Silver Lining Mentoring’s Board of Ambassadors is a group of socially conscious young professionals who are passionate about the pressing need for mentoring and life-skills for youth in foster care. The group is dedicated to helping Silver Lining bring our mission and message to the greater Boston community. The participants share professional skills, connect with new people, build resources and broaden Silver Lining’s scope of influence.
2017 Board of Ambassadors
Michael Cole is an engineer working for Procter & Gamble – Gillette in South Boston. He is passionate about the outreach Silver Lining Mentoring provides for local youth, and looks forward to the opportunity to inspire change within the community. With family roots in the Deep South, Michael is seafood gumbo connoisseur. #ThankYouMentor for exposing me to possibilities
Brenna DeCotis, Chair
Brenna DeCotis is the Annual Fund Manager at Reach Out and Read. As a former employee of Silver Lining Mentoring, Brenna knows that the organization provides critical support to youth in foster care through a supportive mentor–giving young people someone they can count on, no matter what. As a Board of Ambassador Member, she wants to further Silver Lining Mentoring’s work in whatever way she can! In her free time, Brenna enjoys reading, organizing, and hanging out with her dog!
Crystal DeArruda is a Portfolio Quality Specialist at First Republic Bank. She is passionate about Silver Lining because she believes that everyone can benefit from the guidance of a mentor. She is honored to be part of an organization that acts as liaison between youth and an important model. Crystal loves traveling abroad, reading and staying active outdoors.
Branden Getchell works in Internal Communications at Liberty Mutual Insurance. He is passionate about Silver Lining Mentoring because he knows first hand the benefits of a strong mentoring relationship having spent most of his youth in and out of the foster care system. Branden seeks help empower youth in care to continue to break down stereotypes and strive for greatness. Outside of work and Branden’s volunteer work, he enjoys acapella music and singing.
Lisa Gordon is an editor at the New England Journal of Medicine. A writer and communications professional, she’s also held roles communications management roles for nation-wide nonprofits, and has been a longtime career mentor for Dress for Success, as well as a volunteer writing tutor and coach for other organizations that work with youth. She believes strongly in Silver Lining’s mission and is looking forward to contributing to their impactful work. Originally from the Boston area, Lisa recently moved back after 8 years in San Francisco and is very glad to be home.
Jennifer Merril is a Senior Communications Manager at City Year. She is passionate about helping youth who are looking for positive connections, find one. Jennifer had a mentor growing up through Big Brothers Big Sisters who supperted her dreams and encouraged her path to a better future. She can think of nothing better than paying it forward through Silver Lining Mentoring, where in addition to serving on the Board of Ambassadors she is a Community Based Mentor. Jennifer loves country music and puts hot sauce on pretty much anything.
Paige Kelly works at Publicis. Sapient as a Financial Operations Analyst, but is currently transitioning to a new role as a Business Consultant concentrating on product management. She believes that her work experience, education, and passion for closing the divide for youth in the foster program will allow her to make a real positive impact on the organization and in people’s lives, as well as help to scale the mentoring program even further. In her spare time, Paige travels at any chance she can get and is also learning to surf during the summers.
Bridget Long is a Senior Credit Analyst at Boston Private. Through her previous experience with Horizons for Homeless Children and Big Brother Big Sister, she has seen firsthand the positive impact mentoring can have on the life of a young person. As a member of the Board of Ambassadors she hopes to bring more mentorship opportunities to young people in foster care by spreading the mission of Silver Linings and recruiting mentors to the program. Bridget comes from a large extended family, with 46 first cousins spread all across the country, whom she enjoys visiting.
Beth Lundell Garver
Beth Lundell Garver is an architect and education director at the Boston Architectural College where she teaches courses in the Landscape Architecture, Digital Media, and Practice departments. She encourages her students to engage in communities through a range of service learning, mentoring, and job opportunities, which is one of the many reasons why she is passionate about Silver Lining Mentoring. Beth is a book club junkie; obsessed with exploring design as a social agent cultivated through narrative and domestic space, the public realm, cultural landscape, and geography.
Jessalyn Schwartz is an attorney, practicing mainly out of the Boston Juvenile Court and Suffolk, Norfolk and Middlesex Probate Courts. Jessalyn specializes in child welfare law, education, and mental health guardianship and commitment cases. Jessalyn joins us as a result of her first-hand experiences with foster care and the courts in Massachusetts and her desire to help youth navigate the many difficulties that stem from involvement with these systems. Jessalyn is an avid football and hockey fan (though not of Boston teams, sorry!) and enjoys baking and doing crossword puzzles in her spare time.
Khuloud Shukha is a nephrologist (kidney doctor) who practices medicine and is conducting research to study kidney disease in African Americans. She is also quite involved in teaching medical students and youth in Boston through a youth and education corps. She strongly believes in Silver Lining’s mission and wishes to contribute time and energy to help advance and enrich youth and mentor experiences. She has two maltipoo dogs that she considers her “children.”
Natasha Walth is a Credit Analyst at First Republic Bank where she works primarily with nonprofits and entrepreneurs. Having grown up in a family that took in foster children, Natasha knows firsthand how relevant Silver Lining Mentoring’s mission is to connect each child in care with a mentor and to prepare them with essential life skills. Natasha is Chair of Silver Lining Mentoring’s Board of Ambassadors and is running her third Boston Marathon for Silver Lining Mentoring. In her spare time, Natasha enjoys traveling and running!