Our Leadership

Our Board, staff and regular volunteers are made up of people who are committed to the vitality of our neighborhood. Some people grew up and have remained in Dorchester, others have returned to the neighborhood to reinvest, while some have chosen to relocate here from other parts of the country. We all value being fully present and part of the community.


Click here to learn more about joining our team. We have full-time, part-time, and seasonal (summer) staff opportunities.


Our Staff Team

Paul Malkemes

Executive Director, Founding Member

Maridena Rojas

Community Engagement Manager

Jazmin Monterroso

Operations Manager

Amber Jogie

Youth Program Manager

Karla Haynes

Mental Health Pioneers Program Coordinator

Aliyah Moraes

Mental Health Ambassadors Program Coordinator

Taija-Rayne Franklyn

Art as Healing, Resident Artist

Cady Malkemes

Design and Marketing Coordinator 

Alex Scotland

Getting Connected Tech Coordinator 

Mary Grant

Young Life Boston

Christian Grant

Young Life Boston

Seasonal Staff

Each summer we hire a team of up to 12 people, often young adults, to lead our summer programs.


Click here to learn more about seasonal staff opportunities.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors provides oversight and accountability for the work of the organization.

  • LaTonya Brown, A Transformed World Enterprises, LLC
  • Mako Nagasawa, The Anástasis Center, Founder
  • Damaris Taylor, Edward Jones Financial Advisors, The Bridge Church