Our Team

The Steppingstone Foundation
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    Serena received a B.S. in Psychology from Northeastern University and a M.S. in Human Resource Management from Emmanuel College. Prior to joining Steppingstone, she worked as a HR Compliance Analyst for Bright Horizons, Family Solutions. She has also volunteered as a big sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.

    Serena AllenAssistant Director of Human Resources
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    Kristin received her BA in English from The College of the Holy Cross and her MA in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling from Lesley University. Prior to joining Steppingstone, she worked in a therapeutic program at Arlington High School.

    Kristin ArcangeliSenior Director of Counseling
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    Ben received his B.A. in History from Brown University and his M.A.T. from Relay Graduate School of Education in New York. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Ben spent five years as a teacher at VOICE Charter School in New York and Edward Brooke Charter School in Boston.

    Ben AsherTeaching & Learning Associate
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    Angela joined Steppingstone as a Counselor in 2004, and became the Senior Director of Support Services in 2009. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Angela worked in the Canton Public Schools and for several nonprofits in Portland, Maine. She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern Maine and a MSW from Boston College. Angela is also a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.

    Angela BouchardVice President of Programs
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    Genesis worked at Upham's Corner Health Center before coming to Steppingstone. Genesis is the mother of Samuel, a Steppingstone Scholar who attends St. Sebastian’s.

    Genesis BrachoProgram Assistant
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    Ciara received her BA from Tufts University in peace & justice studies and religion. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Ciara worked as a project manager and copy editor for Borderless Press, an academic publisher in postcolonial religious studies. She has also interned with the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) and District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).

    Ciara ChiversAdvancement Associate
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    Sarah joined Steppingstone as the Dean of Placement in 2004. Before moving into the Chief Program Officer role, she also served as Director of Academy Seven and Vice President of The Steppingstone Academy. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Sarah worked as an Assistant Director of Admission at Cushing Academy and Program Director at Bottom Line. She received her BA from the University of Virginia in History and African American Studies, and a MA joint degree from Tufts University’s Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning and Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development.

    Sarah ConradChief Program Officer
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    Mariela is a Boston native and Steppingstone Alumna from the Class of 2004. She graduated from Boston College in 2014 with a BA in psychology and a minor in African and African diaspora studies. Prior to joining Steppingstone, she completed a year of service with City Year Boston, and served in a Boston Public School to mentor and tutor students who were at risk of dropping out.

    Mariela DeLeonProgram Associate, College Success Academy
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    Gale received her BA in psychology from the University of Virginia, her MSW and MA in public administration from The Ohio State University, and her PhD in social welfare from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Gale was the Associate Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations at Hearth, Inc. and served as a co-president of the Lexington Education Foundation.

    Gale DrugaDirector of Foundation and Corporate Relations
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    Karin has her MSW from Boston College and her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Karin was the Executive Director of Summerbridge Cambridge and led the training and technical assistance program at Horizons for Homeless Children.

    Karin ElliottExecutive Director, National Partnership for Educational Access
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    Lee majored in comparative literature at Brown University and received her law degree from Fordham University. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Lee practiced law and served as the executive director of The Plymouth Rock Foundation.

    Lee EnglertSenior Consultant for Community Relations
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    Jenesis Fonseca is from Los Angeles, CA. She received an A.B. in English and a certificate in African American Studies from Princeton University where she was a Gates Millennium Scholar and a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. While at Princeton, she participated in various public service activities and internships that fueled her passion for education. Jenesis joined Steppingstone after completing coursework for a PhD program at Harvard University.

    Jenesis FonsecaSupport Services Assistant
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    Danielle attended Boston University via the Posse Foundation, receiving a BA in English literature. Prior to Steppingstone, Danielle toured the circuit as a motivational speaker in support of homeless teens and assault victims. She also spent a lot of time serving as a tutor, mentor, and peer leader during her undergraduate career with programs such as Boston University's Initiative for Literacy Development.

    Danielle GallowayCollege Success Coach
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    Claire graduated from Boston College with a BA in elementary education and theology. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Claire taught a bilingual special education class for fifth and sixth grade students in Camden, New Jersey. She holds a MA teaching license and has taught fourth grade in Boston Public Schools.

    Claire GerusonProgram Associate, College Success Academy
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    Kelly received her B.A. in English from Colby College and her M.A. in English at University College London. Kelly joined the Steppingstone staff as Director of Development in 1992. Prior to Steppingstone, she worked in the development office at Dana Hall School.

    Kelly GlewPresident
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    Ashley received her master's degree from Boston College in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology with a focus in Community Psychology and Social Justice and received her bachelor's degree in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. Ashley most recently worked at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco and in UCSF's Development and Alumni Relations office, planning small and large-scale donor events and the university's annual Alumni Weekend. Prior to working in San Francisco, Ashley began her career working for youth-focused nonprofits here in Boston, responsible for volunteer management, donors events, and alumni programs.

    Ashley Goliti-ChaseDirector of Advancement
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    Sebastian received his A.B. in history and literature from Harvard College. As an undergraduate, he took part in the Undergraduate Teaching Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he obtained his Massachusetts teacher’s license in history for middle school and high school. While at Harvard, he also served as Peer Advising Fellow helping freshman students acclimate to their first year of college and tutored elementary school students in South Boston as part of the Philips Brooks House Association.

    Sebastian GomezPreparation and Placement Associate
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    Monique earned her BA in philosophy from Harvard University. While at school, Monique advocated for increased access to mental health services specific to the needs of low-income and first generation students. Prior to joining NPEA, Ms. Hassel interned for La Biennale di Venezia in Italy and Morgan Stanley in New York.

    Monique HasselConference Assistant, National Partnership for Educational Access
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    A native of Boston, Caroline joined Steppingstone in 2015. Prior to working at Steppingstone, she worked in development at Fenway High School, a pilot school of the Boston Public Schools, and at The Boston Harbor Association. She holds a B.A. in English from Colby College.

    Caroline HollandCommunications Associate
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    Elena received her BA in Sociology and Spanish from Bates College. Prior to joining Steppingstone’s Admission team, Elena served as the Family Center Coordinator at Family Life Education in Hartford, Connecticut, a nonprofit dedicated to providing comprehensive support, advocacy and leadership programs for first-generation, immigrant families. In high school and college, she worked for Steppingstone’s Hartford affiliate, Hartford Youth Scholars, as an intern and Executive Assistant to the Dean of Programs.

    Elena JayAdmission Assistant
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    Amy earned her BA from the University of Rochester, where she double majored in international relations and Chinese studies. Throughout college, she spent summers working as a curriculum facilitator for the Concordia Language Villages Chinese-language immersion summer camp. After graduating, Amy spent a year in rural China teaching English as a Teach for China fellow. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Amy worked as a 7th and 9th grade Chinese teacher at the Academy of the Pacific Rim in Hyde Park.

    Amy JiravisitculPreparation and Placement Associate
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    Haris graduated from Connecticut College with a BA in Sociology and History. Prior to Steppingstone, Haris worked at the Portland Children's Museum, interned at Neue Mittelschule and volunteered at New London public schools in Connecticut.

    Haris KuljancicSupport Services Assistant
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    Zeva earned her B.A. in philosophy and political science from Beloit College and her Ed.M. in human development & psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Zeva worked as the Director of Academic Services at Philadelphia Futures, where she managed after-school, summer enrichment and internship programs for high school students.

    Zeva LevineMember Services Senior Associate, National Partnership for Educational Access
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    David Lindsey received a BS in Business Administration from Lincoln University of Missouri. Prior to joining Steppingstone, David taught Social Action through Project Based Learning and Entrepreneurship to middle school students. David is a Certified Rites of Passage Facilitator and has also done work with homeless children and families, mentoring, experiential and specialized training around the country, and program design, implementation and evaluation.

    David LindseyAssistant Director, College Success Academy
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    Natasha received her BS in Business Management from Babson College. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Natasha worked in New York as an SAT preparation coach and site director for Let's Get Ready, Inc, where she served prospective first generation college students residing in low-income communities.

    Natasha LópezCollege Success Coach
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    Karly received her BA in psychology with a minor in Sociology from Hamilton College. While at Hamilton, Karly worked closely with Utica residents to help them learn English and apply for jobs in the community. She also interned for Steppingstone and is excited to return as a Prep and Placement advisor! Prior to joining Steppingstone Karly worked at Match Next Charter School as a fifth grade math teacher.

    Karly MoorePreparation and Placement Assistant
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    Raina earned her BA in international relations with a minor in Spanish from Boston University. Prior to her role with the Prep and Placement team, Raina interned for the National Partnership for Educational Access and has experience volunteering in Peru for a local association, helping rural students work towards their academic reinforcement.

    Raina NaritaPreparation and Placement Advisor
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    Katarina received her BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. Prior to joining the Steppingstone Foundation, Katarina interned at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center leading their youth tutoring program, and at the Museum of Science conducting K-12 engineering education research. She first served Boston Public School students through Project Destiny ministries at the Boston Chinese Evangelical Church.

    Katarina NgAssistant Director of Admission
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    Enya received her BA in international relations from Boston University with a minor in public health. While studying at BU, Enya taught health education in Boston Public Schools through the organization Peer Health Exchange. Enya also worked as an intern in both development and program roles with several nonprofits in the Boston area, including City Year and the Breakthrough Collaborative.

    Enya O’RiordanProgram Assistant, College Success Academy
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    Christopher received his B.M in Music Education from the Berklee College of Music. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Chris served as Academic Dean for the Trinity Boston Foundation's TEEP program, and before that as band and orchestra director at the Boston Arts Academy.

    Christopher ParrisSenior Director, College Success Academy
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    A native of Boston, Nigel is a graduate of the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science in Roxbury. After the O’Bryant, Nigel attended Bucknell University via The Posse Foundation, receiving a B.A. in international relations. Prior to Steppingstone, Nigel worked extensively with youth in Greater Boston with organizations like Breakthrough Collaborative and Uncommon Schools.

    Nigel Henry RobinsonSupport Services Associate
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    Bernice holds a BA from Brown University in Education & Public Policy. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Bernice worked as an Associate Teacher with Prospect Hill Academy's Upper School Campus. Bernice has experience teaching middle school students with the Breakthrough Collaborative in Atlanta, GA and coordinated a college preparatory enrichment program with the Boston Area Health Education Center.

    Bernice RuizDirector of Support Services
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    Emily Seaman holds a B.A. from Scripps College, where she designed her own human rights degree. Prior to joining Steppingstone, she worked as a Communications Associate for the World Society for the Protection of Animals.

    Emily SeamanDirector of Communications
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    Elena earned her BA in psychology from Clark University and her MEd in school counseling from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Being a Boston native herself, Elena’s related experiences include teaching and counseling throughout various school programs in the city. She has also volunteered locally and abroad, with Habitat for Humanity, Youth Outreach Worcester, and a school in Ghana for children with intellectual disabilities.

    Elena SicairosDirector of Support Services
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    Lakeisha St Joy received her bachelor's degree in Sociology from Boston College. She has previously served as a College Success Academy tutor at the Jackson Mann and returned to Steppingstone after completing a year of service at City Year San Jose. Her dedication to supporting youth and families, along with her creativity and passion for the performing arts, makes her a welcomed addition to the CSA team.

    Lakeisha St JoyProgram Assistant, College Success Academy
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    Mary received her B.A. in Sociology and Spanish Literature from Colgate University and her M.A. in Elementary Education from Sacred Heart University. Mary worked at TSA for three years as a Reading and Writing teacher prior to joining the Steppingstone staff full time. Most recently, Mary was the Library and Technology Coordinator at The Advent School in Beacon Hill.

    Mary SullivanDirector of Preparation and Placement
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    Carrie earned a B.A. in American Studies from Dickinson College. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Carrie worked as the Career Developer in the employment and social services center of a Community Action Agency, Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, Inc., in Norwalk, CT. She also completed a year of service with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps.

    Carrie TateAssistant Director, National Partnership for Educational Access
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    Kerry graduated from Bentley College with a B.S. in Accountancy. Before joining Steppingstone, she worked at Lynn Community Health Center, Cambridge Health Alliance, and most recently at North Shore Community Health, Inc. as the Finance Director.

    Kerry TaverneseChief Financial & Administrative Officer
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    Jane received her B.A. in Psychology from Boston College and her M.S. in elementary education from Saint Joseph's University. Prior to joining The Steppingstone Foundation, Jane taught 7th grade Language Arts as a Teach for America corps member in Philadelphia

    Jane VentroneSenior Director, Teaching and Learning
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    Matt received his Ed.M in Higher Education from Harvard University and a B.S. in Journalism from Ohio University. Before joining Steppingstone, Matt worked as a college advisor, summer camp director, and college access coordinator with the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education.

    Matt WaldmanSenior Director, College Services
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    Rachel received her B.A in Psychology from The University of Iowa and is currently working towards a Masters in Public Health at Northeastern University. Prior to Steppingstone, Rachel worked as a corps member for City Year in Chicago and a case manager for individuals with brain injuries.

    Rachel WirtshafterVolunteer Coordinator
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    Kate Wood joined Steppingstone's Advancement Team in 2007 and was promoted to the role of Executive Vice President of Advancement in June of 2016 to oversee both fundraising and communications for the organization. She began her career at Steppingstone as the Director of Individual Giving and later became the Vice President of Advancement. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Kate was Vice President of National Development at Jumpstart, an early childhood education nonprofit. She began her career in marketing at Fidelity Investments. Kate is a graduate of Union College.

    Kate WoodExecutive Vice President, Advancement
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    Annie earned her BS in elementary education from Boston University's School of Education. Annie also has an initial license for teaching elementary education (Grades 1-6) in Massachusetts. After graduating, she worked at a local non-profit organization coordinating and developing academic and enrichment programs for high school youth. She also worked at Boston University where she assisted undergraduate students in understanding the curriculum and academic policies, and assisted students in finding appropriate resources across campus.

    Annie WuSupport Services Associate