Brandon Cardet-Hernandez, MSEd
Brandon Cardet-Hernandez has spent his career fighting to advance equity and access for young people. A life-long educator, Brandon has worked as a community organizer, college and career counselor and special education teacher. He was the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the New York City Department of Education, guiding strategy for the cities most struggling schools. As a public school principal, Brandon led the Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters, leading a transformation of student outcomes, school culture and developing strategic partnerships for sustained success. Most recently, Brandon worked as the Senior Education Advisor to Mayor Bill DeBlasio, overseeing initiatives like a city-wide expansion of Restorative Justice, Social-Emotional Learning and the Mayor’s signature Equity and Excellence agenda. Brandon’s work has been featured in Essence, The Atlantic, People en Espanol and the Netflix documentary, Teach Us All.
Foundations Program Director
Tom earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Tom joined the Ivy Street team in 2015 and worked in multiple roles at the school before becoming the Cottage Farm Program House Manager in 2018, and the Foundations Program Director in 2021. Tom enjoys working at Ivy Street School because of the wonderful people he gets to collaborate with, the unique and talented students that go here, and the sense of serving others that is fostered here. In his free time, Tom enjoys playing the alto saxophone and biking through the hills of Western Massachusetts.
Brianna Campbell, BSN, RN
Director of Healthcare and Wellness Strategies
Brianna is a registered nurse and graduated from Northeastern University with her BSN. Prior to joining Ivy Street School in May 2019, Brianna was a Pediatric ICU nurse at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her passion has always been to work with children and it all started on a volunteer trip to Thailand working with children with special needs. Throughout her career she has worked with children of all ages, dealing with many complex medical diagnoses. Getting the opportunity to get to know every student and their specific needs is one of Brianna‘s favorite parts of her job. She loves working with families and being able to help every student achieve their goals.
Ashley Constantine, MSW, LICSW
Chief Program Officer
Ashley has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross, and is currently a Licensed School Adjustment Counselor. Prior to joining the Ivy Street School team in February 2016, Ashley spent approximately 3 years at the NFI Worcester IRTP as a Clinical Director and Clinician as well as several years working at the Walker Home and School in Needham. Throughout her career, Ashley has over 8 years of experience working in residential, public, and private schools with students who have behavioral health needs and are on the autism spectrum. Ashley also provides outpatient services to youth and their families through her private practice.
Kate Garrity, MS, OTR/L
Director of Related Services
Kate has a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Before joining Ivy Street School, Kate worked as a Program Director of the Transitions Program at Aspire MGH, helping teens and young adults develop skills for employment and independent living. Prior to receiving her master’s degree, she worked as Assistant Director of a community-based day program for adults through the Department of Developmental Services. In addition to working with the Ivy Street students in the classroom, Kate supports the students living at the Cottage Farm Program after school, helping to build independent living skills in the home and community contexts.
Tunzel Hayes joined the staff in 2002, spearheading the creation of the Vocational Program and serving as the Vocational Department Director until she was asked to become the Admissions Director in 2010. She has a B.A. in English from Portland State University and a Master’s in Writing. She is also a lecturer in Boston University’s writing program. Tunzel lends her experience as an educator, having worked with our students for years, to her admissions role.
Brooke Howard, MS, OTR/L
Chief Transition Officer
Brooke has a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Sargent College at Boston University and an undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Oberlin College. Brooke has worked as an Occupational Therapist with children and adolescents in early intervention, inpatient, outpatient, and school-based settings since she was licensed in 2005. Before coming to Ivy Street, she worked in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and supervised the outpatient program at Franciscan Hospital for Children. Brooke also worked as an adjunct faculty in the Occupational Therapy department at Sargent College from 2010-2014. Brooke has been at Ivy Street since 2009 and was a founding member of the transition classroom.
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Natasha joined the Ivy Street team in 2016 as Activities Director. In her work at Ivy Street, Natasha has focused on expanding the school’s extracurricular offerings to support students in engaging in an exciting and varied range of recreational opportunities. Natasha also facilitates Ivy’s annual events for students and families and supports the team with communications and marketing. Natasha has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Boston University and is currently working to complete a Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College.
Kevin McGrath, CESP
Kevin began his journey with Ivy Street School in 2014 as an educational 1:1. From there he worked as a teaching assistant in the B1 transition classroom, and culinary arts program. Kevin joined the Vocational Department as a Vocational Assistant in 2016 progressing through the roles of Vocational Counselor, Vocational Coordinator and now Vocational Director. Kevin is a Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) and has studied psychology and human rights at Hunter College in New York City, and the University of Massachusetts Boston. Kevin and the vocational department strive to support our young adults in building professional skills, expanding their network, and finding fulfilling employment in the community.
Louise Perryman, M.Ed.
Louise has a Masters of Education in Special Education from University of Massachusetts Boston and completed an undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology and Statistics at Durham University in the UK. She started her teaching career at Ivy Street in the F1 classroom and served in many roles throughout the school including time on the residential floor as a supervisor. From Ivy she moved into administrative roles at Granite Academy and Weymouth Public schools. She was most recently at Learning Prep School in West Newton as an Educational Team Facilitator. Louise has over 13 years of experience in special education working with a variety of student profiles.
Senior Staff of MAB Community Services
Chief Executive Officer
Prior to joining MAB, Barbara Salisbury had a long career in state government and higher education. She served as the state budget director for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Governor Michael Dukakis and was the Administrative Dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University for 12 years. She came to MAB in 2006.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Alison brings a wealth of Human Resources experience to MAB. She was a member of the HR leadership team at Partners HealthCare for more than twenty years, most recently as Vice President for HR Solutions. She is especially passionate about implementing programs to expand career opportunities for all staff and especially low-wage earners, recognize employee contributions, increase staff engagement and loyalty, and streamline and improve operations. Alison has worked with other organizations that provide services to adults with disabilities and vulnerable populations.
Chief Advancement Officer
Well known as a WCVB Channel 5 Meteorologist for almost 18 years, David Brown left local broadcasting to serve as the Chief Advancement Officer for the not-for-profit Forsyth Institute, a biomedical research institute specializing in oral health. After serving as the MC for Ivy Street School’s Extravaganza for a number of years, Brown developed close connections to and passion for MAB Community Services, its programs, and its mission. In 2015 he transitioned to a role as Chief Advancement Officer for MAB Community Services
Chief Financial Officer
Francois has been MAB’s CFO since May 2014. With over 20 years of accounting and finance experience, Francois has dedicated much of his career to the nonprofit and social service sectors, including positions at Vinfen, Hearth, and YMCA. He oversees MAB’s team of accounting and IT professionals and utilizes his expertise to support the organization’s overall process improvement and operational efficiency. Francois received his master’s degree in accounting and his DESCF from the University of Toulouse, France. He is bilingual, fluent in both French and English.
Director of Operations for New Business, MAB Adult Disability Services
Shaun Kinsella is a graduate of the University of Kent at Canterbury in the United Kingdom and holds a diploma in Social Administration from The University of Oxford and a Masters in Gerontology from UMass Boston. He is a member of the American Board of Disability Analysts. He first joined MAB in 2001 in the Adult Disability Services where he is now the Director. More recently he worked at UMass Medical School until he returned to MAB in October 2013 as the Director of MABVI.
Executive Director, MAB Adult Disability Services
Heller Shoop has dedicated her 30-year career to supporting individuals with disabilities to live and thrive in their communities. Twenty of those years were spent at MAB Community Services, first as a Program Support Director, and later as the Director of Adult Disability Services between the years of 1995 – 2015. She returns to MAB from her most recent post as Director of Acquired Brain Injury Waivers for the Department of Developmental Service’s Metro Region. Heller holds a master’s degree in Human Services Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
Executive Director, Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Prior to coming to MABVI, Outwater studied acoustic physics, audio engineering, and vocal performance, but as a blind acoustician and audio engineer, she found the music industry largely inaccessible technologically and set out to change it, establishing the first collegiate program to teach recording sciences and music technology to blind musicians. Outwater also spent fifteen years in the digital accessibility fields since then, consulting for small businesses, helping make products and services digitally accessible. Her background is in user experience and project management, and she specializes in multiple disability intersectionality.