Trustees and Advisors
Board of Trustees
Sheila Celata, Chair
Sheila Celata is a senior manager with Deloitte, LLP, a global accounting and professional services firm. Her current work is in the area of market research, but she has more than 30 years of experience in other aspects of marketing, including marketing communications and public relations. Sheila is the mother of three teenagers, and has a deep appreciation for the special challenges and rewards involved with this age group. She is a strong supporter of Youth Catalytics and the invaluable service they provide to partners.
Mary Imbornone, Treasurer
Mary Imbornone is the national director of Organizational Learning at Devereux. She has worked in human services for more than 30 years years in roles that have included behavioral management specialist, continuous quality improvement, training and organizational development. Mary is a past president of the New England Association for Child Care.
Currently the owner and President of By Your Side Coaching & Consulting of North Carolina, Rosemarie coaches nonprofit executives all over the country and remains active with several regional and national associations, including the National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health and the National Association of Private Special Education Centers. Rosemarie started her career as a Special Education teacher in the New Haven, CT Public School System, and then worked for 20 years at the CT State Department of Mental Retardation including six years as Regional Director. In 1993, she was appointed as the first woman President of Klingberg Family Centers, which experienced a steady and dramatic expansion in services over her 18 year tenure. She’s currently involved with the Fund Development Council of Soroptimist International of the Americas, a volunteer service organization for professional women who seek to improve the lives of women and girls globally. Rosemarie has been an active volunteer with the CT Breast Health Initiative, Special Olympics CT, Kids Dance Outreach, coordinates a pillowcase dress project for young girls in Haiti and serves on the Cuba Action team of her church which organizes mission trips to Cuba annually.
Carolyn Lin, Ph.D.
Carolyn A. Lin is a communications professor at the University of Connecticut. She is the recipient of a Distinguished Faculty Research Award and the founder of the Communication Technology Division at the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication. Her research and teaching programs encompass the areas of communication technology, eHealth, social marketing, advertising, public relations and intercultural/international communication. She has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters, in addition to four books and other publications. One of her recent publications examines effective community strategies for reducing substance use among under privileged youth. Her research and consultation work has been supported by the NIH, CDC, NSF, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. She is currently engaged in research addressing nutrition communication, STI/HIV-testing promotion, social media and social capital, among other projects.
Youth Catalytics advisors bring relevant experience from diverse sectors. They act as a sounding board for ideas, plans and strategies; respond to Youth Catalytics inquiries; participate in occasional forums and focus groups; provide immediate feedback on publications and other materials; contribute to our blog; informally represent and promote our work; and open doors to funders and other potential advisors.
Addison Grimes has more than 20 years of experience as a technology manager in global enterprises specializing in delivering business value in the SaaS world. He is father of three daughters, involved in the community of soccer and sports, and deeply committed to the well-being of children.
Abigail Lipson, Psy.D.
Abigail Lipson is the director of Harvard University’s Bureau of Study Counsel. The Bureau of Study Counsel provides a wide range of services to the University community in support of student learning and development. She regularly publishes and presents on topics related to higher education and cognitive-intellectual development in college, with special interests in the areas of motivation, creativity, and resilience. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
George McCully is founder and CEO of the Catalogue for Philanthropy. In 1980 he become Executive Director of the Center for Field Research, and by 1983 he was a full-time independent consultant in philanthropy. In 1984 he helped found the national Center for Plant Conservation. He is a 20-year trustee of the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation (Boston), and has helped to create four community foundations, serving for ten years as founding trustee of the Community Foundation of MetroWest (Boston). He is also a founding trustee of the Davlin Fund and its corporate Foundation. In 1997 he led a coalition of 30 foundations, corporations, and individual donors to create in Massachusetts the first Catalogue for Philanthropy. The same year, he also created the first Generosity Index, which became the nation’s leading stimulus for media discussions of charitable giving. In 2008 the Catalogue published his book, Philanthropy Reconsidered, a comprehensive overview of philanthropy from ancient Greece through the current national paradigm shift exemplified by the Catalogue. Trained in Renaissance history at Columbia University, George has taught and published articles on history, the philosophy of history, and higher education. He was Assistant Dean of the Faculty at Brown University.
Peter Mendelson, Ph.D.
Peter Mendelson has recently retired from his post as Director of Behavioral Health and Medicine with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. He remains active as a lecturer at the University of Connecticut’s Torrington Campus, where he serves as adjunct professor, lecturing on a broad range of social science topics including courses on mental health, mental illness, family systems, social psychology, deviance, criminology and social work. He brings to the table over 35 years of fiscal, clinical and administrative experience in a variety of settings. He has extensive experience in program development and implementation, assisting service provider agencies.
David Newman is a professional speaker and CEO of Do It! Marketing, a firm dedicated to helping corporate, entrepreneurial, and non-profit organizations grow. David is the author of eight books including “Relish for Business” and “21 Secrets of Simple Marketing Success.” He is the President of the National Speakers Association Philadelphia Chapter and also serves NSA in several national capacities. He has been featured and interviewed by The New York Times, Investors Business Daily, Selling Power, Sales & Marketing Management, and Entrepreneur magazine. David speaks for both corporate and association clients who are committed to the life-long learning and empowerment of their employees and members.
Andy Pond is the president and CEO of the Justice Resource Institute, one of the nation’s most creative and energetic not-for-profit human service corporations. This Massachusetts-based agency operates residential services in several states, focusing on services for individuals with complex behavioral, medical and mental health needs. JRI also supports trauma-based interventions nationally, and is a leader in HIV education and prevention programming in South Africa and Uganda. Andy is a licensed clinical social worker, who has spent his entire career at JRI, starting as a teacher, taking on a variety of projects during his 20+ years. He was selected to lead the agency in 2006.
Catherine Simonson is the director of HowardCenter Child, Youth & Family Services and is responsible for providing leadership for the largest private, non-profit Children’s Division in the state. CYFS (formerly the Baird Center for Children & Families) serves over 4,000 children, youth, and families a year through a range of programs, including crisis, outpatient treatment, intensive family services, school social work, specialized school programs, child care, and residential programming. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Catherine’s expertise and skill have been recognized in the many professional awards she has received: Outstanding Vermont Teacher Award, Michael Chuse Award for Social Work Graduate Students, UVM Social Work Field Instructor of the Year, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration School Based Mental Health Award.
Jennifer S. Vanica
Jennifer S. Vanica is a partner in VanicaCummings Consulting. Her commitment to social change was shaped during the late 1960’s when, as a student, she worked with Cesar Chavez and the Mexican American Farmworker Union organizing boycotts for better working conditions in California. After 20 years coordinating large public-private partnerships and raising millions of dollars for capital projects, Jennifer adopted and adapted the theory and practice of participation to work alongside more than 3,000 community residents to transform blighted, abandoned industrial sites into a pioneering community-owned neighborhood revitalization project. Jennifer has served as an Senior Fellow at both PolicyLink and the Aspen Institute, and has served as an advisory team member for HUD’s National Revitalization Initiative. Under her leadership, the National Council on Foundations bestowed its Critical Impact Award for innovative and bold solutions to enhance the public good. Today, Jennifer does training and coaching with groups implementing social change strategies, and is writing a book on the lessons of leading comprehensive community change. She is the mother of three boys, a grandmother to three, and with her husband as foster-parented many youth.
Albert B. Maggio, Jr.
Albert Maggio is Of Counsel to CRGO Law, a boutique firm providing a full range of intellectual property and corporate and securities law services to emerging growth enterprises. Mr. Maggio is admitted to practice in California, Florida, and Massachusetts and focuses on debt and equity, technology, and licensing transactions, with a special emphasis in the software, communications, entertainment, and news media industries. Prior to relocating to Florida from Massachusetts in 2006, Mr. Maggio served as an advisor to Youth Catalytics’ predecessor organization for over 10 years. He is a Life Member of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, an active member of its Audit and IOLTA Grants committees, and a member of the Client’s Security Fund Committee of the State Bar of Florida. He is a former editor of the Business Law News of the State Bar of California. Mr. Maggio is a founding mentor of the TechRunway business accelerator at Florida Atlantic University. While in business school at NYU, Mr. Maggio was a volunteer with the Urban Business Assistance Corporation, providing business consulting services to minority owned enterprises in New York City.
Jack Weldon has been the executive director of Saint Vincent’s Home in Fall River, MA for 15 years. He is a licensed clinical social worker with over 40 years of experience working with children and families in various treatment settings, including residential/congregate care, inpatient, acute care, outpatient behavioral health, special education and community-based programs. Over the years he has also provided fieldwork training through several graduate social work programs.
Harry Wilson has more than 30 years of experience working with vulnerable children, youth, and families. He is a partner at Block by Block Consulting, a youth development firm working with vulnerable, disconnected youth across the country and around the world. He directed the Family and Youth Services Bureau for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services serving homeless children and families, including traumatized youth affected by domestic violence and trafficking. While at FYSB his team increased program data reporting to nearly 100%, informing decisions about service delivery. He brought youth to serve on grant review panels and required grantees to seat youth on boards to receive funding. He also led a nationwide task force to mentor more than 100,000 youth who were affected by parental incarceration. Prior to government service, Harry worked for a large youth serving non-profit organization in Michigan.