Less than 20% of chronically absent students will earn their diploma.

Student attendance is the leading indicator of high school graduation. If we want our kids to show up for school—to find a path out of poverty and toward lifelong success—we have to show up for kids.

We tackle the issue of absenteeism at its roots.

When communities join together to apply research-based best practices for improving attendance, student success soars. Kinvolved™ has developed a suite of complementary tools and services that support all stakeholders: teachers, leaders, students, families, and community members.

We take a holistic approach to fighting chronic absenteeism, combining technology tools and human interventions to change the deeply ingrained behaviors and external factors affecting student attendance, including poverty, racism, and socio-economic exclusion.

Kinvolved galvanizes students, parents, teachers, leaders, and community stakeholders around a shared goal: To increase student achievement by minimizing absenteeism.

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Miriam Altman, CEO and Co-founder

Miriam Altman

CEO and Co-Founder

A former NYC DOE high school history teacher, Miriam leads Kinvolved’s strategic planning and execution, business development and sales, fundraising and grants management, and investor and external relations.

As a teacher, Miriam observed first-hand the impact attendance, and absenteeism, had on her students. She helped launch her school’s first Attendance Team, a group of faculty charged with implementing strategies to increase school-wide attendance. She found that the most successful intervention was to ensure families were informed of, and involved in, attendance conversations.
In addition to her leadership role at Kinvolved, Miriam is co-leader of the Attendance Subcommittee for South Bronx Rising Together, a STRIVE Together Collective Impact Organization, and a mentor for the Social Innovation Initiative and Women's Launch Pad at Brown University, from which she graduated with an Honors BA. She holds an MPA from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, and a MA, Ed., from Lehman College.

Alexandra Meis

CPO & Co-Founder

Alexandra manages Kinvolved’s growth on the ground, and bring to her work a deep empathy for families and end users. Her responsibilities include product and technical development, client success and operations, and impact evaluation. She also manages development of, and ongoing support for, Kinvolved’s Campus Kit, a Robin Hood Foundation-funded higher education mobile app.

Prior to Kinvolved, as an AmeriCorps VISTA member Alexandra served communities in the South Bronx, educating and advocating for families of children with special needs. She organized a support group for parents of children with autism, which she grow from five to more than one hundred participants over five years.
Alexandra is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community; she also mentors entrepreneurs in New York University’s Accelerator Programs. She holds an MPA in Health Policy and Analysis from NYU's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and a BA in Psychology from Lafayette College.

Ramelle Brown

Ramelle Brown

Data and Integrations Manager

Ramelle is responsible for managing school district data integrations with Kinvolved. She works closely with our technical team and school districts to launch KiNVO and support users with ongoing data needs.

Ramelle joined Kinvolved with several years of experience in New York City schools both in direct service and data systems management. In both the NYC Department of Education and charter sector, she has worked with educators to create attendance policies and interventions as well as developed data systems and tools designed for school administration and faculty.

Ramelle is currently an MPA candidate at NYU's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and holds a BA in Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy from Kenyon College.

Ruth Frias

Ruth Frias

Client Success Coordinator, New York City

Ruth works hand-in-hand with our school leaders and teachers based in the New York City Department of Education. She supports client onboarding, training, and renewal by developing and implementing systems to gather feedback, facilitating in-person and virtual trainings, and building relationships with key stakeholders.

Ruth is a Teach For America alumni who taught middle school science for 3 years. She holds a BA in Psychology from Hartwick College and an M.A.T in teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education.

Ruth is currently pursuing an MA in Industrial Organizational Psychology at Brooklyn College. As a native New Yorker, she is excited to stay in the city she loves as a member of the team.

David Kaye

David Kaye

Manager of School Partnerships, New York City

David focuses on establishing long term partnerships with NYC DOE schools and building productive relationships with district personnel, non-profits, and community stakeholders.

David joined Kinvolved in 2015 and is very proud of the results Kinvolved is helping schools achieve, particularly as they relate to improving student outcomes.

As a father, David has first-hand experience with the effects that Chronic Absenteeism can have — not only on a child, but on an entire family. Consequently, he remains passionate about the work that he does and is committed to increasing the meaningful impact that Kinvolved has on schools and their respective communities.

Prior to joining Kinvolved, David spent over a decade helping a variety of Ed-tech startups. When David is not at work, he loves spending time with his ten year old twins, playing pick-up basketball, and going to the movies with his wife.

Shama Lakwdala

Shama Lakdawala

Partnership Operations and Marketing Associate

Shama supports the strategic partnership team by developing and executing processes that support network expansion, cultivating relationships with industry professionals, and implementing strategies that extend Kinvolved's ad reach. She holds degrees in General Studies and Arts from Oakland College and has spent ten years working with small businesses. A Michigan native, Shama now lives in NYC with her puggle, Mario.
Rebeca Leininger

Rebeca Leininger

Customer Support Associate

Rebeca supports KiNVO’s users by providing technical and strategic product support and training.

Rebeca is an experienced customer service professional with experience in the healthcare and commercial service industries. She has successfully led remote teams, account management, and client on-boarding and training.

Rebeca holds a BS in Business Management from Colorado State University. During her time at CSU, she also received an award of achievement in Applied Strategic Management for demonstrating excellent understanding and practical application of several different principles of business management during the Capstone Business Simulation process.

Rebeca is a native Texan residing in San Antonio. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and camping with her family.

Mitchell V. McGhee

Mitchell V. McGhee Ed.D.

Director of District Partnerships, Georgia and Southeast Region

Mitch, a retired superintendent from Georgia, serves as Kinvolved’s Director of District Partnerships for Georgia and the Southeast.

After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education, Mitch began his career as a high school teacher and coach; teaching American History and Psychology, and coaching football and wrestling, where he was named the “Who’s Who of American High School Teachers” and region Wrestling Coach of the Year.

Mitch then moved into administration serving in four different East and Northeast Georgia School Systems as a middle school assistant principal, high school assistant principal, middle school principal, assistant superintendent of operations, associate superintendent of instruction and finally superintendent of schools; always focusing on improving student achievement through attendance and improving school-community communication.

During his Administrative career, Mitch served on numerous statewide committees focused on improving education in Georgia and served as vice chair and chair of the Northeast Georgia RESA. Along the way he earned his Master’s and Specialist Degrees in Educational Administration and Supervision from Georgia State University, and in 2001, he received his Doctorate of Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia.

Mitch joined Kinvolved after retiring from K–12 administration and spending time working with LED lighting providers to help save districts money. In a nod to his former career, “Coach Mitch” spends some of his spare time serving as the assistant wrestling coach at Jefferson High School in Jefferson, Georgia.

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Patrick McLaughlin

Director of Marketing

Patrick leads the marketing work at Kinvolved where he strives to attract new users and delight existing users.

Patrick is a former teacher and education technology entrepreneur who believes attendance and community engagement are paramount to student success. He joined Kinvolved after leading the marketing team at Open Up Resources, where he helped grow the organization and place high-quality curriculum into the hands of over 600,000 students. Prior to this, he was a marketing and communications consultant for UnboundEd.

Patrick resides in Colorado. When he's not at his desk working to help students, he's likely hiking, camping, or skiing in the Rocky Mountains.

Runy Pswarayi

Runy Pswarayi

Creative Director

Runy leads all creative work at Kinvolved, designing all digital and print assets and ensuring a consistent, aesthetically pleasing user experience. He also works with the product and technical teams to design UI/UX for Kinvolved’s software applications.

Runy was born and raised in Zimbabwe, where he graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with a BSc. Honors Degree in Economics. He moved to the US in 1999 and completed his postgraduate degree in Information Systems at Strayer University. He worked as a designer for global non-profit organizations before joining Kinvolved in 2015.

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