About

Our Leadership

BAMSI’s Executive Management Team and Board of Directors come from a variety of backgrounds but we all are dedicated to the thousands of individuals and families that we serve each year.

We are relentless advocates dedicated to improving individuals’ lives while changing perceptions about people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and behavioral health disabilities. Our leadership team works collectively to develop and implement the agency’s strategic growth plan through yearly goals and objectives that keep our staff grounded and focused on the work we do each day at BAMSI. Our team is committed to leading our expanding organization throughout the Commonwealth as we work to improve the quality of people’s lives and their sense of self-worth.

Our Board of Directors consists of a dynamic team of diverse individuals with a variety of professional and personal assets. From attorneys to civic-minded volunteers, BAMSI Directors work tirelessly to guide and direct the organization, serving as the fiscal and legal conscience for the 25,000 persons served each year by BAMSI.  BAMSI, a certified minority non-profit organization depends upon the unique talents of its’ Board of Directors.

If you would like more information about joining our Board of Directors, please contact the Board Liaison, Marilyn Marrese at mmarrese@bamsi.org.

  • Reverend Philomena Hare President

    Reverend Philomena Hare
    President

    Reverend Philomena Hare has been a member of the Board of Directors for 13 years, Treasurer for 10 and is now the President of BAMSI’s Board of Directors. She holds a master’s degree in both theology (Boston University) and social work (Boston College) and is a Minister to the Sick at Signature Healthcare/Brockton Hospital. For many years, Philomena served as the Director of Social Services and Family Ministry at the Salvation Army.  Philomena is also an active member of the Rotary Club of Brockton. Ms. Hare serves on the Executive Committee.

  • Christopher Murray Vice President

    Christopher Murray
    Vice President

    Christopher Murray has been a member of the Board of Directors for over 10 years. He is a Vice President of Human Resources at Hill Holliday- a full service advertising agency in Boston. Prior to Hill Holliday, Mr. Murray was an HR Director at Talbot’s and a Sr. Human Resources Manager at Bright Horizons.  Chris has his Masters in Management from Cambridge College.

  • Karla Dennison Treasurer

    Karla Dennison
    Treasurer

    Karla Dennison joined the Board of Directors in 2011. She is the AVP Technology Solutions Group Officer at HarborOne Bank. She has spent her career working in the finance and technology fields. A resident of Brockton, Ms. Dennison has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts. Ms. Dennison has also volunteered for Brockton After Dark and the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.  Karla is the Treasurer of BAMSI’s Board of Directors and is a member of the Board Executive Committee.

  • Joanne Thomas Clerk

    Joanne Thomas
    Clerk

    Joanne Thomas joined the BAMSI Board of Directors in 2010. She is the former Director of Nursing at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital and is currently a clinical educator at Signature Medical Group. Ms. Thomas has a master’s degree in nursing administration and comes to BAMSI with many years of nursing administration experience. She is board-certified as a Nurse Executive through the American Nurse Credentialing Center. Ms. Thomas is Clerk of the Board of Directors, serves on the Medical Risk Advisory Committee and is a member of the Board Executive Committee.

  • Maurice Hancock

    Maurice Hancock

    Maurice “Moe” Hancock has been a member of the BAMSI Board of Directors for many years. Mr. Hancock is a retired electrician from the Brockton Fire Department.  He has served on many other boards including: Massachusetts Association of School Committees E-board; Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association; and the Brockton School Committee. He also currently volunteers on the Board of Directors for Edwina Martin House. Mr. Hancock is a member of the Executive/Finance Committee.

  • David Offutt

    David Offutt

    David Offutt joined BAMSI’s Board of Directors in 2016.  He is a real estate broker at Century 21 Real Estate serving interested buys and sellers across the Commonwealth.  Mr. Offutt has worked in the real estate business for nearly two decades. Much of David’s focuses on the Brockton area so he enjoys the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the areas that Brockton serves. Additionally, David serves on the Board of Trustees at Massasoit Community College and Signature Health Care.

  • Kerline Theodore

    Kerline Theodore

    Kerline Theodore, a Clinician at Steward Healthcare, provides counseling and supportive services to assist acute care individuals and families coping with illness, disability, and bereavement. Prior to Steward, Kerline was an Emergency Services Clinician at Riverside Community Care.  Ms. Theodore is dedicated to improving social determinants of health for high risk populations through innovative, therapeutic services, programming, and policies. Kerline holds a MSW from Boston College and Bachelor’s degree in Community Health and Child Development from Tufts University.

  • Reverend Albert Whitaker

    Reverend Albert Whitaker

    Reverend Albert Whitaker serves as Northeast Region Director Community Health Strategies with the American Diabetes Association. Diagnosed in 2001 with Type 2 Diabetes, he has worked diligently to educate and raise awareness about the impact of diabetes among high risk populations. Rev. Whitaker is fluent in Spanish and served as a Peace Corp Volunteer in South America. He holds a Masters in Urban Ministry from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Rev. Whitaker also serves as Senior Pastor of Christ Temple Church of Personal Experience in Roxbury.

  • Michael Williams

    Michael Williams

    Michael Williams, Esquire has served on the Board of Directors since 2006. He is an Administrative Judge for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents. Mr. Williams has also volunteered as a mentor and coach with the Brockton Midget Football League for 19 years. He provides extensive experience in the areas of labor and employment law, collective bargaining, and human resources. Mr. Williams serves on the Board of Director’s Human Resources Committee.

Our Executive Management Team includes professionals from a variety of disciplines who share a common vision. We’re determined advocates in continuing to change perceptions about children, adults and families impacted by mental illness, developmental disabilities, and behavioral health disabilities. We believe that effective leadership provides a unique opportunity to change old patterns and make them new.

BAMSI takes pride in its commitment to management excellence. It takes a well-run organization to deliver and sustain high-quality services. Our management team is highly disciplined, highly focused, and highly regarded, earning widespread respect and the trust of our funders.

BAMSI is also proud of its reputation among industry leaders. Our senior managers are valued contributors to policy-making on critical issues that providers, persons served, and their families face. We bring a consistent focus on evidence-based practices, and we are dedicated to practicing innovation to help the Commonwealth solve social problems while delivering the best economic value for the services we provide.

BAMSI is relentless in its dedication to changing society’s traditional views of its citizens with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and behavioral health disabilities.

  • Anthony Simonelli President and Chief Executive Officer

    Anthony Simonelli
    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Anthony Simonelli joined BAMSI in 1977 in the Occupational Therapy Department. Following that successful experience, he was selected as a Program Director in 1978. Mr. Simonelli’s outstanding effort resulted in him being selected as the new BAMSI Executive Director in 1984, Chief Executive Officer in 1998, and in 2016  Mr. Simonelli was named President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Simonelli is the principal architect of the agency’s operation, which has grown in budget from $2 million in 1984 to the current budget of $84 million. Currently, Mr. Simonelli is responsible for overseeing fiscal, contractual, business, and legal operations, and is the chief liaison to the BAMSI Board of Directors.

    Mr. Simonelli has been appointed to the Statewide Advisory Board for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program, has previously served as a Board Member for the Social Work Program at Bridgewater State College, and is a former Health Care Consultant to long-term care facilities. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at Massasoit Community College.

    Mr. Simonelli is a graduate of Boston University with a concentration in Occupational Therapy. He received an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership at the MIT Sloan School of Management and an ACE in Management and Leadership at the MIT Sloan School.

  • Vanessa Tierney Chief Operations Officer

    Vanessa Tierney
    Chief Operations Officer

    Vanessa Tierney joined BAMSI as a Program Manager in 1981 and has been one of its strongest advocates and leaders. In 1984, Ms. Tierney was appointed Director of Residential Services and successfully built the foundation for what has become BAMSI’s largest, most rapidly growing service area. In her role as Director of Quality Management, Vanessa designed BAMSI’s first comprehensive program evaluation system which become a lasting framework for quality enhancement and evidence-based practice. In 1998, Ms. Tierney was appointed Chief Operations Officer and has overseen all of BAMSI’s strategic development expanding services while assuring quality, integrity, and best practices.

    Ms. Tierney came to BAMSI with over 10 years experience in non-profit management with expertise in developmental disabilities, family systems, and crisis response. Ms. Tierney worked as Research Assistant and Program Coordinator at the University of Minnesota, Center for Social Research where she directed projects funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Vanessa completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin and has a Master’s Degree from Lesley University in Cambridge.

    As a certified yoga teacher, Ms. Tierney brings a holistic and health-focused awareness to her work. She has presented at numerous conferences and often conducts workshops on topics related to personal growth and development as well as management and leadership. Ms. Tierney serves on the Board of Directors for Good Samaritan Medical Center, a Steward Healthcare Hospital. In 2008, she received the Metro South Chamber of Commerce Athena Award for outstanding leadership.

  • Marian O’Neil Chief Financial Officer

    Marian O’Neil
    Chief Financial Officer

    Marian O’Neil joined BAMSI as the Chief Financial Officer in 2015. Marian has over 14 years of financial management experience. The majority of these years have been in the defense industry as a Senior Program Analyst and Senior Financial Analyst with the Missile Defense Agency and Division Business Manager at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Lab. She also has finance experience in the legal field as Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis with the law firm of Ropes and Gray as well as having been a high school business teacher.

    Marian has always been an active volunteer in her community and strongly believes in the importance of giving back and compassion for others. She was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2014 for her work with ABCD (Action Boston Community Development) North End/West End in Boston and is current member of their Advisory Board. Other prior volunteer involvement includes Massachusetts General Hospital Radiology Center and Rein and Shine Therapeutic Horseback Riding in Charleston, South Carolina.

    Marian earned a Bachelors of Business Administration from Radford University, Virginia; completed an International Residency, Business in Europe and Business Certificate from Cambridge University, Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge, England, and received her Master’s of Business Administration from George Mason University in Virginia.

  • Margot Carleton Chief Information Officer

    Margot Carleton
    Chief Information Officer

    Margot Carleton joined the BAMSI administrative team in 2011 as the Vice President of Information Technology.  In this position, she has facilitated the selection and roll out of BAMSI’s Electronic Healthcare Record solution as well as its new payroll/human resources data system.  Ms. Carleton oversees a team of information technology specialists who work across the organization supporting the technology needs for the more than 120 program locations and more than 2, 000 employees.

    Prior to joining BAMSI, she spent 25 years working at Kendall/Tyco Healthcare/Covidien, a $10B medical device manufacturer. As the Vice President of Information Services at Covidien, she was responsible for applications and acquisition integrations for several lines of business.

    Ms. Carleton graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Management Systems and a minor in Computer Science. She is a member of the Society of Information Management (SIM) and completed a Regional Leadership Forum in 2009 where and she is now a facilitator for the Boston Forum.

  • Lucas Carvalho Executive Vice President

    Lucas Carvalho
    Executive Vice President

    Lucas Carvalho joined BAMSI in 2004 and is the Vice President of Corporate Resources.  In his current position, Lucas oversees housing development, property acquisition, and facilities asset management of new and existing properties, including lease administration, construction, facilities maintenance and safety. During his tenure at BAMSI, Mr. Carvalho has spearheaded the physical plant growth from 50 to more than 120 residential and commercial properties.

    Prior to joining BAMSI, Mr. Carvalho held management positions in the telecommunications where he assisted the establishment of business locations and property/office acquisition throughout the United States. Lucas also supported a women’s shelter in safe and secure property acquisition.

    Mr. Carvalho earned his Bachelor of Science degree in operations management from Boston College.

  • Joy Reed Executive Vice President

    Joy Reed
    Executive Vice President

    Joy Reed joined BAMSI in March of 1999. She has over 25 years of experience in a non-profit environment with a specialty in working with individuals who have developmental disabilities, traumatic head injuries, and mental health challenges.

    Currently, Ms. Reed oversees the Adult Services Division where she has overseen the tremendous growth of BAMSI’s residential network for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries and serious mental illness; day programs for adults with mental health challenges, acquired brain injuries and development disabilities and an array of supports for adults across the Commonwealth.

    Prior to joining BAMSI, Ms. Reed was Director at a community service group in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Ms. Reed graduated from Hofstra University with a concentration in Psychology. She also has a Master of Education in Counseling from Bridgewater State College.

  • Beverly Williams Executive Vice President

    Beverly Williams
    Executive Vice President

    Beverly Williams joined BAMSI in 1999 and has more than 20 years of clinical and leadership experience. She has served in clinical leadership positions at New England Home for Little Wanderers and Dimock Community Health Center. Ms. Williams has provided clinical and managerial consultations to several agencies including; the Boston Public Health Commission, the Center for Health and Development, Hildebrand Services, Inc., Massachusetts Association for Family Based Service Providers, the Children’s AIDS Program, and Head Start, Inc.

    Ms. Williams is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the Massachusetts Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. She is a trainer of the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Score. Ms. Williams is a certified Trauma First Responder. Ms. Williams has extensive experience developing collaborative relationships and contracts with various community providers and state departments.

    Beverly earned her Master’s Degree in Education, Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s of Management from Cambridge College.

  • Aisha Barlatier-Bonny Vice President of Child, Family, & Community Services

    Aisha Barlatier-Bonny
    Vice President of Child, Family, & Community Services

    Aisha Bonny joined BAMSI in 2004 as a Program Manager of Family Based Services a Department of Children and Families. Aisha has 18 years of leadership experience, 14 in a clinical setting. She has worked in the private non-profit sector since 1996, when she began her career as a Case Manager in a women’s shelter located in Stamford, Connecticut. Over the course of her career, Aisha has worked with children, adolescents, adults, families, and the elderly to address a variety of mental health and community health challenges.

    As a member of the Brockton community, Aisha has served on the boards of the South Shore Haitians United for Progress (SHUP), the Haitian Organization for the Advancement of Petit-Guoave (HOAP), Bridgewater State University’s Social Work Advisory Board, and was Chair of the Board of Directors at St. Joseph Manor until June 2017. Currently, Aisha is a Board of Directors member for Covenant Health Systems located in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.

    Aisha earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut and her Master’s degree at Bridgewater State University. In 2011, Aisha was named a “Brockton Woman of the Year” for her work at BAMSI and in Haitian communities in Massachusetts and abroad.

  • Teresa Belsan Vice President of Operations

    Teresa Belsan
    Vice President of Operations

    Teresa Belsan is the Vice President of Operations within the Adult Services Division of BAMSI. In this role, she oversees Adult Community Clinical Services, Adult Day Treatment Center, Respite Services, the Coordinated Care Network, the Massachusetts Care Coordination Network, HIV Services and C.O.P.E. (Community Outreach, Prevention and Education Center) Center, Clubhouse, Elder Services and the Recovery Learning Community.

    As a member of the Executive and Strategic Planning Team, Teresa is an integral part of the clinical and administrative programs for individuals with mental and behavioral health issues..

    Prior to joining BAMSI in 2008, Teresa was the Program Director for the Program Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) Team where she was responsible for overseeing 80 high risk individuals living in the community and supervised a 12-member team of peer specialists, nurses, psychiatrists, vocational specialists, housing specialists, clinicians and social workers.

    As Clinical Coordinator for Sweetser in Brunswick, ME, Teresa was part of the Community Support Program and Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team as well as a program director.

    Teresa holds a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling from the University of Southern Maine where she also worked for a decade as an Admissions and Advising Counselor.

  • Lucille Cassis Vice President of Marketing & Philanthropy

    Lucille Cassis
    Vice President of Marketing & Philanthropy

    Lucille Cassis, Vice President of Marketing & Philanthropy, directs the development and implementation of strategic campaigns for growth, internal communications, community relations, media relations, website/social media and brand identity. In addition, she oversees all private fundraising and operations, including annual and major giving, corporate and foundation relations, grant writing, planned and estate giving, and events. In partnership with the CEO and the BAMSI Board of Directors, Lucille helps set the strategic priorities, annualized marketing and fundraising goals and strengthens BAMSI’s case for support.

    Serving most recently as the first Chief Philanthropy Officer for the Manet Community Health Foundation in Quincy, Lucille put fundamental processes in place for Manet’s fundraising program. Prior, she was the Chief Development Officer for Father Bill’s & Mainspring (FBMS), where over the course of 9 years, grew and directed the acquisition and stewardship of major donors, executed capital campaigns and initiated a planned giving program. Under her leadership and direction, Father Bill’s & MainSpring raised $2M in private grants and donations annually, and more than $1M in in-kind donations. She also held positions in marketing and public affairs at Beth Israel Deaconess-Plymouth (formerly Jordan Hospital) and Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP) respectively, as well as communication roles in state and county government.

    Lucille holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Boston University and a Master’s in Communication Studies at Emerson College as well as certificates in public relations and fundraising from Boston University and web development from Emerson College. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Massachusetts Chapter, of Leadership South Shore, in conjunction with the South Shore Chamber and South Shore Bank, and is part of the steering committee for the non-profit affinity group of the South Shore Chamber.

  • Jill Conlon Vice President of Adult Services

    Jill Conlon
    Vice President of Adult Services

    Jill Conlon, Vice President of Adult Services, has been a leader within BAMSI’s Adult Services Division since 2010, where she focused on improving systems and the sustainability of program operations for 85 day and residential programs throughout Massachusetts.

    Beginning as Director of Day and Residential Programs, Jill manages a large team of individuals who support people with brain injury and/or developmental disabilities. With increasing levels of responsibility, Jill assumed the role of Senior Director of Adult Services where she created an onboarding program for leaders and direct care employees as well as several other strategic initiatives to improve the quality of life and work for persons served and employees.

    Prior to joining BAMSI, Jill was Vice President of Programs for MYTURN, a non-profit dedicated to assisting at risk and underprivileged youth in achieving their educational and personal goals. Working in conjunction with Brockton High School where she also served as Coordinator of Collegiate Services and provided career services, Jill held various roles working on curriculums and career paths for students from under-served neighborhoods. She was also the Employment Consultant/Case Manager for Columbia Metrowest Human Services in Ashland, MA, where she conducted direct care services for mentally challenged adults.

    Jill is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Boston with a Masters in Human Services and a concentration in policy and administration. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from St. Anselm College with a concentration in human relations and work.

  • Tracy Feeney Vice President of Quality and Improvement

    Tracy Feeney
    Vice President of Quality and Improvement

    Tracy Feeney joined BAMSI as Special Projects Manager in 2014 and was appointed Senior Director of Quality and Improvement in November 2015.  She has nearly twenty years’ experience in organization leadership and solution delivery, focusing initially on information technology, and nonprofit management since 2004.

    Since joining BAMSI, Ms. Feeney has made recommendations to streamline and improve processes within the Quality Management department as well as across the agency. Tracy has also initiated activities to address areas of security, compliance and information utilization.

    Ms. Feeney earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Linguistics from Georgetown University.  She is an active member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), Board Source and the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA).

  • Kelly Navarro Vice President of Human Resources

    Kelly Navarro
    Vice President of Human Resources

    Kelly Navarro joined BAMSI in 2018 as our Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to joining BAMSI, Kelly served as the Chief Human Resource Officer for the State of Delaware for the past five years.  During her tenure, she was responsible for overseeing the overall human resource operational strategy, including: talent acquisition, as well as employee retention, training, performance, and compensation and fringe benefit initiatives.  In addition Kelly also served as an internal coach, and a group facilitator to support staff throughout State Government in Delaware.

    Kelly is an innovative and solution-oriented professional with proven expertise in Human Resources.  Throughout her career in state government in Delaware, Kelly has been a highly respected leader with a strong understanding of implementing a customer service approach to human resources.

    Kelly earned her Bachelor’s degree at Wilmington University, her Master’s at Widener University, and her Juris Doctor at Widener University School of Law.

The BAMSI Advisory Board is comprised of a cross-representation of persons served throughout the agency. Advisory Board members provide communication, feedback, and advocacy to the agency. Messages from the Advisory Board:

It’s a great thing.
We try to help.
We take action.
We advocate for people with disabilities.
We spread awareness.
I know how others feel because I’m in their shoes.

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