• 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

    Heather is responsible for the EVcorps volunteers, working closely with our student coordinators on three campuses for recruitment and for individual and group support. Heather is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago (B.A., Theology) and Boston College (M.A., Pastoral Ministries).

  • Joanna Sariles, Education Advocate

    Joanna is dedicated to helping our EVkids succeed, the same way various programs helped her while growing up in East Boston. She is a graduate of Emmanuel College (B.A., Global Studies) where she was a R.I.S.E. Scholar, is EMT-certified, and has worked in the Boston Public Schools through the AmeriCorps and Citizens Schools programs. Joanna is also a native Spanish speaker.

  • Karen D’Amato, Education Advocate

    Karen is an experienced educator and a poet, engaging teachers and families to create a community of support for each EVkid. She is a graduate of UMassAmherst (B.A., English) and UMassBoston (M.A., English; M.Ed., English Education). Karen most recently taught English to first-year students at Curry College, improving their reading, writing, and study skills in order to help their transition to college.


  • 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.