Wendy Cassity

Wendy Cassity is the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Nuance Communications, where she is responsible for the oversight of all legal, corporate governance, intellectual property, and regulatory activities across the company’s global operations. Prior to joining Nuance in September 2018, she was general counsel of Zayo Group, a publicly‑traded communications infrastructure company, as well as general counsel of a publicly‑traded natural resources company. Previously, she was in private practice as a corporate transactional attorney at both McDermott Will & Emery, LLP and Cravath Swaine & Moore, LLP in their New York offices. Wendy holds a B.A. from the University of Arizona in English and history, and received her J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Larry Greenberg

Larry Greenberg is a private investor and philanthropist who has lived in the Boston area since beginning his career at Fidelity Investments in 1986. After managing a variety of mutual funds at Fidelity, including the Growth Company and Emerging Growth Funds, Larry went on to found and manage the Mt Everest Hedge Fund with Greenberg-Summit Partners. Larry has held many roles in the Boston non-profit community, including Chair of the Board of Tenacity and board member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Larry holds both undergraduate and graduate business degrees from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Thery Badin

Thery Badin is a management consulting senior analyst at Accenture, based out of Boston. There, he is aligned to the Applied Intelligence practice, focusing on digital transformations. Thery graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Engineering Sciences and Portuguese. Before joining Accenture, he interned with Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong and at Microsoft.

As an Alum of the inaugural Boston class of Thrive Scholars, Thery is passionate about educational access and community engagement.

Oscar Leong

Oscar Leong is a PhD student at Rice University in Computational and Applied Mathematics and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. His research focuses on using machine learning techniques to solve problems in inverse imaging. He received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Swarthmore College. Oscar is also a part-time Lecturer at Northeastern University in the Mathematics department.

Oscar is a SCS Noonan Scholar Alum and was a member of the very first SCS Summer
Academy class in 2012. He returned to Summer Academy as a Calculus Teaching Assistant.

Sheila Lawrence

Sheila Chen Lawrence is a Partner at Ballentine Partners, LLC, a client-centric investment and wealth management firm dedicated to integrity and independence. Sheila provides customized financial advice to her clients including estate planning, wealth transfer and investment management with a particular focus on philanthropy, financial education and coaching for the rising generation.

Sheila has volunteered as a mentor for Thrive Scholars since 2017, and spearheaded bringing eight of her Ballentine colleagues on as mentors. She also volunteers as the coordinator of the METCO Family and Friends program at her children’s elementary school. Sheila has a strong passion for environmental sustainability, and serves on the board of Lexington Community Farm Coalition.

Sheila holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Becky Vogel

Becky Vogel serves as the Director of School Partnerships with OneGoal, and has dedicated her career to improving access, equity, and diversity in higher education. She previously worked with the Posse Foundation, Citizen Schools, and the Boston Public Schools to improve outcomes for students on their paths to and through college. She holds a BA from Tufts University and Master’s in Education from Lesley University.

Bob Giannino

Bob Giannino is the President & CEO of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. Prior to joining United Way, Bob served as the CEO of uAspire, the nation’s leading nonprofit focused on helping young people and families navigate an affordable path to a postsecondary degree. Over 15 years, Bob oversaw the transformation of uAspire from a small, local organization serving 1,000 young people in Boston into a national, award-winning, enterprise reaching more than 25 states and 300,000 students each year. In addition to its direct service programming, uAspire’s policy and systems change efforts will lead to dramatically improved financial access to a college degree and economic opportunity for millions of young people.

Bob is the first in his family to attend college, a product of the Somerville (MA) Public Schools, and a graduate of Harvard College.

Shawna A Ferguson, M.Ed, CCDP/AP

Shawna is managing director of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Wellington Management. Shawna is responsible for building the firm’s inclusion capabilities, visibility, and impact through a variety of mechanisms, such as adapting best practices, directing business networks governance and programming, implementing diversity education or development offerings, and overseeing the firm’s partnerships with external diversity associations.

Prior to joining Wellington in 2011, Shawna spent 12 years in Human Resources at Genzyme Corporation in various positions supporting several client groups (1999 – 2011). She has over 20 years of generalist experience in human resources, diversity, and inclusion management across various industries including biotechnology, healthcare/hospital, distribution/manufacturing, and corporate travel. Shawna is a Certified Cornell Diversity Professional/Advanced Practitioner (CCDP/AP) from Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor Relations, and a former adjunct instructor there. She earned her master of education with a specialization in adult and organizational learning from Northeastern University and her BA from Lesley University. She is a 2004 Fellow and 2016 Next Generational Executive Alumna from The Partnership, Inc. leadership development program.

Frannie Moyer

Frannie Moyer has been a teacher her whole life, from her first job teaching  high school English in Boston (1968-72) up to the present where she is now a volunteer mentor to Boston teachers and works coaching newly arrived immigrants at the Writing Center at BINCA. From 1972-1989, with her husband and three children, Frannie spent 17 years overseas, teaching in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, starting an international school in Panama, and Taiwan.  Returning to Brookline, she then taught high school English and served five years as Department Head at Newton South High School.  After “retiring”, she has taught teachers at Brandeis’s Ed Programs, volunteered as a teacher coach in a number of Boston schools, and presently serves on the board of WriteBoston.  She graduated from Smith College, then received a Masters from the Teacher Corps Program at Boston College and later a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma (Panama program).

Michael Goldstein,
MD, MBA

Michael H. Goldstein, MD, MBA, is Co-Director of the Cornea, External Disease service at Tufts University/New England Eye Center and is an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is also Chief Medical Officer at AGTC, an gene therapy company developing therapies for patients with retinal diseases. He has won the Resident Teaching Award at Tufts Medical Center, the American Academy for Ophthalmology Secretariat Award for Education, and the AAO Senior Achievement Award. Dr. Goldstein has been involved with private sector clinical research and biotechnology consulting for over 15 years. Dr. Goldstein attended Williams College, Northwestern University Medical, and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Dr. Goldstein also serves as Team Ophthalmologist for the Boston Celtics.