Janet Altman

Janet Altman

Janet Altman has more than 20 years of business experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors. Shortly after receiving her B.S. in marketing from the University of Maryland, she returned to the Boston area. Her experience in the software and non-profit sectors has included building partnerships with corporate entities and community organizations. Her previous full-time position was Director of Adult Education at Hebrew College. During her decade-plus living in Boston, Janet was actively involved with the Sportsmen’s Tennis Club in Dorchester, inspired by its people and dedication to education. These days, Janet is busy raising her family and volunteering at non-profit organizations. She serves as Executive Director of the Alray Scholars Program and can be reached at jaltman@alray.org.

Lee Bertram

Lee Bertram

Lee Bertram earned his bachelor’s degree in finance at The State University of New York at New Paltz while serving as 2-year captain of the men’s basketball team. He moved to Boston to begin a career at State Street and then The Bank of New York Mellon. He’s now an Investment Operations Specialist at Eaton Vance Investment Managers. He has his master’s in business administration from Suffolk University. Lee is a mentor for Alray Scholars and serves on our Administration Committee.

Frank Brayer

Frank Brayer

Frank Brayer is a seasoned financial executive and certified public accountant who serves as regional vice president of the entertainment powerhouse Live Nation. He has varied and extensive experience across all aspects of financial management, including administration, auditing, accounting and system implementation, and he is putting those talents to work in leading the effort to enhance the Alray financial operation. Frank earned his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and his master’s in accounting from the University of Hartford. He lives outside Boston with his wife and two children. Frank serves as our treasurer.

Anne Comber

Anne Comber

Anne Comber has worked in public relations and non-profit management for over 25 years. Currently, she is the Associate Director of the Friends of Blue Hills. She is the founder of Perfect Pitch Communications, a successful firm providing marketing and public relations expertise to small businesses and non-profit organizations. She is a graduate of Duke University and has a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Anne is chair of our Advisory Committee.

Sue Cuyler

Sue Cuyler

Sue Cuyler is a marketing consultant with over 25 years of experience developing cost-effective solutions to clients’ marketing and strategic planning needs. After developing her skills for 9 years at Deloitte Consulting, Sue spent 11 years with NK&A collaborating with small and mid-sized organizations, in both the corporate and nonprofit world, to develop marketing plans that helped them meet their business goals. Sue currently heads Strategic Marketing & Communications for KnowledgeLink, a global education organization dedicated to increasing access to education for students around the world. Sue is a graduate of Colby College and Clark University’s Graduate School of Management. She lives in Newton with her husband and two boys. Sue is co-chair of our Communications Committee.

Edward Finn

Edward Finn

Ed Finn brings over 20 years of financial executive and management experience to the Alray Scholars Program. Currently, Ed is the owner of The DMF Group LLC, a consulting CFO firm serving startups and small companies in Boston and New York, mostly in the high tech and life sciences industries. Previously, he held CFO roles with Boston-based startups, most notably with Crimson Hexagon, Gazelle and GetConnected. Prior to his roles as an operator, Ed was an investment banker with Stonebridge Associates in Boston, and he began his career with Ernst & Young in New York.  Receiving a double major from Georgetown University, Ed is a CPA as well as a CFA charterholder. Ed serves as an Alray mentor, he is on the Advisory Board for the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club, and he also serves as an advisor to the Dan Finn Fund in Jersey City (where he was born and raised). In his free time, Ed can be found in Boston’s North End with his wife and dog, when not traveling and/or golfing.

Kevin Fudge

Kevin Fudge

Kevin Fudge is the director of consumer advocacy and ombudsman at American Student Assistance. He works with policy makers, state agencies and non-profit organizations to increase college access, college completion and successful education debt management. He works with members of state government to provide effective solutions to complex student loan situations faced by their constituents or from their own education loans. In the national conversation about student loan debt and higher education policy, Kevin provides research and analysis of student loans to national and local media, secondary school administrators, higher education professionals, and think tanks. Kevin has been dedicated to helping Boston area students achieve their social, academic and economic potential since 2001, when he was the Assistant Director of Admissions/College Access Coordinator at College of the Holy Cross. Kevin is a graduate of the University of Virginia and received his master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University. Kevin serves on our Administration Committee and our Applications Committee, and he serves as our in-house guru on matters of aid and debt.

Heidi Guarino

Heidi Guarino

Heidi Guarino has spent her professional career in and around public education, first as an education reporter for local and national media outlets, later as a senior leader in the development and communication of education policy in Massachusetts, and currently as an education consultant working with clients around the country. She is currently a senior consultant at Education First, a national education consulting firm, where she manages and works on a range of education policy issues for clients ranging from the U.S. Department of Education to the Salem Public Schools to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to joining Education First, Heidi served as chief of staff for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; earlier in her career Heidi spent a decade as an education reporter, covering national and state education news for The Associated Press in Boston and for several regional newspapers in eastern Massachusetts. Heidi earned her bachelor’s degree in professional writing from Emerson College in Boston. She lives with her husband and two school-aged sons in Salem, Massachusetts. Heidi is co-chair of our Communications Committee and serves on our Applications Committee.

Jack O’Brien

Jack O’Brien

Jack O’Brien is a longtime teacher, coach and mentor. In a decade of coaching basketball at Charlestown High School, he led his teams to a record-breaking five state championships in six years. More important, during his tenure, nearly every one of his players who stayed with the Charletown program through his senior year went on to college. A graduate of Salem State College, Jack previously coached in Salem and his hometown of Medford. Irish America Magazine named him one of its Top 100 Irish-Americans. Jack is chair of our Mentoring Committee.

Carol Pacheco

Carol Pacheco

Carol Pacheco is a first-generation college graduate who is passionate in her work supporting inner-city students. She is a proud graduate of the Worcester Public Schools where she first discovered her love for the field of education. Carol received a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Sociology from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Carol was the Founding Operations Associate for both Excel Academy Charter Schools in Chelsea and Orient Heights-East Boston. As the Founding Operations Associate, she assured the functionality of the School-Community’s day-to-day operations. The Excel Academy Charter School network in East Boston and Chelsea has become the model of education success in the area. Most recently, Carol has been working for Boston Public Schools in the Office of Human Capital, where she has provided staffing and evaluation support to both schools and the district’s central offices. Carol also provided operational support during the turnaround process of the district’s vocational high school, Madison Park. Her work with the Boston Public Schools has assured that students have qualified teachers and dedicated support staff who can provide students with an exceptional education. Carol is a mentor for Alray Scholars where she provides career and educational support to scholarship recipients.

Nicolas Souffrant

Nicolas Souffrant

Nicolas Souffrant, a graduate of Charlestown High School and Bentley College, is a financial representative for Citizens Securities. He is also a mentor for Diamond Educators and a volunteer basketball coach in Boston. A member of the Alray organization from the start, Nick is chair of our Outreach Committee and also serves on our Applications Committee.

Neil Swidey

Neil Swidey

Neil Swidey is a staff writer for the Boston Globe Magazine and a bestselling author, most recently of Trapped Under the Sea, which was named one of the best books of the year by Amazon and Booklist. His first book, The Assist, about the transformative power of high school basketball and the narrow margins faced by young men growing up in Boston, was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post. It was also the inspiration for the Alray Scholars Program. Neil was a co-author of The Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy, and his writing has been featured in The Best American Science Writing, The Best American Crime Writing, and The Best American Political Writing. He grew up in a big family in Somerset, Mass., and graduated from Tufts University, where he met his wife, Denise Drower Swidey. They have three daughters. Neil serves as president of our organization.
Ian Urquhart

Ian Urquhart

Ian Urquhart is a 1997 graduate of Charlestown High School and also served as an assistant coach for the basketball team during Alray’s senior year. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College and his law degree from New England School of Law. He currently works as an attorney for the law firm Prince Lobel in the areas of real estate, land use, and development. Ian is chair of our Administration Committee, serves as Clerk of the organization, and brings his expertise in the law and other regulatory matters to the Board. In addition to the Alray Scholars Program, Ian also serves on the Advisory Board for the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club.

Ed Walker

Ed Walker

Ed Walker is a Boston Public Schools graduate who went on to earn his degree from Bates College and serve as an Assistant Dean of Admissions there and then at Wheaton College before returning to Boston. Ed is a guidance counselor at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. He is also the founder and president of Independent Consultants of Education (I.C.E.), a consortium of dedicated educators who provide a myriad of educational services to nonprofit community-based organizations, such as churches, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, and similar programs. Ed is chair of our Applications Committee.