Meet Our Staff

Rudy Ash

Chief Development Officer

Rudy Ash

Chief Development Officer

Rudy Ash has more than a decade of experience as a fundraising professional in youth development and education agencies. He began his career as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in New York City and previously worked for The Posse Foundation in their Chicago office where he helped double their annual operating budget and significantly expanded all aspects of their development department (special events, board and leadership council membership, grants, annual giving). He received a B.A. in Creative Writing and Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University, and is an alumnus of the Development Leadership Consortium in Chicago.

What makes West End House special?

West End House is special because all of us on staff are deeply committed to providing options and opportunities for young people that might not have existed before they stepped through our doors. It’s a space where you can find encouragement, support, and vision to achieve your personal path to success.

Lee Beard

Teen Art Specialist

Lee Beard

Teen Art Specialist

Lee Beard is a Boston-raised artist who specializes in urban arts. He is an alumni of Boston Arts Academy High School, Artists For Humanity, and Bunker Hill Community College. As a student, Lee explored additional art outlets and lenses which inspired his 10-year tenure at Bodega sneaker boutique store. He is lucky to have found West End House, a place where he can give back to his community.

What makes West End House special?

What makes the West End House special is the environment and support system that they embody. Those that work here understand and aren’t selfish with what they know. They are unbiased, and are truly individuals that want to share, teach, and support those with a passion.

Morgan Bondy

College Success Coach

Morgan Bondy

College Success Coach

Morgan Bondy holds more than seven years experience in community organizations. Morgan joined West End House in 2014 to launch formalized college persistence coaching for Boston Public School graduates. She previously served as a Teach for America Corps Member in Miami-Dade, Florida where she served as a high school reading teacher to high-need youth. Morgan holds a Master of Science in Education and Social Change from University of Miami and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Thought and Political Economy from University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

What makes West End House special?

West End House is special because our members and alumni know that no matter what, everyone here will have their back. This unique characteristic demonstrates the love that exists among everyone at West End House, and the close-knit family that has been established as a result.

Carleen Colin

Career Development and Employment Specialist

Carleen Colin

Career Development and Employment Specialist

Carleen Colin was raised in Brockton, MA, where she was an active member in her church youth group. She graduated from Brockton High and received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Black Studies from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. After Umass, Carleen joined the AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Fellowship where she spent two years providing youth with safe spaces. During her second year of service, Carleen joined West End House, where she enjoys bringing her own flame to light up lives. She speaks fluent Haitian Creole and conversational French.

WHAT MAKES WEST END HOUSE SPECIAL?

Anyone who enters West End House leaves with a pure sense of belonging. Within these walls is a place that fosters excellence and acceptance. It’s truly a place that everyone can call home.

Luis Contreras

Music Clubhouse Assistant

Luis Contreras

Music Clubhouse Assistant

Luis Contreras studied Contemporary Writing & Production and Double Bass at Berklee College of Music. He is originally from Miami, Florida and also attended Miami Dade College. Luis is also a freelance bassist.

WHAT MAKES WEST END HOUSE SPECIAL?

West End House is a community of compassionate personalities, working alongside one another to create a supportive environment for all youth members. WEH focuses on inspiring youth to succeed in school and beyond, establishing themselves as caring and committed citizens.

Mark DaCruz

Vice President of Program Services

Mark DaCruz

Vice President of Program Services

Mark DaCruz brings nearly a decade of experience in youth development. He started at West End House as an intern and was hired full-time in 2008. During his time at West End House, Mark has more than doubled teen membership and daily attendance, tripled the number of year-round jobs for teens and expanded programming to include college coaching for Boston Public School graduates. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Health & Counseling Psychology from Emmanuel College, and is fluent in Cape Verdean Creole and speaks conversational Portuguese.

What makes West End House special?

That family feeling you get the moment you walk through the doors is what makes West End House special. I was lucky enough to come from a large, caring extended family and I want to be that support system for all our youth.

Elle Davis

Director of Academic Success

Elle Davis

Director of Academic Success

Elle Davis is an Urban-native originally from Chicago and raised in Atlanta. She’s worked in education as a High school College & Career Coach for Atlanta Public Schools, and served for 3 years in Boston Public Schools with City Year Boston. Elle is earning a Masters in Educational Policy and Leadership at American University in DC and holds a Bachelors in Psychology and Public Policy from Georgia State University.

WHAT MAKES WEST END HOUSE SPECIAL?

The #1 rule at W.E.H is to have Fun! It’s really cool to come to work and play with kids. We infuse learning and provide space and access for kids to be curious, explore, and discover themselves and what it means to be part of a community.

Miles Earl

Health and Wellness Coordinator

Miles Earl

Health and Wellness Coordinator

Miles Earl holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Bridgewater State University. He also comes to us with over 5 years of youth development experience in varying roles with Gardner Pilot Academy, Mary Lyons, and of course, the West End House. He is excited to bring his passion to health and wellness to the place he calls his second home.

What makes West End House special?

West End House is an environment full of energy and young people that thrive and shine.

Portsha Franklin

College Success Coach

Portsha Franklin

College Success Coach

Portsha Franklin joined West End House in 2015 to expand college persistence support to Boston Public School graduates. Prior to joining West End House, Portsha worked in the Boston University Graduate Admissions office, maintaining student records and counseling prospective students on educational programs and academic opportunities. Portsha holds a Masters in Higher Education Administration from Boston University, a Masters in Public Administration from Belhaven University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bethune-Cookman University.

What makes West End House special?

West End House has been a phenomenal place to grow and develop personally and professionally. Having a dynamic group of people that support you is priceless.

Emily Hofelich

Performing Arts Director

Emily Hofelich

Performing Arts Director

Emily Hofelich joined West End House in 2013 to launch a new video production program.  In her role, Emily has engaged youth in video production techniques, launched a youth employment opportunity and deepened a partnership with Music And Youth Initiative.  Emily has worked as a freelance film editor, independent documentary filmmaker and producer since 2007 and previously taught editing at Dutchess Community College.  Emily holds a Master of Fine Arts in Media Art from Emerson College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film & Television from the Savannah College of Art Design.

What makes West End House special?

West End House is more than just a fun place to learn and grow, it’s a community to belong to. All of the great activities, events, and memories stem from positive relationships between youth and staff.

Andrea Howard

Chief Executive Officer

Andrea Howard

Chief Executive Officer

Andrea Howard has close to 30 years experience in the field of youth development. She has served at the executive level for twenty-one years in Boys & Girls Clubs, with her prior position as the founding Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County, Florida. Andrea returned to her hometown of Boston in 1999 when she was named Executive Director at the West End House Boys & Girls Club, and then focused her efforts on revitalizing the hundred-year-old organization. During her tenure at the West End House, she has led a $7.5 million capital campaign to renovate and expand the building, strengthened leadership by recruiting new Board members, secured financial resources that grew the endowment from $400,000 to $2.7M, reengaged West End House alumni to provide financial support, and implemented a strategic plan to better serve youth and families. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern Alabama, and was a recipient of the Robert W. Woodruff Fellowship from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. She has participated in LeadBoston and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Music and Youth Initiative, a non-profit organization that provides after-school music education and enrichment programs.

What makes West End House special?

West End House brings people together. Regardless of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic background; young and not so young; urban and suburban, we all share a deep love for the West End House. The relationships created are nurtured over the years and present during times of challenge and triumph.  Whether you are a volunteer, parent, alumni, staff, board member or current participant, you are family. West End House is and always will be there for you.

Kevin Lopez

Recreational & Aquatics Coordinator

Kevin Lopez

Recreational & Aquatics Coordinator

Kevin Lopez has been a member of West End House since he was 14 years old.  He is a graduate of Brighton High School and attended University of Massachusetts Boston, studying English. Kevin is now pursuing a degree at Mass Art.  Kevin earned his first job at West End House as a Peer Leader and volunteered in various programs throughout college. Kevin speaks conversational Spanish.

What makes West End House special?

Here, people care.  I grew up at West End House and now working as Program Assistant I am able to give back to the community that gave so much to me.

Sarah MacPherson

Development Operations Coordinator

Sarah MacPherson

Development Operations Coordinator

Sarah MacPherson has 10 years’ experience in non-profits and event planning. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Russian Studies from Trinity College, Hartford, CT. Following graduation, Sarah served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Cradles to Crayons, a local non-profit. She most recently worked at Boston Children’s Museum, for over 7 years, as a Visitor Services Associate, Birthday Party Coordinator and then Visitor Experience Manager.

What makes West End House special?

West End House has an energy and drive unlike any place for young people I have ever seen. The drive and focus of the organization as a whole and its members, is made apparent the minute you walk in the door. West End House is a friendly and inspiring community that is continually growing with new and rewarding experiences for all.

Nadine Martinez

Director of Visual & Performing Arts

Nadine Martinez

Director of Visual & Performing Arts

Nadine Martinez has vast experience as an educator having worked with Boston Public Schools, Bronx Charter School for the Arts, Sociedad Latina, and the YMCA. As a choreographer, her works have been presented in New York, Boston, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and London, UK. An advocate for the arts education and the performers’ professional development, Nadine has produced a variety of workshops and has been a recurrent lecturer during the International Dance Week for the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture. She holds a BA in Dance from the University of North Texas and an MA in European Dance-Theater from Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London.

What makes West End House special?

West End House is a place where we can discover our purpose in life and celebrate our unique gifts.

Elena Mendez

Director of Leadership and Career Development

Elena Mendez

Director of Leadership and Career Development

Elena Mendez was born and raised in Brighton and called West End House Boys and Girls Club her second home growing up. She graduated from Boston Community Leadership Academy and then went onto graduate from Bridgewater State University, with a focus in Spanish and Secondary Education. While in college, Elena had the pleasure of working as the Middle School Academic Coordinator at West End House. Prior to that, she was Head Counselor at the Girls Camp in Maine. She was also a part of the Lewis Family Foundation Youth Advisory Council as an ambassador for their Bigger Than My Block Initiative which focuses on empowering young people to achieve a 4 year degree. For the past three years Elena has worked at The BASE, a program housed in the heart of Roxbury, MA, as the Academic Coordinator and then later transitioned to College and Career Coach.

What makes West End House special?

What makes West End House special is the importance of value in family and the inclusion of everyone that steps foot into the club. It doesn’t matter at what point you were a club member, you always know that you have family you can come back to at West End House.

Chris Moskal

Community Engagement Coordinator

Chris Moskal

Community Engagement Coordinator

Chris Moskal brings extensive experience in volunteer management and community-based organizations.  Prior to joining West End House in 2014, Chris completed a year of service with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest and AmeriCorps in Portland, Oregon, where he managed a day shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness and also led an experiential education initiative to teach people about homelessness and break down stereotypes. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts from Saint Michael’s College.

What makes West End House special?

We are constantly working with the community to see what is most needed and make it a better place for everyone.

Jim Moysey

Facility Manager

Jim Moysey

Facility Manager

Jim Moysey attended the University of Lowell where he majored in Criminal Justice. His previous work experience includes, working at Camp Allen in Bedford, NH, at a prison as a Correctional Officer, and at Boston Visiting Nurse Association for 20 years, as a Senior Risk Manager.

What makes West End House special?

Working at West End House isn’t a job, it’s a lifestyle. West End House is a place where life happens. The youth we serve are constantly changing and as a result, we as an organization are constantly changing. It’s this adaptability and openness to change that makes West End House so unique.

Thao Nguyen-Le

Director of Leadership Gifts

Thao Nguyen-Le

Director of Leadership Gifts

Thao Nguyen-le brings deep experience in relationship management and effective organization strategies.  Thao previously worked as a Constituent Services Aide under Governor Deval Patrick, and joined West End House in 2013 where she has grown the annual campaign by 45%.  Thao holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Boston University, and is currently participating in the Association of Fundraising Professionals Massachusetts Diversity Fellows Program.  Thao is fluent in Vietnamese, and speaks conversational Mandarin.

What makes West End House special?

West End House brings together a group of crazy and fun personalities with a shared passion to help young people.  No matter which staff member you meet, you will learn life lessons, find new ways to laugh, and be inspired by the work that they do. Everyone genuinely cares about what they do and who they help.

John Nolan

Finance & Administration Manager

John Nolan

Finance & Administration Manager

John Nolan has worked in non-profit financial administration for over 15 years. Prior to joining West End House, John served as the Chief Financial Officer for Brighton based non-profit administering USAID grants in Egypt to help train Egyptian archaeologist in cutting edge technology and help them build professional networks with their peers around the world. He has also volunteered with the Youth-Tutoring-Youth program in South Boston working with elementary school students and their high school peers. This experience opened his eyes to the impact care and attention can have on the lives of young people. John speaks conversational Arabic.

WHAT MAKES WEST END HOUSE SPECIAL?

Every child who walks through the doors of the West End House is special and every member of the staff make sure they feel that way. The West End House exudes a culture of love and respect.

Jenny Nute

Chief Impact Officer

Jenny Nute

Chief Impact Officer

Jenny Nute holds nearly 20 years experience in youth development.  She joined West End House in 1999 and, during her tenure, has transformed the program delivery model to balance interest-based with needs-based programs across all four core program areas.  Jenny launched teen programming at West End House, introducing year-round employment opportunities, building progressive leadership development programs and expanding arts opportunities.  Jenny has also focused organizational resources to include professional development opportunities for staff.  Prior to joining West End House, Jenny served as a City Year Team Leader and Corps member.  Jenny holds a certificate from the Institute of Non-Profit Management and Leadership.

What makes West End House special?

Our young people’s desire to stay connected makes West End House special.  Regardless of where they are in their lives, they come to West End House to share a success, look for support, or reconnect with old friends.

Chris Quaye

College Pathways Coordinator

Chris Quaye

College Pathways Coordinator

Chris Quaye has a Bachelor’s from Lesley University as well as a Masters in Education with a focus on Curriculum & Instruction in Out-of-School Time. He has spent the last 4 years of his career at Mass Mentor as a therapeutic mentor. Chris also has a passion for soccer and fitness.

What makes West End House special?

West End House has a culture all its own. A culture as unique and special as the individual relationships within its’ walls.

Kristin Rhuda

Chief Operating Officer

Kristin Rhuda

Chief Operating Officer

Kristin Rhuda has been with West End House since 2002, when she began her tenure in the development office before being promoted to her current role in 2006.  As Chief Operating Officer, Kristin has successfully grown daily attendance to more than 265 youth each day, implemented and refined outcomes-management tools, managed the 38,000 square foot facility and deepened partnerships with Boston Public Schools.  Prior to joining West End House, she managed an after-school program in a local public housing development.   Kristin is a recipient of the 2004 Robert W. Woodruff Fellowship, and holds a Master of Business Administration from Babson College and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston College.

What makes West End House special?

The staff at West End House develop long lasting impactful relationships with kids and deliver high-quality innovative programs in the arts, fitness, education, and more. West End House is more than a place to come after school or in the summer for kids who need it most – it is a family. It’s a place where everyone is invited to try new things; have new experiences; discover who they are and dream who they could be.

Victoria Sagardia

Dance Coordinator

Victoria Sagardia

Dance Coordinator

Victoria Sagardia joined West End House in 2017 to develop, integrate, and deliver high-impact dance programming to our young people. Victoria has extensive experience as an arts educator and dance choreographer, having worked with Boston-based organizations such as Ballet Rox, Bajucol, Sociadad Latina, and Danza Organica. Victoria holds her BA in Writing Literature and Publishing from Emerson College.

What makes West End House special?

West End House allows its’ Club members, of all ages, freedom. Young people are able to come here to unwind and just be themselves; energetic, playful, individuals. They are able to develop strong and lasting relationships among their peers and other Club members, as well as WEH staff, volunteers and alumni.

Lisa Smith

Senior Director of Fitness & Nutrition

Lisa Smith

Senior Director of Fitness & Nutrition

Lisa Smith has worked in the food industry for more than twenty years, and has led the Kids In Motion Café since 2005.  Under her guidance, the Kids in Motion Café has successfully grown the number of meals served to 357 each day while continuing a steadfast commitment to preparing every meal from scratch to ensure high nutrition standards focused on whole grains, fresh fruit and seasonal produce.  Lisa studied nutrition at Rutgers University and graduated from New England Culinary Institute.

What makes West End House special?

It’s truly like a BIG family!  A family that sticks together through it all, and where the love is endless.

Nick Tetrault

Music Clubhouse Director

Nick Tetrault

Music Clubhouse Director

Nick Tetrault joined West End House in 2014 as Studio Engineer, and was elevated to Music Clubhouse Coordinator in 2015.  He previously worked at Maplewood Enrichment Center where he was the music instructor for youth in pre-school through middle school.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where he focused his studies on music composition, electronic music and voice.  He plays guitar, piano and makes beats with Abelton Live.

What makes West End House special?

I love that kids can come to West End and express themselves anyway possible. They can use sports, art and games all as an outlet.

Tammie Watson

Kids Cafe Coordinator

Tammie Watson

Kids Cafe Coordinator

Tammie Watson has been hooked on the creativity of cooking since a 4th grade class where she learned to make crepes. Before culinary school, she learned the most from her great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother; all known for their simple, but delicious homemade comfort foods. After earning a BA from Temple University and an MLA from the University of Pennsylvania; Tammie became a chef, caterer, restaurateur, and has conducted hospitality/tourism seminars across this region and Cuba. One of her greatest joys is preparing good food for good people.

What makes West End House special?

West End House attracts the most creative, intelligent, and interesting people, from the amazing kids, the staff, alumni, and volunteers. The positive energy is contagious. The challenges are real, but surmountable. I am thankful to be a part of the family.

Mason Williams

Academic Success Coordinator

Mason Williams

Academic Success Coordinator

Mason Williams is a Boston native and West End House alumni. Raised in Fidelis Way in Allston, Mason first came to West End House in 2006 as a teen Peer Leader. He received his Bachelors degree from Mount Ida College in Early Childhood Education and worked as a City Year Corps Member.