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OUR TEAM

Founder and President

Leslie Miller Saiontz is a philanthropist, educational activist, and impact investor. Leslie founded Achieve Miami in 2015 with the goal of launching, scaling, and developing programs that narrow the opportunity gaps facing low-income communities. Into addition to serving as the President of the board at Achieve Miami, Leslie chairs the board of the Miami-Dade chapter of Teach for America, a national organization building a massive network of outstanding leaders who have committed at least two years to teaching in low-income neighborhoods. Before launching Achieve Miami, Leslie spent decades as a successful entrepreneur in retail and real estate. Leslie’s proudest accomplishment is seeing her six grown children dedicate their time and resources to strengthening their own communities.

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Meet Our Team

Lydia Muñiz

Interim Executive Director
Since November 8, 2021, Lydia has served as Interim Executive Director for Achieve Miami. Prior to this current role, Lydia served as Interim President &; CEO for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound and did the same for Amigos for Kids following the tragic passing of its long-term CEO. In both organizations, Lydia supported the search and onboarding of the succeeding Executive Directors, who remain at these organizations today. With over forty years of professional non-profit leadership experience, Lydia served for 30 years as the President & CEO for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami. During her tenure, the organization grew exponentially, where over $ 40 million was raised to grow its services and realize the organization’s dream of owning its own permanent “home”, “the Carnival Center for Excellence”. Through her company, LIVE YOUR DREAMS, (LYD) helps social impact organizations unlock new opportunities for growth, sustainability, and fundraising effectiveness. Amongst her clients, are Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Centro Mater Foundation, Rebuilding Together, Brooke USA and The Education Fund. Ms. Muniz holds a B.A. from InterAmerican University, San German, Puerto Rico and a Master of Science in Social Administration degree from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. Ms. Muniz’s post graduate education also includes Harvard Business School’s “Strategic NPO Institute,” the Aspen Institute in Colorado, and Bank of America’s Neighborhood in Excellence Leadership Institute.

Rachel Saiontz

Director of Philanthropy
Rachel is Achieve Miami’s Director of Philanthropy, where she proudly spreads the word about Achieve and works with partners and donors to support the Achieve Miami programs. Rachel has worked with and at Achieve Miami for many years and has formerly served as Director of Summer Programs and Interim Executive Director. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Princeton University and a Masters in Education and Social Change from the University of Miami. Rachel is a Miami native, a Teach For America Miami-Dade alumnus, and after marrying her middle-school sweetheart, she is now proud mother to Bensen, Jude, and Emma.

Maria Gabriela Castro

Administrative Manager
Maria Gabriela was born and raised in Machala, Ecuador and lived in Massachusetts for 3 years before moving to Hialeah, FL at 11 yrs old. She attended the University of Central Florida where she earned a B.A. in Anthropology and certificate in TEFL, and fell in love with understanding culture and diversity. Since graduating, she has been working in non-profit organizations, most notably 7 years at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science where she wore many hats through her tenure including positions in the Education and Guest Services departments. Maria Gabriela is passionate about making education accessible to all and serving her community by understanding cultural needs. In her spare time, MG loves to travel, try any and all foods, visit any garden she can, and go to the beach as much as possible!

Claudia Bojorquez

Deputy Director of Programs
Claudia is the Deputy Director of Programs at Achieve Miami. She is a driven leader with experience managing high-impact strategic media campaigns at both Univision and MTV Networks, which have mobilized thousands of people to take positive action in the areas of education, health, social justice, civic participation, and personal finance. Claudia also served as a member of Teach for America, where she taught 4th and 5th-grade math and science in Miami-Dade. Claudia graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in Policy Studies and Public Relations. She loves to travel, paint, play basketball, go to the beach, and spend time with her daughter, Ana-Isabel.

Isabella Tozzi

Director of Program Innovation and Evaluation
Isabella is the Director of Program Innovation and Evaluation at Achieve Miami. She was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and moved to sunny South Florida when she was five. She is very passionate about education and the students we serve! She began her career at Achieve Miami after her first year teaching and incorporating a project-based curriculum, which she weaved into her teaching in the Lenora B. Smith Elementary School classroom. During the pandemic, Isabella continued utilizing technology to enhance student learning and is now working on building Achieve Miami’s information technologies and program evaluation. She works with The Miami Foundation on our collaborative initiative, Miami Connected! She is continuing her journey and impact at the University of Miami, pursuing a Master’s in Community and Social Change.

Nicole Murad

Director of Elementary Programs
Nicole is a multi-passionate community leader with experience in teaching, organizing, research, and development. She served on the Girls on the Run Chicago Associate Board for 3 years and as a Community Representative on her Local School Council for 1 term. A South Florida native, she is now back to her roots after living in Chicago for 7 years. Nicole has a Bachelor's in Sociology from the University of North Florida and a Master's of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University. She loves to travel, especially to US National Parks (so far, Bryce Canyon is her favorite!), and enjoys a good workout, reading, and swimming in the ocean in her downtime.

Stephanie Oshinsky

Director of Community Engagement
Stephanie Oshinsky, our Director of Community Engagement, works diligently with students, parents, and community partners to ensure that everyone has a positive and meaningful experience with Achieve Miami. She has been with Achieve Miami since its inception, serving as a key liaison between Achieve and the Greater Miami community. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys concerts, travel, and spending time with family and friends.

Fritz Dorigo

Director of Music Programs
Fritz Dorigo is the Director of Music at Achieve Miami. He was born and raised in South Florida. In 1992, after graduating from Barry University with a B.A. in Music, he began to pursue a career in the music business. In 1996 he signed his first recording contract, and in 1999 scored a regional hit with his band, Crease, and secured a second record deal on Roadrunner Records. Fritz has taught guitar, piano, bass, and drums in music schools and privately in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties. He founded an artist management and label services company in 2012, Rock Power Management where he has worked with Alex Di Leo, Brother Sundance, Jim Camacho, and Stokoff. Fritz is very excited to bring all his knowledge and experiences to Achieve Miami and to help students develop their musical skill.

Lauren Bien-Aime

Director of High School Programs
Lauren is a first generation Miami native and graduate of The University of Florida. At UF, Lauren received a Bachelors of Science in Food Chemistry and Human Nutrition and was involved in many community service organizations and academic fraternities. As a Teach For America Alumnus, she had the opportunity to weave her passion in STEM with community service, and come back to South Florida to teach in both Miami Dade County and Broward County Public Schools. Some of Lauren’s hobbies include anything related to food and biological science, traveling, educating others on health and nutrition, as well as biking.

Stephanie Jennings

Manager of High School and Alumni Programs
Stephanie is the Manager of High School and Alumni Programs at Achieve Miami. Born and raised in the beautiful island of Turks and Caicos, she is passionate about serving her community and advocating for children and young adults. Her devotion for her community and youth stemmed from actively participating in nonprofits at a young age. She has served in multiple leadership capacities for several nonprofits through Miami Dade County and Broward County. Stephanie has an Associates in Early Childhood Development and is a Silver Knight Award recipient in Speech. Stephanie spends her free time traveling, relaxing in nature, crafting and with family.

Wallaadah Bingham

Program Coordinator
Wallaadah Bingham is the Program Coordinator at Achieve Miami. She has always had a deep passion for nonprofit work and social justice. Originally from New Jersey, Wallaadah moved to South Florida in 2018 for a year of AmeriCorps service working with children of incarcerated individuals. Her devotion to education led her to teach healthy relationships and risk avoidance education in Broward County. At Achieve, she hopes to make a significant impact in bridging the educational disparities in Miami-Dade County. In her free time, Wallaadah enjoys painting, dancing, teaching abroad and braiding hair.

Laura Calero

Communications and Development Associate
Laura Calero is the Communications and Development Associate at Achieve Miami. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she moved to Los Angeles when she was 18 years old to attend the University of Southern California where she earned a B.A. in Communication. During her four years in college, Laura spent most of her time volunteering at local non-profits where she developed a passion for mission-driven work and appreciation for cultural diversity. She has studied different forms of music, theater, and art throughout her life, in which she experienced and learned the significant impact that the arts have on social and mental wellbeing, as well the educational benefits they provide. In her free time, Laura loves to paint, practice yoga, or spend time at the beach.

Our Board of Directors

Claudia Grillo

University of Miami

Dahiana Tejada

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Evelyn Greer

The Greer Company

Gonzales Austin

SVB Leerink

Leslie Miller Saiontz

Achieve Miami

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

The Miami Foundation

Russell Benford

Royal Caribbean

Samantha Hoare

REthinc

Stephen Bittel

Terranova Corp

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