Andy Pond, MSW, MAT – President
Andy, President and CEO of Justice Resource Institute (JRI), has served as the agency's leader since September 2006. He holds Master's Degrees in both Social Work and Teaching. He joined JRI in 1985 as a teacher, and has been a part of the agency ever since. In the course of his varied career at JRI, he assumed roles of increasing responsibility and complexity, including many years dedicated to work with adolescents suffering from the effects of complex trauma.
As President and CEO, he brings a wealth of experience, grounded in his training as teacher, clinician, and writer. He has integrated these skills to become an expert designer and manager of complex systems of care, aimed at assisting children and adults to meet their full potential.
Deborah Reuman, MBA – Chief Financial Officer
Deb began her career in human services accounting and finance in 1995. She earned her MBA from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School in Chapel Hill and passed the Uniform CPA examination. Deb joined JRI in 2003 as Budget Director, was promoted to Director of Finance and is currently serving as Chief Financial Officer. Deb oversees budget and contract development and administration, capital management, corporate finance, and financial reporting. She also participates in designing business and leadership development strategies. In addition, Deb is most interested in designing financial models that assist JRI's leaders' creation of innovative programming responses in the often challenging not for profit fiscal environment.
Mark Schueppert Esq – General Counsel and Vice President of Human Resources
Mark joined JRI in 2005 following a career representing rapidly growing companies in the computer software and information technology fields. He holds a BA from Georgetown University and a JD from Boston College Law School. Mark brings 19 years of experience with employment issues, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, real estate, insurance and corporate compliance.
Mia DeMarco, MPA – Chief Operating Officer
Mia began working in the human service field in 1992 as a Direct Care Staff for JRI. She received her MPA from Suffolk University and completed the Executive Education Program at Harvard University. After becoming a Program Director of Glenhaven Academy in 2001 and then a Division Director, Mia took on the role of Vice President at JRI in 2009 and in 2012 was promoted to Senior Vice President. Her primary responsibilities include overseeing all Connecticut based JRI programming as well as program development, agency-wide. Mia is a member of the Boston Club.
Thomas L. Fisher – Senior Vice President, Executive Director of CCS
Tom Fisher’s effective leadership has produced sustained organization growth since his start with the Community Care Services in 1978. He successfully negotiated four mergers between 1991 and 1998 to achieve the Agency’s strategic goals of increasing market share, diversifying services, and enhancing the organization’s ability to effectively and efficiently deliver services. Tom lead the growth of the CCS division to $20 million dollars in revenue over his tenure and developed a wide array of programming serving young children, through elders. Most recently he was instrumental in negotiating the most recent merger with Justice Resource Institute in July 2013. Tom now serves as Executive Director of the Community Care Services Division of JRI and is a Senior Vice President of JRI. He received his B.A. from Stonehill College, Master of Education from Boston University and is a graduate of the Non-profit Executive Leadership Program at Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge.
Kari Beserra, LMHC – Senior Vice President
Kari has worked for JRI since June of 2001. She received her Masters Degree in counseling from Boston College and is a LMHC. She began her career with JRI as a part time clinician at Glenhaven Academy and then moved to a full-time Clinician, Assistant Clinical Director, Clinical Director, and Assistant Program Director for Glenhaven Academy. Kari was then promoted to Program Director of the Walden Street School. During this time, she also began to oversee the development of JRI’s Community Based Services in the Boston and Metro Areas. In 2009, Kari was promoted to Division Director, overseeing several of the residential schools and community based programs. Most recently, Kari was promoted to Vice President and currently oversees the operations and development of the residential schools and group home programs of JRI in the metro and northern areas of Massachusetts.
Jennifer Miguel, LICSW – Senior Vice President
Jennifer has worked for JRI since May, 1997. Jennifer has worked in the human service field for over 17 years with children and families in residential, community and hospital settings and received her Bachelor’s Degree and MSW from Rhode Island College. Jennifer was promoted to Director of the Commonworks Program in January of 2003. In 2007, she was promoted to a Division Director for JRI, overseeing JRI Regional Resource Centers, Area Lead agencies and several CBHI and other community based programs. Jennifer was recently promoted to Vice President of Community Based Programs where she will be responsible for oversight and development of all Justice Resource Institute Children's Behavioral Health Initiative programs and community based programs servicing children and families across the state.
John Gatto, LICSW – Vice President of Community Health
John first began working at JRI as a mental health clinician at JRI Health in 1994, providing home-based services to adults with HIV/AIDS in our housing and home care programs. Over the following five years he assumed positions of increasing responsibility, overseeing the development of substance abuse services at the Sidney Borum Health Center and then serving as the Clinical Director of the Assisted Living Program. John left JRI in 2000 and held leadership positions in the HIV/AIDS community, leading the merger of several AIDS service organizations in the Boston area. He returned to JRI in 2012 as the Executive Director of JRI Health and now as the Vice President of Community Health. He holds an MSW from Boston University.
Nancy Gentile, LICSW – Vice President
Nancy came to JRI in 2013 as a result of the merger with Community Care Services (CCS), and has been a strong leader within JRI for the past two years. Nancy worked with CCS for 21 years, helping to lead and create change in the agency. Currently, Nancy oversees all residential and group home programs of the CCS Division, along with the CBAT, STARR, and teen parenting program. In addition, she oversees the FOCUS program, and the Intensive Foster Care program. In her role, Nancy will join the current JRI Residential Team, to help particular sites develop the resources and networking opportunities to find continued success. Nancy will oversee and lead all the strategic operational planning across the residential division, including oversight of the southern Massachusetts group homes and the Meadowridge Schools.
Charmane Higgins, MBA – Executive Director of STRIVE/Boston Employment Service
Charmane joined JRI through a merger with STRIVE Boston. She remains the Executive Director of STRIVE Boston while also taking on the role as the Vice President for Employment and Vocational services at JRI. Charmane comes to JRI with years of experience in both the public and private sector. Additionally, Charmane is an active community member serving various charitable and civic organizations. Charmane holds a BA from Wellesley College and two Masters degrees from Simmons School of Management and the University of Texas, Austin.
Deirdre Hunter – Vice President, JRI Developing Abilities
Deirdre came to JRI in 1991 to manage the start up of a community group home for women transitioning from institutional settings. She's grown along with JRI Developing Abilities, serving in roles of increasing scope and responsibility, and in 2013 was promoted to Vice President. The Division now includes a range of residential services, employment supports, day habilitation programs and day health services for adults with developmental needs and elders. Deirdre also serves on the training committee for the Association for Developmental Disabilities Providers. Prior to JRI, Deirdre's career was in organizations that work to prevent and respond to domestic violence and sexual assault. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a graduate of the University of Connecticut's School of Social Work and the College of the Holy Cross.
Rick LieBerman – Vice President
Rick joined JRI in 1987 as Contract Manager and transitioned to Director of Contracts and Information Technology. His expertise in managing complex public and private grants and contracts contributed to JRI’s extraordinary growth in the last three decades. Rick led the adoption of formal computer systems and telecommunications that is now integral to JRI’s operations. During his tenure, he acted as project manager in the construction of new and renovated properties to serve the growing needs of vulnerable populations. Rick developed model reporting formats that have became standard for state and community-based agencies, and participated in numerous workshops nationwide to demonstrate successful capacity.
Deborah Oliveira, LMHC – Vice President
Deb holds her Master's degree in Psychology and is a LMHC. She has been working for JRI since 1999, developing and leading several large community based initiatives including the successful start-up of the Children's Behavioral Health Initiative - Cape & Islands Community Service Agency (CSA). Prior to that, Deb was the Director of the JRI Cape & Islands Family Networks Lead Agency and earlier, led one of the first public/private Wraparound Coordination programs in the state of Massachusetts. Deb's commitment to the Wraparound philosophy and Systems of Care has also prepared our JRI Community Based Services Division to further develop our presence and expand capacity in providing community-based services to children and families in Massachusetts.
Ed Powell – Vice President for Community Engagement
Ed was named Vice President for community Engagement at the Justice Resource Institute (JRI) effective May 2014. His work will focus on building community relationships that will allow JRI to bring its trauma informed programming to neighborhoods affected by violence, Edward M. Powell brings over 20 years of experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors in a career spent working to improve the lives of young people through violence prevention, education and employment. Recently Ed was the Executive Director of StreetSafe Boston a nationally acclaimed youth violence intervention initiative of the Boston Foundation. Prior to StreetSafe, Ed was at the Boston Private Industry Council, where he served as deputy director. Prior to his appointment as deputy director of the PIC, Powell’s tenure at the PIC included almost a decade as the director of school-to-career programs. Ed is a 1986 graduate of Delaware State University with a B.S. in Marketing. He is a 2013 Alumnus of The Partnership Inc. Next Generation Executive program as well as a 2007 Alumnus of Boston University School of Management Institute of Non profit Management and Leadership program.
Jeff Ryder – Chief Information Officer
Jeff has been the Chief Information Officer at JRI since 2012. He has been involved with building and maintaining Information Technology and related systems at JRI and its programs since the late 1980's as Director of Operations at JRI's Swansea Wood School, a consultant, JRI's Network Engineer and Director of Information Technology. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Rhode Island College and began working on JRI's computer systems to improve behavioral data collection and analysis. As his career at JRI turned towards the development of a company-wide information system, he pursued industry certifications including Novell Certified Network Engineer and Cisco Certified Networking Professional. Jeff now leads a department whose members provide networking and desktop support, training, and innovative IT solutions to all of JRI's employees and programs.
Joseph Spinazzola, PhD – Vice President of Behavioral Health & Trauma Services
Joe has been with the Trauma Center since 1999 and assumed the position of Executive Director of the Trauma Center and Vice President of Behavioral Health & Trauma Services at Justice Resource Institute in 2005. Joe received his PhD from Duke University. Joe is a member of The Forensic Panel and holds an appointment at Boston University School of Medicine. He is actively involved with provision of direct services to individuals and providers, serving as a clinician, clinical supervisor, senior trainer, and as Associate Director of our Research Department. Joe is Co-Director of the Complex Trauma Treatment Network, a national initiative to transform large regional and statewide systems of care, operated through our Center's Category II National Child Traumatic Stress Network site award. Joe specializes in the assessment, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of complex trauma in children and adults, and is the author of a number of publications in this area as well as the on the topic of youth violence prevention.
Kimberly A. Thomas – Vice President of Development
Kimberly A. Thomas joined JRI in 2014, as Vice President of Development, creating, executing and managing the strategic direction of development. Kimberly earned her bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in business administration and public relations from Bridgewater State College, and was awarded a master's degree in management from Cambridge College. Prior to joining JRI, Kimberly was involved with New Hope, Inc., for 13 years, serving on the Board of Directors for 6 years and as Executive Director & President for 7 years. Kimberly also worked in the for profit sector as a Credit Union Executive for 18 years. She contributed numerous years of community involvement in Southeastern, MA, having served on several boards and committees and in 2013, she received the Woman of Achievement award from Girls Inc., where she was recognized for personal, professional and community-based efforts, including her advocacy to end domestic violence and sexual violence. Kimberly is also a member of the Mansfield Bank Board of Directors.
Bessel van der Kolk, MD – Trauma Center Medical Director and Vice President of Research
Bessel has been the Medical Director of The Trauma Center in Boston for the past 25 years and is Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. Bessel has taught at universities and hospitals around the world. He is the past Director of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and past President of International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Bessel participated in the first neuroimaging study of PTSD, in the first study to link Borderline Personality Disorder with childhood trauma; was co-principal investigator of the DSM IV Field Trial for PTSD and is chair of the NCTSN DSM V workgroup on Developmental Trauma Disorder. He has written extensively about using neuroscience research to identify appropriate treatments for PTSD and completed the first NIMH-funded study of EMDR.
Stephanie Ward, LMHC – Vice President
Stephanie has been with JRI for 35 years and counting. She has developed her expertise in leadership and operations of intensive treatment interventions for some of JRI’s and the State’s most challenging children and adults. Stephanie received her Bachelor’s Degree from College of the Holy Cross and an M.Ed. from Bridgewater State University. In addition, she has two post-graduate certificates in non-profit executive management. Stephanie is Past President and current member of the Executive Committee of the MAAPS Board of Directors, serves as a mentor with the B.U. Institute of Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and as a Behavioral Health Volunteer with her local medical reserve corp.
Catherine McDermott, PhD – Director of Clinical Quality Management
Catherine came to JRI in 1988, initially as the Program Director of Centerpoint IRTP. Catherine earned her PhD from Texas A&M University. While at JRI, she has pursued Joint Commission and other national accreditations and state licensures for JRI and several of its programs, she expanded her responsibilities and became the JRI Director of Clinical Quality Management. As a licensed Psychologist/Health Service Provider, Catherine is involved with clinic licensure, Joint Commission accreditation activities, and functions as the JRI HIPAA Privacy Officer and Corporate Compliance Officer.
Sean M. Rose, M.Ed – Director of Governmental Relations, Affairs and Development
Sean has more than 18 years of experience in education, treatment, and mental health with families, children and adolescents. He has held various leadership roles in the public and non-profit sectors, and has successfully partnered with state and local government to advocate for and serve youth with complex trauma, mental health, and behavioral health issues. Over his career, Sean has successfully managed programs aimed at enabling youth to develop to their full potential, from residential to recreational. Most recently, Sean was appointed as the Director of Development, Government, and Public Affairs for Justice Resource Institute’s Connecticut division. He earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Lesley University and was awarded a master’s degree in education and school administration from American International College.