Shaheer Mustafa President & CEO

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 B.S. 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 Vice President, Human Resources

Leah 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.

Amy Schneider Vice President, Programs

Amy brings a strong mix of management, consulting, program development and evaluation, group facilitation, youth leadership development, and clinical, teaching and research experience to her role as Vice President for Programs.

Amy has demonstrated success in a variety of settings by integrating her analytical and leadership skills with her deep passion for social justice. Most recently, she 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. While leading an office serving nearly 1,000 high school and college students, Amy grew the team by 45% and improved services by creating infrastructure and systems to better support staff.

Previously, Amy held program leadership roles as the Senior Director of Family Partnerships and Clinical Practice at Horizons for Homeless Children and as a Clinical Coordinator at The Home for Little Wanderers. She has also worked as a consultant and process coach, helping groups and organizations engage in dialogue and implement change. Amy’s work leading programs 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

Harry 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 B.S. in Accounting from the University of Bridgeport

Barbara Duffy Vice President, Advancement

Barbara has dedicated her career to improving opportunities for young adults and individuals with disabilities. She is a results-driven leader with extensive development experience as both the founder and Executive Director of a youth development agency, MY TURN, Inc. as well as the Vice President of Development at BAMSI, a Massachusetts human service agency.  Barbara has a proven ability to develop cross-functional team leadership driving performance, program improvement and quality initiatives while leading an organization to grow to scale.

Barbara is a nationally recognized non-profit leader in the youth development field having developed innovative, successful programs serving young adults. Barbara is a strategic relationship builder and collaborator who has built strong partnerships across various sectors. Barbara has helped to develop, mentor and facilitate dynamic, non-profit leaders.

Barbara possesses deep experience and success in leveraging resources from public and private sources.  She has diversified and expanded revenue streams including securing national funding from prestigious, data-driven foundations. Barbara has also been successful at building a network of private support from compassionate individual donors and values-driven corporations.  Barbara’s fundraising success has expanded opportunities for young adults as they transition from education to careers as well as enable more individuals with disabilities to receive quality program services

Barbara holds a Master’s in Education as well as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Leadership and Management. Barbara has provided executive coaching, program design, best practice grant-writing and fundraising strategies to organizations and leaders across the country in partnership with the US Department of Labor.  Barbara received the Executive Director of the Year from the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, the Community Cornerstone Award from Women in Development as well as the Athena Award from the Metro South Chamber of Commerce.

Barbara is most proud of her efforts in raising four wonderful adults working to balance family and career. In her free time, Barbara enjoys sitting with family at the beautiful beaches in Rhode Island.

James A. McDaniel, Esq. Chairman

Jim is Chairman of HopeWell’s Board of Directors and has served on the Board since 1986.  Jim is senior counsel at Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston, one of the nation’s premier law firms focused nationally and internationally. He is one of the leading members of the corporate bar in Massachusetts and has more than 40 years of experience in corporate finance, securities law and corporate governance. A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, is a member 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 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 BA 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.

Anthony Britt Board Member

As a former foster child, Anthony is driven to provide educational, economic, and civic opportunities for children from low-income backgrounds. Anthony 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. 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.

Natalie F. Colmore

“Nini” spent the last 20 years of her career in the field of development for several Massachusetts nonprofits including Boston University as a Major Gifts Officer and Forest Hill Educational Trust as Director of Development raising funds to preserve historic Forest Hill Cemetery.  She served for over two decades as a trustee of the Dedham Institute for Savings where she was a committee member for the Bank’s Community Reinvestment Act. She also serves on the Board of Visitors of Sherrill House, a not for profit skilled nursing and rehabilitation center and served as Board member of Dedham Square Circle in support of the revitalization of Dedham Square.  Nini joined the Hopewell Board in 2000.

Shaheer Mustafa President & CEO

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 B.S. 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.

Eliot Putnam Board Member

Eliot 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 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 is Director of Wealth Management and Client Service at Journey Wealth Partners in Concord, MA where she is responsible for managing client relationships and all financial planning.  Prior to her current role at Journey Wealth Partners, Casey spent 16 years at BNY Mellon Financial Services where she was a Senior Relationship Manager, a Team Leader and a Senior Financial Analyst in wealth management.  Casey received her BS from Boston College and attended Emory University where she graduated as a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor. Casey was elected to the HopeWell board in 2016.

Adriano Varano Board of Directors

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.”

Julie Wisnia Board Member

Julie joined the HopeWell Board in 2018 and is currently a doctoral student and research assistant in Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. As a former foster child, Julie has a strong interest in the child welfare system. Her research interests include the social, emotional, and academic development of children growing up in foster care, inclusion of children’s home context and cultural communities in early childhood education, and educational, employment, and health trajectories of youth ageing-out of the foster care system. Julie is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Boston and also has her Master of Science degree in speech and language pathology.  She is a cancer survivor and a Pan Mass Challenge cyclist.