Staff

At Steppingstone, we take pride in the expertise and dedication of our staff.  Learn more about who they are and how to contact them in our directory. Search by program or team by clicking on the tabs below.

The Steppingstone Foundation
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    Olu Adeosun, born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. Olu joined Steppingstone in September, 2021. Prior to joining Steppingstone, Olu worked for an educational non profit, First Book, and recently at American Constitution Society in Washington, D.C. Olu obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Towson University.

    Olu AdeosunAdvancement Systems and Data Manager
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    Ashley Calise joined Steppingstone’s Advancement Team in 2021. With years of experience in nonprofit and educational settings, Ashley most recently served as Director of Marketing and Communications at Wellan Montessori School. In that role she coordinated a full rebrand and institutional name change, implemented community events and professional development focused on equity and belonging, and mentored students in middle school. Ashley holds a BA in English and Graphic Design from Stonehill College.

    Ashley CaliseDirector of Communications
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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 DanielAlumni Relations Manager, (857) 201-0523
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    Audrey joined The Steppingstone Foundation in 2022 as the Director of Annual Giving & Events. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, she attended Boston College and graduated with a BA in History and a minor in Hispanic Studies. She comes to Steppingstone from The Park School, where she worked in the Development Office for 4.5 years. Before starting work at Park, she volunteered with the Steppingstone Advancement Office to assist with the annual Gala. When not working she coaches a Greater Boston Girls on the Run team, and loves to read, cook, and ski!

    Audrey JamesDirector of Annual Giving & Engagement
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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 KenlyDirector of Leadership Giving & Engagement
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    Francesca joined Steppingstone in May 2022. Prior to Steppingstone, Francesca worked as a Family Engagement Coordinator and Site Director for a middle school-based literacy and tennis program, a Youth Services Specialist with Youth Options Unlimited (YOU) Boston and as an AmeriCorps member with YouthBuild USA. Since graduating from Cornell University in 2019, Francesca has been passionate about supporting impactful programming for young people in her new home of Boston. Outside of work, you can find Francesca cooking, baking, trying new restaurants, spending time at the beach, riding her bike or watching documentaries.

    Francesca ViazzoliAdvancement Associate
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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