Meet Our Team
Mary A. McGeown
Mary McGeown has provided executive leadership to MSPCC since 2012 and is responsible for MSPCC’s advocacy for policies, services, and organizational fund development and stakeholder support. Previously, Mary held the positions of Vice President for Programs and Communications Manager at MSPCC. In these roles Mary worked collaboratively with advocacy and professional organizations and state government, managed marketing, public relations and communications projects to promote fundraising, advocacy and programs. Prior to her work at MSPCC, Mary worked in various leadership roles in Massachusetts state government as Chief of Staff of the Executive Office of Healthy and Human Services, Chief of Staff of the Department of Youth Services, and Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Youth Services. Mary holds a B.S. in broadcast journalism from Boston University and co-chairs the Massachusetts Families and Children Requiring Assistance Advisory Board and the Boston Children’s Hospital Board Committee on Community Service.
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Director of External Affairs
Nancy has been leading MSPCC’s public affairs team since 2006 and is responsible for the development and achievement of strategies to shape state policy with the goal of improving the lives of children and supporting families.
Prior to her work at MSPCC Nancy served for 10 years in various public policy roles at Jane Doe Inc., Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (JDI). She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Fitchburg State College, is an appointed member of the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence and serves on numerous state level advisory committees.
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Children’s Behavioral Health Project Manager
Courtney has been the Children’s Behavioral Health Project Manager since 2014. In this role she coordinates the work of the Children’s Mental Health Campaign. Prior to joining the MSPCC, she served as a Policy Coordinator at Health Care For All, where she worked to expand access to quality, affordable oral health care and coverage for vulnerable populations. She is a member of the Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Youth, where she serves as the government relations committee chair. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in environmental and resource economics.
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Corporate Relations Manager
Julie has been the Corporate Relations Manager at MSPCC since 2016. In her role, she cultivates, solicits and stewards a portfolio of current and new agency corporate donors and prospects. Additionally, she is responsible for the planning, managing and implementation of all agency events. Prior to joining MSPCC, she was the Director of Events & Visibility at Italian Home for Children where she was co-founder of the Emerging Leaders Society young professional board. She currently serves on the Young Professional Council of Room to Grow Boston and has a B.S. in communications with minors in management and public relations from Bridgewater State University.
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Deirdre joined MSPCC in 2016 as the Development Associate. Her role includes all gift processing, donation acknowledgements, and maintaining donor records. Additionally, she manages the MSPCC website, social media, and other forms of communication such as MSPCC newsletters and emails. Deirdre received B.A.’s in psychology and English from Stonehill College and worked for the Stonehill College Development Department for four years prior to coming to MSPCC.
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Megan Hempstead, MPH
Foundation Relations Manager
Megan joined MSPCC in 2015 as Foundation Relations Manager. In this role, she builds and manages the agency’s partnerships with private foundations. Megan writes grant proposals and reports to support programs and services and coordinates applications for funding through state agencies, including the Department of Children and Families, Department of Mental Health, Department of Public Health, and the Department of Early Education and Care. Megan received a B.A. in public and community health from the University of Maryland and a Master in Public Health degree with a concentration in health communication from Tufts University School of Medicine. Prior to MSPCC, Megan was a Program Coordinator in Boston University’s Department of Family Medicine, managing research projects related to maternal and infant health.
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Kersten Lanes, MBA
Managing Director, Strategic Development
As Managing Director for Strategic Development, Kersten has responsibility for initiatives to grow and strengthen MSPCC, including mergers or partnership opportunities and new marketing priorities. Prior to MSPCC’s merger with Eliot Community Human Services, she was MSPCC’s Chief Administrative Officer with responsibility for finance, human resources and IT. She joined MSPCC in 2014 following a career in strategic consulting as a Principal at PwC. While at PwC she led new business, mergers, culture change and innovation engagements for large, for-profit clients. Kersten holds a B.A. in economics from Cornell University and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School. She serves on the boards of The Open Door food pantry in Gloucester, MA and Rutland Corner Foundation, a private foundation that supports programs tailored for at-risk girls.
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Melanie S. Lima
Director of Development
Melanie joined MSPCC in 2015. As Director of Development, she leads a team of 5 fundraising professionals in activities that generate more than $2 million annually from individual, corporate, foundation and government funding sources. Melanie works closely with MSPCC’s Executive Director, Board of Advisors, and Board committees to strategically plan and implement fundraising, communications and public relations initiatives to sustain and grow MSPCC’s programmatic impact and footprint across the Commonwealth. Melanie has more than 30 years of development experience holding key leadership positions for non-profit organizations in Massachusetts, Vermont and California including Italian Home for Children and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and has a B.S. in communications from Emerson College.
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Emily McConarty, MSW, LCSW
Associate Director of Development
Emily joined MSPCC in 2016 and in her role as Associate Director of Development, provides strategy support for organizational fundraising, serves as Board liaison, co-leads major gifts, and provides leadership to staff in the areas of marketing, communications, and foundation relations. Previously, Emily served as the Director of Communities In Schools – Boston and has held supervision and management roles at City Connects, Catholic Charities Healthy Families program, Friends of the Children – Boston, and has provided consulting support for Boston Public Schools and the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. Emily is an active advisory board member for Boston’s Higher Ground and a volunteer for Circle of Hope. Emily holds both a bachelor’s degree and a Master in Social Work degree in non-profit leadership from Boston College and a certificate in non-profit executive leadership from the New York University Wagner School of Public Service.
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Public Affairs Associate
Jake joined MSPCC in 2017 as the Public Affairs Associate. In his role, he assists the Advocacy Department with public relations, digital media, project management, and supports the Children’s Mental Health Campaign. During a year of national service with AmeriCorps, he reinforced public relations and developmental efforts at the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange. Jake received a B.A. in history from Saint Vincent College and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Advocacy and Activism from the National University of Ireland, Galway.
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