Kate Featherston graduated from Bowdoin College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Visual Arts. Originally from the Denver area, Kate came to Bowdoin as the first in her family to attend college. There, while working the Bowdoin Admissions and Financial Aid departments, she found a passion in helping students from all backgrounds understand and get excited about the college process. In her final semester, she completed an independent study on first-generation college students’ experiences at Bowdoin which helped to open campus dialogue to issues of race, class, and identity.
Tony Wells is the Coordinator of College Advising and Access for Juniors and Seniors. Tony earned his Bachelors of Science in Sociology and M.Ed. in Community Counseling from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. Most recently, Tony served as the Freshman Services and Academic Coach at Mount Ida College within The Learning Circle Program. Tony has worked with middle school through post-secondary students for more than 15 years. He has had extensive experience working with first generation and/or low-income students within the TRIO, Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound programs.
Lisa Baroletti Stewart has been working in adult education since 2002. She has been a dedicated teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) since 2004 and began working with Steps to Success in 2006. Lisa helped pilot the conversation groups in the Brookline Public Libraries, a program that continues today. She is now the Coordinator of the Steps to Success, Brookline Learning Project, which teaches ESOL classes at various locations across Brookline. She enjoys providing trainings and encouragement to the current teachers, as well as learning about culture from the students. In addition to coordinating the Steps to Success ESOL classes, Lisa continues to teach during the day at a program in Boston.
Sarah Fowler grew up in Western Mass, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in English, from University of Massachusetts Boston. A few years later she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching in English Language Arts, from Northeastern University. For five years, she taught English Language Arts to 8th-12th graders in Boston, and then Chelsea. She joined Steps to Success as the former After Hours University (AHU) Director at the Pierce School, and is now the After School Coordinator for Steps to Success.
Annysa Rodriguez graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelors degree in Human Services. Annysa recently moved to Boston and is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work at Boston College. Annysa has worked with youth in numerous capacities including running career development workshops at an alternative high school. Prior to working for Steps, Annysa was Senior Team Leader and Community Outreach Coordinator for the School of Continuing Education Summer Programs for High School at Columbia University.
Oneda C. Horne is a former Brookline Public School student, as a METCO participant, for four years. She was born and raised in Roxbury, MA and attended Wheaton College, earning a Bachelors degree in Sociology with a minor in Africana Studies. She has her Masters of Arts in Higher Education from Boston College. Oneda joined Steps to Success in 2009 as the founding College Success Initiative (CSI) Advisor, and now serves as the College Success Initiative Coordinator.
A Dorchester native, Ashleigh has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Visual Culture from Bates College. She recently received her Masters of Science degree in Archival Management from the Library and Information Science Program at Simmons College. For the upcoming year Ashleigh will be assisting the High School and College Success Initiative Teams, and also developing technology literacy workshops for STS students.
Dan Arroyo is the Steps to Success High School Advisor for all freshman and junior students. Dan earned his Bachelors of Arts from Fairfield University in 2009. He went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston College in 2012. Prior to his current position with Steps to Success, Dan served as the After Hours University Director at William H. Lincoln School in Brookline. Dan held the position of Vice President of the Graduate School at Boston College in 2012. While in pursuit of his Master’s Degree he interned at United Way of Boston and Merrimack Valley working on the Youth Impact Team.
Melissa O’Brien is the Steps to Success High School Coordinator and advisor. Melissa earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminology from Florida State University in 2004. She then went on to earn her Masters of Education, specializing in School Accountability and Program Evaluation, from Florida Atlantic University in 2009. Prior to her current position, Melissa was a high school social studies teacher in Miami, FL for 7 years, teaching such subjects as Criminal Justice, AP Psychology, World History, and American Government. Melissa also served as an aspiring assistant principal for her former school district.
Samantha is a master’s student at the Boston University School of Social Work, where she is specializing in communities and organizations. She also completed her undergraduate degree at Boston University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology. An avid rower, Samantha has been competing for 8 years. This year, Samantha will be planning K.I.D.S. Fair 2015 and participating in After Hours University, Step Up, and Teen Advantage. Samantha hopes to use the opportunities and skills she acquires at Steps to become an advocate for child welfare and community health.
Alessandra grew up in Connecticut just outside of Hartford and attended Trinity College. She has mentored and tutored privately over the past 5 years, and she speaks Italian and some Spanish. Growing up outside of Hartford and attending college near the same community inspired her to serve and work for kids. Alessandra is passionate about advocating for children, motivating them, and engaging them in Languages and the Arts. Alessandra wanted to work with Steps to Success because she sought a program that focused on utilizing her strengths as well as helped her follow her passion. She will be assisting the Elementary and Middle School Coordinator. Her overall goal is to be a Child Advocate, and is interested in pursuing law school.
James T. Lenoch (JT) has worked with Steps to Success since 2002, as an Elementary/Middle School Advisor. He currently holds a Bachelors of Science in Human Services from Springfield College. His human service work includes Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly and the Pine Street Inn, where he was one of the original members of the night outreach van. He worked as an educator at an alternative school in Boston for 17 years before coming to Brookline to work with Steps. JT has volunteered for the past 24 years with the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Youth Opportunities Program, instructing teachers and youth workers across New England on how to plan and lead urban youth in a variety of outdoor settings. JT and his wife Ellen live in Roslindale with the younger two of their four sons. In his free time he enjoys coaching his son’s baseball team, being outdoors and experimenting with different recipes in the kitchen.
Cathy AuGuste is a former Early Childhood teacher and liaison for the 12th District of the City of Boston. She is a long time advocate for academic and community excellence. Cathy obtained her Bachelors degree in African and African-American Diaspora Studies from Wheaton College and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education from Emmanuel College. Cathy joined the STS family in Janu242ary 2014 and is the new Elementary and Middle School Coordinator and Advisor. She advises students from Lincoln, Pierce, Driscoll and Runkle Schools.
Nadia Chamblin-Foster has 20 years of leadership in health care, public education and higher education. A graduate of Boston University’s School of Social Work, Nadia has worked with Boston’s prominent community institutions, including Dimock Community Health Center, Boston Public Schools, Bentley University, Boston University, and Steward Health Care. She has served in a wide variety of professional capacities, including clinician, community organizer, education and health care reformer, marketing and philanthropy. Nadia’s volunteer and civic involvement spreads across Greater Boston and includes a 2014 appointment to the Massachusetts STEM Governor’s Advisory Council.