Boston Day and Evening Academy Board of Trustees
Evelyn Zayas, Branch Manager of Eastern Bank, has a passion for helping people prosper through financial education. While growing up in Boston, MA, she realized basic financial gaps are common, even as adults, as the resources are not easily available to learn financial stability and planning. This motivated her to pursue a career at Eastern Bank, a committed, courageous, and inclusive company. It is their brand purpose of “Doing Good Things to Help People Prosper” that inspires her to make every interaction a meaningful one. Evelyn has a strong passion for serving the community and has had the chance to make a difference as Secretary of the Jamaica Plain local first, serving since 2018. She enjoys bringing people together and does this through her weekly Business Network International (BNI) group. Leading the group for two years as President taught her the importance of listening to her peers to build on ideas and to create a strong team. Her daily motivation is to make a difference into peoples’ lives through her leadership at the bank as a Branch Manager. Her 18 years of experience in the industry has made her a trusted advisor to her clients. Evelyn resides in Dorchester with her daughter.
Cris is the Executive Director of Institutional Initiatives for the Office of Technology Development (OTD) at Harvard University. She has worked at Harvard since 2006. In addition to her current role, she has served as the Director of Technology Transactions at OTD and the Executive Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. Prior to joining Harvard, Cris served as the Director of Intellectual Property and Corporate Counsel for pSivida Ltd., an innovator of drug delivery technologies. She also has worked as a litigation associate in law firms in Boston, MA, and Greenwich, CT. Cris holds a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law and a BA from Yale University. In addition to her professional work, Cris is the founder of the REAL Ride, a 5000 mile, gravel cycling event that raised funding for Boston Day and Evening Academy.
Danny Rivera has over 18 years of experience working with non-profit organizations. Danny has spent the majority of his career serving children, youth and families of Boston in many different capacities. He currently serves as Senior Coach at Match Beyond, an innovative approach to higher education that empowers young adults and college non-completers to earn postsecondary degrees and leverages those degrees with career paths that generate livable wages. Prior to joining Match Beyond, Danny was the Lead Post-Secondary Transition Coach at the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC). During his time there, he provided college and career support to Boston Public School (BPS) graduates transitioning from high school to local two-year colleges in order to increase college retention and completion rates. Danny also played a key role in the implementation of a citywide initiative to improve college persistence and completion outcomes for BPS graduates called the Success Boston College Completion Initiative.
Spencer Kimball teaches Political and Sports Communication courses in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. He is the director of the Washington Program and the advisor for the Emerson Pre-Law Society and the Emerson College Polling Society. He is a Member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), American Association of Political Consultants, (AAPC) and is certified in Human Subject research by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).
Kimball is a national pundit quoted in a variety of publications including the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Washington Post, Fox News, the National Journal, and National Public Radio (NPR). He is currently writing a textbook Survey Says… on how to conduct public opinion polling. He has been published in the American Behavioral Scientist (ABS) and the International Association of Business Discplines (IABD).
Kimball is also a small business owner, serving as the Founder and President of Kimball Political Consulting, LLC. KPC provides survey research, message strategy and organization for political and corporate clients around the world.
George Cox is a retired BPS educator who has worked in the areas of professional learning, leadership development, human resource management, teacher diversity, and licensure support. He has also taught at the elementary and college levels and now volunteers in BPS elementary and secondary schools, as well as in community organizations.
David Jones is a humanities teacher that has been with BDEA since 2015. His primary focus has been History, but he has also taught Research, Capstone, and Hip Hop Nation. David graduated from University of Kansas with his B.A. in Political Science in 2009. After finishing his bachelors, David worked at the state house in Kansas in the governor’s office under Lt. Governor Mark Parkinson, and in the House of Representatives with Dennis Moore (KS-3). David then moved to Boston to work with an education non-profit. His work at City Year influenced his desire to be in the classroom. David earned his M.A. in Education with the Boston Teachers Residency in 2012, and has taught in BPS since then. In 2017/18 school year he was elected as building representative for Boston Teacher Union. As a Teach Plus Alumni, his interest in education outside of the classroom focuses on education policy. Outside of the realm of education he enjoys creating visual arts, music, writing, traveling, and outdoor activities.
Borab joined BDEA in 2004. Previously, Borab was a teacher at New Mission High School. While there, she started a program called “Constructed Conversations: A cultural exchange” with Hudson High School. This project includes overnight retreats, conversations within each school, as well as field trips to each school with the goal of promoting reflective and purposeful conversations about students’ lives and communities. At BDEA, this program has taken on its own personality as “Breaking Stereotypes/Building Community” with student leadership continuing the conversation about bias and preconception with students from Hudson High School. In 2009, Borab was a national winner of the MetLife Ambassadors in Education Award.
Borab holds a double B.A. in English and Theater Arts from Boston College, and an M.A. in Critical and Creative Thinking in Literature, Humanities, and Arts from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She also holds a license in Foundations in Reading and Special Education from Northeastern University. Email