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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photo of Jill Reid | Advancement Director | High Jump Chicago

Jill Reid

Director of Advancement

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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photo of Paty Perea | Director of Program Operations & Campus Director, Lab Campus | High Jump Chicago

Paty Perea

Director of Program Operations

Paty Perea is an alumna of High Jump’s Cohort 11 and the Latin School of Chicago. Paty has had a love for inspiring students in achieving their educational goals throughout her entire career, beginning with volunteer tutoring roles for kindergarten and 6th grade students during in-class and afterschool programming.

 
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photo of Jennifer Wenner, PhD | Program Evaluation Specialist | High Jump Chicago

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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Andréa Banks

Assistant Director of Advancement

Andréa Banks joined the High Jump team as Assistant Director of Advancement in October of 2019. She brings with her over six years of development experience. Prior to High Jump, Andréa served as Associate Director of Development for the Northwestern University Alumni Relations and Development department.

 
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Tammi Longsjo

Advancement Communications & Marketing Manager

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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Lauren McCoy

Advancement Services and Events Manager

Lauren joined the High Jump team in September 2018. She is the Advancement Services and Events Manager in charge of managing our donor database and assisting with prospect research and reporting. She has over three years of non-profit experience in donor relations, event coordination, and volunteer 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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photo of Lance Miller | Campus Director, Latin Campus | High Jump Chicago

Lance Miller

Campus Director, Latin Campus

Lance Miller joined High Jump as the Campus Director of the Latin campus in 2016 after working as a High Jump teacher for several years. He taught Mathematics, Language Arts, and Science for eight years to middle school students at various Chicago Public Schools in the Washington Heights and Beverly areas and is highly endorsed in the State of Illinois for Middle School education.

 
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photo of Karen Thomas | Campus Director, Parker Campus | High Jump Chicago

Karen Thomas

Campus Director, Parker Campus

Karen Thomas’s passion for education and helping others is what ultimately led her to High Jump. After receiving her BA in education, she spent 9 years teaching 3rd grade in both CPS and Oak Park District 97. While teaching, Karen played an integral role in creating and adopting a new language arts curriculum, and implementing restorative justice practices alongside her colleagues.

 
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