Bud Lavery
President and CEO

Bud is the CEO at MentorHub and an award-winning leader of nonprofits and edtech startups.  Previously, he served as the CEO of Communities In Schools of Durham (CIS), Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina and Campus Candor.  At CIS, his team’s work caught the attention of Bill and Melinda Gates, and of the U.S. Secretary of Education, each of whom toured his teams’ projects to see for themselves how they were transforming students’ lives. He also worked at MENTOR North Carolina and Mentoring Central, and consulted on eight research studies with teams from institutions including Harvard and Duke Universities. Bud earned his B.S. degree from Duke University and his M.S.W. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jeremy Astesano
Director of Product Development
Lab Manager, University of Massachusetts Boston

Jeremy Astesano is the Assistant Director in the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Lab Manager of the Rhodes Lab. 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 year, 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.

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.