Staff and Board of Directors

Womanshelter/Compañeras Staff:

Purple staff pic

RIP – Karen Boyle Cavanaugh, Executive Director

Samuel Kaira, Business Manager

Carmen Nieves, Executive Manager 

Margie A. Quinones-Ortiz, Executive Assistant

Luz Vega, Direct Services/Shelter Manager

Sue Tyler, Maintenance Coordinator

Janelle, Children’s Advocate/Office Assistant

Jocelyn, Advocate

Lydia, Advocate

Tonya, Shelter Advocate

Maria, Shelter Advocate

Meybellyn, Specialized Needs Advocate

Krysta, High-Risk Advocate

A’Kala, Youth Advocate

Kathy, SAFEPLAN Advocate

Jasmin, SAFEPLAN Advocate

Yelena, SAFEPLAN Advocate

Brenda, SAFEPLAN Advocate

Womanshelter/Compañeras Board of Directors:

boardBrenda M. Bak, President

Rebecca Ramah, Treasurer

Mary A. Socha, Esq., Clerk

Marie Nathan, Member

Lauren Casola, Member

Michelle Segura, Member

Randa Hatoum, Member

Jamal A. Lacy, Member

Danielle Beckford, Member

Helena Allen, Member

Denise Duguay, Member

Virginia Wells, Member


Womanshelter/Companeras is grateful for the generous support of the Department of Public Health (DPH), 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.