Staff and Board of Directors

Below you will find a list of the people whose direct services are essential to Womanshelter/Compañeras.

Karen Boyle Cavanaugh, Executive Director

Jo Noel, Bookkeeper

Carmen Nieves, Community Educator

Margie Quinones, Executive Assistant

Luz Vega, Direct Services/Shelter Manager

Sue Tyler, Maintenance Coordinator

Janelle, Children’s Advocate/Office Assistant

Jocelyn, Advocate

Lydia, Advocate

Tonya, Housing Stabilization Advocate

Maria, Specialized Needs Advocate

Krysta, High-Risk Advocate

Tamika, Advocate

Maribell, Overnight Staff

Kathy, SAFEPLAN Advocate

Jasmin, SAFEPLAN Advocate

Yelena, SAFEPLAN Advocate

Brenda, SAFEPLAN Advocate


Below you will find a list of the people whose leadership is essential to Womanshelter/Compañeras and the Board of Directors.

Brenda M. Bak, President

Rebecca Ramah, Treasurer

Mary A. Socha, Esq., Clerk

Marie Nathan, Member

Virginia Wells, Member

Lauren Casola, Member

Damaris L. Aponte, Member

Michelle Segura, Member

Randa Hatoum, Member

Jessica Biscoe, Member

Marisol Vazquez, J.D., Member

Jamal A. Lacy, Member



Womanshelter/Companeras is grateful for the generous support of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance, MA Executive Office of Public Safety, U.S. Department of Justice, Holyoke and Chicopee Community Development offices, and the United Way of Pioneer Valley. We also extend thanks to the many foundations, corporations, and individuals who support us in our work on behalf of victims.