Staff

photo of Nate Pietrini ED.D. | Executive Director | High Jump Chicago

Nate Pietrini, Ed.D.

Executive Director

Nate Pietrini comes to High Jump from his prior position as an award-winning principal of one of Illinois’ top elementary schools, Hawthorne Scholastic Academy. His résumé includes extensive teaching and executive leadership in public schools since 2004 – with the majority of time spent teaching grades 6-12 in Chicago Public Schools (CPS).

 
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Yolanda Luna-Mroz

Chief Programs Officer

Before joining High Jump, Yolanda Luna-Mroz served as principal of Decatur Classical School, one of the highest-rated elementary schools in Chicago, and recently honored as one of 367 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2020. At Decatur, Yolanda says her decisions were always guided by what would clearly be in her students’ best interest.

 
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Jill Reid

Chief Advancement Officer

Jill Reid brings over 20 years of experience building resources for Chicago-based and International programs focusing on poverty related causes, especially the welfare of children. Previously, at Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, she oversaw private fundraising of $4.8 million and government grants of $2.9 million.

 
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Arthur Dennis

Campus Manager, Lab Campus and Recruitment Manager

Arthur Dennis, a New York native, joins High Jump as Campus Manager at the Lab campus and Recruitment Manager for High Jump programs. Arthur’s experiences with poverty and homelessness motivated him to live a life of service for children, their families, and communities– not wanting any child to feel worthless or alone.

 
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Tammi Longsjo

Assistant Director, Communications & Marketing

Tammi Longsjo joined High Jump as the Advancement Communications & Marketing Manager in January 2020. Charged with keeping our messaging on point and our designs looking sharp, Tammi brings over 20 years of experience in design, writing, and project management.

 
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Evelyn Merlos

Executive Assistant

Evelyn joined the High Jump team in August of 2018 as the Executive Assistant. Growing up in Chicago and being a first-generation college student, she understood from an early age the importance of accessible academic enrichment programs. Evelyn has always been involved with academic centers whose mission is to help low income urban youth excel inside and outside of the classroom.

 
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Jocelyn Song

Community Scholars Program Manager

Jocelyn Song served as a classroom teacher for the New York City Department of Education and Chicago Public Schools for 15 years before joining High Jump in 2021. She is part of the first cohort of the NYC Teaching Fellows, where she earned her Masters in Teaching and taught in Brooklyn, NY. She returned to…

 
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Amy Tsegai

Campus Manager, Parker Campus

Amy Tsegai joins the High Jump team as the new Campus Manager at the Parker campus in Lincoln Park. Coming from the Art Institute of Chicago, Amy is excited to begin this role to help support High Jump’s mission to provide academic enrichment to Chicago’s youth.

 
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Jen Wenner

Director of Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement

Jen Wenner serves as the Director of Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement for High Jump. Working closely with the program team, Executive Director, and Advancement Director, she leads the development and implementation of evaluation activities for High Jump programs.

 
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Andrea W

Alumni Program Manager

Andrea Wolford joined High Jump in November 2021 as the Alumni Program Manager. Being a first-generation college student, her mom instilled in her the importance of education as a black woman. Andrea has participated in a variety of academic and college enrichment programs.

 
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