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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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Mikhail Darlington

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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Mai Mitsuyama

Director of Post-Secondary Success


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.

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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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Carolina Restrepo

Academic Coordinator


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).