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The FAO Schwarz Fellows Newsletter

2009 Cohort Update


Barbyose Noisette Sanders

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Barbyose is the Executive Program Director of Kensington Soccer Club in Philadelphia. Barbyose “oversees youth and adult programs that include after-school and in-school partnerships, summer camps, community engagement, youth leadership, girls empowerment and violence prevention.” 

Bianca Van Heydoorn

Vera Institute of Justice

In January 2023 after a national search, Bianca was selected as the Executive Director of Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project. Bianca had served as the Interim Executive Director since February 2022. “My childhood experiences so closely mirror those of client-partners, that I feel compelled to serve and pay forward what was given to me. I want to model for client-partners that none of our lives are a foregone conclusion. I want them to see that the life I live now is not because I escaped my neighborhood or circumstances, but because those experiences inform how I lead and show up in the world. I’ve had access to resources, opportunities and guidance from caring individuals that brought me to a place where I get to be a conduit of healing for others.” 

Massomeh (Muhammed) Spahr

Year Up

Massomeh is the Managing Director, BIPOC ED Coalition Washington State. Massomeh transitioned to this role in April 2022 after almost 10 years at Growing Up Green Charter School where she was Director of Operations. 


Tory Klein Dunkle

Please Touch Museum

Tory is working as Director of Children’s Ministries at Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, PA.  Tory’s daughter Anna turned 3 in December. 

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"At the end of the day, no matter our line of nonprofit work, it is about the welfare of people. I'm grateful for the ways I grew to understand that during my time as a Fellow and for how it helped to shape my calling."
Kayla Peck Hopgood F14
Vicar at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Princeton Junction, NJ