Meet the staff



Lisa Funaro, LICSW – Executive Director

(617) 964-6273 ext. 113,

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,

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.



Child Services


Emily Goldberger, LCSW – Director of Child Services

(617) 964-6273 ext. 123,

Emily has over 15 years of experience working with children and families in a variety of social service settings in the Boston-area, most recently with Community Work Services and Jumpstart for Young Children. She joined the MARE staff in 2017 as the Child Services Coordinator for the Central and Boston regions, and in 2020 became the Director of Child Services. In her current role Emily provides oversight to MARE’s child specific recruitment programs and supervises the Child Services Coordinators. Emily grew up in Massachusetts, and received her BA from Smith College and her MSW from Boston College.



Maurine Albano – Child Services Coordinator – Western Region

(413) 452-3431,

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.



Deborah Noah, LICSW – Child Services Coordinator – Northern Region

(617) 964-6273 ext. 121,

Deborah has over twenty-five years of experience in the field of social work specifically in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, developmental disabilities and geriatrics. Deborah received her B.A. from Brandeis University and her M.S.W. from Tulane School of Social Work. Deborah also has a background in Jewish education. Deborah is the proud mom of an adoptive daughter. They have been involved in the MARE/Jordan’s Adoption Walks for the past several years. Deborah is thrilled to be serving as the Child Services Coordinator for the Northern Region.



Chelsea Hartman – Child Services Coordinator – Southern Region

(617) 964-6273,

Prior to beginning at MARE in 2020, Chelsea worked as both an Ongoing and Adolescent Social Worker for the Department of Children and Families. She has also worked as a Family Support Specialist, working with families and children placed in foster care or group homes and providing support to reunify these families.



Janet Labadie-Kelley – Child Services Coordinator – Boston Region & Contracted Agencies

(617) 964-6273 ext. 126,

Janet has had a long-standing history of youth advocacy starting as Program Coordinator of The Legal Resource Center in English High School and as Teen Advocate/Outreach Director of the Boys and Girls Club. Prior to working for MARE, she worked as a Paralegal for local private attorneys and law firms specializing in various aspects of the law. Janet and her husband are the proud parents to two young girls both recently adopted.



Kristina Russell – Child Services Coordinator

(617) 964-6273,

Kristina has been working in the field of education since 2007; she is licensed in the state of Massachusetts in elementary education, moderate special education, and severe special education. Working in residential, 766 schools, public schools, and collaboratives has prepared her to work with children, families, and the community. Kristina has an adult foster child that has been in her life for over 13 years; a great deal of her time is spent with him, as their bond is the most important aspect of her life. She is joining MARE as the Child Services Coordinator for the Central Region and is looking forward to working with everybody involved in this area.



Lindsey Brynjolfsson, MSW – Director of Specialized Programs

(617) 964-6273 ext. 125,

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.  Additionally, Lindsey supervises the Wendy's Wonderful Kids program and is the agency's LGBTQ staff liasion. 



Ashley Falandys – Specialized Recruitment Coordinator

(617) 964-6273 ext. 125,

Ashley is an adoptive mom and has spent the last ten years working as an Early Intervention Developmental Specialist and Team Leader. In her role at MARE, Ashley will work on behalf of a small number of children to create a personalized recruitment plan for each child, including exploration of the child’s existing and prior social networks, mobilization of community resources and creative public recruitment strategies. Ashley will work in partnership with each child’s team of social workers with the common goal of finding permanency for some of our most vulnerable youth.



Family Support Services



Ricardo L. Franco, LSW – Director of Family Support Services

(617) 964-6273 ext. 111,

Ricardo is a licensed, bi-lingual social worker (LSW) and has been an invaluable contributor to MARE for the past eleven 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,

Liz is the 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 role at MARE, Liz is the point person to all new families inquiring about adoption. She coordinates our follow up to new families, mentor-mentee matches, and registration of home studies. Liz can be reached at 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,

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.



Scott Barry – Wendy's Wonderful Kids Recruiter – Boston Region

(617) 964-6273 ext. 116,

For the past 5 years, Scott has worked at Plummer Youth Promise in both the group home and supported apartments. He began his career in 2014 as a direct care counselor in the group home until he was presented with an opportunity to step into the Assistant Program Directors role for both the group home and supported apartments. Since 2014 Scott has been in the role of Assistant Program Director for Plummer Youth Promise and in 2019 became the Program Manager of the group home.

Scott oversaw the day to day operations of the group home program with 12 boys age range 13 to 18. Scott has a BA from Lesley University and Associate Degrees from North Shore Community College In Business Administration and Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation.





Danielle Conti, Director of Development

(617) 964-6273 ext. 114,

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.





Jeremy Smith – Director of Communications and Public Relations

(617) 964-6273 ext. 118,

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. He brings his experiences as a graphic designer, freelance marketer, and social media management to his current role, and oversees MARE's branding, communications strategies, and community engagement




Isa Howe – Digital Communication Specialist

(617) 964-6273 ext. 118,

Isa has over 9 years of experience as a graphic designer in print and digital. As a Dominican American, Isa brings a unique perspective in marketing and design. Prior to joining MARE, she was a graphic designer for a non-profit that helped families in Latin American and the Caribbean. There, she discovered her passion for helping children. In 2019, Isa graduated with a B.S. in Web Technologies, expanding into software and web development.




Noelle Tardiff – Community Engagement Coordinator

(617) 964-6273 ext. 119,

Noelle is originally from Derry, New Hampshire and moved to Boston to attend Emerson College, where she got her degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing as well as minors in Public Relations and Health & Society. Prior to joining MARE after graduating in 2020, she interned at several book publishers dedicated to publishing books that cover issues in education and social justice.





Anna Collins – Administrative Assistant

(617) 964-6273 ext. 110,

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,

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.