Current Fellows

Below is a list of our current Fellows for the 2021-2022 program year!

Rosa Del Carmen Gomez, she/her/hers

I was born on an island named Castro right off the coast of Chile but grew up in Weymouth, MA. I graduated from Lasell University with a B.A in Journalism and Media Writing and a Spanish Language Studies minor. I am currently a Massachusetts Promise Fellow and will be a second-year fellow with St. Stephen's Youth Programs. Some of of my favorite activities include: spending time with family and friends, writing, meditating, going for runs/walks with my Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Phoebe. I am looking forward to a great year with St. Stephen's Youth Programs where I will be able to further my connections and round out my skills. I can't wait to continue to learn from the youth I am serving as they teach me more about myself and the world.

Elaine Sanchez, she/her/hers

My name is Elaine Sanchez, I am from Cape Cod, MA and recently graduated from University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth. A few of my favorite things are the color purple, the beach and spending quality time with loved ones as well as myself! I am looking forward to another year of service work and an opportunity to give back to my community!

Sung-Min Kim she/her/hers

I'm from a lot of places! I was born in Korea, grew up in Arizona and Korea, went to high school in Connecticut, and went to college in Greater Boston. I majored in Art History and American Studies at Tufts. I'm really interested in the intersection of art and activism especially thinking about sustainable and generative practices led by women. I absolutely love to cook and bake. I especially love to make breads (focaccia, sourdough, pizza, paratha etc). I'm looking forward to meeting other youth workers to build a network of us in Massachusetts!

Saran Inniss, she/her/hers

I was born and raised in Boston, and grew up in Dorchester my home. For high school I went to the John D. O'Bryant in Roxbury and graduated in 2017, and I just recently graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor's Degree in Peace and Justice Studies and a concentration in Public Health. Growing up, I was a dancer for ten years; I did ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, Afro-Caribbean, and much more; dancing is very much my passion, I absolutely love it. During my free time I like to watch anime, play Animal Crossing, explore nature, and spend time with friends. This year I am really looking forward to spending time and connecting with students; coming from a low-income immigrant background myself I understand how difficult it may be to apply for college and figuring out what to do with your life and I want to be a guiding light for many students. I am so excited for all of the memories and opportunities that are to come this year.

Sarah Cavanaugh, she/her/hers

Sarah grew up in Auburn, Massachusetts and graduated from Stonehill College with a bachelor's degree in psychology and minors in healthcare administration and creative writing. Some of her favorite activities include running, hiking, cycling, reading, and writing. She is passionate about youth empowerment and expanding access to student-centered education. Sarah is very excited to be joining the MPF community and can’t wait to continue learning and building meaningful relationships throughout her year of service at the Boys and Girls Club of MetroWest.

Sarah Abraham, she/her/hers

Sarah grew up in Long Island, NY and graduated from St. John's University with a degree in Adolescent Education. She never imagined she would apply to a teaching fellowship but personal experiences inspired her to become a fellow and help youth grow into becoming their authentic selves. Sarah enjoys learning about what makes people unique and differentiating instruction to complement people's life experiences, strengths, and interests. She loves to dance, cook, and dive deeper into who she is. Throughout this service-year, Sarah looks forward to learning to serve others with humility and love, enhancing her leadership skills, and taking risks.

Rachel Dragos, she/her/hers

Rachel will be a first-year fellow serving in Falmouth on Cape Cod, which is where she was born and raised. In the the 10 years since Rachel last lived in Massachusetts, she got a degree from Kenyon College in Ohio as a chemistry and English double major, lived in San Francisco, California and most recently, Guangzhou, China. In California, Rachel got her start teaching science, working with middle schoolers and high schoolers at a progressive private school for three years. In China, she taught chemistry and physics at an international school for ELLs. Rachel has travelled to 26 countries, including 9 provinces in China! When she's not traveling or teaching, you can find Rachel reading, running, or cooking vegetarian food. Rachel is looking forward to building connections in her hometown and supporting students outside the classroom for a change.

Maia Almeida she/her/hers

Hello! I’m from Swansea MA but now reside in Rockland MA. I went to school at Framingham State and received my undergraduate degree in communications and journalism. I love hanging out with my friends, playing sports/exercising, and learning new things. I’m working on learning how to play the guitar. I’m so excited to start my year of service, I’m looking forward to helping students decide where they want to go, who they want to be, and accomplish their goals!

Laura Tsang, she/her/hers

I am from a small town in New Jersey where I spent every day of the summer at the beach! I went to Boston University to experience city life and meet new people. I love to explore the outdoors when I have time, but I also love to read, bake and hang out with friends. This year, I am looking forward to meeting new people and experiencing new things.

Jessica "Jess" Thai, she/her/hers

Hi there! My name is Jess (she/her/hers), and this is my first year as a fellow. I graduated from BU in 2020 and am currently working as a Mental Health Specialist at McLean Hospital. In my free time I like to bake, garden, and hang out with my mom. I am excited to meet everyone and see what this new year will bring!

Jack Gorsline, he/him/his

I was raised in Richmond, Virginia but moved to Boston in June of 2020. I have three brothers (one older, two younger) and I played 3 sports in high school. I LOVE music: anything from R&B, to class rock, from reggaeton and swing jazz to old-school soul. I also love to read: my favorite book is A Separate Peace by John Knowles, but my favorite Harry Potter Book is # 3: The Prisoner of Azkaban. I am thrilled and honored to be a member of this year's Massachusetts Promise Fellowship Cohort serving alongside the incredible La Vida Scholars team in Lynn, MA.

Catherine "Kat" Anderson, she/her/hers

Hi, my name is Catherine Anderson I'm originally from Nashua NH, and I am a recent graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. When I have the time I love to cook/bake, travel, and watch crime shows, my favorites being Castle and Bones. I love talking to others, learning new things and building connections. I am also passionate about working with high school students and want to be a guidance counselor in the future. I am excited to be a Massachusetts Promise Fellow and work with La Vida Scholars during the 2021-2022 school year. I'm looking forward to working collaboratively with the staff and gaining professional development. Most importantly I hope to support the students and families that La Vida Scholars serves to the best of my ability.

Jenna Clark she/her/hers

Jenna graduated from Tufts University in May of 2021 with a degree in International Relations and Environmental Policy. She's originally from Cedar Falls, Iowa, and after years of being land-locked, she's looking forward to working near the sea. Jenna is passionate about environmental education, and is excited to share her love of environmental topics with the young women of the Beach Sisters program. She also enjoys hiking, climbing, frisbee, playing cards and board games.

Daniel Garber he/him/his

Hi all, I am 21 years old and am finishing up my senior year at Elon University. I have tried a lot of different academic fields, but ended up with a political science major, mainly inspired by the volatility in politics that I observed coming out of high school in 2017. In addition, I found that my greatest passion is in writing, learning, and teaching music with others, and would love the opportunity to take part in music programs in working with the Margarita Muniz Academy this year. I am bilingual, my parents coming from Venezuela, and am excited to practice my Spanish with students and teachers. I look forward to delving into a fun and rewarding year with you all!

​Madeline "Mads" Tolsdorf, she/her/hers

Mads is from Kansas City, Kansas but has always enjoyed visiting her family on the East Coast and has loved living here for the past year. She graduated from The University of Richmond in 2020 with has a combined Bachelors in Politics, Philosophy, Economics, and Law. She loves staying active and exploring new places, and is always looking for book or poetry recommendations. One of the things she enjoys the most is meeting new people and is looking forward to meeting more amazing people throughout her second year of service.

Christina Bobrek she/her/hers

Christina is from Bradenton, Florida and graduated from University of Florida with a B.S. in Chemistry, Emphasis in Biochemistry. Her long-term career goals are to attend medical school and become a physician. She will be joining East Boston Social Center for her year of service and looks forward to helping youth with discovering their career ambitions and applying to college. She is especially passionate about their development of the Joyful Eastie Youth Council and their approaches to increase personal and community joy. As a new resident of Boston, she is excited to experience the seasons outside of Florida's eternal summer. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, going to the beach, playing soccer, wood-crafting, and visiting museums.

Alyssa Perea, she/her/hers

Alyssa Perea was born and raised in Boston, MA. She graduated from Williams College with a Bachelor's Degree in American Studies with a concentration in Latinx Studies. She is a first-generation college student, and her family is originally from Puerto Rico. She enjoys reading fiction, writing poetry, and talking about astrology with friends. Alyssa is very passionate about education and mental health and hopes to find ways to merge the two in her year of service. She is looking forward to working with and learning from youth and is excited to see how she grows from the experience.

Alex Nguyen, he/him/his

I am Alex Nguyen, and I was born in Boston, Massachusetts. I went to Parker School for, Atlantic Middle School, and North Quincy High School. I am going to graduate from University of Massachusetts Boston. My favorite things are to play video games, watch anime, and listen to Japanese music. What I look forward is becoming a contribution and hopefully leave something that people can remember in my year of service.

AJ Pape he/him/his

Anthony “A.J.” Pape is from Nashville Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in Sociology and a minor in film studies. He is passionate about current events, social justice, television and movies. He is looking forward to the opportunity to support students as they figure out their next steps after graduating high school. The chance to meet people and assist them with their academic endeavors is exciting. Activities he enjoys outside of work are wheelchair basketball, skydiving, swimming, and for more relaxed hobbies he likes reading and analyzing television and movies.

Lauryn Hart she/her/hers

Lauryn Hart grew up and continues to reside in East Taunton, MA. She attended Appalachian State University in Boone, NC where she studied geography and sustainable development for two years before studying abroad with Semester at Sea, bringing her to 11 countries throughout Asia and Africa. She then took some time off to pursue some passions and work in the outdoor education field in Colorado. Lauryn has spent over 5 years working in youth and community development, loving every second. In May of 2022, she will graduate with a BA in Liberal Studies from Northeastern University. She is looking forward to spending her year 2nd of service, learning from and with the community that she serves.

Ellie Rubinstein she/her/hers

Ellie is from Concord, Massachusetts. She graduated from Colorado College where she studied Political Science and Environmental Science. Ellie is passionate about environmental justice and loves talking all things current affairs. She is excited to be serving this year with SquashBusters, Boston where she can support talented young people in their academic, social, and athletic growth. Outside of work, she loves being in the outdoors and hiking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. She is also a loyal Celtics fan and is happy to convert any MPF fellows who are new to the area.

Jaimy Jean-Noel, she/her/hers

Hi, my name is Jaimy Jean-Noel. I grew up in Brooklyn, NY but I've been in MA for about 10 years now. I got my undergraduate degree at Framingham State University and am currently attending Northeastern University for my master's. I love reading, writing, hanging with my close friends, eating, staying fit, and anything health and wellness related. I look forward to meeting new fellows but also continuing on for a second year with a few others. I am excited to also be starting with a new host site.

Joselina “Josey” Fontes she/her/hers

Hello Everyone! My name is Joselina but I go by Josey! I'm from Boston, MA but currently reside in Quincy, MA. I attended the John D. O'Bryant for high school and presently, I'm pursuing my M.Ed. in learning and instruction at NEU. I've been a College Success Advisor for the past 4 years and a Program Coordinator for 2 years. I love reading, writing, and listening to podcasts! If anyone knows Eckhart Tolle or Brene Brown, they’re some of my favorites. I always love a good quote or an inspirational song or video. Overall, this year I'm most excited about building relationships with youth and guiding them to their purpose. The more opportunities they have to learn about themselves the easier it is to guide them into their desired career path. I'm looking forward to starting this new chapter with Summer Search Boston!

Emilia Ball she/her/hers

Emilia is from Albany, New York. She attended Wellesley College, where she earned a B.A. in Media Arts and Sciences with a Computer Science concentration and spent four years on the varsity crew team. Emilia was lucky to have multiple opportunities to work with youth in summer camp and other out-of-classroom settings outside of school. In her free time, she likes to spend time with friends, make art, and spend time outside any way she can. During her service, Emilia looks forward to learning from and connecting with her youth cohort, staff, and MPF community.

Michelle "Mae" Lee, she/her/hers

Hello! My name is Michelle Lee, but I go by Mae. I am so excited to serve this year as an MPF for the LEAH Project with Health Resources in Action! I come from San Diego and I graduated last year from Harvey Mudd College with a degree in physics. I am passionate about storytelling and how systematic inequalities affect both identity and community, especially in youth education; this is why I am so thrilled for this year of service! Pre-pandemic you could find me at ultimate frisbee practice or on the ballroom dance floor. I am currently in the fledgling states of many new hobbies, including woodworking, web design, comedy/science writing, cardistry, and comic drawing! While I am currently very self conscious of how many exclamation points I have put in this short bio, I really am that excited for this year of service!

Angellica Diaz she/her/hers

Boston Day and Evening Academy

My name is Angellica Diaz. I am from Los Angeles and attended undergrad at Babson College. I love backpacking, traveling, rock climbing, and painting. I look forward to working in an experiential learning environment with youth during my year of service.

Makaila "Mak" Cerrone, she/her/hers

Revere CARES Coalition

My name is Makaila "Mak" Cerrone and I consider Boston, specifically Roxbury, to be my home! I am excited to do a second year at MGH RevereCares, out of Revere High School. I am currently completing my Master's in Education at Northeastern! When not doing service or school work, I enjoy exploring the Boston community through mutual aid work, running, and finding the best spots for authentic latinx food. I know the best spots in the city for finding cute dogs, getting good tattoos, and cheap local eats! In my first year of service I met some of the best people in the whole world, from MPF fellows to the students and staff at my host site. I am so excited to meet even more awesome humans in my second year of service!

Aaliyah Yarde she/her/hers

Youth Enrichment Services, College Prep Coordinator

I'm Aaliyah, I was born and raised in Boston. I went to college in upstate New York at Skidmore College where I studied exercise science. Some of my favorite things include reading, hiking, hanging at the beach. I'm super excited for the year and I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and starting my journey into the workforce.