About Us:

Our Boards

Steppingstone thanks the many individuals who generously give their time and expertise to advance our mission through service on our boards. Meet the Board of Directors, the Board of Ambassadors, the Board of Advisors, and the Board of Young Professionals.
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Board of Directors

Steppingstone is fortunate to be led by a Board of Directors with deep expertise in education, governance, and organizational effectiveness. Our directors come from diverse professional backgrounds, and they share a passion for our mission to prepare and support more students from historically marginalized communities seeking a proven pathway to college graduation. Meet the board.
Joanne Jacquet Araujo ’98
Assistant Clerk Magistrate, Massachusetts Trial Court at the Suffolk Superior Court

Todd Bland
Former Head of School, Milton Academy

Jennifer Block

Susan Boney

Donavan D. Brown ’95, Clerk

Vice President, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

Alixe Callen
Head of School, Milton Academy

Dr. Vincent W. Chiang
Chief Medical Officer, Boston Children’s Hospital

Rafael Cofiño
Managing Director, Great Hill Partners

Brian J. Conway
Chairman, TA Associates

Betsy Lind Danziger
Lower School Admissions Associate, The Fessenden School

Mary Driscoll
Elementary Superintendent, Boston Public Schools

Fabian Fondriest, Treasurer
Former CEO, Homesite Insurance

Kate Gilbane

Jonathan M. Goldstein
Senior Advisor, TA Associates
Robert P. Henderson, Jr., Chair
Education Consultant, Resource Group 175

Isabelle Loring

Sofia Teixeira Mistretta ’94
Senior Director of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker
Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, McLean Hospital
Founding Director, McLean College Mental Health Program
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Darian Reid '99
Director of Studies & Strategic Initiatives, The Roxbury Latin School

Alex Sacerdote
Founder and CEO, Whale Rock Capital

John G. Simon, Co-founder
Managing Director, Sigma Prime Ventures

Rachel Skerritt
Chief Strategy Officer, Attuned Education Partners

Perry Traquina
Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Wellington Management Company, LLP

Jenny Weymouth

Douglass Williams
Chef/Owner MIDA & APIZZA

Natasha Telesford Williams, Vice Chair
Chief Financial Officer, City Fund
Board Director

Dr. Vincent W. Chiang

Chief Medical Officer, Boston Children’s Hospital

Board Director

The Hon. Denise Jefferson Casper, Vice Chair

U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Board Director

Donavan D. Brown ’95, Clerk

Vice President, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

After graduating, she worked at a local non-profit organization coordinating and developing academic and enrichment programs for high school youth. She also worked at Boston University where she assisted undergraduate students in understanding the curriculum and academic policies, and assisted students in finding appropriate resources across campus.

Board Director

Susan Boney

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After graduating, she worked at a local non-profit organization coordinating and developing academic and enrichment programs for high school youth. She also worked at Boston University where she assisted undergraduate students in understanding the curriculum and academic policies, and assisted students in finding appropriate resources across campus.

Board Director

Jennifer Block

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After graduating, she worked at a local non-profit organization coordinating and developing academic and enrichment programs for high school youth. She also worked at Boston University where she assisted undergraduate students in understanding the curriculum and academic policies, and assisted students in finding appropriate resources across campus.

Board Director

Todd Bland

Head of School, Milton Academy

After graduating, she worked at a local non-profit organization coordinating and developing academic and enrichment programs for high school youth. She also worked at Boston University where she assisted undergraduate students in understanding the curriculum and academic policies, and assisted students in finding appropriate resources across campus.

Board Director

Joanne Jacquet Araujo ’98

Assistant Clerk Magistrate, Massachusetts Trial Court at the Suffolk Superior Court

After graduating, she worked at a local non-profit organization coordinating and developing academic and enrichment programs for high school youth. She also worked at Boston University where she assisted undergraduate students in understanding the curriculum and academic policies, and assisted students in finding appropriate resources across campus.

Board of Ambassadors

Members of the Board of Ambassadors increase awareness of and support for Steppingstone. They serve as representatives of Steppingstone to the greater Boston community, generating enthusiasm and assisting our fundraising efforts. Meet the ambassadors.
Pamela Albright
Eric Andrew ’94
Ngozi Anidi ’98
Jeffrey Barber
Linda Borden
Katie Bramley
Danielle Bynoe-Farid ’04
David Carlstrom
Diana Chaves ’05
Susanne Chiang
Melanie Chiverton
Erin Condron, Co-Chair
James Coughlin
Heidi Crean
James Danziger
Betsy & Rick Edie
Lee Englert
Bart Epker
Alex Fine
Tamar Frieze
Brittney Gammell, Co-Chair
Debbie Gelb
Jen Hawkins
Blair Hendrix
Pamela R. Holding
Allison Johnson
Char Joslin & Les Cheek
Kasey Kaufman
Senam Kumahia ’96
Elizabeth Kumin
Brooke Laughlin
Kate Lubin
Peter Monaco
Laura Morris
Mike Pascucci
Sarah Reynolds
Megan Riley ’04
Rachel Rock
Annagret Sacerdote 
Matt Santangelo
Pixley Schiciano
Anthony Schweizer
Rachel Segall
Brent Edward Shay
Rob Small
Hilary Nicholas Steinert

Board of Advisors

Steppingstone benefits from the expertise and advice of some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the fields of education, college access, and philanthropy. Meet the advisors.
Ann Coles, Ed.D.
Senior Associate, Institute for Higher Education Policy
College Access Senior Fellow, uAspire

William Fitzsimmons, Ed.D.
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Harvard College

Chris Gabrieli
Chair, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

Joanna Jacobson

Founder and Managing Partner, Strategic Grant Partners
President, One8 Foundation

Karl Reid, Ed.D.
Chief Inclusion Officer, Northeastern University

Jill Shah
President, Shah Family Foundation

John S. Weinberg
Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, Evercore

Board of Young Professionals

Steppingstone’s Board of Young Professionals (BYP) engages individuals in their 20s and 30s representing a variety of career fields to support Steppingstone’s mission of college success for students from historically marginalized communities. Members of the BYP are committed to advancing the efforts of Steppingstone through volunteering, fundraising, mentoring Scholars, and networking. Meet the BYP.

For information on the Board of Young Professionals, please email BYP@steppingstone.org.
Ashley Andrade
Nicki Brill
Max Burke
Merry Chin ’05
Olivia Corkery
Charlie Danziger
Hayley Edgerley
Clarissa Elliott
Benjamin Hack

David Henderson
Patrick Henderson
Jenna Isaacson
Himanvi Kopuri
Khanh Le ’09
Josh Levine
Isaac Levy
Felix Liang ’06
Henry Liang ’10

Eliza McGinn
Ursula Munger
Christian O'Connor
Alice Obas
Chris Philbin
Kahdeem Ralph ’04
John Van Allen
Sebastian Viasus ’07
Shihua Wu ’10

Alumni Council

Alumni Council members serve as class liaisons for their respective commencement years, helping to engage classmates and peers with current Steppingstone programming and initiatives. Alumni interested in joining the Council are encouraged to review the group’s roles and responsibilities, as well as the benefits of joining.
Lois Abdulai ’93
Hannah Foell ’94
Jamilah Ryan ’95
Joy Kogut ’96
D'Lynn Jacobs ’97
Cindy Nguy ’97
Martina Durant ’99
Dalinda Ifill-Pressat ’99
Laniesha Gray ’00 
Max Clermont ’01
Jennifer Pierre ’01
Ebele Anidi ’02
Mohammed Alkhafaji ’03

Thomas Tsui ’03
Danielle Bynoe-Farid ’04
Abimbola Cole ’04
Miranda Haymon ’05
Raven Rankine ’05
Alcina Tran ’05
Daniella Colombo ’06
Tyrone Li ’06
Felix Liang ’06
Aderonke Odewale ’06
Fehintola Abioye ’07
Sidney Bowden ’07
Henry Kwan ’07

Tiffany Xie ’07
Bassil Bacare ’08
Stoni Drane ’08
Cecilia Morales ’08
Kim Romero ’08
Derek DaSilva ’09
Ope Olukorede ’09
Nick Palermo ’10
Denny Yu ’10
Tashayla Borden ’11
Fiona Phie ’11
Madusa Sidibay ’11

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