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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
Since 2004, Andrew has been the director of after school programming at the Burbank School. With Kendra Blitz and volunteer parents from the community, he founded the BASEC organization in 2010. Andrew completed his undergraduate studies in politics, economics and law at Brandeis University and his Masters of Education from Lesley University.

Amber Tillson, Site Director
Amber Tillson, Site Director

Amber Tillson

Site Director
Amber has been with BASEC since 2014. She has a rich background in youth work, community engagement and nonprofit management. Amber graduated from The University of California, Santa Cruz. Previous to working at BASEC, she was an art teacher and Director for a grassroots hunger relief organization based in Boston.

Trevor Donahue, Academic Director
Trevor Donahue, Academic Director

Trevor Donahue

Academic Director
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.

Sarah McEllin, Operations Director
Sarah McEllin, Operations Director

Sarah McEllin

Operations Director
Sarah has been with BASEC since 2010. She has a hand in all of BASEC’s programming and is a go-to for parents, students (and teachers!) for questions and correspondence.

Amanda Burke, Inclusion Specialist
Amanda Burke, Inclusion Specialist

Amanda Burke

Inclusion Specialist
Amanda has been with BASEC since 2015. She works with students at all BASEC sites. Amanda recently completed her MA in School Counseling.

Danielle Greene, Curriculum Coordinator
Danielle Greene, Curriculum Coordinator

Danielle Greene

Curriculum Coordinator
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.

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

Cate O’Brien

Performing Arts Specialist
Cate is thrilled for her fifth year teaching Performing Arts classes, and creating and directing performances with the students. Cate has a B.A. in Theater and a B.A. Communication with a Film Studies Certificate from UMass Amherst. Outside of BASEC, Cate is an artist exploring the world of Songwriting, Music Production, and DJing. She has 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.

Cortnay Varela, Community Service Specialist
Cortnay Varela, Community Service Specialist

Cortnay Varela

Community Service Specialist
Cortnay has been with BASEC since 2015. She also works for housing justice with Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and community art collaboratives with City Life Vida Urbana.

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!

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.

Alex Mattos, Educator
Alex Mattos, Educator

Alex Mattos

Educator
Alex, a Belmont native, has been with BASEC since 2008. She is working on her undergraduate degree at Middlesex Community 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.

Carter Eichenberg, Educator
Carter Eichenberg, Educator

Carter Eichenberg

Educator
Carter joins the BASEC team in 2017! He has a degree from UMass Amherst in Psychology.


Adele Clements Wilson

Educator
Adele rejoined BASEC in 2016 and we loved having her back! Adele is also a reading and writing classroom teacher.

Jen Courtney, Educator
Jen Courtney, Educator

Jen Courtney

Educator
Jen has been with BASEC since 2016. She is a Belmont native and her kids attend the Burbank!

Tom Granowitz, Educator
Tom Granowitz, Educator

Tom Granowitz

Educator
Tom has been with BASEC since 2007. He was one of our first high school “Assistant Teachers” many years ago and attended BBASP (BASEC’s predecessor) as an elementary school student!


Nicole Hynes

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

Brendan O'Brien, Educator
Brendan O’Brien, Educator

Brendan O’Brien

Educator
Brendan has been with BASEC since 2016. He brings amazing energy to BASEC Arts program, as well every other endeavor!


Pete Stephan

Educator
Pete has been with BASEC since 2015. He works as a coach and classroom aide at the Chenery.


Assistant Educators

Caitlin Fowler, Brad Harvey, Liza Hote, Navya Jain, Olga Katayenko, Katherine Libenson, Meron Powers, Samuel Thompson, Maidelis Weber.


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