Colby Swettberg, Ed.M, LCSW | Chief Executive Officer
Colby Swettberg joined Silver Lining Mentoring in July 2009. As a former educator, Colby earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University, and later turned her focus to child welfare and social services earning a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Simmons School of Social Work. Colby came to Silver Lining Mentoring after working at The Home for Little Wanderers for eight years where she opened and oversaw a group home for LGBTQ teenagers, did clinical work in adoption and family stabilization team services, facilitated support groups for foster and adoptive families, and provided training and consultation nationwide on sexual orientation and gender identity issues. In 2012, Colby was honored to be chosen by then Senator John Kerry for the “Angel in Adoption” award for her advocacy efforts on behalf of youth in foster care. Colby represented the Commonwealth in Washington DC at the national convening of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. In October 2013, Colby was honored to receive the “Women of Excellence” award from national child welfare organization Youth Villages for her service to young women in foster care.
Julie Asher | Deputy Director
Julie joined Silver Lining Mentoring in May 2017. Having learned about the child welfare system from her work in the public and philanthropic sectors, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to Silver Lining Mentoring’s important mission. Julie has dedicated her career to promoting positive impact and equity for children and families. Most recently, Julie worked at the Center on the Developing Child, where she facilitated partnerships across sectors with the goal of developing new solutions to support young children’s development. Prior to this, she worked as a senior program officer at the Robin Hood Foundation, overseeing early childhood and youth grants to nonprofits in New York City. Previously, she worked for the City of New York’s Administration for Children’s Services as a policy analyst for child care and child welfare. Julie earned her bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from Cornell University and her master’s degree in public policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.
Cori Mykoff | Director of Development
Cori has always been fortunate to work with organizations whose missions seek to improve lives in a community-driven way. As a beneficiary of strong role models, Cori feels that access to great mentorship can change lives, and is honored that this passion has led her to Silver Lining Mentoring—a proven leader in providing this critical service to young people who need it most. Before Silver Lining, Cori was the senior development officer at The Posse Foundation in Boston, where she directed local fundraising efforts through collaboration with volunteer leaders, corporate sponsorships, grants, and events. Previously, she was the development officer at TERC, where she worked on federal research grants and national educator trade shows. Cori began her career at The Boston Bar Association and Foundation, where she helped to administer over $1 million in legal aid grants annually, and coordinated several volunteer committees and efforts. Outside of Silver Lining, Cori is a Board Member of The Philanthropy Connection, and volunteers with Emerson College, her alma mater.
Diana Meyers | Director of Administration
Diana Meyers joined Silver Lining Mentoring in April 2014 to serve as the organization’s Director of Administration. She is responsible for managing daily and ongoing operations. Prior to joining SLM, Diana held the simultaneous, dual role of Administrative Director for the non-profits Mil Milagros and Strategies for Children. Having once been a foster parent herself, Diana saw first-hand the tremendous challenges faced by youth in the foster care system. Diana earned an M.Ed. at Eastern Nazarene College in a program sponsored by the Boston Public Schools and holds a BA in health studies.
Alaina Rosenberry, LCSW | Director of Programs
Alaina Rosenberry first joined Silver Lining Mentoring in September 2010 as an intern from Simmons School of Social Work. Alaina comes to SLM with experience in issues of homelessness and youth education from her work at St. Mary’s Women and Children’s Center and Crittenton Women’s Union. Alaina completed her second clinical internship at Children’s Charter Trauma Clinic where she provided individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults who have experienced trauma. Alaina completed her Masters in Social Work and serves as Director of Programs, overseeing SLM’s one-to-one mentoring program and working to build and support long-term mentoring relationships for youth in care.
Christina “Mobile” Burrell | Program Coordinator
Christina ‘Mobile’ Burrell became a member of the Silver Lining Mentoring community in September 2015. As Program Coordinator, Mobile supports young people in Silver Lining Mentoring’s Learn & Earn Service. Prior to joining Silver Lining Mentoring, Mobile completed internships at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County and in a Boston Public Middle School. These experiences along with her prior work with children and youth navigating difficult life circumstances fueled her passion for contributing to making society more equitable and just for all individuals. Mobile comes to Silver Lining Mentoring with an eagerness to use her skills for creating and improving opportunities for youth to grow and excel in various aspects of life. Mobile has a B.A. in Human Development and Psychology from Connecticut College and received her Masters of Social Work from Boston College.
Brian Diah | Outreach Coordinator
Brian Diah joined Silver Lining Mentoring in September 2015. In his role as Outreach Coordinator, Brian is responsible for recruiting mentors. Prior to working at Silver Lining Mentoring, Brian worked as an intern in the Office of Resettlement at the International Institute of Boston. He also worked in the Office of Advancement for 3 years during his time at Lesley University, where he gained experience in development and alumni relations. In 2014, Brian served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Vital Village Network. During that year, he had the opportunity to work with numerous NGO’s primarily in Mattapan, Codman Square and Dorchester focused on maximizing child health and male engagement. Brian is excited to be part of the Silver Lining Mentoring team and community. Brian graduated from Lesley University with a BA in Global Studies and Sociology, where his research focused on Iraqi refugees in Boston.
Ashley Gonclaves | External Relations Manager
Ashley’s passion for social justice and desire to empower children and families in crisis led her to her role her at Silver Lining Mentoring. Prior to coming to Silver Lining Mentoring, she was the Impact Manager at Italian Home for Children where she focused on program quality for residential, community-based, and educational programming. She was instrumental in the creation, development, and implementation of the Emerging Leaders Society young professionals board as well as having grown the organization’s social media presence to increase engagement with external partners. She has previously held various roles at Jumpstart where she assisted with the strategic planning process and also participated in their Early Education in-school programming. Ashley is a Board Member of the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy where she is an advocate for health equity for all youth. Ashley holds a BA in English from Boston College.
Daniel Gorton, MSW | Data Strategy Manager
Daniel Gorton began his journey with Silver Lining Mentoring in 2013 as an intern from Boston College where he earned his Master’s degree in social work. With immense gratitude for the transformative role of mentors in his life, and an adoptee from foster care during adolescence, Daniel considers it a privilege to contribute to the organization’s mission of empowering youth with foster care experience. Daniel joined the team in June 2015. As Data Strategy Manager, Daniel has a passion for innovating with our team to integrate data, narratives, and the voices of our community members for continuous improvement and learning. He enjoys applying over a decade of agile project management to evolving data, reporting, and software solutions. Daniel also proudly serves as a board member for Walker (Needham, MA).
Julie Guest, MSW | Program Coordinator
Julie Guest joined Silver Lining Mentoring in June 2016. Julie has a B.A. in Anthropology, Sociology, and Spanish from Roger Williams University and received her Masters of Social Work from Boston College. Prior to Silver Lining Mentoring, Julie was an in home therapist, primarily working with adoptive families around issues of mental health, trauma, attachment, loss, and joint problem solving. In 2011, Julie received a Fulbright Grant to conduct anthropological research for ten months in El Salvador. Her research focused on the social, political, and historical components that have influenced the cultural construction of adoption in El Salvador and contributed to its shifting intercountry adoption statistics. The conclusions gained from this research project have been helpful to social service professionals and policymakers as a guide to develop a culturally relative mindset that recognizes the history and culture of Latinos in order to identify how current child welfare services could be redesigned to better serve this population. During her time at Boston College, she held a position as a policy intern at the Donaldson Adoption Institute. At this organization, she helped promote the advancement of policy positions and advocacy strategies related to adoption. Julie is excited to bring her diverse clinical and research experience in child welfare to Silver Lining Mentoring.
Evan Hubbard, LCSW | Program Supervisor
Evan Hubbard joined Silver Lining Mentoring in February 2012. He received a Masters of Social Work from Wheelock College in 2010, where he specialized in working with LGBTQ youth involved in the foster and adoption care system. In 2007, Evan worked at True Colors Inc., a mentoring program for LGBTQ youth in care. Following his passion for helping LGBTQ youth in care, he worked at Greater Boston PFLAG (Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays) to help youth and their caregivers develop and foster healthy relationships and environments. While at Greater Boston PFLAG, Evan facilitated support groups, ran trainings statewide, presented at conferences and provided 1-to-1 support for parents and youth. Most recently, he worked at Elm Brook Place helping adults with psychiatric disabilities transition back into the workforce. Evan is excited to return his focus to the population that motivated him to pursue a career in social work.
Jesse joined Silver Lining Mentoring in January 2017. He received his Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan, focusing on supporting LGBTQ+ youth share their personal stories as a means to educate and support safe and inclusive climates in their schools and communities.
Prior to this, Jesse served as an educator in Japan, as a JET Program participant, and Cape Verde and Mozambique as a US Peace Corps Volunteer. These experiences helped shape his commitment to empowering youth to grow and share their voices in creating positive change within their communities. Jesse is excited to be a part of the Silver Lining Mentoring family, supporting SLM’s mission and goals as well as directly supporting young people affected by the foster care system.
Victoria Murray, LCSW | Program Coordinator
Victoria Murray joined Silver Lining Mentoring in February 2014. She received her Master of Social Service from Bryn Mawr College. Prior to SLM, Victoria worked as a therapist, primarily working with youth and families around issues of trauma, loss, anxiety, depression and family communication. Victoria is passionate about working with youth and utilizing a strengths-based perspective to help foster strong and authentic relationships. While in graduate school, Victoria worked at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA, supporting children and families in a healthcare setting. In addition, she worked at Lakeside Girls Academy, supporting pregnant and parenting youth while continuing their education. She has been fortunate to work with youth in a variety of settings including outdoor education, public schools, and home and community outreach, and is excited to bring her experiences to Silver Lining Mentoring.
Victoria Nasanga, MSHS | Program Coordinator
Victoria Nasanga joined Silver Lining Mentoring in June 2016. Victoria has a B.A. in Psychology from Simmons College and received her Masters of Science in Human Services from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to SLM, Victoria was a Community Action Fellow, primarily working with youth facilitating, organizing and reaching out to different organizations to set up volunteer and partnership opportunities for the youth she served. Victoria was able to build meaningful relationships with the youth, but also powerful ones with volunteer organizations. Victoria is excited to start supporting the professional development of young adults by providing training, mentorship and hands-on work experience. As an adoptee from foster care, Victoria considers it an honor to contribute to the organization’s mission of empowering youth with foster care experience and it is her passion to continue supporting those in need.
Johara Suleiman | LCSW
Johara Suleiman joined Silver Lining Mentoring in April 2017. Prior to her arrival at SLM, Johara served children and their families as an In-Home Family Therapist in the Boston area. As a family therapist, she supported family systems struggling with a wide range of challenges using a trauma-informed, child-centered framework with a variety of modalities. Through her Masters in Social Work program at Salem State University, Johara gained experience working with adults suffering from chronic substance abuse, and child protection in a hospital setting. In her position as program coordinator for SLM’s one-to-one mentoring program, Johara works to nurture and support long-term relationships between youths and their mentors.
Sandra Woods | Development Manager
Sandra Woods joined Silver Lining Mentoring in July 2013. She has a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in Hispanic Studies from Connecticut College, where she completed an independent study on the effects of the Hague Adoption Convention on Guatemala’s adoption process. Sandra has experience working with youth in the foster care system during her time as an AmeriCorps VISTA on the Development Team at the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE).