Friends-Boston Staff

Leadership Team

Michelle M. Harrington – Executive Director
Michelle Harrington has a unique breadth and depth of experience in the non-profit sector in Greater Boston with over twenty four years in the field. Most recently, Michelle was the Boston Executive Director of Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG). Prior to joining SWSG, Michelle was the Development Director for Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses, Inc. (now College Bound Dorchester). Michelle has a B.A. in History from UMass Amherst.

Stacy Dell'Orfano, MPA - Director of Development

Stacy brings with her over 15 years experience in nonprofit management and strategic fund development. Prior to Friends-Boston, Stacy served as the Deputy Director at MathPOWER and Director of Development for Peace First, a national nonprofit headquartered in Boston, as Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the YMCA of Greater Boston, Senior Development Officer at Bridge Over Troubled Waters and Director of the Foster Grandparent Program in Lawrence, MA. Stacy proudly serves on the Board of Directors of Families First and holds a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Suffolk University. She began her career in the nonprofit world as a VISTA and decided to dedicate her career to public service after serving on two Alternative Spring Breaks in College.

Jorge Santana, LCSW – Director of Program and Evaluation
Jorge Santana has been working with youth and families for over ten years within several different agencies, and has gravitated to working with adolescent age youth and their families. He has developed and implemented life skills groups and advisory boards for the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and residential programs servicing DCF.  Jorge has his MSW degree from Boston College School of Social Work and is an LCSW.

 

 

Friends
Friends are full time staff members who are highly trained in social work, education, or youth development, and who directly support Achievers and their families. They provide Achievers with 20 hours a month of comprehensive mentoring and advocacy services to help them overcome the obstacles they face and reach their full potential.

Kelvin Bauer, BSW

Kelvin Bauer is an experienced youth empowerment worker who grew up in the greater Boston area. Kelvin began his work with youth as a local soccer coach for first graders. Seeing the growth of his team, inspired Kelvin to pursue social work. Kelvin earned his Bachelors in Social Work from Salem State University where he focused on working with elementary aged children and served his field placement at Friends-Boston.

Ross Bye

Ross Bye has committed his practice to working with youth, families, and communities with a belief that education is a significant component to increasing the health and well-being of future generations. Ross comes to us from Chicago, and before the move to Friends-Boston he worked with students in special education, supported at-risk youth in processing and transferring wilderness experiential programs, and helped communities cultivate a sense of place. Ross has a B.S. in Education from Northland College.

Frank Coleman
Frank Coleman is an experienced youth worker who is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others. He has worked with Codman Academy and The Log School, both based in Dorchester where Frank was born and raised and has deep community ties. He currently serves as a Pop Warner football coach for the Dorchester Eagles. 

Jesse Doran

Jesse Doran is a dedicated youth worker who has served in and out of schools, providing support and fostering leadership skills in youth ages eight through fifteen.  Jesse earned his Bachelors degree in Psychology from Skidmore College where he discovered his passion for working with adolescents and served as an AmeriCorps member teaching literacy and life skills in an after school program for early teenagers.

Keisha Gamble

Keisha Gamble has been working with youth and families for over 15 years. She began her work at a local neighborhood shelter that housed women and children. Keisha also worked for the United Way where she learned the importance of community development and neighborhood resources. Keisha then went to work for Dare Family services, an intensive foster agency where she worked as a social worker and family resource coordinator. She received a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University.

Nurissa Guerrero

Nurissa Guerrero found her passion working with youth at Fenway High School co-facilitating workshops for young women in the program Sister to Sister. She graduated from Salem State University with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice where she spent most of her time contributing to the Diversity and Cultural Enrichment Department as an Events Coordinator working with the community of Salem and as Secretary for the Hispanic American Society. She interned at Girls' LEAP mentoring teen girls and teaching younger girls self-defense and empowerment. Prior to joining Friends-Boston she pursued her passion for helping the community and working with high-risk youth at Youth Villages in the Germaine Lawrence School as a Behavioral Youth Counselor.

Shané Lewis

Shané Lewis is a dedicated youth worker who grew up in the Mattapan, Dorchester area of Boston. She graduated from Fitchburg State University with a Bachelors in Human Services. Previously, Shané has worked in school guidance offices and The Boys and Girls Club in Leominster. Shané has been a part of Friends-Boston since she began her field placement in the fall of 2014 and is excited to join the staff part-time.

Zack Osheroff, MSW
Zack Osheroff is a dedicated advocate for children and adolescents, committed to strengths-based social work and community empowerment. Zack began his non-profit career as a City Year Corps Member in Brooklyn, NY. Zack has B.A.s in psychology and philosophy from Brandeis University, and earned his Masters in Social Work at Simmons College, where he served his field placement with Friends-Boston.

Marie Smith, MSW

Marie Smith has been working with youth and families in the Boston area for nearly 15 years. She began her work at Dare Family Services working with high needs youth in the foster care. Prior to joining Friends-Boston, Marie worked with Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention at the Irving Middle School where she worked with students in the Learning Adaptive Behavior program. She received a B.A. in Mass Communications from Bennett College and her Masters in Social Work from Simmons College.

Dieuvil Varice

Dieuvil Varice was born in Haiti, but eventually found himself living in the south Florida area. After graduating South Dade Senior high, he spent 2 years in Miami Dade College, and eventually transferred to FitchburgState University. Since then, he has spent years helping those with mental health disabilities in Arbour Hospital and Beth Isreal Deaconess Hospital, as well as aiding and helping the at risk youth at H.O.W (Haitian Organization for Women) and Friends-Boston.

Other Staff

Adriana Hernandez, MSW- Development and Evaluation Associate

Adriana Hernandez has dedicated her life to helping underserved youth achieve their potential. Adriana began her work with youth at Citizen Schools, where she served as a National Teaching Fellow through AmeriCorps. She earned her B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science with minors in Math and History from Boston University. During her time as an undergraduate, Adriana realized her success was due to the support system surrounding her. This realization led her to get her Masters of Social Work from Boston University to help all youth achieve their dreams like she was able to.

Carlotta Martin, Office Manager

Carlotta Martin joins the Friends-Boston team with over 16 years of experience in Boston based community and human services organizations. Carlotta has worked in a variety of organizations, most recently working at the Women's Lunch Place and at the Boston Health Commission. She is the proud mother of one of Friends-Boston's oldest Achievers and has been involved in several caregiver empowerment groups through Friends-Boston and other partner organizations.