Our team of MASSCAP Staff and Consultants is dedicated to changing lives, creating opportunities and ending poverty.
Joe is our Executive Director. He served first as the Policy Director for MASSCAP for seven years and, since 2000, as our Executive Director. He has extensive experience in human services, beginning his career as a lobbyist for the United Way Organization in Providence Rhode Island. He served as a legislative aide for a state legislator from Amherst, Massachusetts, as the Manager of Communications for a statewide association of healthcare organizations, and ran a public affairs consulting practice. Joe has a Bachelors Degree from Dickinson College and a Masters Degree in Political Science with a focus on American Government and Public Administration from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He served on the Westford, MA Finance Committee and the Westford Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
Director of Training and Performance Management
Jessica is our Director of Training and Performance Management and oversees the operation of the MASSCAP Training Center. She also serves a range of human services and other non-profit organizations as a consultant in strategic planning, impact measurement, grants, organizational management, and marketing/communications. Prior to MASSCAP, Jess spent eight years at one of the Commonwealth’s 23 Community Action Agencies as Director of Marketing and Planning, directing all marketing/communications, grants, fundraising, CSBG compliance, and strategic planning efforts. Jess is a Nationally Certified ROMA (Results Oriented Management and Accountability) Trainer and a Nationally Registered Yoga Teacher. Before beginning her career in Community Action, she worked as a writer and editor for an international environmental non-profit. Jess holds a B.A. in English from the University of New Hampshire.
Director of Communications and Member Services
Lisa is our Director of Communications and Member Services. Prior to joining MASSCAP, Lisa spent ten years working to ensure access to high quality educational options; first for a nonprofit charter school management organization managing the national and local marketing efforts as well as supporting the development of new charters, and then for a nonprofit service provider spearheading research and assisting school clients with marketing efforts. Lisa has extensive experience in marketing and communications including international sales management and international marketing program management. Lisa holds a BA in Spanish and Political Science from the University of Rochester and a MS in Multinational Commerce from Boston University. She serves as Board Treasurer of College Ready Now, a nonprofit awarding last dollar scholarships to deserving high school seniors.
Project Coordinator, READYGO
Amaris Kinne is the Project Coordinator for READYGO, our early education and care workforce development initiative. Prior to joining MASSCAP, Amaris spent four years as a Senior Innovation Manager at the Boston-based nonprofit, Commonwealth, managing projects to tackle financial insecurity. Amaris also has experience working on the issues of food insecurity, educational justice for English language learners, and teacher preparation. She started her career as an ESL teacher in New York City and holds degrees in Human Development, Education, and Public Policy.
Chief Financial Officer
Tammy Glivinski serves as our Chief Financial Officer. A graduate of Suffolk University with over 40 years of experience, Tammy has proven success in assisting startups, established companies and non-profit organizations in creating financial infrastructure and objectives for sustainability and growth. Tammy has been working with MASSCAP for more than five years. She has worked to strengthen our network, and she continues to support the agencies and streamline our financial operations.
Kathleen McDermott operates a training and management consulting practice with a focus on improving the management and operation of Community Action Agencies and other nonprofits. Kathleen previously served as the Executive Director of the Montachusett Opportunity Council (MOC), the Community Action Agency serving North Central Massachusetts, for 30 years. Prior to becoming Executive Director, she served as Director of Administration and Finance for MOC. At MOC, Kathy developed and implemented several innovative programs including Asset Development models. She was instrumental in developing the first Community Health Center in the region and was co-founder of the Joint Coalition on Health and the CRA Coalition. She was active on several community boards, coalitions and committees. She also served as President and Treasurer of MASSCAP. Kathleen received the 2015 Ann Kagie CSBG Award presented by the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP). She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Annhurst College.
Patricia Pelletier is the Planner at MASSCAP as well as a member of the MASSCAP Training Center’s staff planning team. Her role at MASSCAP is very diverse and has included grant proposal writing, special project management, trainer, researcher, community of practice facilitator, and systems developer. Patricia holds a B.S. in Organizational Management from Lesley University. She has more than 30 years’ experience planning, developing and managing education, training and employment programs at Community Action Agencies and other nonprofits in Massachusetts. She has worked part time with MASSCAP since 2000 and is also the owner and principal consultant at Pelletier Consulting, working with nonprofits in New England to enhance their planning, management, funding, programming and direct services functions.