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 mentoring Affiliates 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 and 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, 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 Master of Business Administration degree from Boston College and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from The University of Michigan. Tallarico lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her husband and three daughters.

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Elizabeth Santiago, Chief Program Officer

Elizabeth Santiago is the Chief Program Officer 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 Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College and a Master’s degree from Harvard University’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 with her husband, son, and two cats.

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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 is a graduate of Emerson College and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism. She resides in Belchertown, Massachusetts, with her husband.

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Joellen Spacek, Senior Director of the Affiliate Network

Joellen Spacek is Senior Director of the Affiliate Network for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, strengthening and expanding the presence 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 Affiliate Advisory Council, (MAAC). 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 in Public Affairs degree 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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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 Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern University and is an alumnus of the Institute of Nonprofit Management and Leadership, where she currently co-chairs the Alumni Council. She currently lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with her husband John.

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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 UNICEF USA. He led UNICEF’s relationships with American sports leagues, teams, and athletes and dedicated himself to increasing the role American sports play in international aid for children.  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 programming 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 is a graduate of Wesleyan University and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston College.  He is currently a regional board member for UNICEF USA and is on the board of Boston Centers for Youth & Families.  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 son – he 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.

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Abbie Evans, Senior Director of Government Relations

Abbie Evans is Senior 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 Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Pennsylvania State University with a focus on American History.

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Adrienne Popeney, Director of the Affiliate Network

Adrienne Popeney joined MENTOR in December of 2015 and serves as the Director of the Affiliate Network. In this role, she leads the development and implementation of systems, resources, and communications to support and strengthen MENTOR’s national Affiliates. She drives capacity-building efforts by managing the organizational health assessment and continuous improvement process, overseeing Affiliate onboarding and learning systems, designing and executing the annual gathering of Affiliate leaders, MENTOR Con, and contributing to the Affiliate expansion strategy. She leverages the partnership of the MENTOR Affiliate Advisory Council (MAAC) and a team of AmeriCorps VISTA’s as well as various external experts to improve outcomes for Affiliates. Prior to her time at MENTOR, Adrienne’s work over the past decade focused on program design and implementation in youth development, education, and mentoring programs in the non-profit field. In particular, she managed college access and relationship-based programming 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 Master of Social Work degree, with a focus in management and planning, and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Adrienne relocated from Los Angeles to Medford, Massachusetts in 2015 where she lives with her husband and two small children.

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Erin Souza-Rezendes, Director of Communications

Erin Souza-Rezendes is the Director of Communications at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, where she works to elevate the mentoring field through strategic communications and media relations. For more than a decade, Erin has helped mission-driven organizations and leaders tell their stories and expand their audiences. Her work has appeared in outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, BBC News, Elle, Glamour, TIME, and USA Today. Prior to joining MENTOR in 2017, Erin worked as Communications Director for the Barbara Lee Family Foundation and the Barbara Lee Political Office, national experts on engaging women in politics and the obstacles and opportunities for women running for office. Previously, Erin served the Massachusetts State Legislature as Staff Director to the House Majority Leader, focused on policy, press, and staff management. She began her career as a Legislative Aide in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and a journalist for national and Boston-based publications. Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Journalism degree from Boston University and a Master of Arts in Journalism degree from Harvard University. She lives on the south coast of Massachusetts with her husband and daughter.

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Julie Babyatzky, Director of Development and Donor Engagement

Julie Babyatzky is the Director of Development and Donor Engagement 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 Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.

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Heather Coyne, Director of Digital Marketing

Heather Coyne is the Director of Digital Marketing at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. In this role, she is responsible for digital content and email creation, management of MENTOR’s editorial calendar, and managing all social media accounts. She also works with corporate partners and Affiliates to implement impactful public awareness campaigns to further the mentoring field. Before joining MENTOR, Heather worked at a recruiting firm and the Cleveland Clinic in various marketing roles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Boston College, and an Master of Arts in Global Interactions from Cleveland State University. She currently resides in the city of Boston.

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Zach Slater, Director of Finance and Operations

Zach Slater is the Director of Finance and Operations 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 Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

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Adriane Alicea, Director of Government Relations

Adriane Alicea is the Director of Government Relations 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 Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and is originally from New Jersey.

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Dudney Sylla, Program Director

Dudney Sylla serves as Program Director overseeing and supporting special projects including MENTOR’s work on informal mentoring, education, and guide on the intersections of mentoring and masculinity. Previously Dudney worked as a Design Consultant for the Office of Human Capital – Diversity Programs at Boston Public Schools and as a Program Manager at Jobs for the Future. Dudney holds a Bachelor’s in Sociology and a Master’s in Education from the University of Washington.

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Delia Hagan, Director of Program and Training Delivery, LMSW

Delia Hagan is a licensed certified social worker serving as the Director of Program and Training Delivery 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 Master of Social Work degree at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, and her Bachelor degree in Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College.

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Michael Garringer, Director of Research and Evaluation

Michael Garringer serves as the Director of Research and Evaluation for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, overseeing original research projects, as well as those 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, including the 4th edition of the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, the Power of Relationships study on American’s mentoring experiences, and Examining Youth Mentoring Services Across America, the most ambitious survey of youth mentoring programs to date. 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 Affiliates. Garringer is a proud alumnus of the University of Oregon. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, two children, and eleven fish.

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Desireé Robertson, Director of Training and Product Design

Desireé Robertson is the Director of Training and Product Design for MENTOR. In this role, she is responsible for driving and executing MENTOR’s vision for quality training development and product design including ensuring that our products, tools and trainings are developed with best practices in adult learning theory, and instructional and information design. She works with a team to research, develop and implement quality products, tools and trainings that includes work with the National Mentoring Resource Center and the Mentoring Connector. Prior to MENTOR, Desireé gained extensive experience in mentoring, program management and development, curriculum development, training and professional development by directing the local mentoring Affiliate in Memphis, Tennessee and with organizations such as Girls Incorporated of Memphis, Inc.  In Memphis, she was a Sociology adjunct professor for over a decade at Southwest Tennessee Community College, Christian Brothers University and the University of Memphis.  Nationally, Desireé has been a National Technical Assistance Provider for the National Mentoring Resource Center and also served as a member of MENTOR’s Mentoring Affiliate Advisory Council (MAAC). She holds a graduate degree in Sociology from the University of Memphis. Her research and areas of interest include critical mentoring and supporting college students in finding meaningful mentoring opportunities.  Desireé relocated to Saint Petersburg, FL in July 2018 and resides with her daughter.

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Bridget Donovan, Corporate Engagement Project Manager

Bridget Donovan is the Corporate Engagement Project Manager at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. Bridget most recently worked as an Associate with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) of Philadelphia. Prior to ULI Philadelphia, she also served as a Project Employee at the ULI National Headquarters in DC, as well as an intern in the office for Elizabeth Warren. At MENTOR, Bridget develops project plans for deliverables associated with our corporate partnerships and coordinates the IMPACT Webinar Series. In addition, she plays a lead role in the planning and implementation of the National Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll, the Corporate Excellence in Youth Mentoring Award, and the Philanthropic Partnerships Track at the Summit. Bridget is an alumna of Smith College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Government.

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Jessica Silverman, Affiliate Network Manager

Jessica Haggett Silverman serves as the Affiliate Network Manager for MENTOR.  Her role oversees the Online Community and Learning Management System, as well as the support of MENTOR Affiliate growth in new markets. Jessica studied music and biology at Tufts University. She has studied invertebrate physiology, camped with inner-city students to promote leadership and ecological appreciation, directed a music theater camp, edited a scientific publication, and taught piano. She also leads the Bisexual Resource Center in Boston as a president of the board. She grew an appreciation for the power of mentoring when she served as the STEM & Corporate Programs director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Massachusetts & MetroWest, and is excited to continue building strong communities through MENTOR’s mission.

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Samantha Alves, Institutional Giving Manager

Samantha Alves serves as the Institutional Giving Manager on MENTOR’s Development team. Samantha most recently worked as the Director of Youth Mentoring at Children’s Friend and Family Services, a division of Justice Research Institute (JRI) where she collaborated with young people, families, and volunteers to support productive youth adult relationships, positive community engagement, and healthy social emotional outcomes for young people throughout Essex County. She also assisted families with accessing community resources and therapeutic services to meet the family’s individualized needs. Additionally, Samantha served on Children’s Friends Employee Engagement Committee and Safety Committee. Samantha previously served as a Public Policy Advocate for the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, focusing on unaccompanied homeless youth policy. Samantha also served as a founding board member for Grace Center Inc., a drop in day shelter for adults in crisis on Cape Ann. Samantha earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work at The Catholic University of America with a triple minor in Rhetoric, English, and Philosophy. She earned a Master’s in Social Work with a macro focus at Boston College and was awarded the Rita M. Walsh Award for Excellence in Macro Mental Health Studies at Boston College.

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Janicanne Shane

Janicanne Shane, Product Design Manager

Janicanne Shane currently serves as the Product Design Manager for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. In her current role, she creates intentional development processes and products (i.e. including implementation guides, toolkits, and how-to guides) for the youth mentoring field. Over the last eleven years, Janicanne has served as a student affairs professional in the field of higher education.  She spent five years at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina in roles focused on student leadership development, social action and social justice, advising, and event planning.   Her recent tenure at Berklee in Boston, Massachusetts involved supporting Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee in the areas of new student orientation, student-family engagement, peer mentorship and gender violence prevention and education.  She began her career in education as an Admissions Counselor at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. Janicanne seeks to infuse anti-racist white allyship, values exploration, and intersectional feminism into her work as an educator and facilitator.  Her passion for supporting youth mentorship and leadership education serves as a chief foundation of her work.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aquaculture and Aquarium Science and a minor in Political Science from the University of New England, in Biddeford, Maine as well as a Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.  She currently resides in Quincy, Massachusetts.

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Melissa English, Program Manager

In this role, Melissa provides overall project management for the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC), manages outreach and promotion strategy in collaboration with the MENTOR Marketing & Communications team and coordinates the NMRC web content and monthly e-newsletter content in partnership with key stakeholders. She also ensures coordination and collaboration with other key national Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) partners and manages the process and policies for the NMRC TTA. Melissa resides in Boston and holds a Bachelor of Science from Salem State University in Sociology and English. She is currently a mentor through Silver Lining Mentoring.

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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 holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Emmanuel College and a Master’s in Social Work with a macro focus from Boston College.

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Saakshi Suri, Analytics Associate

Saakshi Suri serves as the Analytics Associate on the Marketing & Communications team at MENTOR. In this role, she supports MENTOR’s national marketing campaigns, analyzes data on their performance, and reports on their impact to key internal and external stakeholders. She is also responsible for evaluating email, social media, and website analytics to inform communications strategy. Saakshi is also the chief point of contact for dynamic data interpretation from the Mentoring Connector, the only national database of local mentoring programs, and works with corporate partners and Affiliates to identify successes and opportunities that support mentor recruitment. Saakshi is an alumna of Johns Hopkins University where she double majored in International Studies and Sociology and minored in Islamic Studies. At Hopkins, she was involved with mentoring initiatives both on campus and within the larger community of Baltimore. She currently resides in Quincy, MA.

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Devon Austrie, Business Operations Associate

Devon, more commonly known by his friends and family as Dev, is MENTOR’s Business Operations Associate. His responsibilities revolve around assisting the Operations Team with important operational functions in Finance, Office Administration, and HR. He is also tasked with analyzing office processes and suggest improvements in order to increase operational efficiency. He is hoping his past experiences in working as a counselor/advisor for the TRIO government program Upward Bound and in Investment at Loomis, Sayles & Co. will help him thrive and fully align with MENTOR’s vision and help maximize its impact.

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Emily Randall, Development Associate

Emily Randall is the Development Associate for MENTOR. In this role, she assists the Development team in their efforts to fund new programs, grow awareness of MENTOR and its Affiliates, and build a strong network of support for the organization.  Prior to joining MENTOR, Emily worked as a Philanthropy Associate in the Massachusetts office of The Trust for Public Land. Emily is an almunus of Hamilton College, where she majored in Anthropology, minored in French, and was a member of the women’s lacrosse team.

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Brandon Mei, Digital Marketing Associate

Brandon Mei (he/him/his or they/them/theirs) is the Digital Marketing Associate at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. His responsibilities include maintaining the website’s visual presence, designing engaging visuals across different platforms, and ensuring that MENTOR is on brand on all platforms. He previously worked as Interim Marketing and Communications Manager at the Friends of Fort Point Channel, and Social Media Coordinator at Bay Cove Human Services.

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Shylana Roman, Program Associate

Shylana joined MENTOR to ameliorate the Mentoring Connector database so all new and existing programs have an easier time utilizing it to connect more mentors with youth across the country. She’s excited to help grow the Mentoring Connector with quality programs that are easily accessible. Shylana has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban & Environmental Public Policy and enjoys gardening, dancing, and comedy.

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Minnie Chen, Program Associate

Minnie Chen is the Program Associate at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. In this role, she supports work with the National Mentoring Resource Center, coordinates the Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series (CMWS), and curates the selection of workshops for the Summit. Minnie most recently served as an AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Fellow for the LEAH Project, a STEM-based after school youth program for Boston high school students, at Health Resources in Action. She previously worked in a variety of other youth education roles and is passionate about youth development and mentoring. Minnie is a graduate of Tufts University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive and Brain Sciences.

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Lindsey McGinnis, Marketing and Communications VISTA

Lindsey McGinnis joined MENTOR through the AmeriCorps Vista program. She is an alumna of Mount Holyoke College, and holds a degree in International Relations and Journalism. In college, Lindsey was the Editor-in-Chief of her campus newspaper and studied abroad in Shanghai, China. She is excited to be back in the Boston area, bringing her storytelling skills to the Marketing and Communications team.

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Kilian White, Training Design and Development VISTA

Kilian White recently joined MENTOR as the AmeriCorps Vista for Training Design and Development. Kilian is from Chicago, Illinois and attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He graduated with a degree in English and a concentration in Creative Writing. He also worked in his campus’s Writers Workshop. Kilian is excited to leverage his writing training in order to benefit and improve America’s communities. In his free time, Kilian enjoys reading, drawing, and watercolor painting. He currently resides in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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