Executive Director Doc Wayne Youth Services
COMMUNITIES FOR PEOPLE BOARD MEMBERS:
Kelly Hynes McDermott
Craig Gordon is the esteemed CEO of Communities for People (CFP). With over 40 years of experience in this field, Gordon has earned a reputation as a pioneer in providing quality care for youth and families in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. His journey with CFP began as a Direct Care worker when he was a student at Brandeis University. He was later promoted to the role of Regional Director in Rhode Island to initiate CFP’s programs there. During his tenure, he established a comprehensive set of programs and services to support Rhode Island youth, including family support programs, evidence-based programs, treatment foster care, and independent living programs.
As the Regional Director and Vice President of Rhode Island programs for 14 years, Craig built lasting partnerships with community organizations and became a vital figure in Rhode Island and Massachusetts’ advocacy efforts to provide comprehensive services for youth. In 2014, he became CFP’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), where his responsibilities included managing programmatic, clinical and workforce needs for all programs in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Craig also served on state and provider-led committees and workgroups, where he contributed his expertise to improve the quality of care for youth in the child welfare system.
Following Founder Joe Leavey’s tenure at CFP, Craig Gordon was appointed the organization’s second CEO. He now leads over 180 employees, 15+ programs, a budget of $15 million, and management services for 5 other nonprofits. Under Gordon’s exceptional leadership, CFP has furthered its position as an established provider and innovative leader in youth and family services. He remains committed to developing programs and partnerships that ensure all youth and families receive high-quality care irrespective of their background or circumstance.
Eric Gaboriault, CFP’s COO, graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a double major in Psychology and Sociology and then went on to Rhode Island College for his graduate degree and became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). He is a highly experienced and dedicated professional who has been with Communities for new People (CFP) for over 23 years. Starting as an Independent Living Program Outreach Worker, Eric quickly advanced to become the Director of Outreach and Tracking. With his independent licensure in 2006, Eric transitioned to the role of Clinical Director, overseeing Residential and Foster Care/Adoption programs. For the past 10 years, Eric has served as CFP’s RI Regional Director, refining community-based programs and securing contracts for prevention services.
In addition to his role at CFP, Eric serves as the Residential Committee Co-Chair for the RI Coalition for Children and Families. He has a strong history of building relationships with other community agencies, resulting in fruitful partnerships and the development of new services and programs. Eric’s leadership and expertise have earned him the respect of state leaders and a reputation as a trusted provider in the community. With his extensive experience and deep understanding of CFP, Eric is well-prepared to excel as the Chief Operating Officer.
Overall, Eric’s 23-year tenure at CFP, coupled with his leadership abilities and passion for serving youth and families have prepared for his current role as the Chief Operating Officer. His track record of success and dedication to the organization’s mission make him an invaluable asset to our foster care agency.
Joseph M. Leavey, founded Communities for People (CFP) in 1976. He has held several distinguished positions in the field of child and youth welfare services in Massachusetts, including Director of the Placement Division of Child Guardianship, Commissioner of the Department of Youth Services, President of the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, Chairman of the Children’s League, Chairman of the Special Commission on Foster Care, and President of the State Advisory Board for the Department of Children and Families (DCF). In 1980 CFP expanded to Rhode Island where Joe assumed a leadership role in the development of adolescent residential and outreach programs. Today Communities for People is offering a continuum of care through foster care services, residential and independent living programs, and home based services in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
When Joe was Commissioner of Youth Services he began to deinstitutionalize youth and create community-based programs. His vision was that youth were better served in small group settings similar to their homes. Joe also believes in the importance of Provider collaboration and was instrumental in the development of many provider networks in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Under Joe’s leadership CFP began to provide Management Services to human service agencies that needed financial and management assistance. Joe’s commitment to evidence-based treatment led to the creation of two MIS utilization programs. Placement Solutions in Rhode Island and the Family Reunification Network in Massachusetts.
Sandy Cades is a veteran CFO with over 45 years of experience with 16 of those years leading the financial strategy for CFP. Sandy’s experience managing the finances of multiple non-profit agencies has added tremendous value to the organization. In addition to his primary responsibilities, Sandy is also a respected adjunct professor at Suffolk University, teaching courses on nonprofit financial management.
Sandy is a certified public accountant with a degree in Accounting from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and an MBA in Healthcare Management from Boston University. His expertise in financial management has been leveraged to support the board of Lovin’ Spoonfuls, a food rescue agency in Massachusetts, where he serves as Treasurer. When he’s not engaged in his work, Sandy cherishes spending time with his partner and family.
Joan Valcourt, Director of Human Resources, is a committed and accomplished professional who has been making a positive impact at CFP for the past 30 years. Joan’s career at CFP began as a Direct Care Counselor, where she gained invaluable hands-on experience working directly with foster children. Her dedication and exceptional leadership skills allowed her to quickly rise through the ranks, taking on the role of running one of the shelters for six years. During this time, she further honed her abilities and developed a deep understanding of the organization’s operational dynamics.
Over the years, Joan has held diverse roles within the agency, including fundraising, communications, recruiting, and operations. This multifaceted experience has provided her with a comprehensive understanding of all facets of the organization, making her a truly indispensable asset to CFP.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Boston University and went on to receive her Master of Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. In her quest to enhance her HR expertise, she obtained a highly esteemed Human Resource Certificate from Bryant University.
Moreover, Joan actively leads CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) for the agency, ensuring adherence to stringent quality standards. Her dedication to excellence has earned her a membership in the prestigious Society for Human Resource Management, further bolstering her professional standing in the field.
Sandra is a driven individual who has always had a passion for helping others. It is through her experience as an educator that Sandra discovered the daily challenges that families were facing, which sparked a desire for her to pursue a mental health counseling degree from UMass Boston. Not only is she a mother to her teenage son and 20 year-old daughter, but she is also a former foster parent. Sandra recognizes the importance of family and community values as she is also the daughter of a Haitian mother who instilled the idea of serving others from a young age.
Throughout Sandra’s career, she has held numerous roles in child welfare and clinical services. From being a Therapeutic Foster Care Clinician and Manager of Permanency Services with Family Services of RI and Children’s Friend, to leading the care for children in out-of-home placements with the RI Care Management Network and serving as Vice President of Programs with Child and Family of RI. Prior to joining CFP, Sandra was the leader of Boston programs for Wediko Children’s Services where she provided school-based clinical services and consultations.
Sandra’s experience in child welfare has spanned over 15 years and she has always been proud of the work that she does. Her most recent appointment as the Regional Director of Massachusetts Programs for CFP is more than just a job – it is a continuation of her passion to help those in need, especially vulnerable children. Sandra’s enthusiasm, dedication, and expertise in the field make her an invaluable asset to Communities for People.
Jacqueline, also known as Jackie, Rastella is the RI Regional Director for Communities for People, bringing over 35 years of experience in supporting individuals in community-based settings. With a diverse background in leadership roles and directing clinical, residential, and support services, Jackie’s expertise lies in program development, care delivery for complex populations, and stakeholder engagement.
Jackie’s educational journey includes a double major in Psychology and Sociology from Rhode Island College, a master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Rhode Island, and a Graduate Certificate in ABA for Special Populations from UMass Boston. Throughout her career, she has held various positions, such as Vice President of Horace Mann Educational Associates Day Habilitation services in Massachusetts and Clinical Director for both the Day and Residential services for Behavioral Associates, Inc.
Having worked in the Groden Center’s Network of Programs in Rhode Island for over 30 years, Jackie has had a progressive career, starting from direct care to supervisory and director leadership roles. She has also served as a clinical consultant in public-school systems across Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, as well as a Program Manager for the children’s Developmental Disabilities unit at Butler Hospital. Jackie has even presented at national conferences, focusing on staff training and development, applied behavioral analysis, and inclusion models in the public school system.
With her dedication, compassion, and mission-based commitment, Jackie is poised to enhance service delivery and support Communities for People’s mission of ensuring quality services for all vulnerable populations. Her extensive experience and expertise will contribute to the advancement of the organization’s goals and the well-being of the communities it serves.
Eve is an accomplished Director of Development with a passion for fundraising and social causes. Her journey in the nonprofit sector began during her time at Clark University, where she received a community service scholarship and gained valuable experience working at various nonprofits. With a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a minor in Sociology, and Masters of Science in Professional Communications, Eve’s educational background has provided her with a strong foundation for her work in the field.
Throughout her career, Eve has dedicated herself to fundraising for social services agencies in the Boston area. Her decade-long experience as a fundraising generalist has equipped her with a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies involved in raising funds for various causes. As the Deputy Director of Development at Victory Programs, Eve played a crucial role in providing compassionate care to individuals and families facing homelessness, substance use disorders, and chronic illnesses, especially during the challenging times of quarantine.
Eve’s commitment to making a difference extends beyond her professional life. Having recently relocated to North Providence, she is excited to contribute to the Communities for People team in Rhode Island while continuing to support her former home in Massachusetts. With her remarkable track record of success and genuine dedication to creating positive change, her fundraising expertise, combined with her passion for advocacy, make her an ideal leader for the Director of Development role.
Deanna Morales, a compassionate advocate for those in need, is a member of the Communities for People board. Raised in Providence, RI, as one of eight siblings, Deanna faced significant challenges at an early age. After the loss of their mother to lung cancer, they fell on hard times with their father, who became addicted to narcotics and resorted to selling drugs. Once their home was raided by the Providence Police Department, they were taken into the care of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), where their five younger siblings were split up among different aunts.
Despite numerous hardships, Deanna’s resilience and determination propelled her to success. She completed a master’s program at Johnson and Wales University while working at CFP, where she assumed various positions and eventually became Program Director of the TAP Program. With a bachelor’s and master’s degree in criminal justice, Deanna brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to their work and is known for their unique ability to tailor programs that help others, drawing upon their own experiences as a previous client.
In addition to their professional accomplishments, Deanna is also a dedicated member of the Providence Police Department, serving as an Instructor in the Training Academy and helping shape the skills of the next generation of recruits. She has two teenage daughters and is expecting her third child. She recently married her wonderful husband Jose and they also have a beloved 15-year-old dog.. Deanna’s inspiring journey and unwavering commitment to making a difference make her an invaluable asset to our organization.
Executive Director Doc Wayne Youth Services
David is the CEO of Doc Wayne, a role he has held since August 2011. With over 25 years of experience in the business and non-profit sectors, he excels at building strategic partner relationships and expanding organizational outreach. David’s leadership has led to national and international recognition for Doc Wayne, including prestigious awards like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award and Beyond Sport’s global Sports for Health Award. He has also been recognized by Major League Soccer (MLS W.O.R.K.S.) New England Community MVP and selected as a Social Innovator by the Social Innovation Forum.
A former college soccer player, David has been involved in sport-based youth development since 2008. Passionate about making a positive impact on young lives, he understands the transformative power of sports. With a Bachelor of Science degree from Babson College and an MBA from Bentley University, David combines his academic knowledge with his dedication to empower individuals and break down barriers. His contributions to the field of sport-based youth development continue to inspire and create lasting change.
Through his visionary leadership, David has transformed Doc Wayne into a renowned organization. His commitment to empowering young individuals and building partner relationships has garnered national and international recognition. With a background in sports and a passion for making a difference, David’s influence extends beyond the realm of sport-based youth development.
Jim Vincent is a dynamic leader who has made significant contributions in promoting diversity and inclusive communities. He served six terms as the president of the NAACP Providence Branch, and he is currently the Housing Committee Chairperson at the NAACP New England Area Conference. Jim’s unwavering dedication and passion for social justice have propelled him to the forefront of the fight for equality. With a career spanning over two decades in housing and community development, Jim brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role as Manager of Constituent Advocacy at Rhode Island Housing, where he works to empower underserved communities through outreach and technical assistance.
Jim’s commitment to affordable housing and minority issues goes beyond his professional commitments. He has served on numerous boards and organizations such as the Urban League of RI, the Providence Public Library, and the East Bay Community Action. In addition, he has co-chaired RI Minority Enterprise Development Week and held important media roles in events like the RI Black Heritage Society Ball and the RI Cape Verdean Common Threads conference. Jim’s dedication can be seen in his various leadership positions, including vice president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and spokesperson for the African Alliance of RI.
Academically, Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Born and raised in Boston’s South End, he gained valuable experience working in local and state government as well as non-profit organizations. As the Housing Coordinator for the City of East Providence, he further solidified his expertise in community development. Jim’s commitment to diversity, civic engagement, and community development is remarkable, and his leadership continues to make a meaningful impact in creating a more inclusive society. He will undoubtedly contribute to our mission of providing safe and inclusive environments for foster youth, while advocating for equitable opportunities and support for all.
Susan is an integral part of the foster care agency, bringing her invaluable expertise and experience in child welfare law. With over three decades of experience practicing child welfare law in Rhode Island, Susan has a deep understanding of the complexities and nuances involved in handling cases involving children in the care of the Department of Children, Youth and Families. She has worked tirelessly to ensure the safety, well-being, and rights of the children under her supervision. Her vast experience includes serving as a guardian ad litem for children, as Senior Legal Counsel for DCYF, and as a hearing officer for the same agency. She has also worked on behalf of juveniles, parents, foster parents, and adoption agencies, advocating for their best interests and ensuring justice for all.
When not working, Susan channels her boundless energy and passion into her hobbies. Having recently retired, she has embraced the joys of spending time with her two golden retrievers, traveling, and cultivating her garden. Susan’s passion for life and her tireless commitment to the welfare of the children under her care are an inspiration to all.
Kelly Hynes McDermott
Kelly is an exceptional professional with more than fifteen years of experience in Marketing, Public Relations, and Special Events, which she brings to her role as a board member with dedication and accomplishment. Starting her career as a Public Relations Executive for prestigious retailers Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s, Kelly honed her skills in brand awareness, media relations, and marketing programs through the lens of fashion and philanthropy. She believes that purpose-driven brands are the most beloved and impactful ones.
Following a break to raise her three children, Kelly returned to her roots in the Marketing and PR industry, and she founded Hynes Communications. Kelly’s firm works with innovative leaders in various industries, including nonprofits, professional services, healthcare, and more. She particularly enjoys helping small to mid-size businesses sharpen their brand identity and grow their business to make a difference in the world.
Additionally, Kelly is an alumna of Dana Hall in Wellesley and holds a B.A. degree from Boston College. These educational experiences have given her a strong background and a deep appreciation for advocating women’s empowerment and education in her community. With an active presence on several boards, including the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston and Communities for People, she is a Needham Bank corporator. Kelly thrives on new challenges and is dedicated to making a real impact in both her professional and personal life.
Boyce Slayman is a seasoned professional with an impressive track record of success in providing transformational leadership to non-profit organizations. He has decades of experience in the sector, providing organizational development, management, and community relations services. He is best known for his role as executive director of the Providers Council, a statewide association of community-based organizations where he represented the industry on Beacon Hill as a registered lobbyist.
In addition, Boyce has a deep understanding of the political landscape and has served as a political consultant for public officials and political parties in local, national, and international campaigns. He has also held several directorships, including the American Society of Association Executives, the National Council of Nonprofit Associations, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and the Boston Chapter of the NAACP, among others.
Boyce’s comprehensive experience, combined with his graduate certificate in Conflict Resolution, has given him the expertise and knowledge to effectively handle complex issues and situations. His dedication to the non-profit sector is unwavering, and he has been instrumental in supporting several organizations’ growth and development.
David J. Dubinsky, an Attorney in private practice, is a dedicated board member. Born and raised in Lynn, Massachusetts, David’s upbringing instilled a passion for helping others, which he continues to carry forward.
With an impressive educational background from Lynn English High School, Brandeis University, UMass Amherst, and the Boston University School of Law, David brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role. He has also shared his expertise as an adjunct instructor at esteemed institutions such as Newberry College, the University of California, and Boston University.
Through his involvement with Communities for People and previous roles as a member of the JCC Board of Directors and the Vinfen Human Rights Committee, David channels his desire to create a better community. Inspired by his parents’ tireless dedication to supporting “New Americans” and advocating for improved services in Lynn Schools, David aims to make a lasting impact on the lives of children and families in need.
Patrick Martin has been serving as the Treasurer of Communities for People since 2018, bringing his extensive experience in child welfare to his crucial role. As a Partner in the NFP Division of KLR, Patrick has worked closely with numerous organizations dealing with Child Welfare in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. His dedication to making a positive impact in the lives of vulnerable children is evident in his notable achievements and certifications.
Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Rhode Island. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the RI and MA Societies of CPA’s not for profit committees. In addition, Patrick is currently the treasurer of three not-for-profit organizations, further demonstrating his commitment to fostering financial stability and sustainability in the non-profit sector.
Beyond his role with Communities for People, Patrick is actively involved in advocacy and professional groups. He is a member of the Providers Council network and the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN), leveraging his expertise to support the broader community of non-profit organizations. Moreover, Patrick is an alumni of Leadership Rhode Island, having graduated as part of the Class of 2011. Patrick’s dedication to improving the lives of children makes him a valuable asset to Communities for People.