Michele Blasey Michele Blasey joined the Foundation in January 2022. Previously, Michele worked in finance operations of a continuing medical education company and as a Finance Operations Manager for Family Equality, a non-profit that seeks to advance legal and lived equality for LGBTQ families and those that wish to form them. In these roles, Michele…

SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Susan BordenSENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT “I think the work we do is important because it enables kids to learn at their own pace and do the things they like to do. Kids are going to learn better if they’re interested in what they’re learning.” Susan Borden joined the Nellie Mae Education Foundation in 1999. Previously, Sue…

SENIOR MANAGER, GRANTS & SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Stephanie CheneySENIOR MANAGER, GRANTS & SPECIAL PROGRAMS “I spent eight years at a Boys’ and Girls’ club, working with kids for whom the education system did not work well. I’m here for those kids – the students without textbooks, without the resources they need to succeed, and without advocates to get them those resources. We’re…

Paul Marsh Nellie Mae Education Foundation NME

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGER

Paul MarshINFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGER Paul Marsh joined the Nellie Mae Education Foundation in 2000. Previously, Paul was a Branch Manager for Community Newsdealer, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boston Globe and The New York Times. He was one of the founding members of CNI’s technology innovation team, providing level-1 tech support for its 35…

Pamela White Nellie Mae Education Foundation NME

ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT

Pamela WhiteASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT “Our work is important to me because I would like to see all students succeed and go on to higher education, or some form of work that makes them successful. It’s a matter of all students to me, not just a few. I’m hopeful that we can do our part…

Nina Zockoff Culbertson Nellie Mae Education Foundation NME staff

PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF LEARNING, EVALUATION & RESEARCH

Nina Zockoff CulbertsonPROGRAM DIRECTOR OF LEARNING, EVALUATION & RESEARCH Nina Zockoff Culbertson joined the Foundation in 2017. Previously, Nina served as Senior Research Associate at the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, where she designed, led, and conducted education policy research projects on diverse topics such as dropout recovery, teacher collaboration, supporting at-risk students,…

Michael G. Williams Jr. Nellie Mae Education Foundation NME

Michael G. Williams Jr.PROGRAM OFFICER Michael G. Williams Jr. Joined the Foundation in 2020. Previously, Michael worked at Duet, a non-profit that partners with the University of Southern New Hampshire to help students of color enroll in and complete degree programs. Through his work, he has built relationships between the Duet program and various organizations,…

Michael Carey Nellie Mae Education Foundation NME

VICE PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION

Michael CareyVICE PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION “The overall mission of the Foundation is important to me. The idea that we’re supposed to be serving and helping to educate underserved populations is important to me. That’s the reason why I left another employer and came here.” Michael Carey brings a strong background in financial management…

Marcos Popovich Nellie Mae Education Foundation NME Staff

PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF GRANTMAKING

Marcos PopovichPROGRAM DIRECTOR OF GRANTMAKING “As a young woman, my mother worked as a migrant farmworker and traveled across the U.S. harvesting fruit and vegetables. Having to move with the harvest, she transferred from school to school constantly, never staying long enough to make friends and always feeling like an outsider. Her story motivates me…

Lucas Codognolla Nellie Mae Education Foundation NME Staff

SENIOR MANAGER OF PARTNERSHIPS & ADVOCACY

Lucas CodognollaSENIOR MANAGER OF PARTNERSHIPS & ADVOCACY Lucas Codognolla joined the Foundation in 2020. Previously, Lucas served as the Executive Director of Connecticut Students for a Dream (C4D), a youth-led, statewide network fighting for the rights of undocumented youth and their families. As the founding Executive Director, Lucas was responsible for the organization’s overall strategic…