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Meet the BASEC @ Chenery Team

Belmont BASEC at Chenery – Workshops for kids!

Andrew Mountford, Executive Director
Andrew Mountford, Executive Director

Andrew Mountford

Executive Director
BASEC Founder, Andrew Mountford, has spent his career in out-of-school time education and non-profit leadership. He completed his undergraduate studies in politics, economics and law at Brandeis University and his Masters of Education from Lesley University.

Amanda Burke, Site Director
Amanda Burke, Site Director

Amanda Burke

Site Director
Amanda has been with BASEC since 2015. She completed her undergraduate degree from UNH with a bachelors in Sociology and received her Masters of Education in School Counseling from Cambridge College. Amanda enjoys making connections and supporting students and she is passionate about providing a program for families that allows students to learn, play and grow!

Danielle Greene, Director of Student Programming
Danielle Greene, Director of Student Programming

Danielle Greene

Director of Student Programming
Danielle has been with BASEC (and its predecessor, ChenEx) since 2007. She has a degree from Lesley University in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Education. Danielle is a second generation Belmont native and looks forward to continuing to build and strengthen her connections within her hometown!

Amber Tillson, Operations Director
Amber Tillson, Operations Director

Amber Tillson

Operations Director
Amber, a California native, earned her B.A. from UC Santa Cruz (Go Slugs!) in 2009. Since moving to New England, she has held various leadership roles in local nonprofits with a focus on youth work and hunger relief. She grew up volunteering with her mother and sisters and attributes her deep passion for community engagement to these formative experiences. She has been with BASEC since 2014 and takes the lead in Operations in 2019!

Annie Gladfelter, Director of Community Education and Engagement
Annie Gladfelter, Director of Community Education and Engagement

Annie Gladfelter

Director of Community Education and Engagement
Annie G. is in her fourth year at BASEC. Before coming to BASEC, she taught for 5 years in the Cambridge Public Schools and worked in after school programming for over 10 years. Annie G. also has her M.Ed in Out-of-School Time Program Development and Improvement. Her work passions include science with kids and professional development.

Cate O'Brien, Performing Arts Specialist
Cate O’Brien, Performing Arts Specialist

Cate O’Brien

Performing Arts Specialist
Cate is thrilled to be creating & directing student performances & teaching many workshops: BASEC Records, Beatmaking, Improv. Comedy! She has a B.A. in Theater and a B.A. Communication with Film Studies from UMass Amherst, & a Cert. in Music Production, DJ and Synthesis from MMMMaven, in Cambridge. Outside of BASEC, Cate’s an artist exploring the world of Songwriting, Music Production & DJing. She’s been with BASEC since 2013.

James Burke, Sports Specialist
James Burke, Sports Specialist

James Burke

Sports Specialist
James has been the Sports Specialist for BASEC @ Chenery since 2010. He has a degree in Psychology from UMass Boston.

Jamie Meditz, Visual Arts Specialist
Jamie Meditz, Visual Arts Specialist

Jamie Meditz

Visual Arts Specialist
Jamie received her Bachelors Degree in Art Education from Molloy College and her Masters of Education in Community Arts from Lesley University. She has been with BASEC since 2016, and feels incredibly lucky that she gets to spend her days creating art with enthusiastic children!

Kaitlyn York, STEM Specialist
Kaitlyn York, STEM Specialist

Kaitlyn York

STEM Specialist
Kaitlyn joined BASEC in 2018 as the STEM Specialist. She recently graduated with a degree in Neuroscience and Psychology from Brandeis University and is incredibly excited to be doing science projects with the creative, bright students at Chenery!

Carter Eichenberg, Civic Engagement Specialist
Carter Eichenberg, Civic Engagement Specialist

Carter Eichenberg

Civic Engagement Specialist
Carter is in his third year with BASEC. He has a degree from UMass Amherst in Psychology. He leads our Model UN programming, Outing Club, as well as many other favorites!

Blake Stensland, Family Engagement Specialist
Blake Stensland, Family Engagement Specialist

Blake Stensland

Family Engagement Specialist
Blake recently joined the BASEC @ Chenery team in 2019 as their Family Engagement Specialist. Blake graduated from Stonehill College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Minor in Criminology. She is excited to be part of the team and to get to know the children and parents of the BASEC @ Chenery after school program!

Trevor Donahue, Academic Director
Trevor Donahue, Academic Director

Trevor Donahue

Educator
Trevor, a Belmont Native, graduated from Hartwick in upstate NY with a B.A. in Sociology. Instrumental in founding the Branch program for BASEC, Trevor has been with BASEC since 2012.

Jeremy Conlin, Educator
Jeremy Conlin, Educator

Jeremy Conlin

Educator
Jeremy has worked for BASEC since 2013 and is in his second year working as part of the Branch program. He grew up in Belmont and received a degree in American History from Boston University. He also worked as a Professional Aide in 8th grade classrooms at Chenery during the 2016-2017 school year.

Andrea Grant, Educator
Andrea Grant, Educator

Andrea Grant

Educator
Andrea, or Ms. Grant as the students call her, has been with BASEC and its predecessor since 2002. She has her graduate degree in Education from Cambridge College.

Melissa Moran, Educator and Kitchen Supervisor
Melissa Moran, Educator and Kitchen Supervisor

Melissa Moran

Educator and Kitchen Supervisor
Melissa has been with the Belmont Public Schools for twenty-four years and with BASEC since 2014. She is a Belmont native and has three children who attend Belmont Public Schools.

Pete Stephan, Educator
Pete Stephan, Educator

Pete Stephan

Educator
Pete has been with BASEC since 2015. He leads our Branch program. Look for newsletters throughout the year from Pete that describe the Executive Function coaching process at BASEC!

Madeleine Carrese, Educator
Madeleine Carrese, Educator

Madeleine Carrese

Educator
Madeleine enters her first year with BASEC in 2019. We are excited to have her on the Branch team!

Sara Doran, Educator
Sara Doran, Educator

Sara Doran

Educator
Sara enters her first year with BASEC in 2019 and joins our team at Branch!

 


 

Nicole Hynes

Educator
Nicole joined BASEC in 2016. She is also a fifth grade classroom teacher at the Chenery!

Adele Clements, Educator
Adele Clements, Educator

 

Adele Clements Wilson

Educator
Adele rejoined the BASEC team in 2017. Formerly, she worked for BASEC’s predecessor at Chenery: ChenEx. She also teaches in Lexington.

Gaelen McGrail, Educator
Gaelen McGrail, Educator

 

Gaelen McGrail

Educator
Gaelen joined BASEC in 2018. His previous experience includes coaching, tutoring, and working as a classroom assistant. He attended UMass Boston, where he played on the basketball team.

Hampton Roese, Educator
Hampton Roese, Educator

 

Hampton Roese

Educator
Hampton joined the BASEC team in 2018. You’ll find him teaching chess, coaching sports, and helping students connect and engage at BASEC. He is also working on his MBA at Brandeis University.

Rhaki Joseph, Educator
Rhaki Joseph, Educator

 

Rhaki Joseph

Educator
Rhaki joins BASEC as an Educator in 2019, moving up from his position of Assistant Educator. From Belmont, you can find Rhaki coaching sports and bringing out the fun in everyday learning each day at BASEC.

 

Jake Herlihy, Educator
Jake Herlihy, Educator

 

Jake Herlihy

Educator
Jake joins the BASEC team as an Educator in 2019, during his gap year. At BASEC, you will see him in the gym or library or with Branch and tutoring. A Belmont High School graduate in 2019, Jake will be attending Harvard University in 2020.

 

Ada Cruz-Torres, Educator
Ada Cruz-Torres, Educator

 

Ada Cruz-Torres

Educator
Ada joins the BASEC team in 2019. She comes to BASEC with experience with Educate2Envision and the Peace Corps and is also currently working on her MBA at Brandeis University.

Michael Clark, Educator
Michael Clark, Educator

 

Michael Clark

Educator
Michael joins the BASEC team in 2019. He brings experience in coaching and mentoring through his work with AmeriCorps. He is also working on his MBA at Brandeis University.


Assistant Educators

Magda Arvanitis, George Bikhazi, Anna Biondo, Gabe DiTommaso, Gabriella Federico, Gilchrist Imboywa, Grace Liu, Kiwa Shinoda, Nina Todreas.


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