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Anne Thompson, JD

Anne L. Thompson is a co-founder of Laurus where she is the grant-writing lead and provides evaluation services to non-profits and school districts in the New York City area. As a grant-writer, she has secured major federal, state, foundation and corporation grants for a variety of clients, including universities, school districts, and non-profit organizations. 

Prior to founding Laurus, Ms. Thompson served as an independent grant writer and evaluator.  She has also been the Director of Evaluation and Special Projects for New Jersey After 3, Program Officer for The After-School Corporation (TASC, now ExpandEd), and Curriculum Developer, Program Supervisor and Site Coordinator for the Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation (now New York Edge). She also worked as a health care attorney in Atlanta and New York City for six years.  Ms. Thompson has a B.A. from Williams College and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law.

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Christine Corriston, LCSW

Christine P. Corriston is a co-founder of Laurus where she is the evaluation lead, managing evaluation projects for school districts and non-profit organizations in New Jersey and New York. Through her expertise in technical assistance and professional development, she has provided support to more than 50 organizations, including afterschool programs, health organizations and social service agencies. 

Prior to forming Laurus, Ms. Corriston was the New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition’s Director of Special Projects; Director of Social Services at Newark’s Aids Resource Foundation; and Co-Director of a Summer Youth Employment Program for over 1000 teens. She was also the Director of one of the first 21st Century Community Service Center programs in the nation, located in Boston. She is a New Jersey Licensed Certified Social Worker, has a Masters of Social Work, Group Work Concentration, from Hunter College School of Social Work, and a Certification in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy from Boston University Graduate School of Social Work. She received a B.A. from Fordham University.

Meet the Team

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Jamie Bellissimo, LSW

Yolanta Kornak, Ph.D.

Program Evaluator

Senior Evaluator and Operations Manager

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Jamie Bellissimo is a Senior Evaluator and Operations Manager with a background in social work and a passion for using data to improve outcomes for community services. Utilizing a systemic-centered approach, she analyzes and strategizes ways for programs to be creative with data collection and eventually quality improvement. Before joining Laurus, Ms. Bellissimo worked in a variety of settings, including academic research and mental health and addiction treatment. Jamie holds a Masters of Social Work degree from Marywood University, a Bachelors degree in Psychology from New York University, and an Advanced Certificate in Program Evaluation from Washington University in St. Louis' Brown School.

Yolanta joined the Laurus team in April 2023 as a Program Evaluator, bringing expertise in assessing afterschool STEM and youth development programs. Holding a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from The Graduate Center, CUNY, Yolanta is passionate about self-efficacy, motivation, and youth success, and extends her dedication to fostering youth empowerment and program excellence. Prior to her role at Laurus, she served as a Research Analyst in the CUNY Office of Institutional Research, and later held Postdoctoral positions at Hunter College and Montclair State University. Yolanta is committed to data-driven decision-making and improving educational outcomes.

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Robyn Schreiber

Consultant

Megan Sacchi

Program Evaluator

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Robyn Schreiber is an evaluation, research, and grant-writing professional who collaborates with programs to design and track progress toward identified outcomes, develop useful evaluative materials, and build data analysis into strategic planning and program implementation. Prior to joining the Laurus team Robyn worked as a public health and community-based programming researcher and grant administrator, contributing to both global and local multi-year projects. Robyn holds a B.S. and B.A. in Public Health and Anthropology from Rutgers University.

Megan Sacchi joined Laurus in September 2023 as a Program Evaluator. She brings experience from her role as a Senior Program Manager at a non-profit, where she oversaw numerous youth development programs and managed a 21CCLC grant. Megan has refined her skills in data analysis and advocacy for public health needs through managing projects with NHS Scotland, the Leeds City Council, and at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Megan holds a Master of Science (MSc) in International Health from the University of Leeds and a B.S. in Health from the University of North Florida, with a focus on child health prevention.

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Anthony Buonpane

Chief Financial Officer

Anthony Buonpane brings over 25 years of small business and nonprofit experience to his consulting business and is recognized as a leader in his field. He manages financial and company development for social service and affordable housing organizations.  Anthony is certified and highly qualified in accounting software, fundraising, and database management.  Currently, he is consulting with businesses to enhance their financial and operational performance. By designing comprehensive controls, processes, and systems, he offers his clients fiscal peace of mind.

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