National Leadership & Boards

Year Up senior leadership team

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Gerald Chertavian

Founder & CEO

Gerald Chertavian is dedicated to closing the Opportunity Divide that exists in our nation. Determined to make his vision a reality, Gerald combined his entrepreneurial skills and his passion for working with urban young adults to found Year Up in 2000. With its annual operating budget in excess of roughly $150M, Year Up is one of the fastest growing non-profits in the nation. Gerald’s commitment to working with urban youth spans more than 25 years. In 2008, he was appointed by Former Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick to serve on the MA State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. In 2013, he was appointed by Governor Patrick to serve as Chairman of the Roxbury Community College Board of Trustees and reappointed to that role by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker in 2016.Gerald earned a B.A. in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, from Bowdoin College. He received his M.B.A., with honors, from Harvard Business School. He has received honorary doctorates from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and Mount Ida College. . He is on the Board of Advisors for the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative and a former member of the World Economic Forum’s Youth Unemployment Council. Gerald is also an Emeritus Trustee of both Bowdoin College and the Boston Foundation. His 2012 book, A Year Up, is a New York Times best seller.

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jay banfield

Chief Officer of Innovation and Scale & Managing Director of California

Jay Banfield was raised in Somerville, Massachusetts. Jay moved to California in 1986 to attend Stanford University. Jay began his career as a business development manager at Oracle Corporation in Washington, DC. While at Oracle, he built corporate volunteer programs and participated in the launch of the Clinton Administration’s AmeriCorps program. Jay has worked on local, state and national political campaigns and has served in both the legislative and executive branches of government. Jay was appointed the Assistant Treasurer for the City and County of San Francisco in 1999, and later was appointed an Assistant General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. In the fall of 2005, Jay moved to the non-profit sector when he became the Executive Director of the San Francisco Parks Trust. Now serving on the board of the San Francisco Parks Trust, he moved on to launch the San Francisco Bay Area office of Year Up. 

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Donald Ger

National Director of Innovation and Scale

Donald Ger has spent the past 20 years working with organizations in a variety of business development and consultant roles. Donald joined Year Up in 2007 as a consultant and shortly thereafter was hired to lead the Boston and National corporate engagement teams. He developed and led several organization-wide efforts to increase the number of internships offered to Year Up students. Donald launched Year Up’s first ever community college campus-based program in Baltimore in 2010. This effort seeded the new Professional Training Corps program model and division that Donald now leads. Donald lives in Needham, MA with his wife and four children. He actively supports the work of his wife’s non-profit, Beyond the 11th. He earned a B.A. from the George Washington University, a General Course Certificate from the London School of Economics and a MBA from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.


Susan Murray

National Director of Development

Susan Murray is responsible for creating and executing a strategy to secure the philanthropic resources needed to sustain and grow Year Up nationwide. Susan joined Year Up in February 2011 as Senior Philanthropic Advisor. In this role, she partnered with Gerald Chertavian, Year Up Founder and CEO, to complete a successful $57 million growth capital campaign. Prior to joining the Year Up team, Susan raised capital for the University of Pennsylvania during the $4.3 billion Making History campaign. She also served as a Director of the Columbia University College Fund, and was part of the NYC2012 team that led New York’s bid to host the 2012 Olympics. Susan earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Rochester and an M.P.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She is a native of Newton, Massachusetts and lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Belinda stubblefield

National Site Director & Chief Diversity Officer, Year Up

Belinda Stubblefield joined Year Up in July 2013 as Executive Director of the Atlanta site.  She was promoted in 2015 to National Site Director, responsible for 5 sites in the Southeast Region. The Chief Diversity Officer role was added to her responsibilities in 2016. Prior to Year Up, Stubblefield was an entrepreneur and partnered with Paradies to operate retail stores in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. She also owned and managed WineStyles Cascade, a retail wine store in Southwest Atlanta. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Stubblefield spent 18 years in corporate roles.  She was an officer of Delta Air Lines and held leadership roles in Marketing, Sales, Customer Service and Global Diversity.  She began her career in sales at IBM and continued on to marketing at Procter & Gamble and Nestlé. Stubblefield is a member of the International Women’s Forum. Stubblefield holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Applied Science from UCLA and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Garrett Moran


Garrett Moran is the President of Year Up, where he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of daily operations and helping to develop and execute its growth strategy. Prior to joining Year Up Garrett served as the COO of Blackstone’s Private Equity Group from 2005 to 2012, overseeing the group’s day-to-day operations, playing a senior role in its investment process and guiding the firm’s CSR initiatives. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2005, Garrett was the President of MMC Capital. Before joining MMC Capital in 2002, Garrett worked at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette for twenty years. Garrett serves as a board member of Middlebury College. He formerly served on the board of the Posse Foundation, the Blackstone Foundation, the Connecticut Council for Education Reform, and the Brunswick School. He received a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Shawn Jacqueline Bohen

Chief Transformative Impact Officer

Over the last 30+ years, Shawn Jacqueline Bohen has made a career as a collaborative strategist, creating, growing, and strategically managing mission-driven entities. Shawn is currently a member of the executive leadership team at Year Up, and is responsible for crafting and orchestrating this social enterprise’s movement building strategy, policy agenda, and R & D on new impact efforts, including the launch of the Grads of Life initiative, a best practice insight and business consulting start-up, and new internal disruptive innovation function, NEST. Prior to Year Up, Shawn spent fourteen years working at Harvard University in a series of leadership roles facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration to tackle some of society’s most challenging and interesting social, political and economic dilemmas. As Assistant Provost, Shawn co-created and co-lead the first institution-wide Office for Faculty Development and Diversity committed to transforming Harvard’s approach to finding, developing and promoting a diverse, world-class faculty.

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Meredith Jaremchuk

National Director of Program

Meredith Jaremchuk has been with Year Up since 2009, and has served locally and nationally.  As the National Director of Program, she supports sites across the network in delivering Program to young adults.  With a commitment to excellence, she oversees the Quality and Delivery as well as the Research and Evaluation arms of the organization, working in partnership with local teams to ensure the young adults and partners that Year Up services have both a high quality experience and strong outcomes. Prior to joining Year Up, Meredith spent several years working for the Community Counseling Centers of Chicago, providing crisis intervention and intensive outpatient therapy to children and families in the city of Chicago. Meredith has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master’s degree in Social work from Loyola University of Chicago, with a specialization in nonprofit Leadership and Management.

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Dwight powery

National Site Director, Year Up

Dwight Powery is the National Site Director at Year Up, where he is responsible for all of its West Coast operations. Dwight comes to Year Up with more than 30 years of executive experience in both corporate and nonprofit environments. While at LifeMoves, a major nonprofit that works to support the transition of homeless families to stability, Dwight served as the Vice President of Strategy, Operations, and Technology. Prior to holding that role, Dwight worked in global account management, services and operations at Hewlett Packard. An active community member, Dwight volunteers as a youth basketball coach, works closely with the Arthritis Foundation of Northern California, and served as a board member of Friends of CARRA (Children Arthritis Rheumatology and Research Alliance). Dwight graduated from Columbia University and completed the Executive Development program at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

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Jim Thie

Chief Information Officer, Year Up

Jim Thie has worked in the technology field for three decades building and growing both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining Year Up, Jim was Chief Information Officer for three other nonprofits including the American Lung Association and Habitat for Humanity International – a top 10 international non-profit with $1.1 billion in revenue. At both organizations Jim led major technology innovations including those focused on constituent experience management. Before joining Habitat, Jim was Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Ultimate Software – a top provider in mid-marker payroll. Jim also held positions at Encore Development, an e-business and systems integration company, and Computer Associates, an international advanced technology company. Finally, Jim was a senior executive at one of the nation’s leading financial institutions. In this capacity he served as Senior Vice President of technology and operations. Jim earned his MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College and BS in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University.

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Alison Washabaugh

Chief of Staff, Year Up

Alison Washabaugh is Year Up’s Chief of Staff. She joined Year Up in 2014 as the Director of Strategic Projects. She partners with Year Up’s CEO and President to drive organizational initiatives with the goal of providing excellent outcomes to young adults and fostering a strong culture across all Year Up sites. Prior to joining Year Up, Alison was a consultant with Huron Consulting Group’s Global Education practice, working with universities, libraries, museums and other education-focused nonprofits on their online and global strategies and operational efficiencies. Alison has also worked for the Congressional Hunger Center, City Year, American Prospect magazine, and the American Institutes for Research. She holds an MBA from University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and a BA in Public Policy from Brown University.

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Jeff Artis

National Director of Corporate Engagement

Jeff Artis joined Year Up in 2013 as National Director of Corporate Engagement, with over 30 years’ experience selling complex business solutions to large enterprises in both the private and public sectors. Jeff has an extensive background in selling workforce management and IT-based services solutions. He started his career with IBM and held a variety of sales roles of increasing responsibility over his 19 year career; including regional sales manager (for services) in the Midwest and national Business Unit Executive for Availability Services. Other roles have included Director, Consulting Services Sales (U.S. and Canada) for BMC Software, VP of Sales for Getronics and SVP, Technology Solutions for Spherion. Jeff previously served on the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Urban League and is a graduate of Williams College, with a B.A. in English Literature and Psychology. He is a native of Harlem, NY and currently resides in Atlanta, GA.

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John Bradley

Chief Information Officer

John Bradley joined Year Up as Chief Operating Officer in July 2015, after serving as a member of our National Board of Directors and chair of its Human Capital Committee for six years. Before joining Year Up, John served as the Global Head of Human Resources at UBS AG and was based in Switzerland upon joining them in 2009. John served as Chief Human Resources Officer at JPMorgan Chase and was a member of the firm’s Operating and Executive Committees. He was also an HR executive for JPMorgan Chase’s operations in Europe and Asia. He has served as Non-Executive Director of the London-based Coalition Development Corporation and was formerly the Board Chair of INROADS/NYC. He also was a member of the South Orange/Maplewood, NJ Board of Education from 1991 to 1997, and served as its Chair from 1992-1994. John completed his undergraduate work at Cornell University, earning a B.S. from Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.


Ellen McClain

Chief Financial Officer

Ellen McClain has gained extensive professional management experience over the past 25 years as a CFO and COO at companies in various stages of development, helping companies navigate competitive challenges and market opportunities brought about by technological and regulatory change. Ms. McClain began her career at Bank of New England, N.A. in 1986 as an analyst and lender to radio, television and cable companies. After graduating from business school in 1993, she joined Granite Broadcasting Corporation. In 2009, Ms. McClain joined the New York Racing Association. After turning around their failing finance organization, in the fall of 2011, Ms. McClain was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, then President, with responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the enterprise while managing all aspects of the operation. Ellen McClain earned a B.A. in Economics from Brown University in 1986 and a Master in Business Administration degree from Harvard University in 1993. She currently serves on the Board of Directors, and is a member of the Audit and the Nominating and Governance committees, of Crane Co.

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Casey recupero

National Site Director, Year Up

Casey Recupero serves as National Site Director for Year Up’s markets in the Metro North and New England regions. Working with and through Executive Directors and their leadership teams, Casey oversees Year Up’s impact in Chicago, Greater Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Providence, and Wilmington. Previously, Casey served as National Director of Program where he was responsible for ensuring high-quality delivery of Year Up’s demand-driven program across the organization’s multi-site network. Earlier in his Year Up career, Casey served as the Executive Director of Year Up Boston, stewarding Year Up’s largest site through several stages of growth while deepening the organization’s impact on the Opportunity Divide facing young people in Massachusetts. Casey has a B.A. in Anthropology and African Studies from Harvard College, is a graduate of the LeadBoston program, and has served on the Selection Advisory Council for the GreenLight Fund, the Lewis Family Foundation’s Community Advisory Group, and Mayor Menino’s Success Boston Task Force.


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National Director of Alumni Relations, Year Up

Ronda Harris Thompson is the National Director of Alumni Relations. Since joining Year Up in 2007, she has served in several critical capacities, including Senior Director of Program and Academics and Executive Director of Year Up’s National Capital Region. In this position she drove the outreach, admissions, college enrollment, and academic components of 300 young adults annually, consistently exceeding expectations for each area of responsibility. Ronda also developed and implemented a groundbreaking dual enrollment partnership with Northern Virginia Community College. Prior to joining Year Up, Ronda served as Deputy Director for City Year in Washington, D.C., where she oversaw the site’s training, corps member support and service initiatives. Ronda, a D.C. native, graduated from Bowie State University, an historically Black university, with a B.A. in Psychology and a Master of Science in Administration (M.S.A.) in Organizational Development from Trinity Washington University. She currently serves on the board of Gifted Servants (Maryland).

Year Up Executive Directors


Hassan Charles

Executive Director, Year Up Greater Philadelphia & Wilmington

Hassan is the Executive Director at Year Up Greater Philadelphia. He currently oversees Professional Training Centers in both Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE. Hassan joined Year Up in 2018, bringing with him a rich blend of corporate, education and public service experience.

Most recently Hassan served as the Executive Director of Engagement at Baltimore City Public Schools where he oversaw all school district volunteers, partnerships, communications and community engagement, while providing strategic planning and tactical support to the Chief Executive Officer and nine-member cabinet. Prior to working in Baltimore City he led communications, public relations and media for approximately 7,000 public school employees and 46,000 students at District of Columbia Public Schools, where he also launched the district’s new, five-year strategic plan and helped reverse a four-decade trend of declining student enrollment.

Earlier in his career Hassan held a variety of marketing and management positions at leading financial institutions like NationsBank, MBNA and Wachovia. He holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Virginia and holds memberships in several professional associations. When Hassan is not working to close the Opportunity Divide for young adults across the Delaware Valley he enjoys hiking, biking and spending quality time with his wife and two sons.

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Bob dame

Executive Director, Year Up Greater Boston

Bob is the Executive Director at Year Up Boston. He comes from an experienced background in senior leadership in the financial services industry. Bob previously worked at State Street as a Senior Vice President in the Investor Services Group. He managed several large client relationships as well as the Product and Technology implementation team. Earlier in his career Bob worked in the global business unit as Managing Director of the Australian Investor Services business and Chief Operating Officer of Asia Pacific. Bob has been active with Year Up as mentor and volunteer for many years before joining the organization. He has a Bachelors degree in Business from Boston University and an MBA from Boston College.

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john galante

Executive Director, Year Up New York

John Galante joined Year Up in 2017 as a senior advisor to the corporate engagement team. Previously, he was the CIO for the consumer and business banking divisions of JP Morgan Chase. In this capacity, Galante was responsible for setting and implementing the technology strategy that transformed Chase branches to a client-focused self-directed digital environment. Prior to that role, he was the CIO for the Chase Wealth Management business where he led the largest retail brokerage conversion in the history of the industry. During his tenure at JP Morgan Chase, Galante was also the executive sponsor of the JP Morgan Chase / Year Up partnership. Through this partnership, JP Morgan Chase hosted over 800 Year Up interns and converted over 200 of the interns to JP Morgan Chase employees.

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Executive Director, Year Up Dallas/Fort Worth

Kris Muñoz Vetter was named Executive Director of Year Up Dallas/Fort Worth (YUDFW) on May 1, 2018. Prior to her role as Executive Director, Muñoz-Vetter served as YUDFW’s Senior Director of Philanthropy, where her strong community network and extensive experience managing teams in high growth, results-driven environments proved invaluable to scaling Year Up’s first campus in Texas. Since 2016, Munoz-Vetter has led efforts to build awareness of Year Up in the local community. She helped recruit a local Advisory Board led by civic leader Melissa Fetter and worked collaboratively with Year Up’s national team to successfully launch the YUDFW campus. Prior to YUDFW, Muñoz-Vetter had a distinguished career in higher education working at the University of Texas at Austin, Southern Methodist University (SMU) and the University of Texas at Arlington where she served in several senior management roles. Kris is a lifelong Texan and University of Texas alumna.


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Executive Director, Year Up Bay Area

Emily started her career addressing poverty and its impact on educational opportunities as a part of the Teach for America teaching corps in urban Los Angeles. After teaching, Emily moved to the business sector to learn first-hand about business strategy as part of the tech start-up, Posit Science. She used this experience to guide her work in business development as the Director of Programs for SpringBoard Forward, bringing a cutting-edge career development program to entry-level workers in the Bay Area. At Year Up Bay Area, Emily oversaw the outreach, admissions, student services and corporate engagement teams, ensuring that each phase of the program students feel supported and well prepared for their next steps: internship, graduation and job placement. Emily currently serves as YUBA’s Executive Director, after 5 years of leading programmatic efforts. Emily received her Education M.A. from Loyola Marymount University.


Polo Coronado Sada

Executive Director, Year Up South Florida

Polo joined Year Up South Florida as Executive Director in January 2016 after a successful professional career as an action-oriented COO, General Manager, Planning and Supply Chain Executive.  Polo held senior management positions with Fortune 100 companies including Procter &Gamble and Avon, as well as, most recently leading Intcomex Operations, a global technology distribution organization based in Miami. He specialized in the creation of business strategies towards the goal of embracing new customer and channel requirements. He developed and implemented manufacturing, customer service and distribution strategies across most countries in the Americas. He is also a Trustee and volunteer for the United Way movement; serving as a founding member of United Way Brazil (ACJ), former member of the Board for United Way in Mexico (Fondo Unido) and the International Initiative of United Way Miami-Dade.Polo holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad Anahuac (Mexico City) and is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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Cathy doyle

Executive Director, Year Up Rhode Island

Cathy Doyle joined the Year Up Providence Team in 2012 after having spent most of her career in Sales and Business Strategy for General Mills. A founding committee member of the Network of Executive Women (NEW), a national non-profit focused on empowering women, Doyle was recognized for developing and leading NEW’s first College Outreach and Mentoring programs. She also served as an Executive in Residence focusing on career education at Bryant University, and as a marketing and communication consultant for Serve Rhode Island working on urban education projects. Doyle currently serves as Executive Director and Senior Director of Corporate Engagement for Providence. “I’ve found my passion and heart at Year Up. Not a day goes by that I’m not grateful for this work and for our young adults.”

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Grace jackson

Executive Director, Year Up Greater Atlanta

In July 2018 Grace became Executive Director of the Year Up Greater Atlanta. Most recently, Grace served as the Chief Operating and Strategy Officer for Raymond James Bank where she headed loan and deposit operations, bank strategy, enterprise risk management, cybersecurity, and technology initiatives. She served as the point of contact for the banking regulators. Previously, Grace spent seven years with SunTrust Bank, Private Wealth Management as Head of Credit Strategy where she increased and drove loan demand in 18 markets, achieving $1.9 billion in new loan production on an $8 billion loan portfolio. As the Credit Advisory Services Executive, she led seven credit teams with 130 professionals in managing $8.5 billion in assets. A native of Chicago, Grace holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Comprehensive Marketing from Illinois State University, as well as a Master of Business Administration in finance from Katz Graduate School of Business from the University of Pittsburgh.


Kim Owens

Executive Director, Year Up Arizona

Kim Owens is Executive Director of Year Up Arizona, which launched in January 2015 in partnership with Maricopa Community Colleges. Prior to joining Year Up, Kim served as Vice President of Workforce Solutions at the University of Phoenix’s Community College Center of Excellence. There, she formed collaborative partnerships with more than 500 community colleges across the country to help fulfill their shared mission of building a globally competitive workforce. She brings more than twenty years of leadership experience in higher education, technology recruiting, hospitality and sales. Kim served on the board for Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates (JAG) and UMOM New Day Centers; and was an active member of key industry organizations such as American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). Kim received a BS in Journalism/Public Relations from San Diego State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.


Roland selby

Executive Director, Year Up Baltimore

Mr. Selby is a Project Management Institute (PMI) Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.  He has 20 years management-level call center/customer service operations and training experience; and was a National Retail Federation Foundation (NRFF) Customer Service Skills (CSS) Certified Trainer. Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Selby provided his unique blend of project management, call center management, and departmental leadership for Fortune 100 companies including, American Express, Ameriprise Financial, Citigroup Bank Card Services, Lockheed Martin, MBNA America, and Wells Fargo Bank. Mr. Selby is a native of Baltimore and an alum of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Morgan State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated and serves on the Board of Directors for the Howard E. Rollins Foundation, and the Elijah Cummings Youth Program.


Jack Crowe

Executive Director, Year Up Chicago

Jack Crowe brings impressive experience to Year Up Chicago from the Cristo Rey Network where he was the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. Cristo Rey Network is the largest network of urban high schools in the country enrolling exclusively low-income youth. All Cristo Rey students work in a corporate work study program, which generates over $50 million per year from over 2,000 corporations. During his five year tenure, enrollment increased from 5,000 to nearly 10,000 students across the U.S. Prior to working at Cristo Rey Network, Jack was a General Counsel of FBOP Corporation, a $16 billion bank holding company. Before joining FBOP, Jack was a litigation partner at Winston & Strawn where he handled complex corporate disputes. Jack obtained a JD degree from Loyola University of Chicago and received a BA in English from Boston College. Following undergraduate studies, he taught at St. George’s College, a Jesuit high school in Kingston, Jamaica.

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michael faught

Executive Director, Year Up Los Angeles

John Galante joined Year Up in 2017 as a senior advisor to the corporate engagement team. Previously, he was the CIO for the consumer and business banking divisions of JP Morgan Chase. In this capacity, Galante was responsible for setting and implementing the technology strategy that transformed Chase branches to a client-focused self-directed digital environment. Prior to that role, he was the CIO for the Chase Wealth Management business where he led the largest retail brokerage conversion in the history of the industry. During his tenure at JP Morgan Chase, Galante was also the executive sponsor of the JP Morgan Chase / Year Up partnership. Through this partnership, JP Morgan Chase hosted over 800 Year Up interns and converted over 200 of the interns to JP Morgan Chase employees.


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Executive Director, Year Up Puget Sound

As Year Up Puget Sound’s Executive Director, Fred brings more than 20 years of experience serving young adults who find themselves on the wrong side of the Opportunity Divide. From Casey Family Programs to Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, Fred has built programs and partnerships that improve the lives of homeless and former foster youth. In 2012, Fred joined Year Up Puget Sound as Senior Director of Corporate Engagement, developing strong partnerships with Microsoft, Expedia, T-Mobile, and Amazon, among many others, and helping build Year Up’s co-location model with Bellevue College. Since moving into his role as Executive Director in 2017, Fred has worked to build Year Up Puget Sound’s vision for scaling impact and building Year Up’s presence in our community and within our corporate partners. Fred holds an MSW from Portland State University and a BA in Psychology from Linfield College.


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Executive Director, Year Up National Capital Region

Guylaine Saint Juste, fondly called Guy, currently serves as the Executive Director of the National Capital Region. Guy is a passionate and spirited leader who believes that a culture of intention is instrumental to growth and transformation.  Her passion is to help Year Up students, her team, stakeholders, to scale, grow, contribute, thrive and prosper. Prior to joining Year Up, Guy served as the Business Banking Virginia Market Executive at Capital One Bank. She provided strategic oversight, cultivated a culture of purpose and significance, and created a learning organization where a team of banking professionals provided good advice and expertise to clients in the emerging market. She is a dynamic, enterprising and seasoned executive with broad-based management and leadership experience in retail and commercial banking, talent, operational and organizational strategy development, leadership and implementation of major business lines/units to improve performance and profitability, brand development to enhance value and competitive positioning.


Robin Tanya Watson

Executive Director, Year Up Jacksonville

Robin Tanya Watson serves as the Executive Director of Year Up in Jacksonville, Florida. Year Up Jacksonville launched in 2015 in partnership with Florida State College at Jacksonville. Prior to joining Year Up, Robin served as the Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement as well as the University Development Officer at Tennessee State University.  Prior to joining TSU, Watson was the Vice President of Business Development at PRISM International. At PRISM International, she assisted organizations in strategically focusing their diversity processes and leveraging their resources to close business gaps. Robin’s leadership and development efforts at Tennessee State University during her tenure- resulted in raising over $19M, helped increase the endowment to a net asset position of $69M, a 6% increase in new Alumni giving. Robin grew up in Nashville; she is a graduate of Fisk University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and an additional post Baccalaureate Degree in Natural Science and Mathematics.



Kathy Hardy

President & Co-Founder, YUPRO

Kathy Hardy has over 25 years of executive staffing experience as a Senior Vice President and President in both national and international staffing markets. Her career has been distinguished by entrepreneurial endeavors in fast-growth, multi-site organizations, and her exceptional ability for building professional, high-performance teams. As the President and Co-founder of YUPRO, Kathy has translated her staffing experience into a social purpose staffing agency that provides career opportunities to thousands of YearUp graduates and alumni in over a dozen cities across the US, while offering skilled, motivated talent to business clients. Previously, Kathy’s commitment to community service led to the establishment of 400 inner city after-school programs serving 10,000 elementary age children. That is where Kathy experienced the joy of driving change as an individual and seeing the difference it makes in people’s lives.


Sandy stark

National Site Director at Year Up

Sandy Stark has spent the majority of her career building and growing both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Sandy started her career at KeyBank, a $134 billion financial services company, where she held executive positions in retail and commercial banking, culminating in her role as Vice Chairman of KeyBank’s Small Business Services division.

After her career in financial services, she joined Baldwin-Wallace University as Associate Professor in an endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship where she created and launched the first Undergraduate and Graduate degree program in Entrepreneurship.

During this time, Sandy also served as President of the Board of Trustees of Urban Community School, an independent, pre-k through 8th grade ecumenical school serving inner-city children.

Sandy earned a B.A. in Accounting and an M.B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace University. She enjoys golf, tennis, cycling, hiking and travel.


Roberto Zeledon

Chief Marketing Officer at Year Up

Roberto Zeledon is the Chief Marketing Officer at Year Up. Roberto spent most of his 20 + years in the private sector building Fortune 500 brands, having held roles at Xerox, Digitas, First Marblehead and others. Since joining Year Up in 2010 to lead their marketing efforts, the organization has more than tripled in size and is one of the fastest growing non-profits in the US today. Through this growth, Roberto developed and led several organization-wide efforts including the launch of the New York Times Bestseller, A Year Up. Roberto orchestrated the development, launch, and promotion of Year Up’s national 60 Minutes story, the organization’s most valuable campaign in its 18 year history. This opportunity drove millions in financial support, growth into multiple new cities, and the ability to serve thousands of new young adults for years to come. He earned his B.S. in Marketing and Law from Syracuse University and a MBA from Boston College Carroll School of Management.


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Paul Salem

Chair, Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director, Providence Equity Partners

Paul Salem is a co-founder and a Senior Managing Director based in the Providence office. Mr. Salem is currently a director of Grupo TorreSur, NEW Asurion and NFL/PEP Ventures. Mr. Salem previously served as a director of Eircom, PanAmSat, Tele1 Europe, Verio, Wired Magazine and several other Providence investments. Mr. Salem established the London office in 1999 and returned to Providence in 2001. Before joining Providence, Mr. Salem worked for Morgan Stanley in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he spent four years with Prudential Investment Corporation, an affiliate of Prudential Insurance, where his responsibilities included private placement financing, leveraged buyout transactions and helping establish Prudential’s European office. Mr. Salem received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. Mr. Salem is chairman of non-profit Year Up and a board member of Edesia Global Nutrition.

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Peter Handrinos

Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

Peter Handrinos is a Partner with Latham & Watkins LLP. Mr. Handrinos practices corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and venture capital transactions for life sciences and technology companies. Mr. Handrinos has advised both public and private companies in connection with a broad range of matters, including IPOs, follow-on offerings, strategic investments, 144A offerings, cash and stock mergers, tender offers and going-private transactions. He counsels numerous start-up companies and venture capital firms in venture capital financings. Mr. Handrinos also regularly represents investment banks in connection with capital markets transactions. A significant portion of his practice involves general corporate work for ongoing clients on matters such as SEC compliance, securities and disclosure issues, and corporate governance matters. Mr. Handrinos received a J.D. from New York University and an M.B.A. and B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University

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angelica pineda

Senior Workforce Development Associate, Salesforce, Year Up Alumnus

After 5 months of training in Year Up’s Project Management track, Angelica earned an internship as a Grants Program Coordinator for, performing due diligence for non-profit organization’s eligibility to receive donations, owned her team’s participation in the Becoming Salesforce Program for new employees, supported Workforce Development Grants, and helped disburse payments to American and Canadian non-profits and charities. After finishing her 6-month internship, Angelica was offered a 6-month contract, which two years later has turned into full-time employment at Today Angelica is working towards her bachelor’s degree in Diversity & Inclusion at Skyline College works full-time as a Senior Workforce Development Associate at engaging employees in meaningful and purpose-driven volunteerism related to Workforce Development, and is a single mom to her 3-year-old son. Angelica continues to serve as an advocate of untapped talent and pay forward all the support that was poured into her journey.

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robert steel

CEO, Perella Weinberg Partners

Mr. Steel is a Partner and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Perella Weinberg Partners. Prior to joining the firm, he was New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Economic Development from 2010-2013. A key initiative for Mayor Bloomberg’s Administration was to encourage and grow the technology sector of New York City’s economy, and Mr. Steel led the applied sciences initiative, which established the Cornell-Technion campus on Roosevelt Island and New York University Center for Urban Science and progress initiative in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Mayor, Mr. Steel was the President and CEO of Wachovia where he oversaw the sale of the bank to Wells Fargo & Co. and served on the Wells Fargo board of directors until 2010. During his tenure at the U.S. Treasury as Under Secretary for Domestic Finance from 2006 to 2008, he received the President’s Working Group, the core group responded to the global economic crisis of 2008. He is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Mr. Steel is the chairman of the Aspen Institutes’ Board of Trustees.

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jordan urrutia

CEO, First Impressions Parking Solutions, Year Up Alumnus

Jordan Urrutia is a graduate of Year Up Providence. Upon graduation, Jordan continued to work towards Year Up’s mission by serving as a Year Up National and Year Up Providence staff member. Jordan has also spent time working in Human Resources with CVS Health. Currently, Jordan is the CEO and Founder of startup company First Impressions Parking Solutions LLC, located in the Twin Cities Metro area. Jordan is the third ever alumnus elected to the Year Up National Board of Directors, serving as the Representative to the NAA Board. He is the former Chairman of the Year Up Providence Alumni Board and is a former member of the Year Up Providence Local Advisory Board. In addition to his work with Year Up, Jordan serves on the Board of Directors for MapleBrook Soccer Association. He is a US Soccer Federation licensed and paid youth coach. Jordan and his wife, Oneyda, met in Providence, Rhode Island. They relocated to Maple Grove, Minnesota in 2016 with their two sons, Giovanni and Neydan.

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Tim Dibble

Immediate Past Chair, General Partner, Alta Equity Partners

Timothy Dibble is a General Partner with Alta Equity Partners. Tim joined the Board of Year Up with over 25 years of experience working with and investing in a variety of industries and companies. Tim began his career at the Bank of Boston in the Acquisition Finance Division, structuring and monitoring the performance of management buyouts in cash flow industries. Tim received a degree in Economics from Wesleyan University. Tim and Alta have incubated Year Up from the idea stage through to execution –offering office space, support, and resources. Tim also sits on the Board of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay and was previously the Chair of its Board of Directors. In addition, Tim is the current Chairman of the Board of Shining Hope for Communities.

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judy miner

Chancellor, Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Effective August 1, 2015, Judy C. Miner was appointed Chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, where she served as President from 2007 to 2015. She serves on six regional advisory boards, five national advisory boards, and serves as an expert advisor by Hewlett Packard and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME). Miner is also the Silicon Valley CEO representative to the Economic Development and Program Advisory Committee for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and serves as the chair of the planning committee for the 2016 American Council on Education national conference. Under the auspices of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), she served on the Working Group that produced Report to the President, Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, published by the White House in February of 2012. On March 23, 2012, Science magazine published her editorial entitled “America’s Community Colleges” with an accompanying podcast that highlighted the science initiatives at Foothill College.

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meeghan prunty

Managing Director, Blue Meridian Partners

Meeghan Prunty is a Managing Director of Blue Meridian Partners at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. Prunty is a member of the small leadership team of Blue Meridian Partners and helps shape and drive the business as it evolves. Her focus is the grantee investment side of Blue Meridian’s work –sourcing new investment ideas, leading due diligence on potential grantees and actively managing relationships with grantees throughout the course of the Partnership’s investment. She served as Associate Director from 2005-2010 and subsequently served as a Senior Advisor on the Leadership Team. From 1993 through 1995, Prunty worked in the Clinton White House as Associate Director of Research & Strategic Planning. Prunty is a veteran of the 1992 Clinton campaign, from the primary in New Hampshire through the “War Room” in Little Rock to policy work for the President-elect’s Economic Conference in December 1992. From 1996-1998, Prunty directed the Children & the Media Program at Children Now, a national children’s advocacy organization based in California. She has an MBA from Columbia University where she was awarded the Bronfman fellowship and a BS in International Economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

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kim tanner

Executive Director, Jenesis

Kim brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in business and philanthropy. Kim currently serves as the Executive Director for theJenesis Group. As Executive Director, Kim is responsible for leading the foundation’s efforts to advance its mission and effectively support grantees with both human and financial resources. Kim oversees all aspects of grant making and operations for the foundation as well as setting strategic priorities and building relationships with key partners. She has been instrumental in developing and implementing a “venture like” approach to helping youth development organizations achieve their goals. Shas served on panels and conducted conference sessions specifically focused on investing in social entrepreneurial led organizations and building revenue generating capacities for non profits. Before entering philanthropy, Kim worked at MetLife as the youngest Regional Administrator in charge of the administrative operations of 17 sales offices in the western half of Texas. Following her tenure at MetLife she worked briefly in the Telecom industry building-out the administrative operations, reporting tools and systems, and marketing efforts for a national sales organization. Kim earned her bachelor’s degree in Finance & Marketing from Texas Tech University.

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greg walton

IT Support Engineer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Year Up Alumnus

Greg graduated from Year Up Boston in January of 2007 and has stayed committed to Year Up’s mission to close the Opportunity Divide. He’s the husband of Alicia Walton and father of four year old Greg Jr. & his new born daughter Gia Jalise. For the past seven years, Greg has worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and he is currently a Desktop Support Specialist IT Consultant II. In this role, Greg provides computer support to a plethora of departments across the Institute. Greg is the first alumnus of Year Up to join its National Board of Directors. He is also continuing his education at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Greg is passionate about giving back and is a motivational speaker to young people across this country. Greg was recently elected to the Boston Re-Entry Initiative (BRI) Advisory Board. The BRI program works with the Boston Police Department, the Suffolk County House of Correction, other law enforcement, and local youth/family/community services programs to help young men transition from prison back into society.

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Ruth Bowen

Manager, Bank of America & Year Up Alumnus

Ruth Bowen is an alumna of Year Up Atlanta Class 8, July 2013. She graduated with a full time offer from her internship and current employer at Bank of America. In 2014, she continued to own and document Program, Project and Vendor set up processes; and in 2015 established and streamlined Governance routines as part of her PMO’s Program Governance and Execution team. Ruth is currently part of the User Acceptance Testing team, which manages code development testing and pushes the banks ITSM program forward. Ruth has spent time on her local Alumni board as Treasurer, with her Toastmasters club as VP of Membership, Communications chair for internal network –Leadership Education Advocacy and Development for Women, and various roles that have helped fine-tune her leadership skills. She launched a Professional Wear Clothing drive for Year Up at Bank of America, and continues to work with national and local staff members to help improve student and alumni outcomes. Her aspirations include attaining her PMP certification, working on a start-up business venture and partnering with her colleagues to make a positive impact in her community.

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deval patrick

Managing Director, Bain Capital Double Impact, Former Massachusetts Governor

Originally from the South Side of Chicago, Patrick came to Massachusetts at 14, when he was awarded a scholarship to Milton Academy through the Boston-based organization A Better Chance. After Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he clerked for a federal appellate judge and then launched a career as an attorney and business executive, becoming partner at two Boston law firms and a senior executive at Texaco and Coca-Cola. In 1994, President Clinton appointed Patrick to the nation’s top civil rights post, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. In 2006, in his first bid for public office, he became the state’s first African-American governor. In his two terms as Governor, Patrick oversaw the expansion of affordable health care to more than 98 percent of state residents, launched initiatives stimulating clean energy and biotechnology, won a national Race to the Top grant, and steered the state out of recession to a 25-year high in employment. Patrick currently serves as a Managing Director of Bain Capital Double Impact, where he focuses on investments that deliver both a competitive financial return and significant positive social impact.

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barby siegel

CEO, Zeno Group

Barby has embedded into Zeno a relentless focus on work that matters in a client-centric culture, most dramatically manifested in the one global P&L model that ensures clients benefit from the full force of Zeno every day. Under her stewardship, Zeno has experienced unprecedented growth and industry recognition for its creativity, highly-collaborative culture and fearless pursuit of the unexpected. Zeno was named PRWeek ‘Mid-Size Agency of the Year’ for three consecutive years (2011, 2012, 2013) and was named ‘Consumer Agency of the Year’ by the Holmes Report. In 2012, Barby was named PR Week ‘PR Professional of the Year’. Accolades aside, she is even prouder that her teenage daughters Matty and Mallory have put their own stamp on ‘fearless.’

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robert templin jr.

President Emeritus, Northern Virginia Community College

Bob Templin served as the fourth President of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) from 2002 to 2015. Under Mr. Templin’s leadership the college created a strategic plan to increase college access and student success for 25,000 additional students drawn primarily from low-income and immigrant communities through a “collective impact” strategy that champions closer working relationships between NOVA and the region’s high schools, community-based non-profit organizations, universities, and employers. He is also the founding Chair of the C-4 Network that supports the design and implementation of collective impact partnerships between community colleges and Goodwill Industries International at over 90 sites across the country. Shortly following the White House Summit on Community Colleges in 2010, Mr. Templin was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House. Bob Templin retired from NOVA in early 2015, and is serving part time as both a Senior Fellow with The Aspen Institute and a Professor at North Carolina State University. His current work focuses on continuing his national community college reform work by concentrating on the preparation of the next generation of community college leaders.

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Regina Andino

Senior Executive Assistant, JPMC

Regina Andino, Class 16 Alumni, is currently a Senior Executive Assistant to the Chief Global Compliance Officer at JPMorgan Chase. Continuing her efforts to support Year Up's mission, she serves as the Year Up NY Site representative on the National Alumni Association Board. Recently becoming a member of the International Association for Administrative Assistants, while continuing to be a working mother of two, Regina works hard to prove that there are no limits for urban young adults.


oneyda escobar

Sr. IT Service Desk Supervisor, Medtronic

Oneyda is a graduate of Year Up Providence Class of July 2010 (Class 10), where she served as a keynote speaker for graduation and was the recipient of the Excellence Award. Oneyda was the first ever Year Up intern to be placed at Covidien (now Medtronic), working her way up to her current role as Senior IT Service Desk Supervisor. She is HDI Support Center & HDI Team Lead certified and has earned her Six Sigma Greenbelt certification for continuous improvement.

In 2011 Oneyda became the first ever alumnus to serve on the Year Up Providence Local Advisory Board. Oneyda was the 2014 recipient of Year Up's Accountability award for Year Up Providence. In 2014 Oneyda was selected to be the Site Representative for Year Up's National Alumni Association Board and is now serving as the Vice Chair on the NAA.

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katrina hill

Admissions Manager, Year Up National Capital Region

Katrina serves as the Admissions Manager with Year Up National Capital Region, where she is accountable for market wide admissions processes, process improvement, and creating levers to realize economies of scales in Admissions. Since joining Year Up in 2015, she has served in several roles, including Internship Services Specialist and Staff Learning Specialist. An alumna of Year Up National Capital Region Class of 2012, Katrina serves as the Chair of the National Alumni Association where she provides strategic vision and direction that allows alums to “lift as they climb” as well as ACT: Advance, Contribute and Take Action. In addition, she is engaged with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Walk, and Wreaths Across America. An avid learner, Katrina is currently working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Management at College for America at Southern New Hampshire University with estimated completion of 2020.

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Dallas Phinsee, III

Founder/Managing Director, Compumind Marketing Inc.

Dallas Phinsee III is a graduate of Year Up Bay Area, Class of January 2012. He attended Junipero Serra High School. Dallas attended Voorhees College where he majored in Criminal Justice and minored in African American Studies. While in Year Up, he served on the Student Outreach Committee which gave him the opportunity to meet with business partners and co-facilitate a weekly open house for potential students. In 2010, Dallas is the Managing Director of Compumind Marketing, Inc. & Co-Founder of the Ella J. Butler Memorial Scholarship Foundation. He is an engaged alumnus, helping to foster a better relationship between the underserved communities in the Bay Area, corporate partners and Year Up, while serving as Treasurer for Year Up’s National Alumni Association Board. Dallas is deeply committed to mentoring elementary, middle and high school students to read across the Bay Area, helping to give them a better understanding of the importance of education.

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Byron tolbert

PC Specialist, Elavon Inc.

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abigail west-corbin

Desktop Services, Credit Suisse Services LLC

Abigail is an Alum who graduated in 2013 and has been working towards her goal as an IT Project Manager after graduating with cohort 13 from the Brooklyn site. She interned at Citi Group where she was taught the fundamental components of being a desktop support technician. Upon graduating she was able to obtain a new role as a desktop support tech with CompuCom @ Credit Suisse. There she was able to learn different skillsets and move towards her goal. Today, just a few years later with ComputaCenter @ Credit Suisse, Abigail is the Lead Project Coordinator and wears many hats within the company supporting over 7,000 end users. Abigail has been deeply involved with Year Up after graduation- She sat on the Local Alumni Board in NY for two years and has recently taken a new Role as the Communications Chair on the National Alumni Board. Abigail is still working hard and helping to close that opportunity divide.

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Andre Carroll

Outreach Associate, Oak Street Health

Andre Carroll is a youth organizer/activist from Philadelphia, PA. Carroll is a Founding Board Member for Vote the Odds, a youth-based organization focused on getting youth involved in local, odd year elections. Carroll serves as the Board of Year-Up Philadelphia Alumni Association. Prior to that Carroll volunteered at the Board Street Ministry feeding the homeless on the weekends. Carroll was appointed to the PA Hillary Clinton Youth Council where he engaged youth participation in the 2016 Presidential election state wide. Carroll is alum of Peirce College, where he received his Associate's of Science in Business Administration. Started Temple University in the fall of 2017 to complete his undergrad studies & was appointed Special Assistant for the City Controller’s Office.

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david frederick

Founder, Audastio, Inc.

David Frederick gifts the reader with his personal life experiences which are centered around a determination to overcome. His dream begins in his mother language, Haitian Creole. It was in Saint-Marc, Haiti where he was born and where he grew up. He has lived in many other places, but Saint-Marc is the heartbeat within his vein. Mr. Frederick is a proud Miami-Dade College graduate, Year Up South Florida Alumni, and a Sant La Fellow. He is also appeared as the keynote speaker for his Year Up and Sant La graduating class. Mr. Frederick is the founder Audastio, a media company that is focusing on storytelling to connect different people from different background because our goal is to diversify the podcast industry. He is a published author who owns several writings and the host of Impact The Outcome podcast, which is the first of its kind.

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kyle kerlew

Business Analyst Quality Assurance, Acosta

Kyle Kerlew graduated from Class 5 of Year Up Jacksonville in December 2017. During Year Up Kyle served as co-chairman of the Student Leadership Council. Having a leadership position during Year Up inspired Kyle to want to continue after graduation, so he applied to be the Jacksonville Site Representative. Outside of Year Up, Kyle have strived to improve his own and others leadership abilities. This inspired his involvement with Student Government, Campus Programming Boards, Regional leadership for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and more local organizations that aim to enhance the student learning experience. Kyle studies computer science engineering at Florida State College at Jacksonville and is hoping to transfer to Georgia Tech for his Bachelor’s degree.

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Brian Nuila

Brian Nuila is a San Francisco native born to immigrant parents from El Salvador who came to the United States fleeing violence and a chance for a better life. Brian Interned at LinkedIn where he was hired as a contractor. His career has been focused in Salesforce Administration and has 5 years of experience working with a number of different companies and industries. For the last four years, Brian has been elected to serve on the Year Up Bay Area local Alumni Association in numerous roles. Currently, he serves as Treasurer of the local alumni association and as Site Representative of the Bay Area for the National Alumni Association

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Daisy Santiago

IT Help Desk Technician, GT’s Kombucha

Daisy is currently working at GT’s Living Foods as an IT Technician. She has worked with other prominent companies such as Snap Inc. (Snapchat) and Red Bull. She has helped IT companies by coordinating solutions, leading others while in training and developing new ways to make IT an easier and more organized department. In addition to furthering her career, Daisy is an artist, film photographer and Events Organizer for a few non-profit organizations such as Aguilas Del Desierto. Daisy serves the Year Up Los Angeles Alumni Board as a Site Representative.

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quiana wilcoxson

Customer Service Representative, Wipro

An ambitious student who successfully completed coursework, community service, and achievements at Year Up Atlanta. Social Media Director for the Year Up Atlanta Alumni Association and Year Up National Alumni Association Site Representative for Atlanta. In 2014, was promoted to Help Desk Support Analyst at New York Life Insurance; moved on to become a Mobility Auditor at Rollins Inc. and has been a Customer Service Representative under Wipro Inc. for Geek Squad for 2+ years. Possesses strong interpersonal skills and a desire for a career in Information Technology, Customer Service, and/or Graphic Design. At Year Up Atlanta, served as an Admissions Ambassador, coding club member, and Local alumni board member as the Social Media Director. Continuously growing spiritually, and expressively. Has graduated in the field of Design and Media with a focus of Graphic Design at Atlanta Technical College. Will continue at Georgia State University 2019.

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Paris Carthen

Development Specialist, Year up Bay Area

Paris Carthen is a graduate of Year Up Bay Area, Class of July 2012. Paris was born and raised in Oakland, California by a single parent mother who did her best to provide for Paris and her older sister. Upon graduation, Paris began attending college courses towards her degree in Business Administration and working part time. She now works at Year Up Bay Area as a Program Manager as a leader of her own Learning Community. Paris currently serves as the Executive Coordinator on the Year Up National Alumni Association. Paris hobbies are watching many sports, make up and participating in the Caribbean Carnival dance festival in San Francisco, Oakland and Hollywood.

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herbert gay

Program Manager, Year Up National Capital Region

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yessica marlene lopez reyes

Technician 2, Nordstrom

Yesica Lopez is a Year Up Puget Sound graduate and she graduated in January 2015. Currently, she is a Tech 2 at Nordstrom Service Desk in the Seattle Headquarters. She also serves on the Year Up National Alumni Board as the Site Representative for Puget Sound.

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Anel Perez

Cloud Support Engineer, Amazon Web Services

Anel Perez is a graduate of Year Up Providence Class of July 2007. Since graduation, Anel has been determined to help others. He has participated in various panels, mentored students and is a co-founder of the Year Up Providence Alumni board. Anel has also served on the Year Up Providence Local Advisory board and is currently the Program Committee Chair for the National Alumni Association. In addition to his work with Year Up, on his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and enjoys learning about new technologies.

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shantae shaw kimmons

Software Quality Assurance Consultant, Olenick & Associates

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jasmine walthall

Internship Services Specialist, Year Up Greater Boston

Currently, Jasmine serves as an Internship Services Specialist with Year Up. Jasmine enjoys building partner relationships -- interfacing with supervisors, students, staff members as needed -- both while students are preparing for internships and serving on their internships. Before joining as a full-time staff member at Year Up; Jasmine was a Year Up intern at State Street Global Services. At her internship, Jasmine was a fund trader where she managed more than 30 funds every day and couldn't live without Excel. In the past, Jasmine worked at Home Depot at the customer service desk, and she was good at her job. The training and knowledge Jasmine received at Year Up helped her realize that she wanted to start a career and not just have a job. Jasmine is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Communications.

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michael vest

Quality Control Specialist, Cyient

Growing as a business professional in the Aerospace industry, Michael is focused on putting his skills to good use. By solving minor and major issues at competitive companies, Michael plans to bring the industry to new heights. It is his goal to drive companies towards a more lean, efficient and sustainable way of doing business.