Meet Our Team

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Juan Cantu

Juan Cantu grew up in South Texas as a migrant worker, working in the Iowa cornfields to support his family. His parents instilled in him the value of education, and through their support and high school resources, he headed north for college. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 2012 and his master’s from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2018. Juan is passionate about educational access and success, pursuing both at the Hyde Square Task Force and The Boston Foundation. Juan has lived in Boston since 2008, now in Roslindale. In his free time, you can see him learning how to longboard, running around the Arnold Arboretum, or reading a book.

Executive Director

Sarah Fowler

Sarah Fowler grew up in western Massachusetts, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Massachusetts Boston. A few years later, she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from Northeastern University. For several years, she taught English Language Arts to 8th-12th graders in Boston, and then Chelsea, MA. She joined Steps to Success in 2011, and is currently the Director of Programs. Sarah is passionate about increasing access to opportunities for Steps' students, and for the last decade-plus, has been inspired to see the mission of Steps in action through their successes.

Director of Programs 

Tony Wells

Tony Wells is the CSI Program Director. Tony earned his Bachelors of Science in Sociology and M.Ed. in Community Counseling from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. Most recently, Tony served as the Freshman Services and Academic Coach at Mount Ida College within the Learning Circle Program. Tony has worked with middle school through post-secondary students for more than 15 years. He has extensive experience working with first-generation and/or low-income students within the TRIO, Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound programs.

CSI Program Director

Tom McGrath

Tom McGrath was born and raised in Boston, MA and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Southern New Hampshire University. His experience has largely been in the development/communications space, including years of service to nonprofits such as the South Shore YMCA, Save the Children, and the Children’s Heart Foundation. Prior to joining the Steps team, Tom was so impressed with the work they have done to unlock life-changing opportunities for students from low-income families, and equally excited to advance those efforts once he came aboard. Tom’s primary professional motivators are the causes he cares about, and he is always working to secure the resources and relationships they need to be successful.

Development and Communications Associate 

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Keshia Dauphin

Keshia Dauphin is the High School Pathways Manager and a Brookline native. She comes from a family of eight, being the youngest of six children. She currently resides in Boston, MA and holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Bridgewater State University, the first in her family to earn a graduate degree. Keshia is pleased to work for Steps to Success because she was once a Steps student from Brookline public housing. She knows how important it is for young people from housing to have programs and resources like Steps. Likewise, she is overjoyed to be able to now give back and help support these young people achieve their goals. One of Keshia’s favorite quotes is, “Don’t Go Through Life, Grow Through Life.” She wants to help the young people of Brookline grow into successful adults and reach their goals with her support and that of the Steps team.

High School Pathways Manager

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Rocky Cotard

Assistant Director of Programs

Rocky Cotard spent the earlier part of his life in Haiti before moving to the United States at seven years old. In Haiti, education, although costly, was given a lot of importance granting some a lot more flexibility. In the U.S., Rocky learned that education did not have to be a mundane, rigorous routine, but rather could be a vehicle to follow his interests and passions. Realizing this, Rocky took on his academics and started his creative journey at Boston Arts Academy. Eventually, Rocky was accepted to Lesley University College of Art and Design with a full scholarship to major in Illustration. Graduating in 2018, Rocky started working for Lesley admissions, recruiting students that mirrored his own story. Working with such a resilient population gave Rocky a passion for inspiring young people. At Steps to Success, Rocky continues the work of creating pathways for young people to pursue their potential.

Rocky Cotard

Assistant Director of Programs

Rocky Cotard spent the earlier part of his life in Haiti before moving to the United States at seven years old. In Haiti, education, although costly, was given a lot of importance granting some a lot more flexibility. In the U.S., Rocky learned that education did not have to be a mundane, rigorous routine, but rather could be a vehicle to follow his interests and passions. Realizing this, Rocky took on his academics and started his creative journey at Boston Arts Academy. Eventually, Rocky was accepted to Lesley University College of Art and Design with a full scholarship to major in Illustration. Graduating in 2018, Rocky started working for Lesley admissions, recruiting students that mirrored his own story. Working with such a resilient population gave Rocky a passion for inspiring young people. At Steps to Success, Rocky continues the work of creating pathways for young people to pursue their potential.

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Kaitlin Chin

College Success Initiative Advisor

Kaitlin grew up in southeastern Connecticut and earned her Bachelor of Arts in English, Bachelor of Science in Secondary English Education, and Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Connecticut as a first-generation college student. For six years, she taught middle and high school English/Language Arts in Connecticut, Michigan, and Massachusetts.  Kaitlin is excited to help Steps to Success college students navigate the challenges they face during a critical time in their lives.

Meet Our Board

Officers 
Rachel Goodman, Chair
Julie Burkley, Vice Chair
Judy Katz, Treasurer

At-Large Community Members
Candy Altman
Emy Takinami
Jason Harris
Judy Levenson
Kenny Weill
Lesly Suriel Guerrero
Ryan Dominguez
Steven Swanger

Ex Officio/Designated Members
Juan Cantu
Michael Alperin
Karina Da Rosa
Sophia Celeste Vos

Liaisons
Linus J. Guillory, Jr., Ph.D.
Helen Charlupski

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