2018-19 Community Fellows
Lucinda Accime is a career coach at Jewish Vocational Services (JVS). JVS’s mission is to empower individuals from diverse communities to find employment and build careers, while partnering with employers to hire, develop, and retain productive workforces. Prior to working at JVS, Lucinda was a teaching fellow at Citizen Schools at an elementary school in the Roxbury community for two years. Lucinda enjoyed building good rapport, not only with students, but with their families to make sure that everyone was on board. She graduated from a small college out in New Hampshire named New England College. It was there she completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology, as she is very intrigued about the human mind.
Abby Burkland is a Development Coordinator at the Union of Concerned Scientists, an environmental organization focused on combating global climate change, in Cambridge, MA. Serving as a connection between the Stewardship and Development Data Operations teams, Abby is responsible for centralizing the acknowledgment process, assessing process flow, and developing document and task automation to ensure accuracy, timeliness, and efficiency. Prior to joining the Union of Concerned Scientists, she completed 2 service years with AmeriCorps, worked for nonprofit organizations promoting a range of issues from access to education and food security to animal advocacy, and taught English as a foreign language abroad. She has an educational background in Philosophy, Women and Gender Studies, and Geography and a growing interest in the ethics of data privacy and protection.
Eli Feliciano currently works as a Peer Support Services Manager at Victory program's Boston Living Center. The Boston Living Center caters to Massachusetts’s residents that are HIV positive. The organization provides an array of services from meals, engagement to medical care, linkage to care, holistic services, peer support, educational groups, among other things. Eli supervises a team of three peers, where his main role is to ensure the work plans are carried out according to expectations.
Previously, Eli worked at Walt Disney World, Hard Rock Hotel, sales, guest services and the library system in Orlando, Florida. Even though Eli’s background had always been primarily guest services, he has been able to utilize all those experiences in his current position. Eli attended college in Puerto Rico, where he was born, but didn't complete a degree. With that said, he’s had to work very hard to get to where he is today just like many people. He is proud of the work he does and looks forward to continuing to grow professionally.
Erika is a Research Associate at Health Resources in Action (HRiA), a nonprofit public health organization based in Boston. There, she works on a wide portfolio of projects in the Research and Evaluation Department focusing on topics that include behavioral health, chronic disease prevention, and data visualization. Prior to her work at HRiA, Erika was a Research Assistant at Boston University's Center for Addictions Research, where she worked on using smartphone technology to reduce relapse among Latinos.
She is a proud South Texas native, bilingual, and interested in all things digital-related. Erika has a master’s degree with a concentration in macro practice from Boston University School of Social Work and a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University.
Following graduation from Brandeis University with an independent interdisciplinary major in Critical Race and Sexuality Studies alongside a minor in Legal Studies, Dil relocated to the Greater Boston Area so that they may foster inclusion and increase access for underprivileged communities, particularly folks experiencing housing and financial insecurity. Fortunately they have found two outlets for this mission through their work as a Senior Program Manager at the Cambridge Housing Authority and an Associate with World Financial Group. These two opportunities provide continuing education and fulfillment through direct service, empowerment, and program design for communities living on the margins of society.
Through the recognition and embrace of their racial and queer identities, Dil has learned the importance of self-love and acceptance as well as how such crucial sentiments are nearly impossible to achieve if one is homeless and/or surviving under poverty. Thus, they are excited and humbled to continue paying it forward by sharing resources and opportunities in the fields of housing and financial wellness for those who also come from adversity so that they may achieve self-actualization with affirmation, dignity, and stability.
Robin Hicks recently joined the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and will serve as the Project Manager for Virtual Programs and Program Development. Previously, she worked with the Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI) as a Practice Services Manager. Centering is a model of group healthcare that is most commonly applied to prenatal care and well-child visits. In this role, she worked with sites to assess their readiness to start Centering and provided technical assistance. In addition, she served as the co-chair for the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee at CHI and strived to create a safe space for her colleagues to engage in conversations about utilizing an equity lens. She holds a Master in Public Health from Boston University’s School of Public Health and a BA from Hamilton College. She brings a passion for public health and a commitment to addressing racial health inequities, especially within maternal and child health interventions.
Alma Huerta Dominguez
As the Bilingual Client Services Coordinator at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Alma works in collaboration with the Client Services Programs (Counseling, Case Management, and Legal Advocacy) to connect survivors and families seeking assistance to the programs that can best address their questions and needs. In both English and Spanish, she provides information to survivors and their significant others about appropriate services available to them. Alma is an experienced interpreter in English, Spanish, and Korean who has worked in a variety of settings, including providing support during Department of Children and Family home visits and infant/child development studies in Florida. In her previous role as a high school Spanish teacher, Alma interpreted and provided support for families in which abuse and sexual abuse were occurring. She has a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and she studied abroad at Yonsei University in Korea.
Aja Isler is originally from Rochester, NY. She studied social justice education and African American studies with an emphasis on race relations at Colgate University. After graduating in 2015, Aja moved to Boston to serve as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Boston for two years. After completing her Senior Corps year, she joined the City Year Boston staff in a brand new role as the AmeriCorps Member Support Coordinator. As the Corps Support Coordinator, Aja had the privilege of supporting their 300 first-year and Senior Corps members through programming (affinity groups, whole-corps events, Senior Corps team building/project planning) and providing resources (health insurance, SNAP benefits, housing). In her spare time, she really enjoys reading, singing along to musicals, working on various types of puzzles, and obsessing over dogs.
Isata Jalloh coordinates the 826 Boston Writers’ Room program at the Boston Teachers Union K-8 Pilot School. She translates, tracks and monitors programmatic goals and projects into tasks for her team of three program assistants. Her primary responsibility is to ensure that the Writers’ Room is a hub for fostering creativity, expression and confidence in students through writing and publishing, ultimately ensuring that students feel accomplished and proud of themselves.
Isata received her Bachelors of Arts in Communications with a concentration in Digital Journalism and minor in Sociology from Newbury College.
Haris Kuljancic is a Support Services Advisor at the Steppingstone Foundation, an educational access/success nonprofit. In his two years at Steppingstone, Haris has worked with an annual caseload of 140 Scholars grades 6-12 spanning from Boston Public Schools to private and independent institutions in the Boston area. Outside of his advising responsibilities, Haris annually leads two college readiness conferences, a group of 6 Peer Leaders and 9 Teaching Assistants, and also works closely with "Post Placement" Scholars and families looking to go through the placement process a second time.
Prior to working for Steppingstone, Haris graduated from Connecticut College with a BA in Sociology and History and then worked at the Portland Children's Museum.
Sue Li is the Partnerships Manager at Boston Partners in Education, where the organization enhances the academic achievement and nurture the personal growth of Boston Public Schools students by providing them with focused, individualized, in-school volunteer academic mentoring. Her main responsibilities include recruiting, screening, and matching mentors with students, cultivating and deepening partnerships with Boston Public Schools, and engaging and supporting the mentor-mentee matches throughout the school year. She started as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Boston Public Schools (BPS) Office of Engagement, School‐Community Partnerships, where she developed the BPS online partnerships platform PartnerBPS.org. As an immigrant, education gave her a fighting chance, so Sue firmly believes that every child in this nation deserves a chance to get an excellent education no matter where they are from. Her experience with AmeriCorps led her to discover her passion for service.
Sue has a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Central Michigan University.
Samantha’s enthusiasm for civic advocacy stemmed from studying abroad during the #FeesMustFall student protests around decolonization at the University of Cape Town. Witnessing youth mobilization and the capacity to be a change agent firsthand led Samantha to become the Senior Program Associate and FAO Schwarz Fellow at Generation Citizen (GC). GC is a civic engagement nonprofit that works to provide students with an action oriented, relevant and student-centered civic education. She values the nonprofit’s approach to Action Civics that centralizes youth agency for systemic change. In her role, Samantha oversees college chapter management and volunteer training as well as coordinates the summer student Community Change Fellows program. Additionally, she helps strategize on GC MA's local advocacy strategy, provides feedback and supports GC classes in advocacy resources and fosters Action Civics coalition building within the state. Samantha graduated magna cum laude from Emory University double majoring in History and African American Studies. Previously, Samantha worked within the judicial and legislative branches through state and federal government internships in MA and D.C. This past spring, she graduated from the Commonwealth Seminar Program that seeks to open up the doors of MA state government to all people.
Marynee Pontes is an Analyst with Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a nonprofit that fosters small business growth in inner cities through a leadership training program that provides access to capital and capacity-building skills. In her role, Marynee is responsible for the outreach and recruitment of over 200 businesses, cultivating strong community partnerships and sponsor relationships, and managing all social media marketing strategies. In addition, Marynee assists in the research and evaluation process of the program. Before joining ICIC, Marynee worked as a Project Manager with an ethical fashion social enterprise, Studio 189, in Ghana, West Africa, where she oversaw the production of locally sourced and ethically produced clothing to create sustainable livelihoods for local artisans and female entrepreneurs. She also provided consulting services to young fashion entrepreneurs looking to produce ethically, helping to increase sustainability in the fashion industry. Prior to moving abroad, Marynee served as a College Mentor Board Member with Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG), a mentoring organization aimed at empowering young girls in underserved communities through college mentoring and leadership. She continues to volunteer with that organization to this day, primarily leading and supporting fundraising efforts. She is also involved with the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) as a Community Representative, and The Steppingstone Foundation as a volunteer.
Marynee earned her B.A. from Tufts University in 2016 in International Relations, Economics, and Africana Studies with a focus on International Economic Development. Marynee enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with family and friends, dancing, and mentoring in her free time.
Marlene is a second year adviser with College Advising Corps Boston University. Along with a co-advisor, she works to serve the students at Brighton High School with completing their college applications, submitting FAFSA, finding/ applying to scholarships and the general transition from high school to college. Previously, Marlene interned for the Council for Opportunity in Education, which does advocacy for TRIO programs, which led her to discover an interests in youth development and college access.
Marlene Price is a recent graduate of Bridgewater State University with a major in Political Science.
Mireya Sandoval is the Manager of Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) at uAspire. In this role, she supports the delivery of in-person and webinar trainings, coaches partners, and supports the overall work of the T&TA team. Mireya brings a multi-faceted background including youth development, conferences, training, IT knowledge, and college student support experience. After completing her BA in Psychology at the University of Texas El Paso, she worked for 4 years at El Paso Community College supporting students, trainings and IT. Prior to joining uAspire, she managed regional and national conferences and trainings for AmeriCorps and the Department of Labor at YouthBuild USA.
Albert Scerbo is the External Affairs Associate for GreenLight Fund, a venture philanthropy organization founded in Boston in 2003. At GreenLight, Albert supports the board chair and development team in fundraising at the national and expansion level, manages the organization's Salesforce database, helps guide communication and social media nationally, and provides training and resources for sites related to fundraising. Outside of GreenLight, he's heavily involved in the East Boston community, where he volunteers at local youth program Zumix and serves as a board member for East Boston Main Streets. Before joining GreenLight, Albert worked in business development for Oracle’s Health Sciences Global Business Unit, identifying and analyzing the technology needs of pharmaceutical startups.
Albert grew up in many places but mostly Bucks County, Pennsylvania, after which he attended Georgetown University, graduating in 2015 with degrees in Government, Business Administration, and Arabic. He spends his free time pretending to play the ukulele, participating in Boston's theater community, and fathering a large bamboo plant.
Shivangi Shah is currently a Development Coordinator at McLean Hospital, where she provides day to day and operational support to the Chief Development Officer and Director of Development. She has a background in nonprofit administration, operations and outreach in sector issues spanning from international development, education to domestic violence. Shivangi holds a BA in Human Services and International Affairs from Northeastern University.
Adopted from Guatemala as an infant, Alejandro’s enduring connection to his birth family and cultural heritage has shaped his ambition to help those less fortunate. With a background in Human Rights and International Studies from Trinity College, Alejandro moved to Boston at the end of 2016 to pursue work in nonprofit development (fundraising). He is interested in the administrative side of organizations, as opposed to program implementation, as he enjoys engaging in philanthropic efforts, building bridges between communities that have and communities that need. In his current role, Alejandro focuses on grants management, from prospect research to donor stewardship, to constructing and submitting proposals to end of year grant reporting.
Diana Vasquez was raised in Lynn, MA where she currently resides and is a proud Afrolatinx Dominican. She graduated from Salem State University with a Business Administration Major and Hospitality Concentration. She is the Program Coordinator for Chica Project an organization catered towards young Latinas and other Women of Color. She joined the team because of her attachment to CP's mission of developing the whole Chica and preparing her for growth opportunities in the future. Her responsibilities include prepping the weekly curriculum, serving as the relationship manager between Chica Project and campus partners, and overseeing the three CP interns (social media/marketing, development, and operations.) She is becoming the change she wishes to see day by day and believes she will grow from the experiences of the young women she is serving, and developing professionally as a facilitator. Previously Diana has served as an AmeriCorps Mentoring and Tutoring Coordinator at La Vida Scholars in Lynn, MA and as an Associate Manager for Recruitment at the College for Social Innovation.
Marvin is the Assistant Director of Annual Giving at MIT Sloan School of Management. In this role, Marvin secures resources for MIT Sloan by engaging with alumni from New England and managing the Class Gift campaigns for three academic programs. However, prior to transitioning into higher education advancement, Marvin held several roles in the education sector. He is a classroom teacher turned admission counselor turned program manager turned fundraiser. Most recently, he accepted a role as the Program Director for a growing organization called The Business of Doing Good. Marvin applied to the Community Fellows program to learn how to leverage best practices as this organization scales its impact and builds a bigger team. Marvin is excited to join the Community Fellows program to learn with and from other nonprofit professionals and leaders who want to make the world a better place.
Marvin was born and raised in Queens, NY and attended Colgate University where he studied Sociology and French Literature. Marvin enjoys traveling, Netflix binging, improving his culinary skills and spending time with friends.