For the past 20 years, iCouldBe has helped mentees discover and plan for creative, meaningful and productive adult lives. Our story began in 2000 – two years after Google opened their first office and five years before YouTube launched. In the middle of the Internet revolution, we developed one of the earliest e-mentoring platforms designed to bring the power of mentoring to youth across the U.S.
iCouldBe realized early on that mentoring could make the difference in a child’s life by using technology as a connector to bring a diverse community of mentors right into the classroom to spend one hour per week with their mentees to guide, coach, and support them to find success in school and plan for bright futures. We empower mentees to choose their own e-mentors and to drive weekly online conversations on academic success, post-secondary education, work experience, exploring future careers and developing webs of support.
Our online e-mentoring platform, with advanced safety and security features, helps eliminate barriers for building relationships that arise from geography and time constraints or biases related to age, gender, race, and socio-economic status. Back end data science tools and visualizations ensure mentees and mentors are supported by teachers and staff with real-time interventions to achieve program outcomes.
Since 2000 we have delivered a unique innovative technology-based program model and structured evidence-based curriculum to 24,100+ mentees in under-resourced schools where systemic inequities often prevent students from reaching their full potential. iCouldBe mentors and mentees have spent over 305,000 hours collaborating to help mentees develop critical networking skills, to develop self-efficacy, academic and career skills, and to grow their webs of support.
Kate Schrauth, Executive Director
When Kate was young she dreamed she could be a pediatrician so she could help children. Her most influential mentor was a masterful community organizer who taught Kate how to see and hear the needs of the whole community.
Kate studied political science with a focus on social movements at Boston University and for the past 25 years has created, led or grown youth-driven organizations such as Artists for Humanity, Harvard Student Agencies, and Jumpstart.
Today Kate helps iCouldBe live its mission to help thousands of teens reach their true potential and is especially passionate about engaging the many mentors, schools, companies, and supporters who make mentoring possible.
When she’s not leading iCouldBe to new heights, you can find Kate cooking gourmet meals for family, friends, and colleagues, remodeling a room in her home with her talented husband Brian or walking her dogs, Bandit and Finn, on the beach.
Denevia Archer-Mullings, Program Operations Manager
When Denevia was a child she dreamed of being a teacher to help mold and inspire children to become their best selves. Her first mentor was her older sister who taught her how to persevere when faced with adversity, and that it’s never too late to learn from mistakes, evolve, and become the person you’ve always dreamed of.
Denevia earned a Master’s degree from the City College of New York and has worked over the past 13 years with multiple organizations developing and implementing programs, ensuring organizational goals are met or exceeded, and providing strategic management oversight.
Today, Denevia serves as the Program Operations Manager at iCouldBe, where she helps standardize and organize processes to support a seamless program onboarding and delivery for mentees and mentors.
When she’s not managing programs, Denevia enjoys spending time with her husband, sisters and parents, cooking, reading and watching movies.
M. Michelle Derosier, Chief Program Officer
When Michelle was in fifth grade she read Anne Frank’s Diary and dreamed that she too could write to change the world. Her first non-family mentor was her childhood pastor who taught her to see strength in her ability to listen and to measure her words.
Michelle is a multipotentialite and a human venn diagram: someone who has many interests and creative pursuits and is not limited to one career path. She is a nonprofit professional, a writer, a tech geek, a freelancer, and an entrepreneur. However, all her pursuits are driven by the desire to make a difference in her world for Christ, to bulldoze barriers to success for low-income youth and people of color, and to snatch back the Haitian narrative from the mainstream. She loves to partner with others to do the same so please reach out.
Today, Michelle helps to shape, lead and implement the program department’s strategic vision and direction to align with iCouldBe’s core mission. She is re-imagining iCouldBe’s back-end admin portal, using data-science learnings, to redesign the portal, with the ultimate goal of enabling administrators to scale, to be more efficient, and ultimately serve more mentees.
When she’s not leading the program team in delivering a high-impact mentoring experience, you can find Michelle learning to code, glued to a book, taking road trips, out in nature hiking and running (Tortoise, not Hare), and writing her imagination. Forthcoming 2019: Ruby Bridges: Get to Know the Girl Who Took a Stand for Education and Happy Harper: Grandpa Comes Home.
Khadijah McCaskill, Senior Program Manager
When Khadijah was in high school she wanted more than anything to become a journalist, investigating and finding the truth like Nellie Bly. Her first mentors were her journalism and poetry teachers. Both taught her how to think critically and introduced her to the world of writers and artists in their close-knit Los Angeles community.
In college, Khadijah used her own experiences as a high school student in inner-city Los Angeles to begin tutoring Black and brown students in nearby West Philadelphia. After graduating from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in Sociology, she continued her career in education equity and access. Khadijah now has over 10 years of experience as an educator, program manager, and artist, working with student populations on 3 continents.
Today Khadijah helps iCouldBe support a portfolio of 250-500 matched mentees and mentors and to standardize and organize program processes to support a seamless program onboarding, delivery, and closing. She is excited to collaborate with schools and mentors to develop and nurture the minds of students.
She founded her own arts education company that offers weekend and short term arts workshops for students at art-thenticeducation.com.
Kelsey Rae Kahl, Program Manager
When Kelsey was young she aspired to be an orthopedic surgeon. She was always fascinated by medicine and was passionate about working with children.
Kelsey was a competitive gymnast for 15 years and her first mentor was her gymnastics coach. He and the sport of gymnastics taught Kelsey life lessons such as hard work, a self confidence, and perseverance through adversity.
She graduated with a bachelors degree in Biology and a minor in Psychology from the University of North Florida.
Through the years she has worked as a Director for summer camp programs, recreational gymnastics programs, and coached competitive gymnastics. She has also worked in pharmaceutical and medical sales.
Outside of iCouldBe Kelsey works in medical sales. She loves spending time with her husband and their sweet dog Franklin. You can usually find her on the beach or outside getting lost in a good book. She also enjoys cooking--as she is a huge foodie--and good exercise!
Wendy Siegelman, Chief Operating Officer
When Wendy was in high school she dreamed she could be a professional dancer or a painter. Her first mentor was her ballet teacher who taught Wendy how to persevere through difficulty and pain to reach her goals.
After Wendy received a BA from Vassar College, she spent 20+ years building website development and business skills as Director of Marketing at the American Stock Exchange, Vice President of Content and Product Development at Pershing (a Bank of New York company) and Director of Product Management at Dow Jones.
Today Wendy helps iCouldBe manage evaluation and metrics, curriculum development, technology requirements, grant writing, financials, project management, and marketing. She especially loves being surprised by the unexpected and often brilliant ideas iCouldBe mentees share.
When she's not keeping the back-end operations running smoothly, you can find Wendy writing, reading, doing yoga, taking long walks around the city or dabbling with her website www.creativityfuse.com.
Bill Silverman, Chief Technology Officer
When Bill was in high school he dreamed he could be a Marine Biologist. Bill's most important mentors were his parents who showed him that through patience and hard work the most difficult goals could be reached.
In college, Bill realized he enjoyed the quantitative skills of Physics more than Biology. After studying Physics and Computer Science, Bill received a BS from SUNY Stony Brook. He worked for several years as a scientist, then as a engineering manager for a high-tech instrumentation company. After that, Bill started a software business, and now has over 15 years of programming experience working with online communities, including many nonprofits. He has developed dozens of websites and desktop applications and specializes in database programming.
Today Bill is responsible for the development and maintenance of the iCouldBe website. He loves learning new technology and helping the staff develop exciting and fun ways to provide the best virtual mentoring environment on the internet.
When Bill is not programming, you can find him at work in his garden or trying to figure out how to raise aquatic plants.
Benjamin Taylor, Finance Manager
When Benjamin was in elementary school he dreamed of being an adventurer and explorer, traveling the world (or the woods behind his house) and discovering new animals. His early mentor was a teacher in elementary school who encouraged his curiosity and joy of learning.
After receiving his BS in Business Administration he worked as manager of a Tennis & Fitness club before moving in to the not-for-profit arena. He has spent 8+ years working with not-for-profits in various capacities including auditor, accountant, financial reporting systems consultant, and trainer.
Today he helps iCouldBe maintain their accounting records, financial reporting, and budget development among other tasks.
When he’s not balancing the books, you can find Benjamin water skiing and attempting to learn how to slalom.
Liz Ward, Program Manager
When Liz was in high school she dreamed about being a writer. Her first mentor was her Journalism teacher who taught her that hard work and perseverance pay off.
Liz received a Bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University. She first started working with underserved populations as a City Year New York corps member and senior corps member. After City Year, she spent the next few years working with high need communities, students, parents and community based organizations.
Today, Liz serves as a Program Manager at iCouldBe, where she manages a portfolio of schools and serves as a liaison between mentors, mentees, and teachers.
When she’s not managing programs at iCouldBe, Liz enjoys spending time with her family, baking and learning yoga.
Kat Zhao, Program Manager
When Kat was in elementary school, she always dreamed of being an artist. Her mentors were her parents, who surrounded Kat with art. Her mom encouraged her by taking her to sketch at art museums and sketched with her at home. Making art has taught her to be patient, observant, and resilient in regards to the outcome.
Kat, while showing high interest in art, has always been interested in giving back to her local communities starting in middle school when she helped organize a book drive and started volunteering. From tutoring, to hosting an art club for senior citizens, to helping build houses with Habitat for Humanity, it’s important to Kat that she makes time to give back when she can.
Kat went to McGill University and transferred to New York University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Since then, she has worked for an artist and soon after began her work with iCouldBe. Kat is a Program Manager who assists partners, mentors, and mentees in their iCouldBe experience. She also works on developing materials for the program.
In her free time she likes to make art, read, spend time with friends and family, and volunteer.
Board of Directors
Nadine Davey-Rogers, Board Chair
SVP, Data Engineering and Analytics, Data and Services
Nadine Davey-Rogers is senior vice president of Data Engineering and Analytics for Mastercard Advisors. In this role, she leads the development of scale data assets and infrastructure optimization for Data and Services Product Development. In her previous roles, Ms. Davey-Rogers led the global boots-on-the-ground analytics teams who liaised directly with clients and internal partners to deliver analytical products and solutions tuned and localized to client needs. Read more... Ms. Davey-Rogers joined Mastercard in 2013 as vice president, Latin America Advanced Analytics. She has over 20 years of experience in payments and merchant risk, analytics, and marketing, spanning Latin America, Asia, and global product responsibilities. She holds multiple patents in insights and analytics systems. Prior to joining Mastercard, Ms. Davey-Rogers consulted in information products and capabilities and held multiple business lead positions at American Express, including vice president, International Insights, and vice president, Merchant Marketing and Insights for Asia. Ms. Davey-Rogers focuses her volunteer efforts on causes that support services for the poor, education for youth, and empowerment of women. She is an active volunteer with Feeding South Florida, Branches, the Green Haven Project, and local Miami public schools. Ms. Davey-Rogers is a global citizen, having resided in Singapore, Madrid, and Mexico City and speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese. She holds an MBA from Thunderbird, ASU, an MA in Spanish Language and Literature from Middlebury, and a BA in International Relations from Tufts University.
Brooke Claveau-Garant, Board Vice Chair
Vice President at Macquarie Group
Brooke Claveau-Garant is a vice president at Macquarie Group. She has over 10 years of experience in lending and derivative transactions with alternative asset funds, particularly those within the private equity and hedge fund sector. Brooke recently joined the Risk Management Group where she provides credit risk advice on transactions across the firm. Read more... In 2019, Brooke co-founded Pavlovatee, a brand designed to amplify the voices of female artists. Brooke received a Bachelors degree in banking and finance and a Masters degree in finance from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Matthew Estersohn, Board Treasurer
CPA at Marks Paneth LLP, Partner in the Nonprofit, Government & Healthcare Group
Matthew Estersohn, CPA is a Partner in the Nonprofit, Government & Healthcare Group at Marks Paneth with over 14 years of experience in providing accounting, auditing, tax and consulting eservices for nonprofit organizations. He has planned, coordinated and conducted audits for a wide range of nonprofits, including human service organizations, advocacy organizations, educational and cultural institutions, membership organizations, and private foundations. Read more... In addition, Mr. Estersohn performs audits of cost reports, including the New York State CFR, compliance audits, and audits of multi-employer and single employer pension plans (defined benefit and defined contribution). He has written reports for his clients on matters including operating efficiencies and best practices, internal controls, financial reporting, and governance and he has assisted with due diligence on nonprofit mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Estersohn has published articles and leads training seminars on various accounting and auditing matters affecting the nonprofit industry. Mr. Estersohn holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Cornell University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He volunteers his time serving on the Boards of local civic and charitable organizations.
Associate Director of Career Services and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Rachel DuBois is the Associate Director of Career Services and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. In her dual roles Rachel draws on her extensive experience in higher education and her passion for public service to counsel students and alumni on career development and job search strategies, create career education programs, and develop job and internship leads. Read more... A champion of non-linear career paths, Rachel enjoys helping people articulate and achieve the next best steps in their professional journeys. She is a Gallup-certified CliftonStrengths coach and MBTI Practitioner. She holds a Masters degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelors degree from the University of Georgia.
Kirk Haldeman, CFA
Head of Derivatives and Special Equity Solutions, J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management
Kirk Haldeman is Managing Director and the Head of Derivatives and Special Equity Solutions at J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management, based in New York. In this role he provides coverage for J.P. Morgan’s discretionary and brokerage client base, offering execution capabilities and advice in structured investments, hedging and monetization solutions, tactical over-the-counter derivative strategies, special situations, pre-IPO stock, control and restricted stock and specialized lending strategies. Read more... Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Mr. Haldeman worked as a Derivative Specialist and Portfolio Manager at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York. He specialized in the development, construction and marketing of derivative transactions, risk management solutions and structured notes across equity, interest rate, commodity, foreign exchange and fund derivative markets. In this role, Mr. Haldeman oversaw the trading of structured notes within Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management and was responsible for the creation and portfolio management of the Beta+ platform, a family of discretionary structured note strategies. Mr. Haldeman holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the George Washington University. He is also a CFA® (Chartered Financial Analyst®) charterholder.
Executive Vice President & Head of Development Practice at Jones & Associates - a full service Financial and Development Management Consultancy.
Jeremy has spent more than 20 years in development and fundraising. Before joining Jones & Associates, Jeremy lead all of KCRW’s development efforts and creating a strategy that increased the development revenue by more than 400 percent in his four years with the organization. In addition to his role on the Senior Leadership Team, Jeremy was the chief liaison to the board of directors. Read more... Prior to coming to Los Angeles, he developed his own consulting practice, as well as he worked for the Fund for Public Schools at the New York City Department of Education under the Bloomberg Administration. Jeremy is an accomplished executive level strategic development professional with expertise in development planning, large grant and major gift solicitation, donor and institutional stewardship, and board advancement for nonprofit organizations. To date he has successfully secured and managed more than $160 million in private and government funding. Jeremy's expertise is grounded in finely focused strategic planning for and implementation of requests for philanthropic support and donor cultivation. Through his professional and personal community involvement activities in Los Angeles, New York City and nationwide, he has built strong relationships in public and private sectors. He graduated from Lafayette College and received a master's in Nonprofit Management from New School University.
Executive Director at iCouldBe
Kate Schrauth, Executive Director and former Chair of the iCouldBe Board of Directors, has the primary responsibility of successfully managing and scaling iCouldBe to serve thousands of students throughout the US. With over 22 years of nonprofit leadership experience, Ms. Schrauth has played a variety of roles including Founder and Director of Artists for Humanity & City Teens Design Company, and has held a variety of roles at organizations including Jumpstart, New School University and Harvard University.
Adam Aberman, Board Member Emeritus
CEO and Founder at The Learning Collective
Adam is the CEO and Founder of The Learning Collective. Adam has profound content expertise in technology-based innovation and a 20+ year track record in numerous educational venues from traditional public schools to school district administration trainings. Over the past 18 years, Adam has assessed over 250 current, and 100 proposed, charter schools nationally (California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Washington), including lead writer for charter renewal inspection visits, charged with evaluating the school and writing the report that is submitted to authorizers. This represents over 2,500 classroom observations, including over 200 observations of remote learning classrooms. Read more... Adam has led teams of reviewers of charter school applications, submitting the finalized application reviews to boards of education. Recently, Adam worked with the Tennessee State Board of Education to lead its strategic planning and goal-setting process AND is currently helping lead the Orleans Parish School Board’s new charter petition evaluation process. Adam has also worked with the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) and other organizations on evaluation and strategic planning projects regarding Florida, Idaho, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma and Ohio authorizers. Other TLC clients have included Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, Chicago Public Schools, College Board, Inglewood Unified School District, KIPP, Tiger Woods Foundation and UCLA. Adam is also the founder, former board member and current board member emeritus of www.icouldbe.org, the non-profit Internet-based career mentoring program that has served over 25,000 students, and hundreds of schools, nationally since 2000. Adam began his career in education as a Spanish bilingual public school teacher in Los Angeles. Adam received a B.A. from Vassar College and Master in Public Policy, with an emphasis on Education, from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.