Senior Leadership and Staff


David Shapiro, President and CEO

David Shapiro is the president and CEO of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR), the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships. Under Shapiro’s leadership, the organization has been highlighted by the Social Impact Exchange, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, and was selected by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to establish and lead the National Mentoring Resource Center. In addition, the organization has launched a National Quality Mentoring System to support mentoring programs in the implementation of the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™. In 2014, Shapiro received an invitation to The White House to engage in a discussion around the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to leverage opportunity for young men and boys of color.

Shapiro was previously the CEO of MENTOR’s Massachusetts affiliate, Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP). During his tenure, MMP grew by 400 percent, increased public funding for mentoring, distributed nearly $1 million in financial assistance and resources to mentoring programs, and increased the number of mentoring relationships by nearly 50 percent. Shapiro has held positions with the U.S. Golf Association Foundation and the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay. He chairs the Mass Nonprofit Network board and serves as a volunteer leader with America’s Promise Alliance and the National Human Service Assembly. Shapiro is a husband, father of two sons and mentor.


Beth Tallarico, Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

Beth Tallarico serves as the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. In this role, she develops and directs the financial management and policy strategy along with managing all aspects of human resources, compliance, information technology, and organizational infrastructure. Her experience in helping nonprofit organizations efficiently and expertly navigate economic conditions for over 20 years, has been critical in leading MENTOR’s efforts to yield greater cost controls, mitigate risks and improve financial outcomes.

Prior to joining MENTOR, Tallarico spent more than 15 years at the organization’s Massachusetts-based affiliate Mentoring Partnership, Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP). Throughout her tenure at MMP she served in many different positions in which she designed and implemented training and technical assistance services to support the youth mentoring opportunities, created and implemented an administrative process to award and manage state mentoring grants, and managed finance and operations for the organization.

Tallarico’s leadership extends into the local community. She has volunteered as a Girl Scout troop leader for the past five years and is the past-president of the Hillside Elementary School Parent Teacher Council. Beth holds an MBA from Boston College and a B.S. in economics from The University of Michigan. Tallarico lives in Needham, Massachusetts, a suburb outside of Boston, with her husband and three daughters.

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Diane Quest, Senior Director of External Affairs

Diane Quest is the Senior Director of External Affairs for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. In this role, she is responsible for organizational brand strategy, marketing and communications, as well as partnerships and initiatives. During her tenure, the organization has gained increased visibility in earned media and social media, while also strengthening online communications with key stakeholders, and doubling registration at its annual national conference.

Quest has an extensive background in strategic and crisis communications and journalism. Prior to MENTOR, she was a consultant with Camino Public Relations, a boutique firm with a focus on social justice nonprofit clients. She served at The Pew Charitable Trusts as the communications manager for a four million dollar, jointly sponsored advocacy project of Pew and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Prior to her work at Pew, Quest was the National Media Director at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She managed the development and implementation of media relations campaigns to advance the mission of the $1 billion reproductive health care and advocacy organization.

In addition to her nonprofit work, Quest also has experience working within the federal government. She was the media and legislative affairs liaison for the inspector general at the U.S. Department of State. Before entering the field of communications and public relations, she was a television journalist in Lubbock and Austin, Texas. She has a Master’s of Arts in political science from American University in Washington, DC, and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She resides in Boston, MA with her husband.

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Kristin Howard, Senior Director of Development

Kristin Howard is the Senior Director of Development for MENTOR. In this role, Howard is responsible for all organizational fundraising efforts, including developing and implementing a diversified funding strategy, expanding partnerships within the corporate and foundation sectors and creating meaningful opportunities for individual supporters to join the mentoring movement and help close the mentoring gap across our country.

Howard joined MENTOR in August of 2015 after serving as Director of Development for Youth Villages New England for six years. During her time at Youth Villages, Howard significantly increased Youth Villages’ local funding, built a strong network of individual supporters and worked as part of the senior leadership team to ensure strategic program growth. She began her nonprofit career in 2000 when she joined the public relations team at Children’s Trust as a Northeastern Co-Op. After several co-op placements with the organization, Howard continued her work at Children’s Trust by joining their development team as a Development Associate. Over the course of her tenure there, she served in a variety of roles, ending as the Director of Special Events & Stewardship in 2009.

Howard holds a BA from Northeastern University and is an alumnae of the Institute of Nonprofit Management and Leadership, where she currently co-chairs the Alumni Council. She currently lives in Somerville, MA with her husband John.

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Elizabeth Santiago, Senior Director of Programs

Elizabeth Santiago is the Senior Director of Programs for MENTOR. In this role, she is responsible for and actively involved in the management of programs and services for a wide range of stakeholders. She works with a team to implement a continuous quality improvement process throughout the program and service areas, focusing on systems and process improvement.

Prior to MENTOR, Elizabeth gained extensive experience in program management and development, instructional design, curriculum development, training and professional development with organizations such as Jobs for the Future, Simmons College, Babson College, Houghton Mifflin, and World Education. She has specific experience in working with vulnerable or at-risk youth and the systems and people that serve them. She has taught high school equivalency courses within school districts, community-based organizations and through unions, and managed the GED/high school equivalency program at the Harriet Tubman House in Boston, MA. She has also built a professional development service for teachers and principals designing education programs for first-time college goers and with at-risk youth.

Elizabeth earned a B.F.A. in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College and a Masters from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Technology, Innovation and Education Program. She is currently working on a PhD in education studies at Lesley University. Her research and areas of interest include effective instructional strategies for at-risk students and the connection between mentoring and education. She resides in Boston, MA with her husband, son and two cats.

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Joellen Spacek, Senior Director, Mentoring Partnership Network

Joellen Spacek is Senior Director of the Mentoring Partnership Network for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, strengthening and expanding the network of local affiliates. For the past 20 years, Spacek spearheaded efforts to recruit adult mentors and engage community leaders around the issue of mentoring for children, youth, and families. Under her leadership in her former position as executive director of the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota, staff and volunteers recruited over 50,000 mentors and brought together mentoring organizations to grow the quality of mentoring for 190,000 young people in Minnesota. Spacek has 30 years of experience in resource and board development, training and consulting, communications, community collaborations, leadership, and program management.

Spacek has volunteered as a mentor in a variety of programs in schools, community based organizations, and faith communities. She helped create a mentor program for high school women’s basketball, hockey, and volleyball programs to engage high school athletes in mentoring younger players. She has also served as a member of a variety of organizations including as Chair of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership’s Mentoring Partnership Advisory Council, (MPAC). Spacek received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business communications and marketing from Creighton University, while on a Division I basketball scholarship. She received her Master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute while on a Bush Leadership Fellowship. Spacek resides in Minnesota with her husband and two children.

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Abbie Evans, Director of Government Relations

Abbie Evans is Director of Government Relations for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. In this role, she represents the organization before Congress and the Administration and works to build and strengthen the coalition of mentoring organizations advocating on behalf of youth mentoring in Washington, DC and beyond. Prior to her current position, Evans served as a federal lobbyist for the National Education Association (NEA) representing public educators and school personnel before Congress. While at the NEA, she led efforts to engage Republican legislators around supporting public education across the country.

Evans also served as the lobbyist for the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and worked for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation where she managed the bi-annual Children’s Congress program. Before that, Evans worked on Capitol Hill for a Pennsylvania Representative serving on the House Education and Workforce Committees. Evans has a BA in Communications from Penn State University with a focus on American History.

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Michael Garringer, Director of Knowledge Management

Michael Garringer serves as the Director of Knowledge Management for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, overseeing projects related to the translation of mentoring research into program practice. Garringer has worked in the mentoring and education fields for over 17 years, primarily on training and technical assistance projects serving federally- or state-funded mentoring programs. He also leads data collection and evaluation projects in an effort to highlight the prevalence and impact of mentoring across the United States. His role also supports advocacy and policy efforts by identifying and synthesizing research to encourage public and private organizations to make more impactful investments in the youth mentoring field.

Garringer has authored and edited many guidebooks and program tools to support youth mentoring in school and community settings, such as Foundations of Successful Youth Mentoring: A Guidebook for Program Development;Building Effective Peer Mentoring Programs in Schools; and the Oregon Mentors Evaluation Instrument Toolkit. Over his career, he has contributed to many leading research-to-practice events, such as the Summer Institute on Youth Mentoring and the annual conferences hosted by many of MENTOR’s affiliate Mentoring Partnerships. Garringer is a proud alum of the University of Oregon. He currently lives in Portland, OR with his wife, two children, and four fish.

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Brian Sales, Director of Training and Technical Assistance

Brian Sales is the Director of Training and Technical Assistance at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership working extensively with collaborators on the recently launched National Mentoring Resource Center. Sales is a practice-based expert in the field of youth mentoring, non-profit capacity building, and cultural competency. He has over 25 years of youth development experience in a variety of settings including college campuses, human services, college access programs for first generation high school and college students, youth mentoring catering to specific populations, and consulting work.

Sales has trained hundreds of volunteer mentors and staff in youth development principles and youth mentoring. In addition, he has provided technical assistance nationally to mentoring and youth development programs from Alaska to Puerto Rico. He graduated with honors from Hobart College with a degree in History and has a Master’s degree from Cornell University in Africana Studies.

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Elizabeth Hardy, Director of Marketing & Communications

Elizabeth Hardy is the Director of Marketing & Communications for MENTOR and is responsible for developing and implementing marketing and communications strategy as it relates to brand identity, thought leadership, partner campaigns, and national events. She works closely with the Senior Director of External Affairs to strengthen the organization’s presence and visibility online and in traditional media.

Prior to joining MENTOR, Hardy spent 10 years in financial services and most recently led marketing and investor relations for Athena Capital Advisors, an investment management firm with $6 billion AUM. She previously held marketing positions with private equity firm HarbourVest Partners and hedge fund 2100 Capital Group. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BA in Communications. Hardy has always been passionate about the mentoring field, and has worked as a mentor with the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston and Minds Matter Boston.

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Jennifer Merrill, Marketing & Communications Manager

Jennifer Merrill is the Marketing & Communications Manager for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. In her role, she supports MENTOR’s national public awareness and fundraising campaigns including National Mentoring Month, Coaches’ Mentoring Challenge and the Annual Fund Campaign. Merrill also manages MENTOR’s digital marketing, media and communications efforts.

Merrill has more than six years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector. Previously, she worked in fundraising and marketing for the Boston Bar Association, a nonprofit professional organization for the legal field. Prior to that position, she supported the development and marketing efforts of the Somerville Homeless Coalition. She began her career as a public relations coordinator for an Arizona chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. In addition to her professional experience, Merrill’s passion for mentoring is a direct result of her own formal youth mentoring experience. She is now paying-it-forward as a volunteer mentor with Silver Lining Mentoring in Boston, MA.

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Sarah Jasinski, Special Assistant to the CEO

Sarah Jasinski is the Special Assistant to the CEO for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. In her role, she provides administrative support to the executive team, manages the operations of office and works with the chief financial officer on human resource-related functions. She also supports the CEO’s work with the Board of Directors and special events.

Previously, Jasinski was the Senior Manager of Video and Scoreboard Operation for the Boston Red Sox. She served as a videographer, editor, technical director, director and producer for the Fenway Park video board. In 2011, she won a New England Emmy Award for the Historic/Cultural Feature/Segment on the Red Sox Lindos Suenos community service initiative, an initiative she still works on today. Jasinski graduated from Emerson College with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and minor degrees in History and Psychology. She resides in Boston, MA, with her husband.

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Jennifer Bourgoin, Program Associate

Jennifer Bourgoin serves as Program Associate at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR). In this role, she provides support for MENTOR’s program services with a focus on building the programmatic capacity of the mentoring field. Bourgoin helps to plan and execute educational and programmatic events, including the National Mentoring Summit and the Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series.

Previously, Bourgoin worked as the Program Director at Goddard House Assisted Living. She also served as an AmeriCorps member for two years at Generations Incorporated, a literacy organization that engages older adult volunteers in tutoring students in Boston and Revere. Bourgoin graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in Political Science and currently resides in Boston.

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Michele Lee, Development & Operations Associate

Michele Lee is the Development and Operations Associate at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. In this role, she is responsible for providing both operational and development support including assisting in the general financial management of the organization, supporting the fundraising cycle for individual, foundation and corporate prospects and donors, and ensuring the office runs efficiently and effectively.

Prior to her time at MENTOR, Lee worked in event planning and development at Hospicare and Palliative Care of Tompkins County in upstate New York. Lee received her B.S. in Communication Management and Design from Ithaca College. She is from Dryden, NY, and currently resides in Boston, MA with her three roommates.

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Andrew Catanzariti, AmeriCorps VISTA, AT&T Aspire Corps

Andrew Catanzariti is an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving at MENTOR’s Boston office. In his role, Catanzariti assists in building the capacity of youth mentoring programs and increasing private sector engagement in mentoring at the national level. Specifically, Catanzariti assists in developing communication materials related to the national Corporate Mentoring Challenge and distributing such materials to corporate partners.

Prior to serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA, Catanzariti worked as an academic tutor for high school and other college-aged students. Catanzariti holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from Arizona State University. He currently resides in Saugus, MA.

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Melissa Seidenberg, AmeriCorps VISTA, AT&T Aspire Corps

Melissa Seidenberg is an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving at MENTOR’s Boston office. In her role, she focuses on building mentoring program capacity and quality. Prior to serving in this role, Seidenberg was a volunteer educational instructor at Rupert A. Nock Middle School and assisted with the development and implementation of Girls Inc. Media Literacy program.

Seidenberg is a veteran of the United States Navy and a recent graduate from Salem State University with her B.S. in Sociology with a minor in English. After this year of service, she hopes to continue her work with underserved youth and explore the possibility of continued education.

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