Saymah Nah is the Trio Fellow for the future Newark hybrid college site. Saymah is a lifelong educator and proud Newark native. Saymah has served as part of the founding team for charter schools operated by Success Academy Charter Schools in the Bronx as well as Rocketship Public Schools in DC. Throughout her journey, she has served in various capacities, including senior leadership, school culture and climate, family engagement, and school operations.
Saymah is a steadfast family and community advocate and her body of work serves as exemplars for building deep relationships with students, community organizations, and community leaders. Saymah received her Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Howard University.
Danielle North is the Trio Fellow for the future Detroit hybrid college site. Danielle is the founder and owner of Kidz Kingdom, Detroit’s first indoor playground, which also operates as a licensed child care center. She launched her 501c3 nonprofit, Biz Kidz. Danielle is a K-12 education and strategic consultant supporting schools and nonprofits in Detroit and across the state of Michigan. She is also the Founder of the Detroit Women’s Leadership Network. In 2021, she and her partners Melissa Hamann and Doug Ross launched Diploma Equity Project, a nonprofit organization committed to eliminating the college completion gap for students of color in Detroit.
Danielle holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sociology from Central Michigan University. She is a proud 2012 alumni of the prestigious German Marshall Memorial Fellowship. In 2019, she became a Detroit Free Press, Shining Light Mayor Dave Bing Future Leader Awardee. Danielle is a wife, mother of three, long-distance runner and author.
Chris Gabrieli is a co-founder of Trio New College Network. He is also the CEO of Empower Schools, Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, and a lecturer at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. He has been at the forefront of several movements to expand educational opportunity and improve schooling and has been the founder of three successful non-profit education innovation and policy organizations.
Chris is a Partner Emeritus at Bessemer Venture Partners where he helped entrepreneurs build biotechnology and healthcare companies and began his business career as the founder and CEO of GMIS, a medical software company that became the leader in its field and a publicly traded company. Chris has been active in civic and political life in Massachusetts. Chris and his wife live in Boston where they have raised five children.
Eleanor Laurans is a co-founder of Trio New College Network. Her career has spanned the for-profit, nonprofit and public sectors. Together with her husband, Eleanor founded SimpliSafe, a disruptive innovation that has grown to become one of the country's largest home security companies - now protecting millions of Americans and employing over a thousand team members.
Eleanor has also spent the last 20 years in and around large school districts. Most recently, she served for four years as the Chief Financial Officer for the Boston Public Schools, where she oversaw the district’s $1.4B budget. Prior to BPS, Eleanor spent eight years as a consultant in the Education Practice of the Parthenon Group.
She is currently a member of the faculty at the Harvard Business School, where she teaches strategy in the first year program.
Paymon Rouhanifard is a co-founder of Trio New College Network. He is also the CEO and co-founder of Propel America, a non-profit organization that empowers young adults with the skills, experiences, credentials, and social networks necessary to transition to a good job with career mobility.
Previously, he served as the superintendent of Camden, New Jersey from 2013 to 2018 where he helped lead improvements in student outcomes, reductions in out-of-school suspensions, stronger family engagement, and critical capital investments in school facilities.
Rouhanifard started his career in New York City as a 6th grade teacher in West Harlem and went on to work in the central office of the New York City Department of Education. Prior to that, Rouhanifard worked as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs and a private equity associate.
Fred Mutsinzi is a board member of Trio New College Network. He is an alumnus of the Duet program, where he leveraged the ability to work at his own pace, not bound by classroom meeting schedules or seat-time requirements, to complete his bachelors degree in only 14 months. Fred is now an Investment Associate and a member of the Endowment & Foundation Practice at Cambridge Associates. He works closely with Investment Directors to advise foundations and universities on investment issues such as asset allocation strategy, manager selection, and investment program evaluation. His clients’ portfolios range in size from $50 million to $1 billion.
In addition to serving on the board of Trio New College Network, Fred also serves on the Year Up Leadership Council board and mentors current YearUp students. He is passionate about giving back and helping to grow the organizations that have helped him get to where he is today.
John Gabrieli is a co-founder of Trio New College Network. After teaching middle school math & science through Teach for America, John went on to work on expanding access to college for non-traditional students as a Senior Innovation Research Associate at Southern New Hampshire University's Sandbox Innovation Center.
At the Innovation Center, John got the opportunity to work first-hand with SNHU's pioneering community partner programs across the country, and became convinced that the hybrid college model had the potential to transform higher education. He is passionate about building an equitable higher education system that gives every student the opportunity to lead a choice-filled life.
In addition to his work at Trio, John also served as founder & co-chair of the Every Voice Coalition, a grassroots movement to combat sexual violence on college campuses and support survivors.
Wes Peacock is a co-founder of Trio New College Network. He was formerly a management consultant with Accenture and then made an early career change and spent 4 years teaching AP Physics and AP Calculus at Chelsea High School, where he also served for a year as chair of the Math Department.
He became frustrated that his smart, capable, hard-working students would do well in his classes but then would face so many barriers and challenges when they moved on to college. He is passionate about helping more students achieve postsecondary success and access a meaningful career.
Marcone Correia is the head of brand and design of Trio New College Network. He was previously a management consultant with EY-Parthenon, where he contributed to education projects focused on strategy and financial analysis for school districts and public universities.
Through both professional and personal experiences, Marcone has become familiar with the structural barriers students face to pursuing their higher education goals. He is enthusiastic about addressing inequity in education and believes the hybrid college model has the potential to empower communities with an innovative college opportunity.