Executive Office


Executive Office

Sandra Lopez Burke

Sandra Lopez Burke
Vice President and Executive Director
Sandra Lopez Burke has a wealth of experience building public-private partnerships that have successfully helped youth reach their full potential in both the sports and academic sectors. Prior to moving to the Boston area, the native Texan worked for the San Antonio Sports Foundation, where she managed national sporting events and helped establish Dreams for Youth, a program aimed at introducing San Antonio’s disadvantaged youth to Olympic sports. She culminated her decade of service in Texas as the Executive Director of the NCAA Men’s Final Four. In 1998, Sandra relocated to Massachusetts and joined Mayor Menino’s millennial celebration committee as the Vice President of Boston 2000. After the turn of the millennium, Sandra joined City Year, Inc. as the Director of Individual Giving. She subsequently served four years as Vice President and Chief of Staff to the CEO and in 2007, was named Vice President and Executive Director of the organization’s founding site, City Year Boston. In 2015, Sandra was selected to participate in the Barr Foundation's Barr Fellowship program and in 2016 she was honored as one of El Planeta’s Powermeter 100 as one of the most influential peole for Massachusetts’ Hispanic community. In addition to her role at City Year, Sandra is on the board of Dana Hall School in Wellesley. She lives in Dedham and is the mother of four children, two of whom are proud City Year alumnae and one of whom is a U.S. Army veteran.

Kirsten af Klintenberg
Kirsten af Klintenberg
Managing Director, Resource Development and Marketing
Kirsten joined City Year as a Corporate Partnership Manager in 2000, and since then she has taken many leadership opportunities for the organization. She returned to corporate development at City Year Headquarters in 2009 and is now working at City Year Boston leading development and marketing efforts. Kirsten has successfully engaged corporations in national and multi-site corporate partnerships with National Grid, AT&T, Microsoft, Starbucks, JetBlue, among others. Prior to City Year, Kirsten worked for the Jimmy Fund as Assistant Director of the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC) and has continued as a head staff volunteer, leading the finish line operations in Provincetown, MA. The PMC is an annual cycling fundraiser that raises over $35 million a year and over $350 million since 1980 to fight cancer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Kirsten graduated from University of Massachusetts with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
Jonathan Palumbo

Jonathan Palumbo
Managing Director, External Affairs and Government Partnerships
Jonathan is responsible for advancing City Year's partnerships with elected officials, community leaders, Boston Public Schools, the Massachusetts Service Alliance, and the MBTA. He also oversees the communications, events, and Boston Civic Engagement teams. Previously, he served as City Year Boston’s Communications Director.  Before joining City Year, Jonathan was Communications Director at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education, where he worked closely with the Governor and Secretary of Education to advance strategic policy and reform initiatives in primary, secondary, and higher education. Jonathan has also served as the Spokesman and Media Relations Specialist for Boston Public Schools and was the Assistant Director of Media Relations and Spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Chris Plummer
Chris Plummer*
Managing Director, Human Potential and Site Operations
Chris joined City Year as an AmeriCorps member in 2003 and returned as a senior corps member the following year. Joining staff in 2005 as a Program Manager, Chris led two teams providing whole-school support in two Dorchester elementary schools. As Corps Director, he oversaw all training and support for corps members serving in Boston. Now, as Managing Director of Human Potential and Site Operations, Chris is responsible for supervising the daily operations of the site and recruiting, developing and retaining a diverse, high-functioning staff and thriving work environment. In this role, he ensures that City Year Boston is continuously building capacity, maximizing impact, functioning smoothly and operating with excellence. Chris also is a graduate of the 2012 LEAD City Year Executive Class. Prior to joining City Year, Chris graduated from University of New Hampshire with a double major in psychology and philosophy.
Bryan Rotach
Bryan Rotach
Managing Director, Service Impact and Evaluation
Bryan's responsibilities include overseeing the training and development of City Year AmeriCorps members, supervising the Whole School Whole Child service model delivered in Boston Public Schools, and managing key education and community-based stakeholder relationships. He served as City Year Boston’s Interim Executive Director while Sandra Lopez Burke was on a Barr Fellowship sabbatical through October 2015. Prior to that, Bryan was Managing Director for Planning and Strategy for the site, where he managed financial and strategic planning functions and oversaw the Civic Engagement and External Affairs teams. Prior to joining City Year in 2008, Bryan managed a portfolio of service and civic engagement initiatives for students at the University of Rochester and recent graduates from Rochester-area colleges. He earned his bachelor's degree in anthropology and master's degree in business administration from the University of Rochester.
Kerry Salvo
Kerry Salvo
Senior Projects Manager
Kerry joined City Year in 2012 and is responsible for supporting the Executive Director and Executive Office team and managing the operations of the City Year Boston Board. Prior to joining City Year, Kerry was the Child Care Director at the Greater Portland YMCA and Director of 21st Century Community Learning Center programs for the Portland Public Schools. From 2004 to 2006, Kerry served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at KIDS Consortium, an organization that prepares young people to be active and responsible citizens by training K-12 educators, community organizations, and youth in best practices for service-learning. Kerry holds a bachelor’s degree in French and sociology from Boston College and a master’s degree in education policy and management from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. She is originally from Portland, Maine, and also has spent time living in France.

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Civic Engagement

Mollie Puskar

Mollie Puskar*
Director, Volunteer Impact

Mollie is serving as the Director of Volunteer Impact for the Civic Engagement team. Mollie has a bachelor’s degree in government from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She is a proud AmeriCorps alumna of the Maine Conservation Corps and City Year Boston, having served as a corps member from 2008 to 2009.

Bri Gochenour Briana Gochenour*
Civic Engagement Program Manager

Briana joined City Year Boston in 2011 as an AmeriCorps member serving in an 8th grade classroom at the Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School, and in 2012 she served a second year as a Service Leader with the Foundation To Be Named Later Civic Engagement team. Briana returned to the Boston Civic Engagement team as the Civic Engagement Program Manager in 2013, leading a team to implement service events throughout the communities of Boston. She graduated from Colgate University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in education and a minor in Native American studies. Briana is originally from Sudbury, Massachusetts.
Bethany Reynolds

Bethany Reynolds
Civic Engagement Project Manager

Bethany came to City Year in 2014 after serving as the Member Leader for AmeriCorps Cape Cod, a program focused on environmental issues, education, disaster preparedness, and community engagement. Originally from the Midwest, Bethany moved to the East Coast to attend Boston University (BU) and graduated in 2013 with degrees in linguistics and journalism. At BU, she was a program manager for BU’s Alternative Spring Breaks (one of the largest ASB programs in the country) and participated in many other service projects throughout Boston, including a Student Food Rescue, Hike For Hunger, and one-day service events with local organizations.

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Development

Denise Amisial Denise Amisial
Development Operations Coordinator
Denise joined City Year in 2014 and is driven by her passion to strengthen the social sector. Prior to this, she worked as an intern at The Right Question Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Cambridge. She served in this role for all four years of college, providing research, administrative, and operational support to the organization. Denise also brings Development experience to her new role at City Year, having served as an Individual Giving intern for Teach for America—New York as part of the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Career Program. Denise is originally from New Jersey and graduated from Tufts with degrees in sociology and psychology.
Ela Bajus Ela Bajus*
Individual Giving Manager
Ela is excited to join the development department after having served with City Year Boston for two years. Her interest in both development and student impact came into fruition after serving her AmeriCorps year in a 9th grade classroom at The English High School. She continued her service for a second year as a Team Leader at the Dever-McCormack School. Prior to moving to Boston in 2011, Ela received her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Connecticut.
Nina Barker Nina Barker
Senior Director, Development
Nina joined the development team at City Year Boston in 2012. Previously, she worked at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia, where her roles included Director of the Undergraduate Scholarship Program, Director of the Alumni Relations Program, and Assistant Director of Development. She has a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she studied education policy and management, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. Nina serves on the Boston Regional Selection Committee for the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, is a member of the Alumni Association Board at St. Andrew’s School in Delaware, and has been a volunteer for the Make-a-Wish Foundation for ten years.
Becca Canavan Becca Canavan
Individual Giving Manager
Becca is thrilled to join the City Year Boston development team and continue carrying out her passions for youth development and equal education in under-served communities. She brings a broad experience with her after serving as Development Associate and Development Director at the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC). During her time at MDSC, she coordinated several funding programs, with an emphasis on peer-to-peer fundraising and community events. A Massachusetts native, Becca graduated from Bentley University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and earned her Certificate in Professional Fundraising from Boston University. During her college experience, she was highly involved as a mentor at the Chesterbrook Community Foundation by providing social, emotional, and academic enrichment to school-aged youth in Waltham, MA. Becca remains involved in the Chesterbrook Community Foundation as a volunteer leader.
Kathleen Kemp Kathleen Kemp
Foundations Relations Manager
Kathleen joined City Year Boston’s development team in 2013 as the Foundation Relations Manager and is charged with stewarding City Year Boston’s current and prospective foundation partners. Previously, Kathleen served as the Development Manager for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute, which works to support and train openly LGBT leaders and elected officials. During her three years at Victory, Kathleen had the privilege of working with Victory’s donors, supporters, and foundation partners across the country. Kathleen was selected as a Spring 2011 New Leaders Fellow with the Center for Progressive Leadership, a fellowship in Washington, DC, for rising progressive leaders working for social change. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Kathleen is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with an honors degree in English and a minor in Spanish. She is proud to be the daughter and granddaughter of public school teachers.
Nora Lehan

Nora Lehan*
Individual Giving Manager
Nora is thrilled to be joining the City Year Boston Development team after serving two AmeriCorps years at the Blackstone Innovation School in the South End. Through her service, she was inspired by the impact both she and her team were having in the classroom and community, and was able to share this experience during external engagement events. Nora is originally from Plainville, MA and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a bachelor's degree in Natural Resource Conservation.

Jana Rayfield Magnus Jana Rayfield Magnus
Senior Manager, Development Operations and Annual Appeal
Jana joined City Year in 2010. Prior to working at City Year, Jana worked at Combined Jewish Philanthropies for seven years as Senior Event Planner, managing the organization’s fundraising events, maintaining relationships with volunteers and committee members, training new staff in the department and organizing event registration and mailings. Jana is a graduate of Northeastern University with a degree in communication studies, where she was also a member of the Varsity Women’s Crew Team. Outside of work, she spends her time volunteering for the Susan G. Komen Organization, training for charity bike rides and marathons and spending time with her nieces and nephew. 
Alexandra O'Connor

Alexandra O'Connor
Sr. Manager, Corporate Partnerships
Alexandra joins City Year Boston as the Corporate Partnership Manager. Previously, Alexandra worked as a Senior Community Relations Consultant for The Hanover Insurance Group in Worcester, MA. In this role she partnered with community leaders to support programs which focused on youth and education in Worcester, including the Boys and Girls Club, AVID service learning, and the One City One Library initiative. For her work in the community, Alexandra was named 40 Under 40 by the Worcester Business Journal in 2013. Alexandra holds a bachelor's degree in history from the College of the Holy Cross. Outside of work, Alexandra loves the outdoors and is working to become a yoga instructor.

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External Affairs

Tara Evin Tara Evin
Events Manager
Tara joined City Year in 2005. Over the past several years, Tara has led the operations and planning for all national development events at City Year. She recently joined the Boston team in the fall of 2011 to lead signature events, including the Women’s Leadership Breakfast, the Legal Community Breakfast, Starry Starry Night, and Graduation. Tara has extensive experience in event planning and development. Prior to joining City Year, Tara worked as an independent research and event consultant working with organizations including the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Profiles in Courage Award, T-he Boston Public Library Foundation and the Belmont Hill School. Tara lives in Hingham, Massachusetts, with her husband and three children.
Jayne Flax Jayne Flax
Design and Brand Coordinator
Jayne Flax is a Virginia native, a Hoosier grad and a desert transplant. She joined City Year after two years working in the non-profit sector in Phoenix, Arizona. At Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation, Jayne developed campaigns to support the improvement of oral health in the state and helped support large fundraisers such as the Golf4Smiles Tournament. Jayne is a skilled marketer, communicator, and designer with a journalism degree from Indiana University and a passion for giving back. As City Year Boston's Design and Brand Coordinator, Jayne creates materials and messaging to highlight City Year's impressive impact in the community.
Colleen Flynn Colleen Flynn
Communications Director
Colleen joined City Year in 2015 and is responsible for communications and outreach to raise City Year Boston’s profile as a premier service partner to the Boston Public Schools. Prior to joining City Year, Colleen managed media relations for WGBH, the country's leading public broadcaster, and previously served as a PR senior account executive with SHIFT Communications. Beginning in 2008, she started as an AmeriCorps VISTA and graduated to communications manager for LIFT, an anti-poverty nonprofit that helps low-income families secure the personal, social and financial assets needed for stability. Colleen holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish from Providence College and a master’s degree in public relations from Boston University.
Ashlyn Garry Ashlyn Garry
Communications Projects Coordinator
Ashlyn joined City Year Boston in 2012 as a Communications Projects Coordinator on the External Affairs team. Prior to City Year, she was a Human Resources Specialist for the Department of Justice in Washington, DC. She graduated from Harvard College in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in history, a secondary degree in studies of women, gender and sexuality, and a citation in French. A Boston native, Ashlyn graduated from Boston Latin School (a Boston Public School) in 2006.
Eva Huston Eva Huston
Social Media Coordinator
Eva joins City Year Boston as the Social Media Coordinator. Previously, she was the Social Media Specialist at Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. Before that, she served two years as an AmeriCorps member with Generations Incorporated and Social Capital Inc. A Boston native, she graduated from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies.
Nate Sundel Nathaniel "Nate" Sundel
Events Coordinator
Since graduating from Bates College in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in rhetoric, a minor in music, and a concentration in film and media studies, Nate has worked in New York City, where he has garnered experience in event production. Prior to joining City Year, Nate worked as an Agent Assistant at The Agency Group Ltd, and most recently, worked at The Hudson River Park Trust, a non-profit organization. At The Hudson River Park Trust, Nate worked as an Events and Promotions Associate, helping to produce over 80 free events for the public of New York City in the summer of 2014.
Jonaszen Yao Jonaszen "Jonny" Yao*
Communications Coordinator and Staff Photographer
Jonny joined City Year Boston as an AmeriCorps member in 2012, when he served in a 5th grade classroom at the Mattahunt Elementary School in Mattapan. Soon after his corps year, he rejoined City Year as a Communication Coordinator on the External Affairs team, where he now shares the stories of City Year Boston’s AmeriCorps members through traditional media channels. Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, he graduated from Vassar College with a bachelor’s degree in film.

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Human Potential and Site Operations

Molly Korobkin Molly Korobkin
Director, Human Potential and Site Operations
Molly joined City Year Boston in 2012 after earning her master’s degree in child development from Tufts University. Her role as the Human Potential & Site Operations Manager is multi-faceted. Molly coordinates and supports human potential initiatives to promote streamlined hiring and on-boarding processes and manages the site’s internship program. She also maintains the site’s finance and vendor relations, oversees distribution of uniforms for the corps, and provides space and technology support. Prior to City Year, she completed an internship in youth programming in Jamaica Plain and worked in an afterschool program in Medford.
Sierra Raimondi Sierra Raimondi
Corps Support Coordinator
Sierra joined the City Year Boston team in 2014 as the Corps Support Coordinator. As part of the Human Potential and Site Operations team, she assists in the implementation of mentoring and Leadership After City Year (LACY) programming. Previously, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Massachusetts Campus Compact program. She is a graduate from Elon University, with a double major in anthropology and international studies.
Nicole Warder Nicole Warder*
Corps Director
Nicole rejoins the City Year Boston staff as the Corps Director. She originally joined City Year Boston as an AmeriCorps member after graduating from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, with a bachelor’s degree in international relations. Her City Year resume includes a corps and senior corps year, two years as a Program Manager in Boston, and one year as a Program Manager with City Year Washington, D.C.

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Learning and Development

Rae Alexander Rachael Alexander
Director, Learning and Development
Before coming to City Year, Rachael worked as both a Special Education/English Resource teacher and as a 6th and 8th grade English teacher. Rachael is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and considers metro Detroit—where she lived for nearly 10 years—a second home. She joined City Year Washington, D.C. in 2008 as Education Manager and City Year Headquarters in 2010 as National Manager of Literacy Initiatives. Her passion for service originates from her love of the classroom and work with adolescents, and from the belief that safe and supported learning is every child’s right.
Jess McCue Jess McCue*
Learning and Development Manager
Jess joined City Year Boston in 2015 as the Learning and Development Manager.  She is a City Year San Jose alumna where she served her first year with the ’13 corps and then, as a Senior AmeriCorps member, served with the ’14 corps. Jess also attended SIT Graduate Institute focusing on her Masters in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management. Before joinning City Year, she worked for World Learning as a Program Facilitator with teens from Mexico, Bosnia, Ireland, Israel, Germany, South Korea, and Japan. She facilitated short-term intensive leadership and peacebuilding programs, as well as supported activities in cross-cultural exchanges and language studies.
Dan Antoszyk Dan Antoszyk
Learning and Development Coordinator
Dan is joining the City Year Boston team as the Learning and Development Coordinator. He previously served as a Program Fellow and AmeriCorps VISTA at LIFT-Boston, an organization that connects clients to a host of community resources. At LIFT he recruited a diverse group of volunteers and coordinated their ongoing training and professional development. Dan also spent time interning in the office of U.S. Rep Debbie Wasserman Schultz and for the Secular Coalition for America. A Massachusetts native, Dan graduated with a B.A. in English from Carleton College in Minnesota and he still spends his free time writing short stories.

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Service Impact & Evaluation Directors

Chris Farnkoff Chris Farnkoff*
Impact Director
Chris became part of City Year as an AmeriCorps member, serving at the Umana-Barnes Middle School in East Boston. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in history and sociology from Bridgewater State College, he returned to City Year to serve as a senior corps member in the founding year of CY Louisiana. Following that year he returned to Boston as a Program Manager, where he oversaw one of our national pilot projects and lead the team at the Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester. He now works as one of our Directors of Community and School Partnerships, overseeing service at several of our partnering schools.
Mike McGinn Mike McGinn*
Impact Director
Mike joined City Year Boston in 2008 as an AmeriCorps member serving in a 3rd grade classroom at the Maurice J. Tobin K-8 School, and he returned in 2009 to serve a second year as a senior corps member. In 2010, he joined the City Year Boston staff as a Program Manager at the Maurice J. Tobin K-8 School. He is currently serving as one of Boston’s Directors of School and Community Partnerships. Mike graduated from Providence College in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in history. Mike received a master’s degree of urban and regional public policy with a concentration in education policy at Northeastern University in 2013.
Andrea Ricotta Andrea Ricotta
Senior Impact Director
Andrea joined City Year in 2011 as part of the Whole School, Whole Child Design Team, leading research and product development on data use. Before joining City Year, Andrea taught middle and high school social studies in both New Haven, Connecticut, and Brooklyn, New York. Andrea transitioned to City Year Boston in 2012 as Director of Evaluation and leads an evaluation team committed to demonstrating City Year Boston’s impact and learning from our data. A Massachusetts native, she received her bachelor’s degree in economics and history from the College of the Holy Cross and a master’s degree in teaching of social studies from Columbia University.
Nikki Taborn Nikki Tabron*
Senior Impact Director
Nikki has been a part of the City Year community for 12 years. She is a City Year Columbia alumna where she served as an AmeriCorps member and senior corps member. Upon completion of her corps experience she joined the Founding Team of City Year New Hampshire (CYNH). During her time at CYNH she served as a Program Manager, Program Director, and the Program and Service Director. She truly enjoyed her start-up experience and gained a wide variety of skills which aided her in her next role at City Year; In 2004, Nikki joined Care Force. As a Project Manager, she created and implemented large-scale service events for corporate partners across the country and internationally. While she worked with several corporate clients, she specifically managed the relationships with PepsiCo and CSX. Two years later Nikki joined City Year Boston as Service Director. In this evolving role she has been a leader of the development and implementation of our service in Boston.
Khoi Tau Khoi Tau
Impact Director
Khoi came to City Year Boston in 2009 as a Senior Program Manager. Prior to joining City Year Boston, he taught middle and high school for four years in and around the Boston Public Schools system. Khoi grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts, and moved to Boston, where he received bachelor’s degrees in secondary education and history from Emmanuel College. He attended graduate school at Simmons College and received a master’s degree in teaching.
Bryn VanAlstyne Bryn VanAlstyne*
Impact Director
Bryn is a City Year alumna from the Boston corps, '02, '03, serving on the Young Heroes team and as a senior corps member in the Recruitment Department. After City Year, Bryn pursued a career in the city of Cambridge as a Youth Activities Coordinator. She was later promoted to the position of Program Director of the Area IV Youth Center. While working for Cambridge, Bryn majored in American Studies at Wheelock College as a recipient of the “Give a Year Scholarship.” Bryn has developed a plethora of initiative and service-based curriculums for Cambridge’s licensed afterschool programs, created working relationships amongst the public school administrators, teachers, parents, and the youth programs, as well as created and piloted an all-girl enrichment summer program. Bryn now serves as a Director of School and Community Partnerships for City Year Boston with a focus on the extended day programs.
Nicole Yongue Nicole Yongue*
Impact Director
Nicole joined City Year Boston as an AmeriCorps member in 2004-2005. After her corps year, Nicole returned for another year of service as a Team Leader. She joined staff as a Program Manager in 2006 and has held various positions in the program department. She is currently serving as one of Boston's Directors of School and Community Partnerships. Nicole graduated from Florida Southern College with a bachelor’s degree in pre-medical studies.

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Service Impact & Evaluation Staff

Krista Acosta* 
WSWC, Impact Manager
Krista Acosta comes to us after having served in the Peace Corps (Dominican Republic) in the rural mountain village of Sonador conducting youth groups and an adult (mothers) group with a focus on leadership and health related issues. She chose to stay an additional year to assume a position as lead academic director of an all-girls school program aimed at empowering and educating students to realize their potential and make strides toward ending a cycle of poverty. While completing her bachelor's degree in Spanish at Humboldt State University, California, Krista served elementary school students as an AmeriCorps volunteer. She looks forward to bringing her leadership and people skills to City Year.

Marika Azocar*
WSWC, Impact Manager
Marika joined City Year Boston in 2013 as an AmeriCorps member serving at the Mattahunt Elementary School and returned in 2014 to serve as a Team Leader. Originally from Texas, Marika earned her bachelor's degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas in 2013. During her time at the university, she developed her passion for service through her volunteer work with local and national organizations, including Haven for Hope, Hispanas Unidas, Boys and Girls Club, and Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc.

Carrie BaldwinCarrie Baldwin*
Impact Coach
Prior to joining City Year in 2014, Carrie Baldwin spent 10 years teaching middle school and high school science in several high-performing charter schools in Boston. She most recently served as an 8th grade science teacher at UP Academy Charter School of Boston. From 2007 to 2012, she was the founding high school biology teacher and 6th grade science teacher at Boston Preparatory Charter Public School. She also taught 6th grade science at Roxbury Preparatory Charter School and served as a teaching fellow at Citizen Schools. Carrie is returning to City Year Boston, where she served as a Service Leader and AmeriCorps member in Roxbury. Carrie earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Colgate University and her Ed.M. in Learning and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Virginia BetteVirginia Bette*
WSWC, Impact Manager
Virginia joined City Year Boston in 2013 as an AmeriCorps member serving at the Condon Elementary School, and joined City Year Boston as a Program Manager in 2014. Originally from Connecticut, Virginia graduated from Simmons College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience and a concentration in cognition and a minor in nutrition. Her passion for improving the lives of children began in college while studying the psychology of adolescents. This passion continued to grow during her time as a Clinical Intern with The Home for Little Wanderers and for the next two years while she taught preschool at Bright Horizons. These experiences ultimately led her to City Year.

Anthony BrittAnthony Britt
Impact Coach
Anthony is an Impact Coach at City Year Boston. He joined City Year Boston as a Program Manager in 2012 after teaching 8th grade science in Greenville, Mississippi, through Teach For America. Outside of the classroom, Anthony devoted time to coaching boys’ basketball, serving on the school data and leadership team, and directing an initiative to secure relevant books and basic supplies for his school. Previously, Anthony interned at the Mississippi Department of Education’s Office of School Recovery and as a ServiceNation intern at Be The Change, Inc. Anthony was raised in Ellsworth, Maine and graduated from Harvard University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a secondary degree in government.

Erin Burke* 
WSWC, Impact Manager
After graduating from Sacred Heart University, with a BA in History and English, Erin Burke joined City Year in 2013, serving her first year in an 8th grade classroom at the Rogers Middle School in Hyde Park. She returned to serve her second year in 2014 as a Service Leader on the Boston Civic Engagement Team. This Massachusetts native is incredibly excited to join the CY Staff as an Impact Manager and continue her passion of helping students realize and reach their fullest potential.

Chelsea EarleChelsea Earle*
Diplomas Now, Impact Manager
Chelsea joined City Year in 2012 as an AmeriCorps member serving at the High School and returned in 2013 for a second year of national service as a Team Leader. In 2014, she joined the City Year Boston staff as a Program Manager. Chelsea received her bachelor's degree in sociology from Clemson University in 2011.

MacKenzie Foster

MacKenzie Foster*
WSWC, Impact Manager
MacKenzie joined City Year in 2012 and served as an AmeriCorps member and Team Leader at the Trotter Elementary School. While serving at the Trotter, she implemented a milk carton recycling initiative in collaboration with school staff and partners. Before City Year, she coordinated blood drives with the American Red Cross in high school and college, received the Girl Scout Gold Award for creating a Junior Youth Advisory Committee dedicated to granting funds to her local elementary school, spent six months studying abroad in Strasbourg, France, and directed a college a cappella group. MacKenzie graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in religion and international and area studies (Western European focus), with a concentration in women, gender, and sexuality.

Amy Goodnough*
Evaluation Coordinator
Amy joined City Year in 2012 as an AmeriCorps member serving at the Dever-McCormack Middle School. She returned in 2013 for a second year of national service at the Hennigan School. As an AmeriCorps VISTA School-Based Data Coordinator, Amy collaborated with school administrators and teacher teams to develop systems that support student-level data use. Originally from central New Hampshire, Amy attended the University of Vermont and earned a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics.

Samantha Hawke
WSWC, Impact Manager
Samantha joins the City Year Boston staff in 2015 as an Impact Manager. Prior to City Year, Sam worked on staff with AmeriCorps NCCC in Washington, DC and completed a year of national service as a Team Leader with FEMA Corps out of Vicksburg, MS. A proud native of Michigan, Sam absorbed her passion for service from her family, and earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and leadership in 2011 from Hope College in Holland, MI.

Adriana Hernandez
Evaluation Manager
Adriana is joining the City Year Boston team after several years of experience in local youth development organizations. She began her work with youth at Citizen Schools, where she served as a National Teaching Fellow through AmeriCorps at the Dever-McCormack Middle School. She earned her Masters in Social Work from Boston University with a specialization in program planning and development and bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Political Science from Boston University. Previously, she has worked as an evaluation specialist and grant writer for a Boston nonprofit.

Allison Holcombe
WSWC, Impact Manager
Allison joins the City Year team as an Impact Manager after spending three years as an administrator with the Match Charter Public School in Boston. After graduating from Boston College with a degree in Psychology and Sociology, Allison pursued a career in education and education reform at Match, including committing a year of service as a Match Corps Tutor at the high school level. Allison is eager for the new experiences she will have as an Impact Manager and is excited to begin the new chapter!

Kate HollandKatherine Holland
WSWC, Impact Manager
Kate joined City Year in 2014 after serving for two years as an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow at Citizen Schools in both Roslindale and Dorchester. Prior to Citizen Schools, she taught English in Bordeaux, France. She holds a bachelor's degree in French from the College of the Holy Cross. 

 

Nicole KfouryNicole Kfoury*
WSWC, Impact Manager
Nicole joined City Year Boston in 2009 as an AmeriCorps member serving in a 4th grade classroom at the William H. Ohrenberger Elementary School, and she returned in 2010 to serve a second year as a Team Leader at the Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School. She joined the City Year Boston staff as a Whole School, Whole Child Program Manager in 2011. Prior to joining City Year, Nicole volunteered with many service organizations including The Shattuck Shelter, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities. Nicole graduated from Assumption College in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a criminology concentration. Nicole received a Master of Science in crime and justice studies with a concentration in youth justice from Suffolk University in 2014. 

Mike LongueMike Longué*
Attendance and Behavior Initiatives Coordinator
Mike Longué joined City Year Boston in 2012 as an AmeriCorps member with the founding team at the Higginson/Lewis K-8, and he served a second year there as a Team Leader. This year, Mike is thrilled to join the City Year Boston staff as the Attendance and Behavior Initiatives Coordinator. Born in France and raised in New Jersey, he graduated from Vassar College with a bachelor’s degree in history. Passionate about service, Mike is eager to support City Year Boston’s students and corps in the years to come.

Taryne Moore*
WSWC, Impact Manager
Taryne joined City Year Boston in 2013 as an AmeriCorps member serving in a 3rd grade classroom at the Higginson-Lewis K-8 School and returned in 2014 as a Team Leader. She joins the City Year Boston staff as an Impact Manager in 2015. Originally from California, she earned a bachelor's degree in Sociology from San Francisco State University. She developed a passion for social change in college while serving with an organization called Project Rebound that worked to matriculate individuals into SF State directly from the criminal justice system.

Bihn NguyenBinh Nguyen*
WSWC, Impact Manager
Binh is joining the City Year Boston team as the Learning and Development Coordinator after serving as an AmeriCorps member in 2012 and a Team Leader in 2013. As a Team Leader at the John Marshall Elementary School, Binh led 11 diverse AmeriCorps members through a year of service within the classrooms and around the Dorchester community, supporting the afterschool program and many other community engagement events to ensure a strong first-year partnership with the Marshall. Originally from Windsor, Connecticut, Binh graduated with a bachelor's of science degree in molecular cell biology at the University of Connecticut (UConn) in 2011. While attending UConn, Binh was heavily involved with the Asian American Cultural Center, coordinating the AMP mentoring program for incoming freshman and leading the KUBE mentoring program for 3rd through 8th grade youth.

Lucas PenzeyMoog*
WSWC, Impact Manager
Lucas joined City Year in 2013 as an AmeriCorps member and returned in 2014 as a Service Leader on the Boston Civic Engagement Team. A Wisconsin native, he graduated with a degree in Community and Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Wisconsin Madison, where he was also heavily involved in the Wisconsin Marching Band, and co-founded the student organization Community and Nonprofit Leaders.

Maria PlosselMaria Boland Ploessl
WSWC, Impact Manager
Maria is joining the City Year team as a Program Manager. Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, she spent a year serving as a Fulbright Grantee in the Amazon basin of Brazil. During her time in Brazil, she taught university-level language and culture courses, as well as created a community development project that built a well, which provided clean water to a community of over 500 people. She has four years’ experience working in the Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center school districts, as a Bilingual Associate Educator, and, most recently, as an English Language Math Resource Specialist. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.

Mark PierceMark Pierce*
WSWC, Impact Manager
Mark began impacting the lives of children in 2008. After receiving his bachelor's degree in philosophy from Saint Michael's College, he moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he spent two years modeling social skills with adolescents at Uhlich Children's Advantage Network. There, his passion for working with children was sparked. In 2010, Mark made his move toward education by serving as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Chicago. He spent his first year on the Diplomas Now team at Chicago Talent Development Charter High School, and went on to serve a second year as a Team Leader at the Dulles School of Excellence. Upon graduating from City Year Chicago in 2012, Mark came to Boston to pursue a master's degree in elementary and special education at Wheelock College. Mark hopes his life's work will help him inspire his team, and, in turn, his students to achieve success in school.

Cate ReynoldsCate Reynolds*
WSWC, Impact Manager
Cate joined City Year Boston in 2011, where she served as an AmeriCorps member at Irving Middle School in Roslindale. In 2012, Cate returned for a second year of service as a Team Leader. She is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended the University of New Hampshire where she graduated with a degree in athletic training with a minor in race, culture, and power. Cate is a big fan of Boston sports and is a certified athletic trainer.

Emily Schneider*
WSWC, Impact Manager
Emily joined City Year Boston in 2013 as an AmeriCorps member at the Mattahunt Elementary School and then as a Team Leader at the Channing Elementary School in 2014. Emily graduated from Bucknell University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Economics and Psychology. Throughout college, she volunteered with different youth and animal organizations including an influential semester at a juvenile home for girls, ClearVision Residential. Experiences at ClearVision, along with classes at Bucknell, inspired her to serve with City Year so she could take her next step in working to end the "school to prison pipeline".

Elizabeth SteinElizabeth Stein*
WSWC, Impact Manager
Elizabeth first joined City Year Boston as an AmeriCorps member in 2012, serving at the Burke High School. She served her second year of national service as a Team Leader with City Year Denver in a first-year partnership at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College. She returned to City Year Boston in 2014 as a Program Manager. Prior to City Year, Elizabeth received her bachelor's degree from Colgate University, majoring in English and creative writing, and worked as a youth mentor and music teacher.

Josh Tingley*
WSWC, Impact Manager
Josh joined City Year Boston in 2013 as an AmeriCorps member serving in a 6th grade classroom at the Rogers Middle School and returned in 2014 to serve as a Team Leader in the same school. He is thrilled to join City Year Boston staff as an Impact Manager. Josh graduated from Boston College with a bachelor's degree in Theology in 2013. He is passionate about the National Service movement, and looks forward to leading AmeriCorps members through powerful and life-changing service.

Kevin TuckerKevin Tucker*
WSWC, Impact Manager
A City Year Louisiana alumnus, Kevin joined the City Year Boston team in 2012. He served as two years with AmeriCorps at the Progress Elementary School in Baton Rouge. Following his time with City Year Louisiana, Kevin led a mentoring and near-peer reading program with Volunteers In Public Schools, a non-profit in Baton Rouge. Kevin is originally from the great city of Philadelphia and attended Syracuse University.

Emma Wright

WSWC, Impact Manager

Emma joins City Year Boston as an Impact Manager in 2015. Prior to that, she worked in Chittagong, Bangladesh as the Residential Life Director for the Asian University for Women. While there she had the opportunity to work with incredible young women from over 16 nations in the region. Originally from Minnesota, Emma received her Bachelors degree from the University of Minnesota in Sustainable Management.

 

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* City Year AmeriCorps alumni
 AmeriCorps alumni