Inversant is committed to helping the entire family invest in higher education.


Our Staff

Charles Desmond
Charles Desmond Chief Executive Officer
c.desmond@inversant.org, Ext.15

Dr. Charles F. Desmond was appointed Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education by Governor Deval Patrick in 2008 after serving as the Executive Vice President of the Trefler Foundation for six years. Prior to Trefler, he worked for thirty years at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He has also served as a counselor at Northeastern University’s African American Institute and in the Boston Public Schools.

Charles is the past president of AARP Massachusetts and now serves on its executive committee. He served on the Board of Governors for the Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory at Brown University and on Brown's Annenberg Institute for School Reform. He chaired Cambridge College’s Board of Trustees and co-chaired the Great Cities’ Universities Urban Educator Corps. A Fulbright Scholar, Charles earned his EdD in instructional leadership from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a BS in sociology from Northeastern University. He is a US Army veteran, earning both the Bronze and Silver Stars while serving in Vietnam.

Yiming Shuang
Yiming Shuang Chief Operating Officer
y.shuang@Inversant.org, Ext. 12

Yiming joined the Inversant team in April 2009. She is able to apply her native expertise from Taiwan to speak with families in Mandarin Chinese. Prior to Inversant, Yiming was the Communications and Operations Manager at the Boston History & Innovation Collaborative. Yiming received a B.A. in History and Journalism at National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan. She earned her M.S. in Mass Communications from Boston University.

Ivy Nagahiro
Ivy Nagahiro Director of Institutional Advancement
i.nagahiro@inversant.org, Ext. 18

Nagahiro has been working in development for twenty years. Prior to joining Inversant, she was fundraising for the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA focusing on grants and driving membership. During her 15 year tenure with Boston University, she was with the Goldman School of Dental Medicine, the School of Arts and Sciences, and International Programs, fundraising from alumni within the Schools and around the world. She graduated from Boston University with a MBA and an architecture and art history degree from Wellesley College.

Bahar Akman Imboden
Bahar Akman Imboden Director of Research

Bahar joined the Inversant team in early 2013 after serving as a consultant for the Boston Foundation providing research on best practices regarding college scholarships and savings programs. Bahar has worked on various research projects at UMass Boston, Grail Research, and several institutes and centers affiliated with McGill University. She is the co-founder of a consultancy partnership named ‘Socially Responsible Research.’ She holds a PhD in Political Science from McGill University.

Rochelly Araniz
Rochelly Araniz Director of Programs
r.araniz@Inversant.org, Ext. 11

Rochelly joined Inversant in August 2013 as the Spanish facilitator. Rochelly now serves as the director of programs and is responsible for the effective delivery and overall success of Inversant program services. She is also the point of contact for the College Compacts program. Rochelly has extensive experience with community outreach and most recently worked as the Bilingual Parent Educator for the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. She received her B.S in Sociology from Northeastern University and is now a candidate for the Masters in Public Administration program at Suffolk University. 


Cara Deshaies
Cara Deshaies Communications Manager
c.deshaies@inversant.org, x22

Cara joined Inversant in November 2017. She has worked in a variety of nonprofit organizations for over 10 years including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Berklee College of Music, and the Animal Rescue League of Boston. As a first-generation college and graduate school student, Cara is excited to help families prepare and save for their college experience. Cara has a BA in Performing Arts from Clemson University and a MS in Arts Administration from Boston University.

Christina Erving
Christina Erving Development Manager
c.erving@inversant.org, Ext. 10

Christina joined Inversant in February 2017. Her previous experiences includes a variety of roles within higher education including assisting international students with their transition to the U.S. as well as supporting first semester freshmen in a study abroad program at Northeastern University. Based on her own experience as a first-generation college student and after supporting students as they transition to college, Christina is excited to be part of the Inversant team to help ensure that more families can afford a college education for their children. Christina has a BA in International Affairs and Economics from Northeastern. 

Peter Hulbert
Peter Hulbert Program Coordinator
p.hulbert@inversant.org, 20

Peter joined the Inversant team in 2017. He has over six years of grassroots community development experience, both domestically and abroad. Previously, Peter was a Youth, Family, and Community Development Specialist in the Dominican Republic with the Peace Corps. He was living and working in a rural sugarcane cutting community focusing on leadership development and capacity building of the youth within the community. He most recently was working in Mexico, developing and implementing a leadership development program for a rural high school scholars program in San Miguel del Allende. Peter has his M.A. in International Development from Brandeis University, and his B.A. in Political Science and Global Studies from the University of Minnesota. Through all of his experiences, Peter has seen the power education has in transforming lives in low income communities, and is excited to continue that work with Inversant. 

Johanna Leslie
Johanna Leslie External Affairs & Research Associate
j.leslie@inversant.org, Ext. 23

Johanna joined Inversant in August 2016 after providing SAT prep and college counseling to high school students at Let's Get Ready in her hometown of Worcester, MA and enjoys engaging the entire family in the college process via Inversant's programming model. At Inversant, Johanna assists the programming team and contributes to research and program evaluation efforts. Johanna is pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and Education Studies at Wellesley College, where she focuses on adolescent development and academic achievement. 


Luz Miranda
Luz Miranda Education Outreach Manager
l.miranda@inversant.org, Ext.13

Luz joined the Inversant team in July 2017 as the SoarMA Education Outreach Manager. Prior to joining Inversant she was providing health care, social services, community resources education and navigation to vulnerable patients for almost three  years at Massachusetts General Hospital. Luz recieved her MA in TESOL in her home country from Universidad Latina de Panama. Luz is currently working on her MBA. She believes in the power of education and is excited to be part of the Inversant team to empower families to achieve their goal of higher education. 

Armando Vizcardo
Armando Vizcardo Program Associate
a.vizcardo@inversant.org, x14

Armando joined Inversant in November 2017 as the Program Associate. He is responsible for assisting Inversant’s programming team in the implementation and delivery of services, such as supporting, preparing and facilitating Bilingual Learning Circles to Inversant families at various sites in Massachusetts. In addition, he is also in charge for collecting and administering all program evaluation, assessment and data. Prior to joining Inversant, he worked in various community development and research assistant roles at the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, the Children’s League of Massachusetts, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and the University of Massachusetts Boston. He received his B.A. in Economics with minors in Psychology and Sociology from UMass Boston.