Staff

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Nessrine Ariffin

Senior 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

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

Senior Manager: Academics and Pathways

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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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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Sophie Delice

Mass Promise Fellow

Boston

Sophie is an Americorps member serving her second year of service at SquashBusters through Massachusetts Promise Fellowship (MPF).  In May 2018, she graduated with a BA in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA).

This year Sophie will be working as an Academic Team member with the rising 9th and 10th graders at the Boston site.  She is passionate about youth development and is all about youth advocacy.

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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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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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Yami Urena

Program Coordinator

Boston

Yami graduated from SquashBusters in 2014. After graduating from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, she have returned in 2018 to give back to program that she felt did so much for her. She describes herself as a proud Dominican woman with a passion for working with the youth towards their hopes and dreams; helping them develop to their fullest potentials one day at a time. Her goal in life is to be an educator and run her own classroom in which her students can work hard, feel like their true selves, and feel worthy and loved.