Meet our New Board Members in 2016
Six new people have joined the already talented and committed members of the JDI Board of Directors. They hail from member programs and the broader community and bring a wealth and diversity of experience and dedication. Take a minute to learn about these fabulous new board members.
L-R: Deb Collins Gousby, Debra Robbin (JDI Executive Director), Paulo Pinto, Lysetta Hurge-Putnam, Jennifer Cunningham, Rebecca Cazabon, Nicole Castillo, Suzanne Dubus (JDI Board President)
Nicole Castillo is the Domestic & Sexual Violence Program Coordinator at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and has worked in the field for over 8 years. Nicole is deeply committed to social justice and cultivating the leadership of women of color in their homes, communities, and politics. Nicole trains area-wide professionals on range of topics from LGBTQ issues, using Social Media for Social Change, and trauma-informed care. She also serves as the National Advisor to Millennial Issues at BeVisible Latina, the first social networking and career-building site for Latinas by Latinas. She is an author and content-producer with a passion for Latinx leadership and empowerment and has interviewed Latina politicians throughout the U.S., sharing their stories and wisdom with the next generation of Latina leaders. Her articles have been published in The Huffington Post, LatinasRepresent, Boston Latino Magazine, Project Enye, Latino Rebels, Medium, and Latina Lista among others. Nicole holds a graduate certificate in Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy from the McCormack School, and an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School, where she focused on socially-engaged Buddhism and women’s advocacy. She is a 2016 recipient of the Lesbians Who Tech Coding Scholarship and serves an ambassador to the Fund.
Rebecca M. Cazabon is the Pro Bono Managing Attorney at Foley Hoag LLP, a Boston-based law firm with a longstanding commitment to pro bono legal service. Rebecca has represented low income victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and coordinated pro bono work for the firm since 2000. She also develops and coordinates pro bono and litigation trainings for lawyers and paralegals at the firm. Rebecca is a frequent speaker on domestic violence, sexual assault and immigration law. She received her B.A. in 1994 from Wellesley College and her J.D. in 1998 from George Washington University Law School.
Deborah Collins-Gousby has been at Casa Myrna since February 2005, starting as Director of Emergency Programs and eventually assuming responsibility for all of the agency’s direct service programs. Before joining Casa Myrna, Collins-Gousby spent fourteen years managing shelter programs at Boston’s Elizabeth Stone House, also a provider of shelter and services to women and children affected by domestic violence. Collins-Gousby has extensive experience in direct services as well as in program development, budgeting, staffing, volunteer management, education, outreach and outcome measurement and reporting. She is graduate of Emerson College. Deborah and her husband, Steve live in Boston along with their three children.
Jennifer Cunningham s a Senior Vice President at Bank of America managing the Healthcare & Institutions portfolio in the New England region for the past twelve years. She also serves as Vice President on the Board of the Nashoba Athletics Booster Club in Bolton, MA. Previously, she was Managing Director of Sales at Sybase, Inc. a database software company in Concord, MA, where she oversaw Strategic Planning, Business Development, Program Management and Sales Management. Jennifer has served on the Board of The Edinburg Center in Lexington, MA and served on a Leadership Council for ATASK in Boston, MA. Jennifer completed her Bachelor’s Degree with a concentration in Finance from Bentley College in Waltham, MA. She is married with three children in Stow, MA.
Lysetta Hurge-Putnam, MSW, LICSW is the Executive Director of Independence House, Inc., a community based agency providing domestic and sexual violence services, prevention, education and training. She has been in this role since 1999 and been an active member of the Coalition in many capacities including 9 years on the JDI Board of Directors. Lysetta is President-Elect of the Board and a member of the Finance Committee. Lysetta began her career in this field in New York working directly with domestic and sexual violence victims, and later on directed and developed programs, supervised staff and students, provided training and consultation to colleagues, and was involved in planning for the first Child Advocacy Center in Buffalo, NY. The recipient of numerous awards, she has also served on the Governor’s Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence and is a sought after speaker on the effects of the economic recession on children who witness domestic violence, confidentiality for domestic and sexual violence victims, and on the intersection of the oppressions of race and sexual and domestic violence. Ms. Hurge-Putnam has also provided expert witness testimony in superior court for the prosecution regarding the impact of domestic violence on victims. Lysetta received her BSW and MSW at State University of New York at Buffalo. Lysetta lives on Cape Cod with her husband and they have one child in college.
Paulo R. Pinto is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS). He has served the Portuguese-speaking community throughout his career of more than 25 years in the health and social service field. He began working at MAPS in January 1994, serving as Program Administrator for the agency’s Disease Prevention and Education Program and was promoted to several positions before becoming the ED 2000. A native of Portugal who grew up in Mozambique, Paulo immigrated to the US in 1980. He holds a BA in Political Science with a minor in English from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Management. Paulo has received numerous awards for his leadership and advocacy, including being selected as a Finalist for the 2015 Nonprofit Excellence Award in the Leadership by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. Paulo was one of the first Ambassadors of JDI’s Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign and served as Co-Chair in 2012. He is a member of the Governor’s Council to Address Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, the Public Health Board of the Cambridge Health Alliance, and the Harvard Catalyst Community Advisory Board. He also is a Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.