Senior Leadership and Staff

David Shapiro, CEO

David Shapiro is the CEO of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, the unifying national champion for expanding quality mentoring relationships for young people. For more than 25 years, MENTOR has helped build and serve the mentoring field by providing a public voice; developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide; and promoting quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools. Under Shapiro’s leadership, MENTOR’s efforts to build capacity and scale innovation within the mentoring movement have been highlighted by the Social Impact Exchange, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. During his tenure, MENTOR launched In Real Life, a national mentoring public awareness campaign, with the support of the NBA and has worked extensively with the Obama Administration on the mentoring component of My Brother’s Keeper.  In addition, the U.S Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention selected MENTOR to establish and lead the National Mentoring Resource Center. MENTOR’s 2014 report The Mentoring Effect found that 1 in 3 young people are reaching adulthood without the benefit of a mentor. With the vision that every young person must have the supportive relationships they need to grow and develop into thriving, productive, and engaged adults, MENTOR’s mission is to fuel the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships and ultimately close that gap.  In collaboration with its national network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships and more than 5,000 mentoring programs and volunteer centers in all 50 states, MENTOR incorporates advocacy, raises public awareness, mobilizes grassroots supporters, provides training, and bridges research to practice while working across the private, public and nonprofit sectors to ensure that young people have the support they need through mentoring relationships. Shapiro was previously the CEO of MENTOR’s Massachusetts affiliate, Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP). During his tenure, MMP launched Champions of Mentoring at Fenway Park, Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring, Mass Mentoring Counts and the Bill Russell Mentoring Grants Program. MMP grew by 400 percent, increased state funding for mentoring, attracted federal funding and distributed almost $1 million in financial assistance, capacity building, and match activities to mentoring programs. The number of young people matched increased by almost 50 percent during Shapiro’s seven years at MMP. Shapiro’s experience includes leadership positions with the U.S. Golf Association Foundation’s 10-year, $50 million grant-making initiative and the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay. He chairs the board of the Mass Nonprofit Network and serves as a volunteer leader with a variety of nonprofits, including America’s Promise Alliance, Common Impact, and the Institute for Non-Profit Practice. He was selected for the Barr Foundation Fellowship. 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. Email Beth

Sarah Jasinski, Chief of Staff

Sarah Jasinski serves as Chief of Staff at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.  In this role, she works closely with the CEO as the liaison to the board of directors, and provides support in developing and organizing board committees and meetings.  Jasinski is responsible for office management and supporting projects primarily focused on leveraging the time of the CEO and the Senior Leadership Team in order to increase organizational effectiveness and efficiency. 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. Email Sarah

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. Email Kristin

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. Email Elizabeth

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. Email Joellen

Matt G. Meyersohn, Senior Director of External Affairs

Matt G. Meyersohn serves as Senior Director of External Affairs for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.  He is responsible for managing External Partnerships as well as the Marketing and Communications team. Previously, Matt was the Managing Director of Sports and Kid Power Partnerships for the US Fund for UNICEF. He was responsible for UNICEF’s relationships with American sports leagues, teams and athletes and dedicated himself to increasing the role American sports play in international relief work.  Prior to that, Matt Meyersohn spent eight years with the Boston Celtics and was responsible for Community Relations and Player Development. He spearheaded the team’s charitable programing and off-court development of each player.  Under Matt’s leadership, Celtics players consistently ranked at the top in the league for philanthropic appearances. Prior to working at the Celtics, Matt worked for the NBA and with the New England Patriots.  Matt graduated from Wesleyan and received his MBA from Boston College.  He is currently a regional board member for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and is on the board of Crossover Basketball, a sport for development program in India.  He also serves on the board and executes technology lab renovations for Ray Allen’s Ray Of Hope Foundation. Matt was raised in Cambridge where he currently lives with his wife and volunteers as a high school basketball assistant coach.  He is a mentor to Alex, they were first paired when Alex was a senior in high school and recently got to celebrate Alex’s college graduation. Email Matt

Abbie Evans, Senior 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. Email Abbie

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. Email Michael

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. Email Brian

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. Email Liz

Julie Babyatzky, Development Manager

Julie Babyatzky is the Development Manager for MENTOR. In this role she collaborates with the Development team to design, implement and support MENTOR’s signature fundraising initiatives. Babyatzky is responsible for prospect identification and research, stewarding and relationship management, proposal development, grant writing, special events management, and other operational functions related to securing and maintaining revenue for MENTOR’s initiatives. Prior to joining MENTOR, Babyatzky served as the Development and Communications Manager at the GreenLight Fund, a national venture philanthropy nonprofit. During her time at the GreenLight Fund, she managed the organization’s signature fundraising events, supported national and local capital campaigns, and implemented strategic communications initiatives across the network of GreenLight sites. Babyatzky began her nonprofit career as a Northeastern University co-op in a range of internship roles at Root Cause, The National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, and the Ikeda Center. She graduated from Northeastern with a BA in Sociology. Email Julie

Adriane Alicea, Government Relations Manager

Adriane Alicea is the Government Relations Manager at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. In this role, she works to mobilize support to advance youth mentoring and strengthen engagement of Congress and the Administration on issues related to mentoring. Adriane began her career in child welfare serving as a Legislative Aide for a California Representative on issues related to foster care, human trafficking and families. While serving in the office, she led a bipartisan coalition of over 150 Members of Congress who worked together to advance legislation to improve positive outcomes for foster youth. Prior to joining MENTOR, she worked to engage stakeholders on criminal justice, immigration and demographic changes through events at the Center for American Progress. Adriane holds a BA in Political Science from the Johns Hopkins University and is originally from New Jersey. Email Adriane

Adrienne Popeney, Manager, Mentoring Partnership Network

Adrienne Popeney joined MENTOR in December of 2015 as Manager, Mentoring Partnership Network. In this role, she helps lead the development and implementation of systems, resources, and communications to support and strengthen MENTOR’s national network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships. She supports capacity-building efforts for this network through leading and managing AmeriCorps’ Aspire Mentoring Vista Corps, designing and executing the annual States Caucus, developing targeted support for newer affiliates, and contributing to the network’s expansion strategy. Adrienne has been managing youth development, education, and mentoring programs in the non-profit field for over a decade. Adrienne most recently worked as the Education Program Services Manager at United Friends of the Children, an LA-based organization dedicated to helping foster youth get to and through college. Previously, she managed school-based mentoring programs for foster youth across Los Angeles. Adrienne also managed direct service teams within the national non-profit organizations, City Year and GEAR UP, supporting students in high need communities with educational attainment. Adrienne holds a Masters of Social Work, with a focus in management and planning, and BA from University of California at Berkeley. Prior to starting her position at MENTOR, Adrienne relocated from Los Angeles to Medford, MA with her husband and son. Email Adrienne

Zach Slater, Business Manager

Zach Slater is the Business Manager at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. In this role, he is responsible for the day-to-day management and support of all operational functions including accounting and finance, human resource administration, information technology, and legal, risk, and compliance. Zach has six years of professional experience in business administration and accounting. Prior to joining MENTOR in December of 2015, Zach served as Director of Operations for a Boston based Life Sciences startup. He has also worked for Gensler and MIT’s Center for Transportation & Logistics. Zach’s passion for MENTOR’s mission is a result of seeing firsthand the positive outcomes of mentoring as he managed a volunteer mentoring program at St. Lawrence University, where he earned his BA in Economics. Email Zach

Delia Hagan, Program Manager, LMSW

Delia Hagan is a licensed certified social worker serving as a Program Manager at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. In this role, Delia supports the development of the National Mentoring Resource Center, a comprehensive online resource hub for the mentoring field.  Delia also manages national programmatic initiatives, including mentor trainings and supports for corporate partners, and training and technical assistance efforts for MENTOR’s national My Brother’s Keeper Success Mentors partnership. Delia began her career in mentoring at Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, where she managed a mentoring program for youth impacted by the incarceration of a parent, supported effective relationship-building for mentors and mentees, and provided case management to mentees’ families. With her team, she also designed and facilitated an innovative group mentoring curriculum promoting positive health outcomes for middle-school youth in under-resourced Brooklyn communities. Subsequently, Delia served as a social worker in clinical settings, providing counseling and case management to adults living with HIV/AIDS and young people in mental health crisis. Delia also has a background in grant-writing, program development, and group work. She earned her MSW at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College. Email Delia

Jennifer Bourgoin, Program Manager

Jennifer Bourgoin serves as Program Manager 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. Email Jennifer

Merlyne Pierre, Program Manager

Merlyne Pierre serves as a Program Manager leading MENTOR’s National Quality Mentoring System (NQMS) work.  Merlyne most recently worked as an Intensive Care Coordinator at Justice Research Institute (JRI) Dimock CSA where she collaborated with families to support in managing as well as coordinating provider contact and meetings. She also assisted families with accessing community resources and therapeutic services to meet the family’s individualized needs. Additionally, Merlyne helped create the first curriculum for JRI’s youth vocational training program Youth Point and facilitated the cohort for this training. Merlyne previously served as a Program Manager at City Mission Society of Boston, and as an Assistant Program Coordinator at South Boston Community Health Center.  Merlyne earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Emmanuel College and a Master’s in Social Work with a macro focus at Boston College. Email Merlyne

Dudney Sylla, Program Manager

Dudney Sylla serves as Program Manager overseeing the Opportunity Youth Thriving Program along with our NBAPAF work including Youth Initiated Mentoring. Dudney most recently worked as a Design Consultant for the Office of Human Capital – Diversity Programs at Boston Public Schools. In addition, Dudney has served as a Program Manager at Jobs for the Future, and as an outreach coordinator for the College of Education at the University of Washington.  Dudney holds a BA in Sociology and a Master’s in Education. Email Dudney

Sam Hawes, Digital Communications Associate

Sam Hawes is the Digital Communications Associate at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.  In this role, he contributes to MENTOR’s overall marketing, communications and grassroots advocacy strategy, and implementation of digital tactics to achieve increased awareness and support for the mentoring movement. His work managing the MENTOR website and developing digital assets for the mentoring field helps to advance the public dialogue on the impact of quality youth mentoring. Before joining MENTOR, Hawes served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Room to Grow in Boston after graduating with a degree in Political Science from Berea College. Originally from Kentucky, he now lives in the Boston area with his partner and pets. Email Sam

Melissa Seidenberg, Program Associate

Melissa Seidenberg is the Program Associate for MENTOR. In her role, she supports the OJJDP National Mentoring Resource Center Technical Assistance (TA) delivery process for mentoring programs nationwide. Prior to serving in this role, Seidenberg was an AmeriCorps Program Quality VISTA here at MENTOR where she focused on building mentoring program capacity and quality. Seidenberg is a veteran of the United States Navy and a graduate from Salem State University with her B.S. in Sociology, with a minor in English. Email Melissa

Madison Snelling, Development Associate

Madison Snelling is the Development Associate at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. In this role, she contributes to all fundraising activities including donor and public relations, grant writing and reporting, direct mail appeals and special events. Prior to serving in this role, Snelling was the Development and Corporate Engagement AmeriCorps VISTA here at MENTOR where she focused on providing development support to our network of affiliates.

Snelling graduated with degrees in International Affairs and Religion (Identity Formation) from the University of Georgia. She has been involved with mentoring for the past seven years in various capacities, from Lexington, Kentucky to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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Brendan Anderson, Marketing and Communications VISTA

Brendan Anderson is the Marketing and Communications VISTA for MENTOR. In this role, he regularly contributes to MENTOR’s national campaign, In Real Life, while also supporting MENTOR’s affiliate network of Mentoring Partnerships with marketing and branding needs. Anderson is a passionate writer with seven years of experience encouraging youth to explore their creativity through discussions around love of learning and literature. Last year, after graduating from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in English, he served as a tutor and mentor to a classroom of elementary students with City Year Boston where he inspired students to believe in their imaginations and find joy in reading. Email Brendan

Jodie Martin, Affiliate Network VISTA

Jodie Martin is the Affiliate Network VISTA with MENTOR. In this role, she enhances the learning community and builds the staff and organizational capacity within the affiliate network of Mentoring Partnerships. Martin is a recent graduate from Clark University where she got her Bachelor’s in psychology. Recently, she was a Residential Summer Counselor for the program “Upward Bound”, where she helped mentor a group of low income and first-generation adolescents in Worcester, Massachusetts. Email Jodie

Katelyn McSweeney, Program Quality and Training VISTA

Katelyn McSweeney is the Program Quality and Training VISTA. In this role, she builds the capacity of MENTOR’s affiliate network of Mentoring Partnerships by supporting the implementation of the Quality Mentoring System. McSweeney has a B.S. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Social Welfare from Bridgewater State University. She has been involved with various community programs that mostly work with at-risk youth, homeless/transient students and teenage mothers to provide mentoring, tutoring and any resources to aid the success of high school graduation and college acceptance. Email Katelyn