Lauren Rawles, Director of Operations — Ms. Rawles was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. After high school she attended the Xavier University in New Orleans where she earned her BA in Political Science and then attended Loyola University of New Orleans to obtain her MS in Criminal Justice. Before joining MESA, she has successfully maintained a substantial role in education through her operations career at networks such as KIPP New Orleans, New West Charter High in Los Angeles, and Teach For America Metro Atlanta. Lauren came to MESA with a love for Brooklyn and educational equity. Aside from her professional career, Lauren loves to shop, attend music festivals, and explore New York City!
Emily Davidian, Operations Manager — Ms. Davidian was the founding Operations Manager at Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn in Bed-Stuy prior to joining MESA. Before that she taught Art to grades Pre-K through 8 in East Tennessee public schools and acted as the Special Education Coordinator at Schenck Job Corps in Pisgah National Forest. Ms. Davidian holds a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, an M.S. in Art Education from the University of Tennessee, and an MSW from NYU. Ms. Davidian is the proud owner of the most beautiful dog in the world, and loves exploring New York on her bicycle!
Betsy Rustrian, Office Manager — Ms. Rustrian was born in Brooklyn, NY, and holds an A.S. degree in Human Services from Borough of Manhattan Community College. She has worked for over a decade in the field of Human Resources that supports the NYC Department of Education, among other important organizations. Ms. Rustrian has a passion for working with young kids and a strong desire to strive for excellence in all that she does. She loves traveling and spending time with her family and two daughters. She loves to sing and has released an album that she and her husband have written together.
Miles Bergner, Data Manager — A native of the city, Mr. Bergner is thrilled to be working in the borough he loves most. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Brown University, with a concentration in Religious Studies. Before joining MESA as a full-time teacher, Mr. Bergner taught Global History STR to MESA’s 9th and 10th graders. Mr. Bergner lives on music, literature, and yogurt. In his free time he plays jazz standards with his father.
Ricardo Jorge, School Aide — Mr. Jorge, “Jemyle Jones” born and raised in Queens NY is a man of many hats. He’s an independent artist/actor and video production manager at HypeFresh.co and has done previous production work with The Source & Jones Magazine’s. He has DP’d & and edited many music videos, short films, interviews, and comedy sketches and been seen on serval viral campaigns reigning from Flama to Sneakercon and WorldStarHipHop. His passion for the arts keeps him lively and youthful. He attended FiveTowns College & St. John’s University for music and business and has recently released an EP this summer entitled “Neapolitan Drive” which is available on all streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, etc.). If you’re ever in the mood to talk about music and or video production feel free reach out, he’s all ears!
Liseth Ortega, School Aide — Ms. Ortega was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Her parents moved to Dominican Republic when she was 9 month old. She moved to Brooklyn from The Dominican Republic and grew up in Bushwick. In 2002, her parents moved to Florida and she attended the Palm Beach Community College. She moved back to her hometown in Brooklyn. Ms. Ortega is a proud mother of three beautiful children. She loves being part of the MESA family and is passionate about helping her community and serving as a role model for the students of MESA.