MEET OUR TEAM
Renée Stikes, Executive Director
Renée Stikes has worked as a nonprofit professional for more than twenty years. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Philanthropy at KaBOOM!, where she brought a broad range of successful experience creating and implementing strategies to raise visibility and secure funds from individuals, foundation, corporate and government sources. Previous experiences include development roles at CentroNia, Council on Foundations, Children's Defense Fund, National Minority AIDS Council, and Building Futures. Renée holds a Masters in Public Administration from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from the University of Louisville.
Ana Claudia Davila, Director of Family and School Engagement
Ana has worked and volunteered in several nonprofits in the DC metro area in communications, community outreach, and workshop implementation. Her previous experience includes a year term of service as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Prior to Horizons she worked in social services and program coordination for the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing. Ana is passionate about empowering low-income families through affordable housing, economic development, and most important, education.
Ana grew up in South America where she received a bachelor’s degree in Law and also graduated in the U.S. with a B.A. in Communications from the University of Maryland-College Park. Ana’s fondest memories include weekends of family gatherings while enjoying her grandma’s delicious food, as well as trips around Peru’s highlands and family hiking times.
Tracy Ganti, Director of Institutional Giving
Tracy plans, directs, and leads Horizons’ corporate, foundation, and government fundraising activities and relationships. Prior to joining Horizons, Tracy previously served as Director, eCommerce Customer Marketing at Marriott International and held marketing positions at USAirways, Coopers & Lybrand LLP, and American Airlines. She is an active community volunteer and currently serves on the board of Many Hands.
Tracy grew up in Connecticut where she spent her summers enjoying the beaches along Long Island Sound, riding her bike, and waiting for the Good Humor truck to drive through the neighborhood.
AJENE GILL, ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR
Before joining Horizons, Ajené taught at Just Us Kids, an early education center at the United States Department of Justice. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. From a young age, Ajené has shown her passion for teaching and educating young minds. While at college, she committed countless hours to giving back to her community by volunteering at various summer programs and interning. Ajené enjoys interior design, traveling and photography.
LAUREN SIMMONS, PROGRAM Director
A recent DC transplant, Lauren previously called Pittsburgh home. While in Pittsburgh, she fell in love with education research and program evaluation at the RAND Corporation, University of Pittsburgh School of Education, and most recently, Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science. While at Carnegie Mellon, she managed multiple research projects investigating the use of artificial intelligence to support students’ academic achievement and socioemotional development.
Originally from the Midwest, Lauren is a St. Louis native and a graduate of Indiana University–Bloomington, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, amateur beekeeping, and finding new ways to make her son laugh.
CATALINA TALERO, DIRECTOR OF INDIVIDUAL GIVING
Catalina has specialized in strategic development for nearly two decades. Her specialty is service to high-risk and underrepresented populations. Her M.A. is from George Washington University in Human & Organizational Management. She also holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Toronto. Since 2011, Catalina has been the founder and CEO of Envaluate, Inc. and has secured an overall career portfolio valued at $67 million comprised of local, national, and international projects. Collaborators include: George Washington University, Search for Common Ground, D.C. Alliance for Youth Advocates, District Bridges, CentroNía, and Ministries of Education in Andean South America. In her spare time, she enjoys playing guitar, jumping rope, and (paleo) cooking.
Aaron Cahn, Site Director, Maret School
Aaron is currently the Learning Specialist for Maret's Middle School. Prior to joining Maret he taught in Philadelphia Public Schools, at KIPP DC, and for K12 Inc. After graduating from the University of Maryland, he joined the Philadelphia Teaching Fellows and received his master’s in Special Education. He later completed a program in school administration in urban communities at IUPUI. When not at Maret Aaron enjoys spending time with his family and cheering on local sports teams. Aaron enjoyed attending and working camps through his childhood and is excited to be a part of the Horizons program.
Rachel Levin, Site Director, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School
Rachel joined Horizons Greater Washington in 2012. She currently teaches 3rd grade at St. Patrick’s. Rachel’s favorite thing about summer camp was getting the chance to try activities she didn't do during the school year. Some new adventures included flying on a trapeze, performing in a singing group, and camping and sleeping under the stars. Each experience was memorable and meaningful because it took her out of her comfort zone and helped her learn to take risks.
Jeanne Simons, Site Director, Norwood School
Jeanne Simons is a native of Pittsburgh. She attended The College of Wooster for her undergraduate studies and returned to Ohio a few years later to receive her master's in Curriculum and Instruction as a Reading Specialist K-12 at Kent State University. Jeanne has been a part of Horizons at Norwood for the past three years, first as their reading specialist and second as the Assistant Director. When not working, she loves to travel and explore!