Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is volunteer based and supports the work of KIPP MA by providing mission-based leadership and strategic and fiduciary governance.

Michael Kendall

Board Chair

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Michael is currently serving his fifth year on the KIPP MA Board. In his five years on the board, Michael has seen KIPP MA grow from one middle school serving nearly 320 students in Lynn, MA, to two districts in Lynn and Boston, MA serving nearly 1,900 students in grades K-12. He is a partner in Goodwin Procter LLP’s Private Equity and Technology Companies Group, and focuses his corporate finance and securities practice on private equity and venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, public securities offerings and representing emerging growth companies. He advises a variety of companies in industries including software, information technology, telecommunications, information services, biotechnology, healthcare, financial services, and retail. Michael is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, Boston’s Best Lawyers, and has been recognized as a Massachusetts “Super Lawyer.” Michael is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and Boston University Graduate School of Management.

Amanda Seider

Vice Chair

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Amanda joined the KIPP MA Board in 2011. She is currently Chief of Staff for Teach For America, Massachusetts, an organization that seeks to improve educational opportunities for low-income students by training a talented force of teachers who, as alumni, will work from all sectors to fight educational inequity. Here in Massachusetts, she works to catalyze the impact of nearly 1,800 local alumni of the program, leveraging her extensive experience in leadership development, strategic partnerships, and network building. Amanda began her career as a Teach For America corps member in Atlanta, where she was a fourth grade teacher. She is a native of Dorchester, and a graduate of Boston Public Schools. She holds an AB from Harvard College, and a Master’s Degree in anthropology from Emory University.

Joel Abramson

Board Member

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Joel is the owner of Flagship Travel, J&J Sales and Marketing, and Sundancer’s Restaurant in Cape Cod. Joel became involved with KIPP Academy Lynn in 2007. Philanthropy is not new to Joel– he and his wife Mary have been generous supporters of many organizations in the community for many years. For this reason, Joel not only donates financially, but is also a huge advocate for KIPP Academy Lynn (KAL) in the community.  He has introduced KAL to many people including donors, politicians, business owners, and volunteers.  He is a ‘connector’, a generous philanthropist, a business consultant, and an invaluable friend to KAL. Joel attended Boston University.

Tom Beecher

Board Member

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Tom is the CEO of Cartera Commerce, Boston-based loyalty marketing company that was recently acquired by Rakuten/Ebates. Cartera creates shopping portals that drive loyalty for its partners, who include large banks like Citi and JPMorgan Chase, and major airlines, including American, Delta and United. Prior to Cartera, Tom was first CFO and then CEO at Imagitas and a consultant at Bain & Co. He attended Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School. Tom is married and has two children.

Jennifer Betancourt

Board Member

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Jennifer has nearly 20 years’ experience in the non-profit and foundation space in the areas of higher education, mentoring programs and community-based mental health and social services.  Currently the Director of Educational Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Jennifer provides leadership in a wide range of educational areas, including educational policies, the development, implementation and assessment of new and existing educational programs, and support around accreditation. Prior to joining the Harvard Chan School, Jennifer has held several roles where she has worked closely with senior and board leadership to strengthen the vision, strategy and future growth of programs. Previous roles have included the Associate Director of the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, a program of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation; Director of a Mentoring Program at Tuesday’s Children, and Program Coordinator at the Institute for Family Health. Before this, Jennifer spent nearly two years living in London, England working as a social worker in a hospital setting and then as the Director of a small charity organization.  A proud Boricua, Jennifer is a native of NYC and New Jersey. She received her BA in Psychology from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ; a MSW degree, with a concentration in Administration, from Fordham University, NYC; and a Professional Certificate in Global Affairs from the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies.  In her free time, she is a member of the Emily Simplex Communal Garden, volunteers in her community, and is in constant pursuit of new learning opportunities and adventures with her husband and 5-1/2-year-old son.

Doug Borchard

Board Member

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Doug joined the KIPP MA Board in 2014, where he Chairs the Compensation Committee and serves on the Teaching and Learning Committee. Doug is a Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer at New Profit. In addition to managing New Profit’s finances and internal operations, Doug has worked closely with several of New Profit’s portfolio organizations, including Achievement First, iMentor, KIPP, Year Up, and currently serves on the boards of Leading Educators, New Classrooms, and UnboundEd. Prior to joining New Profit, he worked as a program and logistics officer with Save the Children, where he was part of a team that started up field operations in the Sudan, and created and managed a multi-million dollar relief and development operation. Doug has served on the boards of a number of growing organizations, including Venturcom, iMarket, and Computers for Youth. He graduated from Princeton with a BS in engineering, and received his MBA from the Stanford Business School, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Jennifer Davis

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Over the last twenty-five years, Jennifer has worked at the federal, state and local level to improve educational opportunities for children. Jennifer is the Co-Founder of the National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL)—initially known as Massachusetts 2020–an organization dedicated to expanding learning time to narrow achievement and opportunity gaps for children in high-poverty schools. NCTL’s work is now embedded within the Education Redesign Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Jennifer’s previous positions include: U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary and Special Assistant to Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley in the Clinton Administration; National Governors Association Special Assistant to the Executive Director in the early 90’s as President Bush and the governors joined together to establish national goals for education and launched the standards movement; and Executive Director of Boston Mayor Menino’s citywide afterschool learning initiative. Jennifer’s first position out of graduate school was with Communities in Schools (CIS) where she wrote case studies on the CIS model to integrate support services into schools. Jennifer holds a B.A. from Connecticut College, an M.P.P. from the Claremont Graduate University and served as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in St. Louis, MO. Over the years Jennifer has served on many national and local boards. Today Jennifer serves on the boards of KIPP Massachusetts and Orchard Gardens Pilot School in Boston.

Caleb Dolan

Board Member

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Since 2011, Caleb has served as Executive Director for the KIPP Massachusetts region. KIPP MA has grown from operating one middle school in Lynn serving nearly 370 kids and families in grades 5-8 to a network of two districts in Lynn and Boston currently serving over 1,880 kids and families in grades K-12.

Caleb began his teaching career in 1996 as a Teach for America corps member in rural North Carolina. In 2000, he joined KIPP and co-founded the third KIPP school in the country on a peanut field in Gaston, NC with 80 5th graders. He taught and led KIPP Gaston College Preparatory (GCP) for eight years and oversaw the addition of a high school to the KIPP Gaston network in 2005. This expansion enabled KIPP Gaston to serve over 700 KIPPsters in grades 5-12. Under Caleb’s leadership, 100% of students in GCP’s first three graduating classes were accepted to college.

In 2009, Caleb moved back to New England to serve dual roles as Chief Academic Officer for KIPP Academy Lynn Middle School and Director of Principal Development for the KIPP Foundation. As KIPP Lynn’s Chief Academic Officer, Caleb was in charge of coaching teachers and incoming leaders, while his role as Director of Principal Development allowed him to mentor and coach new KIPP principals across the country. He also led the team that created the KIPP Framework for Excellent Teaching that serves as the professional development model utilized across all KIPP regions today.

In 2014, Caleb was named one of Boston’s 40-under-40 Business leaders by Boston Business Journal. He graduated from Colby College and lives in Boston with his wife, Joanna, and daughters, Tallulah and Mavis.

Matt Fates

Board Member

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Matt has worked with KIPP MA for a number of years on various projects and committees, but this is his first term on the Board of Directors. Matt is a General Partner at Ascent Venture Partners in Boston, a leading early stage technology venture capital firm. Over the past 15 years at Ascent, Matt has focused on investments in emerging tech fields such as data analytics, business SaaS and security. Prior to Ascent, Matt worked at Norwest Venture Partners, where he worked on enterprise technology venture investments and at Alex Brown & Sons, a leading technology investment bank, where he helped execute both IPO and M&A transactions. Matt was a double major in computer science and economics at Yale University where he was also captain of the rugby team. He later earned an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (Tuck Scholar). Matt was also an Overseer at the Boston Museum of Science and an advisor to the Sarah Greenwood School in Dorchester.

Dawn Foye

Board Member

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Dawn joined the KIPP MA Board in July 2017 and serves on the Finance and Facilities Committee, and also the Advocacy Task Force. Her professional career started at State Street Research and John Hancock Funds where she worked her way up, obtaining all the required licenses to become a registered sales advisor. Soon after, she was recognized for her leadership ability and sales acumen with a promotion to Sales Manager, responsible for 40 salespeople and $45 million sales annually. She is a motivated professional who is goal orientated and believes it requires a team approach in order to deliver the firm’s mission statement. She holds a B.S. in Management Studies from Cambridge College. Today, in addition to KIPP MA, she serves on the board of Families for Excellent Schools. She is a devoted wife and mother whose current focus is building her family’s legacy by creating a community in which children can flourish and meet their full potential of greatness. She is dedicating her time and attention to supporting and advocating for the children in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts so they are able to receive an education of value. She was a strong voice for the community during the “Lifting the Cap” campaign that is currently preventing children in Massachusetts from attending Charter Schools that have a proven track record for excellence.

Ivelisse Gonzalez

Board Member

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Ive is a Human Resources professional with over 20 years of successfully developing and delivering Human Resources programs to include talent acquisition, diversity and inclusion, employee relations, talent management, federal and state regulatory compliance in various industries. Ive joined Eastern Bank, the largest and oldest mutual bank in the country, in 2004. She currently holds the position of Vice President, Talent Acquisition and Inclusion Director and is responsible for identifying and addressing strategic HR issues that impact business performance to include implementing and managing talent acquisition strategies, diversity and inclusion programs and partnership opportunities with diverse, civic, professional and nonprofit organizations.  Proudly born and raised in Lynn, MA, Ive is committed to the community serving on several boards including Family and Children’s Services of Greater Lynn, Lynn Business Education Foundation, La Vida, Inc., the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as serving as a Mentor with Raw Arts Works. Ive is passionate about giving kids and young adults the opportunity to learn and thrive. Ive holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Business Administration from Merrimack College and a Masters degree in Management Communications from Emerson College. Additionally, she is an alumna of three leadership programs for high potential professionals, The Emerging Leaders Program at UMASS Boston, The Partnership, Inc., and Conexión. She is also a graduate of the INROADS program.

Shenkiat Lim

Board Member

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Shenkiat (Shen) is the Vice President for People Strategy at City Year, an organization that provides additional support to students in high-needs communities to ensure they reach the 10th grade on track and on time. Prior to joining City Year, Shen was Vice President for Staff Support & Administration at Teach For America where he led the team responsible for human assets strategy, compensation, benefits, and HRIS. Other professional experiences include product development at Fidelity Investments and HR consulting with the Hay Group (now Korn Ferry). Shen’s journey in social justice began as a Teach For America corps member, when he spent two years teaching fifth grade social studies in rural Mississippi. Since that time, Shen has been committed to supporting the work of organizations like KIPP that seek to ensure that all kids have the opportunities they deserve. Shen is on the board of the The Collective-Massachusetts (Teach For America’s association for alumni of color) and plays violin with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of Harvard University and received his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Board Agendas and Meeting Minutes