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.

Amanda Seider

Board Chair

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Amanda joined the KIPP MA Board in 2011. She is currently the Massachusetts Executive Director at OneGoal, a national organization that works to close the college degree divide between students from low-income communities and their peers from high-income areas. 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.

Tom Beecher

Vice Chair

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Tom is the CFO and Executive VP of Kate Farms, a medical nutrition company that offers plant-based formulas designed for improved tolerance with organic ingredients and without dairy, soy, gluten, corn or nuts. Prior to Kate Farms, he was the CEO of Cartera Commerce, a venture-backed, Boston-based loyalty marketing company. Prior to Cartera, Tom was CFO and later CEO at Imagitas and a consultant at Bain & Co. He attended Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School. Tom is married and has two children.

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.

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

Board Member

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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.

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.

Michael Kendall

Board Member

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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.

Paul Ketterer

Board Member

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Paul is responsible for investment origination and asset management for AEW’s series of Opportunity Real Estate Funds. He leads the firm’s hospitality group with responsibility for investment origination and asset management for all hotel investments in North America and has been involved in transactions with all of the major hotel brands. Additionally, Paul is also responsible for office, retail, residential and industrial acquisitions in the greater Boston, MA., Chicago, Il., and Washington, D.C. regions. Since joining AEW in 2004, he has been involved in over $1.5 billion dollars of equity and debt related real estate transactions. Additionally, Paul currently manages a portfolio of investments with a gross value of approximately $750 million. During his tenure at AEW, Paul has been involved in acquisitions, dispositions, financing, capital restructurings, development and asset management for a wide variety of commercial real estate product types across North America. Prior to beginning his commercial real estate career, Paul was a professional musician and a teacher at, and director of Harvard University affiliated Child Care Centers. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and is a graduate of Tufts University (B.A.) and Boston University School of Management (MBA). Paul lives in Winchester with his wife and two sons. He continues to be an active musician and coaches multiple youth sports.

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.

Luis Gondelles

Board Member

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Luis Gondelles has 15+ years of experience mostly in Financial and Operational Analysis and Metrics and Analytics. He has worked in different functional areas including Sourcing and Procurement, Global Business Services, Talent Acquisition and more recently, Project and Account Operations.

He currently works at Deloitte, where he joined the Engagement Controller practice. As a Senior Consultant, he provides project and account management, risk mitigation, profitability and financial analysis to Deloitte Consulting. Prior to Deloitte, Luis worked for Thermo Fisher Scientific supporting the Global Talent Acquisition organization where he was responsible for the development of a global dashboard report with key metrics and KPIs for the Talent Acquisition group and for driving reporting standardizations in order to improve reporting effectiveness. Prior to this role, Luis worked at other local companies like Boston Scientific, The TJX Companies and Boston Strategies International.

Luis has experience in non-profit organization boards by serving as VP of Finance for the Boston Chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) and also as VP of Finance for the Boston Chapter of Prospanica (formerly the National Society of Hispanic MBAs – NSHMBA). He has also been involved in diversity and inclusion initiatives/groups, and also served as the co-lead for the Hispanic Employee Resource Group (ERG) at Boston Scientific.

He holds an MBA and an MS in IS from Boston University and attended Universidad Simon Bolivar, in his hometown of Caracas – Venezuela, were he earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Luis currently lives in Brighton with his wife and two sons.

Stephanie Oliveras

Board Member

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Stephanie Oliveras is a Senior Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager for Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Healthcare, Education & Not for Profit Group (HENP). Stephanie is responsible for leading commercial banking teams that deliver financial and treasury solutions to clients located in New England.

Stephanie joined Bank of America in 2006 and spent twelve years in Community Development Banking, a division of Commercial Real Estate Banking. Stephanie leveraged a deep understanding of the real estate industry to effectively structure financing packages for affordable multifamily, senior, mixed-use and supportive housing projects. Most recently, she led the effort to expand the charter school lending platform nationally. She brought an interesting perspective to the role having worked in the Bank’s NYC, LA, Washington D.C. and Boston markets.

Stephanie is passionate about serving charter schools that focus on closing the achievement gap. She serves as a Board of Ambassador member for Brooke Charter School and Excel Academy. She also serves on the finance committee for KIPP MA. She is an avid traveler, enjoys volunteering for homeless organizations and is a financial literacy advocate/volunteer.