Joanne Quinlan-Roberts, Champion of Mentoring 2013 honoree

The need for a strong community, especially for our youth, is more significant than ever. We are thrilled to share with you our three 2013 Champions of Mentoring – individuals and organizations that are committed to strengthening our communities through fueling the youth mentoring movement. Our Champions have gone above and beyond to support mentoring and advance our cause to bring more caring adults into the lives of young people. We will share their stories over the next several days, and they will be honored at our Champions of Mentoring Breakfast at Fenway Park on May 24.

JoanneslideThree-time The Boston Marathon®/Team MMP runner Joanne Quinlan-Roberts is one of our Champions of Mentoring in 2013, and we are thrilled to honor her commitment to fueling the movement for quality youth mentoring.

Joanne is deeply invested in mentoring, and has sat on the board at Family Service, Inc. of Lawrence for almost 20 years. When she applied to run for Team MMP in 2011, she said she always wanted "to support a smaller charity, where I knew (how the money) would be spent. It has been the perfect connection to run for Mass Mentoring."

Joanne, the East Regional Controller for KPMG, has raised close to $17,000 over the last three years in support of quality youth mentoring, and feels great about her experience as a charity runner.

"I felt supported by Coach Rick (Muhr) and felt so connected to MMP, and how the money we raised meant so much to so many people," she says.

For her long-standing support of the youth mentoring movement and for raising mentoring's profile through her Boston Marathon commitment, Joanne's Champions of Mentoring 2013 honor is well-deserved.