Chris Herron Professional Development Grant Recipients

Fall 2019 Recipients

Yasmine Weil-Pourfard

NAIP AmeriCorps Citizenship Team at MIRA Coalition

Yasmine recently graduated from Hampshire College in Western MA where she studied political science and international migration. She is currently serving as a NIAP AmeriCorps member at MIRA coalition in downtown Boston, where she works every day with a lovely team that has the pleasure of helping permanent residents apply for U.S. citizenship. Yasmine has a deep passion for migrant advocacy and advancement and is honored to serve immigrants in the state of Massachusetts. She looks forward to a lifelong career working with migrants and their families and hopes to attend law school after her year of service.


Tran Vu

Deputy Director at AIR

Tran Vu is a 1.5-generation Vietnamese American multimedia artist and organizer whose socially engaged work draws from her experience as a cultural worker, educator, and healer. Born in Vietnam, she came to the United States with her family as political refugees and grew up in Boston's Dorchester and South Boston neighborhoods. Tran works at AIR (Association of Independents in Radio) where she supports independent producers in public media and mission-driven work. Tran works across borders and is based in Boston’s Dorchester Community.


Natasha Bourgoin 

Family Mobility Mentor at EMpath

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Lauren Dybel

Program Associate at Summer Search

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Ashley Yee

Children Programs Special Projects Manager at Agassiz Baldwin Community

Ashley Yee joined Agassiz Baldwin Community as the children’s programs registration coordinator in 2015. She currently oversees registration while collaborating with children’s programs and agency leadership to manage HR and program development. She brings years of program and administrative support in educational and non-profit organizations. A graduate of Emerson College’s Writing, Literature, and Publishing program, she is inspired daily by the curious, creative, and adventurous folks in her life and continues to freelance edit in her free time. She currently lives in Framingham with her permaculture-and-hiking enthusiast husband and their bassetweiler Nala.


Spring 2019 Recipients

Dominik Doemer

Communications Manager

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Kendall King 

Campaign Associate

Kendall King currently serves as the Campaign Associate for Community Servings, a food and nutrition nonprofit that delivers medically-tailored meals to chronically ill neighbors all around Massachusetts. The new building that Kendall is helping to fundraise for will allow Community Servings to triple their meal production to 1.5 million meals a year, in turn tripling the number of people they can feed and growing to become a statewide program. Kendall grew up in Augusta, Georgia and graduated from The University of Georgia with a BA in Finance, and moved to Boston to live somewhere new and get out of her comfort zone. She loves working in the nonprofit sector and looks forward to a fulfilling career where she can be one of many people advocating for the more vulnerable among us.


Lauren Miller 

College Affordability Advisor

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Whitney Mooney 

Fund Development Manager

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Christopher Schroeder

Executive Director

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Fall 2018 Recipients

Geo Hernandez 

Senior Program Manager at Peer Health Exchange 

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Nakennia President 

Youth Leadership Manager at Youth Enrichment Services  

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Jennifer Mayo Shiiba 

Social Worker at FamilyAid Boston

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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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