Staff

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Nessrine Ariffin

Program 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

Program Manager: Academics

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. Eileen works with high schoolers in academic enrichment and homework support while supporting volunteers and external partnerships.

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Andrés Burbank-Crump

Assistant Program Director: Operations

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

Post-Secondary Access & Success Program Manager

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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Guy Davidson

Program Manager: Squash

Boston

Guy brings a passion for squash and a wealth of athletic experience to SquashBusters.  As a two-sport varsity athlete at Wesleyan, Guy captured 7 All-NESCAC selections and was awarded the Ahrens Memorial Award as the school’s top contributor in male athletics. At SQB, Guy works directly with high school students on the squash court, focusing on the 11th/12th grade team.  In addition, he handles tournament and varsity match scheduling, coordinates the Elite Training Squad, and manages the apparel and equipment inventory. Guy still trains and plays competitive squash when not coaching.

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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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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 alumni 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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Alisha Imholt

Program Manager: Academics

Providence

Since graduating from Northern Kentucky University with a master’s degree in School Counseling, Ali has worked as an elementary school Impact Manager for City Year Rhode Island and served as a high school Guidance Counselor.  As the Academic Manager at SquashBusters Providence, Ali is committed to building a strong foundation for the new program through collaboration with the teachers, staff, and families of DelSesto Middle School, as well as tailoring the academic component to meet the needs of each individual student.

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Charles Levinson

Program Director

Boston

Charles has built his career around youth development and education. After earning his degree in Psychology from the University of Miami, Charles worked for College Bound St. Louis, mentoring youth in his hometown. To better understand the systems affecting student success, Charles returned to UM for his Master’s in Education with a focus in Community and Social Change. Charles values connecting with students, families, and partners, and as Program Director, he leads and supports the program staff to run a transformational program for Boston youth.

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Dora Lubin

Executive Director

Lawrence

Dora has spent her career doing what she loves most – working with youth outside the school setting. Before joining SquashBusters, Dora held positions at CitySquash (the Bronx-based urban squash program), Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LEAP), and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Dora joined SquashBusters in 2012 to launch the Lawrence program, and has been overseeing the site’s programming, operations, and fundraising ever since. Dora holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in education from Harvard University.

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Chris Lynch

Chief Operating Officer

Chris oversees programming and staff at all three SquashBusters sites.  He helped start SquashBusters at its inception in 1997, and then returned in 2011 to grow the program in Boston, and to expand to Lawrence and Providence.  He has worked with other youth development programs over the years in Boston and nationally, and ran the Boston Youth Sports Initiative – a foundation-based effort that supported and grew youth development non-profits in Boston.  Chris holds a BA from Bates College and M.Ed. from Lesley University.

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Alejandra Madrid

Squash Assistant

Boston

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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Cameron Morose

Program Coordinator: Squash

Lawrence

Cam grew up near Lawrence in Haverhill, MA. He attended Phillips Academy where he played on the varsity squash team for two years and volunteered with SquashBusters Lawrence during his senior year. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Public Health from UMass-Amherst and with a commitment to having a meaningful impact on youth from underserved communities, Cam joined SquashBusters in 2017. At SquashBusters, he plans and coordinates middle school squash practices, matches, and tournaments and enjoys connecting with students on and off court.

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Deanna Pettway

College and Alumni Success Assistant

Boston

Deanna takes pride in making a difference in the lives of others and giving back to her community. As a SquashBusters alumna from the Class of 2014, she can connect with students from similar backgrounds who attend the Boston Public Schools and come from low-income families. While pursuing her degree in Marketing and Animation at Northeastern University, Deanna works as the College and Alumni Success Assistant with the goal of helping SQB alumni prosper in college and beyond.

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Alyxandra Rivard

Program Coordinator: Academics

Lawrence

A lifelong athlete, Alyx was born and raised in Burlington, VT, before moving to Massachusetts in 2011 to play women’s ice hockey at UMass Amherst.  With a major in Journalism and Communications and a minor in Education, Alyx graduated in 2015 and joined the SQB Lawrence team, where she focuses on helping students reach their fullest potential with the main goal of sending each and every one of them to a strong university.

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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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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 joined SquashBusters in 2013 after graduating from Dartmouth College. As a life-long squash player with a passion for helping all students reach his or her full potential, she spent two years as a squash coach before transitioning into a data, operations and program evaluation role. As SquashBusters’ Director of Data and Evaluation, Corey supports programming in Boston, Lawrence and Providence, simultaneously helping to craft SquashBusters’ external relations through data-driven facts and striving for improvement on internal program metrics.

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Mike Shannon

Post-Secondary Access & Success Program Coordinator

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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Lauren Vincent

Manager of Foundation Relations, Communications and Events

Driven by a desire to make the world a fairer place, Lauren brings a background of journalism, politics and nonprofit work to her role as SquashBusters’ Manager of Foundation Relations, Communications, and Events. Lauren is involved with crafting much of SquashBusters’ marketing and external communications, securing partnerships with foundations and corporate supporters, and supporting the organization’s fundraising events. A graduate of UMass – Amherst, Lauren previously worked at Futures and Options and the New York City Campaign Finance Board.

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Steven Vo

Program Coordinator: Squash

Boston

Steven, a SquashBusters alumnus (2011), joined the program in 2004 as a sixth grader. He played four years of varsity squash and tennis at Portsmouth Abbey School, captaining the squash team his senior year. Despite attending boarding school, he regularly rejoined his SQB teammates for urban squash tournaments. After studying medical assisting at Bay State College, Steven joined SquashBusters in 2017 as a Program Coordinator, and works with 7th and 8th graders to develop their squash skills as they grow into young adults.

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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.