MEET OUR TEAM
Renée Stikes, Executive Director
Renée Stikes has worked as a nonprofit professional for more than twenty years. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Philanthropy at KaBOOM!, where she brought a broad range of successful experience creating and implementing strategies to raise visibility and secure funds from individuals, foundation, corporate and government sources. Previous experiences include development roles at CentroNia, Council on Foundations, Children's Defense Fund, National Minority AIDS Council, and Building Futures. Renée holds a Masters in Public Administration from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from the University of Louisville.
Steve Ehrman, Director of Programs
Steve joined Horizons after seven years as a special educator and coach with Baltimore City Public Schools and four years as the aquatics program leader for Headfirst Summer Camps in Washington, DC. He is committed to facilitating low-income student achievement through improved access to programs and activities. Steve has also volunteered on numerous school committees, furthering his awareness of the importance of student/family relationships and community partnerships.
Steve holds a B.A. in Film and Video from The University of Toledo. He earned his certification in special education through Notre Dame of Maryland University and the New Teacher Project. Steve’s fondest summer memories are of baseball, both playing and watching his much-loved Cleveland Indians – passions that have carried over into adulthood and spending long days swimming and lifeguarding.
Amy Seago, Director of Development & Communications
Amy has worked in the fields of fundraising and communications in DC for several local, national, and international nonprofits. Before joining Horizons, Amy focused on individual donors on the Philanthropy Team at KaBOOM!, where she brought a creative edge to donor communications and enjoyed working on-site at community playground builds. Previous experience includes development roles at CentroNía and The Global Fund for Children, along with campaign and communications work at Bright Beginnings, Inc. in Washington, DC. Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics and Public Policy from The George Washington University. Coming from Boulder, Colorado, Amy’s fondest summer memories include long mountain hikes, music festivals, feeding her healthy obsession with hot sauces, and the times spent overcoming her fear of fireworks (still a work in progress…).
Ana Claudia Davila, Director of Family and School Engagement
Ana has worked and volunteered in several nonprofits in the D.C. metro area in Communications, Community Outreach and Workshop implementation. Her previous experience includes a year term of service as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Prior to Horizons she worked in social services and program coordination for the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing. Ana is passionate about empowering low-income families through affordable housing, economic development and most importantly, education.
Ana grew up in South America where she received a bachelor’s degree in Law and also graduated in the U.S. with a B.A. in Communications from the University of Maryland-College Park. Ana’s fondest memories include weekends of family gatherings while enjoying her grandma’s delicious food, as well as trips around Peru’s highlands and family hiking times.
Tracy Ganti, Director of Institutional Giving
Tracy plans, directs and leads Horizons’ corporate, foundation and government fundraising activities and realtionships. Prior to joining Horizons, Tracy previously served as Director, eCommerce Customer Marketing at Marriott International and held marketing positions at USAirways, Coopers & Lybrand LLP, and American Airlines. She is an active community volunteer and currently serves on the board of Many Hands.
Tracy grew up in Connecticut where she spent her summers enjoying the beaches along Long Island Sound, riding her bike and waiting for the Good Humor truck to drive through the neighborhood.
Kiki Sweigart, Program Founder, Maret School
Kiki has over 40 years of experience with Horizons. She joined Horizons in 1974 as a teacher in New Canaan, CT. When she relocated to Washington, DC, she brought Horizons with her and helped start Horizons at Maret in 2000. Kiki currently teaches 5th grade science and math at Maret and is 5th Grade Dean. Growing up, Kiki’s favorite summer activities were swimming, playing any kind of baseball or football outside and flashlight tag at night.
Aaron Cahn, Site Director, Maret School
Aaron is currently the Learning Specialist for Maret's Middle School. Prior to joining Maret he taught in Philadelphia Public Schools, at KIPP DC, and for K12 Inc. After Graduating from the University of Maryland he joined the Philadelphia Teaching Fellows and received his Master's in Special Education. He later completed a program in school administration in urban communities at IUPUI. When not at Maret Aaron enjoys spending time with his family and cheering on local sports teams. Aaron enjoyed attending and working camps through his childhood and is excited to be a part of the Horizons program.
Virginia Murphy, Site Director, The Norwood School
Virginia joined Horizons Greater Washington in 2014. Her interest in education and children inspired her to return to school in 2010 to get her Master of Education from The George Washington University. She has been a second and third grade homeroom teacher at Norwood School since 2011. Prior to her second career in teaching, Virginia was involved in her sons’ schools in a number of volunteer positions including serving on the boards of both St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Washington DC and the Harbor School in Bethesda, Maryland. She also was on the board of the Black Student Fund for five years. Virginia has a Master of Business Information Systems, a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Georgia State University. She worked for Price Waterhouse as a financial systems consultant for 13 years before taking some time off to raise her two sons. Her best memories from summers as a child are curling up with good book to read for hours and swimming every day.
Rachel Levin, Site Director, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School
Rachel joined Horizons Greater Washington in 2012. She currently teaches 3rd grade at St. Patrick’s. Rachel’s favorite thing about summer camp was getting the chance to try activities she didn't do during the school year. Some new adventures included flying on a trapeze, performing in a singing group and camping and sleeping under the stars. Each experience was memorable and meaningful because it took her out of her comfort zone and helped her learn to take risks.
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