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 Emma Samler, Director of Development and Partnerships at

AJ Massetti

Senior Scientist for Commercial Drug Product, Amgen

Bio coming soon.

Grant Glosner

Senior Research Associate, Fidelity Investments

Bio coming soon.

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

Bio coming soon!

Zach Lovett

Revenue Strategy Manager, UiPath

Bio coming soon!

Catherine Cloutier

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.

Tony Tala

Experienced Assurance Assoicate, PwC

Bio coming soon.



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