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Robyn Carter, LICSW
Executive Director


Robyn Carter has dedicated her career to providing leadership and service in Boston human service organizations committed to building upon the strengths of children and families. Prior to joining Room to Grow in March of 2012, Robyn was the Vice President of Programs and Services at United South End Settlements and served as a Network Director for early childhood and prevention programs at the Home for Little Wanderers. Robyn was a 2006 Schott Fellow in Early Childhood Education and Care and is now an alumnus of the CAYL (formerly Schott) Fellowship program. She has served on the Boards of the Neighborhood Parents of the Hurley School, and the Massachusetts Association for Early Childhood Education and Care (MADCA). Robyn holds a B.A. in Psychology from Williams College and an MSW from Boston University.
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Susan Bermon, LICSW
Social Worker

Susan is dedicated to a family centered perspective that all people have strengths and are experts in their own lives. She is passionate about working with families to support healthy birth outcomes and child development. Susan has held complex and diverse social work positions within the field of maternal health and mental health, including the City of Boston's maternal public health home visiting program for pregnant and parenting families, 0-5, as well as Brigham and Women's Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit. She received her MSW from Simmons College in Boston and her B.A. in Psychology from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY.
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Shauna Bertwell
Development Associate, VISTA

Shauna joined Room to Grow in 2014 as the AmeriCorps VISTA Development Associate. Previously, she worked as the Child and Family Advocacy Coordinator at a domestic and sexual violence crisis center in New Hampshire. Shauna earned her B.S.W. from Western New England University, where she completed field work that included: homelessness prevention and court advocacy, increasing engagement in health services and census particpiation among the refugee community, and documenting dialogue and events during supervised visits between non-custodial parents and their children. At Room to Grow, Shauna works to expand the organization's financial resources, enabling Room to Grow to serve more Boston families raising babies in poverty.
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Emily Epstein
Community Relations Manager

Before joining Room to Grow, Emily worked as a Marketing Consultant helping technology companies identify new market opportunities, effectively address their competition, guide strategic planning and better serve their customers. Prior to that she held various senior marketing roles at EMC, Sudbury Systems and Digital Equipment Corporation. As an active volunteer with Household Goods Recycling of Massachusetts (HGRM), she chaired their Marketing and PR committee helping to raise awareness and increase donations of goods. With a desire to utilize her skills in an organization whose mission she feels passionate about, Emily joined Room to Grow in 2014. Emily has a B.S. in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University.
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Carmen Fonseca
Strategic Communications Associate, VISTA

Carmen began with Room to Grow in the summer of 2013 as a strategic communications associate through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. She holds a degree in marketing from New York University and a certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the Boston Language Institute.  After a development internship at an AIDS advocacy organization, she was inspired to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector. Since graduating in 2008, she has worked on recruitment, development, outreach and program management for a number of organizations in New York and Boston. At Room to Grow, Carmen assists with promoting greater awareness of the organization through social media and outreach campaigns.
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Rebecca Freedman, LICSW
Senior Social Worker

Rebecca received her B.A. in psychology from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and her MSW from Boston University School of Social Work. She has worked as a clinician with all ages, from birth to adulthood. Prior to joining Room to Grow in 2008, she worked in many different clinical environments including addiction services and most recently at a Head Start affiliated preschool where she provided resources to parents and play therapy to children ages 3-5. She lives in Boston with her husband Jeff and two young daughters, Maya and Sadie.
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Bupe Mazimba
Program Associate

Originally from Lusaka, Zambia, Bupe moved to the U.S in 2003. In 2011, Bupe earned her B.A in Global Studies and Economics from St. Lawrence University. Due to her Zambian roots and travel experience, Bupe has a strong interest in nonprofit work and has written extensively on the economics of poverty. After various sales roles and internships in the financial services industry, Bupe started an Afro-centric business aimed toward economically empowering African artists and designers. During this journey, Bupe connected with Room to Grow and is excited to learn more about nonprofit management as Room to Grow’s Program Associate.
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Mechilia Salazar
Director of Development

Mechilia Salazar joined Room to Grow after spending seven years as the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County where she passionately led board development, financial and operational management, staff management, strategy planning as well as the creation of the organization's first long-range fund development plan. Mechilia also brings an extensive background from the for-profit world specializing in sales, marketing and management. She earned a B.A. in Child Development and Early Education from Colby Sawyer College. She also received a Nonprofit Management and Leadership certificate from Boston University.



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Jennifer Teague
Inventory and Volunteer Coordinator

Jen joined Room to Grow in 2012 after working with Starbucks for six years, most recently as assistant manager in two Boston locations. Previously, Jen worked as a victim’s advocate and programs administrator at a nonprofit organization in Colorado that provides resources and services to survivors of domestic violence. Currently, she also volunteers her time at the resource center at the Women's Lunch Place in Boston. Jen's passion for serving members of her community and advocating for those living in poverty is what led her to Room to Grow. Jen graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2006 with her B.A. in Sociology.

 

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Schyler Versteeg
Program Impact Associate, VISTA

Schyler joined Room to Grow in August of 2013 through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Originally from Florida, she attended Beloit College in Wisconsin, and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology, and minors in Biology and Religious Studies. While conducting research as an undergraduate, Schyler became passionate about public health and anti-poverty causes. She hopes to earn a Masters of Public Health, and would ultimately like to develop community health initiatives. At Room to Grow, Schyler is helping to establish a system to measure the impact of Room to Grow's clinical program. She is also conducting research to identify the program's strengths and steps for growth.

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