Meet Our Team:
At Achillea, we believe that youth, though often overlooked, have the power and drive to create real change. In fact, Achillea was originally founded as a small NYC Hunter College High School club in October 2019 with only 5 members. Since then, it has grown into a national entity, connecting students and tutors from across the country. The work of these individuals, and countless talented volunteers, stand as a testament to what youth are capable of.
CEO and Founder
Sarah is the CEO and Founder of Achillea and serves on the Fair Futures Youth Advisory Board. A current student at Boston University pursuing a major in Computer Science and a minor in Film and Television, she founded Achillea in her freshman year of high school. She is a strong advocate for child welfare and youth entrepreneurship. During her free time, Sarah likes to write screenplays, crochet, and sing off-key.
Rudy is a current student at Boston University pursuing his B.S. in Education & Human Development. Within the field, he specializes in Educational Design for Transformative Social Futures and in Youth Development & Justice. He is a first-generation student working to benefit the immigrant community through critical positionality within design and restorative justice practices.
Board of Directors
Felicia is a former foster youth and founder of Customized Parenting, Coaching, and Consulting, LLC., which provides leadership and development training to nonprofit and government entities. She also received $200,000 from the David Prize to improve New York City. Felicia is pursuing a DPA at Walden University and is conducting research on government funding and nonprofit scaling.
Treasurer of the Board
Sarah is the Executive Director of the Redlich Horwitz Foundation. Sarah also serves on the Steering Committee of the national Youth Transition Funders Group, is the Co-Chair of the Foster Care Work Group and is a Co-Coordinator of the NYC Foster Care Funders Group. Sarah is a graduate of Middlebury College and the NYU Stern School of Business.
David V. Joffe
Secretary of the Board
David is a social studies teacher and former assistant principal at Hunter College High School. He has designed curriculum around social and emotional learning, implemented student academic and social supports, worked closely with student clubs, and designed and lead DEI faculty workshops. He is a graduate of Harvard College with an M.A. in African American Studies from Columbia University and an M.Ed. in school leadership from Teachers College.
Michael P. Addis
After receiving a J.D. from Harvard Law, Michael practiced pro bono indigent criminal defense and civil rights law and taught as an Adjunct Professor at the Mississippi College School of Law. He is a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore focusing on civil litigation disputes and associated pro-bono work. He received a B.A. in English from Princeton University and an M.S.T. in Teaching Secondary English from Pace University while at Teach for America.