Our Impact

Our Approach

Mission | Americorps Massachusetts Promise fellows deliver the resources young people need to be successful in life by creating, managing, and leading meaningful out-of-school time programs for youth in grades 6-12. Fellow projects focus on mentoring, social and emotional learning, college and career readiness, academic enrichment, and community service-learning. The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship achieves this by placing AmeriCorps Fellows with non-profit organizations and state/local government agencies that focus on fulfilling the needs of our youth by providing: a caring adult, a safe place, a healthy start, a marketable skill, and an opportunity to give back.

Our 5 Promises | Massachusetts Promise Fellows work to deliver the 5 Promises to youth and their communities. These are well-defined objectives developed in partnership with our host-sites and funders. All Fellow projects align with at least one of these 5 Promises:

  1. Effective Education: Fellows will deliver college and career programming in the Out of School Time setting to ensure youth are prepared to succeed.
  2. Caring Adult: Fellows will implement and expand mentoring programs in the Out of School Time setting to increase the number of youth who experience a consistent caring adult to support their academic achievement.
  3. Safe Place: Fellows will develop and lead academic enrichment activities (tutoring, academic support, homework clubs, etc) for young people in the Out of School Time setting.
  4. Healthy Start: Fellows will coordinate and lead education programs in the Out of School Time setting to develop social and emotional competencies of youth (ex. self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision-making).
  5. Opportunity to Serve: Fellows will create and lead community service-learning projects with youth in the Out of School Time setting.

Our Location

The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship is office is located in the heart of Boston, housed within the Center of Community Service at Northeastern University.

Phone: 617-373-7881
Fax: 617-373-5609
E-Mail: c.holohan@neu.edu

Massachusetts Promise Fellowship                                                           
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue, 232 YMC
Boston, MA 02115-5000

*Please note our mailing and office addresses are different.

320 Huntington Ave Room 232  

Boston, MA 02115

Our office is easy to get to via the MBTA.
We are near the Ruggles stop on the Orange Line
and the Northeastern stop on the Green Line.

Our Staff

Colleen Holohan - Director
Colleen Holohan - Director

Colleen serves as the Director of the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship (MPF) at Northeastern University, a statewide AmeriCorps program focused on decreasing school dropout and increasing youth academic engagement. Colleen joined MPF in July, 2006 and has served in various capacities for the program overseeing member support, training, evaluation, and program development. As the Director, Colleen leverages her 10+ years of AmeriCorps program experience to lead fundraising initiatives for MPF, create and manage partnerships across the University and in the community, and oversee all program operations.

In 2010, Colleen created and launched MPF's Non-Profit Leadership Institute, a 30-hour course for AmeriCorps members and Alums focused on leadership theory and non-profit management. Colleen is committed to leadership development and diversity and inclusion and has strengthened MPF’s efforts in workforce development (97% of each member cohort are employed or enrolled in school within three months of graduating MPF) and diversity among the cohort (69% of cohort identify as non-white, 31% serve the communities they grew up in).

Prior to joining MPF, Colleen served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA and *VISTA Leader with the Massachusetts Campus Compact. Based at Emerson College, in downtown Boston, she worked on strengthening partnerships between the college and local community organizations. She also trained and supported her fellow VISTA members serving on campuses across the state.

Colleen serves on the board of Oil Heat Cares, a non-profit dedicated to supporting low-income families with the replacement of their oil heat systems. She holds a BA in Social Science and Public & Community Service Studies from Providence College and an MS in Leadership & Non-Profit Management from Northeastern University. Colleen resides in Medford, Massachusetts with her husband, Adam, and daughter, Quinn.

Lauren Currie - Program Manager
Lauren Currie - Program Manager

Lauren Currie has been with the staff of the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship since August 2015. Lauren is from Lockport, NY and graduated from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio with a BA in Psychology and International Leadership Studies. 

Upon graduation, Lauren completed two years of AmeriCorps*VISTA service with Massachusetts Campus Compact, developing partnerships between universities and local education-based nonprofit organizations. During her second year Lauren had the opportunity to serve as the VISTA Leader for the program where she developed a passion for training development, program communication, and member and alumni support.

Alysé Bigger - Program Manager
Alysé Bigger - Program Manager

Alysé Bigger is an alumna of Bates College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and of Tufts University where she received her Certificate in Non-Profit Management and Leadership via the Institute for Nonprofit Practice. Over the past 9 years, Alysé has worked with small and national non-profit organizations in direct service and administration roles. Her personal and professional work has focused on supporting access to great schools and programs that provide equitable educational outcomes for young people, and leading organizational efforts with a goal of developing socially responsible non-profit leaders. She is a member of Boston Public Schools Code of Conduct Advisory Council, a facilitator with the YWCA of Greater Boston, and a proud AmeriCorps alum.

Advisory Board
Becky Bidwell-Hanson

Becky is originally from Pennsylvania but has lived in Boston for the past 10 years. She works for Curriculum Associates designing professional development curricula for K-12 educators. Becky first learned about MPF when she managed Jumpstart at Northeastern University, another AmeriCorps program housed within the Center of Community Service. She was immediately impressed by the MPF mission, staff, and youth development programming Fellows deliver every day. Since then, she has served two stints on the advisory board and is currently serving on the Staff Support and Sustainability committee. She absolutely loves the energy of this network, powered by the collaboration between MPF staff, Fellows, and community-based host sites, all focused on the needs of the most under-represented youth in the Commonwealth. These young people are such a valuable resource, and everyone in the MPF network realizes their potential - and the potential consequences if they aren't developed to the fullest. A fun fact about Becky: she used to have a job that required the handling of live snakes. Even though it helped her overcome a childhood fear, she still prefers work that won’t slither up her sleeve if she isn't paying attention!

Rich Bielecki

Paul Bologna

Paul is a Staten Island-native and has lived in Boston since 2010. After completing his first Northeastern co-op with MPF, he stayed close with his Fellowship friends and helped out from time to time. Today, he is the digital director for Attorney General Maura Healey and assists the board on government affairs and communications matters. Paul loves the dedication that Fellows and everyone at MPF have for growing opportunity and lifting others up. After so many years in Boston, Paul's heavy Staten Island accent has mostly faded, but you can still hear it whenever he orders a coffee.

Gretchen Carey

Caitlin D'Agata

Caitlin D'Agata, MD is from New Hampshire and was a Class VI Massachusetts Promise Fellow. She is currently a family medicine physician providing clinical care and teaching medical students and residents. She was happy to start working with MPF again when she moved back to Boston. She first worked as a Fellow Alumni Mentor and then as a Board Member in 2017. Currently, she is serving on the Staff Support and Sustainability Committee. She loves the mission of MPF and the commitment and energy of everyone she has met. For fun she learned how to play ice hockey after becoming a physician and still plays weekly.

Daisy Gomez-Hugenberger

Daisy is a native New Yorker who made Boston her home in 2003. After graduating from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a BA in Sociology and Public Relations, she left New York to start her service year as an AmeriCorps VISTA with ReadBoston. At ReadBoston she developed a commitment to national/volunteer service and a passion for mission-driven organizations. 

She is currently the Communications Manager for a program called Think:Kids which helps kids with challenging behaviors. She is responsible for developing and managing an overarching outreach strategy for Think:Kids which is based in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Previously, Daisy directed a diverse portfolio of activities for the Massachusetts juvenile justice department in the Executive Office of Health & Human Services. Daisy has served as a Licensed Social Worker in the Psychosocial Oncology Division of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children’s Hospital where she assisted pediatric cancer patients and their families. At the Dana-Farber/Brigham & Women’s Cancer Center, she coordinated support groups and programs for adult patients parenting with cancer.  

Daisy is dedicated to supporting programs like MPF that are evidence-based, results-oriented, and compassionately put young people at the focus of healthy and positive development.

In her downtime, Daisy enjoys traveling and experiencing new adventures. One of her more exciting travel adventures includes participating in "el encierro" during the festival of San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain where she ran with the bulls not once, but twice.

Jeremy Kazanjian-Amory

Jeremy grew up outside of Boston in Brookline, and returned to the city four years ago after spending eight years in New Mexico and Colorado. After graduating from Colorado College with a B.A. in Political Science and Urban Studies, he spent two years doing research and evaluation on education and juvenile justice programs in Colorado. 

He currently works as the Sr. Manager of College Access & Success at St. Stephen’s Youth Programs, the same organization where he served for two years as a Mass Promise Fellow. He has served on the board for three years, where he has been part of the Outreach and Research Committees. He is looking forward to supporting MPF in thinking how the organization is best doing evaluation. He loves the MPF community, and truly believes that his two years of service helped shape and define his path in life. 

Outside of work, Jeremy also coaches for South End Baseball and South End Soccer, where he is able to bring together his love of sports with his passion for teaching/youth work. 

Meghna Marjadi

Meghna was a MPF fellow from 2011 to 2013. She served at Science Club for Girls in Cambridge, MA. She joined the MPF board in January 2017. During her time at SCFG, she ran programs for high school students to introduce them to STEM fields. Currently, Meghna is a PhD student in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Currently, she is on the research committee and will be assisting in program assessment at MPF. Previously, she served in the advocacy committee. 

MPF is important to her because of the amazing opportunities it provides to youth and young adults. Meghna's career path can be directly traced to her time at MPF. Additonally, she found many of her closest friends and mentors while she was a fellow. Meghna wants to help other fellows have similar experiences. 

Eli Pimentel

Born in the U.S. and raised in the Dominican Republic, Elizabeth 'Eli' Pimentel has spent the last 10 years working with low-income marginalized communities in legal aid, advocacy organizations, and most recently municipal government. She served as an AmeriCorps member for three years,  the last two with the Mass Promise Fellowship working with young people at the Youth Advocacy Department. Currently she leads Boston City Councilor Andrea J. Campbell’s team as her Chief of Staff. Previously she managed the Citizenship Program at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) and before that she coordinated the Pro Bono program for the Alameda County Bar Association in California. After graduating from Boston Latin School, Eli earned her B.A. in Government and African Studies from St. Lawrence University and two Master's degrees, one in Human Rights Education from the University of San Francisco, another in Global Studies and International Affairs from Northeastern University. Eli has served on MPF’s Advisory Board since 2009 and sits on the Outreach Committee.  Eli is committed to community empowerment, loves to learn about different cultures and philosophies, and enjoys dancing.

Kori Redepenning

Kori Redepenning is originally from Minnesota and is a proud Promise Fellow alum! After serving as a Promise Fellow, she joined the MPF staff team, and served for 6 years as the MPF Director. One of her best decisions was hiring Colleen! Kori now serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at the Minnesota Alliance With Youth, which oversees the integration of the three major initiatives of the Alliance: AmeriCorps, the Minnesota Youth Council, and GradMinnesota. She focuses her work on program leadership and management, external relationships, and knowledge management.   Born and raised in Minnesota, Kori studied in Thailand, England, and Ghana, and graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a B.A. in entrepreneurship. She also holds an M.B.A from Northeastern University, with a concentration in marketing and entrepreneurship. Kori enjoys spending time with her family, including her 14 nieces and nephews, her 6 month old son, and her wife. Fun fact- she met her wife while serving as a Promise Fellow!

Ashley Testa

Coming soon!

Kimberly Valenzuela

Kimberly is from Brooklyn, New York, and moved to Massachusetts a year ago. She is currently doing a second year with Massachusetts Promise Fellowship and is a Senior Fellow Capacity Building Coordinator.  She works with the College Planning Center in Framingham State/ Massbay/ Waltham High School undertaking College Advising.  Kimberly's role as a board member is to be the voice of the fellows.  She also works with other board members on Host Site Outreach & Fellow Recruitment. Kimberly loves that MPF gives youth the opportunity to be introduced to higher education and shown that they can thrive in those settings.  A fun fact about Kimberly is that she likes to eat interesting pizza.

Sebastian Villa Bahamon

Senior Fellows
Nicole Eduwensuyi
Nicole Eduwensuyi

Nicole was born and raised in Hyde Park, Boston. In 2016 she received a B.A from UMASS Boston in philosophy and public policy. Currently she is working on her M.S at Northeastern University in Leadership with a non-profit management concentration. She joined Breakthrough Greater Boston in August 2016 through the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship with AmeriCorps. This is her second year at Breakthrough 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. She hopes to bring the skill sets she has learned from Breakthrough and MPF to the international opportunities she is seeking for next year.  

Ashley Gordon
Ashley Gordon

Ashley was born and raised in Boston and will be serving her second year as a Senior Fellow with MPF. She is a 2016 graduate of Salem State University, and will graduate 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, and helping them achieve their educational and professional goals.

Georgia Lederman
Georgia Lederman

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 in Cambridge and Somerville, and provides match support for 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.

Kimberly Valenzuela
Kimberly Valenzuela

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 with a concentration in Nonprofit Management at Northeastern.

Isabella Vidaña
Isabella Vidaña

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.