Administration and Development
Nancy Vescuso, Senior Program Director – As the Senior Program Director Nancy has overall responsibility for all of the services Career Collaborative offers. She and her team not only provide services for our job seekers but also work with employers and volunteers. Nancy has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles creating and managing programing that helped organizations and their employees’ to grow including Fidelity Investments, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Systems Engineering Inc., the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry, and her own management consulting business. She is also a career coach who has helped many people navigate the world of work and move ahead in their careers. Nancy is committed to helping people break through the cycle of poverty by securing careers, not just jobs, which can sustain a family. Nancy holds a BS from Emerson College, a ME from Boston University in International Educational Development and an MA from Michigan State University. Back to top.
Jean Auguste, Employer Partnership Manager – Jean has over 13 years of experience working in the non-profit field. Jean joined Career Collaborative after dedicating his career serving children, youth and families, most recently as an In-School Career Specialist at My Turn, Inc. At My Turn, he worked with a diverse population of teenage youth providing intensified career/college planning, programming and activities for project based learning. Prior to My Turn, he served as Program Manager and Director for City Year Boston. As Director, Jean worked closely with the Deputy Director and Program Managers to develop the sites’ overall service strategy and objectives, civic engagement and leadership training objectives. Back to top.
Alicia Bortel, Employment Assistant – Alicia joined Career Collaborative originally in January 2014 as an intern before joining the staff as an Employment Assistant. Prior to relocating to Boston, she completed a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University, with a focus in counseling. Alicia feels this is a skillset that is crucial to her role as an Employment Assistant. She has found that helping clients create materials which best represent their abilities and assisting them in achieving full-time employment to be most rewarding. Back to top.
Rochelle Cooks, Career Coach– Rochelle brings years of experience working in administrative support and management roles for such organizations as the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Casual Male Retail Group, FleetBoston, and Cummings. Through Beacon Voyages for Service, Rochelle served in Detroit, MI learning how housing demolition and restoration and urban farming could revitalize a community, solidifying her desire to become a helping professional. She was drawn to Career Collaborative because of its mission to help low-income individuals retain family-sustaining employment. Starting as a volunteer, followed by an internship, Rochelle is excited to join the staff as a Career Coach helping others fulfill their professional goals. Rochelle graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a B.A. degree in Psychology and Sociology. Back to top.
Jennifer Galvao, Employment Assistant – Two major experiences influenced Jennifer’s passion for social work, a yearlong internship with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee in Cambridge and a five month co-op in Bali, Indonesia. During both of these experiences she studied and taught about how one can make positive change for themselves and those in their community. She is hoping to transfer those valuable skills to her work at Career Collaborative, which consists of working directly with clients in order to prepare them for job search. She is a native of Boston and earned my B.A. in Political Science and International Affairs from Northeastern University. Back to top.
Lauren Gray, Employer Partnership Manager – Lauren joined Career Collaborative in 2007 and since then has helped many clients to achieve their career goals. Her work includes coaching job seekers, developing relationships with employers and coordinating the student internship program. Prior to Career Collaborative, she served as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Sacramento, CA where she provided direct service to homeless men and women. Lauren holds a BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross, a Graduate Certificate in Workforce Development and a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management from Northeastern University. Back to top.
Carol Guerrero, Career Coach -With a B.A. in Political Science from Boston University, Carol started her career at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. She worked with individuals who experienced discrimination in employment, housing and education. Her most recent experience as a high school English teacher in Miami, FL has demonstrated her commitment to supporting the educational development in low-income communities. Carol’s desire to help create hope, resilience, stability and sustainability from her work in Quito Ecuador and Miami led her to Career Collaborative. Back to top.
Mary Rae, Instructor/Community Outreach Coordinator – Mary started as Office Manager at Career Collaborative because, although she did not have much experience in non-profits, she wanted to help people. She was excited about our mission and willing to pitch in wherever we needed help. In 2007, she became Instructor/Community Outreach Coordinator. Before joining Career Collaborative, she was a Crisis Intervention Volunteer at a domestic violence organization in Florida and President of the PTA in her community. Mary also has years of professional experience in publishing, radio, educational television, and theater. Mary is a graduate of the University of Iowa and holds two Master’s degrees, one of them a MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. Back to top.
Elissa Ronquillo, Employment Assistant, Volunteer Coordinator – Elissa joined Career Collaborative in December of 2013. Prior to relocating to the East Coast, she interned at the National Council of La Raza-a large Hispanic civil rights organization in Los Angles, California, where she was introduced to Workforce Development. Soon after, she worked at a free healthcare clinic as an intern for a women’s empowerment workshop in Costa Rica. Elissa is originally from Southern California and a sports enthusiast. She graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, CA with a BA in Politics and International Relations, and a minor in Hispanic Studies. Back to top.
Lauren Tracey, Career Coach – Lauren Tracey comes to Career Collaborative from Brooklyn, NY. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Boston University. With a background in business management she has developed her ability over the past five years to understand the employer’s point of view. Lauren brings this experience to Career Collaborative by helping our clients understand how business works through the employer’s point of view. She has a passion for highlighting the strengths of others and encouraging individuals to achieve their career goals. Lauren is committed to Career Collaborative’s mission and eager to help empower individuals to find success for a lifetime. Back to top.
Administration and Development
Susan Fox Schiro, President – Though Susan would probably never say so herself, she is the reason we are all here doing what we are doing. Susan founded Career Collaborative in 1997 to help people who were unemployed or trapped in dead-end jobs build the lives they and their families deserve. In her position as full-time volunteer Executive Director, Susan fills many roles. Depending on the day (or hour), she serves as administrator, fundraiser, teacher, motivator, writer, confidante, role modeland mentor. In her former life, Susan taught management, organizational behavior and theory at Babson, Bentley, Northeastern, Suffolk, and the University of Hartford. She was an operational controller for Connecticut General and an economist for the Connecticut Department of Commerce. Susan holds a BA from Harvard College, a MBA from the University of Cincinnati, and a PhD in Organization Studies from the Sloan School at MIT. Back to top.
LaToya Allen, Donor Relations Manager – Over a decade of business experience has equipped LaToya with expertise in operations management, program development, partnership collaboration, and career development. LaToya is a highly effective coach with a deep understanding of the employer’s point of view and the barriers to job retention. Her passion for helping individuals follow successful life paths extends well beyond her scope of work at Career Collaborative. In 2009, LaToya founded a mentor program that fostered personal and professional development among youth, and from 2011-2013 she served on the Board of Directors at The Center for Teen Empowerment. Her experience in multi-cultural environments, working with low-income, immigrant adults and youth have given way to her “dedication in educating, enriching and empowering individuals to make smart decisions for their future.” LaToya is a Boston native who has earned a B.S. in Leadership from Northeastern University. Back to top.
Sarah Marbes, Development Associate – Sarah joined Career Collaborative in 2013 because she believes in its work empowering people to build better lives for themselves and their families. As the development associate, Sarah researches and pursues partnerships and funding opportunities needed for Career Collaborative to implement its programs. She also creates the newsletter and plans events. Prior to this, Sarah served in two AmeriCorps programs where she completed hands-on service for nonprofits in the Midwest and New England. Her previous experience in development was as a grant writer in Chicago. Sarah holds a BS in Anthropology from Loyola University Chicago. Back to top.
Marsha Smith, Office Manager – Marsha returned to Career Collaborative in 2011 from On-Site Insight, Inc where she served in as the Office Manager and Business Development Associate for more than 9 years. She brings 10 years’ administrative experience to her key role in supporting the mission, program and clients. Marsha has a BA in Criminology and Psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Back to top.