MEET OUR STAFF

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Louise Burnham Packard
Executive Director

Louise is the founding executive director of the Trinity Boston Foundation, having previously held senior development roles at Trinity Church, Harvard Business School, Stanford Business School and the Central Park Conservancy (NY). Early in her career she served as associate director of undergraduate admissions at Yale University.

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Anne Hayes
Acting Chief Operations Officer

Anne brings to Trinity Boston Foundation a strong background in strategy consulting, operations, and marketing.  She began her career in consulting with Strategic Planning Associates.  More recently, she has applied those skills in the non-profit arena as a board member and team leader at Community Action Partners.

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Rebecca Jackson
Director of Community Learning and Racial Equity

Rebecca joined Trinity Boston Foundation in November 2012. Rebecca has worked with Boston youth and families in various capacities for over ten years. She obtained her MSW from Simmons in 2009, where she was trained in trauma informed counseling at Children’s Charter in Waltham.

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Mello Barros
Finance  and Operations Manager

Bio to come.

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Sheila Gunn          Program Operations Manager

In April 2016, Sheila took on a new role as the Programs Operations  Manager for Trinity Boston Foundation.  In this role, she provides administrative and operations support for all of programs, and is also deeply involved in the onboarding of new staff.  Prior to taking on her new role, Sheila was the Trinity Education for Excellence Program (TEEP) Operations Manager and Family Liaison, providing extensive administrative support and strengthening that community by coordinating events and activities to engage families since 2012.

Before joining Trinity Boston Foundation, Sheila served as the Executive Director of the Social Impact Center at Roxbury Presbyterian Church. Under her leadership, the center adopted the former Dearborn Middle School and led in its transformation into the new Dearborn STEM Academy, one of TEEP’s partner schools. Sheila holds a BA in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University.

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Nate Harris
Director, TBCC

Nate has more than fifteen years experience working with at-risk youth. In 2003, he started TBCC’s partnership with the MA Department of Youth Services (DYS), a relationship that today involves providing community-based clinical services to youth at the center of violence the city of Boston. He regularly facilitates Self Care and Resiliency trainings and groups to support frontline youth workers exposed to vicarious trauma. Nate has a deep passion for providing spiritually informed counseling for clients interested in engaging in a holistic approach to counseling to address the mind body and spirit. In the past Nate has developed and led a therapeutic arts program (Street Potential) focused in hip hop music and art for DYS youth. Nate holds a dual Master’s degree in Social Work and Practical Theology from Boston College and completed a Post Graduate Fellowship at the Danielsen Institute in 2005.

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Sophia Brion-Meisels, LICSW
Senior Life Coach, TBCC

Sophia joined Trinity Boston Foundation in August of 2013. She has worked with youth and families in a variety of settings for over 10 years.  Sophia obtained her MSW from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in 2013, where she earned the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence.  Since graduation, Sophia has focused her work on holistically supporting youth who face toxic stress and complex trauma and creating pathways to, and through, educational systems for youth experiencing trauma-based challenges.  As a social worker, Sophia brings her passion for social justice into the curriculum and model development of the Trinity@McCormack program.  Her responsibilities include managing the Trinity@McCormack program, where she supervises two clinicians and two clinician interns who provide Trauma-informed individual and group counseling to a caseload of 20 students. In addition, Sophia facilitates staff trainings and in-vivo support to teachers at the McCormack school and oversees the implementation of Trauma-informed re-regulation spaces for students.  Sophia has been a member of the REAL Alliance at TBF since 2013. 

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Asha M. Ragin
Associate Director of Clinical Services, TBCC

As the Associate Director of Clinical Services at TBCC, Asha helps to create a cohesive clinical approach and best practices for the embedded trauma informed model of care across our community based contracts. As a psychologist she helps oversee the quality of clinical work, provide supervision for staff and/or trainees, maintain individual therapy caseload, and assist in maintaining and supporting community-based contracts. Asha has experience in working with children, adolescents, adults, and families who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, and chronic mental illness. She specializes in anxiety, depression, trauma, and bereavement/grief & loss, especially within the context of cultural, spiritual/religious identity and other related factors. She also works with individuals with a history of substance abuse who have maintained at least a year of sobriety. Her therapeutic approach integrates psychodynamic, interpersonal, cognitive behavioral, DBT/mindfulness, and multi-cultural therapies. Art therapy is also often incorporated in her clinical work and therapeutic approach. Asha has provided consultation and outreach to religious and faith communities. For example, she collaborated with other mental health professionals and pastoral staff in servicing the needs of a congregation that lost a member to suicide. In her spare time she enjoys all aspects of the arts but especially dancing. She occasionally takes modern, ballet, and African dance classes and is a member of the liturgical dance team at Bethel AME.

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Jess Lefler          Director, Sole Train: Boston Runs Together

Jess has worked with the programs of Trinity Boston Foundation since 2001. Inspired by her deep belief that in training for long distance (and often seemingly impossible) races, with the support of strong, joyful community, people can experience greatness and realize what they are capable of, Jess founded Sole Train in 2009. She can often be found trying to convince unassuming folks that running, especially with Sole Train, is incredibly fun and rewarding and to come out and experience it! Jess received a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MA in Mental Health Counseling, with an Art Therapy specialization, from Lesley University.

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Alicia Ridenour
Associate Director, Sole Train: Boston Runs Together

Alicia joined Trinity Boston Foundation in July 2014 and was inspired to become a part of the Sole Train family because of her passion for young people’s health and wellbeing. She has spent most of her career working with youth, from teaching a college, career, and life skills course at Bronx public high schools; to starting a middle school mentoring program for a Harlem-based agency; to supporting programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay and the Hyde Square Task Force. Additionally, Alicia has been committed to organizational racial equity work for a number of years and Co-Chairs Trinity Boston Foundation’s REAL Alliance. Alicia received her BA from Brown University and a double Master’s in Social Work and Public Health from Boston University.

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Nathaly Figueroa                                         Coordinator, Sole Train: Boston Runs Together

Nathaly Figueroa served as a City Year Americorps Member at the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain. She started at Sole Train as an Old Sole volunteer, where she was inspired by the young people who achieved previously unimaginable goals. She is passionate about social justice and continues to build upon the community values embodied at Sole Train. Nathaly completed her undergraduate degree in Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Erin Truex
Development Manager

Erin Truex joined the Trinity Boston Foundation as the development manager in July 2016. Erin previously led fundraising campaigns for her alma mater, Pacific Union College, and provided development support to Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts and EdVestors. In addition to development roles, Erin has worked with the Boston Opportunity Agenda on projects supporting the cradle to career education pipeline. Erin received her Bachelors in Social Work from Pacific Union College and her Masters in Social Work from Boston University. Erin serves as the Co-Director of Fundraising for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Boston. In her spare time, she plays women's tackle football for the Boston Renegades.

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Ana Gonzalez         Associate Director for Middle School, TEEP

Ana has been involved with TEEP since the summer of 2002, joining the Trinity Boston Foundation fulltime in 2013. Ana is an TEEP alumni and has served the program in many capacities, working alongside the TEEP staff to make every student’s experience at TEEP a memorable one. Ana received her B.S. in Spanish and Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth: a degree she hopes to utilize as a high school Spanish teacher. TEEP has inspired Ana to empower youth in urban communities and she believes that, through teaching, she can help them become one step closer to achieving excellence.

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Priscilla Andrade
Director, TEEP

Priscilla Andrade has been working at the Trinity Education for Excellence Program since 2009. Her background of study is English Literature and Writing. She received her undergraduate degree at Emmanuel College and went on to receive an MFA for Creative Nonfiction at Emerson College, where she teaches composition and research writing. Priscilla started at TEEP as a volunteer English-Language Arts teacher, but throughout the years has gone on to co-direct and direct the ninth grade program, facilitate partnerships with Emerson College, and build upon the community values embodied at TEEP. As a Puerto Rican born-and-raised in southern New Hampshire, Priscilla grew up in a bilingual setting and brings that skill to the work done at TEEP.

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Blanca Valentin

Clinical Manager, College Bound

Blanca joined TBCC in July 2016 as Clinical Manager at College Bound Dorchester. Blanca has worked extensively with children, adults and families for over 20 years, primarily with families of color, in a variety of roles and settings. As a social worker, she assessed that needs of children and families to ensure supports and service delivery, as a Family Therapist she provided crisis intervention, advocacy, and case management. More recently she worked as an individual psychotherapist for adults and children with diverse diagnoses and treatment needs; including Trauma, Depression, and Anxiety. Blanca has received post-graduate training in Relational Trauma Treatment at Simmons College of Social Work in Boston and in Attachment, Self Regulation and Competency (ARC); a framework for treatment of Complex Trauma. Blanca is committed to ensuring that children, adults and families receive comprehensive and culturally appropriate clinical interventions and supports that address mental, physical and emotional well-being.

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 Adina Davidson

Clinical Manager of Restorative Practices and School Climate, Trinity @ McCormack

Adina has been working with youth, families, and community groups, for over 30 years. For her, social work has always been a vehicle to support relationships and promote social change. The interconnection between emotional wellbeing and social justice has shaped her work and her life. Whatever the context, she has maintained a strong belief in the importance of creating environments that support and empower, while countering injustice.  She has been a clinician with young people and families, a program manager, a supervisor and a trainer. At Trinity, she is the clinical manager of Restorative Practices and School Climate at the Trinity @McCormack program, where she is part of implementing Restorative and Circle practices, as a way to build school community and address harm. This approach builds trust and shared values, while  dealing with root causes of conflict and  disrespect .  She is also actively working to support collaborative relationships and strengthening the system of care between families, schools and the larger community.

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Gesibela Sousa      Clinical Life Coach, TBCC

Gesibela is a recent graduate from Simmons College School of Social Work. Gesibela was born in Cape Verde and migrated to the US with her family as a teenager. Before joining TBCC, Gesibela worked as In-Home Behavior Monitor at Gandara Center, where she worked with youth and their family in managing and improving behavioral challenges. Following that whil completing her MSW at Simmons College, Gesibela was a social work intern at TechBoston Academy in the Path Program where she provided social emotional support to students. The following year Gesibela interned at TBCC in her last year of her MSW as the social and emotional support at the Saint Stephens After-School Program and clinical therapeutic support at the Couseling Center. Gesibela has recently joined TBCC as the Clinical Life Success Coach at the McCormack and embedded clinician at St. Stephen's Youth Program. Her role at St. Stephen's Youth Program will be to provide clinical consultation to the program staff, case management and crisis intervention as needed. At the McCormick Gesibela's role will be to provide therapeutic support services to students. Her multilingual ability and multi-cultural lenses has allowed Gesibela to work with people of diverse ethnic backgrounds and from all age groups, mainly immigrants where her passion lies.

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Donna Desilus       Manager of Individual Giving

Donna comes to TBF with a strong background in development. She has led consulting projects for a variety of organizations that focus on serving young people, including leadership development and family reunification programs. Donna has also held development roles in support of student financial aid including at Columbia University. She holds a BA from Columbia University and a MDiv from Yale Divinity School. Donna is a Boston native and loves to walk along the bay.