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 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 and Talent Development
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    Lisa received her BA in Communications with a focus in Advertising from Lasell College. Prior to joining Steppingstone’s Development team, Lisa has had over 2 years of experience working in Development/Advancement for non profits such as Boston Children’s Hospital Trust and Two Ten Footwear Foundation. Lisa also had the opportunity to attend Steppingstone as a scholar and graduated with the Class of ’06.

    Lisa Boyd-PhysicAdvancement Associate
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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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    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 DeLeonAdvisor, College Success Academy
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    Kevin conducts program evaluation and research for Steppingstone as an Education Pioneers Career Fellow. He joined Steppingstone with a background in cognitive psychology research, most recently completing a postdoctoral research fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He earned his BA from Johns Hopkins University (in cognitive science), and his PhD from the University of Rochester (in brain & cognitive sciences).

    Kevin DieterEvaluation Associate
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    Abobomi Docanto was born and rise in Boston. He attended public schools in Boston and went to Providence Collge and Major 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 DocantoPreparation and Placement Advisor
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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 DrugaSenior Director of Foundation & 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 FonsecaAdvisor, Support Services
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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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    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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    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 Associate
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    Rebecca received her BS in Sociology with a minor in Sports Management from Linfield College. While at Linfield, Rebecca supported a 5th grade classroom in one of the local elementary schools. Following her graduation, she moved to Boston to serve as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Boston where she spent a year supporting a 6th grade math class in Southie and then a year as a team leader supporting first year AmeriCorps members in JP.

    Rebecca KroppAdvisor, Preparation and Placement
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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 KuljancicAdvisor, Support Services
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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 MooreAdvisor, Preparation and Placement
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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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    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 ParrisSenior Director, College Success Academy
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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 JoyAdvisor, 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 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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    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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    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 WuAssistant Director of Support and College Services