Director of REACH
Amherst College, BA | New York University, MA
After serving as the Dean of Mathematics for the REACH Program for nine years, Doug became the Director of REACH in July 2019. A proud native of Brooklyn, Doug went to a small, Catholic grammar school near Coney Island before attending Regis High School and graduating in 2005. He completed his undergraduate work at Amherst College, graduated from NYU with a Masters in Mathematical Education in 2010, and has been happily puzzling middle school students with mathematical riddles ever since.
REACH Dean of English Language Arts
Marquette University, BS | Columbia University, MA
Shannon joined the REACH leadership team in 2019 as Academic Dean for English Language Arts. She holds a MA in the Teaching of English from Columbia Teachers’ College as well as a BS in Secondary Education from Marquette University. Shannon comes to REACH with a diversity of teaching experience including her work at Divine Savior/Holy Angels Academy in Milwaukee; Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, IL; and St Anthony’s High School in Milwaukee.
REACH Assistant Director and Dean of Student Recruiting and Admissions
Cornell University, BA | University of Pennsylvania, MA
Born in Mexico and raised in the Bronx, Alan Garcia re-joined the REACH team in the summer of 2014. A graduate of Regis High School, Alan is happy to once again call Regis home. After graduating from Regis, Alan completed his undergraduate degree at Cornell University and his graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Upon finishing his graduate studies, Alan worked as a Program Coordinator at iMentor, a non-profit headquartered here in New York City that works with low-income, first-generation public high school students. As the Assistant Director of REACH, Alan heads the recruiting and admissions effort, in addition to various other administrative duties.
REACH Director of Graduate Support
Villanova University, BA | University of Pennsylvania, M.S. Ed
A native New Yorker and Regis alumnus, Russell's passion for educational equity sparked while working for the REACH Program throughout his high school and college summers. Upon graduating from Villanova University, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English at a bilingual public high school in Madrid for two consecutive years. After his time as a grantee, Russell joined Teach For America as a Spanish teacher at Freire Charter High School in Philadelphia, where he also completed his M.S. Ed. in Urban Education & Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania. He now serves as the REACH Program Director of Graduate Support, leading REACH efforts to support alumni toward continued success in high school, college, and beyond.