Meet the Steve Fund Team

Brandi Pretlow Headshot

Vice President of Programs and Services

Brandi Pretlow is the Vice President of Programs and Services at The Steve Fund.   She earned her master’s degree in education from Lesley University and holds an MSW degree from the University of Chicago.

Brandi, a Californian at heart, has had the opportunity to work at the intersection of education and mental health for the past two decades in Boston, DC, and Chicago.  Most recently, she served as the Director of the Leland Scholars Program at Stanford University where she expanded programs to support the holistic college-going experience for first-generation and low-income students.  Prior to that role, Brandi practiced clinical social work at a middle and high school in Richmond, CA providing mental health and advocacy services, basic needs, and academic support.  Brandi believes in utilizing a person-centered and holistic approach to create equitable systems that work alongside young people to support their mental health and well-being.  She is excited to contribute to this work on a large-scale with The Steve Fund!  

Brandi sustains her mental health by practicing yoga, hiking in the SF Bay area, entertaining others during karaoke sessions, and finding joy in the minutiae of life! 

Sara Manning Headshot

Vice president of Growth and Development

Sara Manning is the VP of Growth and Development for The Steve Fund. In this role, she leads marketing, partnerships, sales, and fundraising efforts. Prior to The Steve Fund, Sara held senior leadership positions at Mental Health Partnerships, The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, White-Williams Scholars (now Philadelphia Futures) and the American Heart Association. She has 17 years of nonprofit management experience in development, communications, board relations, events, and operations. In her prior roles, she built her expertise in implementing new systems for greater efficiencies, leading efforts to increase and diversify organizational revenues, and raising brand awareness.

Before entering the nonprofit sector, Sara held several account management positions in major broadcast, cable, print and radio entities. During her tenure, she spearheaded creative partnerships with several nonprofit organizations resulting in increased community engagement and exposure for all parties.

Sara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Temple University and is active in her South Jersey community. She is a founding board member of The Victory Group, a nonprofit based in Westville, NJ, which addresses basic needs within surrounding communities around food insecurity, clothing essentials, education, and job training.

Primm Photo 1-26-20

Senior Medical Director

Annelle B. Primm, M. D., MPH, is the Steve Fund’s Senior Medical Director. During her career, Dr. Primm has been a physician executive at the American Psychiatric Association; a Senior Psychiatrist Adviser to Urban Behavioral Associates; a medical educator, administrator and clinician at Johns Hopkins Hospital Community Psychiatry Program; an editor of the books, Disparities in Psychiatric Care and Women in Psychiatry: Personal Perspectives; and a lecturer and video producer on the mental health of diverse and underserved populations. Well known for her leadership of community collaborations, Dr. Primm is the Convener and Chair of the All Healers Mental Health Alliance, a national network of mental health professionals, health advocates and faith community leaders that facilitates culturally tailored responses to the mental health needs of people affected by disasters.

profile pic

Director of Product and Technology

John Tseng is the Steve Fund’s Director of Product and Technology and is responsible for reimagining the digital strategy and implementation to help the organization reach new and existing audiences at scale. He is passionate about constantly learning and applying human-centered design and experimentation to maximize the impact of technology solutions. Prior to joining the Steve Fund, John spent nearly a decade working on digital products and services. He has successfully designed and shipped products used by millions in the entertainment, healthcare, and education spaces.

monica

Director of Programs & Partnerships

Monica Ingkavet is passionate about expanding opportunities for vulnerable young people and has deep experience in the nonprofit sector, particularly in education.

She is currently Director of Programs and Partnership at The Steve Fund, working closely with non-profits, and colleges, and universities nationwide to support the mental health and well-being of young people of color.

Prior to The Steve Fund, she was Vice President at ExpandED Schools where she led the Expanded Learning initiative, a model of school-community partnership to improve school climate, student engagement, and academic achievement in underserved communities.

Before that, Monica was Program Director at the Posse Foundation, facilitating partnerships with top universities, including Vanderbilt, Rice, and DePauw, placing multicultural cohorts of students on full scholarship. Prior to that, she was Director of Summerbridge Hong Kong (international division of Breakthrough Collaborative), and Senior Trainer at Global Kids.

Monica earned her Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook. Monica is a native Spanish speaker. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and son who studies at Brown.

DDDC6250-1B4D-4D73-BAA5-8C25B7EAC195

Director of families & special projects

Rahje Branch is the Steve Fund’s Director of Families and Special Projects. Prior to joining the Steve Fund, Rahje worked as the Deputy Director of Engagement in the office of the U.S. Surgeon General. Rahje led efforts to connect the office with communities around the country, focusing on the mental health crisis. A first-generation college graduate, Rahje earned her B.A. in Political Science from Pepperdine University and her M.Ed. from Harvard University. After completing her education, she worked to support students of color in higher education at Reach Higher, former First Lady Michelle Obama’s higher education initiative. 

Based in Los Angeles, Rahje is a skilled organizer and is passionate about seeking justice, especially for Black and Brown communities. Rahje is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring new restaurants and spending time with friends and family.

arissa

Program & Evaluation ManageR

Arissa Koines manages and provides administrative oversight to programs and services for high schools, higher education institutions, and nonprofit organizations.

Previously, she worked at the University of Michigan at the Rackham Graduate School on their Summer Research Opportunity Program. In this role, she identified recruitment and engagement opportunities for students who are underrepresented in graduate school. She also conducted research at the National Center of Institutional Diversity to better understand the experiences of scholars of color who study their own communities. In particular, their views on the social utility of scholarship and public engagement through the production and dissemination of scholarship.

Prior to her work at the University of Michigan, Arissa served at College Possible where she had the opportunity to work with students from low-income backgrounds. Later she transitioned to the program team where she evaluated and developed the curriculum, training plan, and resources of the college program.

Motivated by her own life experiences, Arissa is passionate about supporting and celebrating the unique skills and experiences students of color bring to institutions and communities.

Arissa earned a Master’s in Higher Education from the University of Michigan and holds a dual degree in Sociology and Advocacy & Social Change from Loyola University Chicago.

AA

PROGRAM MANAGER

Alyssa Aloya is the Program Manager at the Steve Fund. Prior to joining The Steve Fund, Alyssa worked in the Vice Chancellor’s Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Vanderbilt University as a program manager. She contributed to the creation and development of Identity Initiatives for institutionally marginalized community members, strategic planning, program development, and relationship building. While at Vanderbilt, Alyssa earned her Master’s of Education in Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies from Peabody College and focused her studies on promoting equity and justice in higher education contexts. She engaged in Education Trust Tennessee’s Higher Education Policy Council and is a current board member of Persist Nashville: a non-profit that aims to increase the persistence rate for Nashville high school graduates, and the Tennessee Higher Education in Prisons Initiative: a non-profit that creates opportunities for incarcerated scholars to participate in degree programs.

Before joining Vanderbilt’s community, Alyssa was on the team at the College for Leadership and Public Service at Lipscomb University, where she also earned her Master’s of Arts in Conflict Management. Alyssa uses her skill set and is dedicated toward actively pursuing racial equity and creating anti-oppressive spaces in education.
Dominique Headshot

PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Dominique Atkinson is the Program Assistant at The Steve Fund, where she currently provides administrative support for the Programs team.

She previously worked in administration at Northwell Health, where she had the opportunity to support the COVID-19 vaccine rollout for  more than 70,000 employees. Prior to that, she held various positions at the YMCA of Greater New York. Throughout her time at the YMCA, she worked to strengthen the impact of youth and family programming through the development and implementation of administrative systems.

Dominique is passionate about equity in education for students of color. She provided College Access support for middle and high school students and led one of New York City’s most competitive paid high school internships.

JoSzgHKFSXiQTviXrNJP_g - Edited

EXECUTIVE PROJECT SPECIALIST

LaToya Munoz is the Executive Project Specialist of The Steve Fund providing dynamic and varied administrative support to the Executive Director, Board of Trustees, and operations and finance manager. She boasts fifteen years of executive assistant experience, four of which have been dedicated to board management.

Prior to joining The Steve Fund, LaToya was the Executive Assistant to the Chief Medical Officer/President of the AMGA Foundation Board where she managed the Foundation Board of Directors, supported the Foundation staff, managed the Operations Committee, and much more!  LaToya is a proud native Alexandrian (Alexandria, VA) and resides there with her family of 4.

Our Mission: Promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color