Meet our staff! We're a small and powerful team with many years of combined experience working with and advocating for youth worldwide.
Virginia Emmons McNaught
Virginia Emmons McNaught co-founded and was CEO of Educate Tomorrow from 2003-2010. She is President and founder of the non-profit consulting company, Funky Genius. In 2015 Virginia was recognized at the Red Cross Women's Spectrum Awards for her work in Education. She was awarded the Junior League's Women Who Make A Difference Award and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Everyday Freedom Hero Award. She was featured in the book America's Way to Change and was recognized at the White House by President Obama as developing one of twenty-five Programs With Promise. In 2012 Virginia was a finalist for the White House Fellowship. Virginia served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a remote village in Niger, West Africa and continues to support the schools she helped establish. She has represented the Peace Corps as a spokesperson for White House events. Raised as the youngest of eight from humble beginnings in Greendale, Wisconsin, she has traveled to over 45 countries. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where she was student body President and captain of the soccer team. She is a graduate of the University of Miami with a M.S. Ed in Community& Social Change.
Brett is the CEO of Educate Tomorrow, a Miami-Dade County based 501c3 whose mission is to create independence for disadvantaged and foster youth through education, mentoring and the development of life skills. The White House named Educate Tomorrow a top 25 “Program of Promise” and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce awarded Educate Tomorrow the NOVO Innovation award in 2014 for non-profits. Voices for Children Foundation named Educate Tomorrow the child protector of the year in 2013. In 2014 Brett was selected to the National Urban Fellows Executive Leadership Program and to the Miami Foundation Miami Leaders program where he is sponsored to attend the FIU High Potential Leader Program. Before Educate Tomorrow Brett was an officer of buildOn where he led their International programs from 2005-2012 overseeing the construction of over 1,000 classrooms for more than 40,000 children in rural Haiti, Nicaragua, Senegal, Mali, Malawi, Niger, Nepal and India. Brett served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa from 2001-2003. He lived in a remote rural village without a road, running water or electricity and learned to speak the local language, Hausa, fluently enough to build a school, run adult literacy programs and institute multiple health and agriculture based projects. Brett has an M.S.Ed in Community and Social Change from the University of Miami. He is currently a board member of the Miami-Dade County Community Based Care Alliance, buildOn and Learning 1 to 1 Foundation. He is co-chair of the Education and Employment committee for the Miami-Dade County Homeless Youth Collective Impact. He is married to Virginia Emmons, co-founder of Educate Tomorrow and has a 3 year old daughter named Emma and a 2 year old son named Miles.
Alison joined Educate Tomorrow in the fall of 2013 as a life coach for her mentee and for the Educate Tomorrow team. Alison was the CEO of the Belafonte TACOLCY center in Liberty City from 2006-2013, a center the she attended programs at during her childhood. Alison has had an impressive career marked by experiences in international community development work, education, ecotourism, community outreach, project management and marketing. Alison studied Radio and TV broadcasting at Miami Dade College, where she was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2007. She earned a B.A. in speech communications/public realtions from the University of South Florida, a MS degree in Hospitality Management from FIU, a Certificate from the Harvard Business School in Leadership Development and a M.S. Ed in Community and Social Change from the University of Miami in 2013.
Marissa joined Educate Tomorrow in February 2014 as Director of Community & Legal Affairs after practicing nine years as a senior program attorney at the Guardian ad Litem Program in Miami-Dade County. She appeared in court representing the best interests of abused, neglected and abandoned children and helped them and their families navigate the child welfare system. In 2013, Governor Scott appointed Marissa to the Board of Directors of The Children's Trust. Marissa was selected as a Miami Fellow 2011-2012 by the Miami Foundation and has since served on the Foundation's Engaged Youth Committee. She earned a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law, an M.P.A. from Florida International University, and a B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Sara Camacho comes from Boston and is a Program Coordinator with Educate Tomorrow. She is a recent graduate from the University of Miami's Masters in Community and Social Change program. Her passion is working directly with teens and young adults on their education and career goals and she has been charged with launching Educate Tomorrow's new Mentee Resource Center, a drop-in center at Educate Tomorrow's office designed to provide direct guided academic and career placement support.
Devin ended up in Miami in 2010. Working for the AmeriCorps VISTA program, he served the Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau for two consecutive years. Now, he joins the Educate Tomorrow staff as a Program Coordinator. Devin intends to use his life experience and challenges he faced in order to teach others and guide youth concerning the dangers of falling into "risky" behaviors.
Born in North Carolina Ashley moved to Miami at the age of 3. She has a daughter, Damaya and is currently a resident at Casa Valentina housing program for mommy and baby. In 2012 Ashley graduated from Miami Killian Senior High and became a mentee at Educate Tomorrow. In the summer of 2013 Ashley applied for a competetive summer internship program at Educate Tomorrow and was selected. She was also selected to the Elite Explorers program with Educate Tomorrow in August 2013 where she joined 4 other Educate Tomorrow students along with 3 generations of the McNaught family on a camping and RV tour of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, an 8 day 1,800 mile journey that changed her life. Ashley is a full-time student at Miami-Dade College majoring in Nursing.