Young Professionals

Who Are We?

The Family Reach Young Professionals Council is a group of highly accomplished and motivated Boston-based professionals in our 20s and 30s who passionately seek opportunities to be of service to our community. Some members have a personal connection to Family Reach, others have been touched by the heartbreak of a cancer diagnosis of a friend or family member, and are familiar with the devastating financial-toxicity that accompanies the disease. Still others of us are simply motivated to link arms and help combat the financial hardship on families fighting cancer. We believe in making a difference together, and having fun in the process. We’d love to see you at our upcoming events, so please check back regularly for updates!
Mission Statement
The Young Professionals Council strives to raise awareness around the financial burden of cancer and its impact on patients and caregivers. We raise funds to support Family Reach through events and campaigns that specifically engage young professionals.
Guiding Principles
Build Awareness
Share the Family Reach mission with our networks.
Raise Funds
Support the fundraising efforts of Family Reach to ease the financial burden faced by families fighting cancer.
Grow Professionally
Facilitate meaningful connections between young professionals eager to expand their network while benefiting the community.
Have Fun
Participate in the planning and execution of fundraising and networking events such as cornhole tournaments, galas, happy hours, and much more!
Member Benefits
  • Partner in the growth and strategic direction of the Young Professionals Council, its mission and annual plan

  • Participate in networking, mentorship and career development opportunities

  • Attend fun social events, including our Annual Young Professionals Cornhole Tournament

  • Join a supportive group of likeminded Young Professionals

  • Attend quarterly council and committee meetings, as scheduled
  • Join us at a minimum of two (2) Family Reach events each year
  • Act as a Family Reach ambassador to spread awareness and foster engagement with donors and volunteers
  • Raise funds amounting to $250 per year – the same cost per month many families struggle to pay for travel to and from treatment
Meet Our Executive Board

Alyssa Aharonian

Young Professionals' Secretary
Business Development Supervisor at Gallagher

She lives in South Boston and has been a member of the Young Professionals' Council since 2017 and was originally was introduced to this important cause through a college friend, Morgan O'Brien (Family Reach's Senior Events Manager). She is passionate about collaborating with Family Reach to spread awareness and expand on fundraising efforts.

Genevieve Dusing

Young Professionals’ Outreach/Social Chair
Director of Development & Communications at Match Education

Having worked in the education non-profit world for many years, she wanted to find an exciting and innovative organization in a different sector where she could use her skills to directly help those in need through volunteering. The Young Professionals Council of Family Reach does just that - they are directly supporting the families affected by cancer by raising awareness and funds through fundraising events and our own networking efforts. And the added bonus is that she has met a group of amazing, like-minded people who are voluntarily giving of themselves to this amazing cause.

Christine Healy

Young Professionals’ President
Founder & CEO, Craft'd Company

Like many of us, Christine has close friends and family who have battled cancer, and serves on the Family Reach board in honor of them. She joined the Young Professionals Council in 2017 and is thrilled to now lead the board as the Council continues to expand.

Annie Langlois

Young Professionals’ Secretary
Senior Marketing Coordinator at CBT Architects

Annie was first introduced to Family Reach in 2017 through Morgan O’Brien, Family Reach's Senior Manager of Events. Since learning about cancer related financial toxicity and how it creates hurdles for many families already dealing with an unimaginable diagnosis, the Family Reach mission truly makes a key difference in the lives of so many. She is honored to be elected to the board to spread awareness of CRFT and the incredible mission of Family Reach through the Young Professionals Group's many events and outreach initiatives.

Laura Quigley

Young Professionals’ Treasurer

When her dad was diagnosed with cancer, he would often say that he felt lucky because of the financial position he was in - he didn't have a young family to support and was able to focus solely on getting treatment. She didn't fully understand his outlook until she found Family Reach while looking for some motivation to run the Disney Marathon and began to understand the impact that the financial burden of cancer can have on a young family that is already reeling from an unexpected cancer diagnosis. She decided to join the Young Professionals board in order to help the Family Reach team spread awareness about Cancer Related Financial Toxicity and raise critical funds to address this growing issue.

Alicia St. Romain

Young Professionals’ New Member Chair
Nutrition Specialist at Trader Joe’s

Alicia heard about this organization through a friend and when she spent time learning about cancer related financial toxicity and how it impacts health outcomes, she was shocked by the correlation. Being involved through the Family Reach Young Professionals group has been a great way for her to do what she can to help families lessen their financial burden in order to spend time on what is most important.

Andrea Rhoads

Young Professionals’ Event Chair

Andrea currently works as Event Manager at The Castle Group, a third party event planning company that has been working with Family Reach for years. When her CEO relayed that Family Reach was starting a Young Leaders council, she was thrilled for the opportunity to get involved with such a wonderful organization. She has a background in non-profits and was looking for an opportunity to widen my network of young professionals in Boston looking to make a difference in their community. Family Reach is an organization full of dedicated employees and volunteers with huge hearts and incredible drive—and she is honored to be a part of their mission.

Amy Shatten

Young Professionals’ Event Chair

Amy is involved with Family Reach because it is an incredible organization with great people who care about helping others during their time of need.

Council Members

Rebecca Noren
Alicia Morrel
Kim Nguyen
Leah Swanson
Caroline Connor
Jonah Cashdan
Adam Thiesen
Elizabeth McDonough
Hana Berke
Jose Garcia
Joshua Berenson
Ariel Carmeli
Colleen Kavanagh
Rachel Robertson
Adam Novak