Jeremy Astesano
Head of Product

Jeremy Astesano is the Assistant Director in the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Head of Product for MentorHub. Originally from Cambridge, MA, he graduated from Haverford College in 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology. At Haverford, he wrote his thesis on how hiring bias can manifest at the level of visual attention in relation to race and social status. After graduating, Jeremy began his position at the Rhodes Lab, working with Dr. Rhodes on a variety of research projects. Over the past 18 months, he has taken on a leading role in the development of the MentorHub application, helping channel Dr. Rhodes’s insightful work into a new multi-sided platform that aims to change how we approach mentoring.

Debbie Reynolds
Data Privacy Officer

Debbie Reynolds is a well-regarded technologist, thought-leader, and advisor to multinational corporations for handling global data privacy, cyber data breach response, and complex cross-functional data-driven projects. Ms. Reynolds is a published author, public speaker, and top media presence about global data privacy, data protection, and emerging technology issues. She was named to the Global Top 20 CyberRisk Communicators by The European Risk Policy Institute in 2020.

Alex Werntz Czywczynski
Research Coordinator
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Massachusetts Boston

Alexandra Werntz works with the MentorHub team on research and product development. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Jean Rhodes at the Center for Evidence-based Mentoring and with Dr. Bethany Teachman at the University of Virginia. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia in 2020, specializing in supportive accountability for technology-delivered interventions. Her dissertation focused on how individuals with mental health challenges and their loved ones can be motivated to seek treatments that work. She is excited to work with the MentorHub team to improve access to mental health, wellness, and education apps that work among youth who may not otherwise have access to treatment and academic resources.