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.
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.
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.
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.
Tracy joined Inversant in October 2014 after graduating from Denison University as a Posse Scholar with a B.A in Communication and Spanish. She is also a proud alumna of Inversant’s La Vida program. Tracy served as Co-Site Director of Let’s Get Ready in Lynn, where she was able to demonstrate her passion for helping students achieve their dream of going to college. Tracy is excited to be a part of the Inversant team and to give back to her community.
Rochelly joined Inversant in August 2013 as the Spanish facilitator. Rochelly now serves as the Lynn site manager to recruit families and engage them through monthly workshops and savings. She is also providing support to Inversant's newest site in Salem, MA and is 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.
Stephanie joined the Inversant team in August 2013 coming from American Student Assistance College Planning Services working as an Education Advisor. She has worked over a number of years in the nonprofit and TRIO fields dealing with: the holistic student; education access; and post-secondary success while connecting with a number of community organizations, companies and school systems throughout Massachusetts. She is able to utilize her Haitian American background to communicate with families in Haitian Creole. Stephanie attended the University of Hartford for her undergraduate studies and UMass Boston for her graduate studies; receiving a B.A. in Interpersonal Communications with a minor in Sociology; and, a M.Ed in School Counseling.
Steve joined the Inversant team in August 2016 with over 8 years of experience working in higher education. He has experience in residence life, student conduct, diversity programs, and student programming. At Inversant, Steve will be developing training and development programs for organizations looking to offer college access programming to parents and families. Steve holds a Master's degree in Education from New York University, and BA in Political Science and Economics from Penn State. Steve is currently pursuing graduate studies at Harvard while interning with Inversant.
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.
Melanie joined Inversant in July 2014 with over six years experience in the service industry. She is a Boston Public School alumna and participated in the Bottom Line Program that helped her go to college, so Melanie appreciates the importance of college access and financial aid support for the entire family. Melanie has also worked as a banker for two private financial institutions in Boston, which allows her to answer Inversant parents’ questions about financial services and help guide them as they save for college. Melanie earned a B.A. in criminal justice from Bridgewater State University. She sees the impact and value that college education has brought to her, and she is passionate about passing it on to the next generation through her work with Inversant.
Abbie joined the Inversant team in August 2016 after serving for two years with the AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Fellowship as the College Mentoring Coordinator at Girls Inc. of Lynn. After working directly with high school students in the college access field, she is excited to work with the Inversant team in providing college access and affordability opportunities to families in communities across Massachusetts. Abbie earned her undergraduate degree from Gordon College with a B.A. in Social Work.