Meet Our Staff
Stephen joined Friends Forever International as its Executive Director in November 2005, after having spent time working with Habitat for Humanity in South Carolina, the Children’s Museum of Boston, and MYTOWN, an innovative inner-city youth organization in Boston, MA. Over the last twelve years, Stephen's tenure has seen FFI expand to multiple sites across the continental United States, the establishment of Friends Forever Europe in Belfast, Northern Ireland and the formation of partnerships and FFI programs in the Middle East, and the acquisition and renovation of the Friends Forever International Campus in Durham, NH, a 2.6 acre space devoted to peace and leadership development.
In addition to nearly two decades of high-level expertise in the field of NGO's, Stephen brings to Friends Forever International a genuine passion for building active leaders through service on the local and global levels by empowering the most underutilized asset in the world today: youth.
Chelsea first joined Friends Forever International as an Administrative Coordinator in May 2012. Before coming to FFI, Chelsea spent time in organizations such as the Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives and Mass Alliance in Boston, MA. After studying sociology at university, Chelsea developed a passion for social action and recognized the power community collaboration could have in achieving positive societal change.
As Sr. Programs & Community Engagement Manager, Chelsea assists in the overall coordination and implementation of international peace programs in three countries and five US states. She oversees activities and training sessions for participants of our yearlong leadership program and maintains channels of communication between FFI staff, supporters, participants, alumni, and our community partners around the world.
Brooke joined Friends Forever International in January 2017 as Operations Manager. In that role, she oversees facilities management and improvements and helps secure the resources needed for program implementation and growth. Prior to joining FFI, Brooke held a series of development positions in several leading organizations, including Outward Bound and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. She was raised in Maine, and has lived across the U.S. and overseas. Those experiences have instilled in her a deep appreciation for the importance of cultural diversity and the need to build bridges to resolve conflicts, promote peace, and spread understanding. She currently lives in beautiful Durham with her husband and daughter.
Tegan is the newest member of our Friends Forever Team, joining June 2018. As Program & Community Engagement Coordinator, Tegan supports the design and implementation of all international peace programs. She assists Chelsea with the collaboration of FFI staff, supporters, participants, alumni, and our community partners. Prior to joining FFI, Tegan worked for Quinnipiac University Office on-site at University College Cork, Ireland. She received her Master’s degree in Sociology of Development and Globalization, which established a passion for looking past borders and the development of cross cultural understanding.
Katiemae joined Friends Forever International in July 2016 for a year assignment as an AmeriCorps VISTA member which turned into a two-year role. She has now been hired full-time at FFI as the Marketing Coordinator. Originally from New Hampshire, Katiemae graduated from Green Mountain College in Vermont in May 2016. She holds a BA in Renewable Energy and Ecological Design, and a minor in Documentary Studies.
Katiemae's primary roles are material creator and designer, website wrangler, and volunteer guide. She's excited to have joined the FFI family and looks forward to the adventures to come!
Marshall Bradstreet has been a U.S. Site Manager for Friends Forever International since 1996 and has worked with many visiting delegations, coordinating the logistics of their Skill Building Phase in America.
In his new role of Campus Coordinator, he facilitates the utilization and upkeep of the Friends Forever International Peace Campus.
Outside of FFI, Marshall helps to develop resources of small nonprofit groups, especially those in the start-up or restart phases. He has served as a staff member (including several stints as executive director) or board member of more than a dozen NGOs.
Amelia joined Friends Forever International in January as an AmeriCorps VISTA member because of her enthusiasm for helping others. As FFI's AmeriCorps VISTA member, her responsibilities include volunteer cultivation, event planning, grant preparation, and systems management. Prior to joining FFI, she lived in Washington, D.C. where she worked in immigration for a government agency. A New Englander at heart, she moved back up north to New Hampshire and began working for a large hospital in Boston. She holds a Master's in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute and a Bachelor's in French from Salve Regina University. She is very excited to have joined FFI to continue to support international youth.
Zoe is going into her senior year at the University of New Hampshire, finishing up her degree in Human Development and Family Studies. This year she has been interning at Haven in Portsmouth and loving it! She joined the FFI team in April 2018 as an intern working on many different projects, helping out wherever she could around the office. Zoe has just recently joined our team as an Administrative Assistant.
Aya and Shachar, playfully known collectively as "Shaya", are both graduates of the Friends Forever International Middle East Program. Shachar graduated the program in 2015 and Aya graduated in 2014. Both have remained active in the FFI Alumni Movement and within the FFI yearly program. As Alumni Coordinators, Shaya will continue to create connections and increase FFI's global impact.
More about Aya
In the summer of 2014, Aya spent two weeks at our host community in Bloomington-Normal, IL, witnessing firsthand the positive impact of community collaboration. After learning what it takes to achieve social change, Aya returned to Israel and made it a goal to become a leader within her own society.
FFI chose to award Aya with the 2017 Eileen D. Foley Award for her commitment to making the world a more inclusive place and for demonstrating key attributes of a fair and effective community leader.
More about Shachar
In the summer of 2015, Shachar spent two weeks in our New England host community, learning that change has to start from inside us. After gaining tools to help her spread that change, she returned home and now empowers others to learn the same skills.
Friends Forever International chose to award Shachar with the 2017 Guy Buesing Award for her commitment to encouraging change through action and leadership.