Meet the BASEC @ Chenery Team
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 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!
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, 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!
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.
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 has been the Sports Specialist for BASEC @ Chenery since 2010. He has a degree in Psychology from UMass Boston.
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 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!
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!
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, 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 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, 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.
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 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 enters her first year with BASEC in 2019. We are excited to have her on the Branch team!
Sara enters her first year with BASEC in 2019 and joins our team at Branch!
Nicole joined BASEC in 2016. She is also a fifth grade classroom teacher at the Chenery!
Adele Clements Wilson
Adele rejoined the BASEC team in 2017. Formerly, she worked for BASEC’s predecessor at Chenery: ChenEx. She also teaches in Lexington.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
Magda Arvanitis, George Bikhazi, Anna Biondo, Gabe DiTommaso, Gabriella Federico, Gilchrist Imboywa, Grace Liu, Kiwa Shinoda, Nina Todreas.