Meet the staff
Lisa Funaro, LICSW – Executive Director
(617) 964-6273 ext. 113, email@example.com
Lisa has over 35 years of experience in the adoption field. She began her career as an intern and then recruitment coordinator at MARE in the 1980's. Before returning to MARE as Executive Director in 2006, she served as Executive Director of the Ocean State Adoption Resource Exchange, now Adoption Rhode Island. She was also the Director of Adoption for Cambridge Family & Children’s Service and directed adoption programs for Act of Love Adoptions and Boston Children’s Services. Lisa is ultimately responsible for all of MARE’s programs, services, budgets, and equipment and oversees a staff of 16. Lisa was nominated by Congressman Joseph Kennedy III and was named a 2013 Angels in Adoption honoree by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.
Bridget Chiaruttini, LICSW - Associate Director
(617) 964-6273 ext. 112, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridget has over 15 years of experience in the adoption field. Before joining the MARE staff, she was the Clinical Coordinator and then Program Director for a Boston adoption and foster care program. Bridget was first hired at MARE to manage all of MARE's child recruitment and family support programs and in September of 2016 assumed the Associate Director position. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the agency’s child recruitment, family support, communications, and public relations functions.
Kimberly N. Sheppard, MSW – Director of Child Services
(617) 964-6273 ext. 120, email@example.com
Kimberly has over 25 years of experience in the field of child welfare, specifically specializing in permanency for children in foster care. She began her career as a social worker with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, where she also served in a number of other professional capacities, including as a Foster Care Reviewer and Program Coordinator, before moving on to serve as the Youth Engagement Supervisor for BUILD – a non-profit youth entrepreneurship and college access program. Kimberly has also done per diem work with the Boston Public Health Commission and The Pine Street Inn, where she counseled homeless individuals, as well as those struggling with addiction. In her current role with MARE, Kimberly manages the Child Service Coordinators across the agency, as well as the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Program.
Maurine Albano – Child Services Coordinator – Western Region
(413) 452-3431, firstname.lastname@example.org
140 High Street, 2nd Floor, Springfield, MA 01105
Prior to joining MARE in 2001, Maurine worked in various facets of social services and held several human resource management positions at the Milton Bradley Company. Maurine is an adoptive parent of two children. As the Western Region’s Child Services Coordinator, Maurine works collaboratively with DCF and contracted agency 18 Degrees, (formerly known as Berkshire Children and Families) to provide comprehensive recruitment services to the waiting children in her region.
Emily Goldberger, LCSW – Child Services Coordinator – Central Region
(617) 964-6273 ext. 123, email@example.com
Prior to joining MARE in 2017, Emily worked with children and families in a variety of social service settings including the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, Jumpstart for Young Children and Community Work Services. As a Child Services Coordinator, Emily splits her time providing recruitment services between the Central and Boston regions.
Emily Ramondetta, BSW – Child Services Coordinator – Northern Region
(617) 964-6273 ext. 121, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prior to working for MARE, Emily has previously worked as an Adoption Social Worker for the state of Michigan. She also has experience working in the juvenile justice system, as well as working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. As a Child Services Coordinator, Emily is responsible for the recruitment efforts for the waiting children in the Northern Region of the state.
Lindsey Brynjolfsson, MSW – Weekend Family Connections Coordinator
(617) 964-6273 ext. 125, email@example.com
Lindsey has 15 years of experience in the field of social work. While always working with children, the focus of Lindsey’s work has included: mental health, school-based services, family support, child protective services, and adoption. Lindsey held the positions of WWK Recruiter for the Western Region and CSC for the Boston Region and contracted agencies throughout the state with MARE prior to her current position of Weekend Family Connections Coordinator.
Family Support Services
Ricardo L. Franco, LSW – Director of Family Support Services
(617) 964-6273 ext. 111, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ricardo is a licensed, bi-lingual social worker (LSW) and has been an invaluable contributor to MARE for the past nine years. He has served in roles as Family Support Services Coordinator, Latinx Services Coordinator and liaison of Faith-Based Initiatives. In addition to his work with MARE, Ricardo is an ordained minister with a doctoral degree in religion and brings a wealth of knowledge about multicultural community engagement and the intersectionality of faith and social issues. Ricardo directs all family support services and programs of the agency.
Liz Joyal – Family Support Services Coordinator
(617) 964-6273 ext. 124, email@example.com
Liz is the new coordinator for Family Support Services and is currently a candidate for an MSW degree in the macro track at Boston University. Liz brings with her 20 years of experience in a multicultural campus ministry setting, working with students and supervising and administrating programs and staff across New England. Liz and her husband are adoptive parents to an older child who was adopted from foster care in 2017. In her new role at MARE, Liz will be the point person to all new families inquiring about adoption. She will coordinate our follow up to new families, mentor-mentee matches, and registration of home studies. Liz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-964-6273 x 124.
Wendy's Wonderful Kids Program
Wendy's Wonderful Kids (WWK) is a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a non-profit public charity dedicated to dramatically increasing the adoptions of the more than 140,000 children in North America’s foster care systems. These workers maintain a small caseload of the youth who wait the longest for adoption and employ a child-focused recruitment strategy in order to identify permanent families for these youth.
Deidra Graham – Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter – Western Massachusetts
(413) 452-3365, email@example.com
140 High Street, 2nd Floor, Springfield, MA 01105
Before joining MARE in 2019, Deidra previously worked as an Outpatient Therapist and as a Case Manager with children placed in intensive foster care placement. She also had a 15 year career with the MA Department of Children and Families as a social worker technician.
Danielle Conti, Director of Development
(617) 964-6273 ext. 114, firstname.lastname@example.org
Danielle has over 25 years of Development experience, 6 of which have been in the adoption field. Before joining the MARE staff, she was working as the Director of Resource Development for the United Way in Springfield, MO. Danielle has worked in a leadership position in multiple social service settings including the Ronald McDonald House, Harmony House, House of Hope domestic violence shelter, and FosterAdoptConnect. Danielle is an adoptive parent. In January of 2020, she assumed the position of Director of Development at MARE. She is responsible for leading an effective fundraising plan for the agency and acting as one of the key community relations persons for the organization.
Joseph Sandagato – Director of Communications and Public Relations
(617) 964-6273 ext. 115, email@example.com
Joseph joined MARE in the fall of 2015 specifically to work on a grant implemented to increase awareness about the need for teen adoption. He was known to the agency as a long-time volunteer and the father to seven children, all of whom were adopted from foster care. Joseph brings to MARE over twenty-years of professional skills acquired while working in corporate communications, public relations, and community development. In September of 2016, Joseph assumed the role of Director Communications and Public Relations. He is responsible for managing broad, organization-wide communications, media engagement and supporting staff specific communications needs. Joe also leads the agency's LGBT advocacy work.
Katie Beach - Communications and Public Relations Specialist
(617) 964-6273 ext. 119, firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio and attended Miami University, where she studied Strategic Communications and Business. Following graduation, she moved to Boston. Katie came to Boston with the goal of pursuing a Master's degree from Northeastern University in Organizational and Corporate Communications. Two years later, and as she was finishing up her degree work, she decided to change her employment focus from human resources to communications.
Jeremy Smith - Digital Communications Specialist
(617) 964-6273 ext. 118, email@example.com
Jeremy has over ten years of communications experience working for non-profits and faith-based organizations. Jeremy is also an ordained minister and has worked in various social justice and advocacy roles. Joining the MARE staff in 2017, Jeremy manages MARE's website, social media presence, Video Snapshot program, and is the designer for all MARE communications and collateral.
Anna Collins – Administrative Assistant
(617) 964-6273 ext. 110, firstname.lastname@example.org
Before joining MARE in 2013, Anna spent 6 years in nonprofit office administration, including coordination of communications and programming for the Adoption Community of New England (ACONE). As Administrative Assistant & Receptionist, Anna serves as part of the front line communications team, maintaining streamlined cross-departmental knowledge, keeping databases up to date, and general office management.
Donna Simon – Accounting Manager
(617) 964-6273 ext. 117, email@example.com
Prior to joining MARE in January of 2018, Donna worked in various financial roles for high-tech start-ups and then as controller of a property management company focussed on affordable housing. As Accounting Manager at MARE, Donna is responsible for day-to-day Financial and Human Resource operations.