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

Executive Assistant

David Meyerend

Volunteer Engagement and Church Partnerships Manager

Amber Jogie

Youth Program Manager

Karla Haynes

Mental Health Ambassadors Program Coordinator

Taija-Rayne Franklyn

Art as Healing, Resident Artist

Cady Malkemes

Design and Marketing Coordinator 

Beth Brayton

Website Coordinator 

Christian Grant

Young Life Boston

Mary Grant

Young Life Boston

Seasonal Staff

Each summer we hire a team of 5 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, Executive Director of Teen Development, YMCA
  • Mako Nagasawa, The Anástasis Center, Founder
  • Damaris Taylor, The Bridge Church