Meet the 2012-2013 AmeriCorps Alums Boston Board

Please join us in welcoming new and returning members of the Boston Board:

Chris Bentson (VISTA ’08), 3rd year board member, is the Manager of Foundation & Corporate Relations at Cradles to Crayons where he served as a VISTA in 07-08. Prior to C2C, Chris taught preschool at a Catholic Charities child care center in his native JP.  He enjoys cooking, frisbee, and reading. He is a craft beer fanatic, bourbon enthusiast, cocktail aficionado, and a halfway decent amateur bartender. He’s an avid Red Sox fan and a diehard supporter of Liverpool FC. He graduated from Boston College with degrees in Theology and Philosophy and is always down for some metaphysical discourse, if you’re into that sort of thing.  Chris believes that service can solve the world’s problems, and that public education should be the top priority for every elected official.  Chris thinks you should follow him on twitter @chrisbentson. Chris enjoys society.

Kailey Cartwright (VISTA ’08), 1st year board member, currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Year Up Boston. Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. During her 4 years with Year Up, Kailey has managed and lead a number of special projects and initiatives for the organization, including supporting the Executive Director and Local Board of Directors in growing from three members to nine members, lead special events including Year Up graduations, house parties, and the Walk for Opportunity, and managing a group of Year Up alumni in a new strategic mentoring initiative partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Kailey has a BA in English and Women’s Studies from the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Matthew English (MountainServe ’01), 1st year board member, is a graduate student at Northeastern University pursuing a degree in Economics and serves as the director of nonprofit relations for AltrUHelp; a social media and social networking platform that inspires civic engagement and connects volunteers with nonprofits. Matthew’s introduction to community service came as an AmeriCorps member at Lock Haven University’s MountainServe program (’00-’01) where he worked in the community projects team in rural Pennsylvania. After graduating he worked predominantly in the nonprofit sector as a counselor, researcher, teacher, and then finally as an AmeriCorps program administrator for Playworks where he served for nearly 3 years managing all facets of the AmeriCorps grant for Boston.

Chris Farr (City Year Chicago ’07 and City Year Care Force ’08), 2nd year board member, began his career with City Year in 2006 as a corps member with City Year Chicago, and then joined Care Force as a member of the inaugural Team Care Force in 2007. Prior to joining City Year, Chris worked in a plethora of vocations including bartending, lifeguarding, managing at a NYC Borders bookstore, being a rock climbing instructor, and apprentice carpenter. Chris is a graduate of Centenary College in Shreveport, LA and actively enjoys volunteering, experiencing new people and cultures through travel, running, camping, hiking, playing ultimate Frisbee, and juggling. Chris was born in Stuttgart, Germany and spent the majority of his life bouncing between the US and Europe.

Krystal Hope (Highland Street Corps Ambassadors of Mentoring ‘10 & ’11), 1st year board member,  joined Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) as the volunteer recruitment and outreach associate/Ambassador in 2010. During her 2 years of service, she served as a Corps team leader to develop and pilot a new strategy for providing support to the Corps around their goal of recruiting volunteer mentors. She is currently the program manager of the Ambassadors of Mentoring Corps. As the program manager, Krystal provides support, guidance and supervision for 23 Corps members and host site mentoring program partners and provides direct supervision of the Corps members serving at MMP. Krystal’s previous experience includes interning in Washington, DC with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminar, and additional internships at Juniata College, where she also received her B.A. in organizational communication. She actively volunteers as an event manager with One Brick Boston and enjoys roaming the city for free events.

Melissa Horr (TechMission – Greater Boston Chinese Community Services ’10), 2nd year board member, is a community development planner for the City of Quincy and nonprofit management masters student at Northeastern University. Originally from Portland, Maine, she came to Quincy for college and while there served as Lead Teacher of an after school program and interned in municipal government. Upon graduation, she joined AmeriCorps as an After School Program Coordinator. She credits the amazing volunteers at the afterschool program who inspired her passion for volunteerism and service.

Moira Mannix (Massachusetts Campus Compact ‘03), 3rd year board member and Co-Chair,  is the Director of the Field Experience and Career Services Office at Wheelock College where she oversees the placement of over 300 undergraduate and graduate students in academically required field experiences each semester as well as career development programs and services.  Moira has also served as the Associate Director in the same department.  Prior to her time at Wheelock, Moira worked in the Dean’s Office at Teachers College and as a Program Coordinator at Community Impact, Columbia University while attending graduate school.  Moira was also the Student Development Coordinator and Staff Assistant at Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA), a student-led nonprofit at Harvard University.  Moira initially began at PBHA as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with the Massachusetts Campus Compact.  Moira is a graduate of Boston College and holds a MA in History and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Angela Martano (NCCC Denver ’09, ‘10), 2nd year board member, is the Corporate Volunteer Coordinator for Cradles to Crayons  whereshe coordinates the corporate service events and leads the groups while they are in the Giving Factory.   Shestudied Italian at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts and also studied abroad in Perugia, Italy (famous for chocolate!).  She is mildly obsessed with being Italian, has sunglasses with the flag on them and they’re her favorite thing to wear.  After college, she served with AmeriCorps NCCC for 2 years; her favorite project was working with inner-city teenagers from Denver and doing various summer service projects with them.  They taught her how to do “the Jerk” which is pretty sweet.  Not only that, but while in AmeriCorps she learned how to chainsaw a tree, build a home, plant a community garden and play ridiculous games with kids.  Her favorite TV show of all time is Gilmore Girls, she wishes it was on 24 hours a day and her favorite music artist is John Legend, as he always puts her in a good mood.  Last, but certainly not least, she has an Ameri-Shrine in my dining room, and it’s AWESOME!

Sean McDevitt (City Year Boston ’02), 3rd year board member and Co-Chair, currently serves as the Senior Director, Alumni & Career Services for City Year.  City Year’s mission is to build democracy through citizen service, civic leadership and social entrepreneurship. During his 11 years with City Year, Sean has founded and directed innovative programming to connect and mobilize a global alumni network of nearly 17,000 leaders as volunteers, donors and ambassadors of City Year and the national service movement. He currently leads a 23 site, network-wide engagement strategy responsible for strategic planning, external partnerships, communication and marketing, and career development.  He has a BA in English Literature from La Salle University and is a graduate of Boston Cares Civic Leadership Institute and Boston University’s Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

Jamie Minton (VISTA ’10), 1st year board member, currently interns at Homes for Families, a homeless policy advocacy organization who believes that families and providers should be at the forefront of policy making.  Having served at Communities in Schools in St. Augustine, FL, Jamie had the privilege of working with hundreds of at-risk youth, engaging them in their community and empowering them to invest in themselves.  Wanting to impact America’s youth on a grander scale, she returned to school where she is the Chair of the Social Committee and Professional and Career Development Committee and serves as a member on the Community Development Committee. She organized Moving Beyond the Sound Bites: A Conversation with the Occupy and Tea Party Movements in order to dispel myths and engage the student body in topical conversation.  Jamie currently attends the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University and is concentrating in Poverty Alleviation with a focus on youth and families. She is an advocate of the American Dream and fights to make sure that everyone has a chance at achieving it.

Cassandra Pagan (Parasol Tahoe Community Collaborative ’10), 1st year board member, currently serves as the AmeriCorps Program Director for the Boston Teacher Residency Program at BPE. BPE’s mission is to drive exceptional outcomes for all students by developing great teachers and great schools. Cassandra manages a corps of 70 full-time AmeriCorps members that serve in the Boston Public Schools while earning a Master’s in Education from UMass Boston and working towards an Initial Teaching License. After their service year, alumni become teachers of record in the Boston Public Schools in high-needs content areas and continue to serve the students of Boston. Prior to joining BPE, Cassandra worked in the private sector as an Analyst for Clear Capital Inc. in valuation products and as a Client Services Advocate for Tahoe Women’s Services. She holds a BA in International Political Economy from the Colorado College.

Andrea Shaye (City Year Washington, DC ’04), 1st year board member, currently serves as a program and disability inclusion officer at the Massachusetts Service Alliance.  Prior to her move to Boston, she worked at City Year Washington, DC for six years where she most recently held the position of program director.  In this role, she supervised a team of individuals implementing health curricula, service-learning programs, and education initiatives with impact reaching over 6,000 people.  During her year of service as an AmeriCorps Member, Andrea facilitated a substance abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum and performed shows to empower DC youth to make healthy choices.  Andrea received an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and she completed her BA in psychology and a business management certificate at the University of Rochester.  In addition to fulfilling the roles of proud new mom to a future service all star and wife to a phenomenal husband, Andrea enjoys dancing, hiking, knitting, and cooking/baking delicious vegetarian food.

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