Staff and Board

Staff and Board

Staff

Scott Pralinsky, Executive Director

Scott Pralinsky has been selected as the Executive Director, a role he will assume on April 25, 2022 upon a move from Arizona. He recently served as the Executive Director at Echoing Hope Ranch that provides residential, day, respite, habilitation and employment services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, provided by 152 staff. He took the organization from zero in the bank to doubling their revenues to $3M, expanded programming, added additional revenue streams, and reduced the staff turnover rate from 78.4% down to 12%.  A graduate of UMass Amherst and the University of Santa Monica, Scott also participated in the National Leadership Institute on Developmental Disabilities through the University of Delaware, and received a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership & Management from the University of Arizona, Eller College of Management. 

Scott has a lifetime of experience working with those unable to advocate for themselves. He began his career in Boston as a streetworker, developed a mentoring program at Rikers Island for young inmates, and worked as a Chaplain in a prison hospital in Massachusetts.  After 13 years in the Air Force he found himself in Costa Rica where he founded a nonprofit called Tropical Adventures / Casa Milagro Foundation to support people, wildlife and the environment countrywide. This holistic approach included working with underage homeless sex trafficking victims.

Marge Cycan, Director of Finance and Business Operations

Marge has served Grow since 2005. In her role, she is involved with day-to-day accounting operations, the direction of the organization’s financial operations as well as all aspects of significance related to business operations. Marge also plays a key role in the organization’s fundraising events. Marge is a native New Yorker and has worked in nonprofits for over 19 years. She received her B.S. in Accounting from St. John’s University. Marge’s past experiences with nonprofit organization have given her a deep appreciation for improving the quality of life on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities.

Felipe Quinones – Director of Service Operations

Felipe has over 15 years of experience within the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities having started his career as a Direct Support Professional.  Felipe joined GROW Associates in 2014. In his role as Director of Service Operations Felipe oversees all elements of service provision on behalf of the agency. He is accountable for identifying new opportunities for people with disabilities while maintaining continuity of services. Felipe’s insights into leveraging agency service data both qualitative and quantitative continues to build on our infrastructure for existing and future service development. Felipe earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Bridgewater State University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Analytics (MSBA) at UMASS Boston. 

Dennis Mungai – Director of Human Resources

Dennis has over fifteen years of experience in the field of human services. Dennis holds a unique skill set as his career in the service of people with intellectual disabilities began in a Direct Service Professional role. The trajectory of his career led to advancements to management roles in service provision. Nine years ago Dennis then took his career in the direction of Human Resources. Dennis is uniquely qualified in his role as Director of Human Resources as he appreciates the nuances and responsibilities of the service elements GROW provides as well as the responsibilities and processes related to all human resource functions. He holds a Master’s degree in Leadership and Human Resources from Northeastern University and is a Certified Professional in Human Resources.

Wanda Soto, Director of Bistro Services

Wanda has been with GROW for over 20 years serving in a variety of roles including Manager of the Vocational and Community Based Day Programs, Director of Transportation, and now serves as the Director of commercially licensed commissary known as the “Bistro.” Wanda has over twenty years of experience working with children and adults with mental health, behavioral, and developmental disabilities. Before coming to GROW she was a Residential Manager and nursing home care provider. 

Jerson Pereira – Director of Information Technology

Jerson has over 20 years of experience in the field of human services. He has been with GROW Associates for over 15 years. His educational background is in computer science, programming, network engineering. In his role he is responsible for the implementation and maintenance of GROW’s information technology systems, creative use of adaptive computer equipment and the continued development of our I.T. system. In addition, he advises management and trains staff on information technology systems and on best practices of application to service delivery.

Angel Feliz, Director of Employment Support

As Director of Employment Support, Angel oversees all aspects of community based employment for the individuals GROW serves. Angel and the Supported Employment team provide job matching and development along with coaching services to our individuals pursuing, or currently employed with community employers. Before joining GROW Angel previously worked for twelve years for Justice Resource Institute (JRI) as Case Manager, assisting HIV positive and homeless populations with housing search, legal services, health and benefit assistance. He has been with GROW for over nine years.

Kamal Peterson –Director of Transportation

Kamal ignited his passion for helping others over 13 years ago while volunteering at his local church. Kamal has been with GROW for over seven years. He has served in various roles at Grow from driver, support staff, to Bistro coordinator until being promoted to Director of Transportation. Uniquely Kamal attended Bridgewater state for Chemistry but chose to make his career advancements in human services. 

D’Aundra Bell – Director of Day Habilitation

D’Aundra started her career in human services in 2012 after graduating from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. D’Aundra has worked at GROW in the Day Habilitation program since 2013 in a variety of roles. D’Aundra started her career at GROW as a Day Habilitation Case Manager. D’Aundra left GROW in 2014 and moved to San Diego, California where she continued to work in Human Services as an SSI Advocate and Outreach Worker at Episcopal Community Services where she served San Diego’s homeless population. In 2017, D’Aundra returned to Massachusetts and to GROW’s Day Habilitation Program as the Service Manager. In December 2017, D’Aundra stepped in to the role of Day Habilitation Director where she oversees the day to day operations of the program.  

Carmen Peabody – Director of QA/QE

Originally from the great state of Michigan, Carmen graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University in 2015.  After focusing on mental health for the beginning of her career, she moved to Massachusetts in 2016 and quickly discovered her passion for working with individuals with disabilities. Carmen joined GROW’s management team in the beginning of 2020 with experience in multiple areas of service provision, including case management, program leadership and oversight, human rights advocacy, and staff training. She is committed to ensuring all GROW service elements are in full compliance with state, federal, and other applicable regulations, and to protecting and promoting the human rights of all individuals served.