstrated by the Dreamers’ ongoing Collegiate Achievement and their Attainment of Self-Defined Success.

I am honored to be part of an organization that works toward societal change.
As founder Eugene Lang said, “Nothing you do will ever go to waste. The ripple effects can be beyond imagination.”

Bonnie Blankenship

Director of Development

Rootstown, Ohio, Kent State University – BA in Music

“I am grateful to be part of the team that is working to achieve Dr. King’s Dream for education equity and Eugene Lang’s vision for all children in New York to have an equal chance to graduate from college and succeed.”

Camille Aponte

Director of Industry Engagement

Edgewater, New Jersey, Empire State College – BPS

I am so pleased to be surrounded by so many outstanding Dreamers striving to achieve their college degrees and to live my passion in a work
environment that reflects the changing needs of the team and the community.

“It’s not what you do once in a while. It’s what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.” – Jenny Craig

Can you imagine how many dreams we can ignite when we share the “I Have A Dream” – New York passion and work together? I Can.

Kate Lazar Vargas

Operations Manager

Tenafly, NJ, Brandeis University – BA in Anthropology & Women’s Studies

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
– Barack Obama

Karlisle Honore

Director of College Success

Long Island, New York, Hunter College – BA in Urban Affairs

“My time at the I Have a Dream Foundation has been both an experience and an education.”

Julia McClure

Career Exploration Manager

Waldoboro, Maine, St. Anselm College – BA in Philosophy & Great Books

“People tend to believe that working toward heightening student achievement is difficult but I disagree. All I need to do is remind people of what they have been capable of all along.”

Tristan Wilson

Program Director - East Harlem

New York, NY, Mercy College – BA in Psychology

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
-Malcolm X

Dajae Gilliard

Assistant Program Director - East Harlem

Bronx, NY, Temple University- MA African American Studies

“As an I Have a Dream Foundation alumna, I am proud to serve as an example of possibility for my Dreamers. Making the decision to return as a team member illustrates the life-long impact the program has on those who participate in the program. I am delighted to continue this tradition of exposing youth to outlets that encourage them to be their greatest self.”

Joy McBride

Program Coordinator - East Harlem

Bronx, NY, Canisius College – Bachelor of Science

“Be the change you want to see.”

Terrence Stokes

Program Director - Chelsea

New York, NY, Johnson and Wales University – AA in Sociology & BA in Marketing

“I want my Dreamers to be positive, happy, and successful members of the community.”

Treston Lambert

Program Director - Chelsea

Queens, NY, Baruch College- BA in Public Affairs

“The greatness of “I Have a Dream” is the opportunity it provides for students to grow and develop along with the program staff and volunteers. The long lasting relationship between the Dreamers and program staff allows for the evolution from an after school program to the creation of a family within each cohort.”