OUR TEAM

Executive Director

JUSTIN 
HABER

Justin is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2018.

Justin co-founded Hit the Books in July 2019 and served as Chair of the Board for 3 years, before taking over as Executive Director in Summer 2022.

Justin has previously worked with several charitable organizations, such as the Youth Renewal Fund and the ACE Foundation.

Justin currently works as an investor at Millennium Management.

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MILTON
PELOTTE

Director of Operations

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Milton Pelotte has worked with various NYC non-profit organizations leading and developing youth programming for NYC youth over the past ten years.

 

Milton holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a specialization in youth development and a Certificate in Non-profit Management from Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. 

 

Milton is passionate about empowering his community and the people that live there through his various volunteer work around New York City. Milton has received awards for his work with youth from the Brooklyn District Attorneys Office and the Association for Equality and Excellence in Education.

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STAN
DRYEV

Director of Mixed Martial Arts

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Stan has been training and competing in Martial Arts for 15+ years. He is proficient in Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Western Boxing, with an undefeated record.

 

He has worked with children and young adults for over a decade, with a focus on building a culture of trust, confidence and work-ethic.

 

As a consultant, he initiated and refined the Boxing and Muay Thai programs for Warren Levi Martial Arts.

 

Stan holds a B.A. in Political Science & Minor in Psychology from CUNY - Queens College.

KEENYA
COKE

Director of Education

Keenya was an elementary school educator for 12 years and has taught all grades from 1-6. 

She has experience teaching all subject areas and has developed a strong passion for teaching reading and writing. 

In the summer of 2018 she began coaching first year teachers and their mentors which sparked a desire to transition

into educational leadership. 

 

She holds a Bachelors of Science in Marketing from Syracuse University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education. 

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REMI
SCHWARTZ

Marketing Director

Remi is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Class of 2020.

 

She has previously dedicated time to a handful of service and community programs. Most notably, she was on the Leadership Board at the Philly Friendship Circle, where she coordinated, managed, and planned promotional activities. 

 

Remi currently works on the Buying team at Macy’s Inc.

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