NAPE Staff & Consultants

NAPE Staff

Daphne Berwanger, Director of Finance and Administration

As NAPE’s Director of Finance and Administration, Daphne is responsible for the organization and management of all company finances as well as reporting to internal and external clients. With 37 years in accounting, she brings a thorough and diverse perspective to the team.

Ms. Berwanger attended Jackson State Community College (TN) where she majored in accounting. Her career in finance began in a CPA firm in her home state of Tennessee. In the years following, she kept a significant focus on working in the healthcare industry. She’s worked in hospitals, a senior care agency, and most recently a veterinary clinic in Pennsylvania.

As a single mother of three, Ms. Berwanger has shown her appreciation of culture and diversity by hosting several exchange students between 2007 and 2011 through an international exchange program. Her passion for the community is demonstrated by participating year after year in many service-centric activities. Other passions include hiking, dancing, and crafting.

Caryl Clippinger

Caryl Clippinger, Technology and Design Manager

As NAPE’s Technology and Design Manager, Caryl develops innovative technological infrastructure solutions and captivating designs to allow NAPE to scale its educational equity programs.

She comes to NAPE with over 25 years of professional experience providing solutions across multiple mediums for companies and organizations of all shapes and sizes.  She has managed, directed, designed and developed projects ranging from website, database, interactive cd/dvd, video, and print projects to complete corporate branding, marketing, and advertising campaigns.

Caryl holds an MA in Communications, with a focus on new media and computer/human interaction, from The Pennsylvania State University and a BA in International Studies from Dickinson College.

Ashley Conrad, Associate Director of Programs

Ashley Conrad is a thoughtful community organizer, facilitator, and researcher committed to a lifetime of working alongside our most vulnerable populations to create a more just world through collective action and policy change. Ashley has a strong history of creating supportive learning communities by facilitating courageous spaces for groups to self-author the changes they want to see in their communities by integrating participatory action research with creative
engagement strategies. 

Ashley graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in both Sociology and Psychology and completed her Master of Science degree from Illinois State University in Sociology with a focus on Community and Economic Development. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, spending more than two years in the Philippines teaching out-of-school youth and conducting autoethnographic research following Typhoon Haiyan. Ashley focuses her passion on community organizing efforts that address root-cause issues with a cross-sectoral approach to understanding how we can all participate in creating a more equitable future. She currently lives in Chattanooga, TN with her cat and partner and enjoys reading, spending time in nature, and baking delicious treats for friends and family.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Senior Program Manager

Kathleen Fitzpatrick is a Senior Program Manager. In this role, she assists a national team of equity professionals that build educators’ capacity to implement effective solutions for increasing student access, educational equity, and workforce diversity.

Her passion has always been in promoting the STEM message for the next generation. In addition to her role at NAPE, Kathleen leads the Southern Colorado Girls’ STEM Initiative (SCGSI), a regional organization that supports more than 500 middle school girls in exploring careers in STEM.  Kathleen has conducted extensive research and is a sought-after speaker on the topic of girls in STEM, including gender equity in the classroom. She sits on the leadership board for the statewide Colorado Collaborative for Girls in STEM (CoCoSTEM) as well as other statewide and local STEM initiatives. Kathleen joined the Center for STEM Education (CSTEME) at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) as Programs Manager in 2009, directing the programs that supported the longitudinal research on what attracts and retains students in STEM. She also is instructor on Entrepreneurship for the Bachelor of Innovation TM program at UCCS.

Prior to joining academia, Kathleen worked in industry as an engineering consultant and as the process engineering manager for Hewlett Packard’s Colorado Springs site, being the first woman engineer on the production floor. She was part of the first class of women at Claremont McKenna (Men’s) College graduating with a BA in management engineering. She also received a BS and MS in industrial engineering from Stanford University.

Nicole Fritz, Administrative Associate

Nicole Fritz is the Administrative Associate at NAPE’s home office in Gap, PA. In her role, she demonstrates her ability to maintain the workflow of the office by ensuring that all systems are in place and running appropriately. She also assists our talented team of professionals in supporting NAPE’s mission.

Prior to joining NAPE in 2018, Nicole was an elementary education/early childhood teacher for 10 years. She began her teaching career in kindergarten where she enjoyed cultivating a love of learning in her students.

Nicole holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. Adm

Gregory Jackson, Associate Director for Membership and Partnerships

Gregory Jackson is Associate Director for Membership and Partnerships.

His passion is sustainable community building, through partnerships and collaborations.

With Girl Scouts of the USA, a 3.2 million member organization, Jackson designed and managed important national relationships. His work emphasized membership growth, engagement of underserved communities, and STEM turnkey program opportunities. At the American Red Cross, Jackson managed blood donor engagement for Greater New York and served during the 9/11 long term recovery—building corporate, community, and government collaborations to reach and serve victims, and supporting the distribution of the $1.3 billion dollar September 11 Recovery Program Fund.

Gregory began his career as Director of Community Building at the United Way of Essex and West Hudson, resulting in more than $100 million dollars of investment.

Gregory has a BA in history from Lafayette College and was member of the first joint MPP/Peace Corps program at Rutgers University.

Freja Joslin, Programs Specialist

Freja Joslin is a social justice educator and teacher leader with 20 years of experience working to transform education for equity and justice. During her 12 years of teaching middle school Humanities, she devoted herself to equity in the curriculum, in her relationships with her students and their families, and in her advocacy work for school policies that allow all students to thrive.

Freja is a skilled developer of culturally responsive curricula that enable individuals to analyze power and injustice, develop compassion and empathy, and to see themselves as changemakers in seeking personal, institutional, and systemic change. As an instructional coach, Freja has helped educators to take meaningful action to address the systems of oppression that limit access to the kinds of inclusive, safe, and dynamic learning environments that all students deserve. She sees the practice of teaching as an act of resistance to injustice and of love for humankind and the future of our planet.

At her public charter school in Western Massachusetts, Freja was involved in planning and implementing schoolwide and public diversity events, student affinity groups, restorative justice circles, faculty support for student activism initiatives, and curriculum alignment to anti-bias and anti-racist curriculum. She has facilitated workshops and professional learning communities for teachers locally and nationally on issues such as building gender inclusive schools and anti-racism for white educators.

Freja holds a B.A. in Education for Social Change and an M.A. in Secondary Education: Social Justice, both from Prescott College. After spending three years living in Guadalajara, Mexico, Freja and her family have returned to their home in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Mimi Lufkin, CEO Emerita

Mimi Lufkin has over 40 years of experience as an educator advocating for access, equity and diversity in education and workforce development. She has been a high school teacher, teacher educator, founder and executive director of a microenterprise development program for low income rural women, director of a statewide gender equity professional development program and a community college director of development. From 1994 to 2018, Mimi served as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) and continued to support NAPE in her semi-retirement as CEO Emerita. In 2021, Mimi returned to NAPE as Interim CEO while the Board embarks on a national search for a new CEO.

Ayana M. Patterson Young, Program Assistant

With over 20 years of experience in administrative & project management in the nonprofit, for profit and education sector, Ayana skillfully manages projects and client relations for the Program Managers at NAPE.

Ayana is the owner & founder of Ayana M. Patterson Consulting Services. Prior to joining NAPE in 2018, she served as Director of Administration for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore as well as Sr. Administrative Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University.

Ayana believes that access and opportunity should be granted to all and understands the various systems and structures in place that prevent it.  She also believes wholeheartedly in the Muhammad Ali quote that “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth“, and strives to be in service in whatever capacity she can.

When not working and traveling Ayana loves spending time with family and friends.

Tegwin Pulley, Texas Director

Tegwin Pulley is a woman on a mission to create environments where inspiration, opportunity, and achievement are available for all. She retired from Texas Instruments (TI) where she was Vice President. Her leadership track record inside and outside the company resulted in: TI becoming one of the best companies to work for; over 180 awards to TI for diversity, work-life and inclusive environment; and 7 public/private partnerships designed to grow the technology workforce.

She is a past chair of the Texas Engineering and Technical Consortium, Leadership Texas, the DFW Regional Workforce Leadership Council, and the Texas Business and Education Coalition. She has a BS in Education (math) from Northwest Missouri and an MBA from SMU.

Silvia C. Ramos, Senior Director of Programs

For almost twenty years, Silvia Ramos has been a transformative equity strategist and professional, partnering with higher education, community, and non-profit organizations to assist them in achieving systemic equity and inclusive excellence. She began her career in Florida, building resilient pipelines and community-wide collaborations for marginalized students to gain solid access to, and success within, higher education. This passion quickly grew into a lifelong commitment to dismantling all the barriers within education that prevent underrepresented students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding communities from experiencing the full benefits’ that education should offer everyone.

During her tenure in North Carolina, she worked with, and served several organizations, including The Winston-Salem Foundation, Winston-Salem State University, Wake Forest University, and The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem. Her work ranged from interpreting and analyzing policies and procedures related to equity in employment and educational programs, to advising on organizational equity and climate, as well as facilitating community dialogue in support of a more inclusive and just community.

At California State University, Channel Islands, Ms. Ramos provided oversight to the Multicultural and Women’s Gender Student Center, as well as the University Outreach department. In that role, she facilitated the partnership between the university, the area K-12 public schools, and the Parent’s Institute for Quality Education. That partnership resulted in the implementation of a parent empowerment curriculum, which provided parents of would-be first-generation college going students, the tools necessary to support their student’s full educational potential.

Silvia is a compassionate life-long learner, community builder, a mother, a wife, and a loving friend. She is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University and holds an M.S. in Counseling and Human Development from Radford University.

NAPE Consultants

NAPE consultants, located throughout the country, assist in delivering NAPE’s suite of professional development services.