Our Team

Our Team
Judi Alperin King, PhD The Wily Network

Judi Alperin King, PhD
Founder, Executive Director

she/her/hers
judi@thewilynetwork.org

In 2014, Judi read an article in the New York Times entitled “Out of Foster Care into College” and began researching programs that provide a range of resources to college students who are navigating school on their own. In 2015, she started The Wily Network. By founding the Wily Network, Judi set out to build a community that would offer wrap-around services to students from matriculation to graduation.

Judi Alperin King’s career as a psychologist at Wediko Children’s Services included roles as clinician, administrator, program director, and development officer. Her dedication to children never wavered. After 30 years’ working with children who faced serious emotions and behavioral problems, she turned her attention to college students.

In 2014, Judi read an article in the New York Times entitled “Out of Foster Care into College” and began researching programs that provide a range of resources to college students who are navigating school on their own. By founding the Wily Network, Judi set out to build a community that would offer wrap-around services to students from matriculation to graduation.

Judi earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Psychology at Hamilton College and Boston College, respectively. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Judi has three adult daughters and lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her husband.

Judi founded Wily in 2015.

Staff
Katherine Macdonald The Wily Network

Kat Castañeda Macdonald, LICSW 
Director of Coaching, Clinical Scholar Coach
she/her/hers
kat@thewilynetwork.org

Kat has over a decade of experience working with youth and families in the Boston area in residential, school, re-entry, home-based, and community settings as a clinical social worker and trainer. Her work has focused primarily on dynamics of trauma and attachment, post-traumatic growth, and social justice. Through this work, she has maintained that authentic relationships have the capacity to transform lives, and she sees this transformational process at play on a daily basis at the Wily Network. Kat received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her M.A. in Social Work from Simmons School of Social Work.

Kat joined Wily in 2015.

Ashley Linell The Wily Network

Ashley Linell 
Director of Development and Communications
she/her/hers
ashley@thewilynetwork.org

Ashley has spent most of her career working in development and event planning for educational institutions and programs. Previously, she was Director of Events at Horizons for Homeless Children in Roxbury, Massachusetts. From 2006 to 2016, Ashley was Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs and Director of Special Events at Dedham Country Day School. Prior to this, she served as Executive Education Renewal Program Director at Harvard Business School and Director of Special Events at the School of American Ballet in New York City. Ashley lives in Dedham, Massachusetts, with her husband and three children. Ashley has a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Vermont.

Ashley joined Wily in 2017.

Bonnie Yezukevich The Wily Network

Bonnie Yezukevich, LICSW
Director of Programming, Clinical Scholar Coach
she/her/hers
bonnie@thewilynetwork.org

Bonnie began her career nearly 20 years ago at Wediko Children’s Services and developed a passion for serving young people facing emotional and behavioral challenges. During her time at Wediko’s Summer Program, Year-Round Program and Boston School-Based Program, Bonnie enjoyed learning from mentors with diverse backgrounds, developing valuable skills in clinical care, programming and leadership. Bonnie is also committed to building connections in her community and spent the last ten years collaborating with local groups, including school parent organizations and her town’s Finance Committee. Bonnie brings skills and passion to the Wily Network, helping to empower Wily Scholars to push forward, find their greatness and reach their goals. Bonnie received her B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Mount Holyoke College and her M.S.W. with a concentration in Children & Families from Salem State University (formerly Salem State College). Bonnie enjoys running, spinning and volunteering. She lives with her husband and two sons in Norton, MA.

Bonnie joined Wily in 2018.

Emma Chavenson The Wily Network

Emma Chavenson 
Financial Aid Coach
she/her/hers
emma@thewilynetwork.org

Emma has a strong background in financial aid, having worked at college access organization uAspire as a college affordability advisor. She earned a BA in Psychology from Lesley University in 2016. During her time at Lesley, she served as a community service ambassador, leading service trips to Roanoke, Virginia; Asheville, North Carolina; and all around New England. Right out of college, Emma served in Americorps as a Massachusetts Promise Fellow based at Northeastern University, with the goal of bridging the college affordability gap that many in the Greater Boston area experience. Emma is excited to empower Wily students with financial aid knowledge and make college graduation a reality. Emma resides in Medford with two of her college best friends.

Emma joined Wily in 2018.

Korie Clegg

Korie Clegg, MSW 
Clinical Scholar Coach
she/her/hers
korie@thewilynetwork.org

Originally from upstate New York, Korie moved to Boston to pursue a degree in Social Work. She received her BSW from Eastern Nazarene College in May 2017 and her MSW from Bridgewater State University in May 2020. Throughout graduate school, Korie worked as a Financial Aid Program Advisor. In this role, she developed a passion for working with college students to overcome the many barriers they face in higher education. During her specialty internship year, she worked as a clinician at a Boston middle school with students identified as high risk due to academic and mental health challenges. She provided clinical support to help foster student success within the traditional school community.

Korie is excited to be part of the important work of the Wily Network. She lives in Lowell with her husband and enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with family.

Korie joined Wily in 2020.

Susan Goldscheid The Wily Network

Susan Goldscheid, MAT 
Clinical Scholar Coach
she/her/hers
susan@thewilynetwork.org

Susan is an educator and a psychotherapist in private practice, and worked in the Academic Support for College and Life program with the Home for Little Wanderers. She was previously a biology teacher in both Newton high schools. She is dedicated to helping people learn skills and strategies to better navigate life’s challenges. She is currently training to teach courses in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, which she integrates into her work when possible, as well as into her daily life. Susan has a B.A. in Biology from SUNY Binghamton, and an MAT from Boston University. When she first learned about the Wily Network, she was immediately interested in being a part of it. She is excited about supporting young people, especially those who have had inadequate support in the past, in their efforts to get an education and lead fulfilling lives. She is deeply invested in building one-on-one relationships with students in the context of a larger community.

Susan joined Wily in 2017.

Madjeen Lorthe The Wily Network

Madjeen Lorthe, MEd
Clinical Scholar Coach
she/her/hers
madjeen@thewilynetwork.org

Madjeen is an experienced nonprofit leader with a heart for service, having spent more than a decade in the field, working with a wide range of clients, including families experiencing homelessness and adults with developmental disabilities. Madjeen creates an environment of compassion and support to help individuals overcome obstacles, move forward, and thrive. Madjeen received her B.S in Human Services and MEd in Psychological Studies from Cambridge College. She has a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice. When she’s not working, Madjeen spends time with her teenage daughter, traveling, or at the beach.

Madjeen joined Wily in 2019.

Nathalia Mahabir, LCSW
Clinical Scholar Coach
she/her/hers
nathalia@thewilynetwork.org

Nathalia was drawn to Wily based on the wrap-around support provided to students through what is a very transformational period in their lives. She is invested in forming trusting relationships with students that foster communication, understanding, compassion and growth, and is eager to be an active part of these students’ journeys. Nathalia was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago and moved to the USA to pursue her BA in Psychology from Hamilton College. After receiving her BA from Hamilton college,  Nathalia earned her MSW from Boston College where she focused her efforts on mental health. Nathalia has many years of experience as an In-Home Therapist working with adolescents and families and has spent time working in residential group homes, nursing homes, and summer educational programs. Nathalia has focused many of her professional and academic efforts on working with LGBTQ+ individuals and has earned a certificate in trauma work. In addition to her work at Wily, Nathalia is a clinical supervisor for an In-Home Therapy program.

Nathalia currently lives with her partner, their 2 dogs and cat and keeps in touch with family and friends who are all around the world. In her free time, Nathalia enjoys working out (boxing, running, lifting, sports), cooking and baking, listening to music, playing board games, watching TV and movies, and going on impromptu adventures!

Nathalia joined Wily in 2021

Zubin Mistri The Wily Network

Zubin Mistri, M.Div.
Clinical Scholar Coach
he/him/his
zubin@thewilynetwork.org

Zubin was drawn to being a Scholar Coach because he has seen how trusting and attentive relationships can help people learn and grow into their deeper potential. Born in Vienna, Austria, to parents from India, Zubin grew up in New York and New Jersey and now lives in Vermont with his wife and son. In addition to his work with Wily Scholars, Zubin has a psychotherapy private practice and works as a carpenter. Other experience includes teaching mindfulness practices and accompanying people at the end of life as a hospice chaplain and volunteer manager. Zubin earned his B.A. from Middlebury College and his M.Div. from Naropa University. Among the experiences that bring Zubin joy are improvisational singing and dancing, deep listening with people and with the natural world, and slowing down to savor the blessings of everyday life.

 Zubin joined Wily in 2020.

The Wily Network

Mike Holliday, MEd
Major Gifts Manager
he/him/his
mike@thewilynetwork.org

Bio coming soon.

 Mike joined Wily in 2021.

Gabe Benson The Wily Network

Gabrael Benson, MSW
Development/Program Coordinator
she/her/hers
gabe@thewilynetwork.org

Gabe was drawn to the Wily Network by the many ways in which the program works with students during what can be a stressful and overwhelming time in their lives. Originally from Oklahoma, Gabe spent several years volunteering at Infant Crisis Services in Oklahoma City, learning the ins and outs of how a successful non-profit operates and developing a dedication for helping others. Gabe graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2018 with a BA in psychology, a certificate in social welfare, and a double minor in sociology and education. She completed her MSW from Salem State University in May 2020. During graduate school, Gabe worked as a clinician at a group home for teen mothers and as a school social worker at Arlington High School. She enjoys working with adolescents and young adults as she appreciates their energy and the fresh perspective they bring to situations. Gabe lives in Arlington, Massachusetts with her fiancé. In her free time, she enjoys all things disco, lifting weights, spending time with family, and cooking.

Gabe joined Wily in 2020.

Laura Broffman The Wily Network

Laura Broffman
Operations Coordinator
she/her/hers
laura@thewilynetwork.org

Laura received a BA in Sociology and Environmental Studies from Brandeis University. Her love for social justice and the environment led her to Better Future Project, where she worked on a team of climate organizers and gained valuable non-profit experience. Laura was drawn to Wily because of their work to help students reach their goals despite the systemic barriers and the organization’s focus on mental health during college. She is excited by organizing and implementing change and loves helping Wily continue to grow. When she’s not working, Laura loves cooking and eating with loved ones, spending time in nature, and practicing yoga.

Laura joined Wily in 2019.

Sophie Cohen
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
she/her/hers
sophie@thewilynetwork.org

Sophie graduated from Skidmore College with a BA in English and Political Science, and a minor in Media and Film Studies. Before joining Wily, she worked for VoteSmart and the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, and as a teacher at an after-school program. Sophie’s passion for equal access to education drew her to Wily, where she is excited by the opportunity to combine her love of writing and nonprofit work. In her spare time, Sophie loves reading books and cooking new recipes with friends.

Sophie joined Wily in 2021.

Chantée Duncan
Executive Assistant
she/her/hers
chantee@thewilynetwork.org

Chantée is committed to helping bridge the gap for those in need. She is passionate about being a resource providing solutions to life’s challenges, and aims to spread joy and love in all that she does. Chantée has over ten years of combined experience in administrative and operational support, Human Resources, and finance. When Chantée isn’t working, you can find her traveling somewhere by the water with a tropical smoothie.

Chantée joined Wily in 2021.

Beth Franklin The Wily Network

Beth Franklin
Program Assistant
she/her/hers
beth@thewilynetwork.org

Beth is excited to be part of an organization with a meaningful mission, and to work with such driven staff and Scholars! Beth taught preschool for many years in Newton and Brookline, working with children ages 3 to 5. She has also worked with dogs as a physical therapy aide, which included both water- and land-based exercises such as swimming, stepping over obstacles, and using balance boards. Beth lives in Newton with her husband, David, twins Jake and Emma, and her yellow lab, Ace. When she isn’t busy working or being a Mom, she enjoys playing tennis and traveling.

Beth joined Wily in 2019.

Kiera Penpeci The Wily Network

Kiera Penpeci, Psy. D
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant
she/her/hers

Once a motivated shoe store manager, Dr. Kiera Penpeci took her interest in learning and development from her retail days in her early 20s and turned it into a career in organizational development. During that time she thought that with access, tools, motivation, and mentorship, she could help build great workplaces, like the one she was a part of. In her path toward leadership in tech as a Black lesbian woman, however, she experienced the systemic barriers to her mobility and witnessed the few other colleagues from underrepresented groups experiencing the same. While she worked through the hard work of breaking those barriers for herself, she became committed to focusing her work on doing the same for other marginalized people.

Today, Dr. KP helps organizations foster the inclusion of employees from all walks of life. Her approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion is creating opportunities through internal and external community building and using data-driven insights to create interventions that cultivate positive cultural shifts toward unbiased recruitment, promotion practices, and the increased sense of belonging for employees. She is a strong believer that stakeholders from every level of the organization should be brought along on the DEI journey, and she partners with all of them in practicing anti-racism and inclusion.

Dr. KP holds a master’s degree and doctorate in Organizational Leadership Psychology and her area of research is in emotional labor and the sense of belonging. In her work, she emphasizes mental health and uses Organizational Development theory, including Neuroleadership, to create holistic interventions in response to the story the data is telling and in service of the goals of the organization. In her free time, she is having full conversations with her adorable dog, long-distance cycling, and advocating for opportunities for women at the intersection of gender/sexuality and race on the advisory board at Girls in Tech, Boston.

Kiera joined Wily in 2020.

Brahim Aswald
BU Practicum Student Researcher
he/him/his

Brahim is an MPH candidate at the BU School of Public Health studying Community Health Assessment, Planning, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. He completed his Bachelors in Science in Biology at NYU. His interests involve addressing health inequities across marginalized groups including racial/ethnic minorities, immigrant communities, and the LGBTQIA+ community. I am particularly passionate about studying the intersection of generational trauma, Middle Eastern diasporas, LGBTQIA+ identities, and mental health. Some of Brahim’s other work has included researching alternative modalities of genetic testing results delivery, working with the NYU Langone Institutional Review Board, and studying multicellular organization in cancer.

Brahi joined Wily in 2021.

Carly Cote
BU Practicum Student Researcher
she/her/hers

Carly is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Health at Boston University. She graduated from Ithaca College with a dual degree in Public and Community Health in 2018. Carly has worked with local and State health departments for the last five years and hopes to transition into the mental health non-profit sector. When Carly is not at school, you can find her rock climbing, hiking and skiing.

Carly joined Wily in 2021.

Board of Directors
Don Bramley The Wily Network

Don Bramley
Audax
Managing Director
don@thewilynetwork.org

Don Bramley is a Managing Director with Audax Group, a leading middle-market private capital investment firm. Over the last 19 years, Don has played an integral role in building Audax’s private equity business. Prior to Audax, Don was a Partner with The Parthenon Group, a strategic advisory firm; was a Managing Director with Meredith, Martin & Kaye, an investment management company; and served in varying roles with FMC Corporation’s corporate development department and Salomon Brothers’ corporate finance department.  Don received his B.A. from Middlebury College, where he majored in economics and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

In addition to the Wily Network, Don serves on the President’s Leadership Council at Middlebury College and previously served as a trustee of the Fessenden School in West Newton, Massachusetts, for five terms, including two terms as Board President.

Katie Bramley The Wily Network

Katie Bramley
Board Chair
Business Consultant
katie@thewilynetwork.org

Katie has spent the majority of her working career in the not-for-profit world. Currently, she serves on the Board of Ambassadors of the Steppingstone Foundation, which focuses on programs to prepare underserved students for educational success that leads to college. Additionally, Katie serves on Middlebury College’s President’s Leadership Council. Previously, Katie was on the Board of Directors for Boston Children’s Hospital Center for Media and Child Health, where she took a leadership role on the Strategic Planning Committee. She has also held numerous volunteer positions with the school systems and sports teams of her four children.

Nevin Chitkara The Wily Group

Nevin Chitkara
MFS Investment Management
Portfolio Manager
nevin@thewilynetwork.org

Nevin is a Portfolio Manager at MFS Investment Management.  He joined the firm in 1997 as an Equity Research Analyst and began managing the MFS Value and Global Value strategies in 2006. Nevin began his career at GE working on the Corporate Audit and Mergers and Acquisitions groups.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston University, School of Management, and received his MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.  Nevin and his wife Kristine have three children and live in Westwood, Massachusetts.

In addition to Wily, Nevin and Kristine have been involved with various other nonprofit organizations in support of children.  He was a trustee and treasurer of the Dedham Country Day School for a number of years.  Nevin and Kristine have been active with Cradles to Crayons and Horizons at DCD.  In addition, Nevin serves on the Board of the Wake Forest University School of Business.

Tara Hendricks The Wily Network

Tara Hendricks
InsideTracker
VP of Finance & Administration
tara@thewilynetwork.org

Tara has spent the past 20 years of her career focused on the financial and operational support of tech start-ups, with a 5-year period in the midst working at Blackbaud Inc., the leader ERP provider for non-profits. After meeting with Judi, Tara realized just how much overlap there is between start-ups and growing non-profits and is looking forward to bringing her experience to the team.

Tara is also the mother of a 20-year daughter who is currently studying social work at the University of Vermont. The amount of support, time and guidance Tara has given to her daughter in just the first few years of college has opened her eyes to the needs of those students that don’t have a support network, she is so excited to be apart of the Wily Network. Tara is a graduate of Susquehanna University with a degree in Sociology and when not working can usually be found on her family’s cattle farm in western MA where she is helping to produce high-quality grass-fed beef for local families and businesses.

Allison Hirsch The Wily Network

Allison Hirsh
Board Treasurer
allison@thewilynetwork.org

After spending nearly two decades working for an investment bank, Allison retired and turned her attention to non-profit organizations focusing on education and building stronger communities. Since 2014, Allison has consulted with Community Consulting Team for Boston Preparatory Charter School and EV Kids, which has deepened her understanding of the challenges for Boston students. She currently volunteers for Combined Jewish Philanthropy on the Strategic Planning and JLE Committees, as an MBA Advisory Board Member for Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, as an Investment Committee Member for Temple Israel Endowment, and as a Finance Committee Member for Jewish Big Brother Big Sister.

Allison became interested in how individual action could help children when she became a Big Sister in New York in the early 1990s. Spending time with her Little Sister, Angela, opened Allison’s eyes to the plight of inner-city children who have limited family support. Unfortunately,  that program did not include material support nor did it provide counseling. For Allison, among the strengths of the Wily Network program are its reliance on caring adults who guide and support the Scholars and its recognition that students need adequate resources to succeed in school.

Michael Julian The Wily Network

Michael Julian (Board Clerk)
Healthgrades
Associate VP of Client Development
michael@thewilynetwork.org

Michael has spent over a decade in technology sales in business development in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Boston, at leading brands such as Oracle, Sprinklr, and most recently Acquia, the enterprise digital experience company. Michael is a graduate of Bowdoin College, where he double-majored in American History and Africana Studies. He participated in theater, ran on the cross country and track teams, and produced and anchored the Bowdoin Cable Network sports television show. Michael grew up in rural Maine and now resides in Concord, Massachusetts, with his wife and daughter.

Judi Alperin King, PhD The Wily Network

Judi Alperin King, PhD
Founder & Executive Director
she/her/hers
judi@thewilynetwork.org

Judi Alperin King’s career as a psychologist at Wediko Children’s Services included roles as clinician, administrator, program director, and development officer. Her dedication to children never wavered. After 30 years’ working with children who faced serious emotions and behavioral problems, she turned her attention to college students.

In 2014, Judi read an article in the New York Times entitled “Out of Foster Care into College” and began researching programs that provide a range of resources to college students who are navigating school on their own. By founding the Wily Network, Judi set out to build a community that would offer wrap-around services to students from matriculation to graduation.

Judi earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Psychology at Hamilton College and Boston College, respectively. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Judi has three adult daughters and lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her husband.

The Wily Network

Cindy believes in Wily’s mission of supporting young, motivated adults in every way possible. She thinks Wily’s model is incredibly effective, and helps each scholar find the resilience and confidence they need to be a success in whatever they pursue in life.

Cindy has a BS from Lehigh University and an MBA from The Wharton School, Univ of Pa. Her background is in consulting and equity research. For the last five years, she has been investing in small to mid-sized, mostly northeast US companies. When Cindy is not working or involved in a few other non-profits, she grows veggies, takes lots of walks with her two labs (one neurotic, one always looking for a better offer), reads books, and spends some time in Maine.

Cindy joined Wily in 2021.

Zach Martin The Wily Network

Zach Martin
St. Sebastian’s School
Football Coach
zach@thewilynetwork.org

Zach recently retired from a career in the global equities business, having spent most of his time with Lehman Brothers and JP Morgan. Since retiring, Zach has become involved in non-profit endeavors. In addition to chairing the Governance Committee at the Wily Network, Zach is the Vice-Chair of the Carroll School Board and Chair of the Development Committee at the Brooks School. Zach coaches varsity football at St. Sebastian’s School. He was very active in Wellesley youth sports, coaching football, lacrosse and baseball. Zach graduated from Denison University. He played football and was active in student government and university radio. He and his wife, Laurel, have four children and live in Wellesley, MA.

Alain Mathieu The Wily Network

Alain P. Mathieu
Mintz
Associate
alain@thewilynetwork.org

Alain’s bio coming soon.

Sara Miller-Blanc The Wily Network

Sara Miller Blanc
Drift
Enterprise Account Executive
sara@thewilynetwork.org

Sara is an Enterprise Account Executive at Drift, the first conversational marketing platform, and a founding member of the Wily Network Board of Directors. She has worked to provide opportunities to underserved students in Greater Boston for the past 10 years. Sara graduated from Tufts University in 2012 with a political science degree, focusing on education policy. During college, she spent nine months studying in Washington, D.C., interning at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and working on political campaigns and policy writing, experiences that furthered her interest in policy relating to underserved communities. Sara is invested in the success of young people and the systemic supports needed to make success a reality. Immediately after graduation, Sara served two years volunteering full-time in Boston Public Schools with City Year Boston, an AmeriCorps program that aims to stem the high school dropout crisis by providing attendance, coursework, and social-emotional coaching to students. Her time serving in a 7th-grade classroom in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and her three years as a volunteer Big Sister illuminated for her the vast differences in resources and support that low-income students and communities receive compared to those in areas of greater wealth, as well as the different needs of students in these circumstances. She is a member of the Leadership Committee for City Year Boston’s Ambassador Circle and a volunteer Big Sister for Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Osamagbe Osagie

Osamagbe Osagie
The Carroll School
Director of Equity and Inclusion
osamagbe@thewilynetwork.org

Osamagbe is a life-long learner who is deeply committed to amplifying the lived experiences of marginalized peoples within her local and global communities. Osamagbe currently serves as Director of Equity and Inclusion at a school for children who have language-based learning difficulties, such as dyslexia. Osamagbe’s love for young people, education, and social justice stems from her work with students, her involvement in state-level politics, and connections to local grassroots organizations. Hailing from a small suburb of Atlanta, Osamagbe earned her bachelor’s degree and Master of Arts in Political Science from Georgia State University. She enjoys reading books, learning about photography, traveling, and spending quality time with her loved ones over good food, spirits, and music.

Kim Pappas The Wily Network

Kim Pappas
kim@thewilynetwork.org

Kim is a 1993 graduate of Lehigh University, where she received a degree in Accounting and became a Certified Public Accountant. After graduating, she worked at KPMG, Bell Atlantic, and Media One before leaving the workforce to raise her children. While a stay-at-home mom, she has held many volunteer positions in the schools of her three daughters. When Kim learned about the Wily Network, she was struck by the challenges the Scholars face, particularly when comparing their experiences to those of her own children. She is excited to help make a difference in the lives of Wily Scholars.

Sharisse Cail Perry The Wily Network

Sharisse Cail Perry
Cail Perry & Associates
Founder & President
sharisse@thewilynetwork.org

Sharisse is the founder and president of Cail Perry & Associates, a legal search firm that specializes in placing attorneys of color and women attorneys in law firms and corporations. She graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies. She volunteers at her children’s school, Dedham Country Day School, where she currently serves as the Parent Association President and is a member of the Board of Trustees. Recognizing the need for support among parents and children of color in independent schools, Sharisse founded The Massachusetts Network for Children of Color in Independent Schools (MNCCIS). She is a would-be writer and an avid reader who never leaves the house without a book.

Andrew Rudzinski The Wily Network

Andrew Rudzinski
Boston Scientific
Principal Tax Analyst
andrew@thewilynetwork.org

Andy is a Principal Tax Analyst at Boston Scientific.  Since receiving his B.A. in Accounting from Assumption College in 2009, Andy has pursued a career as a corporate tax professional in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.  When Andy connected with Judi and the Wily Network, he couldn’t resist the opportunity to donate his accounting skills behind the scenes in service to the Wily Scholars.  Andy is currently pursuing a Masters of Taxation at Villanova University and living in Shrewsbury, MA, with his wife, Stephanie, and daughter, Audrey.

Jennifer Schoen The Wily Network

Jennifer Schoen
Northeastern University
Director of Opportunity Scholarships and Outreach Programs
jennifer@thewilynetwork.org

Jennifer has been working in higher education for more than 25 years, at colleges and universities on both coasts. She has a BA in English and Political Science from Muhlenberg College and an M.Ed in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont. She has used her experiences in admissions, orientation, residence life, student activities, and career development to help first-generation college-bound students through the challenges of the college admissions process and to navigate the universities they attend. One of her proudest moments is founding the Champions Program for youth and alumni of foster care at the University of Washington. In her spare time, Jennifer is working on her doctoral degree, trying to get on her bicycle as often as possible, and learning how to podcast. She lives in Dedham with her wife and two dogs.

Arvind Selvakesari
Board Fellow
Babson College
arvind@thewilynetwork.org

Through the Babson Board Fellows Program and The Wily Network, Arvind hopes to grow as an individual by getting exposure to non-profit leadership while helping his local community during his graduate academic career. He is passionate about working in small high functioning teams that are trying to solve challenging problems that have a large social and financial impact on the world. 

Arvind earned B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering Technology with minor in Economics from Purdue University, and has worked as an Aircraft Management Executive in Thailand and a Global Financial Services Analyst in Singapore. When he’s not working, Arvind likes watching and playing sports, watching movies, and traveling. 

Arvind joined Wily in 2021.

Marissa Spletter The Wily Network

Marissa Spletter
Boston College
Scholar Board Representative
marissa@thewilynetwork.org

Bio coming soon

Scott Steele The Wily Network

Scott Steele
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Dean of Finance and Operations
scott@thewilynetwork.org

Scott has been investing in private equity since 1993. Prior to working at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, he worked at JMH Capital as a managing partner, at Parthenon Capital as a principal, at Electra Fleming Americas, Coopers & Lybrand, Heller Financial, and Republic Bancorp. Scott was formerly a director of numerous private companies including Career Education Corporation prior to its initial public offering, Spheris prior to its sale to Warburg, and Family Bookstores, Inc. prior to its sale to Madison Dearborn Partners.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Business Administration from the New York University Stern School of Business.

Shalona Williams
Northeastern University
Scholar Board Representative
shalona@thewilynetwork.org

Bio coming soon

Heidi Ziobro
Board Fellow
Babson College
heidi@thewilynetwork.org

Wily’s mission resonates with Heidi both personally and professionally. She has had the opportunity to experience the direct positive impact of having foster-youth as a part of her family. Heidi’s entire professional career has been in the nonprofit field, for the most part in youth/young adult serving organizations. She is inspired by missions that involve supporting, learning from and valuing youth.

Heidi graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and earned her Master of Science degree in Psychology from American International College. She is currently a student at Babson College. A licensed social worker, Heidi is Chief Administrative Officer Big Sister Association of Greater Boston and has worked at Vinfen Corporation as Program Director for adults who have psychiatric disabilities. She is a parent of two energetic kids and can usually be found at the park with them!

Heidi joined Wily in 2021.

Advisory Council
The Wily Network Advisory Council

Bryan Allard
Pharmacy at Nurx, Senior Product Manager

Kelly Glew
The Steppingstone Foundation, President

Jeff Kline
Human Resources

Margaret Lewis
Compass Health Center LLC, Adolescent Primary Clinical Therapist

Meredith Mendelson
The Ellie Fund, Executive Director

Annie Montesano
Educator

Sheila Murphy
Witt/Kieffer, Search Consultant

Steven Pemberton
Workhuman, Chief Human Resources Officer

Kathryn Sargent
The Locker Project, Executive Director

Kris Schaefer
Fundraising Coach & Consultant

Carolyn Shaughnessy
Social Innovations Forum, Donor Engagement Officer

Edward Walker
Independent Consultants of Education, Founder and President

Leann Walsh
Associate Attorney, K & L Gates

Young Professionals Association – Leadership Team
Laura Broffman The Wily Network

Laura Broffman
Staff Representative
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Laura received a BA in Sociology and Environmental Studies from Brandeis University. Her love for social justice and the environment led her to Better Future Project, where she worked on a team of climate organizers and gained valuable non-profit experience. Laura was drawn to Wily because of their work to help students reach their goals despite the systemic barriers, and the organization’s focus on mental health during college. She is excited by organizing and implementing change, and loves helping Wily continue to grow. When she’s not working, Laura loves cooking and eating with loved ones, spending time in nature, and practicing yoga.

Laura joined Wily in 2019.

James Carroll
YPA Co-chair
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James is Senior Manager of Data Quality at Navi, a wireless telecommunications marketplace. He has lived in Boston since early 2018. After graduating from Colgate University with a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies, he completed a tour of Peace Corps service in Uganda from 2015-2017. During his tour, James consulted with farmers on climate change adaptation and personal finance. James is honored to dedicate his time and expertise to supporting Wily Scholars and growing the Young Professionals Association.

James joined the YPA in 2020.

Austin Crouse

Austin Crouse
Membership Committee Co-chair
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Austin would have been lost in college without supportive mentors surrounding him, so he wants to make sure Wily Scholars have the support they need to be successful in college and beyond as well. A transplant to the Boston area, Austin graduated from Davidson College with a degree in chemistry and applied mathematics. He is a Program Success Manager at Mentor Collective, an education technolgy start-up that provides impact-driven mentoring programs to colleges and universities. Outside of work you can find him hiking in New Hampshire’s beautiful White Mountains or trying out a local restaurant.

Sara Miller-Blanc The Wily Network

Sara Miller Blanc
Board Representative
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Sara is an Enterprise Account Executive at Drift, the first conversational marketing platform, and a founding member of the Wily Network Board of Directors. She has worked to provide opportunities to underserved students in Greater Boston for the past 10 years. Sara graduated from Tufts University in 2012 with a political science degree, focusing on education policy. During college, she spent nine months studying in Washington, D.C., interning at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and working on political campaigns and policy writing, experiences that furthered her interest in policy relating to underserved communities. Sara is invested in the success of young people and the systemic supports needed to make success a reality. Immediately after graduation, Sara served two years volunteering full-time in Boston Public Schools with City Year Boston, an AmeriCorps program that aims to stem the high school dropout crisis by providing attendance, coursework, and social-emotional coaching to students. Her time serving in a 7th-grade classroom in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and her three years as a volunteer Big Sister illuminated for her the vast differences in resources and support that low-income students and communities receive compared to those in areas of greater wealth, as well as the different needs of students in these circumstances. She is a member of the Leadership Committee for City Year Boston’s Ambassador Circle and a volunteer Big Sister for Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Liz Stanfield
Membership Committee Co-chair
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Born and raised in Boston, Liz has devoted extensive energy to the social sector and education in particular, coordinating volunteer programs while an undergrad at Brown University, participating in numerous teaching and tutoring opportunities, and interning two summers with the Boston PIC. Liz spent her first year out of college in the Twin Cities as a New Sector Alliance fellow with Breakthrough Twin Cities before returning to Boston to join the team at Doris Buffett’s Letters Foundation. Liz is honored to be a founding member of Wily’s YPA, where she can channel her nonprofit and education experience into supporting Wily Scholars.

Carly VanTassel
YPA Co-chair
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Carly is proud to co-chair the Wily Network’s Young Professionals Association. She is a development professional in the nonprofit industry, currently working as the Special Events Coordinator at the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester. She has previously held positions at the Code of Support Foundation, Kenya Lacrosse Association, and the BOMA Project, where she has specialized in marketing, communications, engagement and fundraising events. 

Originally from Upstate New York, Carly received her BA from St. Lawrence University in 2014, with a double major in Government and Environmental Studies, as well as a minor in African Studies. She then continued her education at Gannon University, where she received her MBA in 2017 while working as the Assistant Coach for the Women’s Lacrosse team. Carly currently lives in Rochester, New York with her husband and her rescue dog, Sadie. 

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