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.
Owen joins the Squash Haven team from Toronto, Ontario, as Squash professional. Owen brings a great deal of squash knowledge, playing expertise, and energy to the continuously growing program. The Canadian product is a 2013 graduate of Cornell University where he studied Natural Resources with a Concentration in Environmental Sciences. Throughout his time at Cornell, Owen played all 4 years on the Men’s Varsity Squash Team. In his senior year, he was able to captain the team to their best regular season to date. Owen finished his college career ranked 28th in the country and was formerly ranked as high as #4 in Canada.
AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer
Charlotte joins the Squash Haven team for a year in August 2016 as a part of the Americorps VISTA program. Charlotte graduated from Dickinson College in May of 2016 with a degree in Law & Policy and a minor in Spanish. Charlotte was a four year member of the Women's Varsity Soccer Team at Dickinson, and was the starting goalkeeper for three years. As a senior, Charlotte was elected co-captain of the team. Born and raised in New Haven, CT, Charlotte is excited to work with a program so specifically geared towards her hometown.
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
Kendra Dawsey joined the Squash Haven family in October of 2016. She first arrived in New Haven in 2009 as a Yale undergrad, and later received a B.A. in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. As an undergrad, Kendra worked with numerous New Haven organizations like IRIS and URI Greenskills, as well as volunteered for nonprofits in certain cities in India. After graduation and a year abroad, she became a FoodCorps service member at Common Ground in New Haven, where she partnered with public schools to create outdoor learning gardens for children and taught about where food comes from. She also has a background in tutoring and academic support. She is excited to continue working with community partners in this fantastic city, and see all the Squash Haven kids reach their potential!