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Board and Staff

RYP is led by an all-volunteer team of dedicated staff and board members. 

While RYP looks to pay some staff in the future, the organization has been fortunate to grow since 2016 with the shared commitment of

so many fantastic volunteers!

Dominique Alvarado, Graphic Designer

Dominique is a 2021 graduate of Lesley University. She is a human centered and multidisciplinary graphic designer with a background in Photography and Illustration. In the fall of 2021 she will be starting her graduate studies at Northeastern University in Information Design and Data Visualization.  Her Ecuadorian culture influences her creativity and design work. She has a cross-cultural perspective and loves to place herself in other people’s shoes. She finds traces of these home connections in being part of RYP.

Todd Fry, Executive Director and
Board Member

Todd has served as a teacher and social entrepreneur for over 30 years, dedicated to creating spaces for innovative education and civic engagement.  He graduated from Northwestern University in 1986 with a degree in communication education.  He has worked at Milton Academy, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the Boston Center for Community and Justice, and the Deshpande Foundation.  Over his career, Todd has started community programs including Youth Outreach Weekends, The City School, the Merrimack Valley Sandbox, and Mill Cities Leadership Institute.   He began to visit Rwanda in 2006 and over the years has worked with organizations including the Rwanda Youth Healing Center, Bright Future Cornerstone, the Business Professionals Network, and now Rungano-Ndota Initiative. He currently balances his volunteer commitment to Rwanda Youth Partnership with freelance consulting as a presentation and communication coach for leaders.

Christian North, Organizational Development Associate

Christian is an entrepreneurially minded individual with interests in business, psychology, philosophy, and technology. He graduated from Tufts University in 2021 with a both a BA in cognitive brain science and an MS in innovation management. After graduating, he will be working in Atlanta as a strategy consultant for EY Parthenon. He is also CEO of Aether Nootropics, a startup focused on an innovative healthy beverage. He is working with RYP to strengthen the organization's business infrastructure to support growth.

Tyler Rossi, Manager of Foundation Relations

Tyler has worked as an entrepreneur and development specialist since graduating from American University in 2016 with a degree in International Relations. Currently he is completing Dual Master’s Degrees in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence & Sustainable International Development at the Heller School Social Policy and Management of Brandeis University. As a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of North Macedonia, Tyler helped create sustainable and scalable development for local underserved youth. Previously, he worked with the Food Security and Livelihoods team at Save the Children US to administer a series of large-scale international

development projects. Working with RYP and Rungano-Ndota allows Tyler to continue his studies and while helping build a better world

Rosemary Agbede, Board Member

Rosemary is a single mother who has raised four wonderful children in Lowell, Massachusetts.  Originally from Uzebba/Ora in Edo State of Nigeria, she became an entrepreneur in the USA.  She graduated from Benin Technical College in Nigeria and Blaine School of Cosmetology in Massachusetts.  In 1997 she founded Unique You Salon and then Rima’s Catering Service.  She is also co-authoring a memoir/cookbook with two of her daughters.

 

Past President of the Nigerian Association of the Merrimack Valley, she is also a passionate public speaker.  She has traveled to Uganda as a missionary and more recently to Rwanda to engage with the youth and leaders of Rungano-Ndota Initiative.  She believes in the power of beauty, nourishment, faith and, above all, love.

Toku Chen, Board Member

Toku is a strategic advisor working with mission-driven founders, companies, investors and organizations that are solving venture scale problems related to children's education and health.

In his current work, he combines the lens of impact investing, venture philanthropy and private capital investing. He leverages his 20 years of cross asset fundamental investment experience in the US and in Asia as an investor for hedge funds such as Citadel, Highbridge and principal desks of global investment banks such as Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan and & Morgan Stanley. He is a veteran at dissecting the fundamentals of complex businesses and advising stakeholders through periods of significant change.

He has applied the same passion to guide individuals and teenagers to more fulfillment in their lives via decades of volunteer work and community service. He is excited to bring his strategic lens to RYP's future and to work with the Rungano-Ndota team and youth, especially in the areas of building sustainable businesses, inclusive financial capabilities and education access. He graduated from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and speaks Japanese & Mandarin.

Amy Kazakoff, Board Secretary

Amy is a retired engineer and program manager who spent her career in the semiconductor manufacturing and design industry. She holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska, and the Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute. Her interest in travel has brought her in contact with the Rwanda Youth Partnership, and she joined the board because of the importance and promise of its mission.

Sally Thitu Muiruri, Board Member

Sally is a filmmaker who produces documentaries about human stories and short films that seek to address social issues. Originally from Kenya, she has over five years’ experience in the film

industry, working under various film producers and directors in the Greater Boston area. Some of her major productions include Black, Red N Green and 15 Years Later. Other productions that she had been involved in are Black N Black, and Memoirs of a Black Girl.

Currently, she works as a video producer of OSHA safety training for a small manufacturing company in Rockland, Massachusetts. She holds B.A. in communication with a concentration in Film, Video and Media Studies, from Bridgewater State University, and a Diploma in Public Relations from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Jacqueline Rwibasira, Board Member

Jackie is an entrepreneur who has started and run several businesses through her career. A Rwandan who grew up initially in the Democratic Republic of Congo, she worked at Accons Accounting Services in Mbabane, Swaziland as personal assistant to the CPA and also office manager. After coming to the Boston area, she worked for H&R Block and then decided to train as a nursing assistant. She has worked for a home health care agency for the past 6 years, and she is now the president of her own home care company. She has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

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Anil Thomas, Board Member

Principal at Kalypso, A Rockwell Automation Business. 

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Mike Christian, Board Member

Mike is the Board President of Someone Else’s Child and is responsible for strategy and overall leadership of the foundation. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Risk Strategies, a leading national insurance brokerage firm. Mike was the Chief Executive Officer of Risk Strategies from 1997 to 2019. He led the company from its start-up beginnings into a prominent specialty risk advisor/broker with annual revenues of over $1 Billion. He was responsible for the development and execution of the company’s business/growth strategy, recruiting, client service approach, and mergers & acquisitions. Prior to Risk Strategies, Mike held leadership positions with Jardine Insurance Brokers, including serving on the U.S. Board of Directors, AON and Alexander & Alexander.

 

Mike is also the Managing Partner at Community Impact Ventures, an impact venture capital fund focused on providing start-up funding for social entrepreneurs.

 

A long-time Boston-area resident, Mike works with several non-profits focused on youth education, the arts, children living with disabilities, and economic justice. He is currently on the board of the Boch Center/Wang Theater, a leading arts, entertainment, and education center. He is the treasurer and a board member for Boston Explorers, a non-profit serving kids and teens in the Boston area. Mike is also on the board of the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers, the leading national advocate for property & casualty and health insurance issues.

 

Mike majored in Philosophy at the University of California in Santa Barbara.

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Monica L. Zeno-Martin, Board Chair

Monica L. Zeno-Martin is committed to collaborating with individuals, communities, NGOs and businesses in developing solutions to challenges facing marginalized groups and communities. She partners on efforts ranging from social justice to trauma-centered care, education, and workforce development. In her role with Rwanda Youth Partnership, Monica is grateful to learn from and share with the Rungano-Ndota team in building “a united community of diverse youth working together to improve their future as holistic leaders.”

Monica is Executive Director at Parenting Journey, a nonprofit training institute serving social services agencies and clinicians nationally and globally by helping parents build stronger, more resilient families. She also acts as a consultant in the social

impact sector.

Monica holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Florida A&M University. She serves as a volunteer with organizations focused on youth and community education, leadership, and development and is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She and her husband have two adult children and reside in Boston, MA.

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