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Anne-Marie Bajwa, President & CEO

Anne-Marie has worked in the non-profit sector for over 35 years, developing and implementing programs and services for adults with developmental disabilities, autism and physical challenges.  She was appointed President of the Charles River Center in October of 2016, after serving as the agency's Chief Operating Officer since 2008. She has played a pivotal role in the growth of the Charles River Center, as she oversaw the Day Habilitation, Residential, Family Support, and Employment divisions.

Bajwa holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from Boston College and a master’s degree in public administration from Bridgewater State University. For seven years, she served as Chairperson of the Massachusetts Day Habilitation Coalition.  She has been an active member of the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers for a decade, working on the Autism Blueprint and Employment First committees.

Ashley Pugliares, Executive Assistant to the President

Ashley joined the Charles River Center in 2008 as a Human Resources Coordinator and was then promoted to Executive Assistant to the President in 2009. A graduate of Becker College, Ashley has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Administration. She is the Executive Assistant because Miracle Worker isn't a title.

Carol Alden, Vice President, Day Habilitation

Carol joined the Charles River Center in 2010 as Vice President of Day Habilitation. Carol received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Communication Disorders from Montclair University in New Jersey. She has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in a variety of settings – public school, home care, acute hospital settings, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation hospital settings and nursing homes.  For many years, Carol was Director of Speech-Language and Hearing at New England Sinai Hospital, served on the Legislative Council of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and worked as case manager for individuals with traumatic brain injuries.

Jennifer Fagan, Vice President, Residential Services

Jennifer joined the Charles River Center in 2004 as Program Director at one of our homes in Newton. She then served as a Residential Director and was promoted to Vice President of Residential Services in 2012. A graduate of Bridgewater State College, Jennifer has a Graduate Certificate in Human Services Administration and a Master's Degree in Management from Lasell College in Newton.

Cliff Hammel, Director, Maintenance

Cliff started at Charles River in 1987 accepting a maintenance worker position. After one year he was promoted to the Director of Facilities and Maintenance. In 1990 Cliff was the recipient of the first Earl Mountain Award at Charles River. Over the 28+ years at Charles River he has seen amazing growth of the agency and has participated in all building plans, renovations and construction projects at Charles River properties.

Ellen Kilicarslan, Vice President, Family Support

Ellen Kilicarslan’s lifelong career has been working with and for people with developmental disabilities. Since 2010 she has held the position of Vice President of Family Support at the Charles River Center.  She held similar positions with Cambridge Family and Children’s Services and with Toward Independent Living and Learning. Ellen has also held leadership positions in Residential and Day Habilitation programs at the Charles River Center and at The Arc of South Norfolk. She worked at DDS as the Intake and Eligibility Coordinator and Family Support Manager for the Metro Region from 2006-2008.  

Ellen is a member of the Statewide Family Support Implementation Work Group and an Executive Committee member with Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts (AFAM).  She served as a Board member for the Greater Boston Arc and was an original board member of the Autism Alliance of Metrowest.  She earned her Master’s in Social Work from Boston University. 
 

Heather Lomartire, Vice President, Employment and Day Services

Heather started working at Charles River in 1995 in the Day Habilitation program and later transferred to Residential Services where she worked while getting her Master's in Education from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. While at Residential, Heather was promoted from Program Supervisor to Program Director and then to Residential Director. She became Clinical Director at the agency and then moved to Vice President of Employment. Heather has a Bachelor's of Psychology from Framingham State College and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Susan Boyer, Vice President, Finance and Administration

Susan joined the Charles River Center in 2014. She comes with 20 years of experience in non-profit accounting and financial management. Prior to joining the non-profit sector, she worked as a CPA. Susan has been involved in multiple accounting system implementations. Susan received her Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University.

Kevin Kacavich, Vice President, Human Resources

Kevin joined the Charles River Center in 2011 and coordinates all functions of Human Resources. He is a member of the professional HR associations SHRM, NEHRA, and ASHHRA. Kevin received his BA in History from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his Master's Degree in Human Resources Management from Framingham State University.

Hilary Ryan, Vice President, Development

Hilary, who received her Bachelor's degree from Indiana University, joined the Charles River Center in 2006 as the Vice President of Therapeutic Day Services, after working over 10 years at a human service agency in Chicago. From 2007 to 2010, she was Vice President of Therapeutic Day Services and Family Support. After a short leave, Hilary returned to the Charles River Center in a new role within the Development Department. In 2014, Hilary became the Director, then Vice President of Development, where she oversees the fundraising efforts and other initiatives of the organization.