About Families First
MS in Social Work and BS in Psychology, Boston College; LCSW
Milly has been leading Families First workshops since 2003 as a bilingual parent educator in both English and Spanish. Milly has extensive experience facilitating professional trainings for various agencies throughout Greater Boston. She is currently the Director of the ABCD Parker Hill Neighborhood Service Center in Roxbury, MA.
BS in Human Services, specializing in Counseling, Lesley University; OCCS Certification in Early Childhood Education, Wheelock College; Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, Rhode Island Junior College
Pam has a wide breadth of experience working with children and families. She is currently the Senior Family Liaison with Oliver W. Holmes Elementary School in Dorchester and has been leading programs for Families First for over ten years.
Shawne K. Blake
BA in Liberal Arts, Vassar College; LSW
Shawne has been a Families First Leader since 2001. She has facilitated parent workshops in a variety of settings, including transitional environments and educational centers. Shawne is currently the Senior Mentor Supervisor for Dare Family Services, where she works with specialized foster parents and children.
BA in Accounting and Administration, Certificate in Biotechnology
Carrine facilitates workshops in both Haitian-Creole and English. She served as a principal for fifteen years in Haiti before moving to the United States in 2006. In addition to her work with Families First, Carrine is an Outreach Worker for the City of Cambridge where she assists Haitian families with their needs. She also serves as a Staff Advocate in a group home.
BA in Family and Community Services, University of Massachusetts
Yvette has been working in the field of human services for over 20 years, with a strong emphasis on work to build and strengthen family bonds. Yvette is also a trained mediator and conducts mediations in Family and Probate Court. As a trainer and mediator, Yvette has worked with teenagers, teen parents, homeless parents, parents raising children in urban areas, prisoners, and non-profit and corporate employees.
Carol R. Darcy
EdD, Boston University School of Education
Carol has been leading a variety of parenting and professional development workshops for Families First since 1997. She has taught courses in many colleges and universities throughout the United States and currently balances the demands of her educational consulting practice with leading a variety of parenting and professional development workshops for Families First.
MS in Social Work, Salem State College; BS in Human Services, University of Massachusetts; Associate in Liberal Arts, Roxbury Community College; LICSW
Briget currently works within the Cambridge Public Schools as a School Clinician/Student Support Coordinator, where she counsels students and works with families and faculty.
MS in Business Administration and Management, Lesley University; BS in Management, Lesley University
An Education Specialist, Roxanne provides clients with a wide range of educational and resource information. She currently works with the Massachusetts Center for Family and Community Engagement as well as facilitating for the Family Center in Somerville. She speaks at forums around childcare, literacy, healthcare disparities, and parents’ rights for children with special needs. Roxanne's passion is working with hard-to-reach and underserved populations—her greatest passion, however, is being a mother to her two daughters.
MA in Education, California State College at Long Beach
Susan is an elementary classroom teacher and a writer and editor of educational materials for students and teachers who has appeared in spots on Boston TV and cable networks and has been interviewed by major newspapers and parenting magazines. In addition to over 700 workshops for parents and professionals, Susan has led Families First’s multicultural training initiative and has served as the Senior Training Specialist responsible for recruiting and training new workshop leaders as well as providing ongoing training for the existing leader pool.
BA in Psychology, MA in Administration and Social Work
In addition to her work as a parenting educator with Families First, Yesenia volunteers with immigrants in domestic violence and homelessness cases, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the United Church of Christ of Massachusetts. She previously served as Interim Director of Big Brother, Big Sister and as a social worker at a program for autistic children. She came to the United States eleven years ago from Puerto Rico, where she studied to be a social worker for domestic violence survivors and their children. In Puerto Rico she worked for an organization that helped place domestic violence victims in shelters. Yesenia is passionate about social justice for the environment, children, and animals. She is a mother of three and has one grandchild.
MEd in Education, Lesley University; AMI Primary Teacher Certification, Montessori Institute of Atlanta; BS in Marketing, Fashion Institute of Technology
Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Yolanda Neville developed as a professional in Atlanta, GA. It was in Atlanta that Yolanda honed her craft as an educator. She is a certified Montessori primary school teacher who founded her own preschool/elementary school. Yolanda’s commitment to young people and working on behalf of those who are underserved is her lifelong passion, and her commitment to social justice through education fuels her personally and professionally. She currently serves as a full-time higher education administrator and a part-time professor at Lesley University. Yolanda works to increase opportunities for success through education and ultimately shape a more just, humane, and sustainable world.
Rebecca Adams Pandolfo
MS in Care and Education in Early Childhood Settings, Wheelock College; Certified in Parenting Education, Wheelock College; Certified Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Teacher
Rebecca is a Program Manager for Nurtury, where she provides consultations to families and partners with childcare providers to ensure quality care options in Boston and its surrounding cities. Previously, she has worked in the infant/toddler room at an Early Head Start site, in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as a trained volunteer, and as an in-home caregiver. She’s the proud mom of one young son.
MS in Public Affairs, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at University of Massachusetts, Boston; BA in Sociology, Georgetown University
Stacy has been the Director of Cape Ann Families, the family support and education center of Wellspring House, for 15 years. Her 27-year career includes extensive program implementation and development of volunteer mentoring programs with parents, teenagers, and children. She serves as a National Trainer and Consultant for the Nurturing Parenting Programs and currently works as the Resident Service Coordinator at Pond View Village in Gloucester, and for North Shore Community College in Lynn as a Research Advisor and instructor for the Seminar and Practice of Youth Work course.
BA in Political Science, Northeastern University
Marta is an active member of a number of civic organizations and serves as Chair on the board of Sociedad Latina. Marta is passionate about issues involving youth and Latinos, and her professional life is a reflection of her deep commitment to being an advocate for disenfranchised communities in Boston, particularly Mission Hill, where she grew up. Through her work and volunteer service to community-based organizations, Marta strives to make a significant difference and contribution to the future of Boston.
EdM, Harvard Graduate School of Education; BA Sociology, Suffolk University Magna cum Laude
Dawn joins Families First as the Training Coordinator and a Parenting Educator with over 17 years of experience working in schools and in the community. Her wide range of training experience includes leading workshops with teachers and students, as well as providing technical assistance to school leaders. Her career has spanned working with children in foster care and their families, programming, advocacy for the educational needs of students, and addressing topics related to multiculturalism. Dawn is a lifelong Bostonian and the proud mother of two sons and two daughters.