Ana Banda-Wemple, Khalel “Nightwing” Hamlin and Jefferson Weidman were voted in to join the Albany Fund for Education on June 12th, 2023.
Ana came to the US in 1989 from Lima, Peru. She has worked in the Albany City schools since 1993 and after 30 years of teaching will be retiring in June 2023. Her interests include the love of animals, especially dogs, gardening, and anything related to her Latino culture. She has always heard that AFE is a great organization that supports Albany schools, so she is excited to continue her involvement in education by helping our district from her new retiree status with the Albany Fund for Education.
Khalel “Nightwing” Hamlin
Khalel’s work with youth starting in 2014 as a camp counselor at Brighter Choice’s summer camp during his high-school years. In 2016, Kalel led a mentorship program known as T.I.T.A.N.S. In 2020, he started at The RED Bookshelf as a Literacy Innovator. He was also part of Youth Fx’s year-long Arts2Work fellowship, where his experience led to the start of his own videography company. “Nightwing” will help to raise awareness of the resources supporting AFE, connecting with the community and expanding the reach of AFE as a whole!
Jefferson has invested the past 30 years working with inner-city children and families at childcare organizations and school districts including, Trinity, Masterson Development, St. Colman’s, Albany City School District, St. Anne’s, LaSalle School for Boys, Schenectady City School District and Vanderheyden. His roles within these outstanding community organizations have included: counselor, teacher, administrator and board member. Ever since Jefferson was a teenager, he has enjoyed working with our inner-city children and families of the Capital Region. Jefferson wants to continue this service for community organizations like AFE who have proven success with providing the resources necessary for student growth and well-being academically, social-emotionally.