Welcoming new Public Interest staff

PI-GRO is delighted to welcome Dr. Kerry Bolger, Martha Randolph, Ashley Johnson, Ayesha Gaston and Nana Kufour

PI-GRO is delighted to welcome Dr. Kerry Bolger to our team as our newest Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer, responsible for policy issues related to children, youth, and families and aging issues. Kerry comes to APA from the American Educational Research Association (AERA), where she was Associate Director of Government Relations.  Before that she served as an APA/AAAS Congressional Fellow in the office of U.S. Representative Diana DeGette and then as a legislative assistant in Representative DeGette’s office. As Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, she conducted research focused on social and emotional development among children growing up in high-risk environments, especially children who have been maltreated by their parents or caregivers. 

Martha Randolph joins Public Interest as the new Administrative Coordinator for the Office on Aging. She comes to APA with many years of experience as an Administrative Coordinator, Business Unit Coordinator, and Legislative Specialist, including most recently 10 years at the American Association of Retired Persons.

Ashley Johnson is the new Administrative Coordinator for the SESRCD program. Ashley is in pursuing an MBA at George Washington University. Prior to this, Ashley received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a double major in Management and Marketing and a minor in Sport and Entertainment Management from the University of South Carolina, and worked as a Marketing Consultant at Clear Channel Radio in Columbia, SC for 3 years.

Ayesha Gaston is the new Office Manager for the Violence Prevention Program. She comes to APA with excellent administrative and office experience having worked for the DC Chief Financial Officer, and the Child and Family Service Agency. She has a BS in Psychology from the University of Phoenix, great interest in children and families and wants to apply her knowledge in psychology to prevention. 
 
Nana Kufour is the new Project Manager for the Violence Prevention Program and will be working on the DOJ/Office for Victims of Crime grant for the Effective Providers (EP) program, aimed to develop, implement and evaluate a national training program for professionals that provide services to children victims of violence. Nana comes to APA with excellent professional experience in the US and Ghana in the development and delivery of online and in-person training programs, project management, marketing, and budget management. She has a BA in Government and International Politics from George Mason University.