Staff

Michelle Mapp

Michelle Mapp, MBA, RIE’s CEO. As a communications, management and non-profit consultant for the last two decades, Michelle Mapp brings a mix of organizational development, strategic communications and education sector experience  to RIE. Michelle holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Warwick Business School in the United Kingdom, and a bachelors of arts in Political Communications from George Washington University in Washington DC. She also has two project management certifications including the PMP (Project Management Professional) from PMI (Project Management Institute) and the PMD Pro for project management for international development professionals. Michelle had been working with RIE as the Board Program Manager for a year before being slated to step in as Interim CEO.  Prior to joining RIE, Michelle had her own nonprofit consulting business helping numerous organizations to reach for their missions and objectives.

Michelle, her husband and two sons moved to the Los Angeles area in 2015 and enjoy the warm winters.

Melissa Coyne’, RIE®’s Program Director, is an Early Childhood Educator who has 28 years of experience building relationships with children and parents. In addition to holding a Master’s degree in Child Development, she is a RIE® Associate and a certified PITC (Program for Infant/Toddler Care) trainer. Melissa was first introduced to the Educaring® Approach at the early childhood program where she worked for 22 years and cultivated her commitment to philosophical integrity. She facilitates RIE® courses in the Los Angeles area and has presented workshops on how to respectfully parent tweens and teens. Melissa is the mother of two teenage daughters who continually challenge her to look at herself and learn about the rewards of relationships built on connection and collaboration that begin in infancy. She is passionate about inspiring adults and children to be critical thinkers in areas of anti-racism, equity and self-awareness. Melissa is a firm believer that parenting is an ongoing process, not a product, to be handled with intention, deep reflection and great care.

Abigail Marsters, RIE®’s Operations Manager, has been an Early Childhood Educator and Director for 27 years building relationships with children, young families, and teachers and managing a thriving non-profit preschool community. Abigail is a new resident of California, having moved here from the Boston area with her husband, Stephen, to start a new set of adventures. Abigail was first introduced to the Educaring® Approach during her job search and immediately found that it resonated with her own philosophy about early childhood education and parenting. She has loved being a parent and say it is the best and hardest job she has ever had. The schools Abigail taught in and directed, and the one she created, use a child-driven emergent curriculum where the children’s needs and interests drive all activities and programming. Abigail and her husband Stephen are the parents of two wonderful adults, a daughter in Brooklyn, and a son here in Eagle Rock. Abigail is passionate about supporting non-profits, especially those which serve children and families, and looks forward to learning all about her new state of California.

Antoinette Samardzic is RIE®’s  Pathways Coordinator. After a successful career as a legal secretary for a huge Los Angeles Law firm, Antoinette changed professions to pursue her passion for infants and toddlers. She became a RIE Associate in 2006, taught Parent Infant Guidance Classes and studied at the Pikler Institute in 2006. She loves working with all of the incoming RIE Interns and Practicum students as they work to achieve their goal of becoming a RIE Associate. Antoinette can be contacted at pathways@rie.org.