Our Board

Nyemba Mbekeani
Board President

Nyemba has worked more than 9 years in the Pharmaceutical/Biotech industry having served in Manufacturing Quality and Compliance roles. He currently works at the Boston Consulting Group as a Lead Knowledge Analyst within the Healthcare practice area. In his role within the Health Care Practice Area Knowledge Team, he focuses on Biopharma Operations and supports the firm’s client work and proposals on this topic. Nyemba holds an MBA from Suffolk University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Nyemba’s work with Little Brothers –Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) began as a volunteer in 2009, being drawn to the organization as a result of his work experience with elders at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago. He has served on the Board since 2011 and is currently the Board’s Vice President, in addition to serving on the Nominating Committee.

Outside of LBFE, Nyemba enjoys spending time with family and friends, and traveling.

Julia Wengrovitz
Board Vice President

Julia joined the LBFE Board in 2015 and currently works as a Senior Marketing Manager at World Congress, a health care and pharmaceutical conference and consulting firm. She is excited to bring her promotional and fundraising skills to the LBFE team.

She has volunteer experience with several other non-profit organizations including Special Olympics and The Junior League of Boston.

Julia graduated from Bentley University in 2009, where she earned her B.S. in Marketing.

Raymond Wiley
Board Treasurer

Ray is the Controller for the Slides & Specialty Glass – Portsmouth division of Thermo Fisher Scientific, where he is directly responsible for operational financial plans, policies, procedures and fiscal record maintenance. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, an MBA from Southern Connecticut State University, a Masters degree in Accounting & Taxation from The University of Hartford and is a Certified Management Accountant.

William "Billy" Pitman
Board Clerk

Billy joined the Board of Little Brothers in 2016, bringing experience in communications, media relations and public policy and an interest in getting involved with a volunteer organization in Greater Boston.

Billy currently serves as the Press Secretary to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, advising on communications and messaging for the administration’s policy initiatives, and has worked in prior communications roles for campaigns and firms in Pennsylvania, Washington, DC and North Carolina.

A South Boston resident and NC native, Billy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC.

Alexandra Grasso
Board of Directors

With five years of HR and recruiting experience, Alix currently works as a Corporate Recruiter at Pegasystems in Cambridge. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations & Economics from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, a Master Certificate in HR from Cornell University, and is an MBA Candidate at Babson College.

In addition to her professional experiences Alix holds a grant writing certificate from The United Way. She has served as the Director of Fundraising for On Common Ground and as a PAL with Horizons for Homeless Children. She is excited to bring both her recruiting and fundraising experience to the LBFE team.

Jeff Neil
Board of Directors

Jeff Neil has worked more than 18 years in the Pharmaceutical/Biotech industry having served in Marketing, Sales and Training roles. He currently works at Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc as a Associate Director in the US Commercial Training & Development.
Jeff graduated from Babson College with a major in both Marketing & Economics.
Jeff first became familiar with Little Brothers –Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) when his aunt who lived to be 106 years old had a LBFE volunteer visit her on a weekly basis providing friendship for almost 15 years. He has served on the Board since June, 2013 and is currently the Boston delegate for the US Policy Council of LBFE.
In addition to LBFE, Jeff has also volunteered in various leadership roles over the years within the Episcopal Church and currently serves on the church’s Finance Committee.

Josh Obeiter
Board of Directors

Josh is the Executive Director & Owner of Seniors Helping Seniors, a non-medical home care agency that provides companion and caregiver support to seniors, by seniors. Its unique model provides meaningful employment for older adults who have an intrinsic desire to help and make a difference in the lives of seniors in need. Seniors Helping Seniors relationship based model is focused on the social-emotional connection between caregiver and client, and is intentional with all of the matches that are made.

For the past 15 years, Josh has been intimately involved with volunteering with seniors, primarily providing inter-generational programming at local nursing homes and assisted living communities; he is well-versed in the challenges that seniors and their families face when it comes to providing care and combating social isolation. Josh is active in several other Boston organizations, including the West Suburban Area Alzheimer’s Partnership and the Aging Life Care Association. He is also the Chair of the 2018 Greater Boston Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Josh graduated the University of Connecticut with a degree in business administration and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

Nikki Therrien
Ex Officio

Nikki became the Executive Director at Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly in January 2015. Prior to that she was the Volunteer Coordinator. She earned her BA in Gerontology and MBA in Healthcare Management at Quinnipiac University.

Nikki began her career in case management at the Agency on Aging in New Haven, CT. She served in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia as a Health Economic Development Adviser and later Volunteer Coordinator from 2009-2013.

Nikki enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, gardening and volunteering with United for Health Abyssinia. She lives in Roslindale with her partner, Dan, and their two cats, Anbesa and Zoe.

Eloisa Devietti
Net Impact Board Fellow

Eloisa Devietti is an international development practitioner with ten years of experience working on program quality and grant management. At Oxfam, Eloisa worked extensively with teams in Latin America on initiatives that sought to improve access to financial services for undeserved populations. She was also engaged in a number of process and end-line evaluations on diverse programs addressing gender-based violence and access to finance. Eloisa is currently working at World Education International where she manages a USAID grant to improve education and health services for vulnerable children in Tanzania. Aside from her day job, Eloisa co-facilitates the SEEP Network’s Savings-led working group and is the co-author of “The Program Quality Guidelines for Savings Groups”, a document that seeks to promote sector-wide best practices for program implementation of savings-led initiatives She has recently joined Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly as Impact Boston Board Fellow and is looking forward to contributing to the design and assessment of their ongoing programming. Eloisa holds a degree in Business Administration from Saint Louis University and a Masters in International Relations from Boston University.

Rebecca Sylvetsky
Net Impact Board Fellow

Rebecca Sylvetsky is a data analyst at Twitter where she evaluates the content of conversations people Tweet about. Over the last four years, Rebecca’s data work has supported teams in the Sales, Marketing, Public Relations, and Product organizations across the company to make strategic decisions and highlight Twitter’s presence in the world. Prior to her four years at Twitter, she was a data specialist at Bluefin Labs, a Social-TV analytics start-up in Cambridge. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University.

When she’s not counting Tweets, Rebecca spends her free time traveling, practicing her Spanish, discovering new music, and reading!

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Board of Directors or one of our standing committees, please contact Nikki Therrien.