Empowering Communities through Education

Neil Assur:

Executive Director

Neil has been tutoring students of all abilities and socio-economic backgrounds since high school. In college, at the University of Pennsylvania, he tutored college level mathematics for two years, and has been tutoring the SAT since his final year. During this final year, in college, he founded an Ivy Insiders test-preparation branch in his hometown of Stamford, CT, and was featured in the local newspaper. As an SAT instructor and tutor, he helped his students achieve impressive improvements, and, in his most recent class, oversaw an average improvement of 230 points for attendees, and received 9.8 out of 10 in his satisfaction rankings. Neil also still keeps in touch with several of his mentees, who are all now in college and on pace to graduate. During the day, Neil works as a Senior Analyst in the field of "Predictive Analytics," and has been an instructor for advanced Excel and Analysis training seminars.

Daniel Topler-Garcia:

Director of Operations

Dan recently graduated from Cornell University in May 2012, where he studied Applied Economics & Management. During his studies at Cornell, Dan served as a mentor, a leader and coordinator in his fraternity, and a Teaching Assistant(TA) for several advanced economics and communications classes. Dan currently works as an internal consultant for a fortune 100 insurance company located in Boston. In his free time, he also serves as a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Dan’s other passion is eating and travelling; his goal is to try every new restaurant he can, and travel as much as possible.

Veronika Kamenova:

Director of Business Development

Veronika graduated from Brown University in 2012 with a double degree in Economics and Philosophy, and currently works in Boston as a consultant for the Liberty Mutual Insurance Group. Community service has always been a big part of Veronika’s life. In high school she was a mentor for middle schoolers, helping them with homework and extracurricular activities. In college she volunteered to be a Health Educator for high schools that were unable to afford Health Education classes. Today, she is also in the process of becoming a Big Sister in Providence, RI. In her free time she likes to cook, box and hang out with friends. When possible, she also tries to go hiking or visit a country she has never visited before.

Sam Braxton:

Director of Programs

Sam graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in history and South Asian Studies. Sam currently works in consulting and strategy as a member of the Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, but also has extensive experience with community service and education. In college, Sam was involved in a one-on-one tutoring role with a local, low-income middle school student. In addition, he also served in a variety of leadership roles with his fraternity, including Vice President of Brotherhood, with responsibility for organizing the organization’s philanthropic efforts. In Boston, Sam currently serves as a Big-Brother, and is a representative on the 15-person advisory board for "Serve with Liberty 2013," Liberty Mutual’s company-wide volunteer week that is expected to involve over 30,000 employees.

Reguli Elisabeth Granger:

Director of Communications and Program Coordination

Reguli graduated from MIT in June 2012, where she studied Management Science & Economics. Since then, she has been working as strategy consultant in Boston, Massachusetts. During high school, Reguli tutored math (pre-algebra through differential equations) at a community college, and coached children ages 8-17 in sailing. In college, Reguli did philanthropy work through her sorority, Alpha Phi, to raise money for cardiac care, and held review sessions for freshman classes. She also served as a volunteer and director of a program called Women’s Initiative, which sends female MIT students to over 300 public middle and high schools all around the country to speak to young women about pursuing careers in science and engineering. Her experience traveling to Charlotte, NC in January 2012 inspired her to pursue opportunities to promote the importance of education. Currently, she volunteers for Make-A-Wish, and is becoming involved in philanthropy work for the Junior League of Boston. Reguli’s interests, outside of community service, are traveling and fitness.

Angela Chow:

Director of Community Outreach

Angie graduated from the University of MA, Amherst with a double major in finance and economics. During high school and college Angie has been a private math tutor to inner city kids (7-12 yrs). Currently she has been an active mentor in the Big Sister Program for the past 5 years. In addition to her work with Big Sister she regularly volunteers with the local food bank, work placement programs and Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT). During the day, Angie works in data analytics.