Interim Executive Director
Gloria recently joined the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy as our Interim Executive Director. With more than 15 years of C-suite management and leadership experience, Gloria’s passion is to help nonprofit organizations – like the Alliance – achieve their full potential by supporting their leaders, building social relevance and impact, and improving overall effectiveness. She has held senior management positions in several human services and health organizations, including serving as interim executive director, and chief executive officer.
Gloria brings a high level of energy to all her endeavors that is fueled by the satisfaction she receives from helping organizations regain or sharpen their focus, make more of their resources, and achieve their mission more effectively. Combining her strengths with those of the teams she guides, she has successfully improved interactions with boards and staff, and has assisted in transforming organizations into efficient and revitalized forces in the world of human services.
Gloria received a Bachelor of Science degree from The City University of New York – Herbert H. Lehman College, New York, NY and a Master’s of Science degree in Social Services from Boston University School of Social Work. She is affiliated with Interim Executive Solutions, a practice providing management and executive consulting services to nonprofit organizations in transition.
Director of Public Policy
Nicole Castillo is a social entrepreneur with a passion for fusing technology with civic engagement. She is a co-founder of BeVisible, an online career platform for Latinx Millennials, where her work as a digital content-producer focused on Latinx leadership and empowerment. Nicole has interviewed Latina politicians throughout the U.S., sharing their wisdom with the next generation, and her articles have been featured in The Huffington Post Latinas Represent, Boston Latino Magazine, Project Enye, Latino Rebels, Medium, and Latina Lista. She been interviewed by Forbes, , and Vivala for her insights on politics and women of color in leadership, and was recently named by Mitú, as one of 5 Latinos using social media for social good.
Nicole is an active member of The Philanthropy Connection’s Young Philanthropist group, and serves on the board of directors for Jane Doe Inc., the MA Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence and Exhale, a Pro-Voice Movement. She holds a graduate certificate in Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy from the McCormack School, and an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School. Nicole has over 8 years experience working in the domestic and sexual violence movement, and is deeply committed to gender equity and cultivating the leadership of women in their homes, communities, and politics.
Ramani is a human rights and social justice activist. She has professional background in public health and has led and participated on a variety of partnerships, coalitions and advisory committees on local, regional and national levels. Ramani is skilled in community organizing, strategic planning, organizational development, grant making, research and evaluation. She received a BA in Social Thought and Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, and a MA in Applied Urban Anthropology from City College, New York, NY. She served as Deputy Director of MA Asian & Pacific Islanders for Health (MAP); for twelve years providing HIV/AIDS prevention education and managed a CDC-funded National and East Coast Regional API HIV/AIDS Capacity Building Program. Ramani held the position of Program Officer MetroWest Health Foundation, overseeing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities and Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiatives and most recently was Director of Programs and Services at Associated Grant Makers. She currently she serves as a Council Member of Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), a member of Third Sector New England’s Emerging Consultants program and is Co-Chair of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy - AAPIP’s Boston chapter.
Vanesa Morales holds a B.S. in Sociology from Salem State University and a M.M. in Management from Cambridge College. Vanesa brings a great deal of knowledge and experience working with adolescents and nonprofit organizations, including expertise in project management, community mobilization, cross-sector collaborations, and financial management. Prior to joining the Alliance, she served in a financial management role at MFS Investment Management in Boston for 18 years; the Program Director for YGEMS at the Dorchester YMCA, a Parent Partner at Mattapan ABCD; the Program Coordinator for the Boston Neighborhood Healthy Families; and a volunteer at Youth Enrichment Services for over 10 years. Additionally, Vanesa is a Certified Professional Coach and Certified Parenting Instructor, and uses her coaching skills to mentor and guide youth as they navigate their lives and parenting journeys.
Lawrence Coordinator, Partners for Lawrence Youth Initiative
Carla Joseph joined the Alliance in December 2016 as the Lawrence Coordinator under the Partners for Lawrence Youth Initiative. She has experience guiding individuals on navigating their career paths and becoming their best self in their community. Previously, she served as a Youth Educator on self-esteem and healthy relationships; and counseled individuals who survived abusive relationships. Carla is passionate about continuing to apply her skills in Lawrence, and building support systems for young people that will allow them to make healthy choices throughout their lives. As the Lawrence Coordinator, Carla is responsible for providing training and technical assistance (TA) to youth-serving professionals in Lawrence and in supporting their ability to offer evidence-based interventions (EBIs) for teen pregnancy, HIV, and STI prevention. She will be collaborating with community-based agencies, healthcare centers, and school systems. Carla holds a BS in Social Work, and minors in Psychology and Race, Culture, & Power from University of New Hampshire. Currently, she is working on obtaining a Master of Business Administration degree through Southern New Hampshire University’s online program.
Coordinator, Young Men Matter, Too!
Quintin Fowlkes III joined the Alliance as the Program Coordinator for the Young Men Matter, Too! program in September 2016. He formerly worked as a Middle/High School Paraprofessional for the City of Springfield Public Schools, and as a Family Care Counselor at the Cutchins Program for Children and Families. He brings experience in designing and coordinating programs that assist youth and their families with obtaining resources for addressing family trauma and transitioning back into family homes, and that promote leadership and life skills development among youth. As the Program Coordinator for YM2, Quintin is responsible for assisting with the strategic planning, implementation of program activities, and coordination of evaluation activities.
Digital Communications Coordinator & Young Parent Policy Fellow
Ciara Mejia joined the Alliance as a Young Parent Policy Fellow in September 2013 and transitioned into the role of Digital Communications Coordinator, while still working with the Fellows. Ciara works directly with the Digital Communications Manager to maintain the Alliance’s social media platforms to advance the mission and goals of the organization by engaging with collaborative organizations and youth via social media. Ciara assists in developing strategic communication plans for projects and identifying opportunities of improvement for social media strategies and platforms. Ciara has previously worked at ABCD Health services as a Health Educator using social media platforms to educate, empower and engage with young women on HIV/STI prevention and awareness. Ciara is working towards a degree in Public Health and is a blog contributor for ThePushback.org
Manager of Digital Communications & Male Engagement
Wil joined the Alliance as the Manager of Digital Communications & Male Engagement in September 2015. He brings extensive experience in the youth leadership development field within the non-profit sector and is responsible for overseeing the strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation activities pertaining to male engagement programming. He is also responsible for the maintenance and evaluation of the Alliance’s social media and online presence to advance the goals and mission of the organization. Wil holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Literature and Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University, and manages a creative consulting company specializing in audio and video production in his spare time.