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Staff Member Biographies
June Carlsen is the Operations Manager for Be the Change, Inc., the 501(c)3 organization which managers the Got Your 6, ServiceNation and Opportunity Nation Campaigns. June is responsible for Admin, Finance, IT and Operations for the organization. She holds a BS in Accounting and an MBA and brings over 30 years of business experience to the organization. Previously, June spent several years as an outsourced financial consultant serving as the Interim CFO/Controller for various small to mid-sized non-profit organizations. In addition, June owned her own Payroll and Bookkeeping company for many years and served as the Controller for a manufacturing start up. June lives in Foxboro, MA with her daughter and spends her free time transporting her daughter to and from competitive cheerleading practices and cheering her on at competitions.
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Betty Hill has been the bookkeeper for Be the Change since October 2012. Prior to her joining BTC she spent her days as an administrative assistant in hospital and other non-profit settings. Some of her spare time is also devoted to non-profit activities. Betty has always enjoyed singing and belongs to Snug Harbor Community Chorus and Cranberry Hospice chorus on the South Shore of Massachusetts. Betty has spent her entire life in the Boston area, where she says she was a Red Sox fan even before it became fashionable.
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Deon Jones is Special Projects Assistant to the President at Be The Change, Inc. He is also the Founder and Facilitator of the Manifest Leadership Institute, an academic and leadership development program for formerly incarcerated teenage boys.
Prior to joining Be The Change, Inc., Deon served as National Spokesperson at the Campaign for Youth Justice, where he traveled globally speaking on the organization’s mission to end youth incarceration in the U.S. adult criminal justice system. Previously, he served as a D.C. Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner representing Ward 3 from 2011-2013 making him the youngest elected official in Washington, D.C.'s history. In 2013, the D.C. City Council passed the “Deon T. Jones Recognition Resolution of 2013” honoring his service to the city and commitment to empowering young people.
Deon obtained his B.A. in Political Science from American University and King’s College London. He also was a Public Policy and International Affairs fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. While at American University, Jones held fellowship and internship positions with the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, the White House, and Teach for America. He is the first African-American from American University to be appointed a Harry S. Truman Scholar by Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright and the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.
Jones was recently appointed to the National Council of Young Leaders and serves on the board of directors at America’s Promise Alliance and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Alumni Association.
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Monique Rizer is chief of staff for Be The Change, Inc. As chief of staff, Monique reports to the President and CEO to help fundraise, manage the board, lead strategic planning, and communicating with staff and volunteers while overseeing the office operations.
Monique grew up in the Northwest and holds a 2001 BA (With Distinction) from Gonzaga University and a 2003 MS from Syracuse University. Monique is among the first class of Gates Millennium Scholars, a full ride academic scholarship program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She also serves as an Aspen Institute Ascend program ambassador.
Monique began her career as a marketer for a Top 100 accounting and consulting firm. She later ran a freelance writing business where she served as a contributing editor to multiple magazines and guides focused on careers. Following her freelance business she served as the deputy director of marketing for the Military Officers Association of America, which is a non profit organization that supports service members and military families. There she created a program that earned the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE) ‘Power of A’ Silver Award. She then joined Child Care Aware® of America as the senior director of communications and marketing, where she led a communications team that helped generate more than 1,000 media citations for the organization in the first six months under her leadership and secured an ASAE Power of A Gold Award for one of the organization’s programs.
Monique is also the recipient of the Commander’s Award for Public Service, a top civilian award given by the U.S. Army for service supporting the military community. She lives in Alexandria, VA with her two sons.
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Varsha Subramanyam is the Special Projects Assistant to the CEO/Founder of Be The Change, where she works on variety of projects and initiatives to support the CEO in scheduling, fundraising, managing the National Board, strategic vision and planning, launching special initiatives, and communicating with staff and volunteers. She joined Be The Change in February 2014.
Varsha graduated from Boston University in January 2014 with a B.A in International Relations. While at BU, Varsha also obtained a minor in Public Health and spent her final semester of college in Geneva, Switzerland, where she interned in Reproductive Health and Research Department at the World Health Organization. Prior to that, Varsha spent her summer in Panajachel, Guatemala as a Community Health Curriculum Fellow at Mercado Global While at Boston University, she served as the Co-Coordinator for her university chapter of Peer Health Exchange and worked as a Program Assistant in the Outreach Program at the African Studies Center. Varsha also was a summer fellow with Health Leads and a staff member for the First Year Student Outreach Program.
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Board Member Biographies
Founding Staff Member, City Year, Inc.
Kristen Atwood was a founding staff member of City Year, Inc. She played an instrumental role in the development of the organization. She recruited the corps for the City Year’s summer pilot program in 1988; she also influenced the culture of City Year profoundly by using her fluency in American Sign Language to devise tools and other cultural elements that are still in use today. She continues to serve as a resource on City Year’s strategy for international growth and expansion and has been a champion of City Year South Africa. Kristen is the proud mother of five children and is actively involved in the Nobles School, where two of her children are currently students.
Managing Director, Bain Capital
Josh Bekenstein is the Managing Director at Bain Capital. Mr. Bekenstein joined Bain Capital at its inception in 1984. He has been a Managing Director since 1986. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Josh spent several years at Bain & Company where he was involved with companies in a variety of industries. Mr. Bekenstein received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Yale University.
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Sandra M. Edgerley
Sandy Edgerley graduated from Harvard University with an AB in Biology in 1984, cum laude general studies. She graduated with distinction with an MBA in 1989, also from Harvard. Ms. Edgerley worked at Bain & Company, a management consulting company, for ten years (1984-87, 1989-96) as an Associate Consultant, Consultant and Manager on the consulting staff, then as Director of Recruiting and Training. She left Bain & Company to raise her children and pursue philanthropic efforts that help children in the Boston community. Ms. Edgerley is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, which annually serves 14,000 youth in the inner city of Boston and Chelsea. Ms. Edgerley is also involved with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay as a Board member and has been a Co-Chair of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society since 1998. Ms. Edgerley also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Horizons for Homeless Children. She is a trustee of the Meadowbrook School in Weston, where she formerly co-chaired the school expansion effort. Additionally she serves on the Executive Committee of the Harvard College Fund as Co-Chair of Reunion Giving, as well as on the Board of Dean's Advisors of Harvard Business School. Ms. Edgerley is also a trustee for the Noble and Greenough School, where she is the Co-Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee. In addition, she is an Overseer of the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston. She has been married to Paul B. Edgerley, managing director of Bain Capital, for 20 years. They have four children: Brian, Matthew, Hayley, and Michael. The Edgerleys live in Brookline, MA.
Social Entrepreneur in Residence, City Year, Inc.
Hubie Jones is the Social Entrepreneur in Residence at City Year, Inc. Born in the Bronx neighborhood of New York City, Hubie came to Boston in 1955 after graduating from the City College of New York. After receiving a master's in social work from Boston University, Hubie moved through a series of positions in Boston social work agencies. Starting at Boston Children's Services in 1957, he left for Judge Baker Guidance Center in 1961, and in 1965, he became the director of the Roxbury Multiservice Center, where he remained until 1971. Under Hubie, RMC became a national model for neighborhood-based social services for low-income city residents. Hubie spent the 1971-1972 year as the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Community Fellow at MIT, and from 1972 until 1977 he was an associate professor in the department of urban studies and planning at MIT. He then became the first African American appointed to a deanship at Boston University, serving as the dean of the School of Social Work from 1977 to 1993. Between 1995 and 2002, Hubie served as special assistant to the chancellor for urban affairs at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. In 2002, he founded the Boston Children's Chorus, consisting of eighty young people from diverse ethnic and socio-economical backgrounds. Hubie has been honored numerous times for his dedication to children's advocacy, and friends and colleagues have established The Hubie Fund, to benefit ongoing social concerns in Boston.
Principal at Sagawa/Jospin
Deborah (Deb) Jospin is partner and co-founder of sagawa/jospin, a consulting group based in Washington, D.C. Along with her business partner Shirley Sagawa, Ms. Jospin is the co-author of The Charismatic Organization: Eight Ways to Grow a Nonprofit that Builds Buzz, Delights Donors and Engages Employees. Before starting her consulting career, Ms. Jospin worked as an attorney in private practice. In 1993 she joined the Corporation for National Service, the federal agency that oversees the AmeriCorps program. After working as Associate General Counsel and Chief of Staff of the Corporation, Ms. Jospin was appointed Director of AmeriCorps by President Clinton in 1997. She was a founding member of the Washington, D.C. Local Advisory Council of Playworks and a founding board member of AmeriCorps Alums. Ms. Jospin lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her husband Chris Gallagher, and her sons, Jon and Matt Dutko.
Managing Director, Bain Capital
Jonathan Lavine serves as the Chief Investment Officer of Sankaty Advisors, the fixed income and credit affiliate of Bain Capital, which he started in 1997. Today, Sankaty is one of the nation’s leading managers of leveraged loans and bonds, credit derivatives, mezzanine and distressed debt, with 70 investment professionals in offices in Boston, London and Chicago and approximately $25 billion in committed assets under management. Before the formation of Sankaty, Jonathan worked in Bain Capital’s private equity business. Prior to joining Bain Capital, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He began his career at Drexel Burnham Lambert in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department.
An active participant in charitable organizations, Jonathan is a member of the Boards of Columbia College, Children’s Hospital Trust, City Year, Horizons for Homeless Children, and Stand for Children. Jonathan also serves as a Director of the Boston Celtics. In 2004, Jonathan was honored as one of the Boston Business Journal’s 40 outstanding Bostonians under the age of 40. Jonathan received an M.B.A., with Distinction, from Harvard Business School, and a B.A., Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Columbia College. While at Columbia, he received the David Truman Award for outstanding contribution to the academic affairs of the college.
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Senior Vice President for Corporate Operations at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals.
Bill came to Merrimack Pharmaceuticals with over 22 years of executive leadership experience at global strategy consulting firm Monitor Group, where he held positions as global head of human resources and chief operating officer. During his time at Monitor, McClements served on the board of directors, was the first non-founder to serve on the global executive committee and also served as CEO for various business units. McClements also participated in and led several innovative organizational initiatives at Monitor and played a critical leadership role in the overall economic management and coordination of the firm during periods of rapid growth and global expansion.
While he was Monitor’s chief operating officer and talent management officer, McClements managed the organizational strategy of the firm and led the development of an integrated HR function. In this role, he oversaw global recruitment, development and training of talent, performance management, compensation and benefits – all with the goal of building a world-class talent base and fostering a strong, learning-oriented culture. McClements also implemented a go-to-market organization model, and redesigned a new partnership structure and new performance evaluation and compensation processes.
McClements holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is a philanthropic role model through his leadership roles at several non-profit organizations, including Monitor Institute, New Profit, Inc., City Year, Inc., ACCESS and most recently as executive director for Be the Change, Inc.
Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board, New Leaders for New Schools
Jon Schnur is Chairman of the Board and the former CEO of New Leaders for New Schools, a national non-profit organization with one mission: driving high levels of learning and achievement for every student by attracting and preparing outstanding leaders and supporting the performance of the urban public schools they lead at scale. From 2000, when he co-founded New Leaders for New Schools, to 2010, Jon led the development of the organization’s strategy, management team and board, core values, performance metrics, partnerships, and fundraising. In September 2009, New Leaders for New Schools became the first and only non-profit-led partnership with a public school system to win Harvard University’s Innovations in American Government Award from the ASH Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation. New Leaders recruits and trains approximately 10 percent of the new principals needed for high-poverty, low-income schools in the United States.
From September 2008 to June 2009, Jon took leave from New Leaders for New Schools, serving as an advisor to Barack Obama's Presidential campaign, a member of the Presidential Transition Team, and a Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Before co-founding New Leaders for New Schools, Jon served as Special Assistant to Secretary of Education Richard Riley, President Clinton's White House Associate Director for Educational Policy, and Senior Advisor on Education to Vice President Gore. He has developed national education policies from preschool to higher education – with special focus on teacher and educator quality, reforming urban school systems, charter schools, after-school programs, and early learning and preschools. Jon graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Politics with honors, took coursework at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard Business School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government and graduated from a Wisconsin public high school.
Jon lives in Montclair, New Jersey with his wife Elisa and their three children: Matthew, Elizabeth and Philip.