Associate Board

The Associate Board is a group of young professionals in the Boston area who are dedicated to educational equity and to advancing Breakthrough’s mission. The Associate Board has three main goals: to raise awareness, to attract new supporters to Breakthrough, and to recruit volunteers. The AB achieves these goals by hosting events geared towards young professional engagement including trivia nights, an annual young professional’s Bash, and ongoing special events throughout the year to raise awareness about Breakthrough’s mission and successes! To learn more about the Associate Board and how you can be involved, contact Andrew Jackson, Manager Director of Development at

AJ Massetti

Senior Scientist for Commercial Drug Product, Amgen

AJ is a senior scientist at Amgen working on transformative medicines to treat cancer and inflammatory diseases. Before joining Amgen, he was a scientist at Biogen, Sanofi, and Genzyme. He is passionate about STEM education access and has been a STEM mentor at MassBay Community College and an active volunteer at Biogen’s Community Lab. AJ received a B.S. in Chemistry from Providence College and an M.S. in Biotechnology from Northeastern University.

Grant Glosner

Senior Research Associate, Fidelity Investments

Bio coming soon.

Rebecca Shaar

Analyst, Cornerstone Research

Rebecca is an Analyst at Cornerstone Research, where she performs economic and financial analyses for high-stakes commercial litigation. She graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in Economics and Business. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys traveling, cooking new recipes, and painting. Born and raised in the suburbs of Boston where she was involved with teaching high school debate, Rebecca is passionate about working with an organization that is making an impact on educational equity in the Boston area.


Vanessa Manluco

Associate Director of Office of Partnerships, Leslie University

Vanessa offers over 10 years of experience in Program Management & Development, Strategic Planning, Grants Management and Project Organization. In addition to being qualified to train diverse groups, Vanessa has extensive experience in organizational development, legislative advocacy, social impact initiatives. Vanessa offers extensive experience in solution-oriented initiatives as well as establishing and fostering organizational strategic partnerships.

Catherine Cloutier, Co-Chair

Program Manager for News, Google

Catherine is the program lead for News Content Strategy at Google based in the Cambridge office. Before joining Google, she was a reporter for The Boston Globe. Catherine holds degrees from Boston College (B.A. English) and the University of Southern California (M.A. Journalism). Beyond journalism and Google, Catherine enjoys reading fiction, trying new takeout spots, and making frequent trips to her home state of Maine.

Oktawia Gielarowiec

MPH Candidate, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Oktawia is currently a MPH Candidate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a concentration in healthcare management. She has a background working at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in hospital operations and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention on HIV/AIDS prevention policy guidelines. Originally born in Poland, she loves traveling and hiking, having visited 28 countries, 49 states, and recently completing the trek to Everest Base Camp. She is driven by a strong desire to use her education and experiences to contribute to a more equitable and compassionate world.

Tommy Campbell

Private Equity Associate, Thomas H. Lee Partners

Tommy is a Private Equity Associate at THL in their Boston office. Previously, he worked in investment banking at Baird in Chicago and studied Finance and Constitutional Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Originally from Long Island, NY, Tommy enjoys racket sports, audiobooks, and relearning the piano. His favorite book is Grit by BTGB’s founder Angela Duckworth, and he is passionate about mentorship and education.

Weslie Etienne Pierre

Director of Communications, Arlington Public Schools

Weslie Etienne Pierre is a mission-driven educator with a wealth of experience in stakeholder engagement, leadership, coaching, and curriculum development. She has led effective change in a variety of settings including, charter schools, public school, and non-profits. Weslie’s passion for education and equity is evident in all of her professional pursuits and is inspired by her experiences as a first-generation Haitian-American student and educator. Weslie is also the owner and founder of Wesleaf Designs and Decor; an interior plant design studio based in Needham.


Elisabeth Symczak, Co-Chair

Learning & Development Manager, ZoomInfo

Elisabeth has a background in higher education and academic affairs and now works In Learning & Development at ZoomInfo. Originally from San Diego, she enjoys exploring the mountains and beaches in New England, skiing, playing tennis (poorly), and traveling as much as possible. She is passionate about education access and loves working with people. In addition to being on the Associate Board, she volunteers as a College Access Coach for Breakthrough.

Peter Rizzi

Software Engineer, Google

Peter is a graduate of Grimsley High School in Greensboro, NC and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Rice University. In high school, Peter was heavily involved in Communities in Schools of Greater Greensboro’s African-American Male Initiative education & mentoring program, and during college he worked as a Math Teaching Fellow at Breakthrough New Orleans. In his software engineering career, Peter looks for opportunities to combine technology and education, such as participating on Breakthrough Greater Boston’s Associate Board and being a virtual TEALS mentor for an AP Computer Science Principles high school class in Atlanta. In his free time, Peter enjoys basketball, rock climbing, playing music, being outdoors and mental health advocacy.

Tony Tala

Experienced Assurance Assoicate, PwC

Bio coming soon.


Zach Lovett

Revenue Strategy Manager, UiPath

Zach is a Revenue Strategy Manager at UiPath and has previously held strategy and operations roles at VMware and Carbon Black. He has a B.A. in Economics from Yale University, where he was a founding member and President of Flyte Scholastics, providing volunteer tutoring services for middle school and high school students in New Haven. Outside of work, Zach enjoys books, chess, tennis, and soccer.


Alita Edelman-Brown
Customer Success Manager at mParticle

Jessye Smith
Senior Manager of R&D Business Operations at Biogen

Jon Wu
MBA Candidate at Harvard Business School

Kolleen Burbank
Director of Content at ClassForward

Michael O’Leary
Senior Associate at Bain Capital Double Impact

Michael Protasewich
Co-founder, COO at SubscriberVoice

Mike Burns 
MBA Candidate at Northwestern University

Nora Frias
Director of Graduate Support at Nativity Preparatory School


Presceia Cooper
Director of Community Engagement at the Institute for Nonprofit Practice

Robbie Greenglass
Managing Director at Waterline Ventures

Ryan Sweeny 
Motion Graphics Designer and Editor at Natixis Investment Managers

Sean Crowley
MBA Candidate at Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management

Sharon Kelleher 
Law Clerk at Connecticut Supreme Court

Tim McGee
Human Resources and Training Manager at The Briar Group

Will Chrysanthos
National Service Consultant