IFSI-USA: List of Board Members

Sophia Boyer taught middle and high school for fifteen years before venturing into instructional coaching. As an instructional coach Sophia works in a variety of schools whose administrators have requested coaching services or professional development supports for  teachers. 


Sophia is experienced in humanities instruction, ESL teaching, program administration, teacher training,curriculum development, professional development and program planning and evaluation.  Sophia was born in Haiti, educated in the U.S. and currently resides in Cambridge. She earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology/History from Regis College and postgraduate degrees in Human Development and Urban Education from Wheelock College.


Barbara Boone was born and raised in Switzerland where she earned a federal certificate in Business Administration from the Business School Zurich in 1987.  She immigrated to the United States in 1992 where she pursued an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts from Massasoit Community College and also earned a B.S. in Health Education and Promotion from Bridgewater State University. In addition to working in Health Education and Office/Business Administration, Barbara has also served on the Advisory Board of CASE, the Center for the Advancement of Science Education at Bridgewater State University from 2008 to 2011 and on the Board of Directors if the H J Henry Dream Fund as Secretary from 2011 to 2016.  Barbara loves conversing in English, German, French and Spanish and enjoys learning about different cultures and adores tasting food from around the world.


 Jeff Guillaume has 11 years of management experience, including eight years in banking. He is currently the Store Manager of  the newly opened TD BANK-Roslindale Branch where he is responsible for new business development, consumer and business lending, managing personnel and overseeing the day-to-day operations at the new store serving customers throughout the area. Jeff serves on the YMCA Board of Advisors in Brighton.  He is also a member of the Brighton Board of Trade.


"As a kid born in Haiti with parents who immigrated into the U.S , it really hits home when I encounter an organization that provides services not only to help the parents but provides after school programs to help structure their kids, giving them access to a better chance in education. I myself had the opportunity to take advantage of such programs when first moved to Massachusetts, I know firsthand that it help shape me as a man and also put me in the right path to be successful, I would like to share my knowledge and services to further help this cause, as this is truly a great opportunity to make a difference in our communities."  


Jeff lives in Wakefield.  He is originally from Waltham and graduated from Waltham High School in 2002.


 Rhodes Pierre is an actor, comedian, entrepreneur and writer who currently works with New York Life as an Insurance agent. After graduating from Rhode Island College, he taught English, Current Affairs, Women's Studies and instructed students in computer literacy for an after-school programs. He later toured the continental U.S. as a performer and educational consultant with Poetry Alive! He is a board member of the Mediator Stage of Providence where he hosts meditation sessions and is the featured comedic host of the Young Jurks on WEMFRadio.com. He performs improv, sketch comedy ,stand up, voice over, acting, and weddings as an Ordained Minister of the ULC.


Born to Haitian immigrants Marie and Andre Pierre, Rhodes developed his stand-up from life experiences and observations. Rhodes has lived in Haiti, Montreal, Boston, New York's historic Harlem Section where he performed on a regular basis at many local and tourist venues.


Phyllis Katsigris Spinale holds a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard University and Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Wellesley College.  She has worked in investment banking, management consulting and as a Strategic Planning Associate and Marketing Director at Staples, Inc.  She has served as the head of multiple committees in the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club, a non-profit community organization as well as a teaching volunteer at Bates Elementary School.  Phyllis feels strongly about equal educational opportunities for all children and is active in Boston’s METCO program.  She has seen IFSI-USA in action and is passionate about the excellent opportunities IFSI provides immigrant children and their families.  She resides in Wellesley with her husband, Paul and has 3 children. 


Shannon  Watson is dedicated to developing human resource processes that include an inclusive and intersectional perspectives. She is currently working at tech startup, Starry Inc, as an HR Generalist. Previously she was worked as a Human Resource Business Partner at marketing-analytics company, Localytics. Shannon received her BS in Urban Policy with a concentration in Public and Nonprofit Human Resource Policy from Georgia State University. She is currently attending Northeastern University for her MS in Organizational Communication.



Gregory Xavier is the Assistant Store Manager at the new TD Bank in Roslindale. He has worked in banking for the last seven year most recently with Citizens Bank and Santander Bank winning numerous awards and recognition for his achievements.


Gregory was born in Florida and his parents immigrated to the U.S from Haiti. Growing up in a family of eight, Gregory's mom always taught him to share and be kind and that has struck with him ever since.Gregory is an active volunteer at a number of financial literacy classes, charity events and elderly abuse classes.

Gregory quotes Coretta Scott King, " The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassion of its members, and he believes that there's nothing more rewarding than helping others. Gregory lives in Brighton.