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Susan YulePresident & CEO
In her role as President & CEO, Susan Yule brings over 30 years’ experience as a senior leader from both business and non-profit organizations. Her extensive knowledge and success in the workforce development field along with her recent leadership role for an international non-profit organization align well with the mission and direction of growth for Career Collaborative. She has served on the boards of several professional organizations including the Utah Technology Council and served as Chairman of the New England Minority Supplier Development Council. Susan currently is on the Board of Trustees for Bridgton Academy. Susan holds an undergraduate degree in English from Bates College in Maine and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from Harvard University in Massachusetts.
Nancy Vescuso Vice President of Workforce Development
As the Vice President of Workforce Development Nancy has overall responsibility for all of the services Career Collaborative offers. She and her team not only provide services for our job seekers but also work with employers and volunteers. Nancy has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles creating and managing programming that helped organizations and their employees’ to grow including Fidelity Investments, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Systems Engineering Inc., the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry, and her own management consulting business. Nancy is committed to helping people break through the cycle of poverty by securing careers, not just jobs, which can sustain a family. Nancy holds a BS from Emerson College, a ME from Boston University in International Educational Development and an MA from Michigan State University.
Marsha SmithDirector of Operations & Administration
Marsha returned to Career Collaborative in 2011 from On-Site Insight, Inc where she served as the Office Manager and Business Development Manager for more than 9 years. She brings 10 years’ administrative experience to her key role in supporting the mission, program and clients. Marsha has a BA in Criminology and Psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas and is currently pursuing her Master’s of Science degree in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy from Bay Path University.
Louise CabralAdmin. Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator
Originally joining Career Collaborative in 2012 as a volunteer Receptionist, Louise has quickly grown to be an integral part both the administrative and program teams. Her strong background in customer service and more than 30 years in the music industry provides valuable experience towards her role as receptionist and Administrative Assistant. Louise is Career Collaborative’s Volunteer Coordinator serving as the primary coordinator for training and scheduling the volunteers.
Rochelle CooksSenior Career Coach
Rochelle brings years of experience working in administrative support and management roles for such organizations as the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Casual Male Retail Group, FleetBoston, and Cummings. Through Beacon Voyages for Service, Rochelle served in Detroit, MI learning how housing demolition and restoration and urban farming could revitalize a community, solidifying her desire to become a helping professional. She was drawn to Career Collaborative because of its mission to help low-income individuals retain family-sustaining employment. Starting as a volunteer, followed by an internship, Rochelle is excited to join the staff as a Career Coach helping others fulfill their professional goals. Rochelle graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a B.A. degree in Psychology and Sociology.
Melissa PazCareer Coach
Melissa is excited to contribute her background in developmental psychology and learning sciences to Career Collaborative. She was drawn to the organization for its impact on helping adults gain independence and empowerment through a lasting career. Before joining Career Collaborative, she worked as a therapist for individuals with developmental disabilities. She gained her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and an M.A. in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College.
Maddy LawsonWorkforce Development Course Instructor & Coordinator
Maddy joined Career Collaborative as the Workforce Development Course Instructor & Coordinator in 2017 after working abroad for several years. She previously taught English as a Second Language and trained local educators on theories and practices of participatory and experiential learning. Maddy is thrilled to be joining the Career Collaborative and contributing to our mission of inclusive and accessible non-formal education in the Boston community. Maddy is currently finishing her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management and Adult Education at School for International Training, Graduate Institute
Starleana D'AmoreEmployment Counselor
In the Employment Counselor role at Career Collaborative, Starleana brings her love of working with people from inner city communities, to proactively plan and take action towards their career goals to help better themselves and their families. She enjoys working in community development, basic adult education and career development. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology with a focus on Cultural Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts - Boston.
Scott MatthewsCareer Coach
Scott brings his experience working in government, and a passion for career counseling to Career Collaborative. His interest in career counseling developed during his time at Boston College, specifically wanting to work with individuals to form career goals and navigate issues in the workplace. Scott was drawn to Career Collaborative due to its commitment to help low-income individuals find stable full-time employment. Originally, from upstate New York, Scott has a background in government, helping individuals interact with federal agencies, and finding resources in the community. Most recently, Scott graduated from Boston College with his M.A. in Mental Health Counseling, where he was a member of a research team focused on the psychology of working; especially about and how work and poverty impact mental health.
Francesca JeudyEmployment Counselor
Francesca has a Human Services background from Bunker Hill Community College and is a Commonwealth Corps alumni who served in the South End as Family Coordinator. She is excited to be a part of Career Collaborative because her passion for positively impacting her community, helping adults build careers, and strengthening families.
Maggie LynchEmployment Counselor
Maggie first joined Career Collaborative as a volunteer in 2016, then joined the staff in 2017. Being a newcomer to the country herself - similar to many of our participants - she truly appreciates the impact and importance of the organization’s mission. Maggie holds a B.A. in Psychology, and prior to joining us she worked as a recruitment consultant, hiring for leading international companies. Now she is excited to be part of the team as an Employment Counselor, helping low-income individuals find continuous employment.