Meet our staff! We're a small and powerful team with many years of combined experience working with and advocating for youth worldwide.
Before becoming CEO of Educate Tomorrow in 2012 Brett McNaught was the leader of International Programs for the NGO buildOn from 2005-2012 overseeing growth from 30 schools per year to 72 per year and a staff of 10 in 2 countries to 40 in 6 countries during that time. He has called Miami home since 2007 and has been active in the community as a volunteer, donor and advisor with Educate Tomorrow, City Year and Upward Bound. Mr. McNaught was selected to be a part of the first cohort of an innovative Master's program in Community and Social Change at the University of Miami's Graduate school of Education and Human Development and is expected to graduate in 2012. He is currently a board member of the Community Based Care Alliance in Miami and for buildOn. Brett's career in service started in the Peace Corps in Niger West Africa where he lived in a rural village for 2 years 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 oversaw his first school construction project in West Africa in 2001 and since then he has overseen the construction of more than 345 primary schools in Haiti, India, Mali, Malawi, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger and Senegal for buildOn. Those schools provide access to education for more than 40,000 children and 3,000 adults each day. Brett also served as an Americorps volunteer in New Orleans in 2003-04 which led to his hire as Construction Manager of New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity in 2004. Brett wrote an historical fiction novel about life in Niger called The Man and the Storyteller. He is married to Virginia Emmons, co-founder of Educate Tomorrow and has a daughter named Emma and a son Miles.
Virginia Emmons McNaught
Virginia co-founded and was CEO of Educate Tomorrow from 2003-2010. Today she continues to offer guidance and advising to Educate Tomorrow's leadership and program team on a weekly basis and leads key initiatives like Educate Tomorrow's summer programs and strategic partnerships. 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. 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.
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.
In 2011, Erica moved to Miami. She is extremely passionate about serving disadvantaged youth and addressing educational disparities. Through her training in the Community and Social Change Master's Program , she was exposed to organizational theory and practices to help strengthen her work within community settings. As Program Coordinator, she hopes to help strengthen mentor and mentee relationships and foster new community partnerships.
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.
Prior to joining Educate Tomorrow, Cristin worked within the Miami-Dade County foster care system for many years. Cristin possesses an extensive knowledge of the foster care system in South Florida as well as a thorough understanding of Florida Statute and the Department of Children and Families operating procedures pertaining to the population. Within the foster care system, she has supervisory experience in the fields of quality assurance/improvement and case management. In addition, her clinical background includes providing therapy for foster care adolescents.
A Miami native, Cristin earned her Master of Social Work from Florida International University and her Bachelor of Social Work from Florida State University.
Martha is Educate Tomorrow's Office Manager. She was born and raised in Miami and has been an Educate Tomorrow supporter since its founding in 2003. Martha received an undergraduate degree from University of Florida and a master's degree from Florida International University. She has served on the Board of a Prestigious Private School for 6 years. She currently has two daughters in the Miami Dade public school system and is active in their school's PTA having served on various board positions over the last 6 years.