Arly Macario graduated from Suffolk University in 2018 with her B.A. in Government: Law & Public Policy and Sociology: Crime and Justice. Immediately following graduation, she worked at the English Language Center, a summer program at Boston University that serves International youth, and also served with City Year Boston under the AmeriCorps program. During her time with City Year, she worked at a K-8 elementary school in Roxbury, MA targeting whole school and individual support in English Language Arts and Mathematics, served as an after school coordinator, and was part of the Service Reserves that helped to beautify schools with painting and building projects. Finishing her year with AmeriCorps, Arly is now the College Access Coordinator at La Vida Scholars. On a daily basis she is making a huge difference with high achieving, low-income Lynn students as they create their path to college and beyond. Arly is a tremendous resource for her students!
Tina Meetran graduated from Clark University in 2015 with her B.A. in International Development and Social Change with a concentration in Migration and Culture and a M.A. in Community Development and Planning. Following her studies, Tina returned to College Visions where she had received counseling as a senior in high school for her college search process. As the College Access Program Director at College Visions in Providence, she and two Access Counselors give individualized advising to 70 low-income, first-generation 12th graders in support of their process to enroll in college. College Visions also follows their students through the college experience, resulting in a 65% graduation rate within six years, more than three times the national average for low-income, first generation students. While Tina studied at Clark, her future goals included working with refugees and immigrants. She currently is living out this goal by creating a guide entitled “Advising Undocumented Student in Rhode Island for College Access.” College Visions and the City of Providence is fortunate to have one of their own giving back and helping RI youth access and graduate from college!
Chris Contino was a History major and a member of the Army ROTC program at The College of William & Mary. Upon his graduation in 2003, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army and went on to serve five years on active duty, including a tour in Mosul, Iraq from 2006 to 2007. After completing his military service in 2008 leaving active duty as a Captain, he joined Kraft Foods. Chris worked for Kraft in New Jersey until an unmissable business opportunity in 2010 convinced him to move with his wife and kids to Singapore. Since then, he has made Asia his home. He is now based in Hong Kong after a spell in Shanghai, working as a Managing Partner at the private investment group VC Growth Partners.
Stephanie Livsey graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2010 with her BS in Electrical Engineering. Since then, she has been working at BAE Systems in Nashua, New Hampshire. While working at BAE, she also attended evening classes at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to obtain her Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, which she received in 2013. In her current role of Engineering Manager at BAE, she leads teams that design new products and manages internal professional development and mentoring programs for junior engineers, interns, and new hires. Additionally, Stephanie runs a program at BAE called “Women in Technology” that brings young women in high school on-site to explore careers in engineering. When she’s not busy at work, Stephanie runs marathons and spends time with her dog.
Amy Moran Lowe graduated from Harvard University in 2004. Following graduation, she taught English to middle school students in Chile as part of the WorldTeach Program. Valuing the experience in developing countries, Amy wished to learn more about the complex issues affecting communities at home. This desire brought her to the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, where she focused on domestic social policy, including education, immigration, and urban policy issues. She now works at the U.S. Government Accountability Office as a senior analyst in the Education, Workforce, and Income Security Group. Her focus has been on education issues ranging from early childhood education to college affordability. In 2014, Amy was awarded the GAO Community Service Award for her work mentoring college and graduate students, as well as teaching ESL to adult immigrants at the Salem Community Development Center. (photo credit to the U.S. GAO)
Luis Alvarez graduated from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary with a Master in Divinity and works as a firefighter and Chaplain in the 101st Engineer Battalion out of Methuen, MA. Luis graduated from Gordon College in 2011 with a major in Business Administration and Biblical & Theological Studies. His pursuit of a bachelor’s degree came after serving with the Army in Iraq for in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from November 2004 – November 2005. While at Gordon, Luis participated in the Army ROTC program at MIT, and following graduation he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Massachusetts Army National Guard.
After graduation from Tufts University in 2008, Laura joined an investment firm called Greenwood Investment, Inc. in Boston. During her time there she furthered her education and achieved CFA designation in 2014. In 2017, she left Greenwood to join U.S. Trust as a Fixed Income Research Analyst. While at Tufts, Laura majored in Quantitative Economics and volunteered at a local tutoring program, helping middle school students who were struggling in math. She continues to stay in touch with these young people, who are now finishing college. She enjoys living in Boston and loves spending time and traveling with her husband and family. She also has a passion for crafting!
Huy Tran currently works at Liberty Mutual Insurance in their Catastrophe Research and Development Group, which looks at modeling losses and managing risk from natural catastrophes like hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes. At Liberty Mutual, he is also a founding member and community co-chair on the leadership team for their Asian-American employee resource group LEAAP, Leading and Empowering Asian-American Professionals. He graduated with a dual degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2011 and then earned his MBA in 2012, both from Northeastern University.
Courtney graduated from Bay Path University in 2008 with a major in Criminal Justice. She went on to work with the FBI for nearly six years, during which time she participated in the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing, assisted the 2013 Presidential Inauguration Command Post Operation in Washington, D.C, oversaw communications for multi-state gang take-downs and published a planning guide for special events that is now being distributed to local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Currently, Courtney is pursuing a degree in International Disaster Response Law after graduating with a M.S. in Emergency Management from Eastern Kentucky University in December 2014. Most recently, she has accepted the position of Lead Faculty for the American Women’s College’s online, undergraduate degree program in Emergency Management.
Michael graduated from Cornell University in 2005 with a B.A. in both Mathematics and Economics. Michael then went on to earn his Ph.D. in Economics in 2011 from the University of Rochester. Michael is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at the United States Naval Academy.