Staff and Fellows
Stas Gayshan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Space with a Soul was founded by Stas Gayshan, a Boston-area attorney and entrepreneur. Stas Gayshan’s background is at the intersection of technology, activism, and business. In his career, he has worked at large companies and small startups, campaigns, government agencies, and political parties. A graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School, his specialty is efficiency improvement. Stas’s approach to building a collaborative space is heavily influenced by a lifetime of work in the political arena, where he made his mark with innovative uses of technology, including the development of creative solutions to resolve difficult problems.
Stas believes that a similar approach to developing the space that nonprofits and startups work in can greatly enhance the effectiveness of each organization in a given space. To that end, Stas has developed the concept of Space with a Soul to take advantage of the operational efficiencies found when more people are using the same services and systems, and give small organizations better access to resources that greatly enhance their effectiveness in achieving their mission. Prior to starting Space with a Soul, Stas was the Director of Technology for a U.S. Senate campaign.
In 2012, the Boston Globe recognized Stas Gayshan for his work with Space with a Soul by naming him one of the 12 Most Innovative People in Massachusetts.
Stas is an active member of his community in Wayland, where he serves on the board of the Recreation department. He also holds leadership positions in several philanthropic and nonprofit organizations active in the Greater Boston area. Outside of work, Stas likes to cook for friends and family.
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Amy Beaupre, Operations Manager
Amy is a graduate of Seton Hall University where she studied communications and graphic design. While in school she played a central role in her co-ed business fraternity, acting as marketing chairman and serving on the executive board. At Space with a Soul, Amy is at the front desk, making her the first face you see. She’s responsible for office operations and management, making sure that everything runs smoothly! Amy grew up on the South Shore, making occasional visits to the city when she was younger, and now, she is finally getting a true sense of awesome Boston.
Rebeccah Marrero, Meetings and Events Coordinator
Rebeccah is a graduate of Tufts University where she majored in Middle Eastern Studies. At Tufts, Rebeccah was active in the interfaith group, coordinating a pre-orientation for incoming students and acting as president for two years. At Space with a Soul, she is the contact for event inquiries and is committed to making every event a success! Originally from south-central Pennsylvania, Rebeccah is excited to further explore the Boston area. In her free time, Rebeccah also enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, perusing used bookstores and horseback riding.
Ben Rosenbleet, Co-Founder and Chief Strategic Officer
Ben knows about starting up and building business stone by stone. He is an entrepreneur and veteran of the Kendall Square tech startup scene. Ben brings an enthusiasm for and understanding of what it takes to bring a company from idea to operational and thinks that the bumps an organization hits along the way are some of the most energizing parts of the process. Ben is happy to be working with Space with a Soul and eager to share tech startup philosophies with the world of nonprofit and social change ventures, in order to help nonprofits of every stage better achieve their mission. Ben was a Steinhart Fellow at Dartmouth College, in their graduate school, and holds an undergraduate degree from U.C. Santa Barbara, where he successfully launched several profitable on-campus businesses. Originally from Maryland, Ben is actively involved in the nonprofit community of his adopted home state. He serves as board member and in leadership roles for several local and regional organizations. Beyond the office, Ben relaxes on the rugby pitch.
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Todd is a Partner at Foley & Lardner LLP in Boston. He is an attorney specializing in Private Equity, Finance, and Investment Counsel. He is on the boards of the National Kidney Foundation and the Association for Corporate Growth. Todd provides legal counsel to Space with a Soul.
Damien is the Manager of Collaboration Systems at EMD Serono, he biopharmaceutical division of Merck KGaA. He previously worked at Thinking Phone Networks and was a Co-Founder at You Are Media. Damien is the technical advisor for Space with a Soul.
Mike is the State Director of AARP Massachusetts. Prior to AARP Massachusetts, Mike was President of the Carroll Center for the Blind, located in Newton, Massachusetts. The Carroll Center provides educational services, vocational and social rehabilitation, mobility, essential skills and technology training for those who are blind or visually impaired. Prior to his role at the Carroll Center, he served as the Secretary of Elder Affairs in the Deval Patrick Administration, and in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1999-2007.
Susan is the founder and President of Tango Tile. Previously, she held the position of Director at Evercore Asset Management, an independent investment banking advisory firm. She has experience as an Analyst at AG Asset Management and ForstmannLeff. Susan previously served on the Board of Directors at Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women.
Michael serves as the Executive Director of World Class Cities Partnership at Northeastern University. The initiative’s goal is to solve global urban issues by bringing together international groups of city officials and specialists, university faculty, students, and policy innovators from cities worldwide.
Janey is the Principal Owner at Bishoff Communications, a Boston Public Relations Firm. She is also involved at the AJC and has served as the Co-Chair of their Annual Meeting. Janey provides media advice to Space with a Soul.
Michael currently serves as the Vice President of Organizing at NationBuilder. Previously, he was the Chief Organizer and Political Director for the Truman National Security Project, primarily their managing political training program. A graduate of Cornell University and Boston College High School, Michael is also the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the New Leaders Council. In the past he has served as a Democratic campaign consultant. He provides strategic counsel to Space with a Soul.
Dave Levy is a Senior Account Manager at SHIFT Communications, and a self-proclaimed digital media geek, writing about the history of journalism, media and communication from the perspective of PR professional with a research-background in mass comm. He is a regular contributor at Mediaite and Sports Grid on news and sports media, and he has also written for TechPresident and PRWeek on various topics related to the digital world’s impact on the future of the industry. Dave provides advice on traditional and social media to Space with a Soul.
Justin Galacki serves as a Business Analyst for Microsoft’s Advertising and Online Division. He focuses on revenue and expense analysis, forecasting, and budgeting. His background includes experience in finance and accounting for AT&T and Ernst & Young, as well as time spent with a national market research firm. Justin provides business operations counsel to Space with a Soul.