Maximizing potential through targeted career and education supports

Meet our team

Dr. Gwen Dorsey
Marc Bastow
Tracy Wade
Kate Arnold

our seminar facilitators over the years

Ken Weiner, PhD
Rebecca Razavi
Shelley Spencer
Linda Youngentob
Obonna Hopkins
Layla Hashemi  
Patricia Ruppert
Katie Young
Kristin Trible
Stephanie Talbot

Katie Young

Student Outreach coordinator

Katie Young has been one of the facilitators for the Future Link seminar since spring 2014. She enjoys getting to know each student and wants him or her to succeed – sometimes more than they do! Katie’s strengths are building relationships with the students and creating a space for these young adults to flourish and learn. Katie is excited for the opportunity, as Student Outreach Coordinator, to follow up with the alumni, connecting them to one another through networking and encouraging them along their educational and career journeys. A native of Montgomery County, Katie graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase high school and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ithaca College. She can personally appreciate what these young adults have to overcome to reach their goals and looks forward to guiding them along the way.
Phone:  240-475-8087

allison reznick

director, mentoring and communications

Allison Reznick currently serves as a Future Link mentor and previously as a member of the Future Link Board.  With nearly 20 years of experience in association management, Allison has as a proven ability to develop and launch new programs, cultivate and motivate qualified volunteers, educate teams on project management and train staff on volunteer engagement techniques. In collaboration with executive staff, committees, and subject matter experts, Allison has led dozens of committees from inception to developing and executing highly-regarded and impactful programs.  Allison joined the Future Link staff in April 2018.  Previously, Allison founded Advanced Interactions LLC with a mission to connect associations and their communities and served as Director, Corporate Relations for The Optical Society. Allison is active in her community and regularly volunteers at Candlewood Elementary School in Derwood, MD and, since 2013, holds the position of Girl Scout Troop Leader.
Phone:  202-302-2234

cathy galasso-schwartz

Student engagement associate

Cathy Galasso-Schwartz initially connected with Future Link as a mentor in 2017, and joined the staff part-time in 2018 after a 16+ year career at Montgomery College as Assistant to the Deans. Her position at MC encompassed a variety of duties, including office management, project coordination, event planning, and participation in numerous collegewide committees. Previously, she worked in human resources management in the manufacturing sector, and before that she provided direct patient care in a psychiatric hospital. She is an MCPS graduate and holds a bachelors degree in psychology from Loyola University, Baltimore. Cathy's focus is on outreach to Future Link seminar graduates and connecting them with the support they need to move forward with their educational and career goals.

Phone:  240-316-1982

Mindi Jacobson

Executive Director

Mindi Jacobson has a master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in Health Services Management with a minor in business and personnel management from the University of Rochester.  Mindi’s area of expertise is grant writing, building and developing programs, and developing relationships with other organizations and community professionals. She is the founding Executive Director of Future Link and has been in nonprofit management for 10 years. Prior to this, Mindi spent 10 years in academic administration and health services management. Mindi devotes her time to capacity building activities, developing relationships and building infrastructure and resources for Future Link, Inc.  She also handles the program management working very closely with our youth and seminar facilitators. Mindi is passionate about education and assisting at-risk youth succeed!


Phone:  240.393.9443