About Us
Founder and Executive Director
Leah Okimoto started Aaron’s Presents in January 2014 as a way to honor the memory of her son by creating a unique opportunity for other children to start thinking of themselves as community members with unique qualities to be developed and put to good purpose. At other phases of her life, she has composed music for musical theatre, run a legal recruiting firm, tutored and mentored kids, and volunteered at homeless shelters, hospitals, schools and meal kitchens. She currently lives on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters.
North Shore Regional Director
Kimberly joined Aaron’s Presents in September 2014 as the North Shore Regional Director based in Danvers, MA. This position has given her an opportunity combine her previous non-profit and business experience with her passion for working with kids. Kim’s previous roles include Development Manager for Teen Voices Magazine in Boston, Residential Counselor at The Lakeside School for Boys in Peabody and Account Manager for Concentra in Woburn. She holds a B.S. in Management from Endicott College. Personally, Kim has always enjoyed encouraging creativity in kids and thrives on the energy they bring to any organization. Kim is an active volunteer at her son’s school, the Danvers Rotary Club and serves on several committees in her hometown of Danvers, where she lives with her husband Jeff and their son, Bryce.
Lawrence Project Mentor and Special Projects Manager
Kate Adams became connected with Aaron’s Presents as a volunteer in the fall of 2016 while pursuing her master’s degree at Merrimack College in Community Engagement. She has worked in the community of Lowell for ten years with youth. Before coming to Aaron’s Presents she served as the Program Coordinator at Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell and worked at North Shore Community College in their Service Learning office. Kate had the privilege of volunteering in the city of Lawrence in college and she is THRILLED to be back working with youth and collaborating with four fantastic after-school programs. Along with her role at Aaron’s Presents, Kate works at Salem State University in their Center for Civic Engagement planning service opportunities for students and leading advocacy programs at the college. In her spare time, you can find Kate traveling, hiking, and going to the theatre. What Kate loves most about Aaron’s Presents is the organization’s ability to invest in young people’s ideas and empower them to be agents of change in their community.
Grant Writer
Bio coming soon!
Lynn Project Mentor
Bio coming soon!
Project Mentor
Nana joined Aaron’s Presents in February 2017 as a Project Mentor based in Lowell, MA. Nana is a current student at UMass Lowell, finishing her degree in Business with a minor in Plastics Engineering. She is also the founder of a mentoring program for high school girls called Get Girls Going. An amazing example of Aaron’s Presents values and mission, from the age of 14 to the present, Nana has served as a youth leader in 8 nonprofit organizations, both in the city of Worcester and statewide. At 14 she started a community venture and at 16 two more for youth in her community.

Marianne Cashman
Marianne is a realtor at William Raveis in Andover, MA.

Connie Chung
Connie K. Chung works at the Global Education Innovation Initiative (GEII) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), conducting research about education for the 21st century, and partnering with institutions in Chile, China, India, Mexico, and Singapore. Connie usually looks for two things when she canvasses her opportunities for volunteer work; solid organizational leadership and an organizational vision that matches her own passion for engaging with children and with low-resource communities to build their capacity for positive development. For her, Aaron’s Presents met both these criteria.

Rosemary Infante Costello
Rosemary joined the Aaron’s Presents Board after serving on its mentor team through the Entrepreneurship For All–Lowell Accelerator 2015. Also on the board of Wellspring House in Gloucester, she has 20+ years experience in economic and community development. Currently serving on the United Way of Mass. Bay’s North Shore Local Council, Rosemary also performs community grant review for the Essex County and the Greater Lowell Community Foundations. She lives in Beverly with her husband and son. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

John Hilliard
John Hilliard is a senior software engineer and has worked at Next Jump since 2008. After graduating from MIT, John joined Next Jump and has worked on a wide range of engineering projects from an email platform to an e-commerce architecture. After a few years at Next Jump, John joined Next Jump’s leadership team and played a larger role in growing both the business results and the culture of the company.

Along the way, John discovered his passion for mentoring engineers, teaching and giving back. In 2012, he led the development of OO.com. That platform ended up raising over one million dollars to fund thousands of high poverty classrooms all over the country. More recently, John worked with local non-profit Cambridge Community Services to create and teach a course that taught coding skills to local high school students. In the summer of 2015, John was the recipient of Next Jump’s highest honor: The Avengers Award. The Avengers Award is a peer-nominated recognition that highlights service to others.

Adam Hogue
Adam M Hogue is a Massachusetts native and started his career in financial planning after serving 4 years of active duty in the United States Army as an Airborne Officer. He worked for both large and small financial firms before starting his own Registered Investment Advisory in 2015. In January 2017, Adam affiliated with LPL Financial to provide exceptional service to his clients and rebranded his firm Ulen & Hogue Financial. Adam is still serving in the Massachusetts Army National Guard as a Logistics Officer and is very active in veterans’ causes. Adam has a BA from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, a MA from the University of Nebraska, and a MBA from Fitchburg State University, as well as a graduate certificate in financial planning from Boston University. Adam is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM and holds his FINRA Series 6, 7, 24 63, & 65, as well as his Life, Health, Property and Casualty Insurance licenses. Adam lives in Lincoln, MA with his wife, Katy and golden retriever, Woodstock, and enjoys running, skiing, golfing, and hiking.

Dinesh Makhija
Dinesh is Software Development Manager at Amazon-Lab126 in Cambridge. Prior to joining Amazon, he held various leadership roles with Coero, Alcatel, Lucent, Motorola developing products in security, networking and mobile technologies. Dinesh’s passion for volunteer grassroots work stems from his student days in India while working with national organizations on social causes with villages. He believes that kindness needs to be passed forward and it starts with kids and young adults as they begin to explore higher causes and develop a sense of compassion in community.  He has a keen interest in bringing research/technology to help the causes.

Aldonsa Pereyra
Bio coming soon!

Teg Rood
Director and CFO
As principal of Rood Consulting, Teg works with clients to deliver a superior customer experience. His pro bono work includes projects with Community Action Partners and Entrepreneurship for All. Teg has also served in senior management positions over a 30 year career with several electronics manufacturers.

Ana Senior
NetImpact Board Fellow 2017-18
Bio coming soon!

Rishub Solan
Director (NetImpact Board Fellow 2014-15)
Rishub works in Product Management at Thermo Fisher Scientific, and formerly was part of the Strategy and Corporate Development Group at the corporation’s headquarters. Prior to Thermo Fisher, Rishub worked for Huron Consulting Group, a management consulting firm, and specialized in provider space operations within the firm’s healthcare arm. He joined the Board of Directors to foster the “pay-it-forward” concept inherent to Aaron’s Presents, and to help children cultivate the idea of self-awareness. He currently serves as the Chair of the Strategy and Finance Committee. Rishub graduated from Boston University with a dual-degree in Economics and Business Administration.

Carlene Alpert
Heidi Burgess
Sheila Corbitt
Elizabeth Dill
Kathy King Egmont
Dona Flamme
Christina Haines
Jooé Kim (Founding Board Member)
Fabio Malagisi
Dr. Paul Nguyen (Founding Board Member)
Natalie Nicholson
Barb Petricone
Victor Sheen (Founding Board Member)
Marjory Sherman-Bindman
Dr. Jocelyn Thein