Erika Asikoye and Tiffany Evans, Co-Interim Head of School

Erika Asikoye


Tiffany Evans

Ms. Evans is a Founding SEED Maryland Staff Member.  During her 10-year tenure, she has held several management positions within the Student Life Department, expanded the athletic program, rejuvenated the Volunteer Tutor & Mentor Program and managed the 21stCCLC Grant.  She now serves as Senior Director of Student Life and for the upcoming school year, Ms. Evans will serve as Interim Co-Head of School.  Before joining SEED Maryland, Ms. Evans was the Director of The Monarch Boarding Academy in Cleveland, Ohio.  She has worked within the education system, residential boarding and boarding school 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 also enjoys cultivating programs and partnerships.  She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park and her master’s degree in Social Science Administration (Social Work) from Case Western Reserve University; Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Hope O'Neil , Director of Academics


Vincent Carter-Bey, Interim Director of Student Support


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.

Zenobia Judd-Williams, Director of Student Life

Mrs. Judd-Willi-ms joined SEED Maryland in the F-ll of 2010. Since that time she h-s held sever-l management positions within the Student Life Department. Before joining SEED Maryland, Mrs. Judd-Willi-ms served -s the Chief Executive Officer of - region-l association focused on developing non-profit, private and public service organizations. She h-s held many other leadership roles in large and small education-l, health and hum-n service organizations. Mrs. Judd-Willi-ms holds Bachelorʼs degrees in business and behavior-l sciences and - Masterʼs degree in business and organizational management. When she is not working she enjoys historical excursions and serving as amateur family genealogist. She is married with two adult children.

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.