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Greg founded SquashBusters in the spring of 1996 with the mission of using squash, in tandem with academic enrichment and community service, to improve the lives of Boston students. The program was motivated by Greg’s love of squash and belief that it could broaden its impact. Greg played squash at Williams College from 1980-1984 and competed on the World Pro Squash Association’s tour from 1985-1992, reaching a career high ranking of #2 in North America. After pro squash, he went on to study at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where he wrote a paper called ‘Bringing Squash Down from the Ivory Tower’. That paper served as the initial blueprint for SquashBusters. Greg’s success with SquashBusters in Boston has catalyzed national investment for urban squash across the country. SquashBusters stands today as the flagship program of an urban squash movement that serves more than 2000 elementary, middle, high school and college students in cities including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, New Haven, Baltimore, Denver, San Diego, Detroit, Minneapolis, Oakland, Cleveland, Toronto, Santa Barbara and Johannesburg. In 2012, Greg was named to the United States Squash Hall of Fame for his leadership of SquashBusters and urban squash.
Chris returned to SquashBusters in 2011, after having spent 10 years away from the program working with other sports-based youth development programs. Chris graduated from Bates College in 1985 and went on to earn a Masters degree in Education from Lesley University in 1992. Most recently, he directed the Boston Youth Sports Initiative (BYSI), a network-building effort that increased the quality, scale, and sustainability of all urban youth sports programs in Boston. Chris previously worked in direct youth service both at MetroLacrosse and SquashBusters.
Christine earned her bachelor’s degree in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University, where she discovered her passion for education and educational policy. After Cornell, Christine earned her master’s degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and spent three years teaching high school before attending New York University, where she earned a Master in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy. Combining her passion and her educational background, she spent five years working in development and external relations for City on a Hill and KIPP charter schools in the Boston area before joining SquashBusters in January 2015.
Dora spent three years working at CitySquash, the Bronx-based urban squash program, where she ran academic programming and managed the college support program. Before discovering urban squash, Dora held positions at Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LEAP), an arts-education nonprofit that provides programming to NYC public schools, and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Dora earned a Bachelors Degree in communications and fine art from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s degree in education from Harvard University. Dora joined SquashBusters in 2012. As the Executive Director for the Lawrence site, Dora oversees all aspects of the site’s operations and programs.
Caitlin comes to SquashBusters from Up2Us Sports, where she spent seven years supporting sports-based youth development programs, most recently as the Director of Training and previously as the Assistant Director of Coach Across America. Before Up2Us Sports Caitlin was the New York Site Director and National Soccer Director at America SCORES; she started her career as an AmeriCorps member at City Year New York. Caitlin has a BA in Latin American Studies from Pomona College and a Masters of Public Administration from New York University. At Pomona she was a four-year member of the Womens Soccer Team and two-year co-captain. As the Executive Director for the Providence site, Caitlin oversees all aspects of the sites operations and programs; she joined SquashBusters in August 2017.
Ali graduated from Dartmouth College earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. She was a four-year starter and All-Ivy recipient on the Women’s Soccer Team. While at Dartmouth, Ali volunteered with Athletes United and traveled abroad to Nicaragua with an organization called Soccer Without Borders. She served as a volunteer coach and mentor for both organizations, instilling personal growth in children through sports. Ali worked in the Fund Accounting Services department at Brown Brothers Harriman and Co. for three years, where she reviewed daily trade activity of mutual funds and managed reporting deadlines of various financial events. Ali joined SquashBusters in August 2013.
Charles received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL, where he was involved in multiple student organizations devoted to youth and community service. He completed a year of AmeriCorps service at College Bound in St. Louis, Missouri, where he worked with high school students from various schools, including the high school he once attended. Upon completing the year of service, Charles returned to UMiami to earn his Master’s in Education with a focus in Community and Social Change. He works primarily with high school sophomores and juniors, and has prior experience developing social-emotional learning curriculum and preparing students for the SAT. Charles joined SquashBusters in August 2013.
Corey grew up just outside of Boston in Natick, MA. She played competitively in junior squash tournaments through high school and achieved high rankings of #13 nationally and #1 in Massachusetts. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Geography. At Dartmouth, Corey captained the Women’s Squash team her senior year and led the team as its #1 player her junior and senior years. Corey joined SquashBusters in July 2013.
Lauren comes to SquashBusters from New York City-based Futures and Options, an organization that provides career-readiness programs for high school students, where she discovered the joy of working to support programs that benefit youth. As Manager of Foundation Relations, Communications and Events, Lauren is involved with the majority of SquashBusters’ external communications, including grants, marketing materials and media, as well as supporting the organization’s major fundraising events. Lauren graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 with a degree in Communication, and was inspired to pursue nonprofit work by her coursework in that field. Lauren joined SquashBusters in October 2015.
Thanh-Thuong, aka “Ti,” became an alumna of SquashBusters in 2008 and is currently pursuing her bachelor degree in Accounting and Finance Management at Northeastern University. She graduated from the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics & Science and actively volunteers as a tax preparer through the IRS’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program, and as a translator and tutor for her community. Ti is also an active member of the SquashBusters Alumni Association, where she sits on the committee as the Secretary since 2014. Ti first joined SquashBusters in 2014 and became a full-time staff member in August 2016.
Mikhail is an alumnus of the SquashBusters program (SquashBusters ’07). He went on to attend Temple University where he earned his Bachelor’s in International Business with a concentration in Marketing. While at Temple, he participated in several student organizations, including the Student Organization for Caribbean Awareness and the American Marketing Association. After college he returned to Boston, where he worked in property management and served as the treasurer for SquashBusters’ Alumni Committee. As a member of the Committee, Mikhail assisted in implementing the Engaged Scholarship Award and Last Dollar Fund. Mikhail joined SquashBusters as a staff member in November 2015.
Rodney received his Bachelor’s Degree in Rhetoric with a minor in Education from Bates College. During his four years at Bates, Rodney prioritized giving back. In the summer, he worked as a head counselor at the local YWCA and he co-led Lewiston Squash, a program modeled after SquashBusters which focused on developing the physical, social and academic abilities of Somali and Sudanese refugees. During the school year, he was distinguished as a Bonner Leader, a recognition given to a select number of civic-minded Bates students. Rodney is a native of Dorchester. He graduated from Jeremiah E. Burke High School in 2010. He is passionate about the mission of SquashBusters, in large part because he spent seven years as a participant in the program, and is now both a proud alumnus and staff member. Rodney joined SquashBusters in August 2014.
Nessrine started playing squash at the age of nine and became an active player in the local junior squash circuit two years later. At the age of fifteen, she was selected to play for the Malaysian junior national team. As a nationally ranked player, Nessrine represented Malaysia at numerous national and international tournaments and even accompanied her team to victory by finishing 2nd at the World Junior Championship in 2007. Nessrine continued to pursue her squash career while studying sociology at Bates College in Maine. The 2015 Bates graduate was on the women’s squash varsity team and played at the number 1 position for all four consecutive years. Nessrine received numerous awards for her accomplishments throughout her college squash career including second-team All America honors and NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2012.Nessrine joined SquashBusters in August 2015.
Eileen received her B.A. in Sociology and Africana Studies at The College of Wooster in Wooster, OH. She played four years of varsity field hockey and lacrosse and was a senior captain in both sports. During her four years at Wooster Eileen was an active Big Brother Big Sister mentor and a member of The Women’s Athletic and Recreation Association. She came to Boston in 2012 as a Coach Across America AmeriCorps member at MetroLacrosse Inc., where she managed the 4th-8th grade boys programs. After her AmeriCorps term ended she transitioned to coordinating the MetroLacrosse high school boys and girls programs. Eileen joined SquashBusters in August 2015.
Amainaris Sanchez, aka Amy, is a SQB alumna (2013). She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in May 2017 with a B.A. in Latin American Studies and a Nexus minor in Educational Policy and Practice. She also earned a 5-College certificate in Latino/a, Caribbean and Latin American Studies. At MHC, Amy was involved in various groups both on and off campus that focused on issues surrounding people of color in the LGBTQ+ community, being a first-generation college student, immigration, mass incarceration, education, and Spanish language translation/interpretation in schools. Post-graduation, Amy completed a summer internship with the National Urban Squash and Education Association (NUSEA) in New York City. She is excited to enter the middle school classroom now as an alumni to create a space of growth and empowerment for SQB. Amy joined SquashBusters in August 2017.
Steven, a SquashBusters alumnus (2011), joined the program in 2004 as a sixth grader. He attended Portsmouth Abbey School and played 4 years of varsity squash and tennis, captaining the squash team his senior year. He received the Carlos Xavier Araujo Memorial Squash Trophy for exemplary perseverance, skill, and sportsmanship. Despite boarding for high school, he would regularly rejoin his teammates for urban squash tournaments. Upon graduating in 2011, he went on to attend Bay State College to study Medical Assisting. During this time he would frequently participate in the SquashBusters Alumni League and also coached at a summer sports camp called Camp Cobbossee as their head squash counselor. Steven joined SquashBusters as a staff member in August 2017.
Guy graduated from Wesleyan University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences. While at Wesleyan, Guy earned four Varsity letters each in squash and baseball. Guy was a two-year captain of the squash team, and played in the number 1 position during both his junior and senior seasons. A 7-time all-conference honoree between his two sports, Guy received the Carl Aherns Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to men’s athletics at Wesleyan. Guy also was also named to the 2016 All-NESCAC First Team. Guy joined SquashBusters in August 2016.
Deanna, commonly known as Dee, was born and raised in Boston. She became an alumna of the SquashBusters program in 2014 when she graduated from the John D. OBryant School of Math & Science. Upon graduating, Deanna volunteered on various occasions and ran the SquashBusters Summer Slam Program. She currently attends Northeastern University where she pursues her Bachelors in Business with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Animation. Deanna joined SquashBusters as a staff member in September 2016.
Ali received a B.A. in Psychology from The Ohio State University in 2010 and graduated with a M.A. in School Counseling from Northern Kentucky University in 2013. For the last four years, she has worked in education in Providence, Rhode Island, both as a school-based Program Manager for City Year and as a 9th and 10th grade guidance counselor at 360 High School. Ali is passionate about designing schools and after school programs that are fun and engaging for all students. She is excited to serve on the founding team at SquashBusters Providence and looks forward to introducing the program to the Providence community. Ali joined SquashBusters in September 2017.
Andrés grew up on the campus of the Brooks School in North Andover, 45 minutes north of Boston. After graduating from Brooks School in 2011 where he captained the squash and soccer teams, Andrés attended Williams College where he majored in History with a minor in Latino/a Studies. He also played four years of soccer at Williams, helping the team to two Final Fours and captaining the team during his senior year. Andrés joined SquashBusters in August 2015.
Vicky Flamenco is a SquashBusters ’06 alumna (Cambridge, Team 3), having joined as an 11-year-old in 6th grade. Vicky graduated Bunker Hill Community College ’15 with an Associates in Arts and Science. Since graduating SquashBusters in ’06, Vicky continued working with youth in Greater Boston and Cambridge in youth leadership and development. For the past 5 1/2 years, she has worked as a Youth Director for a well-regarded non-profit called Young People’s Project. She has now rejoined SquashBusters as Lawrence Academic Coordinator and couldn’t be more ecstatic. Vicky joined SquashBusters in August 2015.
Darryl, a SquashBusters Alumnus (SquashBusters ’10), earned his Bachelor’s degree by creating his own major within the American Studies department, called Photography and American Visual Culture at Colby College ’14. Darryl also played on the Colby men’s varsity squash team and held different leadership positions for several clubs on campus, such as the Men of Color Alliance, Colby’s Gentlemen of Quality, and Students Organization for Black and Hispanic Unity. As a former member of the SquashBusters family, Darryl is very excited to being back at SquashBusters as the Lawrence High School Squash Coordinator. Darryl joined SquashBusters in August 2015.
Cam grew up in Haverhill, a city 50 minutes north of Boston. He went to Phillips Academy where he played on the varsity squash team for two years and volunteered with SquashBusters Lawrence during his senior year. Cam graduated from University of Massachusetts – Amherst with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Public Health. Cam joined SquashBusters in August 2017.
Alyx graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2015 where she was a double major in Journalism and Communication with a minor in Education. At UMass, she was a member of the Women’s Ice Hockey team for all four years while the team was both regionally and nationally ranked. Following graduation, she completed a year of service with AmeriCorps at Match Community Day Charter School in Mattapan, where she served as a full-time tutor and teaching assistant for students ranging from Pre-K to fourth grade. Alyx joined SquashBusters in August 2016.
Michael was born and raised in Houston, Texas and attended Texas Tech University, where he majored in Political Science and minored in Secondary Education. He graduated in 2010, and soon after moved to the Boston area and became certified as a history teacher for grades 5-12. Michael later worked with Super Soccer Stars, where he was a lead coach and trainer traveling throughout greater Boston. In 2013, Michael returned to the education field as a hospital teacher with Education Inc. where he administered educational support for students placed in a hospital setting for various emotional and mental conditions. At SquashBusters, Michael is excited to pursue his passions of working with students in both the academic and athletic settings. Michael joined the SquashBusters team in January 2017.