Leadership and Staff

uAspire is fortunate to be led by a highly dedicated and experienced group of non-profit professionals. Their collective expertise guides uAspire’s culture and overall strategy – creating a strong organization that enables uAspire to move towards achieving its mission of ensuring that all students have the financial information and resources necessary to achieve their post-secondary dreams.

The uAspire staff are a committed group of individuals who are dedicated to carrying out the uAspire mission.

See bios below:


Bob Giannino

Chief Executive Officer

Erin Cox



Richard Albert

College Affordability Advisor

Bernadette Astacio

Director of Internal Training

Britt Bass

My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper (MBSK) Project Manager

Breanna Branch

My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper (MBSK) College Affordability Advisor

Ali Caccavella

Director of Training and Partnerships

Mat Cerf

Evaluation & Learning Specialist

Carmen Chan

College Affordability Advisor

Emma Chavenson

College Affordability Advisor

Yue Chen

College Affordability Advisor

Alexandra Chewning

Chief Program Officer

Ann Coles

uAspire Senior Fellow

Melissa Cotignola

Senior Training and Technical Assistance Manager

Sarah Crooker

Director of Corporate Engagement

Yassi Davoodi

Advising Manager

Wally DeGuglielmo

Chief External Affairs Officer

Erika Del Rosario

Program Director, Massachusetts

Caroline DeLeon

Director of Succeed, National

Claire Dennison

Senior Vice President, Programs and Performance

Dave Dore

Chief Finance and Operating Officer

Carrie Fethe

Marketing Director

Lara Fox

Executive Director, San Francisco Bay Area

Kyra Friedell

Development Manager, San Francisco Bay Area

Esmeralda Garcia

College Affordability Advisor

Julie Habbert

College Affordability Data Manager

Monica Hayden

Senior Program Director, San Francisco Bay Area

Cora Hirschfeld

College Affordability Advisor

Audrey Jerome

Virtual Advisor

Jamal Johnson

College Affordability Advisor

Jason Johnson

Director of Communications & Public Relations

Laura Keane

Chief Policy Officer

Gabrielle King Morse

Executive Director, Massachusetts

Melissa Langness

Director of Advancement and Strategic Growth, San Francisco Bay Area

Sarah Lassonde

National Director of Foundation Relations

Michael Lau

College Affordability Advisor

Simone Lawrence

College Affordability Advisor

Arman Liwanag

College Affordability Advisor

Christopher Loney

Chief of Staff

Elsa Martinez-Pimentel

Director of Program & Site Development, Massachusetts

Mercedes McCurdy

Manager of Talent

Leah McLean

Director of Development, Massachusetts

Lauren Miller

College Affordability Advisor

Katelyn Montalvo

Executive Assistant CEO's Office

Holly Morrow

Vice President of Knowledge

Michelle Murphy

Director of Virtual Student Support

Jermaine Myrie

Vice President of Business Development

Allie Negron

FAO Schwarz Marketing & Communications Fellow

Benjamin Oseroff

Grants Manager

Youy Ou

College Affordability Advisor

Kristin Ouellette Muskat

Senior Manager of Virtual Advising

Thalia Pena

College Affordability Advisor

Aki Peterson

Senior Manager of Training & Technical Assistance

Vicky Pizzini

Salesforce Manager

Jamie Ramola

Director of Training and Technical Assistance

Dallana Raymundo

Virtual Advisor

Adam Reinke

Deputy Director of Massachusetts

Jessica Rivera

Program Director, Massachusetts

Nina Robinson

Director of Leadership Giving

Christine Roque

Program Director, Massachusetts

Erica Rose

Senior Director of Programs, Massachusetts

Sage Ruth

Vice President of Operations

Mireya Sandoval

Manager of Training and Technical Assistance

Anna Schwartz

Data Coordinator

Kristin Shapiro

College Affordability Advisor

Simran Singh

College Affordability Advisor

Isha Singhal

Operations Coordinator

Jenny Smith

College Affordability Advisor

Jessica Soja

College Affordability Advisor

Lilibeth Tapia

College Affordability Advisor

Jasmine Tejeda

College Affordability Advisor

Marina Turlakova

Director of Research and Evaluation

Brian Vallimont

Finance and Operations Manager

Nicole White

Director of Leadership Giving, Massachusetts

Karen Wilber

FAO Schwarz Succeed Fellow

Brendan Williams

Director of Knowledge

Angela Wright

College Affordability Advisor