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Advisory Committee

Our Advisory committee comprises of professionals from diverse backgrounds, who have generously agreed to serve Espere for a fixed, four-month term, focusing on specific areas of growth, most needed by our organization. Meet the team!

Alisha Kirby

Alisha Kirby is the CEO of CashMaster, where she runs 26 location loan companies in Tennessee & Alabama. She has been involved in missions since 2004. Since that time, she has coordinated many trips and fundraisers. An avid traveler, Alisha has visited Haiti at least five times – and counting!


Edwidge Lafleur

Edwidge Lafleur is a former entrepreneur who effectively launched and managed two businesses.  She is currently the Director for the Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE) - Eastern Massachusetts.  Before joining CWE, Edwidge held various positions in diplomacy, economic development and project management both in the U.S. and abroad. Her major international work experience includes:  Haiti, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates. She holds a degree in Development Economics and International Relations from the University of Miami. Edwidge is fluent in:  French, English,  Spanish and Haitian Creole

Kevin Mawe

Kevin Mawe is an attorney who recently retired from a large financial services firm, where he supported its investment management businesses. He is a volunteer at the Irish International Immigrant Center in Boston and is a member of its Board of Directors; a member of the Advisory Board of Three Squares New England, which supports Boston area non-profits that are addressing food insecurity; and chair of the Prudential Committee of Allin Congregational Church in Dedham, Massachusetts. Kevin has also been continuously active in Dedham town governance in a variety of roles over the last two decades.

Sabina Verghese

Sabina Verghese is an Operations Assistant at WorldCare International, with previous experience as a Marketing Associate in Downtown Boston for a Marketing Consulting group, and on (RED). A recent graduate of Clark University’s International Development and Social Change program, Sabina mentored undergraduates as a Teaching Assistant and as part of Clark University’s ACE Institute for First-Generations College Students and Student of Color.

Steven Ahto

Steven Ahto is a specialist in product management and business operations with The Debt Exchange, Inc. Steve is also Co-founder of Luxurious Lumberjacks, LLC, beard and hair care products, and a former sushi chef. When Steve isn’t developing software or making beard balm, he can be found at his Aikido dojo in downtown Boston, providing career mentoring to undergraduates at his alma mater, or traveling the world in search of the next exotic food to try.

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