Chike Aguh Chief Executive Officer
Chike Aguh (Chee-Kay Ah-Goo) leads EveryoneOn as chief executive officer (CEO) and is focused on steering the organization into an even larger force that closes the digital divide in our time. Previously, Chike served as EveryoneOn’s inaugural chief programs officer overseeing all national initiatives and partnerships such as ConnectED and ConnectHome. The son of immigrants from rural Nigeria whose lives were changed by America’s opportunities, he has spent his career ensuring that all Americans have access to the same. Earlier in his career, Chike worked as an education policy official under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a second grade teacher and Teach For America corps member, a Fulbright Scholar in Thailand, and a director of corporate Strategy at the Advisory Board Company, working to launch technologies to help at-risk students graduate. Additionally, Chike has worked with the U.S. Department of Education, McKinsey&Company, Acumen Fund, and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s Secretary of Education.
Chike holds degrees from Tufts University (B.A.), Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M), the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (M.P.A), and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (M.B.A). He has been honored as an Harvard Presidential Public Service Fellow, Wharton Howard E. Mitchell Fellow, and HGSE Intellectual Contribution/Tribute Award winner.
Chike is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Alumni Board of Directors, board president at Code In The Schools and a member of 100 Black Men of Prince George’s County. He has spoken at the White House and SXSWEdu. He lives in Beltsville, MD with his wife, Crystal, and attends Zion Church in Landover, MD.
Vin Menon President & Chief Operating Officer
Vin Menon is our president and COO. He leads the directors of our regional programs, manages our internal operations, and helps plan and execute national programs. He measures performance against our success metrics and develops recommendations to meet our strategic objectives. He also manages the organization's finances and human resources.
Vin is a DC area native who developed an interest in helping others early on. He began his career in the public sector, working in consulting and analytical roles, before transitioning to the social sector. Vin graduated with degrees in computer engineering and industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech. He also completed an MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, with a focus on social entrepreneurship.
Veronica Creech Chief Programs Officer
Veronica Creech joins EveryoneOn as its Chief Programs Officer, leveraging more than 15 years experience leading public and nonprofit social enterprise initiatives. Most recently, Veronica led global partnership outreach and engagement for First Book, where she oversaw sector, partnership, and member growth doubling engagement year over year. Before that, she led new business development and program replication for Nurse Family Partnership, where she grew program implementation from one to 11 Southeastern states. Veronica also brings directly relevant broadband and connectivity experience from her time at the City of Wilson, N.C., where she served as Director of Human Relations. During her tenure, the city built its own broadband program and under Veronica’s leadership the city created stellar citizen buy in for the effort which laid a solid foundation for high adoption rates in the program’s first year.
Veronica immigrated from Guyana, South America to the U.S. as a child and is a first generation college student, earning a M.S.W from UNC-Chapel Hill and a M.P.A from Saint Louis University. Veronica credits education as the springboard that lifted her and her family out of poverty and as the catalyst that redirected her otherwise predetermined life trajectory.
Norma Fernandez Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships
In her role as senior director of strategic partnerships, Norma oversees the management of EveryoneOn’s national partner platform, including the addition of new low-cost offers to our portfolio and increased effectiveness of our existing offers and partner resources. Norma is also responsible for enhancing EveryoneOn’s enrollment partners program to optimize broadband adoption in collaboration with our national and regional partner organizations.
Norma previously served as regional manager in Los Angeles for EveryoneOn, helping shape and implement strategies that linked "unconnected" communities to the power of the Internet and technology. During her two years in this role, Norma led and supported broadband adoption activities with Los Angeles Unified School District and Pomona Unified School District schools, the City of Los Angeles, and several community-based organizations.
Before joining EveryoneOn, Norma worked at the Los Angeles Unified School District implementing a local hire program and also managed neighborhood revitalization projects while at Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative. Norma is passionate about helping all communities thrive and volunteers with several organizations. She attended UCLA where she earned a B.A. in Sociology and a M.A. in Urban Planning.
Sarah Graham Communications and Marketing Manager
Sarah Graham is the communications and marketing manager for EveryoneOn, where she maintains the organization’s voice through press outreach, social media, and promotional materials. In addition, she leads our customer service team, helping with all communications needs, and manages website maintenance and updates.
An experienced communications professional, Sarah comes to EveryoneOn from Connected Nation, where she oversaw media communications and all web content operations for a national website and 13 different state and program-based sites. Previously, she served as a business reporter and journalist for the Charleston Gazette. She received her B.A. in Communications from Southwestern University and M.A. in Magazine, Newspaper, and Online Journalism from Syracuse University.
Paul Johnson Operations and Finance manager
As the operations and finance manager, Paul brings to EveryoneOn a mix of nine plus years in finance, administrative efficiency, human resources and organizational excellence. He’s held positions at private sector companies ranging in size from 10 to more than 500, as well as currently serving on the board of two local non-profit organizations benefitting the communities of Washington, D.C. He earned his B.A. in business from the University of Virginia.
Amber Petty National Program Coordinator
Amber Petty serves as EveryoneOn's National Program Coordinator overseeing the implementation of the American Express Dollars & Sense pilot and ConnectHome, a pilot initiative lead by the White House and the U.S. Department of Housing that will accelerate broadband adoption by children and families living in HUD-assisted housing across the nation.
She also oversees the efforts of EveryoneOn's Corporate Advisory Board and National Advisory Council on Educational Technology each bringing together like-minded experts in their respective fields to collaborate on strategic priorities for furthering EveryoneOn's mission.
Amber previously served as the programs associate under the Project55 fellowship, focusing on building awareness for digital inclusion through a national conference tour and working with enrollment partners to develop and share best practices. Amber is a DC native who is passionate about providing opportunity for educational attainment and economic advancement.
Prior to joining EveryoneOn as a Project 55 fellow, Amber earned an A.B. in anthropology from Princeton University. Focusing on the relationship between policy and culture, she served two stints as a volunteer for community health and economic development programs in Brazil while writing her thesis on race policy in higher education.
Shira Cohen Special Projects Associate
Shira Cohen serves as the Special Projects Associate at EveryoneOn as a Project55 fellow. She assists with EveryoneOn's efforts in ConnectHome and ConnectEd. Shira is also working on Lifeline broadband support and expanding our work to potential partners in new sectors.
A native of South Carolina, she earned an A.B. from Princeton University in History with certificates in European Cultural Studies and Humanistic Studies. While at Princeton, Shira was the undergraduate assistant for Princeton's Center for Digital Humanities, a research assistant for three History Department professors, and the president of Princeton's Hillel. A lifelong swimmer, she enjoys teaching swimming and water safety to her favorite age groups, the under three and three- to five-year-olds.
J’Tanya R. Adams Regional Manager, Charlotte
J’Tanya R. Adams, a native Charlottean and 21 year Operations Management veteran for the Hearst Corporation comes to Everyone On with experience in the helpdesk management, data center infrastructure and enterprise systems operations arena.
Concurrently, she founded the Historic West End Partners, Inc. an economic and cultural development nonprofit in Charlotte’s Historic West End and co-founded the 5 Points Community Collaborative, a neighborhood lead organization dedicated to guiding the growth and maintaining the integrity of the 5 Points Cultural Arts and Education District.
She is also a member of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership board of directors, the Johnson C. Smith University Indaba Council of Elders and a former board director of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Food Policy Council. As a faith-based leader, J’Tanya’s body of work includes membership care, youth ministry, prison ministry, chemical dependency counseling and mission activity in Moneague, Jamaica West Indies.
Paulina Chavez Regional Manager, Los Angeles
Paulina Chavez joins EveryoneOn with several years of project and program management experience within the social sector, with a focus on community outreach in the Los Angeles area. Previously, Paulina was with The Posse Foundation, a national nonprofit seeking to identify, recruit, and train high school students from underserved communities for full-tuition merit-based leadership scholarships. As a Program Coordinator in Los Angeles, she oversaw programming in addition to refining their outreach through metrics and data analysis.
Outside of her work, Paulina volunteers with various organizations focused on higher education access for high school students and leadership opportunities for Latinas. Paulina received her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Chicana/o Studies from UCLA.
Rania Ahmed Regional Manager, Bay Area
Rania Ahmed joins EveryoneOn as the regional manager of Bay Area for adoptions and strategic partnerships. She brings with her varied experience from the start up space in online marketplaces, customer experience strategy, and development work. Prior to joining EveryoneOn, Rania worked as a manager in the Chief of Staff office of PG&E, focusing on integrated planning on behalf of the 3,000 plus Customer Care team and before that, she spearheaded community engagement efforts as the Chief of Staff at Pejman Mar Ventures, a $40 million early venture fund. She also spent many years at the Robin Hood Foundation, a New York City-based nonprofit that combines investment principles and philanthropy to fight poverty. While there, she focused specifically on in-kind donor program engagement and young donor cultivation, where her most memorable experience was wrangling 15,000 turkeys on Thanksgiving to feed 128,000 homeless New Yorkers.
Outside of work, Rania is a non-discriminatory social activist and obsessed with connecting good hearts to do good for the world. A native of Sudan, she's passionate about the refugee conflict and co-producing a documentary series named She Is Syria to highlight the resilience of Syrian women caught in the conflict.
Maribel Martinez Regional Manager, Miami
Maribel Martinez joined EveryoneOn in 2015 as the regional manager in Miami, FL. A Miami native, Maribel brings to the role almost 20 years of professional experience in the areas of education, technology, leadership, management, and coaching.
Maribel is a graduate of Florida International University, Miami, where she earned a B.S. in Special Education and an M.S. in Reading Education. At the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, Maribel earned a Doctor of Education and an Education Specialist degree in Education Leadership with a concentration in Teacher Leadership.
She began her professional career as an educator with the Miami-Dade County Public School System where she worked with students with disabilities in grades K-12. She also served as a literacy coach, bilingual programs educator, instructor in the District’s Teacher Education Center, adjunct professor at Broward College, and she is also a National Board Certified Teacher.
Maribel spent four years in New York City where she served as a program implementation manager and a content and technology consultant supporting schools and nonprofits in New York, Georgia, Minnesota, and New Jersey. Most recently, Maribel served as the director of education and professional development for Nonprofits First, a nonprofit management support organization and the leading resource for strengthening the administrative and operational capacity of nonprofit organizations in South Florida including Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Indian River counties.
Kurt Peluso Regional Manager, New Jersey
Prior to joining EveryoneOn, Kurt spent five years working for the YMCA as a program director. As a director, he developed new programs and continuously raised funds to support the community. He also worked in education and assisted the Social Studies department with learning disabled students performing below grade level.
Kurt received his B.A. from the University of Rhode Island in political science and English, and graduated with honors from Monmouth University with a Masters in history. Kurt also volunteers for his town as a councilman and youth coach.
Nolen Young Technology Manager
Nolen Young is responsible for the development of web applications at EveryoneOn, and worked closely with the executive team to design and launch EveryoneOn's innovative enrollment and eligibility platform, which currently enables 36M Americans to instantaneously qualify and receive EveryoneOn's core Internet and device offerings. Nolen leads the design and implementation of additional mission-critical adoption tools, including interactive voice recognition system (IVR), customized data dashboards and adoption analytics for community partners, and the ongoing account management for existing beneficiaries. He is also the managing partner at Geisler Young, a full-service design firm that provides custom web site development and branding solutions. He was educated at Ball State University and the University of Westminster in London, England.