Susan Rodriguez

Founding Director

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



Tawnya Manion

Director of Health and Wellness Programming

Tawnya leads our cooking and nutrition workshops at the East Harlem Health Action Center and throughout 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.



Samantha Clare

Director of Operations

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



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.



Tara Pierce

SMART Ambassador/Program Manager

Tara assists in all SMART Food For Life programs, processes SMART Intake Forms, contacts 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.



Bradley Curry

Social Media Videographer

Bradley shoots stills and clips of our various programs taking place each week (and special events) and creates 30-60 second videos which are posted on our social media venues:  Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our website. It is a fun way to show Smart University in action! Contact Bradley for information regarding social media concerns, or to request multimedia.



Annie Reyes

SMART Ambassador/Program Assistant

Annie assists in clean-up and food preparation for all Food For Life programming. She is also fluent in spoken Spanish and serves as a translator for the Spanish-speaking community. Contact Annie for information about our "Work It! Taste It!" weekly smoothie-making event. 


Catherine Gao


Catherine is the Mandarin Chinese translator for SMART. She attends all of SMART's classes and events to assist our Chinese-speaking participants with translation and guidance in engaging with classroom activities. Contact Catherine for information about our Chinese translation services.



Christina Rodriguez

Smart Youth Founding Director

Christina is the co-founder of SMART Youth. She manages the curriculum and scheduling of SMART Youth programs, 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.