Meet The Leadership Team

Tia Ryans

Founding Executive Director

Tia advocates for those who have been marginalized and disenfranchised due to collateral consequences of race, displacement, and/or economic statuses.


Hanif Parker

Director of Operations

Hanif Parker has a degree in Justice Studies from Rutgers University- Newark. He is a community organizer at heart. Hanif handles the day-to-day operations of F.O.R.T.E. House and resident concerns.


Karen Barnes Kaplan

Communications Officer


Karen has a passion for writing and storytelling. Her areas of expertise include market strategies, change management, communication planning and execution. Karen writes and distributes content through our newsletter to promote F.O.R.T.E. House's activities and community reach.


Roxanne Rosell

Executive Assistant

Roxanne is passionate about women and girls impacted by the justice system. She oversees developmental efforts and fundraising events.

Reentry Coordinators
Special thanks to all of our volunteer staff and tutors that oversee participant socialization, peer mentoring, technology advancement, and community outreach.
For volunteer opportunities contact:

F.O.R.T.E. House Family