Summer Edition


Summer Edition

Meet the 2023 ACE Graduates

Your support has contributed to the success of our recent graduates. Please join us as we recognize the 2023 ACE Graduates. 

Alvin Morales; Graduate of Dartmouth College with a Minor in Latin American, Latino & Carbbean Studies (LALACS)

Daniel Joseph; Graduate  of Rochester Institute of Technology, B.S. in Game Development & Design

DeeDee Hernandez; Graduate of Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies

Delvis Langat; Graduate of UMass Lowell with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering

Elijah Guillomaitre; Graduate of New England College with a B.A. in Psychology

Jessica Valerio; Graduate of UMass Boston with a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a Minor in Spanish

Leena Alasaad; Graduate of UMass Boston, B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in Philosophy & Law

Samantha Espinosa Bedoya; Graduate of College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in Economics and Psychology

Sarah Hayak; Graduate of UMass Boston with a B.A. in Psychology 

Shiara Pyrrhus; Graduate of Williams College with a B.A. in English and French with a Minor in Public Health

Serena Rizzo; Graduate of Simmons University with a B.S. in Physical Therapy

Taif Al Halabi; Graduate of Salem State University, B.S. in Psychology with a Minor in Chemistry

Chuk Aniagboso; Graduate of Framingham State University, B.S. in Physical Therapy

Kirby (Diamond) Kodjo; Graduate of Simmons University with a B.A. in Public Health

Julia Tran; Graduate of Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Sociology Modified with Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and a Minor in Education

Morad Chafiq; Graduate of University of Miami, B.S. in Exercise Physiology with a Minor in Sports Medicine

Naïka Métélus; Graduate  of New England College, B.S. in Nursing

Stefanie Flores; Graduate of Boston College with a B.S. in Biology

Jewel Duberry-Douglas; J.D. Graduate of Northeastern University School of Law

Tiana Jurisic; Graduate of University of North Carolina, Accepted into   FA 2023- Ph.D. Program for Community Health Education


It has been an honor and pleasure to support your academic journey. We are confident that you will all make a difference in your chosen career. You have demonstrated mastery of the ACE pillars – Self-Direct, Self-Manage, Self-Correct, and Self-Advocate. Remember to take them with you into your career to ensure a lifetime of career success. 

We wish you much success as you continue your journey.

-Lorita Williams and the ACE Team

Announcing the Stephanie Deitzer Memorial Scholarship

ACE is proud to announce the Stephanie Deitzer  Memorial Scholarship. Stephanie was a former fellow IBMer, a dear friend, and an ACE Board member. 

Stephanie was committed to supporting those who were underserved. She served two years as a board member for the New England Chapter of Association of Image Consultants (AICI). She volunteered with organizations, including KaBoom!, the United Way, the Boston Living Center, Rosie’s Place, and the Goodwill Good Guides program. In 2012, Stephanie became a board member of ACE. Her commitment to the advancement of marginalized young women and men was invaluable.

Her husband, James Deitzer, has established the Stephanie Deitzer Memorial Scholarship in honor of her service and commitment to youth. The scholarship is for students committed to their education but may need additional support for books, supplies, or funds to cover a course or stay in school. This year, we are pleased to award Briana Vilme as the first awardee for the Stephanie Deitzer Memorial Scholarship

A special thank you to the following foundations for their generous support!>

The New Commonwealth Fund

Partners HealthCare

The Brittain Foundation

The Nielsen Foundation

Falmouth Road Race

90 Day Coffee Challenge Update!

Congratulations you did it!!

Congratulations you did it!!We are thrilled to report that the Coffee Challenge raised $5,500, including $1,000 from the anonymous donor for the summer programming for the high school juniors and seniors.Our mascot, Pumpkin Pie, and all of us at ACE, thank you for investing in our future leaders.

Power of Choice Training Program

Lorita Williams running the Power of Choice training program with the high school seniors at Revere High School in April 2023. These training programs are made possible by your generous donations.

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