Meet Our Leadership Team


Our leadership team shares one common goal: to help shape future generations of lifelong learners through top-notch out-of-school-time programs, in partnership with families and school districts across the country. In addition to working in the education industry, they’re also all working parents, understanding the inherent need parents have for after school solutions that go far beyond just childcare.

Judy Nee - Chief Executive Officer

With 20+ years of experience in the after school field, Judy has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in Afterschool and has served as President and CEO of the National AfterSchool Association. Growing up, Judy was president of her local 4H club, one of her favorite after school activities.

Melissa Moreano - Chief Financial Officer

A CPA with more than 20 years of experience in the education industry, Melissa has been a key member of the AlphaBEST leadership team since the company was founded in 2005. Melissa remembers how much fun it was to tag along with her father, who worked in HR for Coca-Cola in Atlanta, once a year. She loved feeling so grown up and being part of the hustle and bustle of a big company!

Heather Alfonso - Chief Operating Officer

Before joining AlphaBEST, Heather began her career as the director of one of the largest school-based after school programs in Florida, eventually becoming an elementary school teacher and then assistant principal. One of her favorite childhood memories was starting a cheer club as a junior counselor at a summer camp in 8th grade and building relationships with the girls in the club. She credits this experience with paving the way for her wanting to work with children for the rest of her life.

Dawn Hosni - Chief Partnerships Officer

Dawn brings 15 years of experience, partnering with educators to provide creativity-based, expanded learning opportunities to students, both in after school and summer.  In her spare time, she enjoys her role as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for foster children in the greater Phoenix, AZ area. A city dweller as a child, Dawn loved horses and always dreamed of living on a farm. To this day, she warns her husband that her bucket list dream of farm life has yet to be crossed off.

Denise DeBaugh - Director of Field Operations

Denise has 20+ years of experience in the after school field, along with seven years of elementary teaching experience. Denise grew up in a very small town in Georgia, and her mom was the manager of the city swimming pool. She got to spend most of her summers with her best friend and sister jumping off the high dive, having underwater tea parties, and seeing whose hair style was the best in their underwater beauty salon. Even today when she goes swimming, Denise goes underwater and creates her underwater beauty hair style.

Darryl Price - Associate Director of Field Operations

Darryl brings retail and education management experience to our team, with a strong focus on customer service. As a child, his favorite thing to do was to go see the Washington Redskins football games at RFK Stadium with his father.