Jon Tucker, Head of School

Mr. Tucker has served as the Head of School since 2015.  Within his position, he supervises the leadership team, is a board of trustee member, and provides direction and vision for the school. Prior to coming to SEED, Mr. Tucker worked for 6 years at SEED DC as their Director of Student Life. Mr. Tucker brings 18 years of experience working with young people as he worked for eleven years at The Boys and Girls Club. As a first-generation college graduate from Wesley College, Mr. Tucker believes that education is key in changing lives and the trajectory of families and communities. He has a deep belief that with persistent effort, necessary resources, and adequate opportunities every young person is capable of greatness. Mr. Tucker lives on campus with his wife and three sons. 

Jessica Wilson, Director of Academics

Mrs. Wilson joined SEED Maryland in July 2015 as the Director of Academics. In her role, Mrs. Wilson oversees all aspects of the academic program, including special education and Title I. Before this role, she was an employee of SEED DC for eleven years, serving seven years as a Social Studies Instructor and Coach and four years as an Upper School administrator. Mrs. Wilson received her bachelor’s degree in Education and American History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her master’s degree in Content Area Literacy from Walden University. She lives in Crofton, Maryland with her husband and two daughters. 

Erika Asikoye, Director of Student Support

Ms. Asikoye joined SEED in 2014 after serving as Director of Student Support at SEED DC for nine years. In her role as Director of Student Support, Ms. Asikoye supervises the heath suite, our mental health counselors, our Positive Youth Development team, and our external opportunities coordinator. Prior to her work with SEED, she served as the founding coordinator for Philadelphia Freedom Schools, a literacy enrichment program for young children and a social justice and leadership program for teens based on the original Freedom Schools developed during "Freedom Summer" 1964. Ms. Asikoye earned her undergraduate degree from Howard University and her master's from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Her favorite thing about working at SEED is being an integral part of student development from 6th grade through college. 

Katie del Carmen Byram, Director of Development

Ms. Byram joined SEED Maryland as Director of Development in Fall 2014, but her relationship with SEED began many years prior. In 2007 Ms. Byram was introduced to SEED Co-Founder Raj Vinnakota. She co-chaired the SEED Your Soul kickoff party in Baltimore City, introducing SEED to the community. Ms. Byram began mentoring SEED students in 2009 and served on the Development Committee and Board of Trustees (2010-2014). Prior to her position at SEED, Ms. Byram worked at the Baltimore School for the Arts, served on the Women’s Committee at the Walters Art Museum, and was co-owner of Winters Media Group, a printing firm in New York City. Ms. Byram graduated with a major in Anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and is also a certified yoga teacher. When she’s not working, Ms. Byram can be found at home with her two children and adorable dog, Rio.  

Alfonso Espada, Director of Admissions

Prior to joining SEED Maryland in 2015, Mr. Espada began his career in education at the Univertsity of Maryland, College Park as a Library Technician. After leaving UMCP, he worked at Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, and Misericordia University in Dallas, PA as Assistant Director of Admissions. Mr. Espada’s most recent position prior to SEED Maryland was as an Integrated Services Officer at the Ana G. Mendez University System in Wheaton, MD. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park. Mr. Espada hails from the Bronx, New York.

Tiffany Evans, Director of Student Life

Ms. Evans has been with SEED Maryland since the 2008-2009 school year.  Since then she has held several management positions within the Student Life Department and now serves as Director of Student Life.  Before joining SEED Maryland, Ms. Evans was the Director of The Monarch Boarding Academy in Cleveland, Ohio.  She has worked within residential, boarding programs since 1998, including communities of adults and adolescents with dual diagnosis, autism, and/or behavioral and mental health challenges. Ms. Evans has a passion for empowering our youth and developing their leadership potential. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park and her master’s degree in Social Science Administration from Case Western Reserve University.

Alexandre Koutta, Director of Human Resources

Mr. Koutta has been with SEED Maryland since June 2012. Prior to his role at SEED Maryland, he served as a Senior HR Advisor for Ilimbe Networks Inc, an International company based in Europe, and as the Human Resources Assistant Director for the Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children in Montgomery County. At SEED Maryland, he designs, develops, implements, manages, and recommends all school-related HR initiatives and strategies aligned with SEED’s strategic plan. Mr. Koutta holds a Master’s in Human Resources from University Paris Diderot-France and an MBA from Strayer University. He has also completed 30 credits toward a Master’s in International Human Resources at Georgetown University.

Kevin Ridgely, CFO and Managing Director

Mr. Ridgely joined SEED Maryland during the 2015-16 school year. Before joining SEED Maryland, Mr. Ridgely spent over 25 years in financial and consulting positions in the energy industry with Constellation Energy, Veolia North America, and his own firm, Ridgely & Associates. Prior to that, he worked in public accounting for Ernst & Young in Baltimore. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Miami (FL) and a Master’s degree in accounting from the University of Baltimore. Mr. Ridgely is a CPA (inactive) and a member of Financial Executives International. In his role as CFO and Managing Director, Mr. Ridgely oversees the finance, information technology, and facilities management departments. 

JoAnn Robinson, Chief of Staff

Mrs. Robinson joined SEED Maryland in 2008. In her role as Chief of Staff, Mrs. Robinson oversees school administration, transportation, and facility rentals. Prior to this role, she served as the Executive Assistant for the Head of School and the Manager of Campus Operations. Before joining SEED, Mrs. Robinson was the human resources manager at Varsity Group, Inc. and an executive assistant to the CEO at Electronic Learning Facilitators, Inc. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bowie State University and is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management.