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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
Nancy Van Alst joined Community Teamwork in 2018 as the Director of Finance and Accounting and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2023. Prior to working in the non-profit sector, Nancy worked as a financial analyst at public and privately held companies in both high tech and manufacturing for fifteen years. In 2001, Nancy made a decision to apply her financial skills toward working for non-profit agencies serving her hometown community of Lowell. This decision led her to Alternative House, an agency providing comprehensive domestic violence services, where she served as the Finance Director for eight years. During this time, she worked to secure financing and develop permanent affordable housing for survivors of domestic violence, and later a new emergency domestic violence shelter for women and children. She went on to become the Chief Financial Officer of Lowell House, an addiction treatment services agency, where she led the implementation of an electronic health record, developed sober housing for women, and secured financing for a new outpatient and administration facility. Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Northeastern University and her MBA from Bentley University. She is also a graduate of the Institute for Non-Profit Management from Boston University.
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 Marketing & Communications
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.
Chief Planning and Development Officer
Ann Sirois is currently the Chief Planning and Development Officer for Community Teamwork. In her work with Community Teamwork Ann oversees Strategic Planning, CSBG, Quality Improvement, Development and Marketing and Communications. 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.
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Saadia Ahmad joined Community Teamwork in 2022 as the inaugural Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She brings over a decade of experience in conflict resolution and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI&B) as a mediator, conflict coach, dialogue facilitator, teacher, and writer. Having first become involved in this work during her undergraduate years as a Muslim at a Catholic college facilitating interfaith dialogue and advocating for racial justice and religious pluralism, Saadia has since worked in education, nonprofit, government, and corporate contexts at the local, national, and international levels. Saadia holds a master’s degree in conflict resolution with special honors from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a bachelor’s degree from Providence College, where she is also an adjunct professor. She has written for publications such as The Boston Globe, America Magazine, and The Richmond Times.
Director of Planning and Quality Improvement
Amy F. Weatherbee joined Community Teamwork in 2019 as Manager of Grants and Planning. In that role, she expanded program development and sustainable funding, as well as introduced program performance tracking across the Agency. Amy stewarded and supported grant applications that have resulted in one-time or multi-year contracts totaling nearly $50 Million dollars supporting all Divisions. Prior to joining Community Teamwork, Amy spent over fifteen years working in the Health Industry and Workforce Development in the Merrimack Valley, including as the Executive Director of the ValleyWorks Career Center. Her partnership work in the Merrimack Valley culminated with the first Working Cities Challenge award for Lawrence. She also worked extensively in the Metro North region in youth development, workforce development and Adult education. Amy received duel Bachelor’s Degrees in International Relations and Economics from the University of South Carolina, and completed Master’s level studies at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. In her current role, Amy will provide leadership in ensuring effective, high-quality strategic planning and program development strategies, in addition to supporting the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and United Way funding, as well as work to gain additional federal, state and local resources to further the work of Community Teamwork.
Director of Development
Margot Regan joined Community Teamwork in 2023 as the Director of Development. In her role she oversees individual and corporate giving, the CITC tax credit program, and fundraising/special events. An experienced fundraising and marketing professional, Margot has nearly two decades of experience working for nonprofits, helping them grow their visibility and raise critical funds.
Margot is an award-winning journalist and prior to her career in the nonprofit industry she worked at several New England newspapers including the Berkshire Eagle and The Eagle-Tribune. She attended Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, VT, where she earned a B.A. in English and Journalism. She is a member of the Holderness School Parents Association and lives in the Merrimack Valley with her husband and daughter.