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Thea T. Bader, MSW, LICSW – Founder, Executive Director

Thea graduated from Simmons College School of Social Work in 1983 and has dedicated almost 40 years in the social work field making a difference in the lives of people in the U.S. and in countries throughout the world.

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Donnacha Kennedy, MBA – Treasurer

Donnacha has over 20 years of international corporate finance experience at global Financial Services firms, including State Street Corporation and Brown Brothers & Harriman. His areas of expertise include strategy and planning, financial management, transformation, and operations.

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Alexandra “Xan” Weber, MSW, LICSW – Secretary

Alexandra has worked with refugees and immigrants in New England for over 12 years. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and the Chief Institutional Advancement Officer at the International Institute of New England, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Mary Connolly, MBA, MA

Mary has over 20 years of marketing and business development experience in professional services firms and she was the Director of Business Development for Isaacson, Miller, a premier executive search firm that recruits senior leaders for some of the country’s top foundations, colleges, and universities, as well as other mission-driven organizations.

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Ellen Donovan, MSc

Ellen has been engaged in causes to improve communities and lives since her undergraduate days. Her twenty-five-year career in non-profit fundraising combines interests in public health, access to education, and youth empowerment, and has taken her across the United States, from Boston to California.

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Nancy Karp, MSW

A veteran volunteer since the fourth grade, Nancy has worked directly with a variety of populations as well as for a number of issue-driven organizations. She has served on several Boards including The Dana Hall School and the American Jewish Congress, New England Region. Currently, she serves on advisory boards at the Boston University School of Social Work, Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, and Community Servings.

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Caroline Kinyanjui, MSc

Kenyan-born and fluent in three languages, Caroline’s areas of expertise include effective relationship-building to create long-lasting associations, problem-solving, and an ability to execute on key organizational projects.

She received her Master of International Business from Hult International.

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Kelsey Lima, LCSW

Kelsey is a social worker specializing in adoption. Kelsey has experience working with Refugee families with complex medical and behavioral health needs and individuals with developmental disabilities in the adult foster care system. Kelsey received a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and Social Work in addition to an UN-recognized certificate in tourism sustainability and development from Salem State University.

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Hannah Taverna, MSW, LCSW

Hannah is a former ISWS recipient who traveled to Guatemala City to conduct a comprehensive community needs assessment. Hannah is currently studying for her Ph.D. at the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development at UMass Boston.

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