Current Fellows

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

Sarah Zeiberg

Artists For Humanity

Sarah Zeiberg is coming to the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship after a year of service with City Year Boston. At City Year, she spent the 2018-19 school year supporting the incredible students at East Boston High School as a tutor and mentor. She is honored to have the opportunity to continue to encourage Boston's young people at Artists for Humanity! Sarah is originally from Malden, MA, where she learned the importance of civic engagement and the power of passionate educators. Sarah is a Posse Foundation alumna and received a degree in Environmental Policy and Theatre from Hamilton College. Some of her favorite memories from college include leading a student theatre company, broadcasting a classic rock radio show, and spending many hours making art with her friends. Sarah's other interests include corny jokes, cooking, listening to music, learning about social justice, and searching for her next favorite bakery. Sarah serves at Artists for Humanity.

Emily Zheng

Asian Community Development Corporation

Emily is from Quincy, MA. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelors of Science in Public Health Sciences, a minor in Sociology and a certificate in Public Policy and Administration. Some of her favorite things include reading, baking, painting, and animals. In her year of service, she looks forward to building new relationships with everyone at her host site as well as the MPF cohort. She also looks forward to gaining more hands-on experience working in community-based settings. Emily will be serving at Asian Community Development Corporation.

Jonathan Sargent

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center

Although Jonathan was born in Boston and raised here, he largely grew up in central Vermont. Jonathan loves soccer, the outdoors, and playing/creating/sometimes listening to music, as well as being involved in church-related things. Jonathan went to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI (now Calvin University) and just this past May received a degree in Interdisciplinary studies in International Development, Philosophy, and Church Ministry. Jonathan loved his time in college and hopes to be a part of making a positive, growing, eye-opening experience in college a reality for Chinese immigrant students in Quincy. After his Freshman year in College, Jonathan got a chance to go to Beijing, China for three weeks to do ESL work and learn more about the culture. His experience was so fascinating, it inspired him to continue his efforts to learn from the students he work with, understand their perspective on life,and appreciate Chinese culture. Jonathan will be serving at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.

Seantelle Epps

Boston Public Health Commission: Start Strong

Boston-The primary goal of the MPF Fellow is to work with a cohort of 20-25 Start Strong Peer Leaders to deliver trainings to a local community center, lead workshops throughout the academic year to middle and high school students, and meet 1:1 with every Peer Leader tro assess their academic and higher education needs.  A special emphasis is placed on creating interactive workshops to teach tips, tricks, and lessons to survive high school and beyond.  Collaborating with outside agencies and MPF to create College Prep/Readiness programming, networking skills, and enhancing their social and emotional learning.  

Ariff Mclaren

Boys & Girls Club of Brockton

Ariff McLaren is from Wilmington Delaware, currently residing in Brockton MA with an alma mater from Nichols college. Ariff had a great experience and became a captain for our D3 NCAA basketball program and went to the Elite 8 of the March Madness tournament this year while receiving a bachelors in psychology. He enjoys making music just as much as he enjoys listening to it. Ariff's favorite things to do include playing basketball, trying new foods, and living with good vibes. He looks forward to meeting other fellows and learning about where they come from and how they arrived here. He also look forward to learning new ways to make a positive impact within our community and how to create a better environment for ourselves and the people around us. Ariff will be serving at the Boys & Girls Club of Brockton.

Lorena Marte

Breakthrough Greater Boston-High School

Cambridge-Breakthrough Greater Boston’s (BTGB) mission is to prepare low-income students for success in college and train the next generation of urban teachers using its unique Students Teaching Students model. To accomplish this goal, BTGB provides year-round academic and college access supports to 7th-12th grade students. The Massachusetts Promise Fellow will contribute to BTGB’s mission by supporting students’ academic achievement and college aspirations at our Cambridge campus through direct engagement with a cohort of high school students. The Fellow’s direct service will consist of one-on-one academic mentoring for 9th-12th grade students, small group academic support during the 9th and 10th grade Study Hall Program, and college application support for 12th grade students. In addition, the Fellow will oversee the coordination of college and career exploration opportunities for high school students.

Avalon McLaren

Brockton Public Schools

Avalon is from Brockton, MA. He recently graduated from Springfield College. Avalon played basketball at both the high school and collegiate level. He lists basketball as one of his favorite things to do since grade school. In his free time, Avalon enjoys making music, acting, and business. During his year of service he looks forwards to changing the lives of others and giving back to his hometown. Avalon will be serving with the Brockton Public Schools/100 Males to College Initiative.

Tenaj "Beba" Burleigh

Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers

Tenaj, goes by the nickname Beba, and she comes from a very large family. Beba speaks three languages; English, Spanish, and Cape Verdean Creole and she even understands a little Portuguese. She is a sophomore in college, she graduated from Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers which is also her host site. Beba is a major in social work and education and she looks forward to working with high school students and guiding them into a successful path to college. Getting to meet these students and watching them grow through their junior and senior year is going to be a great opportunity. Beba's favorite things to do are listen to music and creating new memories with her family and friends. She is glad that she gets to be a part of the Mass Fellowship Program and she can't wait to see what this position and program holds for her and her future. 

Roxana Sierra

Enroot, Cambridge

Roxana, Roxie for short, is orginally from Los Angeles, California. Roxie earned a bachelors degree in International Relations with an emphasis on Peace and Security in the Middle East. Roxie loves history, politics, discussing heavy topics like race, class and gender. Roxie enjoys working out, cooking, watching Netflix shows (like Stranger Things and the Umbrella Academy), anime, reading, writing and drawing. Roxie hopes to one day serve refugees in conflict areas and to work with the UN to better serve refugees. In addition to this, Roxie enjoys dreaming big, wants to "stop wars and stuff", Anne Frank is one of her favorite people, loves Harry Potter, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, and is a self-proclaimed big nerd and loves it. Roxie will be serving at Enroot in Somerville, MA.

Kathe McCormick Evans

Enroot, Cambridge Program Associate

Kathe grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and studied Psychology and American Studies at Wesleyan University. She loves reading, rock climbing, art, cooking with friends, the beach, and doing anything outdoors. She loves working with young people and is excited to work with high schoolers in Cambridge--She's grateful for the opportunity to serve in a community that has given her so much.

Christina Arecy

Freedom House

Christina is from Boston and was raised in Haiti at a young age. In 2017, she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology from Fitchburg State University. In 2018, she served at Breakthrough Greater Boston, providing academic support to middle and high schools students. Through her service and the fellowship's partnerships, she served her high school, TechBoston Academy. She currently is pursuing a Master's in Leadership with a concentration in Nonprofit Management at Northeastern University. She enjoys and loves to share her food and culture with others. Seeing the impact from her first year, she looks forward to stepping into more leadership roles, impacting more youth from her neighborhood and be a resource to the first-year fellows and MPF staffs. Christina serves at Freedom House-Snowden.

Ivy Khevali

Freedom House

Ivy was born in Kenya and moved to Texas when she was 9. She currently lives in Portland, Texas and recently graduated from Del Mar College with a degree in chemistry. Ivy is an only child and tends to be introspective, but she enjoys keeping up with politics, international affairs, traveling, reading, baking, and spending time with family. Ivy is excited to be in New England and a part of the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship. Ivy is blessed to be able to serve and give back to the community and youth. She really looks forward to learning from fellow cohort members, working and building positive relationships with high school students and gaining experience with those she meets.

Jenny Rosenfield

Girls Inc. of Lynn

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. 

Ursula Vanderhost

Health Resources in Action, The LEAH Project

Ursula Vanderhost was born in District of Columbia but grew up in Brockton Ma. She attended Fitchburg State University where she earned a B.S in Criminal Justice and Sociology in May of 2018. She loves to travel, explore, and observe new places. In Ursula's downtime, she enjoys spending quality time with family and hanging out with friends. During Ursula's service, she looks forward to sharing her knowledge, experience, and wisdom as well as learning from all the new experiences and everyone around me. Ursula will be serving at Health Resources in Action--LEAH Project in BOSTON

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. Dali is known for her positive, infectious energy, and overall good vibes.

Rosa Granadeno

Margarita Muniz Academy

Rosa Granadeño is from Everett, Massachusetts.  She attended the University of Phoenix and graduated with a B.S. in Psychology. She loves  reading and writing, the occasional Netflix binging, and listening to all types of music (K-Pop, LatinX, Alternative, pop rock, rock, pop, and world music).  Rosa plans on earning her Master's in Secondary Education during her second year with MPF and her host site. She credits her service year as a great experience that has helped her become more confident in determining what kind of teacher she would like to be. She is inspired by the great teachers,  students, and trainings she has interacted with since joining MPF. She feels the fellowship and the support from staff and her cohort have been impactful and life changing.  Rosa serves at the Margarita Muniz Academy.

Iracely Sanchez

Metrowest College Planning Center

Iracely obtained her undergraduate degree at Framingham State University in Business Management with a concentration in International Business. She has a passion for traveling, exploring new places and trying new things. Ira hopes to one day work and serve both global and local communities in bridging the education and opportunity gaps. In her free time, she enjoys being active like going out for runs, listening to music, dancing, and spending time with family and friends. For her second year of service, she is looking forward to learning from all the new experiences that will come while growing along with her youth and other Fellows. Iracely will be serving at Metrowest Waltham.

Brandon Portillio

Metrowest College Planning Center

Brandon was born in Puerto Rico. He received his bachelor's degree from Framingham State University, majoring in criminology. He enjoys fishing, kayaking, hiking - anything related to the outdoors. Brandon played basketball at the collegiate level finishing this past year. Brandon is known in the MPF community for his high-levels of energy and catchphrases during "Pass the Wagon."  He is especially looking forward to meeting and building new relationships with first-year fellows as well as with the youth that he will be serving! Brandon serves at the Metrowest College Planning Collaborative.

Madison Ellin

MGH Youth Programs

Madi is from Tampa, Florida! She graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Psychology and then attended Johns Hopkins University where she received a Masters degree in Biotechnology. Madi's favorite things to do are adventuring around new cities and trying various foods at local restaurants. Madi loves concerts, art museums, a good cup of coffee, and long walks with her golden retriever pup, Luna. She is most excited to work with her cohort of youth. Madi will be serving with Mass General Hospital Youth Programs.

Kenneth Dizon

Mission SAFE

Kenneth is from Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a BA in Communication Arts and Environmental Studies. He likes to run, do yoga, write stand-up comedy, cook, and hang out with friends. He looks forward to making relationships with students and staff at his host site, Mission SAFE.

Sydney Spicer

Northeastern University Marine Science Center

Sydney Spicer recently graduated from Juniata College in Pennsylvania with a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Communication. Originally, she is from Springfield, Virginia, but has always loved New England and is incredibly excited to be moving north! Before this fellowship, Sydney worked in environmental education and communication in places such as Virginia, New Hampshire, and Ireland as well! In her free time, Sydney enjoys poking around farmer’s markets, reading, baking, and writing, as well as everything outdoors such as hiking and kayaking. She is looking forward to a lot of things this year, but what excites her the most is the opportunity to both get to know and get to learn from new communities of people – the other Fellows she is working alongside and the communities of Lynn and Nahant as well. Sydney will be serving at Northeastern University Marine Science Center. 

Alexis Brown

Old Colony YMCA

Alexis Brown, is from Raynham, Massachusetts. She has called Raynham home her whole life. In her free time she enjoys reading books, kayaking, and traveling. She is really excited to work with AmeriCorps and give back to her community and the Commonwealth in anyway possible. She is excited about the opportunity to engage with so many people ranging from staff, students, and volunteers. She is looking forward to exemplifying the ideals and values of the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship. Alexis can't wait to collaborate with all the other fellows over the course of the service year. Alexis serves at the Old Colony YMCA Mentoring Office.

Kevin Guevara

Sociedad Latina

Kevin Guevara, grew up in Revere, MA for most of his life. His parents are immigrants from El Salvador and he credits this for his Spanish-speaking abilities. Kevin graduated from Ithaca College with a B.A. in English. I enjoy listening to hip hop, reading novels, and watching movies. Kevin is also working on a novel, which his cohort is very excited about. Kevin serves at Sociedad Latina.

Sophie Delice


Sophie was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, and moved to the US when she was fourteen years old. She received her bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) where she majored in Sociology and minored in Criminal Justice. While at MCLA, she worked at the Multicultural Educational Resource Center and was part of the ALANA club for two years. Last year, Sophie served in AmeriCorps at Enroot helping design activities for immigrant youth to practice their English with their mentors. She enjoys drawing and hates watching scary movies. She has two plants: a cactus and a succulent, and she wants to get a fish and name it Orange (regardless of the color). Sophie is excited to join MPF and start her second year of AmeriCorps at SquashBusters in Boston.

Jasmine Bruner

St. Stephen's Youth Programs-College Success

Jasmine was born and raised in Southern California. She moved to Portland, Oregon to attend Concordia University where she studied Psychology and Religion. Most recently, she moved to Boston and completed a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corp (JVC). Jasmine is excited to continue serving the youth of the Commonwealth with MPF. She is looking forward to continuing her efforts to build positive relationships with young people while supporting them through the college process. In Jasmine's free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, going to the beach, and spending time with family and friends! Jasmine will be serving at St. Stephens in Boston.

Latasha Scott

St. Stephen's Youth Programs-YLC Program

Latasha Scott is a second-year MPF fellow. She attended Fenway High School and later matriculated to Dean College in MA. Tasha currently serves at St.Stpehens Youth Programs as the Middle School Coordinator. She enjoys working with the 6,7, and 8th graders because she feels a better connection with this age group. Tasha enjoys talking about politics and social issues outside of programming in addition to hanging out with friends and taking trips. For her second year of service, she is looking forward to increasing her impact on the youth she serves. More specifically, she plans on empowering and helping to further develop her youth's critical thinking skills, creativity, and advocacy through leadership opportunities and activities during her second year of service. Tasha will be serving at St. Stephens.

Giovannina Bruno

Stoughton Youth Commission

Gionvannina, also known as Jennie, was born and raised in Rochester, New York and completed her Bachelor’s at SUNY Geneseo where she studied Psychology and English Literature. This is her second year with MPF! Last year she served as Fellow working with 9th graders at St. Stephen’s, and this year she’ll be serving at the Stoughton Youth Commission. She is excited to keep learning and growing this year with a new cohort of fellows, and plans on being a resource for first-year fellows. Jennie is especially interested in mental health awareness, racial equity work, and youth development. In her free time, she likes singing along to show tunes, watching Psych or Scrubs (come talk to her about your favorite episodes!) gardening, sleeping for inordinate amounts of time, and finding new and creative ways to stay warm during Boston winters.

Amira Patterson

Tierney Learning Center, MS

Amira Patterson was born and raised in Boston. Shis is a proud first-year fellow and recent college graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth class of 2018! Amira studied Psychology with a minor in Business Administration. She loves animals, being creative,  and working with the youth. She has 3 siblings. Amira considers herself  to be an ambivert (introvert & extrovert) who loves to laugh and to make others smile. She attended Boston Public Schools her whole life. Growing up, Amira volunteered and served with several non-profit organizations. She is looking forward to getting back to working with youth and making some impactful change on those she interacts with. Amira serves at the Tierney Learning Center/Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston.

David Esons

Youth Enrichment Services

David is a a Public Health graduate student, a violinist, and a Californian. David will be serving at Youth Enrichment Services in Boston. He plans on incorporating his eclectic interests and formal education into his programming. David looks forward to creating and implementing grade specific college-prep curriculum and providing one-on-one advising to high school juniors and seniors through his interest in and commitment to national and community service. David will be serving at Youth Enrichment Services.

Wilce Mascary


Wilce Mascary, is 22 years old and from Randolph, MA. He enjoys working with young people and this passion led him to joining MPF for a year of service as a Fellow. Wilce's family is very important to him and provides him with inspiration. One of the aspects that Wilce is most looking forward to is getting started and meeting new people. Wilce will be serving at Zumix, a non-profit cultural organization located in East Boston. The organization is dedicated to using the arts, particularly music, to build community, foster cultural understanding, and encourage self-expression among urban youth in the neighborhood. Wilce enjoys poetry and meditation.