Ranna Daud, Executive Director
Ranna grew up in Pullman, WA and attended Washington State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management with a double minor in business and comparative ethnic studies. Ranna also went on to earn a master’s degree in sport and leisure service management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She later authored and published “Outcome Study of an After-School Program for Youth in a High-risk Environment,” which appeared in volume 26 of Journal of Park and Recreational Administration.
Ranna joined After-School All-Stars in 2004 as Program Manager for two years with ASAS Las Vegas. She returned in 2009 as Associate Director before being promoted to Executive Director in June 2013. Ranna oversaw ASAS Las Vegas’s operations and the deployment of its mission at 14 schools throughout Southern Nevada, while being the liaison between the board of directors and other various partners throughout the community.
A Washington native, Ranna is excited to return to her home state and represent ASAS in the Puget Sound region as the organization’s primary ambassador and spokesperson. As the Founding Executive Director for the newest ASAS chapter, Ranna is working hard to establish partnerships throughout the communities that will be served by our programming.
Libby Gutschenritter, Program Manager
Libby grew up in Massachusetts and attended Hamilton College in New York where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and philosophy. After graduation, she joined Teach for America and taught mathematics at a Title I performing arts high school in the Bronx, NY. She earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching (Secondary Mathematics Education) from Relay Graduate School of Education and served as the Mathematics Department Chair and a member of the school Leadership Team. She also spent eight summers working for the Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA in Becket, MA—most recently serving as the Director of the Nessacus Summer Leadership Program.
Libby moved to Seattle in August 2017 and is excited to join the After-School All-Stars team. She is passionate about increasing access to education and creating opportunities for all students to discover their potential. As the Program Manager for ASAS Puget Sound, Libby partners with students in the region to design innovative and engaging after-school programs, as well as build a strong team of committed staff to lead these programs.
Jennifer Lassley Knight, Development & Marketing Manager
Jennifer grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to Seattle in January 2016. She earned a Master of Arts in history from University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she also served as a Teaching Assistant for World Civilizations, American History, and Historical Methodology. Jennifer has two publications in the International Social Science Review and occasionally serves as a peer reviewer for the journal's editor-in-chief.
Jennifer discovered her love for social science research and nonprofit fundraising after working remotely as a freelance grant writer for a development consultant based in Los Angeles. She has helped raise funds for organizations that address juvenile justice reform and education access for high-potential, under-resourced youth in L.A. County. Since joining the ASAS team in August 2016, Jennifer continues to fund-raise at the local level to empower students in the Puget Sound region to reach their full personal and educational potential.
As the Development & Marketing Manager, Jennifer’s roles include grant writing, prospect research and outreach, managing relationships with existing partners, overseeing employee engagement and volunteer opportunities, coordinating fundraising events, managing social media, and implementing the overall marketing strategy for ASAS Puget Sound.
Jake Leifheit, Site Coordinator
Jake has worked in the recreation field since 2002 and holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration from Aurora University. Prior to moving to Seattle, he served as Program Manager for After-School All-Stars Las Vegas and worked with the Clark County Gang Intervention Team. Jake has facilitated youth camping trips throughout Nevada, Utah, Arizona and California and has partnered with foundations to help protect Sloan Canyon, Basin & Range and Gold Butte national monuments.
Jake moved to Seattle in 2017 to begin his graduate studies in Urban Environmental Education at Antioch University. He joined the ASAS Puget Sound team as Site Coordinator for Meeker Middle School, where he also leads the Lifetime Adventures outdoor education program for his graduate practicum. Jake is a native of Northern Illinois and enjoys camping, playing basketball and hunting for vintage t-shirts at thrift stores in his free time.