Who we are
Founded in 2004 by a group of close friends, Spero Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of youth in New England. Now, Spero has grown into a group of dedicated committees and supporters all striving for a common goal. Each year, Spero chooses a youth charity/non-profit to sponsor, then plans and hosts events to raise funds for that particular organization. At the end of the calendar year Spero donates all money raised. To maximize the size of our donation, no member of Spero receives any compensation for their work. To date, over $150,000 combined has been donated to youth organizations throughout New England
Zak is one of the original founders of Spero and has acted as the organizations President since its inception. He has a MBA from Babson College (’09) and graduated with many of the other Spero board members from Wheaton College in ’04. Zak and his wife Kate (board member) live in Inman Square in Cambridge and he works at Akamai Technologies doing Business Development.
Ben is currently following his passion running tennis camps and working as a tennis pro in Portland, ME resides on the East End of Portland, ME. Previously Ben worked at Bangor Savings Bank and in the Cape Elizabeth, ME school system as a teacher and coach of both basketball and tennis in the Middle School and High School.
Dave works as an Account Manager at Financial Recovery Technologies. Previously, he worked as a sales and marketing professional in the wealth management division at Citizens Bank. He has a MBA at Boston College. Originally from Hamilton, MA, he now resides in Charlestown, MA and is a 2004 graduate from Wheaton College.
Scott is Vice President with Santander (form. Sovereign Bank) covering the downtown Boston district. In his free time he enjoys working with Spero, playing men’s league hockey as well as golf. He also works on the alumni council for Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, NH. He is a 2004 graduate of Wheaton College.
If you need event design, decor or production, Evan is your guy. Running his family business, Perfect Surroundings, Inc., he specializes in concept development, design and marketing for special events. In addition to his special event work, Evan lectures around the country with the company on variety of different design-related subjects. For over 30 years, Perfect Surroundings has specialized in the design, decor and production of special events and permanent interior installations. PSI is also a proud partner and sponsor of Spero, Inc. Evan studied English and Creative writing at Wheaton College and graduated in 2004.
As President & CEO of Rhodes & O’Neill LLC, Chris provides a full range of financial advice for his clients’ private wealth and family office needs. Prior to that he worked for MetLife as a Financial Services Representative in Rhode Island. Chris received his BA in Political Science from Wheaton College in 2004.
Dusko is Vice President of D&S Restoration Inc., a New York metropolitan area construction company. He is also a managing member and owner of his own real estate and investment company. Dusko lives in New Jersey with his beautiful wife and son and is a 2004 graduate of Wheaton College.
Bryant offers both leasing and sales for his commercial real estate clients for Stafford Smith Realty in Shrewsbury, NJ. He frequently draws on his prior experience working in sales and marketing Trap Rock Industries, an integrated materials company, and in other private construction companies across the Garden State. Prior to that he was a teacher and Lacrosse coach at Rumson Country Day in Rumson, NJ and continues to coach part time. Bryant graduated from Wheaton College in 2004 with a degree in Sociology.
Bryan was introduced to Spero at its earliest stage in 2005 and instantly became one of the organization’s biggest supporters. Taking his passion for the Spero mission one step further, Bryan joined Spero as a board member in 2008 to aid with strategic development and growth. He graduated from Providence College (’04) with a BA in Social Science and Business Administration. Currently Bryan works for Auxilio Inc, a managed print services company, in Operations Strategy and is getting his MBA at Babson College.
Andrew is currently the C.O.O at Threadlab, Inc. helping America's terrible male dressers find nirvana in a box. He brings his previous experience in sales and customer service at online retailer Wayfair.com in Boston. Prior to that he worked as a Guest Services Assistant at The Resort at Pelican Hill Golf Club and as an Advisor Services Representative at John Hancock. He is currently living in Brighton, MA. In his free time he plays soccer for the Mass Premier Soccer Club whose many accolades include a trip to the national championship in Bowling Green, KY in the summer of 2011.
Andrew is originally from Marblehead, MA and graduated from Wheaton College in 2004
Kate first knew of Spero as a loyal attendee since its founding in 2004. Since then, she joined the marketing committee as co-chair in 2010 and now sits on the board. She is currently a Business Development Manager at Blueport Commerce, the omnichannel solution for furniture retailers. Kate has a MA in Integrated Marketing Communications from Emerson College and a BA in English with a double minor in Spanish and Management from Wheaton College class of ’06.
Ellis Reavey, the man, the myth the legend. Born is 2363 BC, Ellis tore through the untamed wilderness, learning bipedal movement; inventing fire, the wheel, and rudimentary language. He lived for 1600 years, assisted Augustus in planning the murder of Caesar, and then helped to create this website. Pretty impressive stuff. Currently, he holds court at Arnold Worldwide as a Senior Integrated Brand Strategist.