Sarah joined Thrive Scholars in October 2020 with over 15 years of experience at growth-focused educational nonprofits. A specialist in foundation relations, as Senior Director of Institutional and Family Philanthropy, she is responsible for growing institutional support from national and local grantmaking organizations.
Prior to joining Thrive, Sarah held senior development roles at uAspire, the GreenLight Fund, and City Year. Sarah earned an MA in European and Eurasian studies from George Washington University and a BA in international relations from Michigan State University. She resides in Natick, MA with her husband and three children, and serves on the board of the Natick Community Organic Farm.
Kate joined the Thrive Scholars team as Mentorship Manager in August 2020. As a first-generation college student, she is passionate about helping students thrive in higher education by connecting them with meaningful relationships and resources. Kate brings over 7 years of experience managing mentorship and academic success programs in non-profit and higher education settings.
Kate holds a Bachelor’s in Multicultural Psychology and Counseling from the Evergreen State College and a Master’s in Adult Education and Instructional Design from Antioch University Seattle.
Zachary Fruhling joined Thrive Scholars in 2020 as Director of Instructional Design. Zachary has nearly 20 years of experience in higher education, both in the classroom and as an instructional designer and educational content author and developer.
Prior to joining Thrive Scholars, Zachary taught philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz and at several community colleges, including Cabrillo College, Evergreen Valley College, and most recently at College of Eastern Idaho.
Zachary was the Senior Learning Design Author for logic and philosophy at Cengage, a global education and technology company, where he authored and developed the highly successful Aplia online learning materials for logic and philosophy, used by college and university students nationwide.
Most recently Zachary was a Senior Instructional Designer for HotChalk, Inc. where he designed and built graduate-level online courses in a variety of disciplines for universities such as Concordia University, Nebraska and Concordia University, Portland.
Zachary is also a prolific writer, blogger, podcaster, and poet.
Vannessa joined Thrive Scholars as the Development and Communications Manager in August of 2020. As a first-generation college student from a low-income community, Vannessa appreciates the opportunities that educational access organizations have brought to her life. After earning her BA in Communications with a minor in Art, she journeyed through South America, lived in Australia, and worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama. She credits her education for opening doors to a world of new and global experiences. She is committed to providing educational opportunities to young people so they can also thrive. Prior to working at Thrive, Vannessa has held positions in independent school admissions, college advising, community organizing, and youth development.
She balances her work life with yoga, hiking, dancing, and eating out with friends. She also loves to travel and immerse herself in the beautiful differences the world has to offer.
Stephanie joins Thrive Scholars as the College Access Manager based in Los Angeles, CA. Stephanie’s experience as a first-generation college student coupled with her passion for social justice has led her to work in college access. Before joining Thrive Scholars, Stephanie was a College Counselor at the Schuler Scholar Program. There she worked closely with Scholars and families to navigate the college process and help demystify access to higher education. She is excited to bring her experience in college counseling to Thrive Scholars!
Stephanie graduated from Bucknell University with a B.A. in Sociology and Spanish. During her time there, she was involved in the Latino Student organization, community service and independent research. In her free time, she enjoys listening to podcasts, playing board games and exploring new places!
For nearly 30 years, Chuck has served as a senior nonprofit professional and consultant, helping nonprofit organizations in the Boston area and across the country realize their vision by raising increased revenues. Today, Chuck leads the New Kensington Group, a full-service consulting firm helping nonprofit leaders grow their organizations. His work focuses on strategic planning, fundraising, executive search, and board leadership and governance support. As a nationally recognized trainer and speaker, he dedicates significant time to building the fundraising capacity of nonprofit professionals and senior volunteers from coast to coast.
Chuck has built and led three national development programs, having served as the National Chief Development Officer at City Year, Health Leads, and uAspire. For 21 years, Chuck built an impressive track record working for the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, of which the last 8 years were spent leading the development program and of which 15 years during his tenure were spent as a volunteer trainer, speaker, and consultant for United Way of America, including 4 years as the national chair for United Way Worldwide’s Major and Planned Gifts Council.
Angie joins Thrive Scholars as the College Access Manager based in Boston, MA. Originally from Colombia, Angie grew up in small-town North Carolina where she was heavily involved in peer mentoring and graduation initiatives from a young age.
Before joining Thrive, Angie worked as an Assistant Director of Admissions at Dartmouth College where she was a member of the Access Team. During her time there, she oversaw the Dartmouth Bound visitation program, where she developed and coordinated programming to demystify the college admissions process for underrepresented high school students.
Angie is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations where she minored in Law & Society, Latina/o Studies, and Inequality Studies. A Hufflepuff to the core, Angie is excited to join the team to help ensure Scholars have every opportunity to thrive in high school, college, and beyond.
Trevor joined Thrive Scholars in July of 2019. He spent the previous four years working in Cambridge MA with The Possible Project where he designed curriculum and guided students through an experiential program centered around entrepreneurship and youth development. In addition to his student-facing role, Trevor managed the day-to-day logistics of the Cambridge site and contributed to the creation of company-wide systems leading to an interest in operations.
Trevor was born and raised in North Yarmouth, Maine and developed a passion for business early on in high school. His father owned and operated a small business and he worked for several small businesses as a teenager, giving him a window into the inner workings of each operation. He went to Babson College and majored in Finance and Economics, but soon realized these industries weren’t going to provide the fulfillment in his work that he was looking for. A study abroad trip to Ghana his senior year at Babson helped guide him towards education and the nonprofit sector.
Trevor loves to be outdoors whether it’s hiking a mountain, playing spikeball at the beach or pickup basketball in the park. He loves to cook, go to concerts and play board games. But most of all, Trevor loves his Boston Celtics, New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox.
Jordan joins Thrive Scholars as the College Success Manager. She is excited to work with students and empower them throughout their college experience.
Jordan obtained a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration from Boston University. While at BU, Jordan held multiple leadership roles including Student Government President, Resident Advisor, and Student Advisor for the Office of Orientation. Jordan is a first-generation college graduate who was raised in Atlanta, Georgia.
Kahzah Mims joined Thrive Scholars as a Career Coach in May 2019. He has spent the past 10 years in student career development having previously worked as Director of Career Services for ITT Technical Institute and most recently as Career Development and Employer Relations Manager for Pepperdine University. Kahzah has a passion for helping students reach their full potential and providing them with the necessary knowledge to achieve career success.
Kahzah is a first-generation college graduate who was born and raised in South Los Angeles. He not only brings a wealth of career advising experience, but he also can directly relate to the challenges that many underrepresented youth may encounter in their pursuit of higher education. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from California State University, Northridge and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Miami.
Some of Kahzah’s personal interests include basketball, football, exercise, music, and experiencing new foods. He also makes time to volunteer in community service programs through his fraternity as well as provide leadership to local recreational youth sports programs