Our Board of Directors
Our team of inspired and talented women who oversee and advise our processes and advocate for the voices of our students, families, and communities.
Elizabeth Earnshaw, LMFT, CCTP
Therapist/Owner at A Better Life Therapy
Elizabeth Earnshaw, LMFT, CCTP is a licensed psychotherapist and business owner in Philadelphia, PA. She holds a degree in Organizational Development from Temple University and Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University, and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
Elizabeth's passion is working with urban youth and program development. Her journey on this path began in an elementary school is Baltimore, MD and has since taken her to working with children in Salvador, Brazil, New Orleans, La, and Philadelphia, Pa.
Elizabeth has served on The Thomas Jefferson University Alumni Board, volunteers for A Home Within servicing foster youth, and was inducted into The International Honors Society for Education.
Elizabeth believes that when children know how to calm their bodies and use their words they can change their own worlds and ultimately, change the world.
Jamie Graver, M.Ed
Immigration Services Specialist at Temple University
Jamie Graver began practicing yoga nine years ago as an Undergraduate student at Temple University as a way to manage stress. Yoga has afforded Jamie the the ability to use her breath as a tool to guide her through life's challenges and share with others through her work.
Jame earned her M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University in 2015. During her studies at Temple University, Jamie gained hands-on experience counseling individuals in recovery from substance abuse. Mindfulness-based techniques, such as yoga, often serve as useful tools for individuals in recovery.
Always intrigued by holistic treatment approaches, the unique merging of yoga and reflective writing within an educational setting is what drew Jamie to BRIDGE. Jamie believes BRIDGE provides an invaluable resource to Philadelphia's youth in teaching strategies students can take with them wherever they go throughout their lifetime.
Associate, Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy
Elliot Griffin is an associate at Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy. Prior to joining the firm, she worked as a media buyer and was responsible for placing ads for candidates across the country. She has also worked as the director of communications and legislative assistant for Philadelphia City Council. Griffin graduated cum laude from Temple University’s School of Communications and Theater in May 2012.She is currently in her third year as an evening student at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.
Although Griffin is not a Philadelphia native, she is passionate about creating a better world for the children of Philadelphia. In addition to school and work she als serves as a regional board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region.
Manager, Recruitment Marketing at Teach For America
After graduating from New York University with a degree in economics, Nisa Nejadi moved to Paris where she taught English in three elementary schools. It was there she first realized her passion for education. Upon returning stateside a year later, she cultivated her other passion (French language and culture) by taking a job leading marketing efforts for a small French skincare company. For the past six years, she's finessed her breadth of marketing know-how through working on print advertising, copy writing and editing, content and web marketing, message and brand alignment, strategy, coaching, project managing, and more. She's since worked in sectors from luxury goods to education nonprofits and is excited to elevate her passions of education and marketing - and, most recently - yoga.
Associate Director of Development at Penn Medicine
Allyse Orsini is an Associate Director of Development for Penn Medicine. She focuses on a major gift portfolio to support the Cardiology, Cardiovascular Surgery and Vascular Surgery programs at Penn, a world-renowned academic medical center.
Allyse Orsini graduated from the University of Delaware in 2010 and is currently completing a Master of Liberal Arts with a concentration in Public Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from, and extremely proud of, Northern New Jersey, Allyse has become an active member of the Philadelphia community. Aside from being involved with multiple non-profit organizations including the New Leaders Council of Philadelphia and Episcopal Community Services, Allyse is a committed Philadelphia sports fan (yes, even the Sixers). Allyse has worked with Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s New Jersey Metro chapter, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey, and the Gift of Life Family House.
Allyse’s involvement with BRIDGE stems from her commitment to bettering the lives of the next generation. By understanding the challenges of today’s youth and equipping them with skills to handle stressful situations, Allyse feels that BRIDGE is in a unique position to leave a lasting impact on students’ lives and empower the community.