Chairman of the Board
Bain & Company
John is SquashBusters’ Board Chair. John plays a leadership role in strategic planning, Board development, budget oversight, and mentoring of senior staff, including the CEO. John is instrumental in the Derby’s success, captaining perennial favorite team Salubrious. John’s commitment to SquashBusters is matched by that of his wife, Jeannie, who volunteers every week on court with our students, plays in both the MashUp and the Derby, and serves as long-time Derby co-chair. John is a partner at Bain and Company.
Jon first became involved with SquashBusters as a Northeastern undergraduate in 1999, when he commuted to the Boston YMCA to coach many of SquashBusters’ early program pioneers. Jon is a member of the Investment Committee and an integral reason for the Derby’s success, being both a generous contributor and multi-year contestant. For several years, Jon has been the co-captain of team Wallbanger. Jon recently celebrated his 17th anniversary at Morgan Stanley where he is a Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager.
Treasurer and Chair, SQB Finance Committee
Nancy is Chair of SquashBusters’ Finance Committee. She has led several organizational improvements, including the hiring of a new auditor, the introduction of conflict of interest and whistleblower policies, and a better budget format. Nancy is employed as the Director of Enterprise Risk Management for Yale University. Her earlier career was spent at State Street where she advocated for State Street Foundation’s support for SQB. Nancy first got involved with SQB when her daughters competed with several of the program’s earliest recruits.
MFS Investment Management
David serves on SquashBusters’ Strategy and Expansion Committee. He counseled leadership staff on financial and real estate matters as they negotiated the facility partnership with Moses Brown and built SQB’s Providence home. David now turns his attention to helping SquashBusters develop a permanent facility solution in Lawrence. David came to know SquashBusters through his daughter’s close friendship with SQB alumna, Nelsmarie, during their time as students at Boston College. As MFS Vice Chairman, he carries the all-important torch in promoting the MFS/SquashBusters partnership.
Chair, SQB Nominating Committee
As SquashBusters’ Nominating Committee Chair, George focuses on Board effectiveness, ensuring that the composition and skill set of the Board aligns with SquashBusters’ key priorities. George has loyally played in the Derby since 2012, captaining team Derby Worthy. He also supports the professional development of SQB’s senior staff members. George’s career focus has been in media, business start-ups and venture capital. George has been CEO of Excite, Upromise and other digital media start-ups, launched a cable channel, and was a Managing Director at General Catalyst.
Codman Academy Charter Public School
With unparalleled experience in urban education, Meg contributes to SquashBusters in many ways. She advises on programmatic challenges, which include improving middle school academic outcomes and supporting our college alumni. Meg was instrumental in bringing Tutors for All to SQB Boston’s 8th graders– an effort linked to student grade improvement. Along with fellow Board member Juma Crawford, Meg co-hosts our Annual Breakfast of Champions. Meg has served on the Boston School Committee and is the Founder and Chief of Innovation & Strategy of Codman Academy.
Lewis Family Foundation
Juma is President of the Lewis Family Foundation (LFF), which focuses on helping Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury youth succeed. LFF is a close partner of SQB, offering summer employment and world travel to more than 15 SQB high schoolers over the years through its Next Generation Leaders program. Previously, Juma taught at Codman Academy, served as principal of Community Charter School of Cambridge, and was Executive Director of Friends of the Children. Juma serves on SQB’s Program Committee, and co-hosts the annual Breakfast of Champions.
The Baupost Group
David co-chairs the Derby Committee and helps ensure that the event continues to break records year after year. He is also three-time winner of the event’s illustrious Secretariat Award for top fundraiser. Deeply committed to making a positive impact in the lives of others, David also serves on the Boards of both the Matt Light Foundation and the Greg Hill Foundation. As a Managing Director at The Baupost Group, David has been instrumental in helping SQB build a close partnership with the firm.
Jamie has been involved in SquashBusters since its founding. He and his wife, Katie, who is a college mentor, have contributed time and treasure since SQB’s earliest days. Jamie was a proud investor in the SQB/Northeastern partnership and, today, is a perennial Derby player and co-captain of True Blue. On numerous occasions, Jamie has mentored SQB graduates interested in finance and helped facilitate educational and employment opportunities for our students. Jamie serves on SQB’s Finance Committee and is a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan Securities.
Habib chairs SquashBusters’ Providence Leadership Council. As former head of the Board at Moses Brown School, he was the driving force behind SQB’s facility partnership with the school. As a child, Habib immigrated to the United States from Egypt. His father used squash to help his brother, Michael, and him stay active, make friends and develop character. Since 1986, Habib has been a founder and Managing Director of Nautic Partners and its predecessor firm. Habib is also a minority owner of the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Ashley Gordon Jacobs
Ashley loves squash, education and contributing to community. She and her family are Derby thoroughbreds, both as supporters and players. A Brown squash alumna, Ashley is now doubling up her event involvement as a founding captain of the SQB Providence Rumble. Ashley is currently the co-Chair of the Kingsley-Montessori School, a former marketing executive at Gillette, and an HBS graduate. She will bring these experiences to bear as a member of SQB’s Strategy Committee.
Jon is a member of SquashBusters’ Strategy and Expansion Committee. He has taken SQB Lawrence under his wing, spearheading the growth of the MashUp with the introduction of platform tennis as an event component. As an alumnus of Phillips Academy, Jon is committed to deepening our partnership with the school and its other alumni. Jon has been involved with SquashBusters since its 1996 start, mentoring one of the program’s very first students, Guillermo. Jon is the founder of Acadian Software.
Margarita Muniz Academy
Diana is a nationally renowned educational leader and reformer. She has been Superintendent of Schools in San Antonio, TX and Providence, RI; as well as Deputy Chancellor of New York City Public Schools. Currently, she serves as President of the Board of Trustees at Margarita Muniz Academy. Diana supports SquashBusters’ programmatic growth in its expansion to Providence, and lends her expertise on matters such as teacher development, school partnerships, and educating the ‘whole’ child in the context of an after-school program.
Henry serves on the Finance Committee, where he helps with financial oversight and budget preparation. Henry and his wife, Anna, also team up as college mentors to help SQB students with essay writing and applications. Henry is also on the board of Access Youth Academy, an SEA program in San Diego. He co-founded the Mighty Squirrel Brewing Co. in Boston and Enjuba in Kampala, which started Uganda’s first national spelling bee. Henry loves all things outdoors including sailing, fishing, skiing, and hiking.
Dr. Philomena Mantella
Dr. Mantella is the Senior Vice President of Enrollment and Student Life and CEO of the Professional Advancement Network at Northeastern University. Dr. Mantella’s background includes broad strategic experience comprised of 30+ years in higher education administration, serving as an officer at public and private universities in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and Massachusetts. At Northeastern, Dr. Mantella was instrumental in beginning the Torch Scholar and Foundation Year programs, which have paved the way for first-generation students’ access to higher education.
Westfield Capital Management
Will owns the distinction of being the only Board member to play in both the MashUp and the Derby, competing in platform tennis and doubles squash. With a deep commitment to serving others, Will and his wife, Brooke, host SQB college alumni at their summer yoga and meditation retreat in Rhode Island. He also avails himself as a mentor to SQB students and alumni interested in pursuing careers in financial investment. Will is the CEO/CIO of Westfield Capital, one of SQB’s most generous corporate sponsors.
Chair, SQB Investment Committee
The Jeffrey Company
Don is Chair of SquashBusters’ Investment Committee, leading the volunteer committee in overseeing the financial resources of SquashBusters to ensure that the organization’s investment strategy aligns with its strategic vision. Don has also spent time with fellow board member, David Antonelli, conducting a financial literacy class to SQB families. He was first introduced to SQB by long-time Board member Sandy Tierney, and by Greg, with whom he played on the Williams College tennis team. Don serves as President/CEO of The Jeffery Company.
Bill chairs SquashBusters’ Lawrence Leadership Council. With roots in the Mill City, he is dedicated to helping SQB Lawrence succeed. No sooner did Bill join the Board did he sign on to learn squash, providing him an excuse to exercise and fundraise for the MashUp, where he was top breadwinner in 2016 and 2017. Bill has been instrumental in building foundation relations and also helped SquashBusters secure pro-bono representation by WilmerHale, where he is a partner, in lease negotiations with Moses Brown School.
Boston Tenant Coalition
Clean Water Action
Kadineyse (SquashBusters ’10) is president of SQB’s Alumni Committee and serves as the alumni representative on the SquashBusters Board, sharing that perspective on many Board decisions. Kadineyse joined SquashBusters as a Timility Middle School student in 2003. With support from SquashBusters, she earned a Posse Foundation Scholarship to Bryn Mawr College, graduating in 2014. Today, Kadineyse’s career focuses on fair housing and environmental policy. She is an Environmental Health and Justice Organizer for Clean Water Action and a Program Associate at Boston Tenant Coalition.
Peter joins SQB’s Board as a representative of New Balance and as someone dedicated to the health and success of young people. Peter is General Manager at New Balance Apparel. He is a former director on the national board of Playworks, a youth development non-profit that helps kids stay active and build life skills. Peter serves on SQB’s Expansion Committee whose focus lies on helping our Lawrence program build a facility in partnership with Merrimack College – a project in which New Balance will invest significantly.
Simone serves on the Derby Committee and, with her son Jack, is the genius behind the event’s Junior Stakes race, uniting SQB students with junior players from the area in competition, camaraderie and fundraising. To the delight of Team Salubrious Captain, John Blasberg, Simone and Jack have turned this Derby perennial into a juniors-led juggernaut. Through their family business, Winston Flowers, Simone and her husband, Ted, generously support SquashBusters each spring through the Winston Flowers Charity in Bloom program.
Founder and CEO
Greg founded SquashBusters in 1995. After graduating from Williams College, Greg spent his twenties competing on the pro squash tour, reaching a career high #2 ranking. A calling to public service brought him to the Kennedy School, where his paper ‘Bringing Squash Down from its Ivory Tower’ was the blueprint for SquashBusters. Greg has been involved in everything SQB, from coaching and tutoring to board development, budgeting, and leading strategic growth. Today, Greg focuses on fundraising and recruiting and retaining the best and brightest staff.