• Eric Thompson, Executive Director

    A graduate of Harvard College and Northeastern University School of Law, Eric has been a child advocate for over 20 years. He comes to EVkids from Children’s Rights, a national advocacy law firm, where he was Senior Litigation Counsel. A Boston native, he is an experienced EVkids Camp counselor, and has previously spearheaded EVkids’ alumni drive and annual Gala as Board President and Gala Committee Co-chair. Eric brings to EVkids’ unique mentoring model his passion for education and commitment to helping young people succeed.

  • Lauren Ravello, Program Director

    Lauren oversees and administers EVkids‘ tutoring programs. Since joining EVkids in September 2003, her work, personality and presence have ensured regular attendance at tutoring and each tutor’s commitment to his or her EVkid‘s academic and personal growth. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Boston (B.A. in Education, M.Ed.) and an experienced social worker (M.S.W. from Boston College), Lauren enables tutees and their families to access necessary services and enhances family stability and support through advice and intervention. She was selected as an inaugural Highland Street Fellow at the Tufts Institute for Nonprofit Management and Research in 2015-2016.

  • Heather Angell, Tutor Director & Chaplain, Camp Co-Director

    Heather is responsible for the EVcorps volunteers, working closely with our student coordinators on three campuses for recruitment and for individual and group support. She is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago (B.A., Theology) and Boston College (M.A., Pastoral Ministries). Heather once spent a year living on a rural farm, which makes her uniquely prepared to lead campers in the wilds of Vermont as Camp Co-Director.

  • Jaclyn Barbarow, Director of Giving

    Jaclyn is EVkids‘ founding Director of Giving, developing the resources necessary to bring EVkids’ transformative programs to more EVkids. She holds a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Organizations with a concentration in Community Organizing from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies from Emory University. She has worked in nonprofit organizations for her entire professional career, including eight years in fundraising prior to joining EVkids‘ leadership team. 


    Carlon recently graduated from Holy Cross and joins EVkids through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. At Holy Cross, she studied English and Psychology, and was the founding member of the women’s club ice hockey team. Carlon enjoys reading and writing, valuable skills for her role at EVkids. She is most looking forward to meeting the kids and learning more about the role of philanthropy in making the world a better place. 

  • Sophie Wagener, Alumni Engagement Advocate

    Sophie is a recent graduate of Bates College (B.A. Biology, minor in East Asian Studies), and joins the EVkids team through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Her enthusiasm for nonprofit work started in high school when she founded Zoom for Kids, teaching after-school classes that bridged the gap between students’ hobbies and academic interests. In her spare time, Sophie also enjoys folding origami! She believes in a community of giving, and she is spending a year volunteering because she regards time as the most valuable thing one can give.

  • Jennifer Bufithis-Hurie, Education Advocate

    Jenn Bufithis-Hurie is committed to helping EVkids prosper in the one-on-one tutoring and mentoring program. She is a graduate of Beloit College (B.A., Psychology) and has experience working in Boston youth development through her time as an AmeriCorps volunteer. She is passionate about helping students by coordinating with their families and schools in order for them to do their best.

  • Ashley Clavel, Education Advocate

    Ashley studied Criminology and Psychology at Stonehill College and received her Master’s in Human Services and Higher Education from Northeastern University before joining EVkids. While doing community service at a Boys and Girls Club, Ashley saw up close the importance of giving youth a strong foundation of support in order to keep them out of the criminal justice system. She served for two years as a Massachusetts Promise Fellow through AmeriCorps, where she worked on career and college preparation for youth. She looks forward to building up people and the community through EVkids’ holistic programs that involve parents and teachers to ensure that every young person truly has the opportunity to do their best.

  • Erin Ginnaty-Moore, Education Advocate

    Erin Ginnaty-Moore is motivated to work with the EVkids Tutoring program. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities (B.A., Political Science and Public Relations) and is currently working on a Masters in Nonprofit Management at Northeastern University. As a member of her Baton Twirling Team, Erin traveled to Belgium for the World Championship, and won! She is an AmeriCorps alum with experience working one-on-one with students. She enjoys spending time with youth and doing her best to help them succeed.

  • Alana Ounan, Education Advocate

    Alana is passionate about working with EVkids to prepare students for college. She is a graduate of Colgate University (B.A., International Relations and Education). Alana also enjoys teaching spin classes at her local gym and spent last year with City Year, helping 6th graders in Jamaica Plain with SAT and college prep and uses this experience working in the community at EVkids.