2018 Chris Herron Professional Development Grant Recipients


Geo Hernandez 

Senior Program Manager at Peer Health Exchange 


Though I now call Boston home, I’m originally from Miami, FL. After graduating from Florida State University, I decided to move to Boston to serve with City Year. I served two corps years in an elementary school in Hyde Park supporting 4th-grade students in academics, attendance, and social-emotional learning.  In 2016 I transitioned into my current role at Peer Health Exchange; a national health education nonprofit. I am currently a senior program manager in charge of training and support for our 300 college student volunteers. I ensure volunteers are prepared to work with our young people through a trauma-informed and anti-oppressive lens. My career goals include DEI consulting and nonprofit management at an executive level.


Nakennia President 

Youth Leadership Manager at Youth Enrichment Services  


I am a manager at a small, but mighty, nonprofit in the South End called Youth Enrichment Services and I teach part time with The Steppingstone Academy. I take pride in the work that I do with both organizations because I am exposing young people to opportunities and education that will help them to grow and succeed in life. Both organizations that I work for have small teams that produce large outcomes through dedication and strategic solutions to the challenges our city youth face. I am a mother of two and a proud veteran of the United States Navy. 


Jennifer Mayo Shiiba 

Social Worker at FamilyAid Boston


Originally from the Big Island of Hawaii, I am a passionate Social Worker with a history of working in the non-profit social service industry. I value inclusive community work and am a social services professional with a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) focused in Clinical/Medical Social Work from Simmons University. Currently I am working with families who are homeless in the city of Boston to transition towards obtaining stable housing and long-term, self-sufficiency.


Tracey Wingate 

Regional Collaboration Coordinator at Growing Places/TerraCorps


Tracey is a recent graduate of Skidmore College with a BA in Environmental Studies and a minor in Intergroup Relations. She is currently completing an AmeriCorps service term through the Massachusetts TerraCorps program. She is serving with the nonprofit, Growing Places, that works in North Central Massachusetts to combat food insecurity through farmers markets, community gardens, and youth education. This year, Tracey is working on a consumer and producer needs assessment to understand how Growing Places can better support a local, resilient food system.


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