Tara Colton, Executive Director

Tara Colton
Executive Director
Email: tcolton@seedco.org

Tara Colton is Executive Director of Seedco, a 30-year-old national nonprofit organization that operates workforce and work supports programs in five states: New York, Connecticut, Tennessee, Maryland and Georgia. Tara was appointed Seedco’s Executive Director in January 2017 after joining Seedco as Senior Vice President of Programs in 2015. She has more than 15 years of leadership experience in both the public and nonprofit sectors, focused on developing and advancing innovative programs and services for workers, families, and businesses. Her previous positions include: Associate Vice President for Program Development and Planning at FEGS Health & Human Services; Managing Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Human Capital Development; Executive Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Adult Education, Director of Strategy and Partnerships at the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Adult and Continuing Education, and Deputy Director at the Center for an Urban Future.

Tara holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Baruch College School of Public Affairs, a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Wesleyan University and completed the Coro Leadership New York Program. She was selected as one of New York Nonprofit Media’s inaugural “40 Under 40 Rising Stars,” received the Statewide Leadership Award from the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP) and is a board member of the NYC Employment and Training Coalition. She lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with her husband, son and daughter.

Ronin A. Davis
Email: rdavis@seedco.org

Ronin A. Davis oversees Seedco’s New York programming, including Strong Fathers, Stronger Families (SFSF); Youth Advancing in the Workplace; a randomized control trial with MDRC as part of the national Building Bridges & Bonds study and multiple programs connecting low-income families to public benefits. Ronin returns to Seedco after having previously worked on SFSF during the program’s launch. Prior to rejoining Seedco, Ronin worked for The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center where he managed the Community Initiatives technical assistance team, which focused on the intersection of community-based organizations and criminal and juvenile justice agencies. He and his team worked with grant programs across the country that utilized mentoring, technology-based career training, and fatherhood and family-supportive services to support people returning from incarceration. Ronin also oversaw the development of the Mentoring as a Component of Reentry project. In the past Ronin has worked on different alternatives to incarceration projects and began his career working in juvenile detention at the Boulder County Juvenile Assessment Center in Colorado. Ronin received his BA from the University of Colorado Boulder and his MSW from Columbia University.

Jean Henningsen
Email: jhenningsen@seedco.org

Jean Henningsen oversees Seedco’s Work and Family Supports and Workforce programming for the Baltimore metro region.  She manages a growing team of staff who work on a variety of programs, including facilitating enrollment into financial assistance programs via Seedco’s EarnBenefits program, health insurance access, and leading the West Baltimore Community Pathways Collaborative in partnership with Bon Secours Community Works.  Prior to joining Seedco, Jean worked for the Annie E. Casey Foundation for four years on multiple national grant portfolios. She holds an MSW from University of Maryland, Baltimore City.

Joseph Kisarale
Director of Accounting, Budgets, and Finance
Email:  jkisarale@seedco.org

Joseph Kisarale provides financial leadership to Seedco’s programs across the country. He brings to Seedco 14 years’ experience in financial management of community development and humanitarian programs focused on rebuilding livelihoods and empowering communities. Before joining Seedco, Joseph worked with World Vision in Uganda for seven years and later in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. He has also worked at the American FolkArt Museum and at Safe Horizon in New York. Joseph studied accounting at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of UK and has completed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level One. He is currently pursuing his Master of Finance at the University of Aberdeen-UK.

Keith Rasmussen

Vice President
Email: krasmussen@seedco.org

Keith Rasmussen leads all of Seedco’s programs across the country, spanning the organization’s Workforce and Work and Family Supports program portfolios. He brings over a decade of management and operations leadership to this position along with expertise in service delivery, human resources, oversight of multiple program models and systems, knowledge of job recruitment and retention, and experience in a variety of program-evaluation techniques. Before joining Seedco in 2012, Keith held leadership positions at ResCare, Goldman Sachs and Deloitte & Touche. He studied business administration at Brooklyn College, CUNY.

Mark Romaninsky
Senior Director
Email: mromaninsky@seedco.org

Mark Romaninsky oversees Seedco’s programs on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, with a focus on health coverage enrollment funded through the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Mark oversees a team of enrollment professionals who assist Maryland consumers in finding affordable health coverage. Prior to joining Seedco in 2013, he focused his career on workforce development and training. As a Program Manager at the US Department of Labor, he provided contract oversight to Job Corps vocational training centers in several states throughout the Philadelphia Region, including contract compliance, policy development and analysis, proposal evaluation and technical assistance. As a Director of Operations with Del-Jen, Inc. and a Project Director with Dynamic Educational Systems, Inc., Mark managed teams in Mississippi, Florida, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New England who provided youth employment and training services through DOL programs. Mark received a BA from SUNY-Cortland.

Marla Smith-Brown
Email: mbrown@seedco.org

Marla Smith-Brown is the Director of Seedco’s Mid-South Regional office. Marla has served Memphis and its surrounding area for over 16 years in both the public and private sectors, providing oversight to multiple federally funded programs. Most recently, Marla served as the Director of Grants Management at Southwest Tennessee Community College. Marla was responsible for implementation of and evaluation for 30 externally funded programs while ensuring contract compliance. Marla provided fiscal oversight to each program, totaling over $20 million in federal, state and local funding. Marla also worked for the Shelby County Government providing programmatic oversight and building collaborative partnerships throughout Shelby County. These programs included leadership in reentry programs, youth mentoring initiatives, domestic violence advocacy, as well as several housing initiatives for homeless families and survivors of domestic violence. Marla holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Memphis.