Current Fellows

Below is a list of our current Fellows for the 2018-2019 program. 

Chernet Sisay

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 watching sports (especially the Celtics). Chernet is looking forward to serving alongside the other Fellows as well as supporting youth at the Tierney Learning Center.

Jenny Rosenfield

Jenny is from North Shore Massachusetts and recently graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies from Bates College. At Bates, she was fortunate to have the opportunity to engage with her community through mentoring and organizing. Outside of work, Jenny's interests include hiking, playing basketball, and making pottery. She is working at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem this year and is excited to connect with and learn from the students, staff, the greater Salem community, and the other fellows. 

Helen Tran

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.

Katie Sunahara

Katie grew up in Los Angeles, California, but has spent much of her time away from home. She studied English at University of California, Merced, then moved to the Silicon Valley to serve a year with Reading Partners AmeriCorps. She also spent the past two years teaching English in Japan. Katie enjoys exploring new places and meeting new people.

Anna Sebunnya

Anna grew up in Waltham, which has allowed her to connect with the community easily. She currently lives in Dorchester, and is attending UMass Boston. Her favorite color is purple and she loves Beyonce’s Lemonade album. She 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.

Mary Elizabeth McQuillan

Mary E McQuillan is from Western Massachusetts. Her interests include reading, watercolor painting, hanging out by the beach and watching movies. She is trying to get into urban sketching and art journalling too. She has a background in Natural Resource Conservation and has worked as an outreach employee, a tutor, and other jobs involving public science education. She looks forward to sharing resources and ideas with her fellow Americorps members during this year of service! 

Erica Lam

Erica was born in Dorchester. She graduated from UMass Boston majoring in Psychology with a Program of Studies in Asian American Studies. She loves to read and listen to music. She loves animals even though she's allergic to them. She looks forward to meeting everyone and being the bridge for the nonprofit she'll be working closely with during her service year. 

Jenise Gonzalez

Artists For Humanity

Jenise Gonzalez is from Hyde Park, MA. She attended Stonehill College where she received her Bachelors Degree in Sociology. She enjoys writing poetry, blogging, fashion, and traveling. She looks forward to learning from the community she is serving and growing among other fellows. She hopes she can inspire and foster relationships with many students from her host site as well as learning from them.  

Journey Chen

Asian Community Development Corporation

Journey was born and raised in Southern California. She recently graduated from Bentley University this past May. She majored in Marketing with a Liberal Studies Major in Diversity and Society. Her favorite hobbies include volleyball and traveling. In her year of service, she is most excited to get to meet new people and challenge herself in different ways. She is also looking forward to getting to know the Boston area better as a working young adult. 

Wilson Wu

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center

He was born in Fall River,  MA, but was raised in Florida. He attended Valencia community college and then attended University of Central Florida majoring in biomedical sciences. He enjoys gaming and binging on tv shows. He's a big home body. He's looking forward to working with everyone this year and serving as a senior MPF! 

Asia Greer

Boston Public Health Commission: Start Strong

Asia Greer is from Boston, MA. She was a theater major at Bunker hill community college. Some of her favorite things to do are eat, dance, make jewelry, and spend time with her family. This year she looks forward to becoming the change she wants to see and building relationships!

Daniel Gonzalez

Boston Youth Wrestling

Daniel is from Westchester NY and just graduated Emerson with a BFA in creative writing. When he's not writing, he's pretty much a nerd all around; binge-watching the latest anime that caught his eye, playing video games (Overwatch is his favorite at the moment), or gushing over the newest Marvel movie. He's looking forward to meeting a lot of mission-driven people and working hard to create opportunities for Boston's youth! It's his first full-time position, so he's really excited to get some professional experience and take his first steps into life outside school.

Christina Arecy

Breakthrough Greater Boston-High School

Christina is a first-generation, Haitian-American, college graduate with a major in Sociology and minor in Political Science at Fitchburg State University. She was born in New Jersey, raised in Haiti, but calls Boston home. Her passions revolve around Afro-Caribbean culture, African Diaspora, intersectionality, history, education, the dynamics of biculturalism and its relation to current social justice issues. Throughout high school and college she advocated for student voices through youth advocacy and development; creating a series of events and services to connect students of color to their culture. In her free time, you can catch her listening to her favorite podcasts (The Read or Getting Grown), exploring Boston and new food, cooking aka experimenting, watching documentaries/Netflix, traveling, doing makeup, reading or simply adulting. She has a focused interest in access and diversity in higher education, and is looking forward to give back and make a small impact in her community by supporting the students at her alma matter, Techboston Academy and others site for Breakthrough Greater Boston. 

Isabella Daou

Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers

Isabella had a nomadic upbringing, ranging from Lebanon to rural upstate New York and the Netherlands. She is the only girl among four boys with her family in Connecticut. She just graduated from University of Connecticut where she studied human rights and political science. She is a passionate activist for the rights of refugees and immigrants, especially as a child advocate. She dreams of serving on the International Court of Justice one day. Until then, she plans to travel the world and see, listen and taste all she can. She is outside as much as possible, in the garden or running with her dogs and is training to become a yoga teacher. 

Katherine LaScaleia

Enroot, Cambridge

Katie grew up outside of Boston and attended school at Georgetown, where she majored in Government and minored in Justice & Peace Studies. She is pursuing a Master's Degree in Nonprofit Management through MPF's partnership with Northeastern. In Katie's spare time, you can find her reading anything and everything (books, newspapers, ads in the subway), listening to podcasts, or playing board games. She will never turn down an opportunity to grab coffee or watch a sunset. This year, Katie is looking forward to building relationships with youth and growing with them.

Kathryn Perez

Enroot, College and Career Access Adviser

Kathryn hails from Fredericksburg, Virginia. Recently, she could be found in Guatemala working in Community Outreach. Prior to that, Kathryn was a student at the University of Virginia where she graduated in 2017 with a dual degree in American Studies and Media Studies. She was a member of Virginia’s finest acappella group for the musically challenged, The Virginia No Tones, and volunteered with Pancakes for Parkinson’s. She is excited to take her experience in academic outreach to MGH's Center for Community Health Improvement and explore the health sciences with this year’s group of 11th Grade Scholars! Besides her love of food trucks, anything art related, and a good historic tour, Kathryn looks forward to being in Boston and finally embracing Dunkin’ over Starbucks.

Tamia Burkett

Enroot, Somerville

She was born and raised in Tobago, Trinidad.  After completing middle and high school in NYC, she moved to Boston and earned her Bachelor of Science in HSSP (Health, Science, Society & Policy) at Brandeis University. She discovered her love for the work conducted in the health field during her time at Brandeis and her passion for healthcare continues to this day. She has seen and experienced the impact of having a lack of resources and the alteration of that experience when connected to the right resources. She hopes to utilize the professional development and mentorship provided by the fellowship to address the prevalence of violence in marginalized communities and its impact on health and wellness. On her free time, she enjoys exercising, cooking, eating foods from different cultures and overall trying new things. 

Megan Rudkin

Freedom House

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

Jessica Scola

Girls Inc. of Lynn

Jess is from Gloucester, MA and currently serves 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  including freelance newspaper writing, client services in financial software, retail management, real estate leasing, and online advertising sales at Yelp. 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 looks  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.

Michel-lé Meranda

Health Resources in Action, The LEAH Project

She was born and raised in Somerville, MA, and graduated from Somerville High School in 2012. In 2016, she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from UMass Dartmouth. In her free time she enjoys reading, learning new languages, and traveling to foreign countries. This year she looks forward to serving with the Class 20 Fellows and learning even more from them. She hopes to be a science teacher and looks forward to working with the staff at HRiA and improving her facilitation skills, especially in the STEM areas!

Dalitza Almeyda

Hernandez After School Program

Dalitza Almeya, also known as Dali, will be serving at the Rafael Hernandez k-8 dual language school working with middle school students. She loves learning new things and meeting new people. She also enjoys traveling, reading and listening to music. She looks forward to meeting all the fellow americorps. 

Rosa Granadeno

Margarita Muniz Academy

Rosa is from Everett, Massachusetts. She attended the University of Phoenix majoring in Psychology. She is currently interested in obtaining her Master’s Degree in Education. She loves reading and writing fiction. She enjoys all types of music pop, K-pop, rock, world music, etc. Music has no boundaries! She has yet to work with youth and is excted to learn so much this year. I believe in all their potential to be great individuals in our society. She wants to help students the best way she can and find ways to improve the educational system. She wants to help students overcome these obstacles and help them see how important Education will be in their life. “Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela. Through this year of Service she knows she will gain skills and a lot more of experience.

Iracely Sanchez

Metrowest College Planning Center

Iracely is from Framingham and received her undergraduate degree at Framingham State University studying Business Management and concentrated in International Business. She really enjoys being as active as possible like going out for runs, going to the gym, and dancing. She also loves exploring new places, trying new types of foods and spending time with family and friends. She is really looking forward to her year of service where she will be able to grow both personally and professionally with an amazing group of people at her cohort and MPF.

Brandon Portillio

Metrowest College Planning Center

Brandon was born in Puerto Rico! He is currently finishing up his bachelor's degree in criminology at Framingham State University. Some of his favorite things to do are hiking, fishing, kayaking, anything related to the outdoors. He is looking forward to building new relationships with peers and the young people he will be working with

Sonia Iyengar

MGH Youth Programs

Sonia Iyengar is a recent graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a major in biochemistry. Growing up in a medically underserved community, she was introduced to disparity at a young age. Her early experiences have fueled her passion for bettering living conditions and improving access to healthcare for the working class and immigrant communities as a physician. This past year, she was a Resident Assistant to 112 students charged with facilitating the growth of her residents through global health programming. She is excited to continue this work with the incoming 9th and 10th grade cohorts at MGH, and build a community grounded in health and social justice.

Abdi Abdullahi

Mission SAFE

Abdi was born in Kenya but grew up in Charlestown, MA. He enjoys playing basketball and interacting with the teens in his neighborhood. He has also coached the local YMCA Basketball team which he really enjoyed doing. He was introduced to service at a very young age and has heard his calling to do service ever since. He is super excited to be serving as a fellow with MissionSafe this upcoming year. MissionSafe played a major role in his development as a youth and he's happy to pay it forward with his year of service! 

Eliza Lawrence

Northeastern University Marine Science Center

Eliza grew up in Kittery, Maine and attended Clark University in 2010.  She remained in Worcester after college and still currently lives there. She graduated with a degree in Geography and Community Development and Planning. Some of her favorite things to do are cooking, eating fun foods, dancing, traveling, biking, swimming and going on mini adventures. During 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. She is especially excited for the focus and training that will help her become a stronger youth worker.

Joshua Etienne

Old Colony YMCA

Joshua is from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He graduated from Morehouse College with his B.A. in Political Science. His hobbies and interests include watching and playing most sports, going to the beach, listening to music (self-proclaimed audiophile), and cooking. He is looking forward to facilitating his mentee group while developing relationships with the youth that will not only guide them towards positive and effective decision-making but also outlast his Americorps service year. 

Hakeem Foreman


Hakeem is orignally from Boston, MA. He attended BunkerHill Community College and loves anime.

Jennie Bruno

St. Stephen's Youth Programs-College Success

Jennie was born and raised in Rochester, New York and completed her Bachelor’s at SUNY Geneseo where she studied Psychology and English Literature. For the past two years, she has been working with after-school programs and psychology research. After living in upstate New York her whole life, she is excited to try something new! Jennie is passionate about social justice, education, and human development. Her hobbies include listening to music, singing, reading, watching TV, spending time in nature and petting puppies. Jennie is looking forward to meeting new people at her host site and in her cohort, and growing personally and professionally!

Latasha Scott

St. Stephen's Youth Programs-YLC Program

Latasha is from Roxbury, MA. She attended Dean College and continued her studies at Roxbury Community College later on. She loves learning about social justice and equity for all. Also, she loves the color red, enjoys cooking, reading and taking photos. She loves to make people think and enjoys teaching young kids about injustices and self love.

Jasmine Scott

Stoughton Youth Commission

Jasmine is from Stoughton, MA and a recent graduate from Bridgewater State University’s Undergraduate School of Social Work. She also has her Associates in Human Services from Massasoit Community College. She loves to work with children and families and especially loves to mix travelling with her service. Some of her most memorable service opportunities include helping build a community garden in Guatemala and teaching English to children in Cambodia. She has grown a deep passion for working with communities closer to home, such as Boston and Brockton. She speaks English and Spanish and takes pride in her multicultural background: Costa Rican, Colombian, and African American. She is excited to reciprocate the positive adult support that was provided for her when she was a Stoughton High School student. She is excited to see what beauty will come from this new adventure! 

Meghan Callahan

Waltham High School

Meghan is originally from New Canaan, CT. After attending Boston College for the past four years, 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 hoped to participate in a year of service after graduating. She 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.

Hawa Ture

Youth Enrichment Services

Hawa was born in Africa, Liberia, but grew up in New York and moved to Boston 4 years ago. She attended Bridgewater State University for her undergraduate degree. Her favorite things to do are going to the movies, travelling, and going out with friends. She is looking forward to creating trusting relationships and becoming a good mentor.