Who Are Our Leaders

Carlie Fisherow | Executive Director


has been a part of the Yu Ying community first as a parent and supporter of Parent Association events including the Lunar New Year Celebration and KidFest. Prior to joining the team as the new Executive Director in July, she served as the Chief of Staff in the Office of the DC Deputy Mayor of Education, where she worked closely on COVID-19 recovery initiatives to stabilize the early childcare sector, accelerate K-12 learning and promote youth safety. Carlie is proud to have spent much of her career working with DC schools and nonprofit leaders. Since graduating from Georgetown, she taught elementary and middle school, was the Founding Principal at Excel Academy Public Charter School, DC’s first public charter school for girls, and served in chief-level roles at Scholar Academies/DC Scholars Community Schools. Carlie was also the principal at DC Scholars Stanton Elementary, where she helped the campus become a national model for family and community engagement, led measurable student performance improvements, and built a supportive program for teachers resulting in 95% staff retention. Carlie also holds a Master of Arts in teaching from American University.

Melissa Volpe | Chief Operating Officer


has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and more than 20 years of education and training experience in the public sector. Before Yu Ying, Melissa spent her career with the U.S. Department of Labor Job Corps. While there, she developed, led and implemented policies in multiple roles to provide recommendations to stakeholders on ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the program. She has extensive experience in fiscal and human resources management. In all her previous leadership positions, Melissa made certain students and staff were provided with quality services to help them change the trajectory of their lives. She’s committed to ensuring Yu Ying’s continued success and long-term sustainability, and servicing youth by empowering staff to be the best versions of themselves. In June Melissa transitioned from Chief of Staff to Chief Operating Officer.

Moira Clarkin Evans

Interventionist Coordinator

Aini Fang

Early Years Coordinator Fellow

Deitrick Fowler Jr.

Human Resources Generalist

Devaksha Gable

Director of Talent & Human Resources

Sarah Harris

IB PYP Coordinator Grades 2-5

Autumn Jackson

Special Projects Manager

Brian Nelson

Directory of Technology

B.A., English, Frostburg State University

Kareem Nuri

Director of REEF

B.S., Economics, University of Massachusetts – Amherst

Sarah Perkins

Project Development & Grants Coordinator

MPH, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
MA, East Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Amy Quinn

Co-founder & Director of Teaching and Learning

M.S., Education-Curriculum & Instruction, University of Kansas-Lawrence

Becky Rosenberg

IB PYP Coordinator Grades PK3-1

BS (Elementary Education) and MS (Curriculum and Instruction) from University of Wisconsin-Madison

Annie Schleicher

Director of Enrollment & Accounts

B.A., Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh
B.A., English Education, Mercyhurst College

Marcus Travers

Learning Support Coordinator

Lijin Yang

Chinese Curriculum Coordinator

Yu Ying Board Member

“I enrolled my daughter in Yu Ying because I insisted upon a world-class education in the basics, I wanted her to grow up with the skills to succeed as a global citizen. I joined the board because I wanted to ensure that Yu Ying will be twice as strong when it comes time to enroll my grandchildren in school.”

Board Members

As a nonprofit organization, Washington Yu Ying is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.  Among its many duties, the board provides governance, fiscal oversight, and strategic planning for the school as we continue to work hard to provide a world-class education to students.  Yu Ying’s board meets monthly and holds an annual public meeting open to the whole school community.  Below is a list of Yu Ying’s current Board of Trustees.

Robert Anderson


Assistant General Counsel, United States Trade Representative

Cosabeth Bullock


Founder, Little Thing

Liza Douglas


National Executive Lead, Foundation Relations, American Heart Association

Gordon Fletcher, Esq.


Adjunct Professor, American University
Commissioner of ANC 5A08 & Vice Chair of ANC5A

Paige Hoffman


Deputy Chief, School Improvement and Supports, District of Columbia Public Schools

Marcus Hurley


Senior Project Manager – Mark G Anderson Consultants

Quinton Ng


Independent financial and startup advisor

Darren Riley


Huffman Riley PLLC

Wendy Rueda


Communications Lead
National Cancer Institute *

* Ms. Rueda is serving in a personal capacity

Jessica Sutter


Founder & President, EdPro Consulting LLC

Lemar White


Program Manager, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Google LLC

Building Leadership

Yu Ying is constantly working towards enhancing the capacity of its educators. We do this because we know that our students’ success is intrinsically tied to the success of our teachers. Our teachers regularly participate in a variety of professional development, ranging from internally led workshops on classroom management to external trainings on inquiry-based education.

Our teachers also deepen their knowledge and hone their skills by attending and presenting at national conferences.  In fact, Yu Ying educators are often regular presenters at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the National Chinese Language Conference.  Locally our staff lead learning sessions for International Baccalaureate Mid-Atlantic conference, Washington International Summer Institute for Teachers, and other various workshops in the DC Metro area.