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Our Leadership

Christine Serdjenian Yearwood is the Founder and CEO of UP-STAND. She oversees all aspects of the business, from product planning and design to inventory management, manufacturing, pricing, and shipping. Christine also develops retail and wholesale partnerships, handles press and customer service inquiries and UP-STAND’s social media accounts, and develops and executes advocacy efforts, campaign partnerships, and community service events. As a consultant, she provides expert recommendations on the latest and best accessibility designs, products, and policies for expecting and new parents to individual businesses and organizations, as well as offers event management services to set up temporary accommodations at fairs, festivals, and conferences. Christine also creates and delivers workshops to improve family-friendly accessibility efforts in a group setting for business coalitions, colleges, HR teams, and citywide organizations.

Christine has worked for the NYC Department of Education, Counterpart International, Teach For America, the Harlem Children’s Zone, and in the Athletic Department at Yeshiva University to oversee the women's programs and as the Senior Woman Administrator in charge of Title IX Compliance.

She is a member of the MTA's Advisory Committee for Transit Accessibility (ACTA) and the LIRR's ADA Task Force, working on a range of accessibility issues. Christine also served on the Board of Directors of Girls of Armenia Leadership Soccer, and on the March of Dimes Queens Steering Committee, and served as a 2017 and 2018 CIDNY Poll Site Accessibility Monitor in the NYC General Elections. Christine was awarded two 2018 neighborhood grants from the Citizens Committee of New York City to improve accessibility locally, The Ramp Project NYC and One Stop Family Pop Up.

M.E. in Higher Education, Harvard University
M.S.T. in ESL, Pace University
B.A. in Sociology, Brown University

Outside Interests
Raising three young kids! 
Soccer: Christine played Division I Soccer at Brown University, earning the Dobson/Kay Varsity Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Award and the Margeson Most Team Spirit Award, and was voted Team Captain her senior season. She also trained with the Armenian National Team.

Family-Friendly Awards Committee

Wichuda McConnell

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Committee Member
Community Advocate
Family Photographer
Social Worker

Gina Verdi, MNO

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Nonprofit & Community Relations Consultant
Creative Educator

Christine Serdjenian Yearwood

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Founder & CEO, UP-STAND
Advocate, Consultant, Educator, Service Provider



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Christine often hires outside services, subcontracts, and collaborates with other organizations and entrepreneurs. If you are interested in working with UP-STAND, please email