Partners

Sarah Grayson

Partner

Sarah brings close to twenty years of experience in human capital consulting and people management to On-Ramps. With experience both as a strategy consultant and Head of HR, Sarah brings deep HR experience and a focus on client impact. Sarah has successfully served a wide-variety of clients, leading large change efforts and designing and implementing a range of talent development programs.

Prior to On-Ramps, Sarah was an Engagement Manager at Katzenbach Partners, LLC, where she led projects focused on human capital issues and where her work was profiled in the Wall Street Journal. Prior to working at Katzenbach, Sarah was Director of Organization Development at Skinklinic, a start-up skin care company, where she designed and led the recruiting, training, and performance management programs. Having helped build an organization from the ground up, Sarah understands the importance of not only attracting but also retaining great people.

Sarah is a graduate of Brown University where she received a B.A. in History. Sarah resides in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

Michelle Kedem

Partner

With over fifteen years of experience in finance and business management, Michelle Kedem combines strong communication skills with deep analytics. Having worked both on Wall Street and in internal corporate financial roles, Michelle brings strategic insight and a focus on bottom-line results to On-Ramps.

Before co-founding On-Ramps, Michelle worked in finance at Time, Inc., where she worked on both revenue growth initiatives and strategic cost containment. A veteran of the corporate world, Michelle recognizes the vital importance of hiring and retaining top talent. Michelle spent her early career working in elementary education, first as a teaching assistant and then as a classroom teacher.

Michelle holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, and an M.Ed. from Columbia University, Teachers College. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Harry Weiner

Partner

With over fifteen years of experience in executive search, Harry has deep knowledge of both the private and social sectors. Prior to co-founding On-Ramps, Harry worked for eight years at the nation's largest alternative asset recruiting firm, Glocap Search, where he was a Partner and Managing Director. As its first employee, Harry built and ran the company's Accounting/Operations division, and personally placed COOs and CFOs into many of the world's largest alternative investment funds and their portfolio companies.

Before moving to New York, Harry traveled for 16 months throughout Africa and the Middle East, eight months of which were spent atop an off-road motorcycle traveling from Cape Town to Tel Aviv! Upon his return to the States, Harry co-founded and remains a Director of the Kalai Foundation (www.kalai.org), a not-for-profit organization that raises money for education in Africa.

Harry earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business and a B.A. in Paleobiology from the University of Pennsylvania. He resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his wife, daughter and son.

Team

Carlos iro Burgos

Search Analyst

Carlos brings unique higher education experience and a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion to On-Ramps. Prior to joining On-Ramps, he developed New Masculinities, an initiative focused on deconstructing traditional concepts of what it means to be masculine as a means to reconstruct healthier performance, norms, and expectations. Prior to developing New Masculinities, Carlos was a founding staff member at Guttman Community College, the first new CUNY school to open in over 40 years. While at Guttman, he developed trainings and workshops to foster co-curricular diversity education across campus. In this multifaceted role, he also served on various committees and working groups focused on human capital: creating new positions, recruiting and hiring top talent, and engaging with key university stakeholders. Across his tenure at Guttman, Carlos also managed a variety of special projects and developed programs, systems, and processes to ensure the overall success of the college.

Carlos graduated from Hunter College with a B.A. in English Creative Writing and earned an M.S.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. A lifelong New Yorker, Carlos currently resides in Yonkers.

Christian Duhamel

Administrative Coordinator

Christian joins On-Ramps after working as a Manager for Shetler Studios and Theatres and spending many years working both on-stage and off at non-profit regional theaters across the country. He grew up in the Seattle area, but left the Pacific Northwest to attend The Theatre School at DePaul University (formerly the Goodman School of Drama) and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wright State University with a B.F.A. in Acting. He joined the staff at Wright State immediately upon completing his degree, and later returned to the Seattle area where he worked as a professional actor, director and educator.

In 2012, Christian once again bid farewell to the West Coast and moved to New York where he is now a member of the prestigious BMI Lehman Engel Music Theatre Writers Workshop.

Alice Gibbs

Associate Partner

Having spent over a decade focusing on talent strategy work within the education reform sector, Alice brings to On-Ramps a deep belief that human capital is the key to solving today’s social justice issues. Prior to joining On-Ramps, Alice worked at Teach For America for five years where she helped launch TFA’s initiative to recruit outside talent to staff and provided strategic consultation to senior managers on how best to attract, develop, and retain their people.

Before joining Teach For America, Alice spent four years as the Executive Director of Charter Schools for the Community Education Alliance of West Philadelphia where she helped lead two charter schools to academic and operational success.

Alice is a graduate of the University of Georgia where she received a B.A. in Public Relations. She resides in a suburb of Philadelphia with her husband, son, and daughter.

Kate Holman

Associate Partner

Kate comes to On-Ramps with 10 years of marketing and leadership experience. She spent nine years at Kaplan, where she began her career working with students and families and ultimately served on the executive team for Kaplan's K-12 division. In her time at Kaplan, Kate launched new programs, developed and managed teams and led employee engagement initiatives. Kate most recently served as the Vice President of Marketing at CafeMom, the largest social network for moms, where she helped to launch a start-up division.

Kate is passionate about education and issues that affect children. While in Chicago, she co-founded the Auxiliary Board for Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation and served as its president.

Kate holds a B.S. in Journalism and a B.A. in Spanish Literature from The University of Kansas. A Kansas City native, she now lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Sarah Kwon Johnson

Senior Consultant

Sarah brings nine years of programmatic experience in education reform to On-Ramps. Prior to joining On-Ramps, Sarah worked at Carnegie Corporation of New York, where she helped implement the Corporation's grantmaking strategy related to talent management in urban education.

Before Carnegie Corporation, Sarah worked for three years as Project Manager for the City University of New York Early College Initiative, which provides students who are historically underrepresented in higher education with a rigorous college-prep curriculum and early access to college-credit courses. In this role, she managed the budget approval process for network schools and led the planning process for annual network retreats. Sarah also worked as a Data Analyst at the New York City Department of Education, where she analyzed human resources data, projected new teacher hiring need, and created standardized reports to monitor progress toward fully staffing schools by school opening. She began her career at Jobs for the Future, where she documented the leadership and instructional practices of a high-performing urban school and contributed to the coordination of the Early College High School Initiative at the national level.

Sarah holds a B.A. in Education Studies from Brown University and an M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey with her husband and daughter.

Alana Lawson

Search Analyst

Alana brings a background in both executive search and public service to the On-Ramps team. Prior to joining On-Ramps, Alana served as a search coordinator at Sandler Search, where she worked on a broad range of senior development and external relations searches on behalf of local, national, and international non-profit organizations. Prior to her role at Sandler Search, Alana held an internship in the New York City Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse, and Recycling, where she partnered with New York City public schools to evaluate and recognize best practices and outstanding accomplishments in sustainability education.

Alana graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Sociology. A native Brooklynite, Alana now happily lives in Manhattan.

Robert Mayer

Associate Partner

Prior to joining On-Ramps in 2010, Robert served as the Director of Young People For, a youth leadership development program housed in People For the American Way Foundation. There Robert built programs and staffed departments designed to support historically marginalized college students begin long-term careers in the Social Sector.

Prior to Young People For, Robert worked at The White House Project where he supported the development of a civic engagement program aimed at increasing women’s political participation. There, Robert helped recruit, hire and support staff for the opening of four regional offices that have trained over 10,000 women to run for office.

Robert holds a B.A. in Philosophy and French from the University of Richmond. A lifelong New Yorker, Robert lives in Hell’s Kitchen and has served on the Board of StartingBloc.

Rebecca Meyer

Search Associate

Rebecca brings non-profit experience and domestic anti-poverty expertise to On-Ramps. Prior to joining the team, Rebecca served as an AmeriCorps fellow at LIFT, a national non-profit that works to lift families out of poverty for good. While at LIFT, Rebecca spearheaded the evaluation processes for the New York office to assess impact and develop program improvement pilots. She also led project management of LIFT-NY's office buildout and relocation, doubling the organization’s capacity to serve Bronx families. Prior to her work at LIFT, Rebecca oversaw production of Wesleyan University’s student newspaper.

Rebecca graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in English. Originally from Maryland, Rebecca now happily resides on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Meg McCullar

Search Consultant

Meg brings deep media and client relations experience to On-Ramps. Before moving to New York, Meg worked at CNN's headquarters in Atlanta for four years. After a year at CNN en Español Radio and TV, she joined CNN Newsource and collaborated with the network's 1,000+ affiliates. She then moved to CNN International Newsource and worked as an assignment editor, partnering with stations outside of the U.S. to coordinate news coverage.

Prior to her time in the newsroom, Meg received a Fulbright grant to teach in Madrid. She spent a year in a bilingual primary school, teaching English, science, and art to students, and also led a weekly English class for faculty.

Meg graduated summa cum laude from Washington and Lee University with a B.A. in Spanish. Originally from Marietta, Georgia, she now lives in Manhattan with her husband.

Bela Patel

Search Consultant

Bela brings education experience as well as an analytical eye to On-Ramps. Prior to joining On-Ramps, Bela taught Biology and Environmental Science as a Teach For America Corps Member in the Camelot for Kids network of alternative schools in Philadelphia. During her time there, Bela created and implemented rigorous curricula as well as helped her students through the college application and acceptance process. Prior to Teach For America, Bela worked at the University of Michigan's press in Ann Arbor, helping to digitize the university's library system.

Bela earned an M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education and graduated with a dual B.A. in English Literature and Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Originally from Westchester, New York, Bela now resides in Manhattan.

Kristen Poemer

Search Associate

Kristen brings a unique background in immigration law and non-profit education management to the On-Ramps team. Prior to joining On-Ramps, Kristen worked for an immigration law firm managing complex visa processes and working with global mobility teams to acquire international talent.

She began her career as a City Year New York corps member, implementing after-school programming. From there, she shifted into a project management role where she founded a successful student leadership program and trained first-year corps members to increase their students’ attendance and promote positive behavior through the implementation of events.

Kristen graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a dual B.A. in English and Communication. She currently lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Angela Remeika Ryan

Search Consultant

Angela brings education non-profit and talent management experience to On-Ramps. Prior to joining On-Ramps, Angela worked at Uplift Education, the largest charter management organization in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, as a Talent Recruitment Strategist. In this role, she managed high volume full-cycle recruitment efforts for teachers and leaders across 10 schools and the Central Management Office.

Prior to joining the Strategic People Initiatives team at Uplift, Angela taught middle school science for two years as a Dallas '09 Teach For America Corps member. During that time, she led her students to achieve significant academic gains on end-of-year benchmarks, and developed and executed professional development sessions for other Corps members as a Learning Team Leader.

Angela holds a M.Ed. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, and a B.S. in Neuroscience from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. Originally a New York native, she recently moved back to Dallas after working in our Manhattan-based headquarters for four years.

Madeline Scheffler

Search Associate

Before joining On-Ramps, Madeline was a founding member of New Bridges Elementary School in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and the head of the Arts Department. At New Bridges, she created new curriculum and developed and supervised innovative school-wide programs. Madeline also coordinated every aspect of New Bridges’ search and hiring process for teaching and administrative positions. She believes that one of the best ways to serve students in high needs areas is to recruit and retain great talent.

Prior to New Bridges, Madeline taught in the Uncommon Charter School Network in Brooklyn, as a Teach for America corps member, and then with KIPP in the Bronx. At KIPP, Madeline nurtured her passion for talent recruitment as a member of the Hiring Committee, and led her students to achieve more than a year’s worth of growth in reading and math.

Madeline graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Theater and earned her M.S.Ed. from Hunter’s RELAY Graduate School of Education. Having grown up in the New York metro area, she is happy to now call Brooklyn home.

Amy Scogin

Associate Partner

Amy brings over ten years of recruiting experience to the On-Ramps team, and has worked in both agency and in-house environments. Amy originally joined On-Ramps in 2008, and recently returned after spending two years developing business and leading senior-level searches for non-profits in London, England. During her time overseas, she actively sourced and worked with global talent in the education and international development fields. Amy is thrilled to have rejoined the On-Ramps team to manage searches across a range of functional areas.

Prior to joining On-Ramps, Amy worked in-house at Lehman Brothers in its Staffing Department where she supported the Corporate Division, focusing on Human Resources and Marketing searches. She facilitated recruitment processes, expanded candidate pools through active, creative sourcing efforts, benchmarked candidate slates, and negotiated offers.

Before Lehman Brothers, Amy worked for Adecco Employment Services in both New York, NY and Houston, TX. She worked on two on-site projects for Verizon Wireless and Hewitt Associates. In both roles she helped with sourcing strategies, behavioral interviewing, candidate selection, and the management of the candidates once they were placed on-site.

Amy holds a B.B.A. in International Business from Loyola University New Orleans. She spent the fall semester of her junior year in Belgium, where she studied International Human Resources and Management. Originally from Houston, she currently lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Amara Sillah

Search Analyst

Amara brings education non-profit talent recruitment and teaching experience to On-Ramps. Prior to joining On-Ramps, Amara served as Recruitment Manager at Democracy Prep Public Schools, a national network of open enrollment, high performing, no excuses charter schools. In this capacity, Amara managed high volume instructional and non-instructional recruitment for Democracy Prep’s schools in Camden, NJ and Washington, DC. Prior to joining Democracy Prep, Amara taught high school Government and Economics in Memphis, TN as a Teach For America Corps member.

Amara graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Psychology. Originally a proud native of Baltimore, MD, Amara now resides in Manhattan in the Washington Heights community

Portia Wills

Search Associate

Portia brings higher education, project management and non-profit experience to On-Ramps. Prior to joining the team, Portia worked for 2U as a manager on the Master of Social Work Field Development team, in collaboration with the University of Southern California. In this role, Portia developed national partnerships with social sector organizations to identify internship opportunities for MSW students from USC. Prior to her work with 2U, Portia worked as a Clinical Social Worker Intern at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. There she did the vital work of bridging the gap between patients and appropriate community resources.

Portia graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Communications and received her M.S.W. from the University of Pennsylvania. Although a proud native Marylander, Portia now happily resides in Brooklyn.

Will Wong

Search Associate

Will brings non-profit program management and teaching experience to On-Ramps. Prior to joining On-Ramps, Will worked for KIPP Philadelphia Schools, as the Director of High School Transition with the KIPP Through College program. Prior to KIPP, Will worked as a college counselor for Brooke Charter Schools in Boston. Will began his career in education as a Teach For America corps member in Philadelphia teaching tenth and eleventh grade English and theater at John Bartram High School.

Will graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Sociology and received his M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. Originally from Portland, OR, Will now resides in Brooklyn.

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