Shaheer Mustafa President & CEO | Contact

Shaheer Mustafa, LICSW, CCDP joined HopeWell in 2016 as the organization was re-envisioning itself for the 21st century. Bringing a mix of private nonprofit and public service experience to his role, Shaheer is guiding the organization’s renewed energy, program growth, and emphasis on creating positive, measurable outcomes. He oversees HopeWell’s programs and partnerships, manages its resources, and nurtures a positive, inclusive, and transparent organizational culture.

Prior to joining HopeWell Shaheer served as Director of Areas for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families Arlington and Coastal Area Offices. While managing child protective services across 31 cities and towns he developed a strong reputation for leadership in improved permanency for children, reducing disproportionality in the foster care system, and leading creative efforts to respond to the opiate crisis.

Shaheer previously served as Director of the Knight’s Children’s Center, a residential school and treatment program of the Home for Little Wanderers, was a faculty member at Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work, Urban Leadership program and is currently a Core Instructor for the Institute for Nonprofit Practice in affiliation with the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. Shaheer’s work has been highlighted in numerous publications and he is widely recognized as a leader in the sector.

Shaheer began his career as a therapist assisting children and families to overcome the impact of complex stress using empowerment and strengths-based models of practice. He received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Boston College and is certified as a Diversity Practitioner from Cornell’s School of Industrial Labor Relations. Shaheer also holds a certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice.

Leah Janey Chief Human Resources Officer | Contact

Leah Janey joined HopeWell in 2017, bringing over 15 years of human resources experience specializing in mid-size nonprofit organizations providing guidance and leadership to senior and executive managers. She has extensive hands-on experience leading HR initiatives including policy design, compensation planning, performance management, recruiting, compliance reporting, HR strategy, learning and development, career pathing, succession planning and culture management.

Prior to joining HopeWell, Leah supported both established nonprofit organizations and corporate startups providing best practices in human resources management in their different stages of growth. Leah’s most recent position has been as the Vice President for Human Resources for YouthBuild USA. Prior to joining YouthBuild USA in 2007, Leah worked at several organizations including, Harvard University, Ethos, Center Focus International, and JaneyCo.

Leah is most proud of her ability to successfully build relationships, build systems and programs and link people strategies to business strategies.

Leah studied Human Resources Management at Northeastern University, minoring in psychology. Her ongoing studies have provided her the skillset needed to be a well-rounded and grounded HR practitioner in the nonprofit sector. She holds certifications in facilitative leadership, diversity & inclusion and human resources management and strategy.

She has an unwavering passion for people and makes it her goal to provide a platform for staff to be heard, respected and treated fairly in all matters. Leah enjoys mentoring young professional woman to help them see their own potential and realize their career goals.

Lisa Rowan-Gillis Chief Development Officer | Contact

Lisa Rowan-Gillis has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit development, donor engagement, and community philanthropic initiatives and brings strategic vision, creativity, and innovation to her work. As HopeWell’s Chief Development Officer, Lisa oversees a development and engagement strategy that is responsive to the fast-moving landscape of social impact giving and inclusive of donors from all giving levels and ages. She stewards community partnerships to cultivate the resources necessary to build out new and existing community-integrated programs and supports that address the needs of foster youth and people living with disabilities at varying life stages

Prior to joining HopeWell, Lisa served as Chief Development Officer for United Way of Mass Bay and Merrimack Valley, where she led fundraising initiatives totaling an annual average of $30 million, including workplace giving, major gifts, planned giving, and annual giving. Prior to the United Way, Lisa was Executive Director of Advancement Marketing & Communications at Boston College where she supported all fundraising efforts including the $1.5 billion “Light the World” campaign. Lisa also served as Vice President for Development and Communications at The Home for Little Wanderers, where she led a capital campaign to build a new school and residences for children in The Home’s care.

Lisa holds a Master of Social Work degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Boston College.

Amy Schneider Vice President, Program Impact and Strategy | Contact

Amy Schneider, LICSW joined HopeWell in 2017, bringing over 15 years of experience in social service and education. As HopeWell’s Vice President, Program Impact and Strategy, Amy is guiding the organization in its overall approach to strategy, leading efforts to increase HopeWell’s impact through innovation and managing to outcomes.

Prior to joining HopeWell, Amy served as the Associate Director at Summer Search Boston, a local branch of a national college success organization, serving students who face systemic inequities that can impact their journey to higher education. Previously, Amy held program leadership roles at Horizons for Homeless Children and The Home for Little Wanderers, overseeing programming that provided a range of supports to children, youth, and families. She has also worked as a consultant and process coach, helping groups and organizations engage in dialogue and implement change. Additionally, Amy’s work is informed by 10 years of extensive experience in direct service, ranging from crisis intervention to classroom teaching. As an educator, community-based therapist, and leader, she has devoted her career to supporting learning and development.

Amy holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice at Boston University, a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Wesleyan University. In 1999, she received a Fulbright Fellowship for a year of research and study.

A dedicated lifelong learner, Amy is also trained in community-based mediation and outdoor leadership. An avid swimmer, runner, and hiker, she heads into the White Mountains every chance she gets.

Harry Bedig Vice President, Finance | Contact

Harry Bedig has served HopeWell for over 30 years as the Controller and more recently Vice President of Finance. As a member of the executive management team, he provides financial strategy and management to ensure proper accountability, control, and reporting of HopeWell’s financial health. Harry also oversees financial planning and analysis to identify risks, opportunities and options that will inform executive decision-making in achieving the agency’s mission.

Harry’s extensive hands-on experience has enabled comprehensive financial systems and controls to be put in place, supported the agency’s technological infrastructure as it grew, and provided the financial supervision necessary to ensure a solid financial foundation. Today, HopeWell is in a strong position to explore innovative programming strategies and better serve its current client base as well as expanding services to others.

Prior to joining HopeWell Harry served as a Health and Welfare Fund Auditor at an international labor organization auditing contractor payments to the union’s pension, health, and welfare funds, as a Staff Auditor at a public accounting firm where he audited federally funded programs, provided financial and technical assistance to federally funded grantees in a series of nationwide seminars sponsored by the Department of Labor, and maintained the books and records of a national nonprofit organization raising funds for child welfare issues, and as a Director of Finance and Administration for a foundation.

Harry holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Bridgeport.

Julie Segovia Vice President, Research, Policy, and Learning | Contact

Julie Segovia is a PhD student in Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University and an alumna of the Massachusetts foster care system. Her professional interests include the social, emotional, and academic development of foster care-involved children and youth and issues of social justice in the child welfare system. Julie has experienced firsthand many of the foster care-specific barriers to post-secondary education, and cares deeply about removing those barriers through innovative and equitable policy and practice changes. She strongly believes that people with lived foster care experience should be meaningfully involved in all child welfare decision-making processes at the organizational, county, state, and federal levels.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts Boston, with a double major in English and Psychology, and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Julie serves on the Board of Directors for multiple foster care-related organizations and was recently named a 2021 Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America Champion by the Treehouse Foundation.

James A. McDaniel, Esq. Board Chair

Jim McDaniel is Chair of HopeWell’s Board of Directors and has served on the Board since 1986. Jim is senior counsel at the law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston, where he has practiced for more than 40 years in the areas of corporate finance, securities law and corporate governance. A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, Jim is a member (past Chair) of the Board of Advisors of MassGeneral Hospital for Children and has served as a Warden and member of the Vestry of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Weston.

Charles Cabot III Board Clerk

Charles “Chip” Cabot is an entrepreneur with an over thirty-year career building technology-based companies. He was Vice President of Human Resources and Operations at 170 Systems, a leader in document management and workflow software. Prior to that, Chip was Vice President of Human Resources and Operations at SilverStream Software, a leading developer of web services. A graduate of Harvard University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in English and American Literature, Chip is currently an independent cabinet maker. Chip has served on the HopeWell Board of Directors since 2011 following in his father’s legacy who was as a long time HopeWell Director.

Nehia Al-Shanniek Board Member

Nehia Al-Shanniek has more than 10 years of experience in teaching, staff recruitment, management, and professional development and coaching for educators in the secondary school context. She joined our board in 2021. Currently, she works as an educational consultant for TNTP (formerly The New Teacher Project), a New York-based nonprofit that works with school systems and coaches teachers at all stages of their careers to improve program quality and teaching practice. Nehia holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston College and a Master of Science in Education from Long Island University.

Adam Benjamin Board Member

Adam Benjamin is a real estate professional with more than 10 years of experience in all aspects of property development, including investment, pre-construction, operations, and executive management. He is currently a Development Manager at Mark Development, which develops retail, commercial and mixed-use properties in Boston and New York City. He joined our board in 2021.

Adam is passionate about community service and has volunteered with a number of local charitable organizations including the Red & Blue Foundation, the Cory Griffin Foundation, and The Home for Little Wanderers Young Professionals Organization. He has also shared his expertise as a CREST (Commercial Real Estate Success Training) Annual Panelist in addition to other community-oriented volunteer activities. Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Williams College and an MBA from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.

Anthony Britt Board Member

Anthony Britt manages the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund and Learn to Earn Initiative at Commonwealth Corporation: a workforce development agency which seeks to strengthen the skills of Massachusetts youth and adults by investing in partnerships with industry, education, and workforce organizations. As a former foster child, Anthony is driven to provide educational, economic, and civic opportunities for children from low-income backgrounds. A 2010 graduate of Harvard University, Anthony has been an instructional coach and program manager at City Year and a middle school teacher through Teach for America. Anthony joined our board in 2018.

Beverley Doherty Board Member

Beverley Doherty is the Senior Managing Director of FX Connect and the North American Head of Currenex, State Street’s suite of foreign exchange e-trading platforms for institutional investors. A native of the United Kingdom, Beverley came to the U.S. in 2016 as part of her employment with State Street. She joined the HopeWell board in 2021. While in the U.K, Beverley served as an elected member of the Leigh Parish Council and chaired the Governing Body of Leigh Primary School in Kent. She also served as a trustee and management committee member for Women’s Link, which provides support and services for women experiencing homelessness. Beverley holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics from the University of Exeter and an Advance Certificate in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Melanie Foley Board Member

Melanie Foley is the Executive Vice President, Chief Talent & Enterprise Services Officer for Liberty Mutual Insurance, where she leads the company’s talent, procurement, brand and communications, real estate and workplace services functions. She has extensive experience leading organizational transformations, and driving talent and enterprise strategies that enable business success and enhance employee experience. Melanie joined our board in 2021 and is a member of the Board of Trustees at Boston Medical Center and Bentley University. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Boston College and an MBA from Bentley University.

Heather Mack Board Member

Heather Mack is a development leader with more than 20 years of experience building and implementing strategic philanthropic programs on both the front line and in management. She served as Vice-President for Development at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, where she led a major restructuring of the hospital’s development and philanthropic operations, and more than tripled annual fundraising totals over the course of three years. Prior to that, Heather spent 17 years on the development team at Massachusetts General Hospital, most recently as Senior Managing Director of Development.

Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Goucher College and an MBA from Loyola University. She lives in Newton with her family.

Shaheer Mustafa President & CEO | Contact

Shaheer Mustafa, LICSW, CCDP joined HopeWell in 2016 as the organization was re-envisioning itself for the 21st century. Bringing a mix of private nonprofit and public service experience to his role, Shaheer is guiding the organization’s renewed energy, program growth, and emphasis on creating positive, measurable outcomes. He oversees HopeWell’s programs and partnerships, manages its resources, and nurtures a positive, inclusive, and transparent organizational culture.

Prior to joining HopeWell Shaheer served as Director of Areas for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families Arlington and Coastal Area Offices. While managing child protective services across 31 cities and towns he developed a strong reputation for leadership in improved permanency for children, reducing disproportionality in the foster care system, and leading creative efforts to respond to the opiate crisis.

Shaheer previously served as Director of the Knight’s Children’s Center, a residential school and treatment program of the Home for Little Wanderers, was a faculty member at Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work, Urban Leadership program and is currently a Core Instructor for the Institute for Nonprofit Practice in affiliation with the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. Shaheer’s work has been highlighted in numerous publications and he is widely recognized as a leader in the sector.

Shaheer began his career as a therapist assisting children and families to overcome the impact of complex stress using empowerment and strengths-based models of practice. He received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Boston College and is certified as a Diversity Practitioner from Cornell’s School of Industrial Labor Relations. Shaheer also holds a certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice.

Quinn Phillips Board Member

Quinn Phillips is a Senior Researcher at HubSpot, a software company based in Cambridge, MA. She is responsible for conducting market and customer research to improve products and services. Quinn volunteers as a facilitator for a Massachusetts-based restorative justice organization. In this role, she supports transformative approaches to resolving conflict and addressing harm in justice systems and communities. Quinn also provides teaching support to the Tufts University Prison Initiative of the Tisch College of Civic Life and is a guest lecturer for the Tufts Experimental College. Having spent time in foster care herself, Quinn is deeply committed to building pathways toward wellbeing, belonging, and success for system-involved youth.

Quinn holds a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College and is currently working toward a Master’s in Diversity and Inclusion Leadership at Tufts University. She lives in Jamaica Plain where she enjoys walking around the pond with her dog and older sister.

Eliot Putnam Board Member

Eliot Putnam brings tremendous experience as an international health consultant in the areas of developing and managing reproductive health, child survival, HIV and malaria prevention projects and programs, evaluating their impact, and analyzing lessons learned from their implementation. A HopeWell Board Member since 1996, Eliot is the former President of the National Council for International Health and has extensive experience in working to strengthen community health among underserved populations across the globe. Eliot is also a board member of Good Shepard Community Care, a leading, non-profit hospice organization and is a volunteer with the Wellesley Food Pantry. A graduate of Harvard University, Eliot began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines.

Alison R. Quinan Board Member

Alison Quinan is a graduate of Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Language Studies and worked as as a Benefits Manager in Boston for several years. A HopeWell Board member since 2011, Alison has also been very active volunteering for the Holliston Music and Arts Parents Association serving as a past President of the organization. Alison was formerly the Musical Director of the Copley Cats, a women’s acapella singing group.  Most recently Alison has turned her focus to the care of three daughters who are following her footsteps in pursuing their education and passion for music.

Casey T. Stratford, CFP®, CTFA Board Member

Casey Stratford is a Vice President within the Global Family Office of BNY Mellon Wealth Management and responsible for providing client service to myriad family office relationships, including virtual family offices and single families ranging in size from $150 million to $3 billion. She was previously Director of Wealth Management and Client Service at Journey Wealth Partners and before that a Senior Relationship Manager, Team Leader and Senior Financial Analyst in wealth management at BNY Mellon. She has served on the HopeWell board since 2016. Casey holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College and attended Emory University, where she graduated as a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor. Casey completed the Financial Planning certification through Boston University and has held the CFP® since 2006.

Adriano Varano Board Member

Adriano Varano is the President and CEO of The Varano Realty Group. He was born in Newton to immigrant parents moving to Calabria, Italy at four years old. Growing up in Italy, Adriano had various jobs where he learned many skills ultimately returning to Boston at 17. Adriano launched a successful real estate business and since its beginning in 2003, The Varano Realty Group is in the top 1% nationwide due to Adriano’s strong work ethic, dedication and networking. Adriano has served on numerous Boards, most recently Beth Israel Deaconess in Needham. Adriano resides in Needham with his wife Kelly and two sons Dante and Luca. Adriano joined the Board of HopeWell in 2020.