ABC Staff

Kareem Bryant
Executive Director

Hometown: Philadelphia
College: Central Connecticut State University
Interests: Golf, Tennis, Cooking
Why ABC: I want to help be a change agent for young people and share my life experiences to help them become successful contributors to society.

Olu Adetiba
Resident Director

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
College: Gettysburg
Interests: Sports, Building Science

Shelby Haverson
College and Career Coach

Hometown: Philadelphia
College: Wesleyan University
Interests: Yoga, Bookbinding, Other People and the Natural World
Why ABC: Being part of a student’s college selection process is exciting and fun! I enjoy helping students explore their options and learn more about themselves.

Veronica Fitton
Student Activities Coordinator

Hometown: Doylestown, Pennsylvania
College: Widener University (undergrad) West Chester University (graduate) Also a proud City Year Philadelphia alumna
Interests: Reading, Being Outdoors, Anything DIY
Why ABC: With a strong background in education equity and a passion for working with students, ABCLM immediately caught my attention allowing me the chance to impact young scholar’s lives educationally, academically, and emotionally.

Carlos Buenaflor
Tutor

Hometown: Jersey City, NJ
College: LaSalle
Interests: Powerlifting, Technology, Data Science, Basketball
Why ABC: During a student’s journey through high school, having a mentor to guide them is critical.  Whether it is someone to help you learn from your mistakes, pick you up when you feel your lowest, keep you motivated at your highest, or someone to answer questions when you don’t know where to start.  I know I came across each of these obstacles along my journey throughout high school and college and I would not have gotten past them without my mentors.  The ABC LM program gives me the opportunity and privilege to be that person for these students, to share some of my experiences and allow me to guide and push them towards their own endeavors as they prepare for their college and career journey.

Helen Chu
Tutor

Hometown: My father was a diplomat so I grew up all over the world
College: Haverford College (undergrad) Harvard University (graduate)
Interests: Languages, Reading, Crafts, Learning
Why ABC: I thought it would dovetail nicely with my Haverford Fellowship work on embodied social justice.

Julia Dolan
Tutor

Hometown: Newton, Massachusetts
College: Villanova University
Interests: Reading, Food, Fitness, Fashion
Why ABC: I wanted my transition out of college to be intentional. I was looking for a position where I could help young students do well in school and create supportive/meaningful relationships.

Miya Pack
Chef

Hometown: Englewood, New Jersey
Interests: Plants, Cooking, Traveling
Why ABC: After years of working in the restaurant industry, I realized the positive impact food has on people.  I wanted to share that with my surrounding communities.  ABC provides an opportunity to connect with the scholars, staff and parents over something we all enjoy – a meal made with love!