Current Fellows

Below is a list of our current Fellows for the 2017-2018 program. 

Christion Jarvis

"e" Inc.

Christion is originally from Oklahoma, but recently lived in Virginia leading guided tours of caves, rock climbing structures, and rivers; and in New Hampshire as an activity director for a summer camp. He is incredibly passionate about service and has worked for several other educational entities over the past couple years. He is looking forward to spending the year in Boston in a museum environment, and helping students understand the ways in which they impact the earth.

Taylor Dean

Artists for Humanity

A recent graduate from Lesley University's Art Therapy program, Taylor is passionate about supporting students and artists alike. She looks forward to getting to know the gifted artists, mentors, and staff at Artists for Humanity.

Suzie Kim

Asian Community Development Corporation

Suzie Kim is originally from New Jersey, but relocated to Boston for school. She recently graduated from Northeastern University with a B.A. in Human Services and is looking to continue down a career path in higher education. She is excited to return to Asian CDC as an MPF Fellow after having already interned there for a summer. Suzie is also looking forward to running her first ever half marathon and trying all the good restaurants in Quincy!

Emily Munro-Ludders

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center

Emily has lived in Illinois, Maine, and Massachusetts. She is a recent graduate of Simmons College and is looking forward to putting her degree in Social Work to use.  Her personal and professional experiences have made her a believer in the importance of authentic human connection, and the healing, transformative power of the arts. When she isn’t trying to get into the habit of writing, she enjoys singing, dancing, playing video games, and watching movies. What she is most looking forward to in her year of service is building a community with both the students she’ll be working with and her fellow Fellows. She’s very excited to be a part of the program and is looking forward to both learning and teaching as much as she can.

Cynthia Goncalves

Boston Public Health Commission: Start Strong

Cynthia was born and raised in the Upham’s Corner area of Boston. She attended Fenway High School and is now pursuing her Bachelor’s degree at Regis College where she is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Business. She is a social person who loves meeting new and different people, and exploring the world and what it consists of. Cynthia is excited to be a Mass Promise Fellow and is looking forward to the year.

Norman Britt

Boston Public Schools Office of Human Capital

Norman was born and raised in Mattapan. He went to Josiah Quincy School and graduated from Gordon College. He loves to sing, play the alto saxophone, practice languages, try new foods, and spend time with family and friends. He is a huge music and movie lover. Norman is looking forward to this year because it is his opportunity to give back to his community, being that he went through the Boston Public School System. He is also excited to learn new skills such as coordinating and curriculum building, and learning how to effectively prepare kids for college and create their career goals. He also is looking forward to serving students and learning about their passions and interests so that he can assist them in a way that will facilitate the achievement of their goals.

Nicole Eduwensuyi

Breakthrough Greater Boston

Nicole joined Breakthrough Greater Boston in August 2016 through the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship with AmeriCorps. As the student support coordinator, she supports the Breakthrough team in their school year and summer programming such as study hall, academic mentor program and the after school program.Also, she facilitates STEM based workshops to Breakthrough students at Neighborhood House Charter School.

Joaquin Rodriguez

BUILD

Joaquin is originally from the South Shore of Massachusetts but spent much of his life living outside of Washington D.C. This past May, he graduated from Tufts University, where he studied Economics and Finance. Two of his passions are politics and sports - especially Boston sports. He is excited to be working with AmeriCorps and BUILD to give back to a city that has given so much to him. Joaquin feels as though the Boston area has been an ideal environment for his education and personal growth so he is looking forward to the opportunity to help provide other young adults with the best environment for their futures.

Wilson Wu

BUILD

Wilson is originally from Orlando, Florida, and graduated from the University of Central Florida. He believes that the service he will be doing with AmeriCorps will greatly influence local communities and help those who truly need it. He feels that his dedication to MPF will feel especially rewarding through any social impact that is felt in the community.

Michel-Le Meranda

Charlestown High School

Michel-Lé was born and raised in Somerville, MA, and graduated from Somerville High School in 2012. She then went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Biology from UMass Dartmouth. She enjoys reading, learning new languages, and travelling to foreign countries. She is looking forward to serving with this year's Fellows and learning from them. Since she hopes to be a teacher, she’s also looking forward to working with the staff at Charlestown High School and learning which techniques work best in the classroom as well as which topics/teaching styles the students enjoy the most.

Addison Turner

City of Worcester-Youth Services Division

Addison grew up in Worcester with his parents and three brothers. He feels fortunate to have been able to work in Uganda and Newfoundland in the past, where he could develop a broader perspective and learn about where he came from. His passions are organic farming, anthropology, dialectical materialism and unraveling myths and truths about society. Throughout his year of service, Addison looks forward to developing the community's collective understanding of the political, social and economic world we are embedded in.

Nedsen Bien-Aime

Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers

Nedsen was born and raised in the city of Boston. He is serving a second year as a Massachusetts Promise Fellow and will be spending this year at his alma mater, The Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers. Nedsen loves traveling, being adventurous, and enjoying good music.

Georgia Lederman

Enroot Education

Georgia is originally from Northampton, MA, and graduated from Oberlin College in 2016 with a B.A. in French and a concentration in Education. Her interests include cooking, games, running outside, and playing music. Georgia joined the Enroot team in August 2016 as the Massachusetts Promise Fellow and will now serve a second year as a Senior Fellow. Georgia recruits, supports and trains 150+ volunteers, assists the program team in curriculum development and implementation, develops, designs and facilitates postsecondary planning workshops for juniors and seniors, and case manages 40 students' relationships with volunteers. Georgia comes to Enroot after interning as Administrative Assistant and Peer Mentor at the International Rescue Committee in New York.

Tim Howard

Fenway High School

Timothy was born and raised in Boston and is the second oldest of 4 brothers and a sister. He loves to play sports and write music and poetry. He is very social, and is looking forward to his year with MPF. Tim will be serving at his alma mater, Fenway High School.

Walker Buxton

Freedom House

Walker was raised in Charleston, SC. She attended Sewanee University, where she studied Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies. Outside of the classroom, she enjoyed attending social justice events on campus, as well as taking a hike around the domain. She is excited to support youth as well as increase her knowledge about the systemic oppression of education and the various methods that the Boston community is using to close the opportunity gaps and diminish the massive inequalities in the Boston Public School System.

Jessica Scola

Girls Inc. of Lynn

Jess is from Gloucester, MA and currently serving as the College Access and Mentoring Coordinator at Girls Inc. of Lynn. Since graduating from Boston University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a minor in Political Science, she’s worked in a variety of roles in the for-profit world, including freelance newspaper writing, client services in financial software, retail management at major sports venues, real estate leasing in Boston and online advertising sales at Yelp in New York City. Jess is excited to be transitioning into non-profit and youth work, having recently completed coursework for a human services certificate at North Shore Community College and internships at Girls Inc. of Lynn and The Open Door in Gloucester. As a Mass Promise Fellow this year, she is looking forward to connecting with youth and supporting them through the college process, while learning about herself, leadership and youth work through the MPF program, the Girls Inc. staff and her fellow Fellows. In her free time, Jess loves dogs, podcasts, British TV shows, camping, reading too many books at the same time, baking, sports radio and the Boston Celtics.

Minnie Chen

Health Resources in Action

Minnie grew up in Woodbridge, CT, and recently graduated from Tufts University this past spring. At Tufts, she studied Neuro- and Cognitive Science. She is very interested in language development and education. In the past, she has enjoyed working with youth of all ages as a tutor and mentor. Some of her favorite things include eating fruit and running by the Charles River. She is looking forward to getting to know and work with her high school youth at the LEAH Project as well as the other Fellows. Minnie also sees this year of service as an opportunity to grow and learn personally and professionally, and to see how she can use her strengths and skills to most effectively help others and the communities she cares for.

Katie LaScaleia

Hernandez After School Program

Originally from suburban Boston, Katie recently graduated from Georgetown University where she majored in Government with a minor in Justice & Peace Studies. Her favorite things include coffee, sunsets, and campfires. In her spare time, you can find Katie reading anything and everything. During this year of service, Katie is looking forward to creating connections with students and to learning from this experience.

Massiel Torres

Hyde Square Task Force

Massiel is a writer currently residing in Jamaica Plain after recently graduating from Emerson College with her B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing. Born in the Dominican Republic, Massiel has published three short stories, “El Cazador de Ciguapas” (2014), “El Arte de La Pesca” (2016), and “El Simulacro” (2017). In March 2016, Massiel was selected by SIN News Channel as one of the seven most notable Dominican women under 25. The committee cited her literacy activism and critiques of urban Dominican culture through her blog “Yo Soy Bau.” In August 2016, Massiel received an award from Mayor Walsh and the city of Boston for her leadership and academic excellence within the Dominican community.

Megan Rudkin

La Vida, Inc.

Megan grew up in the Philadelphia area in Pennsylvania and had lived there her entire life until she left for New England to attend the University of Rhode Island.  Since then, she has remained in New England.  Megan enjoys the outdoors and being active, so she gets outside as frequently as possible.  She's really looking forward to this upcoming year and can't wait to enjoy all of the new experiences coming her way.

Katerina Klass

LEAP for Education

Kat is from Salem, Massachusetts. She went to school at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and got a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts for Elementary Education and Psychology. She grew up in New York and loves to spend time outdoors.  She enjoys bicycling, swimming, painting, going to the beach, rollerblading, running, and reading. She is very passionate about her career and looks forward to a year of service with incredible students.

Ky'ann Horton

Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health

Ky’ann is from Boston, MA and will be serving his second year with MPF at MassCOSH. He went to high school at Boston Community Leadership Academy. His favorite things to do are spend time with friends and play basketball. He is looking forward to continuing to develop both personally and professionally.

Kimberly Valenzuela

Metrowest College Planning Center

Kimberly was born and raised in New York, New York. She received her undergraduate degree from LaGuardia Community College and Queens College. This year is Kimberly’s second year with MPF and she will be serving as a Senior Fellow. Kimberly is also pursuing her Master’s in Leadership at Northeastern.

Divya Satishchandra

MGH Center for Community Health Improvement

Divya is from Shrewsbury, MA, and recently graduated from Wellesley College, where she studied Biological Sciences and Art History. Outside the classroom, she played on the Wellesley Whiptails, an ultimate frisbee team, and worked on various service-learning projects through Alternative Breaks. She loves drawing, anything art-related, watching movies, and playing trivia. For her year of service, Divya will be working at the MGH Youth Scholars Program, and is excited to share her love of STEM with the students!

Rebeca Linhart

Northeastern University Marine Science Center

Rebeca is from Congers, New York. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2015 with a degree in Wildlife and Conservation Biology.  She loves hiking, birding, playing with dogs, and being outside! She is most looking forward to inspiring youth to connect with their passions while encouraging them to get out into nature and learn about it!

Ashley Gordon

Old Colony YMCA

Ashley was born and raised in Boston and will be serving her second year as a Senior Fellow with MPF. She is a Class of 2016 graduate from Salem State University, and will be graduating with her Master's in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University in May 2018. She loves exploring the city and trying new restaurants. She really enjoys health and fitness, meal prepping, and being active. She is looking forward to continuing her work with teens in Brockton, and helping them achieve their educational and professional goals.

Ying Ge Wang

Quincy Asian Resources, Inc.

Ying Ge moved to the States from China when she was 15 years old. Since then, she has been living in Quincy, MA. She is grateful for her community in Quincy for helping her in her adjustment to life as an American student. Last year, she graduated from Clark University with a Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She wanted to come back to Quincy and give back to the community that gave her so much. She feels very lucky to have the opportunity to work with recent immigrant youth through MPF and she is looking forward to her second year with MPF and expanding her program to benefit more immigrant youth.

Helen Tran

Quincy Asian Resources, Inc.

Helen is a recent graduate from Boston University where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Health Science. Originally from Quincy, MA, Helen will be giving her year of service to the organization that supported her when she was in high school. She is looking forward to working with the youth and gaining a new perspective on community work. In her free time, Helen enjoys watching anime, going to the gym, spending time with her friends, and traveling. She hopes to eventually earn her Master’s in Public Health, and work in the international health sector.

Eliza Lawrence

Regional Environmental Council

Eliza grew up in Kittery, Maine and came to Worcester in 2010 for college at Clark University.  She remained in Worcester and currently lives there. She graduated with a degree in Geography and Community Development and Planning. Some of her favorite things are cooking and eating fun foods, dancing, traveling, biking, swimming and taking mini adventures with the people she loves. In her upcoming year of service, she is looking forward to serving with dedicated and amazing people both at her host site and in her cohort of MPF service members, and is especially excited for the focus and training that will help her become a stronger youth worker.

Megan Doe

St. Stephen's Youth Programs

Megan is a second year Fellow serving at St. Stephen’s Youth Programs where she is the Youth Leadership Corps Program Coordinator. She joined us in August, 2016 following a year of studying abroad in Trier, Germany. Originally from Philadelphia, she is a graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with bachelor degrees in Psychology and Languages/ Cultures. She comes fueled with a love for all young people and believes in using education combined with creativity to help spark positive change. In her free time she enjoys studying Global Education and connecting with friends and family over food.

Bella Vidana

St. Stephen's Youth Programs

Bella is originally from San Diego, California, but her entire family recently moved to Boston. She graduated from Lesley University with a B.A. in Global Studies and Human Services. During her time there, she played on the Women’s Soccer team. She loves The Alchemist, playing soccer, spending time with friends and family, and surrounding herself with those that bring out the best version of her. Bella is a Senior Fellow serving at St. Stephen’s Youth Programs for a second year. She is the Program Coordinator for the ninth grade leadership development team and MPF has given her the confidence to continue to give all of herself and her love to the youth she works with everyday.

Dee Tran

Stoughton Youth Commission

Dee Tran is a photographer from Boston. She graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her favorite things to do are to try new restaurants and food, and decorate cupcakes. This year, Dee is looking forward to making new friends and growing personally and professionally.

Chernet Sisay

Tierney Learning Center

Chernet is originally from Ethiopia, but moved to the Boston area when he was 11 years old. He was a Division 1 student-athlete as a distance runner at High Point University in North Carolina, and graduated this past May. He enjoys traveling and sports (especially the Celtics). Chernet is really looking forward to serving alongside the other Fellows as well as supporting youth at the Tierney Learning Center.

William Adams

Tutoring Plus of Cambridge

Will currently resides in Roslindale, and graduated from University of Massachusetts at Boston. After having an amazing first year with MPF, he has elected to return for a second year. He has had the pleasure of being hosted by an incredible organization called Tutoring Plus, where he serves as the Middle School Programs Manager. Will provides the students of the Port neighborhood in Cambridge with free tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programs that aim to reduce the opportunity gap and increase the student’s’ level of social-emotional learning.

Misa Tran

Vietnamese American Initiative for Development

Misa is from Haverhill, MA and recently graduated from Suffolk University. She loves her pug puppy, Haru, and trying new food. She looks forward to supporting the youth at VietAid and getting to learn more about each other, as well serving alongside other Fellows and listening to new stories and experiences.

Anna Sebunnya

Waltham Boys & Girls Club

Anna grew up in Waltham, which has allowed her to hit the ground running when it comes to connecting with the community. She currently lives in Dorchester, and is attending UMass Boston. Her favorite color is purple, she loves Beyonce’s Lemonade album, and has a long running fear of birds. Although Anna considers herself to be an introvert, she is looking forward to extending outward into the community with MPF.

Meghan Callahan

Waltham High School

Meghan is originally from New Canaan, CT, but after attending Boston College for the past four years, feels Boston has become her new home. At BC, she studied Psychology and Theology. Outside of MPF, some of her favorite things include spending time with her two younger sisters, hanging out with her cat and dog, and listening to podcasts. Since her freshman year at BC, she had hoped to be able to participate in a year of service after graduating, and is excited for the opportunity to serve with MPF this year at Waltham High School! Meghan is looking forward to supporting the students and working with the amazing faculty there, as well as getting to know and serve with all of the other Fellows this year.

Qwante Hudson

Youth Enrichment Services

The Mass Promise Fellow at YES will sustain and expand YES’s College Preparation Program. The Fellow will serve 9th-12th grade students with college and career workshops, college tours and one-on-one advising. The fellow will cover topics including study skills, academic and extracurricular planning, college application, financial aid planning, and transitioning from high school to college. The role encompasses direct service, capacity building and curriculum development.