OUR TEAM

Our team is comprised of smart and innovative change agents, many of whom have served in senior leadership roles in the educational, private and non-profit sectors. 

MONICA SANTANA ROSEN    CEO    Monica Santana Rosen has spent the last two decades working to build strong diverse workplaces and enable leaders to do great work. Monica is best known for her work with large urban school systems working to solve their most pressing recruitment, hiring, development and retention issues. Monica founded Alma to meet the needs of organizations working to amplify their success by supporting their staff, and giving them the space to do their best work.

MONICA SANTANA ROSEN

CEO


Monica Santana Rosen has spent the last two decades working to build strong diverse workplaces and enable leaders to do great work. Monica is best known for her work with large urban school systems working to solve their most pressing recruitment, hiring, development and retention issues. Monica founded Alma to meet the needs of organizations working to amplify their success by supporting their staff, and giving them the space to do their best work.

ELIANA PEREYRA    VP, TEACHER AND LEADER PIPELINES   Eliana brings over a decade of experience in talent identification and cultivation, program development and management, and HR policy within school districts. Eliana is passionate about working to promote structural changes that systemically improve conditions for people to do their best work and that focus on the identification and cultivation of the absolute best talent.

ELIANA PEREYRA

VP, TEACHER AND LEADER PIPELINES

Eliana brings over a decade of experience in talent identification and cultivation, program development and management, and HR policy within school districts. Eliana is passionate about working to promote structural changes that systemically improve conditions for people to do their best work and that focus on the identification and cultivation of the absolute best talent.

SANDRA AILEEN TACINA    MANAGING DIRECTOR, TALENT ANALYTICS   With more than 15 years of global experience using analytics to help organizations improve talent management, Sandra is recognized as an expert in her field. Her work includes creating and leading the Talent Analytics group for the NYC Department of Education, which helped schools use data to strengthen human capital decisions. She has also worked in HR and education both in the US and abroad.

SANDRA AILEEN TACINA

MANAGING DIRECTOR, TALENT ANALYTICS

With more than 15 years of global experience using analytics to help organizations improve talent management, Sandra is recognized as an expert in her field. Her work includes creating and leading the Talent Analytics group for the NYC Department of Education, which helped schools use data to strengthen human capital decisions. She has also worked in HR and education both in the US and abroad.

 
YANIKA S. DANIELS    MANAGING DIRECTOR, TALENT ACQUISITION & CULTIVATION   Yanika brings expertise in talent management strategy, recruitment and selection, project and change management. She has helped clients assess their talent strategy, create unbiased and equitable processes and procedures, and assess how they recruit and retain highly qualified staff. Yanika was most recently the Managing Director of Recruitment at Teach For America (TFA), where she was responsible for the national teaching pipeline in the Southern Regional recruitment corps.

YANIKA S. DANIELS

MANAGING DIRECTOR, TALENT ACQUISITION & CULTIVATION

Yanika brings expertise in talent management strategy, recruitment and selection, project and change management. She has helped clients assess their talent strategy, create unbiased and equitable processes and procedures, and assess how they recruit and retain highly qualified staff. Yanika was most recently the Managing Director of Recruitment at Teach For America (TFA), where she was responsible for the national teaching pipeline in the Southern Regional recruitment corps.

DEBBIE TAYLOR    BUSINESS MANAGER    Deborah Taylor (Debbie) has experience managing all aspects of HR and operations. Her work in public education has ranged from Title IX and ADA compliance to supporting operational improvements in Employee Services, helping launch the Chicago Leadership Collaborative, and finally supporting principal supervision and school networks.

DEBBIE TAYLOR

BUSINESS MANAGER

Deborah Taylor (Debbie) has experience managing all aspects of HR and operations. Her work in public education has ranged from Title IX and ADA compliance to supporting operational improvements in Employee Services, helping launch the Chicago Leadership Collaborative, and finally supporting principal supervision and school networks.

 
 

VENUS VELEZ

Venus brings over 20 years of experience in the field of education, with a focus on equity and excellence. Venus’ work has included district level reform efforts, community engagement, talent recruitment, selection and development, organizational development, non-profit management, program design and evaluation, and project management.

 

KATHLEEN SHIVERDECKER 

Kathleen has spent the past 25 years in various educational and human resource leadership roles in both public and private contexts. She served as the Executive Director of School Performance in the Aurora Public Schools system in Colorado, and spearheaded HR’s School Partner team in Denver Public Schools. She has supported significant improvements in on-time graduation rates, and led the design of school leader recruitment interview selection and placement.

LIBBY EAKIN 

Libby has a PhD in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Chicago and over 12 years of experience analyzing data. She is also a licensed teacher with a MEd in Science Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. As an educator and a researcher, Libby is passionate about education and believes that well-supported teachers and administrators are key to ensuring that all students receive a world-class education. She is excited to use her expertise in data analysis to help Alma’s clients forward their mission.