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Team

Danisha White

Danisha is the Paid Media Specialist for Merit America. She brings six years of experience using online storytelling, digital advertising, and social media to connect with real people. Danisha earned her bachelor’s degree in Print/Internet Journalism from Missouri State University. She maintains her passion for writing, health, and wellness by collaborating with fellow entrepreneurs. Danisha…

Patrick Tucker

Patrick Tucker serves as a Program Support Specialist at Merit America, where his integral role ensures the seamless operation of the Merit America program. Having walked the transformative path of a Merit America alumnus himself, Patrick intimately understands the organization’s profound impact. Patrick joins Merit America with a wealth of experience in customer service and…

Chakayla Taylor

Chakayla is a Program Support Specialist who is a graduate of Merit America’s IT Support track! Upon graduating from the program she started her tech career with one of the industry’s leading customer service software companies as a Technical Support Specialist Engineer. After 13 years of experience in customer-facing roles, she enjoys being a trusted…

Brittany Echevarria

Brittany is a Program Success Manager and Career Coach at Merit America. She is passionate about providing individualized career coaching to meet the diverse needs of learners and in helping them identify and tap into their full potential. She believes in the importance of creating a welcoming space to foster growth and empowerment, while also…

Krizelle Manzano

Krizelle is the Marketing Manager at Merit America. Prior to joining the team, she was the Marketing and Communications Director at World Pulse where she executed integrated marketing strategies with a focus on growth and acquisition. Krizelle has over seven years of digital marketing expertise across a variety of industries, including healthcare, online education, and…

Emily Kaplan

Emily draws on her training as a licensed social worker to propel growth in people and organizations. She brings a decade of experience in nonprofit development, having supported 75+ mission-driven organizations in articulating their unique impact and then strategically building the relationships necessary to achieve their goals for growth. Emily has a B.A. from Barnard…

DeJuan Brown

DeJuan Brown is the Head of Sales at Merit America. He comes to us having spent 20+ years in Tech Sales. He believes in humility, service, transparency, and continuous growth as major keys to success. His leadership style prioritizes genuine human connection and believes in #peopleovereverything. In his free time, DeJuan enjoys staying active, exploring…

Ari DiRomualdo

Ari grew up in a small town just outside of Boston, MA. They moved to California to pursue a B.S. in Psychological and Brain Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara and have been loving life on the west coast ever since. Before Merit America, Ari worked for UCSB as a research assistant focusing…

Jordan Clark

Jordan Clark is Merit America‚Äôs Account-Based Marketing Manager. He brings 10 years of marketing experience with a focus on the tech-education sector. Jordan has held notable positions at Skillcrush and Generation USA, where he showcased his skills in content creation, messaging, and leading integrated marketing initiatives. What distinguishes Jordan’s background is his start in marketing…

Denisha Bland

Denisha joins Merit America after serving students as an Assistant Dean at UNC Greensboro in North Carolina. Prior to this, Denisha served in a leadership role overseeing a grant-funded access and retention cohort-based program for a diverse group of students entering college. Denisha is also a trained Social Worker and previously served students in K-12,…

Michelle Stepp

Michelle has spent the last 23 years working in university alumni relations. She describes herself as a celebrator and a connector. Her biggest passion is connecting people to their strengths, their goals and passions and to each other. Michelle believes that alumni relations is a concierge service full of providing the relationships, connections, benefits, and…

Argeny Jimenez

Argeny is the first ever Sourcing Talent Acquisition Partner at Merit America. He comes to us with over 4 years of recruiting experience- sourcing and hiring in education and tech specifically Software Engineers. Before transitioning into Talent Acquisition Argeny had a brief career in law enforcement where he quickly realized that his community approach style…

Godfred Brobbey

After graduating from college, I entered the workforce as an administrative assistant before landing my first tech role as a data analyst. From there I’ve work various analytics positions such as business analyst and business intelligence analyst, and systems analyst (to an extent). I come from a healthcare background, having worked primarily in the healthcare…

Allie Johnson

Hello! I am Allie Johnson (she/her) and I am a Job Success Specialist. Originally from Massachusetts, I got my M.S. in Counselor Education from Mississippi State before moving to Georgia in 2012. I worked in higher education for 14 years prior to joining the Merit America team, and have a background in career coaching, leadership…

Alicia Hardy

Alicia has more than a decade of experience in higher education, workforce development and nonprofit sectors. She has worked with developing career paths for first-generation college students at community colleges and universities. She also has worked with unemployed and underemployed job seekers through career coaching, interview prep, and resume writing. She earned her Bachelor’s degree…

Alejandro Amaya

Alejandro is a Miami, FL native who is the son of immigrants from Honduras. Alejandro was the first in his family to graduate both from High School and College, and has a deep understanding of just how important education can provide access to all. He has worked his entire career in higher education in a…

Albert Perera

Albert was born and raised in Miami, FL as the oldest of three brothers to Cuban immigrant parents. He joins Merit America with experience in technical recruiting at Slack and Uber, as well as various functions in higher education such as orientation program management, employee onboarding and training, and leadership development at several institutions including…