As the recipient of the Utah’s Business Magazine Top 20 in their 20’s award, Kwamane has proven leadership skills, leading youth and family programs. Kwamane has around 15 years of experience working with at risk youth in the non-profit sector. Most recently, Kwamane worked with the United Nations Civil Society Youth Committee that led outreach initiatives for the 68th Civil Society Conference, which was attended by 2,000 representatives from more than 500 civil society organizations from over 100 countries. Kwamane has a B.S in Criminal Justice with a emphasis on Juvenile Justice.
Rachel Telushkin has been the Business Manager at the Brick House since July 2017. She has extensive experience providing fiscal, human resource and operational management at non-profit organizations in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden County. She has also served on numerous area boards. She has a B.A. and M.Ed from the University of MA. What she likes most about her work at the Brick House is seeing a truly grass roots, diverse, multi-cultural community-driven vision be implemented, and of course, crunching numbers. Outside of work, she is active in the Western MA Prison Abolition Network and hikes with her old Rhodesian Ridgeback.
Youth Program Director
Before becoming Youth Program Director at the Brick House, Jane worked at Turners Falls High School as a Therapeutic Teacher Assistant. Jane is also a carpenter and musician, and loves to share her skills with the youth at the Brick House. She cares a lot about supporting and empowering young people, and has training in trauma informed support and conflict resolution strategies. She loves spending time with her cat Rubix Cube, hiking, cooking, and studying Shiatsu and Chinese Medicine.
Youth Program Support Staff
Kaleb thrives in the position of Youth Programs Support Staff through his ability to relate well to youth. His hobbies include listening to and creating music, playing both board and video games, binging Netflix, and spending time with his family (especially his nephew, Kai). He began working with young people at the age of 16 when he helped to staff a social justice organization in his hometown of Hartford, CT. He then moved to MA in 2013 to serve the Brick House as an AmeriCorps member for two years, after which he worked for Dial/Self for several years before returning to Brick House. Kaleb is passionate about using the arts and pop culture to create safe and welcoming spaces for youth to learn, grow, and develop confidence.
Parent and Family Services Coordinator
Sandra has worked in the Human Service Field for 30+ years. With such programs as: The Care Center, Valley Opportunity Council, Community Action and most recently for The Foodbank of wma. Sandra enjoys working with the community and helping families obtain resources that may be available to them in times of need. She enjoys cooking, shopping and dancing Salsa. She loves spending time with family especially her children and her 3 grandchildren.
She is excited to be a productive team member of the Brick House and help raise awareness of local resources.
Community Resources Director
Before becoming Community Resources Director at the Brick House in May 2020, Aisha spent several years in the public health and reproductive rights field. Aisha is also a dance instructor who teaches throughout the Valley. She is dedicated to local organizing, LGBTQ+ rights, and fostering meaningful relationships throughout the community.
Americorps Youth Support Staff
Dan Musante is our DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps Member. He is new to the Turners Falls area, coming from nearby Northampton. He has built meaningful relationships with youth at the Teen Center and enjoys helping them set purposeful goals and exploring concrete resources and pathways to achieve those goals.