Board of Directors

James M. Tierney – Board Chair
Managing Director – New England Market at JLL, Boston, MA

Titcianna Barros
Director of Community & Culture for the Teachers’ Lounge

Sandra Best Bailly
Associate Director, Student Support and Alumni Networks at Simmons University, Boston, MA

Jacquelyn Cope
Senior Resident Services Manager at Peabody Properties, Inc., Braintree, MA

Ann Thomas
Senior Director, Corporate Contracts Operations, Transformation & Offsets, Raytheon Technologies Inc., Waltham, MA

Leo Corcoran
Principal at Snow Point Development, Boston, MA

Timothy Hough
Physician at Commonwealth Radiology Associates – Lowell General Hospital, Lowell, MA

John J. Lydon
Former Executive Director, COMPASS

Dave Manzo
Former President & CEO at Cotting School, Lexington, MA

James G. Marchetti
Retired Vice President, Corporate Law, John Hancock Financial Services

Nancy Sandman
Former Fundraising Executive

Bill Steinkrauss
Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer at Curis, Inc, Lexington, MA

Ronald Tull
Shareholder at Schofer Dillberg & Company, Inc., Natick, MA

Yvonne Vest
Principal – Middle School Academy at Boston Public Schools, Dorchester, MA


Laura Lajewski
Executive Director
Education: Masters in Education – UMass Amherst; Ph.D. – UMass Boston
Year Started at COMPASS: 2010

“In both programs, COMPASS helps youth and families build the skills they need to move forward in their lives. COMPASS is a unique place with an amazing group of hard-working, dedicated people. We are all different, but we come together with the same mission of helping and supporting others.”

Sandra Skinner
Senior Director of Administration
Education: Masters in Counseling Psychology – Lesley University
Year Started at COMPASS: 1987

“I have worked for COMPASS my whole professional career because our priority has always been the students and families we serve. We do great work! I have been lucky to hold many different leadership positions here, which have allowed me to grow both professionally and personally. COMPASS has always managed to attract great employees, making my working environment fantastic.”

Eddie R. Najeeullah
Director of Development
Education: Bachelors in Communications Studies – Alfred University
Year Started at COMPASS: 2021

“COMPASS is an amazing place to be. The work done to help our students grow and families prosper is unbelievable. Everyone here works hard to do the best they can for everyone involved and that makes me smile every day.”

Matthew Lynch
Director of Facilities
Year Started at COMPASS: 2008

“COMPASS is a wonderful community of people. We are mission focused and ready to tackle any problem. The work we do with our students and families is extremely important. I know COMPASS is up to the task. The organization has grown so much, I’m excited to see what the future holds.”

Community Services

Louise Pacheco
Director of Community Services
Education: MS, Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Southern New Hampshire University
Year Started at COMPASS: 2013

“COMPASS makes a difference in our families’ lives everyday. Our staff has a unique ability to make positive changes within their families lives. COMPASS has the ability to put smiles on our clients’ faces even when they are having a hard day.”

Takia Fields-Palmer
Clinical Director
Education: Masters in Education, Counseling Psychology – Cambridge College
Year Started at COMPASS: 1999

“COMPASS is just like our families, ever evolving, but one thing that will always remain the same is the passion to persevere.”


Terence Belli
Director of Clinical Services and Director of IT
Education: Masters in Social Work (MSW) – Salem State University
Year Started at COMPASS: 1990

“COMPASS is a very supportive setting, that builds strong relationships with students, parents, guardians, and collaterals. We strive to build capacity and help students reach their full potential. Additionally, it is great to use technology to help our staff, students, and clients succeed.”

Keir Araujo
Director of Admissions and Family Engagement
Education: Masters in Counseling Psychology – Cambridge College
Year Started at COMPASS: 2011

“COMPASS is important because of the effort we make to have a positive effect on the children and families we work with.”

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