Every successful non-profit depends on the active leadership, vision, and commitment of its volunteer board members.
JDI is no exception.

The JDI Board of Directors draws from staff from Coalition member programs, the corporate sector and statewide community of supporters. Affiliations listed below are for identification purposes only.  From governance to ambassadorship, Board Members help propel the strength and success of the Coalition.

Meet our 2024 Board Members


Dawn Sauma, President
Co-Executive Director, Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK)

Sara Stanley, President-Elect
Executive Director, HAWC

James Heffernan, Treasurer
Lecturer for Mass General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Celia Richa, Clerk
Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Policy, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce 


Deborah Collins
CEO, Brookview House

Traci Jackson
Founder and Project Director, Domestic and Sexual Violence Project, Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts

Lysetta Hurge-Putnam
Executive Director, Independence House, Inc. 

Paulo Pinto
Executive Director, MAPS (Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers)

Ronnie Sanders
Former Executive Director for Community Health, Partners (or Mass General Brigham) Health Care

Harry Shipps
Vice President, 90 West

Marcia Szymanski
Former President/Executive Director, New Hope Inc.

Debra J. Robbin
Executive Director, Jane Doe Inc.


JDI’s Board of Directors invites you to join them in ensuring that the Coalition has a strong financial foundation from which to embark on its ambitious agenda.  Our Grand Circle of Giving donors pledge $83.33 a month. Our event sponsors contribute between $2,500 to $25,000. We invite you to become part of our philanthropic community by making a donation at whatever level is meaningful to you.

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