Staff Biographies

East End House Leadership Staff

Meet East End House Leadership Staff

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Michael J. Delia M.A., L.I.C.S.W., President and Chief Executive Officer

Michael has over 25 years work experience in management positions within not-for-profit organizations. He has served as the President and CEO of East End House since 1996. Under Michael’s leadership, East End House’s annual budget has increased by several fold and services for under-resourced children, families and individuals has significantly expanded. During his tenure, End East End House has received numerous awards and recognition, including the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network’s Award for Excellence in Management in 2010, Family Strengthening Award from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and United Neighborhood Centers of America in 2009 and 2010 and, in 2010 became the first organization nationwide to get dual accreditation from the Council on Accreditation (COA) for its Out of School Time Programs and as an agency overall. Michael received a Masters Degree from the University of Chicago in Social Service Administration and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, graduating Magna cum Laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received advanced training in management from Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Business, and Roosevelt University in Chicago, serving as a fellow in a yearlong program for senior managers of human service organizations sponsored by the City of Chicago. Michael currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United Neighborhood Centers of America and Alliance for Children and Families, and has served as a board member and officer of local and national child, youth family organizations in the past, including serving from 2004-2009 as the Chair of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce’s Community Outreach Committee. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and, in 2005 was chosen as one of Boston Event Guide's "30 Extraordinary Bostonians."

Stephanie Gendron LCSW, Senior Director of Youth Opportunities

Stephanie has more than a decade experience managing youth programs and oversees the Middle & High School Programs at East End House. She earned her Master's of Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She recently completed a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at Boston University. Before coming to East End House, she served for seven years as the Director of College Prep and Alumni Programs for Tenacity, a youth serving organization in Boston. Her interests are in college and career readiness, STEM learning, social-emotional and life skills development and closing the achievement gap for low-income youth.

Camille Imbimbo-Platt , Child Care Program Director

Camille received her EEC Director II Certification after working in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 20 years. She gained eight years of experience working for a not-for-profit social service agency in Boston before joining the East End House staff, and she has been working at East End House since 1993. Camille has participated in, and works closely with, other collaborating organizations including the Zero to Eight sub-committee and Cambridge Community Partnership for Children. In addition to her own continuing professional development, Camille has presented workshops and trainings for other Early Childhood Educators and Directors at the annual Teaching for Change Conference at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. Under her leadership, the East End House's Child Care program achieved Accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which recognizes program excellence.

Catharine Downs Ed. M., School Age Program Director

Catharine earned a Master's degree in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. During her graduate work, Catharine studied how to design and implement strategies and interventions to support under-resourced students in achieving academic success. Catharine has experience working with youth in after-school programs in Philadelphia and in Cambridge, where she was a group leader in East End House's School Age Program from 2003-2006. She also taught pre-school for one year in Uganda, East Africa. She was an AmeriCorps member in Philadelphia, working with uninsured patients in a community health clinic. Following her AmeriCorps experience, she worked in a dropout prevention program for teen mothers for three years, where she worked closely with school staff and the community to develop programs to support young mothers. Catharine is excited to return to the East End House to provide educational and enrichment opportunities to youth.

Kimberly Harrington-Marcellino , Marketing and Development Director

At East End House, Kimberly works toward supporting the agency’s marketing strategies and fundraising initiatives by building community, developing relationships with donors, and securing grants to fund vital East End House programs and services. Kimberly also takes a leading role in organizing and managing the agency’s signature fundraising event, Cooking for a Cause. Before joining East End House, she worked in the broadcast media industry where she developed and organized innovative marketing campaigns and events. Kimberly earned a bachelor’s degree from the UMass-Lowell in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. She has also recently completed an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Social Media from Quinnipiac University where she gained experience using social media techniques and practices to create effective content to build community and awareness.

Rebecca Gallo M.S.W., MPH, Senior Consultant of Evaluation and Development

Rebecca earned a Masters degree in Social Work and a Masters degree in Public Health from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from American University. Her graduate studies and field work focused on community program development and clinical social work. She has experience developing community programs and working with individuals, families, and children in non-profit organizations in Washington D.C., New York City, and the Greater Boston area. She has also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa where she worked to improve community health in a rural village. Rebecca has been at East End House since 2007 where she has been working to enhance agency evaluation systems and increase the capacity of the development office.

Tim Severyn MSW, MTS, Senior Consultant of Community Programs

Tim received a Master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Harvard University, and Bachelor’s degrees in both Social Work and Theology from Xavier University in Cincinnati. Over the course of his graduate studies, Tim focused his efforts on community building, organizing, and development, with a particular interest in the impact of food systems on the creation of healthy, sustainable communities. He has worked for community-based organizations in both the St. Louis and Boston areas. Since 2010, he has helped organize and facilitate Setting the Table, a service learning program for teens on food, farming and hunger issues. As Director of Community Programs, Tim coordinates the Emergency Food Program; Senior Outreach and Activities; Volunteers; and an array of other community programs.

Giovanna Castro Matos , Community Programs Associate

Giovanna Castro Matos earned a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in Clinical Psychology with a minor in sociology. She gained experience coordinating programs and events working with the Tufts University English Language Programs and organizing student protests with the Tufts Labor Coalition. Before joining East End House, she worked as a preschool teacher in Somerville. Giovanna became interested in economic and food justice through learning about society’s systemic inequities and hopes to devote her career to changing them. She is excited to continue her career in a non-profit by working in both community engagement and further developing community programs and services at East End House.

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