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 esamler@btgbmail.org.

Melanie Forbes Goins, Chair

General Counsel, Catalant TechnologiesMelanie is General Counsel at Catalant Technologies. Her clients have included venture capital-funded start-ups, publicly-traded companies and nonprofit organizations, which she represented in financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. While at WilmerHale, Melanie volunteered with the Citizen Schools’ Discovering Justice Apprenticeship program. Melanie received her JD from Harvard Law School and her AB in social studies from Harvard College.Melanie is proud to be a member of the Breakthrough Board of Directors. Meeting the students, teachers and staff who participate in Breakthrough always leaves her inspired by the excellence that is infused throughout the organization. She is excited by the proven success of the program in Cambridge and looks forward to seeing similar success as BTGB expands into Boston.

Anita Hastir

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Clara Arroyave

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Jonathan Piskorowski

Director, BNY Mellon Asset Management 

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

Principal and Chief Enthusiasm Officer, KJR Consulting

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.

Mike Weilheimer

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Retired, Eaton Vance Management

Terry Sanz

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Senior Vice President Business Planning and Analytics, Voya Financial

Jeff Davis, Treasurer

Partner, Ernst & Young LLP Bio coming soon!

Anne Goldenheim

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Edwin Johnson

Assistant Rector, St. James Church

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.

Josh Gresham

Breakthrough Student and Teacher Alumnus

Director of Exceptional Education Services, Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy

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Lili Palacios Baldwin

Tufts University, Deputy General Counsel for Labor, Employment and Litigation

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Shella Dennery

Program Director of Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships (CHNP) at Children’s Hospital Boston

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.

Trudi Veldman

Senior Director Biologics, AbbVie Bioresearch Center Trudi leads a group of scientists in biologics drug discovery for diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Prior to joining AbbVie/Abbott in 2003, Trudi worked for 20 years at Genetics Institute/Wyeth (now Pfizer) in Cambridge. At AbbVie and Genetics Institute she has coordinated science outreach programs for elementary and middle school students. Trudi was born and raised in The Netherlands where she earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry at the Free University in Amsterdam. She moved to Boston in 1982 to join the biotechnology industry. Trudi is passionate about education and hunger issues. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Boston Food Bank for many years. She first learned about Breakthrough through her son Daniel, who was a teacher in the program in 2005; she and her husband Bob Kamen have been supporters even since. Trudi is excited to join the BTGB Board and looks forward to be part of a program that prepares students not only for academic success but also for life.

Yolanda Kodrzycki, Vice Chair

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Caroline Carmichael

Senior Vice President, State Street CorporationCaroline Carmichael is a Senior Vice President and Head of Operations for Sector Solutions Americas, Global Alternatives and Global Relationship Management where she leads the Consultant Relations, Market Entry Solutions, Salesforce.com and Request for Proposal teams.Caroline has more than 25 years of experience in international banking, finance and investing. Prior to her current role, she headed up State Street’s Global Relationship Management program. She joined State Street in 2007 from Brown Brothers Harriman where she spent 13 years as a Global Sales and Relationship Manager and Subcustodian Network Manager. Her experience also includes positions as Investment Officer and Financial Officer for the Czech and Slovak American Enterprise Fund in both Prague and Bratislava, Relationship Manager and Financial Analyst for Citibank’s World Corporate Group in Paris, and Corporate Trader for ABN Bank in Atlanta.

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

Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law.

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.

Kara Bixby

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Luis Rodriguez Sr.

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Breakthrough Parent Paraprofessional, Boston Public Schools

Rutherford Pascal

Head Of Sales at Sanofi Genzyme

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