Hi, I'm Sairalyn.
I help organizations meet their social-impact objectives while maximizing efficiency and profits.
I am a highly organized, creative, detail-oriented professional, and peer-reviewed author. I have over 20 years of experience working in nonprofit organizations and private businesses, 15 of those in an operational or management role. I am looking for my next opportunity to bring a fresh perspective to community development while simultaneously promoting the inclusion of viewpoints different from my own.
My family emigrated from Nigeria to the US when I was 5 years old. My parents are both Filipino but were teaching in Africa when I was born. I grew up in a black neighborhood in Jersey City, NJ and attended culturally diverse public schools from elementary through high school. I didn't know it then, but through my upbringing, the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion would shape how I interacted with the world as I matured.
1998 - 2002
As an undergraduate I studied computer art at the School of Visual Arts in New York City where I learned all the marketing and design skills I am now utilizing as an operations manager. While I majored in computer animation, I was drawn to the healing nature of art and decided to minor in Art Therapy. During this course of study, I successfully completed 4 internships, serving diverse populations at a number of non-profit organizations throughout New York City.
2002 - 2005
After working for a year in newspaper publishing, I went back to get my Masters degree from New York University in Art Therapy. I started working in the Child Life department of Bellevue Hospital where I developed a research paper that would later be peer-reviewed and published in The Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. I am recognized as being one of the first art therapists to embrace the digital medium and use it successfully with hospitalized children and adolescents.
I continued to work at various culturally diverse non-profit organizations as an art therapist, program coordinator and eventually program director. I managed over 60 youth workers and over 300 inner city families. In these roles, I was able to network and partner with a number of private businesses, city agencies, and community leaders to help grow our DEI focused community programs.
2016 - 2021
After a family tragedy, we moved from the NY Tri-State area to Orlando, FL. I started working remotely for Dr. Ruscio as an assistant, production supervisor, and eventually operations manager. As part of a core team of 4, I helped to grow and elevate his private business to the functional medicine industry leader it is today.
While I still provide remote and event support for a handful of nonprofits, I am hoping to fully return to my roots of bringing individuals and private businesses together to build community and share in the goal of improving our world for future generations.
I was always struck by the ease with which she built positive relationships with diverse community stakeholders...
Free Arts, NYC
Sairalyn's skill as a director is inspiring and I think the quality of her program certainly reflects that.
NYC Department of Youth and Community Development
Creates Order from Chaos
In short, she creates order out of chaos - managing the questions and workflows of dozens of creatives like myself.
The Ruscio Institute