Susan Rodriguez

Founding Director |

Susan provides development, vision, direction and oversight to staff and consultants for all programs and activities; promotes relationships with other non-profit and local government agencies; primary contact for fundraising and development opportunities.



Christina Rodriguez

Smart Youth founding director

Christina is the co-founder of SMART Youth. She manages the curriculum and scheduling of SMART Youth programs. She also trains youth ambassadors, and plans fundraising events. Contact Christina for SMART Youth, community event, and fundraising inquiries.


Frances Wood

SMART Youth Coordinator

Frances facilitates sexual health education and assists in nutritional workshops for SMART Youth. She also helps expand SMART Youth's impact by conducting outreach and developing organizational partnerships. Contact Frances for SMART Youth related inquiries.


Kevin Rios

Program Manager

Kevin oversees all programs of SMART including SMART Youth. He coordinates outreach initiatives and participation in health fairs and other community events. Contact Kevin for information about SMART programs, activities, or SMART participation in any community events or health fairs.


Les LaRue

Program Director

Les applies his energy to the development of SMART programs and initiatives, as well as being the in-house graphic designer/marketing director, and the instructor for SMART Art & Technology. Working with the Founding Director, he is also the associate grant writer for SMART. Contact Les for information regarding development, marketing, SMART Art & Technology, and the SMART Ambassador Program.


Samantha Clare

Director of Operations

Sam handles all of the logistics of SMART programs and activities. She builds relations with other CBO’s in East Harlem and beyond. Contact Sam for any SMART program presentation inquiries.


Tara Pierce

Program Assistant

Tara assists all SMART Food For Life programs, processes SMART Intake Forms, contacts all clients for upcoming classes and events, and is part of the outreach team. Contact Tara for information on upcoming classes, to schedule an intake or to RSVP for SMART Body.


Tawnya Manion

Culinary director & Chef nutritionist

Tawnya leads our cooking and nutrition workshops at the East Harlem Health Action Center and around the community. She ensures that each class has up-to-date, science based nutrition education and that our participants learn how to prepare fresh, delicious, and healthy meals. Contact Tawnya for SMART Food for Life classes at community events.