Erin is deeply passionate about helping young people transform what they believe is possible for themselves. Erin’s journey to Summer Search began as an Outward Bound Instructor for an expedition of all Summer Searchers inspired her with their self-reflection, resilience, and willingness to step out of their comfort zone.
Erin, a first-generation college student, received her B.A from Clark University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching program at Clark University. During her fieldwork in South Africa and rural Haiti, Erin experienced the transformative power of being outside of her comfort zone. Erin has taught 8th grade World history and was an Lead Wilderness Instructor at Outward Bound.
In her free time, Erin finds herself scheming new outdoor adventures, mountain biking, and throwing homemade pizza parties.
College Access & Success Manager
Kaitlin has a deep belief in providing access to opportunities for all. At Summer Search, she loves connecting with students and empowering them to find the best opportunities for their big third trip -- college!
Kaitlin holds a B.A. from Dickinson College and a Masters in Education from the College of William & Mary. During college, she studied in Cameroon, Africa, where she became a true member of her host family, spoke French, and ate her weight in fresh mangoes. Kaitlin worked for an Upward Bound program during college summers.
Kaitlin has been a college adviser in a rural public high school and is a recent transplant to Philly.
She can be found at the dog park, reading books, discovering hidden culinary gems, or scheming about where her passport will take her next.
Director of Development
Michelle holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Villanova University and a MBA in Public and Nonprofit Management from Boston University.
Prior to Summer Search, Michelle held positions at CSFP and the U.S. Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C. where she worked on several reports for Congress, including a review focused on homeless women veterans. Additionally, Michelle has several years of experience in data analytics, while working for organizations including Cephalon (now part of Teva Pharmaceuticals), Grameen Foundation, and Boston University School of Management.
She enjoys volunteering, especially playing sports with Special Olympics athletes.
Colin is driven by a deep commitment to others, and an unyielding longing for the world to be a better place. Growing up in Cairo, Egypt, Colin finds home amid change and transition.
Prior to Summer Search, Colin was a high school English teacher, a corps member for Teach for America, and a founding faculty member of Arise Academy Charter High School.
Colin’s formal education is a BA from Wheaton College and a MS in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, but he loves learning and experiencing the richness of life wherever he can. Often this means spending time in the woods, on the side of a cliff, enjoying a meal with good friends, or perhaps in transit to a new place.
He and his wife love their church and community in West Philadelphia.
Tolulope’s passion, obsession, and ambition is to empower undeserved youth to be the best version of themselves. Ultimately, what drives Tolulope is helping youth be what people said they couldn’t. Tolulope hopes to bring a unique background of engaging youth in various roles: mentor, coach, and advocate to Summer Search.
Before Summer Search, Tolulope served as a Heinz Fellow for the Heinz Endowments in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Heinz Fellowship placed ten recent African American college graduates in high-needs high schools in the Pittsburgh school district to serve as mentors, tutors and role models for high school African American males. Along with working at a school full-time, Tolulope pursued graduate studies and received a Master’s in Organizational Leadership at Robert Morris University in 2015.
Tolulope, a Questbridge Scholar received a B.A. in Religion from Haverford College in 2013. Tolulope likes to spend his free time coaching a middle school track and field team, playing chess, and debating about why every single New York City sports team is the best.
Sherella is excited to share her passion for development that is deeply intertwined with her passion for her vibrant home city of Philadelphia. Sherella’s goal is to ensure that the wonderful opportunities that Philadelphia has to offer are accessible to all communities across the city.
Sherella holds a B.A. from Byrn Mawr College, and has studied at Berlin’s Humboldt University, an experience that sealed her commitment to the German language (including its dialects!) and inspired her to teach in two Austrian high schools after college through Fulbright and the Austrian-American Educational Commission. Aside from her time overseas, Sherella previously worked at Public Health Management Corporation on the Out-of-School Time Project, where she supported quality after-school programing in over a hundred sites across Philadelphia.
Sherella can often be found redefining her limits in Muay Thai class, thinking of interesting new ways to maintain her German fluency, or searching for the best pancake spot in West Philly.