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Emily Acqua

Academic &Post-Secondary Pathways Manager


Emily graduated from University of Richmond in 2010 where she studied International Business and Latin American & Iberian Studies.  After moving to California and becoming TESOL certified, she taught English as a Second Language to high school students in San Diego and later to adults in Boston.  Before joining SquashBusters in 2020 Emily worked primarily with international students, encouraging and centering authentic dialogue across diverse groups.  A lifelong distance runner, she believes strongly in the role of athletics in shaping personalities and developing life skills.

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Nessrine Ariffin

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.

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Eileen Barrer

Director of Operations and Program Partnerships


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


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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Rachel Koury

Program Director


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


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


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


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


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.