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.

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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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    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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    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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    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 LuongAdvisor, College Services
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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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    Thanh received his BA in English from The University of Massachusetts Boston. He is an alumni of John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. Prior to joining Steppingstone, he worked as the Youth Program Director at The Vietnamese-American Initiative for Development in Dorchester, MA. Outside of work, Thanh enjoys rooting for his Boston sports team, playing basketball, eating good food, watching movies, listening to K-pop and traveling with his family.

    Thanh NguyenDirector of Support Services
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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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    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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    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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    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