Alan Jacobson, Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Jacobson has experience in child welfare, clinical psychology and human services. He previously worked as Senior Vice President of Programs at Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Site Director at South Shore Mental Health; Division Director at the Providence Center; and Associate Division Director of Behavioral Health at Riverside Community
Care. He holds a BA in Child Study from Tufts University, a Psy.D. from the University of Hartford and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Dr. Jacobson has also practiced clinically since 2000, providing outpatient therapy to children, adolescents, and adults and consulting to several area hospitals and behavioral health programs. He has given a variety of community workshops and presentations on topics related to child development and wellbeing, as well as providing training for teachers and other professionals. His hope for Italian Home is to continually help more children in more significant ways through innovation, responsiveness, and ensuring that we are an employer of choice for our excellent staff.
Patti McKenna, Senior Vice President of Development
Patti McKenna joined Italian Home for Children in November, 2016. Patti has been fundraising for the past 20 years of her career in many areas including health organizations, hospitals and museums.
Prior to joining the Italian Home for Children Patti was the COO of ChopChop, a small nonprofit publisher that focused on teaching kids to cook. Prior to that Patti was the Senior Vice President at the American Heart Association. Her role as SVP was to raise $4.5 million dollar annually through three major events. Patti also managed the Board of Directors who was active in fundraising as well as policy work at the State level.
Patti worked with the Government Relations staff to help promote policy at the State and local level. Patti and the board were very active in legislation for the School Nutrition Act as well as legislation requiring all coaches to be trained in CPR.
During her time at the AHA Patti develop Community Impact Grants. These were small grants (25,000-15,000) that were given to small Boston non profits that focused on childhood obesity.
She has an MBA from the University of Missouri, Kansas City and a BS degree from Northeastern Illinois University.
Susan Keays, Senior Vice President of Programs
Susan joined Italian Home for Children with over 15 years of experience in working with children here in Massachusetts. Her strengths include program development and expansion, senior level clinical skills, and strong ongoing management abilities. Susan received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Latin American Studies from Boston College. She returned to her alma mater to earn her Masters of Social Work degree with a concentration in health and mental health.
Sue’s expertise is in child and adolescent mental health, having trained at Children’s Hospital. She has held important child program management positions at South Shore Mental Health, Riverside Community Care, and Jewish Family & Children’s Service. Most recently, as the Director of the Child and Adolescent Division at JF&CS Susan expanded CBHI services as well as developed new, innovative case management and social respite programs for youth with autism. She has worked in residential, inpatient, outpatient, emergency rooms, and homes with youth of all ages. She has also been on the faculty of the Boston College School of Social Work where she has taught the graduate level course “Clinical Practice with Children and Families”. Susan will join us in supporting the children we serve with quality training and expansion of our program offerings.
For fun, Susan and her family love to renovate their home as well as travel to the Caribbean, Europe, and Disney World.
Marie Glorieux, Vice President of Finance
Marie joined Italian Home for Children in 2015 and is currently the VP of Finance. She is responsible for leading and supporting Facilities, Information Technologies, and monitoring Italian Home for Children’s financial activities and manages the organization's budget. With over 15 years of finance and operations experience, Marie brings expertise in organization restructuring, including process and operation improvements, financial system development and implementation, strategic planning, accounting, and business analysis. Marie came to Italian Home for Children with a history of successfully establishing and streamlining financial operations, systems, and internal controls providing enhanced transparency to previous organizations.
Marie comes from a military background through the USAF, has received the Presidents Service Award, and has driven her career and obtained her experience working with other non-profits, publicly traded, private venture capital, and public accounting companies. Marie graduated from Salem State University with a B.S. degree in Accounting.
Kristen Demopoulos, Vice President of Talent & Operations
In 2002, Kristen joined the Italian Home for Children team as a direct care staff member. Italian Home’s values and mission fit perfectly with her commitment to serving those in need of protection, support and resources to improve lives. Kristen’s career in this field began while attending the University of Massachusetts, Boston, when she took a job at the Justice Resource Institute as a youth counselor working with Department of Youth Services involved teens. Her next opportunity came when she took a position with Northeastern Family Institute in Dorchester as a direct care staff and later held a position as a teacher. There she worked with young teens at risk placed in programs with the goal of returning to their communities and families. Working with youth who were in such a difficult place in life was hard but came naturally. By this time, she knew this was more than a job; it was her duty and personal mission to help her community by supporting children in need.
Kristen has held various positions at Italian Home for Children including direct care, teacher, and Assistant Director of the CBAT program. As Assistant Director of the CBAT program she became a part of developing and improving systems to ensure the children and families received the highest quality of care. In each position, she was able to contribute in a way that demonstrated her true commitment to building better lives and communities. After experiencing Italian Home’s work in multiple capacities, she took on a role in Human Resources. This new perspective allowed her to continue to focus on serving her community but in a new way. The broad range of responsibility allowed for evaluation and improvement of practices and policies and allowed Kristen to use her firsthand experience in her roles at Italian Home for Children to help invite and select skilled and talented people to join the team. The transition from direct advocate of children and families to advocate for employees and the agency overall, was seamless. Italian Home mirrors her own values making her work a genuine part of her life.
Sara Shine, Associate Vice President of Clinical Programming
As a third generation social worker in her family, Sara has dedicated her professional career to working with children and families in many capacities, particularly in the mental health field. While in college, she interned for a child welfare services working with children and families in which child maltreatment was an issue. She moved to Boston to earn a Master's Degree in Social Work from Simmons College where her internships involved services to children and families as well. Sara joined the Italian Home in 2004 and has been a leader within the organization for many years, and currently as the Associate Vice President of Clinical Programming. She has had previous experience within the agency as the Director of Professional Services, the Director of the C-Bat Program, and as a clinician. She has spent a number of years doing direct clinical work with the children and families, in addition to being involved in agency growth and change.
Sara is also connected to the surrounding communities and outside of her work with the Italian Home; she is actively involved in helping children, families, and adults in various ways. She has spent years as a Red Cross Volunteer in Massachusetts, being deployed to local disasters as a DAT (Disaster Action Team) member. Volunteering for the Red Cross became important to her after she was a member of a team who responded to a major train crash in Maryland during which she helped connect family members to victims and helped run a local shelter for the wounded. For Sara, this event highlighted the importance of disaster services and the need for communities to band together in times of crisis to help each other.
In addition, she coaches a local soccer team helping children grow and develop their skills while working on self-esteem and how to be a member of a team. She lives in Roslindale and travels frequently to the Washington, D.C. area to visit with her family and enjoys her nieces and nephew.
Susan volunteered for a week over several summers at a camp that reunited siblings who were separated through the foster care system. She now enjoys volunteering with Mel’s Pony Pals, giving children in residential programs the experience of the unconditional love of ponies and miniature donkeys.
Susan lives in the South Shore where she enjoys spending time with her family and working in her garden.
Samantha Martinez - Associate Vice President of Community Based Programs
Sam joined Italian Home for Children in Spring of 2017 in a newly created senior leadership position dedicated to the expansion of our community based services, with an emphasis and focus on expansion of autism offerings. Sam is a natural fit for this newly designed role as she has a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis and autism from Arcadia University.
Samantha has over 12 years of experience working in the field of developmental disabilities with more than five of those years of experience in management. She has worked with individuals ages three through 65 in a variety of settings, including schools, residential programs, day programs, hospitals, and individuals’ homes.
While living in Delaware a few years ago, Sam developed an in home intervention program that is similar to the wraparound Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative here in MA. Sam has worked with children with various mental health and trauma histories and her specialty is autism and cognitive delays. Most recently, Sam was the Program Director for In-Home Services at Jewish Family & Children’s Service, overseeing In Home Behavioral Services, In Home Therapy, and Therapeutic Mentoring in three geographical areas. Sam has aided in program development and expansion of programs, always striving to create programs that are client-centered and individually-focused.
In her free time Samantha enjoys cooking, walking her dog, and Pilates.
Jane Zopatti Lewis, Associate Vice President of Educational Programming
Jane Zopatti-Lewis has been leading the Education Team at the Italian Home since 1990. As the Director of Educational Services, she has seen the program through many changes, challenges and growth. Jane came to the Italian Home with several years’ experience in both education and business. She began her teaching career working with special needs adolescents in a small “storefront” school in Boston and moved into the position of Special Education Administrator for the program, guiding its growth and accreditation. Jane’s passion for helping students who have not been successful in traditional school programs has been the driving force of her career.
Jane received her Master’s Degree in Administration and Management from Cambridge College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Boston College. She has Massachusetts Certification as an Administrator of Special Education and Teacher of Children with Moderate Special Needs.
Jane lives in Sagamore Beach where she enjoys the ocean and bike rides along the Cape Cod Canal.