Founding Team

Jake Medina

Co-Founder, President & Chairman

Jake recognizes the importance and disparity of educational opportunities. He seeks to learn from those around him to harness and organize communities into forces for positive change.


From engaging the Worcester community to spending time on Wall Street, Jake is shaped by his experiences in both the non-profit and for-profit communities. A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Jake is currently an entrepreneur in the education technology space.

Sean Griffin

Co-Founder, Treasurer & Board Member

Sean grew up in Bellingham, MA and attended Bellingham High School, where during his junior year he founded a student chapter of Habitat for Humanity. During the two years he was in charge, the chapter raised over $2,000 and contributed over 1,000 hours of volunteer labor at construction sites in the Providence, RI area.

He graduated from Holy Cross in 2016 with a degree in economics and political science. In addition to being one of the co-founders of StEP, during his time in Worcester Sean was the co-captain of the Holy Cross Mock Trial team and a part-time Research Assistant for Worcester Community Housing Resources, a non-profit real estate developer, lender, and property manager focused on creating and preserving affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate income families in Worcester County.


Following graduation, Sean spent 18 months as an Investment Analyst at Boston Capital, a real estate firm that invests in affordable multifamily housing.  He is currently a Project Manager in the Massachusetts division of the home builder Toll Brothers.

Jay Trebicka

Co-Founder, Administrative Executive & Board Member

Jay grew up in Boston's Dorchester and South Boston neighborhoods after he and his family immigrated to the US in 1996. He attended Boston College High School where he was an active volunteer at Cradles to Crayons and the Boston Boys & Girls Club.


At Holy Cross, Jay volunteered at various Worcester nonprofits and was a member of his college’s Relay For Life committee, benefiting the American Cancer Society. Jay currently lives and works in the Greater Boston area.

Jack Peterson

Co-Founder & Head of Marketing

Originally a native of the Boston area, Jack was raised in Canton, CT.  While attending Northwest Catholic High School, Jack served in various volunteer roles at the Hartford Chapter of Food-share. His passion for service was fostered and inspired by his aunt, Kim McElaney, who served as a Chaplain and Director of the Chaplain's Office at Holy Cross for 25 years and dedicated her life to serving others.


Jack attended St. Louis University for one year before transferring to Holy Cross where he is currently a senior majoring in History. Jack has since been actively involved in the Student Program for Urban Development (SPUD). He has volunteered for the last three years as a tutor at Quinsigamond School and currently serves as the SPUD program director for the site. Inspired by the students that he has met in Worcester classrooms, Jack now seeks to help lessen the disparity that exists between educational systems.