Our Staff

 Super Stars Literacy has a dynamic staff committed to student success and community partnership.

Rose Lynn A. Abesamis-Bell, Program Director 

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Rose Lynn joined Super Stars Literacy in 2006 and has carried the mission forward with energy and hope.  She has over 13 years of experience teaching socio-economically and ethnically diverse students. Rose Lynn holds a Masters of Arts in Education from Claremont University, a B.A. in Sociology from Pepperdine University, and a Reading Specialist Credential from California State University of the East Bay, Hayward.

Malaysia Alcorn, Volunteer Coordinator

Malaysia Alcorn has recently joined Super Stars Literacy as an AmeriCorps member, and is our new dynamic Volunteer Coordinator. She is an Oakland native who is passionate about her community. She earned two Associate Degrees from Laney College and will soon be attending California State University – East Bay to obtain a BA in Social Work. She is committed to not only helping the students we serve on a daily basis, but also the communities that surround them.

Francesca Aspromonte, Grants Manager

Francesca Aspromonte joined Super Stars Literacy in 2017 as Grants Manager. She has worked in non-profit development for the last several years, including grant writing, marketing, and event management. She served as an AmeriCorps VISTA, for two terms,  building capacity for educational access programs in New York City and Santa Monica.  Her most recent position was as an English Fellow for the Colombian Ministry of National Education, employed at a highly impacted High School in Medellin. She attended Binghamton University (SUNY) for English Literature and received her MA in Corporate Communication from Baruch College (CUNY).

Daniel Braga Lawlor, Development Manager

Dan’s career in community work has led him to deeply engage in both direct work and behind the scenes organizing in Southern New England, the United Kingdom, and the San Francisco Bay Area. A graduate of Brown University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Dan’s professional work is to foster connected communities of social change and common purpose. At Super Stars Literacy, Dan’s portfolio focuses on individual giving, special events, and partnership projects and support for the VISTA team.

Marie Broek, Oakland Program Manager/Director of Training 

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Marie will be managing our programs at Garfield Elementary and Think College Now.  Marie brings nearly 15 years of combined experience as an elementary classroom teacher in Minnesota and at the Jerusalem School in Palestine; as Director of Boy Scouts in San Leandro & Oakland; and researcher at WestEd.  She holds a degree in Elementary Education from Bethel University. 

Katie Brym, AmeriCorps and Government Contracts Manager.

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Prior to joining Super Stars Literacy, Katie spent two years serving with AmeriCorps*VISTA in Rhode Island, where she helped to create partnerships between higher education institutions and k-12 schools. Katie has a B.A. in Theater Design and Technical from the University of New Hampshire. Her passion for service and community building led her to the Super Stars Literacy AmeriCorps Program.

Evan Robinson, Development and Communications VISTA 

Evan originally joined Super Stars Literacy in 2015 as a Group Leader and taught in the after school program for two years. He is now part of the development team and serves as an Americorps VISTA working on fundraising efforts, social media outreach, and development of the Young Professionals and Alumni Network (YPAN). Prior to his service, Evan worked in schools as a Campus Supervisor and Wrestling Coach. He graduated from Ashford University with a B.A. in English. Evan is passionate about supporting students and believes in equitable change.

Carly Maurano, Hayward Program Manager

Carly is a dedicated educator, committed to creating opportunities for young people and their families. Carly’s work and interest in social change has taken her to Paraguay,  the Plains, Georgia, and California. A graduate of the University of Nebraska with a B.S. in Middle Grades Education, Carly earned a Master’s Degree in Reading, Language, and Literacy at Georgia State University.

Akemya Perry, Program Manager

Akemya Perry joined Super Stars Literacy in the fall of 2016, with a strong commitment to Oakland’s youth. Firmly focused on engaging new advocates to support our program, Akemya is excited to launch two new partner schools in Oakland this year.

Marissa Wagner, Operations Manager

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Marissa joined University of Louisiana Lafayette AmeriCorps in 2003 while she was still in college. The program focused on after-school tutoring and had very similar goals to those of Super Stars Literacy. Since that time, Marissa has carried the AmeriCorps motto of “Getting Things Done” with her in all of her life’s pursuits. Prior to joining SSL, she worked with several other nonprofits in her home state of Louisiana. Marissa has a B.A. in Political Science and loves being involved in the community. Her background in accounting and her “can-do” attitude makes her a perfect fit for the Operations Manager position.