Our Board of Directors
The Breakthrough Greater Boston Board of Directors is comprised of highly motivated, talented, and dedicated professionals who are dedicated to Breakthrough’s work to create educational equity. The BTGB Board of Directors has approximately 20 members from a variety of backgrounds, all dedicated to shaping and supporting a highly successful organization by contributing individual skills and assets. Through membership on the Board of Directors, individuals provide leadership, governance, and management support to the organization. Board members have the opportunity to connect with other professionals and organizations in the community, support the academic achievement and college access of motivated middle school students, provide unique opportunities for young people to explore teaching as a profession, and contribute their individual skills, strengths, and creative thinking to further the impact of Breakthrough Greater Boston. To learn more about joining the BTGB Board of Directors, contact Emma Samler, Director of Development and Partnerships, at email@example.com.
Melanie Forbes Goins, Chair
Jonathan is a Portfolio Manager and Analyst for the Small Mid Cap Equity team at BNY Mellon Asset Management. Before joining the firm, Jonathan was a member of the investment team at Commonfund Capital, which manages private equity and venture capital investments on behalf of endowments and foundations. Prior to Commonfund, he worked in investment banking at UBS in New York. Jonathan earned an AB in economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
Jonathan has lived in Cambridge for more than ten years with his wife and two daughters. He greatly admires Breakthrough’s mission and looks forward to contributing to BTBG’s continuing success and future growth.
Kenya Rutland is a passionate and trustworthy consultant who uses his diverse skills and talents to increase confidence, motivation, and performance of others. He has been described as the “Chief Enthusiasm Officer” and is a catalyst for learning and organizational development. Kenya is a persuasive facilitative leader who uses keen business acumen to build commitment and accountability among staff at all levels of any organization.
Kenya has nearly 15 years of training and development experience. His work includes change management, customer service, diversity and inclusion, leadership, presentation skills, and team development. He has been privileged to work with global clients that include corporations, non-profits, dotcoms, educational institutions, and affinity groups.
He attended the University of Georgia and attended The Morse School of Business. He also holds various learning and organizational development certifications. Kenya is an avid golfer and a die hard Yankees, 49ers, and Lakers fan.
Retired, Eaton Vance Management
Senior Vice President Business Planning and Analytics, Voya Financial
Jeff Davis, Treasurer
Rev. Edwin Johnson is the Assistant Rector at St. James’s Episcopal Church in Cambridge where he focuses on Christian education, family ministry, outreach and social justice work. He seeks to improve the ways that schools, community centers, nonprofits and places of worship collaborate to support the growth and safety of young people. His connection to Cambridge and its young people began the summer of 2001 when he began working for BTGB as a teacher after his freshman year at Tufts University. Edwin went on to join the full-time staff as the Alumni Coordinator in 2004 and worked through the summer of 2007 before leaving to enter the Priesthood.
As a first generation college student himself, Edwin’s passion for creating paths to college keeps him involved in Breakthrough and he is overjoyed at how much the program has grown in its ability to support young people through college entry. A native of Dorchester, he is excited about BTGB’s expansion into Boston, and looks forward to being part BTGB’s continued success.
Breakthrough Student and Teacher Alumnus
Director of Exceptional Education Services, Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy
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Lili Palacios Baldwin
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Shella Dennery, PhD, LICSW, is the Program Director of the Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships Program (CHNP), the community behavioral health program in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Dennery oversees a comprehensive behavioral health program that provides direct services, professional development, and consultation to Boston area schools and community health centers. She has spent the majority of her career working as a school social worker in the Boston Public Schools and teaching and consulting on behavioral health related topics in community settings. Dr. Dennery has extensive experience uniting parents, schools, and neighborhood organizations to help strengthen the social and emotional health of children and adolescents. She holds a PhD from Smith College and an MSW from Simmons College. She also holds two post-master’s certificates in child and adolescent therapy and advanced clinical supervision from Smith College. Dr. Dennery is adjunct faculty in social work at both Simmons College and Smith College, and is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Yolanda Kodrzycki, Vice Chair
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Caroline holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from Clemson University and a Master of Business Administration in finance and international business from New York University. She also completed the International Management Program at ESADE Business School in Barcelona and the International Women’s Forum Fellows Leadership Program at Harvard Business School and INSEAD.
Fred Tung teaches, researches, and consults in the areas of bankruptcy, corporate and securities law, and the governance of financial institutions. He has also taught at Harvard Law School, Emory University School of Law, and the law department at Peking University. Fred is a member of the American Law Institute. He has testified in Congress before the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), has served as a consultant on law reform for the Ministry of Justice in Ethiopia, the Center for Commercial Law and Economics in Indonesia, and the California Law Revision Commission, and has been a permanent blogger with the popular corporate law blog Conglomerate. He has served on the Consumer Law Task Force of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. Proficient in Mandarin, he worked as an interpreter for ABC News covering the Democracy Movement in Beijing. He has also worked as a software engineer in Silicon Valley.
Fred is pleased to be able to help with the great work that Breakthrough does in pursuit of educational equity and excellence.
Luis Rodriguez Sr.
Breakthrough Parent Paraprofessional, Boston Public Schools
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