Julie was hired by Squash Haven’s Board of Directors in 2006 to launch and run the organization. Before joining Squash Haven, Julie was the Women's Tennis and Squash Coach and an Admissions Counselor at Williams College. Julie graduated from Williams and earned a Masters of Education at Stanford University. As a student at Williams, Julie captained the squash and tennis teams and was a 3-time All-American in each sport. Julie is a current board member of the National Urban Squash and Education Association. She is also an alumna of New Haven's Community Leadership Program, Executive Orientation Program, and Democracy School.
Director of Academics and Instructional Development
Christi Boscarino-Elligers joined Julie and the team in the fall of 2008 as Squash Haven’s first full time Academic Director. Christi came to Squash Haven after two years of experience as a Teach for America corps member at New Haven’s Roberto Clemente Leadership Academy, teaching 7th and 8th grade Language Arts. Christi is a Windsor, CT native and is a 2006 graduate of Northwestern University, where she majored in French and Political Science and spent a semester studying in Paris. Christi oversees and develops Squash Haven’s academic program with an emphasis on literacy, academic enrichment, student choice, goal-setting and connection to external educational opportunities.
John DeWitt joined the Squash Haven family in August, 2009. John brings a passion for the game and a longstanding commitment to urban squash to New Haven. John first started volunteering for the SquashBusters organization in Boston as a Belmont Hill junior and remained involved with the organization throughout his college years. John graduated from Hamilton College in May 2009 with a degree in Economics. At Hamilton, John was a four year varsity letter winner in Men's Squash, team captain in '08-'09, played at the #1 position his junior and senior years, and earned first team all-NESCAC honors for the '08-'09 season.
AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer
Michelle Orden is new to the Squash Haven team, and will be serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the 2017-2018 academic year. Michelle graduated from Dickinson College in 2017 with a major in Physics and a minor in Spanish. Originally from New Jersey, Michelle grew up in a world of sports as she played competitive soccer and softball from a young age. Sports have not only taught Michelle the importance of dedication, time management, and sportsmanship as a young student, but also played a large role in her college career. She played for Dickinson College's Varsity Softball Team during her four years of undergraduate studies. She believes that all kids deserve access to quality athletics and academic opportunities, and is excited to work with Squash Haven for the upcoming year.
Director of College Access and Persistence
Christian joins the Squash Haven team from Los Angeles, California. Christian graduated from Amherst College in 2014 with a double major in English and Sociology. Christian comes from a diverse background in education, having worked in public and private schools, nonprofits, and test prep settings. In addition to a passion for academics and college access, Christian also brings an enthusiasm for squash as a US Squash Certified Coach. Christian oversees Squash Haven’s high school and college placement programs, and actively supports current college students with course selection, connections to summer internships, and access to campus resources.
Teacher and Community Service Director
Mike joins the Squash Haven team having been a New Haven Resident for the last eight years. Mike was born and raised in Milford, CT. Mike received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Eastern Connecticut State University and a Masters of Science in Secondary Education. Mike comes to Squash Haven from Teach for America, having taught 7th and 8th grade in Hartford, CT. Additionally, prior to Teach for America Mike worked as a counselor for adolescents at Yale New Haven Hospital. As teacher and Community Service Director Mike is responsible for helping all Squash Haven students reach their full potential academically and appreciate the value of giving back to the New Haven community.