Meet the City Year New Hampshire staff
Our City Year New Hampshire staff is a diverse group of leaders who are passionate about service and supporting our community. Every member of our staff has dedicated themselves to making a difference in the Manchester community, with many members participating in local community groups and initiatives to promote equity, service, and civic engagement.
Christy Borja is a CYLA alumni who served straight out of high school as an AmeriCorps member. After her first year, Christy went to college and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Irvine before returning for a second year of service with CYLA as the team leader at the same school she had served. During her time in college, she was the Campus Recruitment Ambassador for CY and worked with the career center to recruit college graduates in joining City Year. While in college, she also studied abroad for one full year in three different countries and has travelled to more than 25 countries. Christy was born and raised on the island of Guam and moved to Los Angeles during her Sophomore year of High School. She is a 5th degree black belt in Taekwondo and has competed in international competitions for team Guam and USA. She loves to explore new food spots and trying new activities.
Mark is the Impact Director and in his first year with City Year. He grew up in Farmington, New Mexico, and went to college in Alamosa, CO where he met his incredible wife Colleen (originally from Kittery, ME). They moved to Salt Lake City, UT where Mark taught high school science and coached wrestling and football. They lived there for eight years during which all three of their children were born before deciding to move to New Hampshire. Mark taught high school science for three years at Goffstown High before spending the next 15 years as a school administrator, including 7 years as an elementary principal. Mark loves taking long walks with his wife, going on hikes, spending time with his family, and playing with his dog Snickers. He loves sports, reading good books, playing card/board games, and has a passion for education and helping others learn and grow. Mark is very excited about working at City Year and giving back to the community.
Nikki grew up in Dover, New Hampshire and attended the University of New Hampshire, earning a degree in psychology and educational studies. After graduating from college, she served as a corps member at City Year New Hampshire in Henry Wilson Elementary School. She went on to complete a second year of service with City Year Washington D.C. on the civic engagement team and served as an Impact Manager. She is excited to be back in her home state to support the great work happening in the Manchester community. Outside of City Year, Nikki enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing/watching sports, reading nonfiction books, bringing her dog on adventures, and being in nature.
Jessica has over a decade of experience working in community development and youth empowerment. She joined the CYNH team in August 2021. Born and raised in Manchester, Jessica is passionate about serving in her hometown to help the local community and to empower youth and young adults. She lived in Ecuador for more than ten years and worked in a variety of positions relating to community development, human rights, and environmental defense, including several years on staff with the Peace Corps. She is fluent in Spanish and loves foreign cultures in general, and Ecuador in particular. Jessica has a Bachelor’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University in Political Science and Latin American Studies, a Graduate degree in Climate Change from the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire. Jessica is a wife, a mother, a cat-mom, and a loving daughter, sister, and aunt. When she’s not at City Year, she is with her family. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and reading.
Andie has been with City Year New Hampshire since the 2009-2010 school year when she served as an AmeriCorps member at Hillside Middle School. She has had a variety of roles within the Impact Department mostly focused on training, evaluation and after-school. She is passionate about education and is proud to be part of an organization like City Year that is so interwoven in the community and focused on equity for all students.
Andie grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She graduated from Marquette University with a B.S. in Exercise Science and went on to receive her M.S. in Exercise Science from Appalachian State University. In 2015, Andie continued her education and received her certification as a licensed massage therapist. She lives in Manchester, New Hampshire with her husband Evan and two young daughters Maria and Lexi. They like to spend family time together reading books and exploring the outdoors.
Jen (Hallee) Little has over 15 years of experience in non-profit management, event planning, and community engagement. After two years of AmeriCorps service with City Year New Hampshire, serving in Dover and Nashua, Jen stayed on staff to help improve service capacity and volunteer engagement throughout New Hampshire. She then worked at Southern New Hampshire University in Institutional Advancement helping to grow the alumni community and engage them in giving back to the university. Most recently, Jen was the Executive Director of Calling All Crows, a non-profit working to bring service and activism to live music events by engaging fans through outreach at shows, pre-show service projects, and alternative break trips along tours. Now as the Development Director, Jen leads on fundraising, event planning and external affairs for City Year New Hampshire.
Jen has an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University and a BA in Biology/Biochemistry from Colby College. Jen lives in Concord with her wife and three kids, and loves spending time with friends and family, building legos, playing games, being outdoors, and cheering on her kids at sporting events.
Janelle Mulvaney is originally from Marlborough, MA. She completed her bachelor's degree at Bridgewater State University with a degree in criminal justice and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a certification for English as a Second Language at the University of Tennessee. During college, Janelle discovered the power of education in transforming lives and decided to serve with City Year in New Hampshire. She was so inspired by her year in the program she decided to serve for another year and joined City Year Memphis as a Start-Up Team Leader to bring the impact of City Year to a whole new community. As a Start-Up Team lead, she developed strong relationships with her partner school that inspired her to transition to a classroom teacher role at the end of her service year. Janelle trained through Teach for America and remained in the classroom beyond her initial commitment for a total of 4 years. She worked alongside corps members in her time as a teacher and enjoyed the collaboration and vision she was able to share with these like-minded individuals. She is thrilled to now be back where her journey in education all began in New Hampshire and hopes to share what she has learned through her various experiences with City Year and as an educator with the incoming corps members.
Chris Potter came to New Hampshire to serve with City Year in 2012 after graduating from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a degree in political science. He is proud to call Manchester, NH home. Following his year of service at Beech Street Elementary School, Chris has worked as a faith-based grassroots community organizer and on the staff of City Year as an impact manager. Chris is now City Year New Hampshire's Community Engagement Manager, building relationships in New England communities to develop a pipeline of young, idealistic talent into City Year and Manchester. Chris also serves on the Manchester Board of School Committee and on the board of the New Hampshire Council of Churches. Chris is ordained as a deacon in the Episcopal Church. What unites his public work is creating communities based on positive values that support people acting together to create equity and inclusion. In his free time, Chris enjoys playing disc golf and bringing friends together.
Joshua Rose is an alumnus of the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 City Year New Hampshire corps. He served at McDonough Elementary School as a corps member and continues to serve on staff with City Year. Joshua was born and raised in Belgrade, Maine, and attended Messalonskee High school and the University of Maine at Farmington where he studied Philosophy and Religion. Some of Joshua's favorite spots in Manchester are The Republic, Livingston Park, Cafe Momo, and The Currier Museum. He currently lives in Manchester, NH with his wife and daughter.
Shona calls Spotsylvania VA home. She earned a degree in Psychology from the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. After graduating from college, she served at Northwest Elementary School as a corps member at City Year New Hampshire before serving as an Impact Manager at City Year Washington D.C. She is excited to be back at a site that is so pivotal in her personal and professional development. Outside of City Year, Shona enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching a good movie, and baking.
David Todisco first joined City Year as the Operations Manager for CYNH in July 2022. Born and raised in central Massachusetts, David later attended Colorado College where he majored in Asian Studies and Japanese Language. Having since worked in a number of supportive roles in schools in Japan and Massachusetts, David is excited to now be a part of the Manchester community and the City Year New Hampshire team. Outside of City Year, you can find David immersing himself in worlds of fantasy either with a book or around a table with friends playing Dungeons & Dragons.