Shoma Haque is a community development professional who brings over twenty years of experience in the field. She was recently hired as the Executive Director of Steps to Success in Brookline, MA. Her career has centered around the non-profit sector in Boston for the past 15 years, with positions at the Center for Women & Enterprise, City Year, and Nuestra Comunidad. Most recently, Ms. Haque served as the Chief Operating Officer at BPE (formerly the Boston Plan for Excellence) a non-profit organization focused on developing great teachers and great schools in Boston. Ms. Haque received her undergraduate education from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a Master’s in City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ms. Haque lives with her husband and two children in Jamaica Plain.
Director of Programs
Sarah Fowler grew up in Western Mass, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in English, from The 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 Director of Extended Learning Programs for Steps to Success.
CSI Program Director
Tony Wells is the CSI Program Director. 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.
Development and Communications Associate
Tom McGrath was born and raised in Boston, MA and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Southern New Hampshire University. His experience has largely been in the development/communications space, including years of service to nonprofits such as the South Shore YMCA, Save the Children, and the Children’s Heart Foundation. Prior to joining the STS team, Tom was so impressed with the work they have done to unlock life-changing opportunities for students from low-income families, and equally excited to advance those efforts once he came aboard. Tom’s primary professional motivators are the causes he cares about, and he is always working to secure the resources and relationships they need to be successful.
Assistant Director of Programs
Jacki Osorio has been involved with Steps to Success since 2011. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Simmons College in Communications and History. She lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband. She is dedicated to the work that Steps does in the Brookline community and loves collaborating with her amazing coworkers and connecting with families and students.
Career Explorations Manager
Lynne Courtney’s background includes work in the education, workforce development, court, and family home settings, most recently as the Director of Youth Services at the MassHire South Shore Workforce Board. The sum of these experiences leads her to believe that all young people have the potential to be successful if given steady doses of genuine care and support, adequate resources, and opportunities to show their strengths. Lynne earned both a B.A. in Social Psychology and an M.Ed. in School Counseling at UMass Boston. Lynne lives in Quincy, MA with her husband and (periodically) her two young adult children.