Board & Staff


PHENOM’s Board is responsible for directing the operation of the organization and for implementing its policies between General Assembly Meetings.

[updated December 2016]

President - Kimberly Selwitz was elected a PHENOM board member while attending Framingham State University in 2010. She graduated with a degree in psychology. Kimberly also serves as the Housing Search Coordinator for the Women's Lunch Place, which is a daytime drop-in center for homeless and low-income women in Boston. In this role, she facilitates the placement and retention of affordable permanent housing for its guests.

Vice President Marven Hyppolite is the Vice President of PHENOM and previously served as a PHENOM student organizer at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. While at UMass Dartmouth, Marven was elected as the Student Government President and continued to fight to empower students in that role. He is currently an immigration and housing caseworker for U.S. Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA).

Treasurer - Max Page is a professor of architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, former president of the Massachusetts Society of Professors (the 1400-member union of faculty and librarians at UMass Amherst) and a founding member of PHENOM.

Clerk - Colleen Avedikian is a professor of sociology at Bristol Community College and also continues to teach part-time at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Colleen is also the Faculty/Staff Organizer for the PHENOM Chapter at Bristol Community College. 

Communications Team Leader (Vacant)

Fundraising Team Leader - Gillian Mason is the development coordinator for Jobs with Justice, where she also organizes around higher ed issues and student debt. Prior to joining the JwJ staff, Gillian was active in the Massachusetts JwJ coalition as the coordinators of's Boston Council and the Jamaica Plain Forum, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies.  Before devoting herself full-time to organizing, Gillian was an adjunct professor of English, Women's Studies, and American literature and culture for ten years, teaching at Suffolk University, Boston University, and the University of Massachusetts Boston.  She has a Ph.D. in American Studies from Boston University.

Legislative Team Leader - Ken Haar is a retired faculty member from Westfield State University. 

Organizing Team Leader Amy Blanchette is currently a student at Bristol Community College, where she serves as a PHENOM student organizer. She is involved in many community groups and student groups. Amy recently served as the student representative on the Search Committee for the President of BCC.



Zac Bears (Executive Director) | 978-227-8473 |

Zac Bears is PHENOM's Executive Director. He served as PHENOM's interim organizing director from November 2016 to January 2017 and served on PHENOM's Board from July 2016 to January 2017. He graduated from UMass Amherst in 2015 with degrees in political science and economics, has worked as an economist for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and served as the digital communications director for AFSCME Council 93, one of the largest public employee unions in New England. At UMass, Zac helped to lead a campaign against tuition and fee hikes and supported student activists as the opinion editor of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian.

Sydney Little (Organizing Director) |

Sydney Little is PHENOM’s Organizing Director. She graduated from Keene State College in May 2017 with a B.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in Criminal Justice. From August 2015 to May 2017, Sydney was the Chapter Leader for Democracy Matters at Keene State, helping to build a sustainable chapter from the ground up. At the same time, she managed a staff of volunteers and student interns for NextGen Climate, a nationwide climate justice organization. Sydney also served as an Election Law and Organizing Intern for America Votes, a nationwide coordination hub for the progressive community, where she worked to defend voter’s rights in New Hampshire.

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