At a Glance
- Terina-Jasmine Alladin
- Lily Bartlett
- Abby Cheng
- Leslie Frame-Crowley
- Robexy Gracia
- Corinne Jager
- Amanda Maddalone
- Kretsy Mondesir
- Christine Niccoli
- Karen O’Neill
- Cristina Ullmann
- Gina Varamo
- Marty Walz
Terina-Jasmine Alladin, Development and Communications Manager
Terina-Jasmine was hired as SCFG’s Development and Communications Manager in July 2016, following a year of service as SCFG’s Program Manager for Cambridge and Newton. With a professional focus on uplifting women, girls of color, English language learners, and students with disabilities, Alladin has connected immediately and deeply with SCFG’s mission.
Prior to joining SCFG, Alladin worked for Boston Ballet’s Department of Education and Community Initiatives, where she managed community programs and gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the fundraising and marketing that support non-profit education programming. Alladin received her MSc in dance science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in the United Kingdom, the world’s foremost center for research in dance science. There, she studied statistics and analyzed instruments for measuring physiological capacity. She is a native of Brooklyn, New York with a rich heritage from Georgetown, Guyana.
Lily Bartlett, Lawrence Program Coordinator
Lily brings to SCFG a passion for science and social justice. She earned her undergraduate
degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Astronomy and a certificate in Public Policy and Community Action from Connecticut College in New London, CT. During this time she studied methods of community-based organizing and the intersectionality of race, class, gender and the environment in society. While in Connecticut, Lily worked with youth at F.R.E.S.H. New London to increase local food security through education and gardening. She then went on to address economic development and environmental stewardship by implementing sustainable strategies for urban water and wetlands management with youth at Groundwork New Orleans as an AmeriCorps/DOI VISTA. Lily can attribute her educational and personal growth to the existence of advocacy organizations like SCFG and aims to build more opportunities for girls like her. She believes in the basic human instincts of compassion and inquisitiveness and strives to inspire young and old alike through her work.
Abby Cheng, Director of Volunteer Programs
Abby earned her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology where she studied early events in embryonic development. She then moved to the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco for post-doctoral studies. There she was awarded the Clifford and Evelyn Cherry Fellowship from the American Heart Association for her research on blood vessel development. Abby joined Science Club for Girls as a volunteer mentor scientist in 2007. In 2010, Abby became the Newton site coordinator, and then the Campus Chapter Coordinator in 2013. She is skilled in facilitating learning and dialogue from K-16 and beyond, in topics ranging from STEM inquiry, personal development and leadership, to cultural competency and issues of women in science.
Leslie Frame-Crowley, Manager of Volunteer Programs / BookkeeperLeslie is newly arrived to the Boston area, and is originally from Chicago. She has served as a Coordinator and Bookeeper in the consulting and nonprofit industry for many years with a focus on women’s empowerment, social change, and the arts. Some of her favorite roles have been serving as Teaching Artist with American Theatre Company, Women’s Mentorship Program Volunteer Coordinator with RefugeeOne of Chicago, and Membership Coordinator and Staff Writer with WisdomWomen. Leslie was very drawn to SCFG’s mission to educate and empower young women, especially as it relates to fostering mentorship and leadership skills in our girls as they explore the STEM fields. Leslie is also an actor and a writer, and her very favorite STEM field is Archaeology.
Robexy Gracia, Lawrence Program Manager
Robexy comes to SCFG with years of experience in after-school programming in the Lawrence community. She has earned various certificates for her work in STEM , youth development and diversity . Robexy is currently working on her Human Services Associates Degree at Northern Essex Community College with the goal to major in Social Justice . She grew up in Lawrence and uses her experience to enhance SCFG’s connections with the community. Robexy strives to be a great asset to our programs but also a role model to all girls.
Corinne Jager, Youth Programs Director
Corinne comes to SCFG with a background in out-of-school-time youth development, having led culinary and environmental education for youth at Haley House and for the City of Boston. She received her bachelor’s degree with honors in philosophy with a minor in cognitive science from UMass Boston and then worked at the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior, where she supported the translation of neuroscience into law and policy. Corinne is pleased to meld her interests in youth development, science communication, and experiential learning in a role where she gets to promote literacy and perseverance in STEM in young people.
Amanda Maddalone, Boston & Brookline Program Manager
Amanda was hired as SCFG’s Boston Program Manager in November 2016. She is originally from New York and received a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science from Elon University in North Carolina. Her love for science education started during her summer internship on a whale watch in Gloucester, MA in 2011. After graduating college she served three years in AmeriCorps. One year with Maine Campus Compact and two years with the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship (MPF). During her two years with MPF she served at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center where she coordinated an after school science program for girls at Girls Inc of Lynn. She also completed her Graduate Certificate at Northeastern U in Nonprofit Management. Before joining SCFG she worked as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for the Maine Conservation Corps. Amanda is very excited to continue to connect girls with STEM opportunities and empower them to reach their full potential!
Kretsy Mondesir, Boston Program Coordinator
Kretsy has a great passion for science and enjoys working with students. In 2015, Kretsy graduated with honors from Fitchburg State University. Her Major being in Middle School Education with a concentration in the General Sciences. She’s previously worked for Brockton Public Schools as a Teacher’s Assistant and Teaching Intern. In those positions, she assisted students ranging from grades 3-9 with reading and mathematics to obtain academic success on the MCAS. Kretsy brings to SCFG a vast knowledge of formal and informal education methods and an understanding of effective learning strategies in science education. Kretsy is a proud resident of Brockton, Massachusetts.
Christine Niccoli, Cambridge and Newton Program Manager
Christine was hired as SCFG’s Cambridge and Newton Program Manager in August 2016 after completing a year of service with the AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Fellowship (MPF). In her MPF role, Christine developed club curricula across various science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, organized multiple STEM field trips, and managed various STEM corporate and volunteer partnerships to enhance SCFG’s middle school STEMinistas program. Christine immediately loved working with staff, adult mentors, and junior mentors to foster girl positive and supportive spaces through SCFG programs. Christine has a BA in Environmental Science and Policy from Smith College.
Before serving and working at SCFG, Christine was a substitute teacher for grades 2-5 in her hometown in the Berkshires, MA. Additionally, she led environmental education and ropes course team building programs for youth at an aerial adventure park in the Berkshires. In addition to her passion for STEM education, Christine began this year volunteering as a hotline counselor for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), supporting their mission to prevent and end sexual violence. Christine is excited to continue her work with SCFG and help connect more girls and women in Cambridge and Newton to STEM opportunities.
Karen O’Neill, Chief Operating Officer
Karen received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from SUNY Buffalo, and her M.Ed. in Policy, Planning, and Administration from Boston University. She completed her graduate school field placement at the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). In her previous career, Karen was responsible for technical training, instructional development, and application engineering in high tech, primarily with Machine Vision. She became involved in 2009 as a volunteer mentor scientist, and joined the staff later that year.
Cristina Ullmann, Materials Logistics Coordinator
Cristina received her B.A. in Political Science from the College of Wooster in Ohio and an M.S. in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is interested in land conservation and working with local communities to ensure the sustainability of the protected land. Cristina has promoted sustainable land conservation in Costa Rica, Bolivia, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She continues to volunteer with a small land trust in New Hampshire. She has also worked as a substitute teacher in the Cambridge public schools and run Spanish language summer camps out of her home. She is excited to combine her passion for science and education at the Science Club for Girls.
Gina Varamo, Assistant Director of Youth Programs
Gina received her undergraduate degree in Print and Multimedia Journalism and minors in Environmental Studies and Political Science from Emerson College. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University. Before joining Science Club for Girls in 2013, Gina volunteered with Girls’ LEAP Self-Defense, a nonprofit organization that works with girls 8-18 in the Boston area teaching physical and social/emotional self-defense skills, such as healthy relationships, conflict resolution, and boundary setting.
Marty Walz, Interim Executive Director
Marty comes to SCFG with a deep commitment to children’s education and gender equity. Before starting her own consulting firm, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. An expert on women’s health policy, Marty is a member of the Board of Directors of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project and previously served on the NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Board of Directors.
Before joining Planned Parenthood, Marty represented the 8th Suffolk District as a Massachusetts State Representative for eight years. Among her legislative achievements, she was the author of the 2010 education reform law that propelled Massachusetts into first place in the Obama administration’s 2010 Race to the Top grant competition, the widely heralded anti-bullying law, and the path breaking law allowing the establishment of virtual schools. Marty serves on the Board of Directors of Mass Insight Education and has previously served on the Board of the National Center on Time and Learning.
Marty holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she was a Kennedy Fellow and a Lucius N. Littaur Fellow. Marty also has a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Colgate University, from which she graduated magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.