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Our Staff

Sharon Sewell-Fairman

Executive Director

ssewell@wpti.org

Sharon Sewell-Fairman joined WPTI in 2010 and was appointed Executive Director in October 2012. She brings to WPTI over 20 years of workforce development experience at the local, state and national level through roles with Consortium for Worker Education, New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals, New York City Employment & Training Coalition, National Association of Workforce Boards in Washington, DC, and Wadley-Donovan Growth Tech, LLC.

Ms. Sewell-Fairman holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from State University at Albany; an MBA in International Business from the University of Maryland University College; a Certificate in International Business Studies from the University of Antwerp in Belgium; and a Certificate of Business Excellence, Senior Leaders Program for Non-profit Professionals from Columbia University. She serves on the boards of New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals and Day One New York.

Sharon Sewell-Fairman joined WPTI in 2010 and was appointed Executive Director in October 2012. She brings to WPTI over 20 years of workforce development experience at the local, state and national level through roles with Consortium for Worker Education, New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals, New York City Employment & Training Coalition, National Association of Workforce Boards in Washington, DC, and Wadley-Donovan Growth Tech, LLC.

Ms. Sewell-Fairman holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from State University at Albany; an MBA in International Business from the University of Maryland University College; a Certificate in International Business Studies from the University of Antwerp in Belgium; and a Certificate of Business Excellence, Senior Leaders Program for Non-profit Professionals from Columbia University. She serves on the boards of New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals and Day One New York.

Bruce Carmel

Deputy Executive Director

bcarmel@wpti.org

With a doctorate in applied linguistics, Bruce Carmel has focused on nontraditional and adult education for over twenty-five years. Before joining WPTI in 2016, he served as a Senior Director of the Bronx Youth Center, a project of FEGS Health & Human Services and The Door; Deputy Executive Director of Educational Services at Turning Point; Curriculum Director for the Adult Literacy Media Alliance, where he helped launch the educational television series TV411; and managed education and employment programs in libraries, summer camps and several community-based organizations.

Dr. Carmel earned his MA and PhD from New York University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati. He is Co-Chair of the New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy GED/High School Equivalency Workgroup, and a Regional Coordinator of the New York Association for Community/Continuing Education.

With a doctorate in applied linguistics, Bruce Carmel has focused on nontraditional and adult education for over twenty-five years. Before joining WPTI in 2016, he served as a Senior Director of the Bronx Youth Center, a project of FEGS Health & Human Services and The Door; Deputy Executive Director of Educational Services at Turning Point; Curriculum Director for the Adult Literacy Media Alliance, where he helped launch the educational television series TV411; and managed education and employment programs in libraries, summer camps and several community-based organizations.

Dr. Carmel earned his MA and PhD from New York University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati. He is Co-Chair of the New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy GED/High School Equivalency Workgroup, and a Regional Coordinator of the New York Association for Community/Continuing Education.

Stacy Woodruff

Director, Workforce Field Building Hub

swoodruff@wpti.org

Stacy Woodruff has spent the past decade critically assessing and identifying best practices in workforce development, translating those findings into practical guidance for practitioners and their funders. Her most recent role as a Policy Advisor in the NYC Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development included leading the citywide effort to implement a set of Common Metrics across more than 100 workforce programs administered by multiple City agencies.

 

Stacy holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and a master’s degree in Sociology from Penn State University.

 

Stacy Woodruff has spent the past decade critically assessing and identifying best practices in workforce development, translating those findings into practical guidance for practitioners and their funders. Her most recent role as a Policy Advisor in the NYC Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development included leading the citywide effort to implement a set of Common Metrics across more than 100 workforce programs administered by multiple City agencies.

 

Stacy holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and a master’s degree in Sociology from Penn State University.

 

Markus Ward

Director of Operations & Strategic Initiatives

mward@wpti.org

Prior to joining WPTI in 2016, Markus Ward served as Special Assistant to the Executive Director of Year Up New York, with specific responsibilities for managing the organization’s Leadership Council and implementing protocols to shape priorities and maximize operational efficiencies. He has also worked for SCO Family of Services and City Year New York on child welfare issues.

Markus Ward is an MS candidate in Nonprofit Management at The New School, earned a BS in Psychology from Michigan State University, and completed the 2015 NYC Advocacy Academy sponsored by the New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals (NYATEP). He serves on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network.

Prior to joining WPTI in 2016, Markus Ward served as Special Assistant to the Executive Director of Year Up New York, with specific responsibilities for managing the organization’s Leadership Council and implementing protocols to shape priorities and maximize operational efficiencies. He has also worked for SCO Family of Services and City Year New York on child welfare issues.

Markus Ward is an MS candidate in Nonprofit Management at The New School, earned a BS in Psychology from Michigan State University, and completed the 2015 NYC Advocacy Academy sponsored by the New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals (NYATEP). He serves on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network.

Sabeen Pirani

Training & Projects Manager

spirani@wpti.org

With over 10 years of experience in youth and workforce development prior to joining WPTI in 2016, Sabeen Pirani brings a wealth of front-line experience to the training room. She oversaw the daily operations of The Door’s Bronx Youth Center; managed a “Learning to Work” program site, created a Sheltered Internship Program model for young people with a dual diagnosis, and placed hundreds of young people into internships and employment at FEGS Health and Human Services; and helped young adults launch social enterprise through Youth Venture. She earned a BS in Public Health Education from Indiana University, Bloomington.

With over 10 years of experience in youth and workforce development prior to joining WPTI in 2016, Sabeen Pirani brings a wealth of front-line experience to the training room. She oversaw the daily operations of The Door’s Bronx Youth Center; managed a “Learning to Work” program site, created a Sheltered Internship Program model for young people with a dual diagnosis, and placed hundreds of young people into internships and employment at FEGS Health and Human Services; and helped young adults launch social enterprise through Youth Venture. She earned a BS in Public Health Education from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Saki Mori

Office Manager

smori@wpti.org

Saki Mori joined WPTI in April 2012, with extensive experience in the New York City non-profit community, including direct service work with youth, program management, fundraising, and event planning. She has coordinated programs and events for Harlem RBI, Figure Skating in Harlem, Madison Square Park Conservancy, Swish Ally Fund, Asian American International Film Festival/Asian Cinevision, and M.O.V.E. Mentoring and College Access. As Office Manager, she oversees day-to-day administration and special projects coordination. She is a candidate in Columbia Business School’s Executive Education Developing Leaders Program, earned a BA in Political Science (International Relations) and French Language & Literature from Trinity College (CT), and completed the 2015 NYC Advocacy Academy sponsored by the New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals (NYATEP).

Saki Mori joined WPTI in April 2012, with extensive experience in the New York City non-profit community, including direct service work with youth, program management, fundraising, and event planning. She has coordinated programs and events for Harlem RBI, Figure Skating in Harlem, Madison Square Park Conservancy, Swish Ally Fund, Asian American International Film Festival/Asian Cinevision, and M.O.V.E. Mentoring and College Access. As Office Manager, she oversees day-to-day administration and special projects coordination. She is a candidate in Columbia Business School’s Executive Education Developing Leaders Program, earned a BA in Political Science (International Relations) and French Language & Literature from Trinity College (CT), and completed the 2015 NYC Advocacy Academy sponsored by the New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals (NYATEP).

Anabel Diaz-Guzman

Research & Policy Associate

adiaz@wpti.org

Anabel Diaz-Guzman joined WPTI in July 2015, after a summer internship with the organization the year before, during which she researched trends within the workforce development field. Prior to WPTI, she worked in organizations that provided training and tutoring services to traditional, adult, and ESL students. Her interests within the field include labor economics and policy. She received her BA in Economics with an English minor from Muhlenberg College.

Anabel Diaz-Guzman joined WPTI in July 2015, after a summer internship with the organization the year before, during which she researched trends within the workforce development field. Prior to WPTI, she worked in organizations that provided training and tutoring services to traditional, adult, and ESL students. Her interests within the field include labor economics and policy. She received her BA in Economics with an English minor from Muhlenberg College.

Kasia Tazearslan

Associate, Workforce Field Building Hub

ktazearslan@wpti.org

Kasia joined WPTI in July 2017 to support the execution of the newly formed Workforce Field Building Hub as a Program Associate.

Kasia brings over seven years of diverse experience from the government and non-profit sector. In her most recent role with Upwardly Global, she held multiple roles including outreach coordinator and trainer and employment services specialist assisting highly skilled immigrants in rebuilding their professional career in the U.S. Prior to joining Upwardly Global, Kasia volunteered with the Public Relations Department of the Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx where she helped to organize development and fundraising events to support patients, visitors and staff. Before moving to the U.S., Kasia was an executive assistant to the Mayor of her hometown, Opole in Poland.

Kasia holds a master’s degree in Marketing and Management and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Integrated Systems of Manufacturing and Production from the Opole University of Technology in Poland.

Kasia joined WPTI in July 2017 to support the execution of the newly formed Workforce Field Building Hub as a Program Associate.

Kasia brings over seven years of diverse experience from the government and non-profit sector. In her most recent role with Upwardly Global, she held multiple roles including outreach coordinator and trainer and employment services specialist assisting highly skilled immigrants in rebuilding their professional career in the U.S. Prior to joining Upwardly Global, Kasia volunteered with the Public Relations Department of the Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx where she helped to organize development and fundraising events to support patients, visitors and staff. Before moving to the U.S., Kasia was an executive assistant to the Mayor of her hometown, Opole in Poland.

Kasia holds a master’s degree in Marketing and Management and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Integrated Systems of Manufacturing and Production from the Opole University of Technology in Poland.

Consultants

In addition to its core staff, WPTI frequently works with outside subject matter experts to deliver the highest quality products and services possible. If you would like to be considered for a consultant position, please send a resume and cover letter outlining your areas of expertise to info@wpti.org.

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