Yesenia Mejia (they/she) is a local artist and worker in healthcare for people experiencing homelessness in the Greater Boston Area. They have experience providing direct service to immigrants who are victims of crimes, as well as people experiencing homelessness who may also have Substance Use Disorders (SUDs), behavioral health diagnoses, and complex health needs. Yesenia has acquired specialized community-oriented intervention skills and restorative frameworks from their professional, leadership, and volunteer roles. They are deeply interested in trans/gender-expansive mental health services and culturally informed care.
Julie Catalano, LICSW
Kristina Best Ramos, LCSW
I am a graduate of the Boston University School of Social Work and have worked in multiple clinical settings, caring for diverse clinical populations. My clinical interests include working with adults who identify as BIPOC, those experiencing grief/bereavement and those struggling with Substance Abuse/Opioid Abuse Disorders. For the past few years, I have been working around shelters/non-profits in the Greater Boston area, and at a community health center. My approach to therapy is to meet clients where they are,
and be compassionate and empathic.
Hope to connect with you soon!
Kristina is able to accept
Cigna and Aetna insurances.
Bob is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker whose training includes individual and family therapy. His experience includes working with adolescents, adults, and immigrants, who are facing depression, anxiety, mental illness, grief, or trauma. When appropriate, Bob likes to use Internal Family Systems therapy as a resource. Bob earned his MSW degree at Boston University School of Social Work. Bob is able to accept BC/BS, Cigna and Medicare/Masshealth Insurances
Kristina Best Ramos,President
Breanne Schatzman is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who uses a multicultural, health-centered approach to support clients through growth and change. She believes strongly in the power of the therapeutic relationship to create a safe space for individuals to explore patterns and the new possibilities that begin to emerge, and believes that collaboration, creativity, and curiosity are fundamental to self-empowerment as individuals strive to find their places in their communities. She is grounded in a social psychology perspective.
Her specialty areas include: attachment & trust, depression, self-acceptance, body image issues, relational issues, and major mental illness, as well as support for those who are simply feeling “stuck” and want a little guidance to create change in their lives.
Breanne earned her counseling degree at Suffolk University. Throughout her professional life she had worked in community clinics, in-home services, and private practice settings; treating adults from diverse backgrounds. Breanne is licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts.
Breanne is able to accept BC/BS, Cigna, Aetna and MBHP (Masshealth) insurances.
Christopher maintains a general civil litigation practice representing businesses, non-profit entities and professionals involved in contract disputes, employment issues, regulatory matters and property taxation. Chris's practice also includes real estate, land use and construction litigation, representing real estate brokers, developers and contractors when disputes arise out of transactions, property development or construction contracts. He has handled trials and appeals in state and federal courts in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and has extensive experience in arbitration and mediation.
He has advised several non-profit organizations pro bono with respect to their affordable housing programs and the land use issues that arise out of them, including an artist cooperative involved in a major affordable housing/artist work-space development in Boston.
Shirley Eng, Office Coordinator
Ellen Neacy, Secretary
Ellen has extensive experience working as a Paralegal, a Legal Assistant, Investigator and Notary Public. She has worked in the Corporate Legal Department of two Fortune 500 Companies. She has contributed her expertise to several nonprofit organization over the past 20 years.
Julie is a licensed independent
clinical social worker who has 20 years of experience working with adults, adolescents and children,
as well as couples, families and groups; in schools, community
mental health clinics, and private practice. Julie is trained in EMDR, Hypnotherapy and DBT Group Leadership. She is also a
Level II Reiki Jin Kei Do practitioner.
Julie is able to accept most insurances including MassHealth, Medicare and Tricare
Cherman E. Pierre, LMHC, RN
I am a Bilingual, Haitian American, Registered Nurse and Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 10 years' experience working across the developmental lifespan on issues from: Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Criminal Diversion, and Social-Emotive Behavioral Challenges, within Inpatient and Outpatient,Residential, and School Based Settings across New York City and Greater Boston.
My professional exposures sculpt my self-guided mission of being an instrument of hope, encouragement, guidance, comfort, and edification throughout the therapeutic, recovery process. In my counseling, I utilize Person Centered Therapy (PCT), Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Expressive Art Therapy and Play Therapy through a culturally informed lens to journey with and empower individuals and families to be the resolve towards challenges.
Cherman is able to accept Optum (Harvard Pilgrim, ALLways, United Behavioral Health), BC/BS and Aetna Insurances.
As the Founder and Owner of Body by Mirabella Day Spa, as well as Designs by Mirabella, Maria has extensive design, website development, advertising and marketing experience - in addition to a strong management and customer service background. Maria also works behind the scenes for Mirabella Magazine, a publication for the beauty industry.
Jazir Jalal, Treasurer
Jazir is a relationship banker for Rockland Trust Bank. He Is currently working towards his degree in banking and finance through the New England Institute of Business. Jazir is a resident of Medford and worked for 3 years in the Davis Square, Somerville branch of Rockland Trust Bank before accepting a promotion in Needham, MA. Jazir is a Medford resident and serves on the NCCS Board of Directors because of his interest in assisting the community.
Christopher Maffucci, Esq, Director
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Gregory, or Greg Hilgeman (he/him/his),
is an advanced year Simmons University Social Work graduate student. Within
the past five years, he has experience working in inpatient, residential settings,
and now with the community, as well as online volunteering with RAINN (Rape,
Abuse, Incest National Network).
Greg studied music in Ohio, and is
very drawn to the arts.
Elizabeth is a second year graduate level student at Cambridge College, working towards her
future goal of obtaining an LMHC license. She has additional experience working with
children and adults of various ages in developmental areas, problem solving, and
communication. She is fluent in English, but also speaks some Spanish.
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Yesenia Mejia,Vice President
Maggie Yuan, Ed.D., LMHC
Maggie is a Licensed Mental Health
Counselor who helps clients focus on
"what's strong" rather than on "what's
wrong." She helps clients identify the personal
skills and strengths that enable them meet
difficult life challenges, and boost their
resilience to help them recover after setbacks.
In her practice, she applies principles and techniques
from Play and Expressive Therapy, Acceptance
and Commitment Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT,
and Positive Psychology. She has worked in
outpatient, school- and community-based
settings. She holds a Masters and Doctorate
in Education from Harvard University, and
has published in the area of positive youth development.
Maggie is able to accept BC/BS, Cigna and Aetna insurances
Shirley has extensive experience working in customer service in a variety of industries. She is known for her excellent organizational skills and professional approach to administrative tasks. She has volunteered for a number of non-profit organizations, including seven years at the AIDS Action Committee for many years.
Clinical Team (by alphabetical order)
Maria Mirabella, Social
Kristina has worked in multiple clinical settings, including in leadership roles, shelters and non-profits in the Greater Boston area. Currently, she works at a community health center, caring for diverse clinical populations. Her clinical interests include working with adults who identify as BIPOC, those experiencing grief/bereavement, and those struggling with Substance Abuse/Opioid Abuse Disorders. Her approach to therapy is to meet clients where they are, and be compassionate and empathic. She is a graduate of the Boston University School of Social Work.
Robert Morrison, LICSW
Mental Health Counseling Graduate Intern
Assistant Director, NCCS
Michelle is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who approaches her work with clients from a trauma informed, strengths based, and person-centered perspective. She believes that counseling is a collaborative process and operates as a guide to help individuals learn about themselves and become the kind of person they want to be.
Her specialty areas include: anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, social issues, and personal development and goals. She believes strongly in the rights of every person to reach their full potential and welcomes clients of all ethnicities, religions, cultural experiences, and sexual/gender identities. She is LGBTQ+, kink aware and poly-friendly, and strives to provide an open, non-judgmental space for all of her clients.
Michelle earned her counseling degree from Northeastern University and has completed post-graduate training in the treatment of trauma from Simmons University. During her professional counseling career, she has developed a strong clinical foundation via working in non-profit agencies focusing on mental health and addiction treatment for adults. Michelle is able to accept BC/BS, Cigna, Aetna, Optum (Harvard Pilgrim, ALLways, United Behavioral Health) andTufts Commercial insurances.
Stacie Waldmann, LMHC
Stacie is a Licensed Mental Health Clinician with particular interest and expertise in working with children and adolescents. Stacie provides both individual and group therapy to children, adolescents and adults.
Stacie is able to accept Cigna, Aetna, BC/BS, Beacon, MBHP, Allways, Harvard Pilgrim and United Behavioral Health insurances
Anna Maria Saropoulos,
Mental Health Counseling
Anna holds a Graduate Degree in Guidance K-8 and is currently at Cambridge College working towards a Mental Health Counseling Degree with eventual LMHC Licensure.
She has 20+ years experience in higher education and has volunteered for years in the Somerville K-8 schools.