Alexis Steel became President of St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children in September 2020. Prior to assuming this role, Ms. Steel was the center’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) and acting president since January 2020. She joined St. Mary’s Center in February 2018 as Senior Vice President of Operations and Compliance and was appointed COO in December 2019.
In her role at St. Mary’s Center, Ms. Steel oversees all of the agency’s internal operations, including eight residential, education, employment, and prevention programs. She also oversees government contracts, human resources, facilities management, and security.
Throughout her career, Ms. Steel has worked within communities to better the lives of women and children via global health initiatives and programs. Before joining St. Mary’s Center, she served as senior global operations manager at Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech). Ms. Steel managed internal and external operations for domestic and international programs, provided financial oversight, and lead evaluation and strategic planning. She brings extensive experience in program and financial management, working with leading academic hospitals internationally and large multinational corporate companies in the tech, healthcare, and pharmaceutical spaces. In addition, Ms. Steel has previously served in a grant oversight capacity for federal and private foundations for Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Trent University, graduating with a double major in global studies and culture studies.
Cassandre St. Louis
Chief Financial Officer
Cassandre St. Louis joined St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children’s leadership team in December 2019 as the Vice President of Finance. Her primary responsibilities include budget planning, financial reporting, and oversight of agency policy and procedures. Before joining St. Mary’s Center, she has served as the Director, Sponsored Programs and Accounting at Brandeis University, where she supported the Post Award Accounting Office for over ten years. Ms. St. Louis has developed a strong sense of dedication for the non-profit sector for Uniform Guidance (formally A-133) Audit and Compliance for more than $62 million in grants and contracts awarded by federal programs, government agencies, and corporate and private foundations. In addition, she has experience in public accounting working within the audit and assurance practice for non-profits. Ms. St. Louis received a bachelor’s degree from Suffolk University and a master’s degree in finance from Brandeis University’s International Business School.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Tina Brounsuzian joined St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children in July 2019. As Chief Human Resources Officer, Ms. Brounsuzian leads St. Mary’s Center’s human resources department overseeing employee recruiting and hiring, training, professional development, employee engagement, employee relations, compensation and benefits, and policy implementation. Previous to St. Mary’s Center, Ms. Brounsuzian spent nearly the last decade leading the human resources department of an organization offering a continuum of care to children and families with a history of trauma. Additionally, she served as a trainer for the agency, incorporating the modeling and teachings of the Traumatic Stress Institute. Ms. Brounsuzian is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management and the National Human Resources Association. She earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was the recipient of the prestigious 21st Century Leaders Award.
Director of Development
Nora Lehan joined St. Mary’s Center in July 2021. Ms. Lehan leads a team in the development efforts for St. Mary’s Center, which includes fundraising, volunteerism, marketing and communications, and community partnerships. A graduate of University of Massachusetts Amherst, she began her career in direct service, spending two years serving as an Americorps member in Boston Public Schools with the education-focused non-profit City Year Boston. Following her time as an Americorps member, she has spent her career fundraising for education non-profits organizations, including City Year, Teach for America, and the Museum of Science. Ms. Lehan is committed to breaking down the systemic barriers that families and children experience in Boston and believes deeply in the role that philanthropy can play in doing so.
Chief Program Operations Officer
Naffeesa Massaquoi, St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children’s Chief Programs Operations Officer, joined the leadership team in January. Ms. Massaquoi oversees all of the agency’s programming, including Adult Family Shelters, Young/Teen Pregnant and Parenting Program, Transitional and Permanent Housing, and Education and Workforce Development. However, a native of Rhode Island, she brings her New York urban experience as a skilled and holistic-focused licensed clinical social worker and nonprofit leader to the New England area. Before joining St. Mary’s Center, Ms. Massaquoi was the Director of Foster Care and Aftercare Services at Child & Family in Rhode Island. She had over 19 years of child welfare experience, including family preservation, therapeutic foster care, adoption, and juvenile justice services. Ms. Massaquoi also worked with South Asian, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and African communities related to child welfare in New York City. Her additional experience and specialties include child and family services, youth development, domestic violence, child/sex trafficking, early forced marriage, female gentile mutilation, mental health, case management, psycho-education groups and workshops, evidence-based practice, trauma-informed care, client advocacy, program development, and inter-agency partnerships. Ms. Massaquoi’s passion and scholarly interests entail underserved and immigrant communities and access to resources for impoverished groups, particularly women and children. She earned a Master of Social Work from Lehman College in the Bronx, New York, and a Master of Science in nonprofit leadership from Fordham University in New York City.
CROSSROADS FAMILY CENTER
Charles Smith – Program Director
Adrian Pettengill – Program Manager
EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT – Workforce Development & Learning Resource Center
Mark Wigfall – Program Director
Betty Sanchez – Program Manager
Odalis Rull – Program Director
Mary Kerr- Assistant Program Director
MASS MATERNITY TRANSITIONAL HOUSING
Mengee Khasu – Director, Young Parenting and Housing Programs
ST. MARY’S HOME
Mengee Khasu – Director, Young Parenting and Housing Programs
Richard Dorsey, Assistant Program Director
ST. KEVIN’S UPHAM’S CORNER
Lorraine Anyango, Residential Service Coordinator