William Wasserman, Executive Director
William Wasserman has over 30 years of experience working in the Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities field. He has held several executive level positions in a number of organizations serving people with developmental disabilities. He has served as the Executive Director of GROW Associates since 2015. His experience ranges from vocational, day habilitation, social enterprises, clinical, residential, early intervention, case management as well as forensic services. He has worked successfully with a number of foundations and philanthropic programs. Over the course of his career he has had the opportunity to direct pilot projects including converting over a 480 person sheltered workshop into supported employment and other models of community based services (this was only the third such project, and the largest, in the country). Bill served as a consultant to Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute, now known as the Yang Tan Institute. Bill attended Marist College as a McCann Fellow and received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Human Service Administration. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Developmental Disability Providers (ADDP), Massachusetts’s leading trade group representing the interests of people with disabilities and the agencies that serve them. He also serves in the capacity of Liaison to Massachusetts on behalf of the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), recognized as the nation’s leading research institute for over 100 years. Beyond his professional experience Bill grew up with two brothers with developmental disabilities.
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.
Beth Crowley, BSN, RN, CDDN – Healthcare Supervisor
Beth has been a registered nurse for over 21 years with experience in acute care, primary pediatric care, school nursing, and clinical research. Beth has been with GROW for over 11 years. She brought with her a diverse background that includes: seven years working in Regulatory Affairs for Genzyme Corporation; and four years in safety surveillance for Batelle CRO, a clinical research organization. She has been a Certified Developmental Disability Nurse (CDDN) since 2015, a member of the national Developmental Disability Nurses Association (DDNA) since 2012, and is the current Board President of the Massachusetts Developmental Disability Nurses Association (MaDDNA). Beth is currently pursuing an MBA in Healthcare Management through Western Governor’s University.
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.