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

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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 in English Language Arts from Northeastern University. For five years, she taught English Language Arts to 8th-12th graders in Boston, and then Chelsea. She joined Steps to Success as the After Hours University (AHU) Director at the Pierce School, and is now the Director of Extended Learning Programs at Steps.

Director of Programs 

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 

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

Jacki Osorio

Jacki Osorio has been involved with Steps to Success since 2011. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Simmons College in Communications and History. She lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband. She is dedicated to the work that Steps does in the Brookline community and loves collaborating with her amazing coworkers and connecting with families and students.

Assistant Director of Programs

Lynne Courtney

Lynne Courtney’s background includes work in the education, workforce development, court, and family home settings, most recently as the Director of Youth Services at the MassHire South Shore Workforce Board. The sum of these experiences leads her to believe that all young people have the potential to be successful if given steady doses of genuine care and support, adequate resources, and opportunities to show their strengths. Lynne earned both a B.A. in Social Psychology and an M.Ed. in School Counseling at UMass Boston. Lynne lives in Quincy, MA with her husband and (periodically) her two young adult children.

Career Explorations Manager

Meet Our Board

Officers 
Rachel Goodman, Chair
Julie Burkley, Vice Chair
Leslie Reid, Treasurer
Emy Takinami, Secretary/Clerk

At-Large Community Members
Candy Altman
Jason Harris
Judy Levenson
Kenny Weill
Steven Swanger

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

Liaison(s)
Helen Charlupski

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