Staff

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Nessrine Ariffin

Assistant Program Director: 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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Mikhail Darlington

Assistant Program Director

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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Marvin Ezhan

Program Coordinator: Academics

Boston

Marvin graduated from Bridgewater State University with a Communications Degree and a concentration in Media and Technology. Throughout his time in college, he worked in a variety programs involving youth development. After graduating, he worked in several non-profits focusing on youth and mental health. Sports have always been an important part of Marvin’s life and he believes in the importance of teaching how sports and education can go hand in hand with empowering students, especially students of color. Outside of SQB, Marvin enjoys playing and watching all sports and hosts a couple of Podcasts surrounding music, pop culture and of course sports.

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Rian Falcon

Post-Secondary Access Coordinator

Boston

Rian graduated from St. Lawrence University with a B.A. in Global Studies and a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. During her time in college, she advocated for black students and raised awareness about socio-economic and racial inequality on and off campus. She also chaired the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, co-founded Carefree Black Girls, and was an avid student leader. After graduating Rian relocated to Changsha, Hunan, China where she spent 2 years teaching English, advising students, and dabbling in educational consulting. Rian is deeply passionate about educational and financial legacy, youth development and education policy. After gathering intel and knowledge, Rian has returned stateside to join SquashBusters and create innovate solutions to support, empower and embolden marginalized youth.

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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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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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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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Ellie Rubinstein

Mass Promise Fellow

Boston

Ellie graduated from Colorado College in the spring of 2020 with a degree in Political Science. While completing her undergraduate degree she worked in college admissions focusing on personal support for juniors and seniors exploring college fit and the application process. She played four years of D1 ultimate frisbee throughout college and is a strong believer in the benefits of partnering academic enrichment with athletics. She joins SquashBusters this year supporting the academic programming for the 9th grade cohort.

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Ben Williams

Mass Promise Fellow

Boston

Ben graduated from University of Massachusetts Boston in the fall of 2019. While at UMass, he worked as a teaching assistant at the Early Learning Center and volunteered with the ThreePoint Foundation. After graduating, he committed to a year of service with City Year in New York City, working in the South Bronx at the Bronx Early College Academy middle School. During his time with City Year New York, he realized the importance of nonprofit work and the benefit it can have on youth in underserved communities. He looks forward to working with middle school students to hep improve their squash skills and to fulfill their academic potential. He joins SQB this year supporting  academic programming for the 8th grade cohort.