Reena Hajat Carroll, MSW,  RIE®’s Chief Executive Officer.  As a non-profit executive for the past decade, Reena brings in-depth experience and knowledge about how to run mission centered non-profits that focus on the best ways to serve our community.   Reena holds a master’s degree in social work from Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work with an emphasis on social and economic development and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Occidental College.  Prior to joining RIE, Reena was the Executive Director of Diversity Awareness Partnership, based in St. Louis, Missouri.  In her ten years with the organization, she grew the small start-up non-profit to a robust and sought after diversity resource in the region.  Reena is the recipient of a host of awards including, Bank of America’s Local Hero Award, and the Brown School of Social Work’s Distinguished Alumni Award.   She and her husband, and two small kids are very excited about their decision to relocate to Southern California.

Chloe Reyes is RIE®’s Administrative Coordinator. Her mother was a student of Magda Gerber’s and Chloe was raised in a home heavily influenced by the RIE® philosophy. She later assisted in a RIE® influenced infant-toddler program while in college. Through the RIE® philosophy, Chloe highly values play and creativity and has recently received her BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in the Program of Film/Video. She splits her time by working at the Echo Park Film Center programming and teaching film classes to youth.



Antoinette Samardzic is RIE®’s  Pathways Coordinator. After a successful career as a legal secretary for a huge Los Angeles Law firm, Antoinette changed professions to pursue her passion for infants and toddlers. She became a RIE Associate in 2006, taught Parent Infant Guidance Classes and studied at the Pikler Institute in 2006.  She loves working with all of the incoming RIE Interns and Practicum students as they work to achieve their goal of becoming a RIE Associate. Antoinette can be contacted at