Elissa Vanaver has been named executive director, and Wayne Neunie has been named director of education, of Breakthrough Miami, a Knight Foundation-funded initiative. The academic enrichment program ensures that motivated, under-resourced middle school students graduate from high school and attend college. Vanaver was previously the organization’s previous director of strategic development. She has extensive journalism experience and is the former vice president of human resources and assistant to the publisher of the Miami Herald Publishing Co. Neunie will be responsible for all academic programs, the direction of 10 site staff members and year-rou nd educational operations. Previously, Neunie served as senior program director for the YMCA of Broward County. He has been a teacher, vice principal and principal in the Broward County school district.