Interim Executive Director
Allison was born and raised in Connecticut and has attended the University of Connecticut with a background in Pathobiology and Molecular and Cell Biology. She graduated as an Honors Scholar and soon after received a Master’s of Biomedical Sciences from Midwestern University in Chicago, IL. While attending medical school at Midwestern University, Allison decided to pursue an opportunity where she can use her science background to enrich the lives of others through education. During her first year experience as an Americorps Teacher, she realized her passions was creating passions of students to pursue futures in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields. She is incredibly excited and fortunate to have recently been named Paraclete’s Interim Executive Director and hopes to bring out the best of every single student at Paraclete as the world needs them and their future talents!
Molly Zollo-Venecek | Paraclete Teacher
Molly is a New Hampshire native. She attended Skidmore College in upstate New York, and graduated in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Education Studies. Her passion for teaching and her belief in educational equity has led her to The Paraclete as a teacher. She is excited to create new learning opportunities with her students this year.
Jill Hennessey | Paraclete Teacher
Jill grew up right here in Massachusetts just outside Boston in Everett, MA. She attended Fisher College where she completed her bachelors degree in Human Services with a minor in Diversity Studies. Jill interned in the guidance department at Everett Public Schools working with students in kindergarten through grade 8. She has always known she wanted to work in the education field, and is excited for the opportunity to work with students at Paraclete. Jill has a passion for volunteering and service work that she developed in her college years while participating in four trips around the nation working with Habitat for Humanity. She is hoping to bring these experiences into the classroom and show children how important it is to help one another, and to make the world a better place.
Kim Sun | Paraclete Teacher
Kim was born in Alberta, Canada and raised in Connecticut with her older sister. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development & Family Studies and a minor in Studio Art. This is her first year as an Americorps teacher and looks forward to getting to know all the students at Paraclete this year. She enjoys playing in sports leagues, drawing pet portraits, cooking, and traveling with friends.
Ausubel Pichardo | Paraclete Teacher
Ausubel was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. He earned his bachelors in Anthropology and philosophy from UMass Dartmouth. He is also a trained EMT from the University of Vermont. While growing up in his native Dominican Republic and as a student at UMass Dartmouth, Ausubel became aware of the educational inequalities many children have to go through. This motivated him to create opportunities where students living in vulnerable communities around the world can have access to quality education. He is a firm believer that education should not longer be treated as a privilege, but for what it is, a human right.
2 Lesley University Expressive Arts Graduate Interns
Antioch College Cooperative Education Undergraduate Intern
Dan is a digital communications volunteer for Paraclete, leaning on his experience in strategic communications and journalism to share how Paraclete has positively impacted the youth of Boston. Dan currently works as Press Secretary for Boston Public Schools, and was previously an assistant director for Emerson College’s communications and marketing office. Before that, he was a staff reporter and correspondent for several newspapers, including the Boston Herald and Boston Globe.
Julia joined the Paraclete community in 2014, when she lived at Paraclete with teaching faculty and focused on enhancing the program’s marketing efforts. As a graphic designer by trade, she redesigned the website, created marketing material, created all collateral for fundraisers, and acted as the in-house photographer. Today she works as a User Experience Designer in Kendal Square but continues to help Paraclete with digital marketing efforts.