Staff

csmith@bostonbeyond.org | 617.531.9134

Over the past two decades, Chris has created, scaled, and led cross-sector partnerships in education and workforce development. Under his leadership, Boston After School & Beyond has developed a nationally recognized model of summer learning that improves student outcomes, built a citywide program performance measurement system, and cultivated a network of more than 300 programs serving more than 20,000 students. Previously Chris worked at the Boston Private Industry Council, where he collaborated with business leaders to integrate work and learning in order to help thousands of students graduate, with universities on Boston’s first-ever study of college graduation rates of Boston Public Schools students, and with legislative leaders to address the dropout rate in Massachusetts. Chris began his career at the US Department of Education in Washington, DC, where he coordinated partnerships for the Secretary of Education. A native of Worcester, MA, Chris earned a BA in American Studies from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, MA.

Publications:

  1. Make Summer Learning a Public Priority (CommonWealth magazine)
  2. What Does It Take to Bring Good Ideas to Scale? (Barr Foundation blog)
  3. Achieving, Connecting, Thriving: Afterschool and Summer Learning in Collaboration with Schools (with Dr. Carol Johnson for Expanding Minds and Opportunities)

nallis@bostonbeyond.org | 617.531.5664

Nick joined Boston Beyond’s Measurement & Improvement team in April of 2020 as the Data Architect where he manages the data interaction between data systems and how that data is reported in the Online PRISM.  Nick came to Boston Beyond from Audit Analytics where he served as a Senior Software Engineer for a company that delivers corporate audit data to accounting firms and business researchers.  Before that he worked as a Software Engineer for Dun & Bradstreet on a data development team building and supporting the data warehouse that supplies data to the D&B Hoovers product.  Before working in the private sector Nick worked as a data developer in higher ed at the Harvard Medical School and for Brown University’s Office of Advancement.  Nick has a B.S. in Computer Science from Franklin Pierce University in beautiful Ringe, NH and is originally from Western Massachusetts.

wcardwell@bostonbeyond.org | 617.531.9732

Wil Cardwell joined Boston After School & Beyond in 2018 as the Director of Summer Learning. In this role, he oversees a citywide effort, in collaboration with Boston Public Schools and local community-based agencies, to leverage summer as a time to close both achievement and opportunity gaps for students. Prior to Boston Beyond, Wil served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Read to a Child (formerly Everybody Wins! Metro Boston), a mentoring and literacy focused nonprofit that provides in-school reading mentors to elementary school students throughout Greater Boston. He served a second year of AmeriCorps at Miami University. There, he managed student volunteer groups, community partnerships, and taught two urban education courses. His devotion to education and youth mentoring brought him back to Read to A Child, where he served as a Program Manager, and then to Freedom House, a social change organization that utilizes community service, leadership training, social-emotional curriculum, and transitional supports to promote college readiness and persistence amongst Boston youth in high school and college. There he served as the agency’s PUSH High School Program Manager, helping to build and develop in-school and summer college counseling programs. Wil received a B.A. in Psychology (Cognitive) with a minor in Philosophy from Miami University, and a Master’s degree with a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Counseling, Prevention Science and Practice from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds a Massachusetts license in School Counseling (Grades 5 – 12).

eforrester@bostonbeyond.org | 617.531.5658

Ellie joined Boston After School & Beyond in January 2021 as the Summer Learning Coordinator. In this role, she supports community-based organizations, Boston Public Schools, and other network stakeholders in the collaborative effort to extend learning opportunities into summer and to close opportunity and achievement gaps. Prior to her work with Boston After School & Beyond, Ellie worked at Tufts Health Plan supporting their Supplier Diversity Program, a strategic effort to procure goods and services from diverse certified enterprises. She holds degrees in Mathematics and Sociology from Northeastern University, which allow her to combine an analytical approach to the advancement of social equity. Ellie is originally from Oakland, CA and has always had a passion for protecting and celebrating cultural diversity.

lghui@bostonbeyond.org | 617.531.5671

Lisa Gomi Hui joined Boston Beyond in 2017 as the Director of Measurement & Improvement. In that role, she oversees the collection and analysis of data across Boston Beyond’s initiatives to inform, design, and deliver professional development for continuous improvement. Prior to BASB, Lisa worked as a Data Analyst for RGV FOCUS, a collective impact initiative of Educate Texas and the Communities Foundation of Texas that focused on increasing college readiness, access, and success in the Rio Grande Valley region of Texas. There, she discovered her love of using data for action, and analyzed regional educational data to spur a greater strategic focus on college readiness. Lisa has also worked as a Senior Student Recruitment and Enrollment Manager for IDEA Public Schools, and as an Economics Reporter for The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan’s largest daily newspaper. She earned a Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Economics from Brown University.

klascaleia@bostonbeyond.org | 617.531.5660

As the Measurement & Improvement Coordinator, Katie supports Boston After School & Beyond’s data-related operations across its partner organizations. She also manages the Certified Observer Network, a group of program providers trained in Boston Beyond’s observer measurement tool.

Prior to Boston Beyond, Katie developed a passion for youth work and after school programs through various years of service. As an AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Fellow, Katie worked directly with middle school students at the Hernández After School Program and high schoolers at Enroot to implement engaging and relevant programming. Then, as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica, she co-facilitated life skills and leadership development for young adults alongside local counterparts, in addition to supporting fellow volunteers with data collection and reporting as part of the volunteer Monitoring, Reporting, and Evaluation Committee. She holds an M.S. in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University and a B.A. in Government from Georgetown University.  

aleza@bostonbeyond.org | 617.531.5666

As the first Boston Beyond Director of Operations, Alejandro will help shape our next phase of growth and impact by building our capacity to deepen and expand partnerships in Boston and beyond.

Most recently, Alejandro served as the national director of the Corporate Work Study Program at the Cristo Rey Network, where he held overall responsibility for the management and strategic vision of 38 local program sites across 25 states that combine career and technical education with professional work experience for students from communities underrepresented in higher education. In this role, he developed systems to help schools provide consistent support for nearly 13,000 students and over 3,000 employer partners.

Before Cristo Rey, Alejandro was the Program Director of the Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy initiative at World Business Chicago, which supported universities and health systems in their efforts to diversify and localize their supplier and talent ecosystems. He was also a Market Manager for Schneider Transportation where he led market reentry efforts in Mexico and managed brokerage services in the U.S. Southeast. Previously, Alejandro served as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy where he managed operations, maintenance, fleet readiness and compliance activities out of Mayport, Florida.

dmarcellus@bostonbeyond.org | 617.531.0834

As the STEM Coordinator, Doana collaborates with the United Way and Boston Public Schools to engage Boston middle schoolers in STEM experiences through out-of-school time programs. She also supports Boston After School & Beyond’s data-related operations across its partner organizations.

Before joining Boston Beyond, Doana worked as a teacher for six years. She taught seventh grade math at Newton Public Schools and fifth grade at Milton Academy. Doana enjoyed sharing her passion for mathematics and identity development with her students. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Boston College and a M.Ed in Middle School Mathematics from Lesley University.

awarren@bostonbeyond.org | 617.859.6405

As the Executive Assistant, Alex is responsible for Boston After School & Beyond’s office operations which includes managing daily bookkeeping, overseeing technology, and performing HR functions. She also works closely with our Executive Director to support scheduling, strategy development, and staff management. Previously, Alex’s passion for youth development drew her to work for the City of Boston Department of Youth Engagement and Employment (DYEE) where she spoke directly to students in Boston Public Schools about DYEE’s resources. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Alex received a B.A. in Political Science from Boston University.