Staff Members

July Afable

Manager of Accounting and Finance

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July joined MSA in February 2009 as the Manager of Accounting & Finance and is in charge of MSA’s accounting operations. Before coming to MSA, he worked at Catholic Charities RCAB as the Business Manager. July holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. In his free time, July enjoys playing golf, singing karaoke, and ballroom dancing. 
Julianne DeFilippis

Commonwealth Corps Program Assistant

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Julianne joined MSA in November 2017 as the Commonwealth Corps Program Assistant to help provide program management and marketing support to the Commonwealth Corps program, host site partners and members. Prior to joining the MSA team, she spent two years serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA; first as a Social Media, PR & Outreach VISTA in Providence, RI, and then as a Marketing & Outreach VISTA Leader in Manchester, NH. Julianne grew up in Arizona and has a BA from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Arizona State University. In her free time, she enjoys baking, traveling, and volunteering with various youth organizations.
Emily Haber

Chief Executive Officer

Massachusetts Service Alliance

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Emily has over 30 years of experience in planning and community development. Emily joined MSA as CEO in 2008. She is responsible for helping steer MSA in our support of organizations that rely upon volunteers and corps members to meet critical needs in communities across the Commonwealth. Before joining MSA, Emily served as program director of Boston Main Streets, a public-private initiative of the City of Boston established to revitalize Boston's many neighborhood commercial districts. Emily is on the board of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network and the Association of America’s State Service Commissions. She holds a B.A. from Vassar College and a Masters in City Planning from M.I.T. Emily loves to ski and snowshoe which doesn’t win her many friends when she exhibits an unreasonable enthusiasm for snow.
Lisl Hacker

Director of Training and Technical Assistance

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Lisl first joined MSA in the fall of 2014 as a Training and Technical Assistance consultant for a year and then officially came on staff part-time as the Manager of Training and Technical Assistance in fall of 2015 and is now transitioning to the full-time position of Director of Training and Technical Assistance where she will continue to be involved in our Service Enterprise work, the planning of our bi-annual state conference on service and volunteerism and other training initiatives as well as working more closely with the AmeriCorps team to support their Training and TA needs. She often jokes that her resume reads like a “choose your own adventure book” in that she has had a lot of varied work experience ranging from teaching environmental education and coaching tennis to supporting those with mental illness in a residential facility and those with developmental disabilities in an employment program to most recently serving as a Program Officer for a national direct AmeriCorps grant at YouthBuild USA. Lisl has a BA in German and Psychology from Bowdoin College and a MSW and EdM from Boston University. Although it has slowed down in recent years since becoming a parent (which is her true passion), she also has a passion for travelling and has visited almost 40 different countries.
Rachel Irvine

Program Officer

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Rachel began her role as an AmeriCorps Program Officer at MSA in early 2015. Over the course of her career, she has worked in a variety of volunteer-driven, youth development nonprofit organizations. A proud returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Rachel has an MPH and an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Suzana Kantardzic

Senior Program Officer

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Suzana started working at MSA in 2008 as a Program Officer and moved into her current position as a Senior Program Officer in 2014. Suzana leads the team of three other Program Officers administering and managing a robust portfolio of AmeriCorps State programs. Before coming to MSA, Suzana managed an AmeriCorps program at Local Initiatives Corporation and prior to that she worked at the International Rescue Committee in various roles helping refugees from all over the world resettle in the Greater Boston area. Suzana has Bachelor of Arts degree in literature and Bosnian language from the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia. In her free time, Suzana loves reading, cooking and tending to her small garden in Roslindale.
Katie Koski

Program Officer

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Katie joined MSA as an AmeriCorps Program Officer in 2017 with a background working in the higher education and nonprofit sectors and is an AmeriCorps alumna. Her professional and personal pursuit has been helping young people hone their passion for service while connecting them with a career path that enables them to be active citizens. Prior to coming to MSA, Katie oversaw the community engagement and nonprofit career programs at Wellesley College and administered internship and fellowship programs at Northeastern University and Harvard University. She has also worked at nonprofits that have focused on providing individuals with opportunities to impact their communities such as Teach for America, City Year, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs. Katie received her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University.
Elisabeth Lohmueller

Administrative Coordinator

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Elisabeth or “Lis” joined MSA in October 2017. As the Administrative Coordinator, Lis provides assistance to MSA staff and the board of directors. She also oversees the Connect & Serve database and contributes to communication initiatives, special events, and program research projects. Lis discovered her passion for national service while serving as an AmeriCorps member for a youth mentoring organization in Maine. She also has worked with teens as a field instructor for a wilderness therapy program in the Blue Ridge Mountains and most recently was a program assistant at the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Lis has a BA from Wheaton College and earned her Master of Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire in 2017. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, hanging out with her two dogs, and doing crafty activities like knitting and book making.
Beth McGuinness

Director of Programs

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Beth joined the MSA staff in 2001 and has served in several capacities during that time – first in a training role, then as a program officer overseeing youth service-learning and mentoring programs, and finally assuming the Director of Programs role in 2007. As the Director of Programs, Beth oversees MSA’s AmeriCorps portfolio, the Commonwealth Corps program, and focuses on the development of new service-based programs to address unmet needs in Massachusetts. Prior to that, Beth served as a program coordinator for a literacy-tutoring program that trained and placed college students in the Boston Public Schools to work with first through fourth graders. Beth has a bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s in Public Administration. Outside of work, Beth enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys.        
Amy Mulvena

Commonwealth Corps Program Manager

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Amy joined MSA in November 2015 as the Commonwealth Corps Program Assistant and helps to provide administrative, programmatic, and marketing support to the Commonwealth Corps Program, Host Site Partners, and Members. Prior to joining the MSA team, Amy worked at Tenacity Inc. as the Family Engagement Coordinator at the McCormick Middle School, in Dorchester. Additionally, after graduating from college she served as an AmeriCorps Fellow with Tenacity Inc. at the Mary E. Curley School in Jamaica Plain. Amy graduated from Villanova University in 2013, with a BA in Spanish Language and Literature. Outside of her position at MSA, Amy is a volunteer U11 girl’s lacrosse coach with the Charlestown Lacrosse Learning Center, loves going for walks with her Chiweenie, Shaq, and playing tennis.
Lindsay Rooney

Director of External Relations

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Lindsay joined MSA in 2008 to help strengthen and promote MSA’s brand and work through communications activities, legislative advocacy and special events. Prior to MSA, Lindsay was the Manager of Development and Special Events for Tenacity, a youth development program serving BPS kids. Lindsay also worked at the Crittenton Women’s Union as the Advocacy Coordinator where she advocated for public policy initiatives supporting the economic self-sufficiency of low-income women and families through legislative, organizing and education campaigns across the Commonwealth. Lindsay has a BA from Brandeis University and an MPA from Suffolk University. Her current spare time activities include chasing around her very active 10-month old daughter, Anna, and making sure she doesn't grab the tails of her feline brothers, Bowie and Dexter.
Kimberly Valimont


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