National Board Members

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Andrew Lassiter

National Board Chair - NYC

Andrew is a long time DREAMer. A veteran of the Vermont office with a number of years' service to Camp DREAM, Andrew joined the Board in March of 2014. He now serves as the Board Chair and an at-large member of the Executive Committee. Andrew lives in New York City and is an Urban Planner at the New York City Council. 

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Sandy Mervak

National Board Vice-Chair - CA

Policy Committee Chair

Sandy became a DREAMer in 2006, while he was a student at the University of Vermont. He stayed involved with DREAM for several years after college, reluctantly leaving his role as Development Director in 2014 to attend graduate school at the University of Michigan. He earned an MBA and a Master of Public Policy degree, and now works for Adobe in Washington, DC. He is interested in the ways in which technology can contribute to a fairer, more democratic and sustainable society--but is also really into tennis, books, and books on tennis.

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Rosemary Courtney

National Board Secretary -NJ

Engagement Committee

Rosemary Courtney is married to William Knowlton and they are the proud parents of 2 (almost) grown sons. Rosemary earned her B.A. from Rutgers and an M.B.A from New York University. She is a licensed CPA and has enjoyed a long career in finance. Rosemary is also an active member in her community. She volunteers at the Bridge of Books Foundation, held board positions with The Junior League of Monmouth County, the Education Foundation of Little Silver and the Parent Teachers’ Organization of Little Silver, NJ. Rosemary currently serves as Membership Chairperson for the Shrewsbury Sailing and Yacht Club's Board of Governors in Oceanport, NJ. 

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Eric Groberg

Board Member at Large - NYC

Finance Committee

Eric comes to DREAM with a long and extensive family history with the organization, his niece and nephew-in-law DREAM Alumni from Champlain College and his brother a former long-standing member of the Vermont Committee.  Most importantly, Eric has been a willing and engaged member of the National Board as DREAM's Board transitioned to the national governance model. Eric is Director of Finance at Curiam Capital LLC, and Chief Operating Officer for Menaji Worldwide LLC with a career history in finance. 

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Tim Wright

Board Member at Large - NYC

Tim Wright: Tim was part of the founding group of DREAM mentors at Dartmouth College, from which he graduated in 2001. Before joining DREAM’s Board in 2019, he was an active contributor and advisor to DREAM’s strategic growth, including support for building Camp DREAM and engaging alumni in the greater New York area. Tim lives in New York City and the Berkshires and is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Corporate Strategy & Development for Guggenheim Investments, an asset management firm. 

Vermont Region Board

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Regional Chair,  Policy Committee, Executive Committee

Tom Wilson

Tom works as Program Coordinator in the Office of Community-University Partnerships and Service-Learning (CUPS) at the University of Vermont, where he also earned his Master's in Education. A Seattle native and Colby College graduate, he has worked in and out of the classroom with students of all ages, including in Japan, Cambodia, Colombia and Costa Rica. Tom has worked with a number of local schools, farms, and non-profit organizations in the Burlington area, and in recent summers he has led academic programs to Central Appalachia, New England and the Desert Southwest with a traveling high school called the Field Academy.

 

When not seeking out new classrooms, Tom is most likely eating; hiking, biking, kayaking or otherwise playing outside; caring too much about distant sports outcomes; checking out live music; or eating.

 

Tom had been a Board member for several years before he resigned to embark on a world tour. He rejoined the Board in the Spring of 2015. 

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Member, Finance Committee

Erika Baldasaro

Erika Baldasaro knew from her first contact with DREAM that she wanted to be part of such an amazing organization and is excited to bring her skills and enthusiasm as a board member.

Erika is a native of Brunswick, Maine and has over 20 years of experience in the banking industry. She currently works as a VP and New England region district manager for Community Bank N.A. and earned her B.S. in business administration from Southern New Hampshire University.  Erika resides in Vermont with her husband and 3 children.

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Member

Connie Beal

Connie Beal (she/her) is thrilled to reconnect with DREAM since her early connection in 2004-2005 when she helped clear trails and lug water jugs. Connie works for United Way of Northwest Vermont as the Working Bridges Initiative Director. She leads training development, innovation work, and strategic partnerships. She convenes the Working Bridges employer network to identify and design ways to leverage resources and identify gaps in supporting the ever-changing needs of Vermont’s workforce. She supports a team of Resource Coordinators and helps individual employees at workplaces navigate various community resources related to housing, childcare, transportation, health care, and more. A key driver of her work is her commitment to helping individuals find stability, thrive, and reach their goals. Prior to Working Bridges, Connie was the Senior Resource Coordinator at Vermont 2-1-1, a 24-7 health and human service helpline serving Vermonters. She has experience working for nonprofits in the anti-violence and substance use prevention fields; as well as public health experience in the public sector. Connie holds a BA in Psychology from Colby College and Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Vermont. She is a  graduate of Leadership Champlain during which she completed an intensive earned income assessment for DREAM as part of a team-based service learning project. Connie is excited to support DREAM's growth and development. Most importantly, she is eager to support the amazing staff so they can do their vital work to bust the opportunity gap for kids, especially during times of uncertainty related to COVID19. She maintains work-life balance by escaping to a Vermont mountain top, playing with her 2 young children, or eating LOTS of chocolate.

Philadelphia Region Board

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Sam Glickman

Regional Chair, Transparency & Learning Committee Chair, Executive Committee

Sam has been involved with DREAM since he served as a mentor at Dartmouth College. Having moved to Philadelphia after college, he was excited to be on the advance team to bring DREAM there as well. Sam works at Susquehanna International Group where he serves as an Associate Director. When not at work or DREAMing, Sam enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.

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Deirdre Butler

Member, Executive Committee

Deirdre joined the Philly board in 2015, shortly after moving to the city of brotherly love from Nashville. She has a passion for youth mentoring, having worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Nashville and Boston for 7 years. She is excited to be part of a program like DREAM, as it wraps its arms around a community and takes responsibility for the youth in it. In addition to being a regional board member, she serves on the Executive Committee.

 

Deirdre holds a BS in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University and a MS in Psychology from Walden University. She currently works as a Volunteer Engagement Rep, managing volunteers for the American Red Cross. Deirdre loves living in West Philly with her dog Charlotte.

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Bryan Wellens

Member, Executive Committee

Bryan has a passion for positively impacting under-resourced populations, where he brings experience in grassroots fundraising, strategy and management consulting, and financial operations and analysis.

 

In 2003, Bryan co-founded and served as chairperson of the St. Michael’s College DREAM Program.

 

Bryan is currently the Senior Director of Clinical Informatics and Quality Management at Continuum Health Alliance, where he is primarily responsible for the management and oversight of population health analytics and operations; including the Medicare ACO and Horizon Healthcare Innovations programs. His team takes innovative approaches to Population Health Management in order to achieve the “Triple Aim in Care” of increasing quality, reducing cost and utilization, and improving the patient experience; his team was acknowledged for this work with the Marcum Innovation of the Year Award and he was recognized by South Jersey Biz Magazine as a member of the “Top20 Under 40.” He previously worked at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he was involved in various roles within financial administration and decision support.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Michael’s College with Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, earned an M.B.A. with a concentration in Strategic Management and International Business from Villanova University, and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies.
 

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Tariem Burroughs

Member, Policy Committee

Tariem became a DREAMer in 2019. He has a passion for working with communities, youth, education, and health which has lead him to DREAM. He's happy to be serving as a board member hopes to bring his knowledge and skills to aid all to reach their DREAMs. He is currently finishing is degree in Sociology focusing on medical education and community health. 

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Jon Potter

Member, Finance Committee

Jon was a DREAM mentor in college and then became DREAM Inc's founding Executive Director.  He is now in Philadelphia working in economic development for an organization called University City District.  In between, he helped build a couple of houses, got an MBA, and worked at The Boston Consulting Group.  Depending on when you read this, he either has a daughter on the way or is the proud parent of a baby girl.  He is soooo excited that DREAM has arrived in Philly and couldn't be prouder to be a part of the team here.

Francie Middleton

Member, Engagement Committee

Francie has been involved with DREAM since she became a mentor at Dartmouth College in 2008. After stints in Boston and San Francisco, this Philadelphia-native is very excited to be part of growing DREAM in her hometown as a member of the Philadelphia regional board. Francie has a background in nonprofit fundraising having worked for KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools and several United Ways.  She and her husband Michael live in Rittenhouse Square, are avid baseball fans, and always looking for new restaurant recommendations!

Jen Goodwin

Member, Transparency & Learning Committee

Jen became a DREAMer in 2018. As a Philadelphia native she is happy to be a part of an organization that enthusiastically works to support and build relationships with youth and families across the city. Outside of DREAM, Jen works at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as a Data Analyst, using data to find address gaps in care. In her free time, she likes to enjoy all the time she can outside.

Gabriela Rodriquez

Member

Gabbi has been involved with DREAM since her first semester of college in 2016 and it quickly became the best part of her college experience. Gabbi is now a science teacher at Dobbins high school in Philadelphia and is working on her masters in Urban Education and Policy. Ultimately she wants to work to bring more equity to the public school system!

Boston Region Board

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Regional Chair, Executive Committee

Josh Warren

Josh has been with DREAM since 2004 when he became a mentor at Champlain College. In 2008, Josh supported DREAM's expansion in Southern Vermont, opening its first satellite office in Bennington, VT, and in 2009 he moved with DREAM to Boston where he served as the organization's Resource Development Director. Josh currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen in his hometown, where he's also active on a number of other boards. In the summer months, Josh can be found fishing in Cape Cod Bay with his wife Lisa, and their very active son, Saul.

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Member , National Board Treasurer, Executive Committee

Neal Warren

Neal Warren joined the DREAM board in October 2010 after many years of vicariously living within the DREAM community through friends and relatives. Neal currently serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee as well as a member of the Boston regional board. A career accountant, Neal lives and works in New Hampshire and enjoys hiking and cooking with his partner Jessica.

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Member, Policy Committee

Sam Pipp

Sam Pipp is the Deputy Director of Advancement for Mass Insight Education & Research (Mi). Mi is a Boston-based nonprofit that focuses on expanding educational equity by focusing on system transformation and student academic success in Massachusetts and across the country. Spending his career in nonprofit organizations that work to overcome the opportunity and achievement gaps, Sam was drawn to DREAM’s mission -- joining the board in 2015 as a member of the Boston Regional Committee and the Policy Committee. Sam received a bachelor's degree from New York University, and an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst. Sam lives outside of Boston with his super-awesome wife Molly, their unyieldingly energetic kids Riley and Ellie, and their well-intentioned but overly territorial cat Bella.

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Member, Transparency & Learning Committee

Abbe Cart

Abbe started with DREAM as a mentor at Dartmouth College in 2007. She got certified to teach K-6, then spent time working in media and marketing in New York, where she volunteered through iMentor and served as a member of DREAM's alumni advisory board. After earning her MBA from the Tuck School of Business in 2018, she joined Tyton Partners as a strategy consultant for education organizations including schools, foundations, non-profits, and education technology companies. She joined DREAM's Boston Board and the TLC committee in 2018. In her spare time, Abbe enjoys skiing, baked goods, and listening to bands that were really cool while she was in middle school.

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Member 

Andy Lee

Andy became a DREAMer in 2010 when he was a student at Dartmouth. He now lives in Boston and currently works at Summit Partners on its investment team.   

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Member

Ray Sorrentini

Ray joined DREAM’s board in 2020, drawn to its mission and having personally experienced the importance of relationship building in bridging the opportunity gap. He is an Executive Director at the J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Boston, responsible for coordinating the Firm’s investment, lending and banking business with families and select non-profit institutions throughout New England. Ray received a bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut, an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and currently lives outside of Boston with his incredible wife Jen and their wonderfully energetic boys, Tyler and Cameron.  

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