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Chief Program Officer
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.
Chief Financial Officer
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. Penny joined CTI in 2008 and has over 35 years of experience in finance and accounting.
Director of Real Estate Operations
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.
Division Director Housing and Homeless Services
Barbara has been with Community Teamwork since 2011, serving first as Rehousing and Stabilization Manager and most recently as the Deputy Division Director of Residential Programs. Barbara joined Community Teamwork after graduating from UMass Lowell’s Community Psychology Graduate Program. Over the past 10 years working for Community Teamwork, she has managed Rehousing Programming for homeless families as well as the Emergency Assistance Family Shelter. More recently, she has led the agency’s efforts to address individual homelessness within the City of Lowell. Barbara currently serves on the Board of Directors for Homes for Families, an advocacy organization for families in shelters.
Division Director Child & Family 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.
Division Director, Energy and Community Resources
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.
Chief Human Resource Officer
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.
Director of Communications & Development
Kathleen joined Community Teamwork in 2018 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.
Director of Planning 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.
Chief Executive Officer
Karen Nastasia Frederick is the Chief Executive Officer of Community Teamwork, the community action agency serving the Greater Lowell area serving 63 cities and town in Middlesex and Essex Counties. Community Teamwork is also one of the nine regional non-profit housing agencies serving 41 cities and towns in Middlesex and Essex Counties. The agency currently has a budget of over $70 million and more than 400 employees. She has been Executive Director since 2003.
Ms. Frederick served as the agency’s Chief Program Officer for 5 years, overseeing all program operations, and as the Director of Community Teamwork’s Family Life Services Department, which administered one of the largest child care systems in Massachusetts for over 11 years. She has made her career in community action since 1978.
Karen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Merrimack College and a Master of Education in Child and Family Development from Tufts University.
She has been an instructor on the adjunct faculty of Middlesex Community College, Wheelock College, and Lesley College.
Ms. Frederick is the former President of the Massachusetts Association of Early Education and Care, immediate past President of the Massachusetts Association of Community Action Agencies, and immediate Past President of the Department of Social Services Citizens’ Advisory Board. She serves on the Boards of Common Ground Development Corporation, Massachusetts Regional Housing Agency Association, and is a former member and Chair of the Dracut School Committee. She currently serves as a corporator of Lowell General Hospital and the Greater Lowell Boys and Girls Club. She was appointed to Governor Patrick’s Education Task Force and has served on various appointed government committees and task forces.
She was the recipient of the 2004 Thomas Kelakos Community Spirit Award from the Greater Lowell Kiwanis Club, and one of the recipients of the 2005 Distinguished Democrats Awards from the Greater Lowell Area Democrats. Karen also received the 2006 Celebration of Today’s Woman Award from Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell.