Arlene Withers

Arlene is a certified executive coach, consultant, attorney and certified mediator, human resources professional and corporate executive.  Now an executive coach, she most recently served as the National Director of Organizational and People Development for the Screen Actors Guild, whose 160,000 members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. Prior to that, she served as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for the Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans, which provides health and retirement benefits to over 120,000 participants and dependents in the motion picture industry.

Arlene received her BA from the University of Connecticut, where she graduated with highest honors.  She pursued doctoral studies in Cultural Anthropology with full fellowships from Yale and the University of Rochester, and received her JD from UCLA School of Law.  She resides in Los Angeles.   

Chuck Gordon

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, fund raising, executive search, and board leadership and governance support.  As a nationally recognized trainer and speaker, he dedicates significant time to building the fund raising 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.  

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 SCS Noonan 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.

Kadeajah Goslin

Kadeajah joined SCS Noonan Scholars as the Executive Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator. Prior to joining, Kadeajah worked at Boston University for three years. During her time at BU, Kadeajah was employed through the College Advising Corps program as a College Adviser working with high school students at Boston Green Academy in Brighton, MA.

As a College Adviser, Kadeajah assisted students with the college admissions process and alternative postsecondary pathways. After College Advising Corps, Kadeajah transitioned to the Combined Enrollment Services department at Boston University as an Enrollment Service Advisor where she was trained to utilize the policies and procedures of three departments: Admissions, Financial Assistance, and the Registrar’s Office.

Kadeajah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Psychology and Human Development from Boston College. 

 

Roland Davis

Roland joined SCS Noonan Scholars as Chief Program Officer for High School and College Programs in July of 2019. Prior to becoming a part of the SCS Noonan team, Roland was a high school and college administrator, and served as a dean at Dartmouth, Bates, and Harvard.

With a focus on diversity, inclusion and building community, Roland has worked with numerous students who are from low-income backgrounds or the first in their family to go to college, and mentored them through the completion of their college degree and beyond.

Roland holds a B.A. in history and sociology from Bates College, and M.S.W. from Boston College, and Ph.D. in education from the University of New Hampshire.

Angie Estevez Prada

Angie joins SCS Noonan 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 Noonan, 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 Tierney

Trevor joined SCS Noonan 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 Fessehaie

Jordan joins SCS Noonan 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

Kahzah Mims joined SCS Noonan 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

Drew Steele

Drew joined the SCS Noonan team in May 2019 as the Data Systems Manager. His primary responsibilities include maintaining the integrity of our multiple data systems, helping improve the methods in which data is organized, collected, and analyzed, and Salesforce administration.

Before joining SCS Noonan, Drew was a junior Salesforce administrator and data steward in Dallas for Belo Business Intel and a research consultant in Chicago for the American Bar Association. He has his B.A. in history and political science from Seton Hall University and his M.A. in political philosophy from Loyola University Chicago.

Drew is a proud New Jerseyan and it’s called Taylor ham, not pork roll.