Our Team

The Steppingstone Foundation
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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 AsherAssistant Director of Teaching and Learning
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    A Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Angela joined Steppingstone as a Counselor in 2004. She went on to become the Senior Director of Support Services and then VP of Programs. Committed to staff development, Angela pursued a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in 2017. 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. Outside of work, Angela can be found planning outrageous theme parties, cooking like Martha Stewart, talking everyone’s ear off about her love of her home state of Maine, or cheering loud and proud at her children’s sporting events.

    Angela BouchardChief Talent Officer
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    D'Jonita graduated from Colgate University in May 2019 with a BA in Psychology and Educational Studies. As a Steppingstone Alumna and a Boston native, she is dedicating to giving back to communities that have contributed to her own success, and striving everyday to incorporate effective mental health practices in her work. In her free time you might find her spending time with her family, eating delicious food, or in the dance studio breaking it down to Beyonce.

    D’Jonita CottrellAdvisor, Preparation and Placement
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    Makeda received her B.A. in the History of Science, with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy from Harvard College in 2019. Prior to working for Steppingstone, Makeda was a scholar of the Foundation (Class of 2009!), and a volunteer and programming coordinator for The Phillips Brooks House Association, a student-lead nonprofit organization in Cambridge. Outside of work, Makeda is probably listening to music, and is the Special Projects Coordinator for Harvard’s HipHop Archive & Research Institute.

    Makeda DanielAdvisor, Support Services
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    Abobomi Docanto was born and raised in Boston. He attended public schools in Boston and went to Providence College and majored in Political Science and Public and Community Service Studies. Before coming to Steppingstone, he worked at City on a Hill Charter School. He is a huge Primer League Football fan. During his free time, he likes to read and walk around Boston. He has lived in Roxbury and Dorchester his whole life.

    Abobomi DocantoAdvisor, Preparation and Placement
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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. Outside of work, Karin enjoys traveling, sharing great meals with friends, and listening to live music.

    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 Manager of Community and Alumni Relations
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    Karen earned her B.S. in Finance from Syracuse University, her J.D. from Suffolk University, and her L.L.M. in Taxation from Boston University. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Karen practiced law for more than 20 years, specializing in tax law and estate planning.

    Karen FolbAdvancement Associate
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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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    Tina is a native of Massachusetts and earned a degree in History and Latin American Studies from Emmanuel College. She has previous experience in social justice-oriented initiatives and organizations- surrounding community development and student empowerment. Outside of work she is most likely reading, enjoying time with friends or on the phone with her mom or sister.

    Tina GonzalezAdvisor, College Success Academy
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    Tramel received his BA from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in English/Communications. Prior to joining Steppingstone, he served two years as an educator at a charter school through an AmeriCorps program in Bridgeport, CT. Outside of work, he is most likely writing, reading, watching old films, and enjoying time with friends.

    Tramel GriffithProgram Assistant
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    Nikia received her BA from Clark University in Sociology and History. She has just completed her M.S.W. from Boston University. She has held internships with The Mentor Network and Year Up, working with youth and families to create treatment plans, and provide individual case management to improve coping and behavioral skills. She also led a young women’s support group that addressed self-esteem, positive relationships and career goals. Nikia also knows first-hand the impact that Steppingstone can have on students in Boston. Her younger sister was a Steppingstone Scholar, and Nikia remembers dropping her off on Saturdays for SMASH!

    Nikia HackettCounselor
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    Stephanie joined the Steppingstone team in 2018. Prior to Steppingstone, she worked for Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She also worked as a photographer and lived in New York City before moving to Boston. She received her BS in Information Systems and BA in Management from Bina Nusantara University in Jakarta, Indonesia.

    Stephanie HamiprodjoOffice Coordinator
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    Phil received his B.A. in Spanish and French along with a minor in Communication. Prior to joining Steppingstone, he was a Youth Development Counselor at the Boys and Girls Club of Plymouth dedicated to helping young people realize their full potential. Outside of work, you can find him running through the streets training for his next marathon.

    Phil HarrisAdvisor, Support Services
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    Jen Hartzog joined Steppingstone in 2018 as Director of Events & Donor Engagement. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Jen held various positions in marketing, development, and event planning, most recently in the undergraduate admissions office at Northeastern University. Jen holds a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

    Jen HartzogDirector of Events & Donor Engagement
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    Natalie is a Boston native and a Steppingstone alumna of the class of 2007. She graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Anthropology and Economics. Prior to Steppingstone, Natalie worked as a kindergarten teacher and loved fostering the learning of children at the early development age. In her free time Natalie enjoys reading, traveling and exploring new restaurants around Boston.

    Natalie HerbertAdmission Coordinator
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    Peter earned a B.A. in Political Science and Global Studies from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He holds a M.A. in International Development from the Heller school at Brandeis University. Prior to Steppingstone Peter has worked in education for over 10 years in both domestic and international settings. Outside of work you will find him outdoors; hiking, running or exploring around the city.

    Peter HulbertDirector of Preparation, College Success Academy
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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. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, drawing, going to folk concerts and trying new Boston restaurants.

    Elena JayAdmission Associate
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    Halle enthusiastically joined Steppingstone in June 2019 to embrace a dynamic equity & access support services role. Ms. Katz is a Brown University graduate who worked as a college admissions officer at Bentley University; her work with Steppingstone scholars is informed by her time spent with prospective college students as well as her experience teaching dance to teens. Halle values individualized learning and the opportunity to cultivate challenging yet warm spaces for growth.

    Halle KatzAdvisor, Support Services
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    Archi grew up in Boston and is also Steppingstone alumnus from the Class of 2008. He received his BFA in Illustration from Lesley University College of Art and Design in 2018 with a focus in mixed media arts. Prior to Steppingstone he interned in local galleries and showcased his own work around the Northeast.

    Archibaldo LoraAdvisor, Preparation & Placement
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    Thai was born in Vietnam and immigrated to Oahu, Honolulu at the age of six. He is a recently graduated with his Masters in English from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2019. Besides being an advocate for higher education, Thai is a die-hard Lakers fan. He also loves spending time with his dog, Hero.

    Thai LuongCollege Services Advisor
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    Kevin graduated from Newbury College with a degree in Business Management and Accounting. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Kevin was an Accountant at Gibson Sotheby's International Realty. Outside of work, Kevin likes to travel and rediscover the City of Boston, as there is a lot of construction happening day in and day out. It is possible to find Kevin at one of Title Town's games. Let's go, Boston!

    Kevin MartinAccounting Coordinator
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    Pam joined Steppingstone in January 2019. Over the last 30 years, she has worked in a wide variety of freelance and staff roles in advertising, marketing, communications, and development. She holds a BA in English and Humanities from Augustana College (Illinois) and MS from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

    Pam MathewsDirector of Foundation and Corporate Relations
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    Since commencing from The Steppingstone Academy in 2011, Mary has continued to come back to the Steppingstone community and give back. She served as an Admissions Ambassador in high school along with other volunteer roles and then as an Advising Intern summer of 2019. Mary is currently a junior at Lesley University majoring in Psychology. Mary has developed a passion for working with children and families healing from trauma, after her time as an intern at The Boston Youth Sanctuary. She hopes to continue her education and eventually have her own private practice as a child therapist. When Mary isn’t in class or at the office, you can find her spending time with her loved ones, watching movies, or dreaming of places to travel.

    Mary MedranoCommunity Coordinator
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    Alex graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Classics and received a master's degree from Columbia University. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Alex taught history and Latin at the high school level, also serving as a dorm head and rowing coach.

    Alex NewellMember Services Associate, National Partnership for Educational Access
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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. Outside of work, Katarina participates in beginner adult ballet classes at the Boston Ballet.

    Katarina NgDirector of Admissions
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    I was born and raised in the Bronx NYC and moved to Boston to attend Pine Manor College, while I was there I got a B.A in psychology and early childhood education. During my time in school I held many leadership roles like orientation leader and RA and I am very familiar of the college process along with how difficult the transit can be. Before working at Steppingstone, I was a preschool teacher but missed working with high school seniors and college undergrads. I heard about steppingstone and fell in love with the mission and now want to support all Scholars with their academic journey.

    Nadia ObiesieAdvisor, College Services
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    Chris is an experienced educator with a demonstrated history of leading start-up initiatives in the field of education. Skilled in program development, Chris' expertise lies in the development and management of innovation within ​the social sector. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Chris served as Academic Dean for the Trinity Boston Foundation's TEEP program, as well as band and orchestra director at the Boston Arts Academy. Chris received his B.M. in Music Education from the Berklee College of Music and M.S. Ed. in Education Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania.​ Chris sits on the Board of Directors of the Trinity Boston Foundation and is a member of the Advisory Team of Neverbore.​

    Christopher ParrisChief Program Officer
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    Sara received her degree in History and Romance Languages from Wesleyan University. She is passionate about working with children and providing them with access to the best education possible. In her free time, she loves to hike, bike, travel, and eat good food.

    Sara PhilippeAdvisor, College Success Academy
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    Katie graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, and Francophone Studies. Originally from Chicago, she has also lived in France for a couple years-- first as a student and later as an English Language Lecturer at the University of Lyon. Outside of work you might find her listening to a variety of podcasts or finding new TV shows to watch.

    Katie RagsdaleSupport Services Advisor
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    Aravind is a proud Education Pioneers fellow and graduated with an Analytics degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Aravind worked as an engineer, a bid manager, and, during his last stint, a manger of academics at a test preparation company. Outside of work, he loves to watch comedy, read books on Indian mythology, and listen to physics and astronomy shows, whilst pondering about human existence.

    Aravind ShenoyData and Evaluation Specialist
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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. Outside of work, you might find her playing soccer, trying out new places to eat in different neighborhoods, attending a dance class, or hanging with her niece and nephew!

    Elena SicairosVice President of Support and College Services
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    Abbie joined Steppingstone in 2019 as the Donor Communications Associate. Before moving to Boston, she graduated with a BS in Professional Writing from Champlain College in 2017. Outside of work she can be found writing about magic and Upstate NY while sipping lattes in cafes around the city, or at the nearest pop-punk concert.

    Abbie StonerDonor Communications Associate
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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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    Jacob graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in English and from Lesley College with an M.Ed. in Middle School English. Subsequently, Jacob taught English for 15 years in both public and private schools, at both the middle and high school levels. In his free time, Jacob enjoys going to Marvel Comics movies, watching Manchester United soccer matches, and most of all, playing with his two young daughters.

    Jacob SydneyTeaching & Learning Associate
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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 TateAssociate 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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    Miguel graduated from Bunker Hill Community College with a degree in Information Technology. He has over 25 years of experience in Technology and Customer Services. He worked previously at The Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Field Tech. and Help Desk Manager.

    Miguel UrenaSenior Director of IT & Administration
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    Jane Ventrone began her career at Steppingstone as an Advisor with The Steppingstone Academy in 2006. Before to moving into the Vice President of Academic Programs role, she served as the Senior Director of Teaching and Learning. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Jane taught 7th grade Language Arts as a Teach for America corps member in Philadelphia. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Boston College, an M.S. in Elementary Education from Saint Joseph's University, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. Jane serves on the Board of Directors of Riverbend School in Natick, MA and she also enjoys reading, gardening, and traveling.

    Jane VentroneVice President of Academic Programs
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    Jalencia received her B.A. in Sociology and Black Studies from Amherst College. While at Amherst, she dedicated much of her coursework, research, volunteer and work experience to addressing educational inequality. Prior to Steppingstone, Jalencia has enjoyed supporting students through her work as a summer teaching fellow and advisor at Breakthrough Greater Boston, QuestBridge Ambassador, tutor, mentor, and peer leader.

    Jalencia WadeAdvisor, Support Services
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    Hannah Waters graduated from the University of Maine in 2017 with a BA in International Affairs and a minor in Sustainable Agriculture. After graduating she spent two years teaching English in Beijing, where she developed a passion for education and working with youth. In her free time Hannah enjoys reading or being outdoors.

    Hannah WatersAdvisor, Preparation and Placement
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    Christina Watson joined the Steppingstone team in 2018. Prior to Steppingstone, Christina attended UMass Amherst and graduated with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. Outside of work, you might find Christina traveling to the beach, enjoying live music or reading.

    Christina WatsonHuman Resources Coordinator
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    Caitlin joined The Steppingstone Foundation in 2019 as the Manager of Donor Relations. Prior to Steppingstone, Caitlin held positions at various Boston organizations, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and in her spare time she likes to travel, read and experience new restaurants.

    Caitlin WellsManager of Donor Relations
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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 WoodChief Advancement Officer
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    Annie earned her BS in elementary education from Boston University's School of Education. Despite receiving her initial teaching license, Annie knew she wanted to work with youth beyond the classroom setting. 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. Outside of work, she enjoys playing with her dog (Milo), watching the Food Network, or planning for her next travel adventure.

    Annie WuDirector of College Services