Boston Day and Evening Academy Board of Trustees
Sonya B. Page is Founder and Owner of Page Consulting LLC, a female-owned and operated business with a deep commitment to empowering the nonprofit sector. Sonya has well over a decade of frontline fundraising experience from some of the nation’s top nonprofit organizations, including Catholic Charities, the Greater Boston Food Bank, and Massachusetts General Hospital. She founded Page Consulting in order to help small and mid-sized nonprofits learn how to best position themselves for fundraising success in an increasingly competitive environment. In addition to working with nonprofit clients, Sonya regularly leads free workshops for local nonprofits and provides access to free, practical fundraising tips and tools. She is passionate about contributing to the growth of the nonprofit sector, and has been recognized by donors and colleagues alike for her professionalism, collaborative approach, and commitment to transparency.
Evelyn Zayas, Branch Manager of Eastern Bank, has a passion for helping people prosper through financial education. While growing up in Boston, MA, she realized basic financial gaps are common, even as adults, as the resources are not easily available to learn financial stability and planning. This motivated her to pursue a career at Eastern Bank, a committed, courageous, and inclusive company. It is their brand purpose of “Doing Good Things to Help People Prosper” that inspires her to make every interaction a meaningful one. Evelyn has a strong passion for serving the community and has had the chance to make a difference as Secretary of the Jamaica Plain local first, serving since 2018. She enjoys bringing people together and does this through her weekly Business Network International (BNI) group. Leading the group for two years as President taught her the importance of listening to her peers to build on ideas and to create a strong team. Her daily motivation is to make a difference into peoples’ lives through her leadership at the bank as a Branch Manager. Her 18 years of experience in the industry has made her a trusted advisor to her clients. Evelyn resides in Dorchester with her daughter.
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Cris is the Executive Director of Corporate Transactions at Sarepta Therapeutics. Prior to this role, she worked as the Executive Director of Institutional Initiatives for the Office of Technology Development (OTD) at Harvard University. In addition, she served as the Director of Technology Transactions at OTD and the Executive Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. Prior to joining Harvard, Cris served as the Director of Intellectual Property and Corporate Counsel for pSivida Ltd., an innovator of drug delivery technologies. She also has worked as a litigation associate in law firms in Boston, MA, and Greenwich, CT. Cris holds a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law and a BA from Yale University. In addition to her professional work, Cris is the founder of the REAL Ride, a 5000 mile, gravel cycling event that raised funding for Boston Day and Evening Academy.
Danny Rivera has over 18 years of experience working with non-profit organizations. Danny has spent the majority of his career serving children, youth and families of Boston in many different capacities. He currently serves as Senior Coach at Match Beyond, an innovative approach to higher education that empowers young adults and college non-completers to earn postsecondary degrees and leverages those degrees with career paths that generate livable wages. Prior to joining Match Beyond, Danny was the Lead Post-Secondary Transition Coach at the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC). During his time there, he provided college and career support to Boston Public School (BPS) graduates transitioning from high school to local two-year colleges in order to increase college retention and completion rates. Danny also played a key role in the implementation of a citywide initiative to improve college persistence and completion outcomes for BPS graduates called the Success Boston College Completion Initiative.
Spencer Kimball teaches Political and Sports Communication courses in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. He is the director of the Washington Program and the advisor for the Emerson Pre-Law Society and the Emerson College Polling Society. He is a Member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), American Association of Political Consultants, (AAPC) and is certified in Human Subject research by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).
Kimball is a national pundit quoted in a variety of publications including the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Washington Post, Fox News, the National Journal, and National Public Radio (NPR). He is currently writing a textbook Survey Says… on how to conduct public opinion polling. He has been published in the American Behavioral Scientist (ABS) and the International Association of Business Discplines (IABD).
Kimball is also a small business owner, serving as the Founder and President of Kimball Political Consulting, LLC. KPC provides survey research, message strategy and organization for political and corporate clients around the world.
Spencer is Executive Director at the Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School, a position that he held from 2000-2007 and assumed again in 2016. The school is has 540 students in grades 5-12 and its mission is to “empower students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds to achieve their full intellectual and social potential.” In his role as Executive Director he leads the school to ensure student success as well as organizational viability. Over 71% of alumni have graduated from four year colleges and universities, a rate that exceeds the national average. Prior to this role he served as Chief Executive Officer of SchoolWorks for nine years, providing leadership and decision-making for this national educational consulting firm. He has spent the past 30 years in the field of education, beginning with a teaching internship at The Park School in Brookline, Massachusetts and working as a teacher, administrator and service partner to district schools in Chicago and Boston. Spencer currently serves as Board Chair of the Charlie Sposato Graduate School of Education – a graduate school with the goal of creating unusually effective rookie teachers for public schools.
David Jones is a humanities teacher that has been with BDEA since 2015. His primary focus has been History, but he has also taught Research, Capstone, and Hip Hop Nation. David graduated from University of Kansas with his B.A. in Political Science in 2009. After finishing his bachelors, David worked at the state house in Kansas in the governor’s office under Lt. Governor Mark Parkinson, and in the House of Representatives with Dennis Moore (KS-3). David then moved to Boston to work with an education non-profit. His work at City Year influenced his desire to be in the classroom. David earned his M.A. in Education with the Boston Teachers Residency in 2012, and has taught in BPS since then. In 2017/18 school year he was elected as building representative for Boston Teacher Union. As a Teach Plus Alumni, his interest in education outside of the classroom focuses on education policy. Outside of the realm of education he enjoys creating visual arts, music, writing, traveling, and outdoor activities.
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Jennie has been a faculty member with Boston Day and Evening Academy since its inception as the Downtown Evening Academy in 1994. She has taught in high schools in California and Massachusetts. For many years, Jennie was the coordinator of the Distance Learning Program, serving students who are not able to come to school every day. Jennie emphasizes to all of her students the importance of passion; in reaching their academic potential, as well as continuing to use their strengths and passions to grow and learn after graduation.
Jennie holds a B.A. in Speech Communication from Purdue University, an M.A. in Guidance Counseling from Bridgewater State University, and has a certification in Speech Communication, ELA, and Guidance Counseling. Jennie is part of the Humanities department.
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