Supporting students to overcome educational inequities in the Greater Philadelphia area

HGP Leadership

Lauren Maloney, Executive Director

Lauren Maloney is the Executive Director of Horizons Greater Philadelphia (HGP), and works to expand the Horizons Network of learning programs in the Philadelphia area. Prior to joining HGP, Lauren served as Director of Development at Cornerstone Christian Academy, a K-8 independent school in Southwest Philadelphia. Prior to Cornerstone, Lauren spent six years in Development and Alumni Engagement at The Episcopal Academy. Lauren holds a Masters in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Psychology from Lafayette College, and possesses significant secondary education experience. A lifelong Philadelphia-area resident, Lauren brings a passion for educational equity within the broader Philadelphia community. 

Shonta Robertson, Regional Program Director

Shonta Robertson is the Regional Program Director at Horizons Greater Philadelphia. A Philadelphia native, Shonta is excited to serve Horizons students that live in neighborhoods wherein she was born and raised. Shonta has 17 years of experience as an educator committed to reducing the informational, navigational and systemic barriers to academic success for students.  Her most recent position was as the Title I School Improvement Coordinator with Alexandria City Public Schools. Prior to that, she served as the Coordinator for the College Success Program in Fairfax County Public Schools.  Shonta has earned Bachelor’s degrees in International Business and Spanish from Temple University and Georgia State, respectively.  She also received Master’s degrees in Adult Education and Secondary Education from the University of Georgia and Belmont, respectively.  Her Educational Leadership and Administration certification was conferred by George Washington University. 

Sarah Keffer, Assistant Program Director

Sarah Keffer has been working with Horizons since High School when she volunteered at the Horizons at Episcopal Academy program. Further deepening her relationship with Horizons, Sarah taught fourth grade at both Horizons at Episcopal Academy and Horizons at Dedham Country Day School. Sarah graduated from Boston College with her BA in Elementary and Education and Political Science. She also received her Master's Degree in Education from St. Joseph's University. In addition to working for Horizons Greater Philadelphia, Sarah is a fourth grade teacher at St. Peter's School in Philadelphia.

Program Site Leadership

Ryan Learn, Executive Director
Horizons at the Episcopal Academy

Ryan Learn assumed the role of Horizons at The Episcopal Academy in September 2023. Ryan has been with the Horizons program for over three years, previously serving as the Program Director and as a Math Instructional Coach in The Episcopal Academy Lower School. Through Ryan's professional journey, he has demonstrated his commitment to education, especially for students facing educational inequities. Ryan is a graduate of West Chester University, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Early Grades Education.

Monica Quarrie, Executive Director
Horizons at Greene Street Friends School

Monica joined Horizons at Greene Street Friends in 2022 as Executive Director. Monica was a teacher and team leader at Success Academy in Brooklyn. Her most recent position was as Director of Advancement and Director of Covid-19 Task Force at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer School. In addition to fundraising, areas of responsibility have included coordination of enrollment management, development, communications, public relations, and direction of the Covid-19 task force. Monica has her B.A in history and political science from Villanova University and has also completed her Masters of Science in Education (MS Ed.) at Touro College. She is also in the process of completing her Elementary Principal Certification from Immaculata University.

Caryn Rivers, Executive Director, Horizons at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School

Caryn Rivers is the Executive Director of Horizons at Cristo Rey Philadelphia. She has been involved with the Horizons program for the last two years, previously serving as the Program Director, leading the day to day operations of Horizons summer and after school programming. In addition to her role leading Horizons, Caryn is a key member of Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School's College Counseling team. Caryn's background working with students and families in Philadelphia, through Pathfinder Placement, Steppingstone Scholars, and other educational institutions position her for success in this role. Caryn received her Bachelors' Degree from Harvard University in Afro-American Studies and her Master's Degree in Management and Policy from The New School.

Kenyatta Patterson, Site Director, Horizons at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Kenyatta Patterson is the Site Director of Horizons at SCH and has been with the program since its founding. Kenyatta joined SCH in the summer of 2021 working as a reading specialist in our Horizons Program. In August of 2021, she started her role as a 4th-grade girls homeroom teacher. Kenyatta holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Temple University where she studied early childhood and elementary education. She also holds a Master of Education from Eastern University where she focused on Multicultural Education. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education in Educational Leadership with a certification in Supervision and Administration. She has over 10 years of experience in education.