NIA Program Staff
Director of Program Operations
Annette began with the NIA in 2007 as a Group Leader in the NIA After-School Program at PS 186. Upon receiving her BA from Hunter College, Annette began as the Program Director for the NIA After-School Program at PS 204 and took on the challenge of designing and managing the new full-time program.
After one year, Annette was offered the position of Director of Program Operations (DPO), heading the NIA’s after-school division. As DPO, she has participated in several professional development programs, including the Department of Youth and Community Development’s Family Development Credential program for supervisors and the Partnership for After-School Education’s Emerging Leaders program. She continues on with her own development and now supports the after-school staff she supervises in theirs.
“NIA has created a career path for me and young professionals like me,” said Annette. “They have a way of recognizing potential in their staff and a willingness to provide the support needed to help them grow."
Program Director, PS 229
Linda Panza’s community work stretches back to her involvement as a PTA member and community advocate for P.S. 229. Since beginning with NIA, she maintains the role of full-time Program Director/Camp Director for the NIA Out-of-School Time program, which serves 200 children each year.
Linda receives overwhelming support from the P.S. 229 community and continues her tireless efforts to bring enriching and engaging activities to the program.
Director of Enrichment Services
In her role as Director of Enrichment Services, Sarah is responsible for overseeing the design and implementation of parent education workshops and academic enrichment services for children and families.
Sarah began her work with the NIA in 2009 as Program Director for the NIA After-School Program at PS 204. She has more than eight years experience in the field of education and holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education along with a B.A. in Art History. Sarah began her career as a classroom teacher, and has past experience conducting parent education workshops, coordinating school volunteers, tutoring students, leading museum tours, and facilitating art education activities.
She is pleased to bring her diverse array of experiences into developing enriching programming for children and families at the NIA.
Program Director, PS 204
After working for the Department of Education for thirteen years, Kathy D’Antuono joined the NIA first as an Activity Specialist for the NIA After-School Program at PS 186. Within the year, she was promoted to Education Advisor. This position allowed her to apply her rich educational background to the program and made her responsible for all curriculum development.
In 2009, Kathy became the first full time Program Director for NIA’s Advantage After-School Program at PS 247. With her leadership, the program has grown tremendously since then, bringing a vast array of enrichment activities and special events to the participants and their families.