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 City.
Carl Howell joined Community Teamwork in 2010 as the Director of Residential Services. In that role, he has developed and managed Family Shelters, HomeBASE and Domestic Violence Residential programs. In 2017, Carl transitioned into the role of Division Director of Housing and Homeless Services where he continued to oversee shelter and residential programming but also led CTI’s Subsidized Housing administration and expanded its Youth Services programming. These services have become recognized by our funders for their innovation, success, and effectiveness. Carl has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Education and over 20 years’ experience working in Human Services, working with homeless and housing insecure populations, adolescents in need of behavioral health supports, along with individuals with developmental disorders. He is a graduate of the Institute for Non-Profit Management from Boston University, and was a fellow in Harvard Business School’s LEADS program.
Meghan Siembor, Division Director, Child, Family and Adolescent Services
Meghan Siembor has been with Community Teamwork since November of 2010 and is the Director for the Division of Child and Family Services. She is responsible for all of CTI’s early learning and child care services including Center Based Care, Head Start, and Family Child Care and School Age programs.
Meghan has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University, is a graduate of the Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership at the Boston University School of Management and the Head Start Management Fellowship Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
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.
Kathleen Plath, Director of Development and Marketing
Kathleen joined Community Teamwork in 2016 as the Director of Development and Marketing. She has more than 20 years of Executive Leadership in Sales and Marketing for both large and small companies in the healthcare, technology, and non-profit worlds. She was the founding member of the Specialists On Call team, and instrumental in formulating the go-to-market strategy, launch and sales of the first nationwide commercial Teleneurology practice. She is also the co-owner of three successful Merrimack Valley restaurants with her husband Scott, and has been an active member of the Greater Lowell Community, serving as a Director on many non-profit boards, including; Middlesex Community Board of Trustees, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell, Board of Incorporators, Lowell General Hospital, Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce. Kathleen received her BBA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her MBA from Boston University. Kathleen resides in Lowell with her husband Scott.
Ann Sirois, Director of Compliance and Quality Improvement
Ann Sirois is currently the Director of Planning and Quality Improvement for Community Teamwork in Lowell, Massachusetts. In her work with Community Teamwork, Ann oversees Strategic Planning, CSBG, compliance, data and case management integration, and quality improvement in programming. She has been with Community Teamwork since 2013, previously working in the Early Learning Program as the Family Support Director. Prior to coming to Community Teamwork, Ann worked at Head Start of Shawnee Mission (now Growing Futures) in Overland Park, Kansas, managing family services, enrollment, and community partnerships. She has a Master’s Degree in Family Mediation from the University of Missouri.
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.