Staff

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Nessrine Ariffin

Senior Manager: Squash

Boston

Nessrine joined SquashBusters in 2015 after graduating from Bates College with a degree in Sociology, where she played four years of varsity squash at the number 1 position and was awarded NESCAC Rookie of The Year and Second-Team All-America honors. With her extensive squash experience and sociology background, Nessrine plays a major role at SquashBusters in developing the 9th and 10th grade squash curriculum, organizing matches, overseeing the squash mentors program and most importantly, supporting her students’ personal development to help them maximize their potential.

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Eileen Barrer

Director of Operations and Program Partnerships

Boston

Eileen received her B.A. in Sociology and Africana Studies at The College of Wooster. She played four years of field hockey and lacrosse and was a senior captain in both sports. Upon graduation Eileen moved to Boston to pursue afterschool youth development at MetroLacrosse. In 2015 she joined the SquashBusters academic team, where her personal interest in sports transformed into a tool for youth development and social justice.

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Losangela Batista

Program Coordinator: Squash

Lawrence

Losangela (Ló) graduated from SquashBusters in 2014 before heading to St. Lawrence University, where she majored in Global Studies with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Ló played on St. Lawrence’s Women’s Varsity Squash team and captained her senior year. While there she was a resident assistant, a member of the Black Student Union, and  Carefree Black Girls and a mentor to SEA freshmen students. With a passion for serving her community, Ló joins SquashBusters after doing a year of Service with AmeriCorps.

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Andrés Burbank-Crump

Program Director

Lawrence

Andrés attended Williams College where he majored in history with a minor in Latino/a studies. He played on the Williams soccer team for four years and captained the team his senior year. Andrés came to SquashBusters in the fall of 2015 and spent two years as the middle school squash coordinator before moving into his current role focusing on program operations and external communication. He is thrilled to be working in Lawrence and strengthening the relationship between the city and his childhood home, Brooks School.

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Mikhail Darlington

Senior Manager: Academics and Pathways

Boston

As a SquashBusters alumnus, Mikhail brings a unique perspective to youth development. After graduating from SQB in 2007, he went on to study international business and marketing at Temple University. Mikhail returned to SquashBusters aiming to make the program welcoming for all alumni. In his role, he ensures that each senior successfully matriculates to college and that college-enrolled alumni persist all the way through to graduation.  Mikhail also liaises with the SQB Alumni Committee to promote personal and professional growth beyond college.

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Jessica Dealmeida

Program Coordinator: Academics

Boston

Originally from Brockton, Massachusetts, Jessica has always been passionate about education and youth of color. Jessica graduated from Merrimack College in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish and 2018 earned her M.Ed. in Community Engagement with a concentration in social justice and youth development. While at Merrimack, Jessica focused on promoting mental health and wellness by creating safe spaces for marginalized youth voices through art and storytelling. Jessica joined SquashBusters in June 2018 and works on academics with Boston high school students.

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Sophie Delice

Mass Promise Fellow

Boston

Sophie is an Americorps member serving her second year of service at SquashBusters through Massachusetts Promise Fellowship (MPF).  In May 2018, she graduated with a BA in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA).

This year Sophie will be working as an Academic Team member with the rising 9th and 10th graders at the Boston site.  She is passionate about youth development and is all about youth advocacy.

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Vicky Flamenco

Assistant Program Director: Academics

Lawrence

Vicky is a SquashBusters ’06 alumna, having joined the program in 6th grade. Vicky graduated Bunker Hill Community College in 2015 with an Associate’s degree in Arts and Science and has worked locally in youth leadership and development since 2009. She worked as a Youth Director for a well-regarded non-profit called Young People’s Project before rejoining SquashBusters in 2015. As an Assistant Program Director at SQB Lawrence, Vicky heads up academic activities to ensure the current and future academic success of SQB students and connects with families by leading the parent committee.

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Rodney Galvao

Program Director

Providence

An alum of SquashBusters, Rodney graduated from the program in 2010 and went on to Bates College where he majored in Rhetoric and minored in Education. After graduating in 2014, Rodney returned to SQB Boston to work with both the middle and high school teams, helping students develop on and off the court. After transferring to SquashBusters Providence, Rodney moved into the role of Program Director of the site, assisting with recruiting students and continuing to support them on and off the court.

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Nadia Horton

Program Coordinator: Academics

Lawrence

Nadia was born and raised in Lawrence, MA. She graduated from Middlesex Community College and received her associate’s degree in Human Services and her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Bridgewater State University. She went on to pursue graduate school and recently earned her Master of Social Work from Salem State University. Nadia has utilized her educational foundation and professional experience to serve culturally diverse, underprivileged youth. She joined SquashBusters in 2018 with the commitment of encouraging her students to develop both academically and personally to accomplish their individual goals.

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Rachel Koury

Program Director

Boston

Rachel graduated from Colgate University where she majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology and Anthropology. During college, she played for the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team, led the local Let’s Get Ready SAT Prep Program, and supported the Psychology Department as a Research and Teaching Assistant. Following Colgate, Rachel spent a year working at the Bird Street Community Center and Higginson Lewis K-8 afterschool program in Boston. From there Rachel began a nine year journey at Bottom Line in Boston, where she held a variety of roles in the College Access and Success space, including directing the College Success Program for five years. Along the way she completed a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management with the Institute for Nonprofit Practice, which helped solidify her passion and commitment for leading in Nonprofit and Education spaces. Rachel joined SquashBusters in June 2019 as the Boston Program Director and is excited to combine her interests in education, athletics, and youth development to support the team in delivering an excellent program for SQB students!

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Becca Latimore

Manager, Foundation Relations and Communications

Becca comes to SquashBusters after a long career in non-profit management and youth development. After taking time off to raise a family, she worked most recently in the world of independent school advancement. The wife and mother of avid squash players, she is delighted to have landed at SquashBusters where her passion for making the world a better place aligns so perfectly with her family’s preferred way to spend free time. She holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Alejandra Madrid

Program Coordinator

Providence

Alé graduated from the SquashBusters program in 2014 and joined the staff in 2015 while working towards her Associates degree.  Having worked at both the Boston and Lawrence sites, Alé now works primarily with SQB Boston’s middle school students, helping them learn and develop their squash skills. With a passion for non-profits and youth development, Alé prioritizes relationship building with students in hopes of developing in them the grit and perseverance on court that will enable them to succeed in all areas of their lives.

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Rosemary McElroy

Director of Finance and HR

Rosemary first became involved with SquashBusters by answering a flyer Greg posted at her squash club looking for volunteers back in the early days. Over the last twenty years, SquashBusters has featured in the lives of Rosemary and her family through volunteering on court, in the classroom, in the office and many years of playing in the Derby. Now in her third year on staff, Rosemary enjoys the continuity of seeing how those seeds, planted long ago, have grown and flourished.

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Ben Osajie

Program Coordinator: Squash

Boston

Ben is an an SQB alum, having joined the program in 2006 in 6th grade and graduated in 2013 with Team 7. He went on to study Psychology and Sociology at Connecticut College where he met other SEA alumni from Streetsquash, Squash Haven and City Squash. After graduation, he completed a Fulbright scholarship year, teaching English to middle and high school students in Thailand. The following year Ben traveled to Jordan as they started their own version of SquashBusters, Squashdreamers, where he taught English and squash. Ben returns to SQB as middle school squash coach at the Boston site and is excited for what’s to come.

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Nku Patrick

Program Coordinator: Squash

Boston

Nku is a graduate of Trinity College with a degree in Mathematics.  Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, he is a 7-time Junior National Champion, 2-time Caribbean Squash Champion and a 2-time National Intercollegiate Squash Champion.  He enjoys singing, going on adventures and trying new and interesting things.

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Erika Proulx

Program Coordinator: Academics

Lawrence

Erika attended Roger Williams University where she majored in International Relations. She pursued her love for diverse communities through an M.Ed program at Merrimack College, where she received her Master’s in community engagement with a concentration in positive youth development studies. Throughout her Master’s program, Erika actively volunteered with SquashBusters before joining the Lawrence team in the Fall of 2019. She is passionate about creating opportunities for youth based on social justice and educational equity.

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Sally Rowland

Development & Program Associate

Boston

Sally graduated from Wake Forest University in 2015 with a B.S. in Finance and a minor in Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise. On a Fulbright Scholarship, Sally spent the following year in Stellenbosch, South Africa, working as a high school English Teaching Assistant and consultant for a startup focused on youth development. Sally moved to Boston to work with youth as it relates to college access, persistence and equity. In 2018 she joined SquashBusters to support fundraising events and the academic success of high school seniors.

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Myra Sack

Chief Program Officer

Myra graduated from Dartmouth College where she majored in Government, was the Captain of the Women’s Soccer, and co-founded Athletes United, a student-led initiative to unite children of the Upper Valley with Dartmouth student-athletes through a cost free sports league. Following Dartmouth Myra earned a post-graduate fellowship to launch the Latin American arm of Soccer Without Borders in Granada, Nicaragua. Her passion and commitment for sport and social justice led her to SquashBusters where she’s served in a variety of program related roles including Program Director from 2015-2017. Myra completed her MBA in Social Impact from Boston University in 2018 and returns to SquashBusters as the Chief Program Officer where she will focus on cross-site program quality, strategic growth and impact, and staff development.

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Amainaris (Amy) Sanchez

Program Coordinator: Academics

Boston

Amy is a SQB alumna from the Class of 2013. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2017 with a B.A. in Latin American Studies and a Nexus minor in Educational Policy and Practice plus a 5-College certificate in Latino/a, Caribbean and Latin American Studies. An avid believer in the power of combining her own identity with social justice in order to empower young students of color, Amy works in the classroom with SQB Boston’s middle schoolers to create a space of growth and achievement.

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Corey Schafer

Director of Post-Secondary Services

Boston

Corey graduated from Dartmouth College where she double majored in Psychology and Geography, with a focus on Cultural-Social coursework. A life-long squash player passionate about helping all students reach their full potential, Corey joined SquashBusters in 2013 as a Squash Coordinator before transitioning into a data and evaluation role. Today, Corey is SquashBusters’ Director of Post-Secondary Services, leading the effort to ensure that SQB graduates persist in their post-secondary endeavors and supporting students in their journey from high school to the greater world beyond SQB.

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Mike Shannon

Program Manager: Post-Secondary Services

Lawrence

Mike graduated from Texas Tech University and moved from Texas to Massachusetts where he got his teaching license. After several years of leading classes for short-term hospitalized students, Mike wanted to find a position where he was able to have a longer lasting impact on his students’ lives. Having both played and coached soccer, he strongly believes in the power of athletics combined with academics. He is now responsible for high school and college access at SquashBusters Lawrence in addition to assisting with programming.

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Darryl Soto

Assistant Program Director: Squash

Lawrence

Darryl graduated from the SquashBusters program in 2010 before heading to Colby College where he created his own major within the American Studies department. Darryl played on the Colby men’s varsity squash team and held leadership positions for several clubs on campus, such as the Men of Color Alliance, Colby’s Gentlemen of Quality, and Students Organized for Black and Hispanic Unity. Today, Darryl leads squash programming for SQB Lawrence and coaches high schoolers, honing their squash skills and providing opportunities for them to compete and succeed in the future.

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Christine Stellar

Director of Institutional Advancement

With a passion for social justice and educational equity, Christine has dedicated her career to closing the achievement and opportunity gaps.  After studying public policy at Cornell and education at UPenn, Christine spent three years teaching. Seeing firsthand the disparities between poor urban districts and wealthy privileged ones inspired her to return to school for an MPA from NYU Wagner. Christine has worked at City on a Hill and KIPP charter schools. At SquashBusters, she focuses on the outward-facing functions of fundraising and external relations.

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Thanh (Ti) Tran

Finance and HR Coordinator

While Ti, SquashBusters ’08, was pursuing a degree in Accounting and Finance, she worked part-time at SquashBusters and volunteered as a tax preparer through the IRS’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program. She developed a love for accounting and catering to the nonprofit sectors. SquashBusters became the perfect place for Ti to practice her accounting skills and support the program from the administrative end. Now full-time, Ti’s work mainly consists of bookkeeping, accounts payable/receivable, and onboarding new staff.

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Yami Urena

Program Coordinator

Boston

Yami graduated from SquashBusters in 2014. After graduating from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, she have returned in 2018 to give back to program that she felt did so much for her. She describes herself as a proud Dominican woman with a passion for working with the youth towards their hopes and dreams; helping them develop to their fullest potentials one day at a time. Her goal in life is to be an educator and run her own classroom in which her students can work hard, feel like their true selves, and feel worthy and loved.

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Greg Zaff

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.