Board of Directors

Shana Bartley - Board Member

Shana Bartley Shana Bartley serves as Policy & Program Manager at DC Action. She brings experience in policy analysis, advocacy and direct service. As a native of the Washington-Metropolitan area, she is passionate about closing the achievement gap and improving the lives of all DC children. In 2015, Shana completed a graduate program in order to strengthen her skills. She received a Master of Science in Public Health degree in Health Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2015.Previously, Shana worked as the Policy Coordinator for Reproductive Justice at YWP where she was responsible for moving a number of policy initiatives including expanding the DC graduation requirement for health and establishing a pilot program  to allow youth to distribute condoms in DC public schools. Raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Shana graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Public Health. During her college career, Shana discovered her passions for sexual/reproductive health and diversity awareness with a particular emphasis on the intersection between culture and health.

Susie Cambria - Board Member

Susie Cambria is currently a consultant to District nonprofits and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services and concentrates on budget and policy analysis. She spent 11 years at the DC nonprofit DC Action for Children where she improved the breadth and depth of budget and policy analysis work performed by the agency.  Susie is best known for her budget expertise and collaborative work around positive youth development and youth violence.  In addition, Susie was responsible for developing public education materials, general publications for the organization, and coordinating legislative- and budget-related strategies to engage residents and influence policy makers.  In large part because of her reputation as diligent and engaging, Susie served as co-chair of the Fenty human services transition team. Susie received her Master’s of Social Work from the Howard University School of Social Work, Washington, DC in May 1997.  Her studies focused on the macro level in the area of children and families.  She did her undergraduate work at Hollins University, majoring in political science. 

La’Reshia Nicole Conner - Board Member

La’Reshia Nicole Conner is a youth developer at Latin American Youth Center where she leads a sexual health peer education program for youth at schools and community sites. As an AmeriCorps Member in 2013, Nicole taught health classes to students in four middle schools, developed curricula and organized health fairs. She has also served as a peer educator for YWP and is currently studying public health at the University of the District of Columbia.

Nataly Ann Del Valle - Board Member

Nataly Ann Del Valle:  I am a full time student at Trinity University, part-time with DYRS, and I am a mother of my precious 2yr old daughter. I live in Washington with no immediate family support but with the support from my community I was able to defeat the odds. At DYRS I help with engaging court-involved youth with resources that DYRS has in-house/and other resources in the community, as well as provided the youth’s insight on programming. I also support as a bridge between the young people and their caseworkers. My connection with issues regarding family support, youth aftercare services, and programs to help young parents is a personal one. All of these factors have applied to me sometime in my life. As a product of the child welfare system and juvenile justice system I have witness first hand ineffective polices around those issues. Unfortunately, I like to say the system needs a reformation that starts with the people.  Through my teenager years (in the system) I took advantage of every opportunity regarding advocacy and insight on the system. Through advocating I have seen some improvements in system’s policies and I am passionately driven to continue advocating. I believe every young person deserves an equal opportunity towards a child-hood and success.  

Nadia Gold-Moritz - Board Member

Nadia Gold-Moritz, YWP Executive Director, has led the organization since 1994 as its founding director, growing the organization from a budget of $20,000 to $500,000 and designing and implementing programs that have launched thousands of teen women leaders and moved key social justice initiatives in foster care, reproductive health, sexual harassment, and other issues. Nadia’s current work focuses on policy, planning, program design, and organizational and staff development.  Under her leadership, YWP has developed several successful youth leadership programs and passed a number of significant youth policies that established legal rights and opportunities for youth in foster care and expanded youth leadership and access to reproductive health. Before launching the Young Women’s Project, Nadia worked as a Project Manager at the Institute for Women’s Project Research, focusing on young women’s issues and organizing regional trainings and leadership building projects. She served as an editor and policy analyst at the Youth Policy Institute, which tracks and reports on federal youth policy and model programs. She also worked as the Public Relationship Director for the Action Line Group, a small production company focused on educational productions, and as an Urban Affairs reporter for the Pittsburgh Press. Nadia has served on numerous Boards including the Board of Directors the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, DC Alliance for Youth Advocates, and the Empower Program. Nadia graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Writing and Women's Studies.

Sandra Holloway - Board Member

Sandra Holloway is the artistic director of City at Peace in Washington, DC, a youth development organization that uses the performing arts to teach and promote cross-cultural understanding and non-violent conflict resolution. Each year, she leads groups of diverse teenagers through intensive training in theater, dance and music, as well as peace-building across race, class, gender, religion and culture, culminating in a full-length musical based on their own lives, written and performed by the young people themselves (telling each others' stories). Holloway was featured as one of six choreographic artists in Black Expressions at Washington, DC's Lincoln Theatre, and has worked professionally at the Kennedy Center, the Theatre of the First Amendment, George Mason University, The Studio Theater and Dance Place. She attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, winning awards for her choreography and receiving her BFA in Dance/Choreography.

Loral Patchen - Board Member

Loral Patchen is director of the Section of Midwifery, practice director of Midwives of MedStar and executive director of the Teen Alliance for Prepared Parenting (TAPP) Program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC). As such, she participates in several innovative research programs to promote improved health decision making and parenting skills and to investigate health disparities in maternal and child health. At MWHC, Loral is responsible for strategic and operational leadership for midwifery services, and she is responsible for research and grant activities for the Section of Midwifery. Current programming initiatives include increasing exclusive breastfeeding rates among minority mothers and promoting diverse options, such as nitrous oxide, for pain management during labor.  Loral also directs overall program implementation, management and service delivery for the Center for Adolescent Women and the TAPP Program. Current programming initiatives for this center include strategies to prevent sexually transmitted infection and re-infection, improve reproductive and sexual health decision-making, and promote the use of dual-method contraception among teens. Loral has published several articles on adolescent reproductive and sexual health in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology; MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing; and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. She is frequently invited to speak at professional meetings, presenting topics ranging from sexually transmitted infections to the continuum of adolescent development. She is board certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and she is fluent in Spanish as well as English. Her experience prior to joining MedStar Health includes service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras and as a consultant for the World Bank. Loral earned her PhD in Public Health Sciences in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, where she also earned a master’s degree in International Economics (Community Health). She has an additional master’s degree in Nursing for Midwifery from Yale University.

Ron Sahadeo - Board Member

Ron Sahadeo is a Vice President of Business Bankinf for SunTrust Bank.  A DC native, Ron graduated from McKinley High School in 1980, worked as a teller at Industrial Bank from 1980 to 1981. Worked for then NS&T Bank who merged to form Crestar Bank. Crestar bank merged with SunTrust Bank, started as a teller with NS&T Bank, promoted to assistant manager under Crestar Bank, promoted to Branch Manager under SunTrust Bank to current position as Vice President of Business Banking. I’m a foster and adoptive parent, my wife and I have adopted 4 kids and fostered over 50 kids over a 20 year period. We have been married over 31 years, we have three bio kids and 5 grandchildren.

Charnisa Royster - Board Member

Charnisa Royster is a Scheduler and Staff Assistant in Council member Elissa Silverman office, I previously served as Scheduler and Staff Assistant in the office of Council member David Catania. I am  currently working towards my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at University of the District of Columbia. Also a ward 4 resident and graduated from Calvin Coolidge Senior High School.

Carla Taylor - Board Member

Carla Taylor plays a leading role managing CSSP’s efforts to support and advance the Promise Neighborhoods initiative and to strengthen partnerships with federal agencies and national organizations. Taylor has 15 years of experience in similar capacity-building roles across a range of organizational and community contexts. Prior to joining CSSP, Taylor worked with colleagues from FHI 360 to oversee implementation of the Citi Postsecondary Success program and provide technical assistance to participating sites. She also served as a research assistant with the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, contributing to a formative evaluation of emerging community schools and investigating cross-sector collaboration as a community change strategy. Prior to that, Taylor managed a multi-million dollar Ford Foundation initiative structured as a learning community of twelve youth development and civic activism agencies and four international fellows.  She holds a Master of Science in Community Services Management from Andrews University and received her PhD in Education from Stanford University.