About Us

Our Mission

We partner with educators, students and schools bridging disparities to provide meaningful educational experiences and to demonstrate the power of an integrated peer learning model.

Our Team

Meet the Achieve Miami team!

Lydia Muniz

Executive Director


With over forty-five 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”.

Most recently, Lydia successfully concluded fifteen (15) months as Interim President & CEO for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, steering the organization through leadership/staff transitions, the pandemic, and culture transformation, with a newly onboarded CEO now at the helm. In 2019 she served as Interim CEO with Amigos for Kids, for 15 months following the tragic passing of its long-term CEO. Lydia facilitated the search and on-boarding of its new Executive Director and leadership team.

She is the President of LIVE YOUR DREAMS Company, (LYD) assisting social impact organizations unlock new opportunities for growth, sustainability, and fundraising effectiveness. Amongst her clients, are Big Brothers Big Sisters of America & Puget Sound, & several other BBBS Affiliates, Centro Mater Foundation, Rebuilding Together, Brooke USA and The Education Fund. Ms. Muniz holds a B.A. from InterAmerican University, a Master of Science in Social Administration degree from Case Western Reserve University. Ms. Muniz continued her post graduate education over the years by attending Harvard Business School’s “Strategic NPO Institute,” the Aspen Institute in Colorado, and Bank of America’s Neighborhood in Excellence Leadership Institute. Lydia served as a Board Member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Miami years ago.

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.

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Rachel Saiontz Geary

Director of Development


Rachel is Achieve Miami’s Director of Development. In this role, she works with the fabulous Achieve team to implement programs that connect and positively impact students of varying resources. Rachel has worked with and at Achieve Miami for many years and formerly served as the Director of Summer Programs in which role she planned, guided, empowered, and supported the work of the summer leadership team at Achieve’s four summer sites. 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 proud mother to babies Bensen and Jude with a new one one the way!!

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.

Robert Sawyer

Director of High School Programs


Robert Sawyer is a proponent of service. Robert’s 10 years of service has been primarily in the Non-Profit sector, specifically in college readiness. He graduated from Florida Memorial University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2011, he also served as the President of the Epsilon Mu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. for two years during his time in college. Robert completed three years of the volunteer organization AmeriCorps. Those programs included City Year Miami, National Civilian Community Corps, and AmeriCorps VISTA. During those three terms, he received the Golden President’s Award for Community Service for logging over 2700 hours. Robert has dedicated his life to helping the younger generation through his prior experiences, understanding of the importance of a college education, and passion for getting things done. Robert currently resides in Davie, Florida where he continues to be a beacon for positive change in the community.

Megan Wong

Manager of High School and Alumni Programs


Megan Wong is the Manager of High School and Alumni Programs at Achieve Miami. Megan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Florida, where she was heavily involved in multicultural and community organizations. In 2019, Megan joined Teach for America and instructed 9th and 10th grade English in Miami-Dade. As a first-generation, low-income college graduate, she aims to inspire students that their potential is not defined by their circumstances. In her free time, Megan enjoys lifting weights, window shopping, and socializing with friends.

Stephanie Oshinsky

Director of Community Engagement


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Fritz Dorigo

Director of Music


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.

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Barbara Perego

Operations Manager


Barbara Perego is the Operations Manager at Achieve Miami. Born in Argentina and raised in Miami, Barbara is dedicated to serving her local community. She has a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies and Communications from Hamilton College. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys canvassing, yoga, and spending time with loved ones.

Isabella Tinucci Tozzi

Manager of Program Innovation and Evaluation


Isabella Tinucci Tozzi is the Manager of Program Innovation and Evaluation at Achieve Miami. Born in Brazil and raised in Miami, Isabella is very passionate about education and the students we serve! In 2017, she graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She began her career at Achieve Miami after her first year teaching and incorporating project-based curriculum which she weaved into her teaching in the classroom at Lenora B. Smith Elementary School. During the pandemic, Isabella continued utilizing technology to enhance student learning and collaborated with Achieve Miami to support virtual programs. 

Our Founder

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Leslie Miller Saiontz

Founder


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.

Evelyn Greer

Treasurer


Evelyn Langlieb Greer was an elected member of the Miami-Dade County Public School Board, the fourth largest school system in the country, from 2004-2008. She was the founding and first Mayor of the Village of Pinecrest, a city in Miami-Dade County, from 1996 to 2004.  She has practiced law since 1973 and is president of Greer Properties, Inc., a commercial property developer.

Ms. Greer graduated from Barnard College, cum laude, in 1970 and from Columbia University School of Law in 1973. She has been awarded the Columbia University Alumni Medal and the Columbia Law School Lawrence A. Wien Award for Public Service, among other honors. Ms. Greer is on the Dean’s Council of Columbia Law School and was a trustee of Barnard College. She serves as a director/Executive Committee member of the Arsht Performing Arts Center of Miami-Dade County, is a founding board member of Teach for America/Miami, serves on the board of Lotus House, a homeless shelter for women and has served as a member of the Community Advisory Committee of the Knight Foundation and the Cultural Affairs Committee of Miami-Dade County.

Claudia Grillo

Director


Claudia Grillo joined the University of Miami in April 2018 as Associate Vice President for Development and Donor Relations, and is responsible for developing a coordinated team-approach around principal gift efforts division-wide. Claudia has been an active member of the South Florida community through her involvement as a board member of the International Women’s Forum, The Children’s Trust, Achieve Miami, and a mentor at Teach for America.

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

Director


Rebecca Fishman Lipsey currently serves as the CEO of The Miami Foundation. Before taking on that role, she was the Founder and CEO of Radical Partners, an accelerator for social impact, where she led initiatives including Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, 100 Great Ideas, Leadership Lab, the Music Access Fellowship, and the 10 Days of Connection. From 2013-2017, she served on the Florida State Board of Education.