Administration and Development
Nancy Vescuso, Senior Program Director – Nancy has over 20 years experience in Human Resources, including running (and consulting for) her own management consulting business for 13 years. She has worked for various types of organizations including Fidelity Investments, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Systems Engineering Inc. and the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry. Nancy hit the ground running at Career Collaborative: in addition to improving our existing services, she and LaToya are piloting several new group programs. Nancy’s formal qualifications are impressive, but her warm and welcoming presence makes her truly outstanding. Nancy has an ME in International Educational Development and an MA in Mastery Learning and Curriculum Design. Back to top.
LaToya Allen, Manager of Career Development – 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.
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.
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.
Melissa Morsen, Employment Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator – Melissa originally joined Career Collaborative in August of 2012. Melissa’s work is primarily focused on supporting clients through the initial four-week long workshop, which includes assisting clients one-on-one to identify target jobs, build resumes, write cover letters, and verify employment history. She graduated from Lesley University with a B.S. in Counseling, with a Political Science minor. She is inspired by our clients’ ability to make positive changes in their lives and begin to think of their long-term goals. 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 – 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- where she was introduced to Workforce Development. Soon after, she studied abroad in Costa Rica where she also assisted a free health clinic as a program intern for a women’s empowerment workshop. 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.
Haegan Forrest, Director of Development – Haegan has over 15 years of experience in development, working as a very successful fundraiser and volunteer manager in higher education and private secondary schools. Haegan joins Career Collaborative with a personal commitment and passion for helping people change their lives for the better. Having chosen development work as the way to do this, Haegan aims to raise the profile of Career Collaborative’s fundraising programs so that we may grow and serve more people in need of our programs. He is committed to helping clients succeed by sharing Career Collaborative’s mission with those individuals and corporate entities who can provide fundraising and volunteer support. Haegan holds a BA in Biology from the Wheaton College and a Master’s Degree in Sport Management with a concentration in Sport Leadership from Lasell College.
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.