Staff & Board
Join the Breakthrough Team!
Beth E. Onofry
Beth (she/hers) brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in both the higher education and nonprofit sectors. She spent 11 years at the TEAK Fellowship, a college access and success nonprofit in New York City that helps bright and motivated students from low-income families. Prior to joining TEAK, Beth worked in Admissions at Dartmouth College. She earned her BA from Dartmouth, her Master’s degree in Education from Harvard, and a Master’s degree in School Counseling from Long Island University.
Chief Program Officer
Olivia (she/ella) has been working in the education space for over 10 years. Olivia’s road to this work was not traditional; she studied political science at Dartmouth College and completed her masters in comparative ethnic conflict in Queen’s University Belfast. As a first-generation student and a child of immigrants, Olivia is deeply passionate about ensuring that all students and families have access to the information and support they need as they navigate the education system. Olivia is a strong believer in the power of community and is grateful to be part of Breakthrough New York.
Brittany Parisi Doshi
Chief Development Officer
Brittany (she/her) has spent over a decade working at the intersection of education and philanthropy. She began her career as a middle school special education teacher in Philadelphia and most recently served as a managing director on Teach For America’s national development team. She earned a M.S. in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.A. in Political Science and Honors from Villanova University, and was a New York University Emerging Leader in Public Service Fellow.
Associate Chief Program Officer
Chilee (she/her) has loved working with young people since volunteering at a YMCA youth center at 16 years old. After graduating with a degree in English Education from South Dakota University, her passion for educational equity led her to City Year Los Angeles, then to New York City to work at a charter school. Chilee taught full-time for four years before finding and loving her work at Breakthrough New York. She hopes to continue growing in her role and building stronger connections within the Breakthrough community.
Middle School Team
High School Placement Manager
Rhina (she/her) is passionate about equity in education and providing students with the tools and resources necessary to achieve their goals. She received her bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Adolescent Education from the College of Saint Rose and her masters in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She spent three and a half years in the classroom teaching middle and high school students and absolutely loved it! Rhina believes that the transition between middle and high school is crucial in positive student outcomes, and joined the Breakthrough New York team to be a resource to students during this transition.
Middle School Program Manager - Brooklyn
Anita (she/her) is interested in helping students see their most indomitable selves in the classroom and beyond. From education programs in national and international contexts, Anita has built and led curricula that challenges the status quo and invites students to use creativity when addressing community needs. She is motivated to ensure students have the support and information they need to thrive in diverse educational contexts. Anita received her Bachelor of Science in psychology from Yale University.
Middle School Program Manager - Bronx
Paola (she/her) has recently worked with City Year New York as a volunteer member and then a Team Leader. She started her career by working in the UConn Collegiate Awareness and Preparation Program (ConnCAP), a program she herself was in during high school. She earned her BS in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut. She looks forward to building relationships with students, their families, and her peers to better serve Breakthrough New York in meeting its mission.
Data & Admissions Director
Enya (she/her) is passionate about building capacity for nonprofit organizations. Since joining Breakthrough New York in 2017, she has supported the organization’s work around 6th grade student admissions, seasonal staff hiring, and Salesforce implementations. She graduated from Boston University and worked in Boston for 2 years supporting 5th grade students and families in a college access program. She is currently earning her MPA in Nonprofit Management from CUNY Baruch College.
Middle School Program Manager - Manhattan
Over the last ten years, Ahladini (she/her) has been a tutor, teacher, and mentor to students ranging from preschool to college. She seeks to challenge and empower students in a way that ultimately transforms the way they see and think about themselves and their place in the world. Through patience and humor, Ahladini works to create comfortable reciprocal relationships with her students in order to foster well-rounded growth and learning. Ahladini received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Politics from Occidental College.
High School Team
High School Coordinator, 9th Grade
Margaret (she/hers) comes to Breakthrough with a background in social work. She completed both her bachelors and masters in social work at Fordham University where she focused on educational equity and support for young people. She is passionate about holistic mentorship and approaches to education that recognize learners for everything they bring to a space. She looks forward to connecting with students, families, and mentors as 9th graders transition into high school.
College Placement Manager
Jonathan (he/him) is a college advisor with over 3 years of experience helping students access and persist in college. He graduated from CUNY Hunter College and initially pursued a career in civics education before shifting focus into postsecondary access. His goal is to help as many students as possible access a quality education in a manner that highlights their individual journeys. Jonathan joined Breakthrough New York to expand his ability to support students through the college access process.
High School Program Manager - 11th Grade
Ferni (she/her/ella) has been working in the college access space since she graduated from Wellesley College. She earned her BA in Women’s & Gender Studies, and credits her time at a women’s college for emboldening her leadership skills and self-confidence. As a first-generation student herself, Ferni prioritizes questions around equity when building community and creating spaces that uplift the voices of systemically marginalized individuals. She is a proud people connector, and is committed to creating more opportunities and support for the students she works with at Breakthrough New York!
High School & College Engagement Intern
Timothy (he/him) has extensive experience working with students, having interned at a local summer camp and the Queens Botanical Garden. This experience has stemmed into a passion for helping learners grow and reach their full potential in school and beyond. Currently, he is an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago with an undecided major, but he wishes to continue working in educational spaces. He is excited to join and support Breakthrough New York in its mission to foster passion for learning and success.
High School Coordinator, 10th Grade
Skye (she/her) graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in Sociology and Education as well as Secondary Social Studies Teaching Certification. Her focus on urban education and educational equity led her to Breakthrough Collaborative where she was a Teaching Fellow at Breakthrough Greater Boston in 2021 and now joins as the 10th grade coordinator at Breakthrough New York. Her time as a Teaching Fellow showed her the impact Breakthrough has on students, families, and the larger community. She is excited to continue to connect students with educational opportunities and collaborate with students and families to make high school great for all!
College & Career Success Team
College & Career Manager
Joshua (he/him) has been passionate about education since he was five years old, when he “helped” his mother teach preschool students. Since then, Joshua’s interest in education merged with his dedication to justice-oriented practices as he gained leadership experience while managing a youth empowerment program. As a team member at Breakthrough, Joshua is most excited to connect with students while building community through compassion, humor, and authenticity. Joshua received a B.A. in Government & Education from Cornell University before earning a M.A. in Education Policy from Stanford University.
Student Support Director
Bushra (she/her) is a licensed social worker who has experience working with middle and high school students, providing individual and group counseling as well as prevention programming around topics of healthy relationships, consent, and anti-violence. She has collaborated with parents, administrative teams, and community-based organizations to provide trainings and develop campaigns on trauma-informed care, suicidality in BIPOC youth, and social-emotional growth. Bushra earned her MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She looks forward to developing social-emotional curricula, providing mental health support, and being a resource for students, parents, and the greater Breakthrough community.
External Relations Team
Manager, Development & Volunteer Operations
Amelie (she/her) is the Manager of Development and Volunteer Operations at Breakthrough New York. She oversees the collection and application of data related to the organization’s fundraising and donor stewardship, as well as the recruitment and experience of volunteers. She has worked for Breakthrough New York since 2015, and has been involved with Breakthrough Summerbridge since 2001. She has always been committed to working in the nonprofit sector, and believes in the power of education to create positive change. After teaching in different school settings, she recognized the need for systemic change in how we value education and those who work within the sector. Amelie graduated from Colgate University with a BA in History, and Teachers College at Columbia University with an MA in Teaching of Social Studies.
Institutional Partnerships Manager
Bianca (she/her) has worked in local and international nonprofit organizations for over five years. She started her career as a development studies researcher, and grew to expand her career in grant writing and institutional partnerships for nonprofits. She earned her BS from Ateneo de Manila University and MA in International Development from Fordham University. She is excited about creating, deepening, and cultivating organizational partnerships to support Breakthrough New York.
External Relations Manager
Nicole (she/her) has a diverse background that includes higher education administration, recruitment, and teaching English as a new language. She has always maintained a passion for education and providing individuals with tools to succeed in school and beyond. She looks forward to using her experience in outreach and communications to strengthen Breakthrough New York’s brand across multiple channels, and connect audiences more closely with its mission. Nicole has earned a BA in Cinema Studies from New York University.
Board of Directors
Gautam Ranji – Chair
Chief Operating Officer, Blavity Inc.
David M. Sherman – Vice Chair
Senior Advisor and Co-Founder, BGO Strategic Capital Partners
Mona Shah – Treasurer
Head of North America Business Development, PayPal
Catherine Aquila – Development Chair
William Clark – Secretary
Cyrus Attia, M.D.
Clinical Lead, Ro
Daniel Botoff (Dan)
Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets
Anne C. Buehl
Principal, Rocaton Investment Advisors
Partner, Campbell Lutyens
Senior Managing Director, Head of Credit-Americas, Macquarie Group
Managing Director and Head of Financial Institutions Debt Capital Markets, RBC Capital Markets
Nora Elish – Program & Outcomes Chair
Mentor, Students for Justice
Maria G. Hackley
Global Co-Head Industrials Group, Citi
Christopher Impey (Chris)
Managing Director, Global Head of Corporate Banking Subsidiaries, Bank of America
Jean-Pierre (J.P.) Jacquet
Director of Finance Aid, Assistant Director of Middle and Upper School Admission, Riverdale Country School
Managing Director & Associate General Counsel, Goldman Sachs & Co.
Managing Director, Corporate Strategy, Foresite Capital
Jack Paris – Audit Chair
Head of Americas, InfraRed Capital Partners Ltd
Partner & Chief Operating Officer, Atalaya Capital Management
Mary Gay Townsend
Managing Partner, Norgay Partners