MEET THE TEAM
Board of Directors
Devin Harvin is a resident of Baltimore, Maryland and current 1L at the Francis King Carey School of Law at The University of Maryland. An alum of Boston University, Devin focused his studies on history, political science, and African American studies. While at Boston University, Devin coordinated multiple community-building opportunities, serving as President of the student government, interning for the city of Boston and Broad Street Ministry. Devin is a believer in communities, and in each endeavor brings a desire to create meaningful relationships.
William Wingo is a resident of Baltimore City, Maryland and a recent graduate of Stonehill College in Easton, MA. At Stonehill, he studied Marketing and was a starter on the Varsity Football team. William was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer in 2019, his final semester of college. Throughout his battle with cancer William highlights how the message of Beneficial Pain helped him persevere in times he was at his lowest. He believes the mission of Beneficial Pain can be a source of light for individuals facing any type of adversity. He hopes Beneficial Pain will represent a community where people share and embrace their pain but also use it to fuel their future success.
Director of Grants
Alexandra Parado is a student at Johns Hopkins University pursuing a master’s in organizational leadership. She resides in New Jersey and serves as an AmeriCorps member for a nonprofit in Trenton called, Arm in Arm. Alexandra is also a consultant for Butterfly Political Action Committee (PAC), a new organization that addresses hunger and poverty. The aim of her personal and professional life is to engage in the empowerment of underrepresented and vulnerable communities. Her experience working with non-profits has given her a deep appreciation of how nonprofits seek to improve lives—which she believes starts in your community.
Director of Development
Tom Batson is a recent graduate of Boston University, holding degrees in both English and Piano Performance. While at BU, Tom worked as a Marsh Chapel Associate, curating original programming and providing administrative support for chapel initiatives. Tom also served as the Chief of Staff of the Boston University Student Government, working with President Devin Harvin on projects including BU’s inaugural Spring Concert. Originally a California native, Tom now resides in Philadelphia and looks to begin a career in nonprofit management. Tom is inspired by the mission of Beneficial Pain and looks forward to creating partnerships within the Baltimore community.
Director of Marketing
My name is Hodan Hashi and I am the Director of Marketing at Beneficial Pain. My family is originally from Somalia, but I have called Boston home since I was about 3. For undergrad I attended Boston University where I studied Political Science. I am currently taking a year off before grad school to explore many of my other passions from photography to political organizing. I am so excited to be on the Beneficial Pain team and to be working to help change the narrative around pain while building community.
Associate Director of Marketing
Bejeana Breneville is the Associate Director of Marketing at Beneficial Pain. She’s a Haitian-American raised in Massachusetts and currently resides in Boston. She graduated from Boston University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising with an African-American Studies Minor. She currently works in Real Estate. She is passionate about Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity initiatives and has been involved in organizations from undergrad to now. She is excited to join the Beneficial Pain team and be apart of creating a lasting impact on the community of Baltimore and beyond.
Director of Special Projects
Aliya Reveley was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She attended the University of Arizona, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. There, she actively promoted mental health awareness and educated populations on body positivity and eating disorders. She also led an after-school program catering to the growth and development of 5th and 6th-grade girls. Aliya now focuses her interest on social impact work in Baltimore. To her, Beneficial Pain is about allowing yourself to embrace your authentic self, the good and the bad. Presently, Aliya is studying medicine with the expectation of dedicating her life to surgery.
Director of Technology Services
My name is Christopher Smith. I’m a systems engineer for RDA Corporation with a few years of experience in Information Technology. Outside of work, I enjoy anything basketball related. I’ve been playing basketball since I was six years old and it is one of my first loves. When I’m not playing basketball, I enjoy spending time with my closest friends most of whom are founding members of Beneficial Pain. I’m a strong believer in the power of helping others. A quote that I live by “to whom much is given so much is required”. I’ve been blessed all my life so it’s only right I spread love and help to others in need.
Director of Fashion
Armoni is an IT Specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau. She is a graduate of Stevenson University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems, Technology Management and pursuing her masters in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics. Armoni is family oriented and helpful as she loves helping people and animals. She’s a believer in communities and a relationship builder; always trying to find a way to help others. Armoni is inspired by learning new things and coming up with creative ideas to improve something or making something new.
Director of People
Jerel Archer serves as the Director of People of Beneficial Pain. Jerel is an aspiring, former collegiate student-athlete looking to obtain a career-oriented position that would encourage professional growth and development in the sports industry. Jerel is from Baltimore, Maryland and received his diploma from The Boys' Latin School of Maryland in 2015. He was then blessed with an athletic and academic scholarship to Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts for the next four years. He majored in Business Management and minored in Sport Management. Jerel was a four-year letterwinner on the Skyhawks football team. In 2019, Jerel was a member of the National Football Foundation's New Hampshire Society. Jerel is now a Graduate-Assistant at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. He works in the athletic department with the Student-Athletes Services team. Jerel emphasizes the team effort and the relentlessness of will that BP portrays in peoples' everyday lives.
Director of Design
Hafzat Akanni is a recent graduate of Boston University, where she studied International Relations and African American Studies. She hails from Lagos, Nigeria; but, spent most of her life living in Dublin, Ireland. During her undergraduate career, Hafzat was heavily involved in student life and engaged in many extracurricular activities through organizations such as the Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Boston University Student Government. She is passionate about creating a more just and equitable future and is a deep believer in using community engagement as a tool for societal empowerment.