D2D Staff

Jerome Barnes, Innovation Strategist
Tatiana Brezina
, Senior Innovation Strategist
Kristen Bryant, Senior Innovation Strategist
Timothy Flacke, Executive Director
Melissa Goldberg, Innovation Strategist
Amanda Hahnel, Innovation Manager
Melanie Kwon Duch, Senior Innovation Strategist
Rhina Luna, Operations Coordinator
Nick Maynard, Senior Innovation Director
Jonas Parker, Manager of Operations and Special Projects
Joanna Smith-Ramani, Senior Innovation Director
Elizabeth Tutella Straghalis, Senior Innovation Strategist
Kristen Tyrrell, Innovation Manager
Andrea Vasquez, Innovation Strategist
Emily Weis, Innovation Assistant 
 

Jerome Barnes, Innovation Strategist
999 Jerome Barnes is an Innovation Strategist at D2D Fund, where he concentrates his efforts on testing innovations and providing support in the mobile technology and tax-time savings fields.  Prior to joining D2D, Jerome worked at Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Pittsburgh as part of the Management Trainee Program. Additionally, Jerome volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club, focusing on the academic improvement of urban youth in the Pittsburgh area.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis.
 
 

Tatiana Brezina, Senior Innovation Strategist
869 Tatiana Brezina is a Senior Innovation Strategist at D2D Fund, where she focuses on mobile technology, savings bonds, and tax-time savings. Prior to joining D2D, she served as a VISTA member at The Neighborhood Developers in Chelsea, MA, where she helped to promote asset building, skill development, and financial stability among low-income clients. Tatiana holds a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Political Science and International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During tax season, she serves as a volunteer tax preparer at The Neighborhood Developers.
 

Kristen Bryant, Senior Innovation Strategist
794 Kristen Bryant is a Senior Innovation Strategist for D2D Fund, where she concentrates her efforts on Gamification and Financial Entertainment.  Before joining D2D, Kristen spent a year as a fellow at Wake Forest University where she worked in the Division of Student Life taking on projects in the areas of student development, cultural and behavioral change, space planning, and civic learning and democratic engagement. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Wake Forest University with a focus in understanding and empowering marginalized communities.

 

Timothy Flacke, Executive Director
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Timothy Flacke is the Executive Director of Doorways to Dreams (D2D) Fund, serves on the organization's Board of Directors and helped launch D2D in 2001.  Drawing on twenty years’ experience in the private and non-profit sectors helping lower-income people focus on saving, Tim helped grow D2D from a start-up social venture to nationally recognized innovation incubator which partners with leading financial service firms and receives support from the world’s most respected philanthropic foundations.  Tim has directed signature D2D efforts, including the Refunds to Assets project linking federal tax refunds to savings and Online IDA, a scalable infrastructure for matched savings programs built on industry-leading 401(k) recordkeeping technology.  These and other efforts have twice impacted the federal tax code and spawned new financial products and public policies responsible for helping hundreds of thousands of Americans to save tens of millions of dollars.  Before D2D, Tim worked as an independent consultant, author and grant writer in the field of asset development, co-authoring The Individual Development Account (IDA) Program Design Handbook and a financial education curriculum.  He served as a VISTA volunteer in rural Vermont, and earlier in his career, held leadership positions in corporate human resources and risk management for Filene's Basement, Inc.  He holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Boston College.

Melissa Goldberg, Innovation Strategist
918 Melissa is an Innovation Strategist at D2D Fund, where she concentrates her efforts on mobile technology, savings bonds, and tax-time savings. Melissa had previously completed a 6-month co-op program at D2D Fund as the Innovation Program Assistance and served as the Urban Engagement Student Coordinator at Northeastern University's Social Enterprise Institute. Melissa received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern University where she concentrated in Social Entrepreneurship and Marketing.



Amanda Hahnel, Innovation Manager

993 Amanda is an Innovation Manager at D2D where she focuses on prize-linked savings business development and research, ideating, piloting, and scaling behavioral consumer financial products, and researching and developing strategies to encourage youth financial capability by leveraging standardized tests. Prior to joining D2D, she worked on microfinance policy in Chennai, India focusing on cost of capital reductions for microfinance institutions. She holds a Masters in Business Administration with concentrations in Strategy, Finance, and Entrepreneurship from Penn State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Spanish, and International Relations from Tufts University. She has worked with the Boston Debate League since 2006 to encourage urban students to engage in policy debate to improve their academic performance.

Melanie Kwon Duch, Senior Innovation Strategist
730 Melanie Kwon Duch is a Senior Innovation Strategist at D2D Fund where she focuses her efforts on both tax-time and prize-linked savings. Before joining D2D, she spent a year as a fellow with the Financial Clinic in New York where she leveraged on-the-ground experience providing free financial counseling to inform her work on financial policy and product innovation. Prior to the fellowship she worked in Seoul and New York for Standard Chartered Bank covering international development and microfinance organizations. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University with a double concentration in public policy and modern culture and media. Melanie is also the co-founder of Gosen Community Effort, a nonprofit that promotes academic achievement in Namibia, and a member of Brown University's TBGALA Alumni Board.

Rhina Luna, Operations Coordinator
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Rhina Luna is the Operations Coordinator for D2D Fund, where she coordinates IT, physical operations, and special events. Before coming to D2D, Rhina was the Operations Coordinator for a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to providing fitness opportunities and health education to women and children in low-income neighborhoods. Rhina holds a Computer Support Technician Diploma from Kaplan Career Institute and has a strong background in IT.
 

 

Nick Maynard, Senior Innovation Director
670 Nick Maynard is a Senior Innovation Director for D2D Fund. Since joining D2D, Nick has led initiatives improving marketing to LMI families, piloting prize-based savings in the credit union industry, and offering US Savings Bonds at tax time.  Currently, he directs D2D’s gamification and video game (“Financial Entertainment”) innovation projects. Prior to joining D2D, Nick spent almost a decade providing customer, market, and operational strategy consulting to Fortune 1000 executives while at Deloitte Consulting and Braxton Associates. Nick holds both a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University. He also holds a Bachelors of Engineering and Operations Research from Princeton University.

Jonas Parker, Manager of Operations and Special Projects
672 Jonas Parker is the Manager for Operations and Special Projects for D2D Fund, where he manages day-to-day operations and develops systems to increase organizational capacity. Previously, Jonas spent six years focused on financial education research, curriculum design, and policy projects at the Institute on Assets and Social Policy. In addition, he spent two years as a private consultant in the financial literacy field. As a math teacher at the innovative MetWest public high school in Oakland, California, Jonas got his start in financial education by connecting algebra to his students' real world experiences with money. Jonas holds a PhD in Social Policy from the Heller School, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, where he graduated with honors.

Joanna Smith-Ramani, Senior Innovation Director
948 Joanna Smith-Ramani is a Senior Innovation Director at the D2D Fund, working on the expansion of successful innovation pilots.  Currently, Joanna leads the Prize-linked Savings team, the Prep for Change team, and the Tax Time Savings Team, including leading the policy and advocacy work.  Prior to joining the D2D, Joanna was the Director of the Baltimore CASH (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) Campaign, an asset building, tax preparation, and EITC coalition in Baltimore, MD. Joanna has over 12 years working in community development, community development finance, and personal finance/asset development. She has worked for Self Help Credit Union, ShoreBank, several Habitat for Humanity affiliates and the Policy Development and Research Division of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Joanna holds a master's in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University. Joanna serves on the Baltimore and Maryland CASH Campaign Board and on the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition Board.

Elizabeth Tutella Straghalis, Senior Innovation Strategist
348 Elizabeth Tutella Straghalis is a Senior Innovation Strategist at D2D Fund. She primarily works on the research, design and pilot stages of new financial risk management products for lower income households. Before D2D, she spent seven years working in the financial services sector in risk management roles. In addition to her private sector experience, she also spent time in the community economic development field, working as a Program Manager for a Boston-based Community Development Corporation. Her graduate work focused on increasing financial access for East Boston's Latina immigrant mothers. She holds a Masters in Community Economic Development with a specialization in Microfinance from Southern New Hampshire University's School of CED, and a Bachelors of Political Science and Economics from the College of the Holy Cross.

Kristen Tyrrell, Innovation Manager 
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Kristen Tyrrell is an Innovation Manager at D2D Fund. She specializes in developing teams and partners to design innovative financial products and services, test pilots, and evaluate outcomes and potential for scale. Prior to working at D2D, Kristen was an Innovation Consultant at the Center for Innovation, Excellence and Leadership. Her role was to help clients develop innovation capacity and take breakthroughs from concept to customer. She has worked on innovation projects with Fortune 500 companies, international non-profits, and global education providers. Kristen has also worked with the Hult Prize developing the world’s largest competition for social enterprise. Kristen has a Master of International Business from Hult International Business School in London and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. 

Andrea Vasquez, Innovation Strategist
989 Andrea Vasquez is an Innovation Strategist at D2D Fund, where she concentrates her efforts on piloting, testing, and evaluating innovations. Andrea was previously a part of  the Insight team at Endeavor, a global nonprofit working to improve conditions in developing countries by supporting high-impact entrepreneurship. Her research focused on entrepreneurial best practices in Latin America. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Financial Economics from Columbia University.




Emily Weis, Innovation Program Assistant 
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Emily Weis is the Innovation Program Assistant at D2D Fund where she provides support in the areas of Financial Entertainment, Tax Time Savings, Marketing, and Communications. Emily is studying Economics and International Affairs at Northeastern University where she has participated in research and development projects concerning microfinance in the Dominican Republic. She is also highly involved with Students for Education Reform, an extracurricular advocating for education policy reform and classroom innovation; along with being a mentor in the Eighth Grade Academy program, which provides mentors for 8th grade students applying to high schools in the Boston area. Emily will be a member of the D2D staff through Northeastern’s Cooperative Education Program through December 2014.