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.

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
Head of School, Milton Academy

Jennifer Block

Susan Jefferson Boney

Donavan D. Brown ’95, Clerk

Vice President, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

The Hon. Denise Jefferson Casper, Vice Chair
U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

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*
*Currently on Board leave for a Steppingstone teaching position

Jonathan M. Goldstein
Senior Advisor, TA Associates

Robert P. Henderson, Jr., Chair
Education Consultant, Resource Group 175
Joshua S. Levy
First Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Massachusetts

Isabelle Loring

Dr. Richard I. Melvoin

Consultant, Strategic School Leadership

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

Dr. Mariel Novas ’00
Chief of Learning & Engagement, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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

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
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

Title

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.
Nancy Adams
Pamela Albright
Eric Andrew ’94
Ngozi Anidi ’98
Jeffrey Barber
Julie Barron
Linda Borden
Katie Bramley
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
Brittney Gammell
Debbie Gelb
Jen Hawkins
Blair Hendrix
Pamela R. Holding
Allison Johnson
Char Joslin & Les Cheek
Kasey Kaufman
Senam Kumahia ’96
Brooke Laughlin
Kate Lubin
Anthony Mathieu ’02
Peter Monaco
Alison Monaghan
Mike Pascucci
Drew Pluhar
Megan Riley ’04
Rachel Rock
Annagret Sacerdote 
Matt Santangelo
Pixley Schiciano
Anthony Schweizer
Kelly Segal
Rachel Segall
Virginia Shannon
Brent Edward Shay
Rob Small
Hilary Nicholas Steinert
Christina Wing-O’Donnell

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, Co-Chair
Deloitte

Tevin Barros ’07
Russell Tobin

Danielle Bynoe-Farid ’04, Co-Chair
HealthVerity

Olivia Corkery
Fidelity Investments

Tobe Ezeokoli
Cross Harbor Capital

Benjamin Hack 
Abbott Laboratories 

David Henderson
Marsh

Patrick Henderson
FHR Capital

Felix Liang ’06

Henry Liang ’10
BNY Mellon

Carolyn Margitza
Fidelity Investments

Eliza McGinn

Ursula Munger
Fidelity Investments

Chris Philbin
TA Associates

Kahdeem Ralph ‘04
Sanofi

John Van Allen
Bank of America

Luke von Maur
HarborVest Partners

Shihua Wu ’10
Silicon Valley Bank
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