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 marginalized 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 generation college goers. 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.

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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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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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Nicki Patnaude, NQMS Director

Nicki Patnaude serves as the National Quality Mentoring System Director for MENTOR. In this role, she brings extensive expertise in mentoring and non-profit best practices through the lens of continuous improvement and innovation having previously led such efforts with our local mentoring Affiliate in Minnesota. While at MENTOR Minnesota, Nicki led and supported programs through the NQMS process. She also served as a master trainer and coach in the process with our network of Affiliates, as she was an integral member of the working group that developed the tool. Nicki also has experience with advocacy, grant-writing, fundraising, event planning, marketing and communications, and project management having worked her way from a Public Policy Graduate Intern to the Director of Quality at MENTOR Minnesota. Prior to working within the MENTOR network, she spent over 10 years volunteering and working in the youth development field, specifically with youth aging out of long-term foster care. In 2012, Nicki earned a Master in Social Work degree with a focus in Community Organizing and Advocacy from the University of Minnesota. She currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota but will be relocating to the Boston area soon.

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Charline Alexandre-Joseph, Director of Workforce Development

Charline Alexandre-Joseph is the Director of Workforce Development at MENTOR. She is a passionate employment advocate for young people. Through partnerships with employers, Charline works to enhance workplace mentoring programs and provide strategies to increase the retention of young adult employees. Prior to joining MENTOR, Charline was the Associate Director of the Department of Youth Services (DYS) Initiative at Commonwealth Corporation in Massachusetts where she focused on supporting youth involved in the Juvenile Justice System in advancing their transferable skills and establishes the first Employer Advisory Committee for DYS. Additionally, Charline serves as a strong facilitator and has presented her work throughout her home state of Massachusetts and on national platforms including Beyond School Hours: National Education Conference and Jobs for the Future Horizon’s Conference. Charline earned degrees in Education and Public Policy from Lesley University and Brandeis University, respectively. 

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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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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, Sr. Program Manager, NMRC

Melissa English currently serves as a Sr. Program Manager, NMRC at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. In this role, Melissa provides overall project management for the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC). She manages the process and delivery of the NMRC training and technical assistance (TTA), including general compliance and oversight of 120+ TTA Providers across the nation. Likewise, she leads on tracking related deliverables, and compiles monthly and semi-annual reports for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Melissa also manages the National Mentoring Summit Fellowship program, a professional development and network building opportunity for 15 youth mentoring practitioners from across the nation who are making an impact on the mentoring field but are unable to attend the National Mentoring Summit due to financial barriers. Melissa is a US Navy Veteran, and started at MENTOR in 2015 as an AmeriCorps VISTA. In 2016 she was hired as a Program Associate and was promoted to the title of Program Manager in 2018.

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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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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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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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Hayley St. Germain, Digital Marketing and Design Associate

Hayley St. Germain serves as the Digital Marketing and Design Associate at MENTOR. In this roll she assists the Marketing and Communications team with digital design, website design, email design, and branding. A native of central Massachusetts, Hayley holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from DePaul University in Chicago. Since graduating in 2017, she has lived in Germany working as an Au Pair and on Nantucket working in the non profit sector. Hayley is passionate about art, music, social justice, and food. She is excited to use her creative abilities to promote youth mentoring. She currently resides in Somerville.

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Madison Yerke, Marketing and Communications VISTA

Madison Yerke is serving as the Marketing and Communications VISTA through AmeriCorps at MENTOR. A native of Athens, Ohio, Madison holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communication from George Washington University. During her time at George Washington University, she was a member of the Division I cross country and track teams, a tour guide on the National Mall, and involved in the campus radio station and news website. Madison has also assisted with social media and video content creation for the City of Athens, Ohio Government Channel. Madison is excited to continue her passion in digital communications and community outreach with MENTOR and serve as an advocate for youth mentoring.

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Alissa Talbert, Affiliate Network VISTA

Alissa Talbert is serving as the Affiliate Network VISTA through AmeriCorps at MENTOR. Alissa is from Salisbury, MD and graduated Summa Cum Laude with Thomas E. Bellevance Honors from Salisbury University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics. During her time at Salisbury, Alissa was a member of the Division III Women’s Lacrosse team and served on several committees associated with collegiate athletics. Directly following graduation, she stayed on as a member of the team as a Volunteer Assistant Coach while working as a server in a local restaurant. Alissa is excited to explore the non-profit sphere while combining her passions of data analysis and community outreach at MENTOR.

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Dorothy Whitfield, Development VISTA

Dorothy Whitfield a Houston native, who relocated to Boston merely a month before Hurricane Harvey. She is serving as the Development VISTA through AmeriCorps at MENTOR. With her witty personality, she has successfully involved herself in an Administrative career acting as an Office Manager; and as Administrative Support for several companies. Dorothy attended Texas Southern University and is currently taking classes at a local Community College to continue her education. Having developed a passion for social work, Dorothy was inspired by Michelle Obama’s book, “Becoming”. She plans to become a part of an organization where she can provide direct service to the community in which she would like to serve.

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Eleanor Donahue, Training and Product Design VISTA

Eleanor Donahue is excited to serve as the Training and Product Design VISTA at MENTOR. A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, Eleanor attended Boston University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in organizational behavior, as well as a minor in religion. While at BU, she discovered a love of ballroom dance and continues to take lessons. Eleanor looks forward to using her love of learning new things to challenge herself as she explores the world of mentoring and helps develop new material.

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Sib Wijnia, Marketing and Communications Intern

Sib Wijnia has joined MENTOR as the Marketing and Communications intern. She is originally from the Netherlands where she is studying Graphic and Multimedia Design at Friesland College in Heerenveen. As part of her three-year education, she chose to do her internship here at MENTOR through a connection with the European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring. In her past experience, she has worked at a creative agency and received high marks in all of her classes. She has participated in multiple projects with a focus on international connections. This resulted in her winning the Student of the year award at Friesland college and the chance to become the ambassador of the MBO education in the Netherlands. She is excited to continue to learn here at MENTOR and to get to know the United States.

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