St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children is pleased to announce that Chief Operating Officer (COO), Alexis Steel, has been unanimously approved by the Board as St. Mary’s new President, effective September 15th, 2020.
Alexis joined St. Mary’s in February 2018 as Senior Vice President of Operations and Compliance; she was appointed as COO in December 2019 and has been acting in the capacity of President since January 1, 2020. In her role, Ms. Steel oversees all internal operations of the agency, 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. Prior to joining St. Mary’s Center, Ms. Steel served as senior global operations manager at Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) where she managed internal and external operations for domestic and international programs, provided financial oversight, and lead evaluation and strategic planning. Ms. Steel 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, she has previously served in a grant oversight capacity for federal and private foundations for both Mass General and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Ms. Steel earned her bachelors degree from Trent University, graduating with a double major in global studies and culture studies.
Cassandre St. Louis
Chief Financial Officer
Cassandre came onboard the St. Mary’s Center 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 devoting her work to SMCWC, she has served as the Director, Sponsored Programs and Accounting at Brandeis University where she supported the post award Post Award Accounting Office over 10 years. Ms. St.Louis has developed a strong sense of devotion for the non-profit sector for Uniform Guidance (formally A-133) Audit and Compliance for over $62M in grants and contracts awarded by federal programs, government agencies as well as cooperate and private foundations. In addition, she has also experience in public accounting working within the Audit & Assurance practice for Non-Profits. Cassandre has received her bachelor’s degree from Suffolk University and achieved her Master’s in Finance from Brandeis University’s International Business School.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Tina Brounsuzian joined St. Mary’s Center in July 2019 and has been recently appointed as the Chief Human Resources Officer. In her role, Ms. Brounsuzian leads the HR department and oversees 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 HR 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 her agency incorporating the modeling and teachings of the Traumatic Stress Institute. Additionally, Ms. Brounsuzian is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the National Human Resources Association. She graduated with both her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and recipient of the prestigious 21st Century Leaders Award.
Chief Development Officer
Heidi Garcia joined St. Mary’s Center in January 2021 as the Chief Development Officer. Heidi 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 Framingham State University, Ms. Garcia has spent her career fundraising for non-profit organizations including M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Cardinal Spellman High School and Catholic Charities of Boston. Heidi has been a featured presenter at the Catholic Charities USA National Conference as well as ACCAP New England. She is a member of Women in Development of Greater Boston, Association of Fundraising Professionals in addition to being a member of the Board of Trustees at Cathedral High School.
Chief Program Operations Officer
Naffeesa Massaquoi joined St. Mary’s Center in January 2021 as the Chief Programs Operations Officer. Naffeesa oversees all the agency’s programming which includes, Adult Family Shelters, Young/Teen Pregnant and Parenting Program, Transitional and Permanent Housing and Education and Workforce Development. Naffeesa is a native Rhode Islander however 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. Prior to joining SMC, Naffeesa was the Director of Foster Care & Aftercare Services at Child & Family in Rhode Island. Naffeesa has over 19 years of child welfare experience including family preservation, therapeutic foster care, adoption, and juvenile justice services. She has also had the pleasure of working with the South Asian, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and African communities as it relates 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. Naffeesa’s passion and scholarly interests entail underserved and immigrant communities as well as access to resources for impoverished groups, particularly women and children. Naffeesa holds an MSW from Lehman College in the Bronx, New York as well as a MS in Nonprofit Leadership from Fordham University in New York City.
CROSSROADS FAMILY CENTER
Charles Smith – Program Director
Adrian Pettengill – Assistant Program Director
EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT – Workforce Development & Learning Resource Center
Betty Sanchez – Program Manager
Education & Employment
Odalis Rull – Program Director
Mary Kerr- Assistant Program Director
MASS MATERNITY FIRST HOME
Mengee Khasu – Program Director
ST. MARY’S HOME