Assistant Program Director: Squash
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.
Director of Program, Operations, and Partnerships
Eileen graduated from The College of Wooster where she studied Sociology and Africana Studies. She played four years of field hockey and lacrosse and was a senior captain in both sports. Her passion for sports and social justice led her to Boston as an Americorps volunteer at MetroLacrosse. In 2015 she joined the SquashBusters team and has since served in a number of different programming roles. Most recently Eileen has joined operations and strategy team where she will support all three sites in running strong programming for SquashBusters participants.
Doug has been actively engaged with SquashBusters Lawrence since its inception in 2012. Prior to joining SQB , he taught at the Brooks School in North Andover, MA for 34 years, teaching mathematics, art, and computer science, serving as department head for all three departments. In addition to his classroom teaching, Doug coached New England individual and team champions in squash, soccer, and tennis, three U.S. Junior Open squash champions, and won a National Division II high school squash team title. He is most proud of his team’s numerous sportsmanship awards voted by his team’s opponents and coaches throughout New England. Doug received a B.S. from Trinity College (CT) and a M.A.T. from Marlboro College, VT.
Head of Planning and Innovation
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, then moved onto various roles focusing on program operations and external communication before becoming the Lawrence Program Director in spring of 2019. He is passionate about working in Lawrence and strengthening the relationship between the city and his childhood home, Brooks School.
Program Manager: Academics
Originally from California, Bianca has always been an advocate for educational spaces that empower students of color. Bianca graduated from Brown with her Sc.B in Educational Neuroscience in 2016, and her M.Ed. in Elementary and Bilingual Education from UCLA in 2018. During her three years in Los Angeles, she taught middle school as a founding teacher at Equitas Academy and focused her teaching practice on centering student voices. Bianca joined SquashBusters Providence in August 2019 and works in academics with Del Sesto Middle School students.
Stefano has been actively engaged with the Rhode Island squash community for 27 years. He was a top junior squash player in Brazil, he played varsity squash at Trent University, Canada and has won numerous Rhode Island State championships. Prior to joining SQB, he was the Chief Applications Research Officer at Clark Labs, Clark University, MA for 25 years. His passion and commitment for squash and education led him to SquashBusters. Stefano received a B.S. from Trent University, Canada and a M.Sc. from Clark University, MA.
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.
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.
Senior Development Officer
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.
Director of Career Success
Ali returns to SquashBusters as the Director of Career Success. She spent the last three years working at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the Career Services and Advancement Offices. Prior to her time in higher education, Ali worked at SquashBusters as an academic staff member, and she served students at every grade level in Boston during her tenure. She is thrilled to be back for her sixth year at SquashBusters supporting post-secondary students as they explore career opportunities. Ali graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Sociology and played for their women’s soccer team.
Senior Director of Operations and Strategy
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!
Chief Development Officer
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.
Development and Communications Associate
Alé graduated from the SquashBusters program in 2014 and joined the staff in 2015 while working towards her Associates degree. Having worked directly with students over the past five years, Alé has changed roles and now works cross-site in development and communications. With a passion for non-profits and youth development, Alé still prioritizes relationship building with students to keep the relationships she has built strong and to provide extra support for them as they go through the program. Alé hopes that in this new role, she can grow professionally while continuing to empower and cheer on students at SquashBusters now and in the future.
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 ninth year on staff, Rosemary enjoys the continuity of seeing how those seeds, planted long ago, have grown and flourished.
Post-Secondary Success Manager
Mai graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in Psychology and Japanese. She was a member of the Women’s Varsity Soccer Team and captained the DIII National Champion team her senior year. She joins SquashBusters after earning her master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University. After having lived in New York City for five years, she is excited to come back home and develop meaningful relationships with the SquashBusters community. She hopes to provide guidance and support to our young adults as they navigate their post-secondary journey.
Program Coordinator: Squash
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.
Christian was born and raised in Providence, RI. After completing General Studies at Community College of Rhode Island, he transferred to Rhode Island College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2019. Christian worked as a teacher’s aide for Providence Public Schools while in college and fell in love with education and pedagogy. After graduation, he continued his work in classrooms as a behavior specialist as well as a substitute teacher before joining SquashBusters. Christian is passionate about education and social justice issues. He is looking forward to helping in the development and implementation of instructional materials and curriculum programs that will allow SquashBusters students to thrive.
Carolina grew up and attended college in Colombia, earning her BS in Business Administration at EAFIT University and an M.S. in Economics at Los Andes University. She has been in the Squash World for more than 20 years as a mother of 2 players and vice-president of the Colombia Squash Federation. Before joining SQB, Carolina lived in South America, Asia, and the Middle East, where she had the opportunity to work in education with students from around the world. Her passion for impacting the life of the new generations led her to join SquashBusters as an Academic Coordinator. Carolina is also a sports lover; she was part of the Synchronized Swimming Colombian National Team, a finisher in the New York and Paris Marathon, and hiked the John Muir Trail in California (235 miles).
Program Coordinator: Squash
Nina earned her B.A. from Yale University where she was a member of the squash, tennis and lacrosse teams. She also holds an M.A. in Journalism from NYU. She was Managing Editor at Tennis Week Magazine and Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Publications at the Darden School at UVA before taking time off to start a family. While raising her three girls, she was able to coach lacrosse and squash for more than 15 years. In addition, she served on the board of Barrington Education Foundation which provides grants that support the enrichment of all students within Barrington Public Schools. She is excited to be working for SqB where she can combine her love of athletics and education to help enhance the lives of SqB students.
Post-Secondary Success Manager
Mike graduated from Texas Tech University and moved from Texas to Massachusetts where he obtained 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 post-secondary access and alumni support at SquashBusters Lawrence in addition to assisting with programming.
Chief Program Officer
Elena grew up in Boston and attended college in the Massachusetts area, earning her BA at Clark University in Worcester and later an MEd in School Counseling from UMASS Boston. Elena has always gravitated towards supporting students both in and outside of the classroom, and has volunteered and worked in various programs in the Boston area. Before joining the SQB team, she served across a nine-year span at a Boston CBO in several capacities, including roles as an Advisor, Director, and senior leadership member. Her continued passion for empowering youth and creating access & success opportunities for students led her to SquashBusters, where she could also integrate her interest in wellness and fitness. Outside of SQB, you can find Elena via a variety of activities: trying out new restaurants; playing soccer; teaching fitness classes; attempting to learn something new (i.e. squash!) and spending time with her sidekicks–her niece and nephew.
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.