About Us

The Corps Member Education Foundation is 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit established in 2004 to support educational opportunities for students of Teach For America corps members.

Corps Member Education Foundation is supporting current corps members with the resources and fundraising necessary to go above and beyond to ensure more students growing up today in our nation’s lowest income communities have the educational opportunities they deserve.

In addition, we are building connections between alumni corps members and their placement regions to effect fundamental changes needed to ensure that all children have an equal chance in life.

All Corps Member Education Foundation programs have been initiated by Teach For America corps members and we welcome any current or alumni Teach For America corps member interested in starting a new program to contact us.


Our Team

AlenHeadshotAlen Amini

Alen previously served as a TFA corps member and assistant principal at Lakeside High School in Arkansas, and worked with community members and CMEF to travel with students to Greece and to Boston. Previously, he also served as the ED of the Southeast Arkansas Community Foundation, disseminating funds to local charities, and he worked with the Mayor’s Office in Greenville, MIssissippi to establish the Go Greenville! Program, placing college students at organizations for 10 week internships.


elishaPaige Elisha
(Eastern North Carolina ’05)
Paige Elisha currently works in marketing at American Express for their Consumer Cards and Services. She joined American Express in 2011 after earning an MBA from Duke. Paige was a 2005 Eastern North Carolina corps member, where she taught 9th grade English and reading remediation. In 2007, she won the Symantec Award for Outstanding Innovation in Teaching, after creating classroom libraries for every classroom in her school. Paige has had held various roles on Teach For America’s staff, include director of institute operations and school director. She currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband, who founded the charter Southwest Ohio corps.


jessieJessie McKenzie (Mississippi Delta ’07)
Jessie taught high school Spanish in Greenville, MS. During her tenure at Greenville-Weston High School, she utilized the services of the CMEF to lead a service learning and cultural immersion trip for her students to Copan, Honduras. After teaching, Jessie worked as the Parental Involvement Coordinator for the Mississippi Migrant Education Program while completing her Masters degree in Public Policy and Administration. Jessie currently works as an Outreach Director for Educators 4 Excellence in New York City.


Jay O’Toole (Mississippi Delta ’01)
Jay is currently an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at Georgia State University starting in August of 2013. His research interests include entrepreneurial organizational knowledge and learning, product development, and founding teams. Jay is the founder of CMEF and has helped it grow from an organization that raised $3,000 its first year to over $500,000 in the 2012-2013 school year.


Caroline Verbeten
Caroline is currently a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Legal Studies and English. She is the intern for Corps Member Education Foundation. Prior to working with CMEF, Caroline was Jay’s research assistant while he was completing his PhD at the University of Wisconsin.  Caroline hopes after graduation to attend law school and focus on transactional cooperate law.