MEET THE STAFF

  • Anthony Di Salvo
    Anthony Di Salvo Founder/Executive Director
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    Anthony Di Salvo is the founder and executive director of Sprout, a private. In 1979 he created a travel program for people with developmental disabilities and has overseen the growth of the program from its beginnings to now serving over 1,800 people annually.
    In 1994 he created Sprout’s Make-A-Movie Program through which he has produced several award-winning videos featuring people with developmental disabilities as actors and as subjects of documentaries.
    In 2003 Anthony founded the annual Sprout Film Festival. The Sprout Film Festival is the first and only festival to exclusively showcase films featuring people with developmental disabilities. In 2006, he started touring the US and Canada with the film festival.
    In 2009 be created Sproutflix – the only distributor of films specifically and exclusively related to the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • Raya Harris
    Raya Harris Project
    Manager
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  • Santiago Bareiro
    Santiago Bareiro NYC/OPWDD Program Coordinator
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  • Cody Blakley
    Cody Blakley Director of
    Leadership
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    Cody began his time at Sprout working as a Primary Leader for the Vacation Program while also leading several NYC Program trips since 2014. He has worked with various nonprofit organizations in the past, which have included working as a Residential Counselor at a group home for people with disabilities for 3 years. Cody obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Sociology from Rowan University. Cody enjoys traveling, learning new languages, long walks on the beach, and yoga.

  • Annisha Abidh
    Annisha Abidh Co-Director of
    Leadership
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    Annisha joined Sprout in 2004 as a Trip Leader and has led over 150 vacations trip- her favorite is the Dude Ranch!  She has also worked with many organizations as a direct care provider and has travelled through Europe and the Caribbean. She currently works in Leadership and provides on-the-road training for new leaders.  She is also in the process of finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. In her spare time she enjoys playing sports, cooking and photography.

  • Laura Cohen
    Laura Cohen Assistant Executive Director
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  • Fatih Tunay
    Fatih Tunay Web & Technology Consultant
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