Our Team - Bios


Rachel Henes, LMSW


Rachel directs the operations and programming at Hallways.  Rachel brings 15 years of experience developing and implementing prevention programs at local, national and international levels, with a particular focus on gender-based violence prevention.  Rachel has collaborated with many school communities in New York City to develop comprehensive prevention efforts that address issues such as bullying and harassment, dating violence, consent and sexual assault, and substance use.  Rachel has received anti-racist training from The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, and domestic and sexual violence prevention training from A CALL TO MEN and the NYC Relationship Abuse Prevention Program.  Rachel is passionate about working in partnership with schools to develop strategic, tailored approaches that promote social and emotional wellness and caring.

​​Rachel holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work.


Natalie Zuckerman, EdM

Assistant Director

As Hallways’ Assistant Director, Natalie oversees the day-to-day operations of the school-based prevention program and its partnerships with 30 Independent Schools across the city to deliver high-impact programming that is tailored to the specific strengths and challenges that arise within each school community.  Natalie brings to her role a background in prevention science and over ten years of experience in the education and nonprofit sectors, working to develop, deliver and evaluate meaningful programs that build capacity for health and well-being. Natalie has worked with Making Caring Common (MCC), a research-based project designed to support educators, families and communities in promoting caring, kindness and a commitment to justice in children. She has anti-racist training from The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training.

Natalie holds a B.S. in Applied Psychology from New York University and a Masters in Prevention Science from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Sarah Zlotowitz, LMSW

Program Manager, School Relations
and Curriculum Development

Sarah is Hallways’ Program Manager, Curriculum Development. In this role, she designs meaningful learning experiences that cultivate social-emotional wellness and growth. Through programming that best suits the needs of each school community, Sarah supports students, families, and educators in learning evidence-based skills and mindsets aligned with prevention. She is passionate about healthy adolescent development and firmly believes that when we all participate in social emotional skill building, we strengthen the foundation for student success in school and in life.

Sarah brings over a decade of experience in education and public health to her role. As a teacher, curriculum coach, and school social worker, she has worked with learners from K-12 in public schools and charter school networks along the East Coast. She has also worked as a counselor advocate for survivors of gender-based violence incarcerated at Rikers Island.  She holds a BA in Health & Community from Boston University as well as an MSW from Columbia University’s School of Social Work. She is an alumna of The Bryn Mawr School in Maryland.


Sarah Díaz, MSW

Research and Communications Coordinator

Sarah works to ensure that Hallways’ work stays rooted in the latest research on youth development, and is the primary author of Hallways’ upcoming handbook for parents and educators. Sarah helps coordinate the assessment process, conducting data collection and analysis and authoring the majority of assessment reports. Sarah brings to her work with Hallways a background in youth and education policy and research, as well as a strong belief in the important role of research evidence in supporting young people and promoting equity and justice.

Sarah holds a BA in American Studies from Wesleyan University as well as an MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, where she focused on community organization and development. Prior to joining Hallways, Sarah worked as a research assistant at the William T. Grant Foundation, where she supported the Foundation's work to fund research that improved the lives of young people. Sarah also served as a community liaison for the New York State Assembly, focusing on youth and education issues.


A. Jordan Wright, PhD, ABAP

Consulting Psychologist

Jordan serves as a key advisor for Hallways and spearheaded our transition to an evidence-based strategic prevention framework, which integrates the most current research on prevention science with the acknowledgement that the independent schools in New York are unique and have specific, individual needs.  As a researcher and faculty member at a university, he brings an evidence-based mindset to clinical and preventative services.​

After 30 years of serving the Independent School community in the New York City area, the board of Freedom Institute has reached the difficult decision to close Hallways and thereby end the organization's prevention programming due to its financial unsustainability. 


Hallways’ accomplishments are community accomplishments. Thank you to our many partner schools for their years of investment and dedication to our important work. Thank you to all the parents and community partners who have attended our talks, hosted events, and advocated for social-emotional learning in your schools. Thank you to the students, who showed up with vulnerability in our workshops and allowed us to learn and grow from sharing their realities with us. And finally, thank you to the Hallways team members, past and present, for all the passion, humor, thoughtfulness, and creativity you have all brought over the years. 


We are thrilled to continue the sale of  From the Inside Out: The Hallways Handbook For Raising Emotionally Healthy Adolescents

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