Executive Management Team
Community Teamwork's Executive Leadership team, in partnership with 400 plus staff, keeps our agency running smoothly, delivering diverse programs to over 50,000 people across Middlesex and Essex Counties
Michael Collins came to Community Teamwork after serving twelve and a half years as Director of Residential Services for YOU, Inc. (a large multi-service child welfare agency in Worcester, MA). However, he began his career here in Lowell, MA, first as a Northeastern “co-op” student, then in the Planning Department of the Lowell City Development Authority and finally as a case manager working in a store front on Middlesex Street funded by federal employment and training funds that were administered through Community Teamwork. His career in social services administration is broad and diverse, having managed service systems both in the public and non-profit sectors. Michael received his Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and his Master’s degree from the University of Chicago.
Penny Judd is Community Teamwork’s Chief Financial Officer overseeing the financial integrity of the agency and all of its contracts. Penny also oversees the MIS and Facilities departments. Penny has a Master of Science degree in Accounting from Syracuse University – Martin J. Whitman School of Management. Prior to joining Community Teamwork, Penny was the CFO for an international non-profit for 10 years.
Bill Lipchitz is a 42-year veteran of Community Teamwork who currently serves as the Director of Real Estate Operations for Common Ground Development Corporation, a Community Teamwork subsidiary that develops affordable housing for low-income families in northeast Massachusetts. He also oversees these other Community Teamwork subsidiaries: including Merrimack Valley Housing Services and Mechanics Hall Corporation. Bill also serves as a Special Assistant to the Executive Director working with the Community Teamwork Board on Board Development and Governance. He holds a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Lowell Technological Institute (now UMass Lowell), a Master’s in Organic Chemistry and a Master’s in Urban Afffairs from Boston University. He also serves on a number of business and community boards and committees that benefit downtown Lowell and the CityChris graduated from Wheaton College (Norton, MA) with a degree in History and Education and with honors from Suffolk University with a Master of Public Administration. He has also gone on to receive post graduate certificate in Non Profit Management from Institute of Non Profit Management and Leadership through Boston University and was a 2014 UCLA Johnson and Johnson Head Start Management Fellow.
Carl Howell has been with Community Teamwork since April 2010 as the Director of Residential Services. In that role, he has developed and managed Family Shelters, Home Base and Domestic Violence Residential programs. These services have become recognized by our funders for their success and effectiveness. Carl has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Education and is a graduate of the Institute for Non-Profit Management. He is a thoughtful and respected leader of his programs and has worked with his management team to improve client services as well as staff support and supervision.
Meghan Siembor, Division Director, Child, Family and Adolescent Services
Connie Martin is Community Teamwork’s Division Director for the Division of Energy and Community Resources. She oversees a budget of $10 million of federal, state and private programming fund and implements a wide range of programs that serve nearly 14,000 people. Ms. Martin was educated in the Lowell Public Schools, graduated from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont, and completed her Master’s in Education Administration at the Graduate School of Education, University of Massachusetts at Lowell. During her career in non-profit management, she has held positions in several different sectors including arts and culture, business advocacy, workforce development and childcare programming. In addition to her position at Community Teamwork, Ms. Martin is serving in her 6th term on the Lowell School Committee, and she volunteers with several local charities.
Lisa Wholey, Director of Human Resources
Lisa is Community Teamwork’s Director of Human Resources and she oversees all aspects of HR including benefits, training, recruiting and employee relations. Lisa has over 30 years of diverse HR experience. Lisa holds a Masters in Behavior Management from Rivier College and has obtained her SPHR certification.
Charlene Urbanek, Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, is a seasoned professional with years of dedicated service to Community Teamwork, Inc. Having served under three Executive Directors, Charlene is an integral part of the agency’s success in serving vulnerable people from the Greater Lowell area. In October 2005, Charlene was presented with the Massachusetts Association of Community Action Programs’ Employee Excellence Award, a well deserved recognition due to her extensive knowledge of and dedication to Community Action.