Meet the Steve Fund Team

Dr. Tia Dole

Executive Director

Tia Dole, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of The Steve Fund. Dr. Dole  is a licensed clinical psychologist and a long-time advocate for the rights of youth of color. Prior to helming The Steve Fund, Dr. Dole was the Chief Clinical Operations Officer at The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth. Dr. Dole oversaw all of The Trevor Project’s crisis services programs as well as their volunteer community and increased their impact by a factor of four. After completing her bachelor’s degree at Carleton College, Dr. Dole received her Master’s degree in Developmental Psychopathology from Columbia University (Teacher’s College), and she received a Fulbright Fellowship to study Forensic Psychology in Switzerland. She then completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Fordham University. Dr. Dole is a published author and sits on several committees including the board of the National Association of Crisis Center Directors. One of her passions is normalizing mental health conditions within communities of color, LGBTQ communities and helping people get access to services. She is based in New York/New Jersey.

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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.


Director of Programs and 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.


Program 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.



Alyssa Aloyo works with the Equity in Mental Health on Campus initiative and provides support for seminars and workshops. Alyssa is an experienced higher education professional and EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) practitioner. 

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.  
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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.

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