Rachel Broudy, MD, Director of Healthcare Transformation
Marianne Bullock, Capacity Building Manager
Julia Ellingboe, Human Resources Manager & Communications Specialist
Madge Haynes, ACSW, LCSW, Director of Strategic Partnership Projects
Athisha King, Training and Capacity Building Manager
Matthew Leger-Small, Special Assistant to the CEO
Caitlin LeMay, LCSW, Capacity Building Manager
Clara Lopez, Office Manager
Ashley Mark, Strategic Technology and Data Systems Manager
Katya Fels Smyth, Founder and CEO
Laura Stravino, Chief Capacity Officer
Tanya Tucker, Chief of National Partnerships and Outreach
Lotus Yu, Capacity Building and Curriculum Senior Manager
Rachel fell into Geriatric Medicine when she discovered the PACE model of care, a model that provides interdisciplinary care to frail elders to keep them living at home. She has spent most of her career in PACE (Program for All-Inclusive Care for Elders) and has been the Medical Director of the PACE program at Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, MA, and of Mercy LIFE in West Springfield, MA. She also served as the Medical Director of the Senior Care Program at Cambridge Health Alliance, a post-acute and long-term care program. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is boarded in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care. She completed the American Association for Physician Leadership Institute and the Faculty Scholars Program at the Geriatric Center of Excellence at Boston University. Rachel is an affiliate of Ariadne Labs, a joint health system innovation center of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Rachel is passionate about building a future where healthcare for frail elders is based on wellbeing, where our clinical interventions integrate older people more fully into our communities, and our systems of care prioritize and encourage agency, social connection, and sense of purpose. She lives in Amherst, MA, with her extended family and loves to be outside, cook for friends, and occasionally knit misshapen hats.
Marianne has over a decade of experience implementing and directing innovative programs and policies that center families’ autonomy and wellbeing. She works to bring a culture of care and healing justice wherever she is working for social change. She is a founder of The Prison Birth Project, a prison doula and reproductive justice organization that operated for 10 years. She led the passing of legislation to outlaw the practice of shackling incarcerated pregnant people in Massachusetts. She has organized for a range of community, legislative, and administrative policies on a state and national level related to paid sick days, family leave, equal pay, and other issues. Marianne is currently a Commissioner with the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. In her previous work, she was Program Manager of Community Action’s Family Resource Center, an antipoverty agency, where she worked with youth and parents involved in the juvenile system and the first family drug court in Massachusetts. She is an administrator of The People’s Fund, a mutual aid network providing funds to keep families together in the face of deportation, incarceration, and forced separation. Marianne is a graduate of Smith College as an Ada Comstock Scholar. She holds a BA in History. She is a secret, low-key artist and silversmith, using silver and fire as a way to process, heal, and reimagine change through alchemy, adornment, and practice.
Julia has over five years experience in human resources management and over 10 years experience in customer service and management in academia and community enterprise. She returns to HR management after working for Northampton and Greenfield Public Schools as a special education support professional. She has served on the Board of Directors for Franklin Community Co-operative and is the mayoral appointee to the Greenfield Community Television Board of Directors. A freelance writer, editor, and game designer for over 10 years, Julia has wielded her pen to encourage better representation of marginalized communities and cultures in the tabletop games industry. She runs workshops for game designers, writers, and artists interested in tackling social justice issues in their creative work. Working for the Full Frame Initiative is an opportunity to combine her HR management and wordsmithing experience to help more people use their talents to build stronger communities. Julia holds a BA in Religion from Smith College and lives in a purple house in Greenfield with her husband, their two teenagers, dog, feral cat, and two crested geckos.
Madge brings to The Full Frame Initiative over 25 years of experience in social services and background of leadership in systems change/improvement. She believes cultivating relationships and collaboration are critical in achieving the best outcomes for individuals, families, and communities. Madge has demonstrated success in facilitating community and multi-agency initiatives targeting capacity building, training, technical assistance, and strategic planning with partners in child welfare, behavioral health, juvenile justice, the judiciary, education, early childhood education and development, and workforce development. Most recently, Madge served as a consultant in child welfare and family support services. She also helped launch a nonprofit organization focused on trauma-informed training for employers as Director of Programs for Trinity Opportunity Alliance through Technical Assistance Partnership of Arizona. Her former positions have included Senior Director–Bay Area at Casey Family Programs, Executive Director of Arizona Partnership for Children, and Bureau Chief of Prevention at Arizona Department of Child Safety. Madge obtained her Master of Social Work Degree with Child Welfare Specialization from Arizona State University and completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree and post-graduate studies in Psychology at California State University, Fresno and University of California, Los Angeles. While she enjoys brunches with her book club sisterhood and volunteering as a reader/recorder for Sun Sounds of AZ, Madge loves spending most of her free time nurturing, laughing and connecting with family and friends.
Athisha has over two decades of experience working with families and children in public and private sectors, and her priority has always been to ensure the overall wellbeing and success of the family system. At FFI, Athisha helps to equip public systems and private nonprofits to explicitly orient their work around the Five Domains of Wellbeing through co-developing curricula and providing a range of training, coaching, capacity building and tool development. Her past professional experiences include serving as a Training Specialist with Missouri Children’s Division and as a Youth Specialist with Missouri Division of Youth Services. Prior to that, Athisha began her work in nonprofits at the Cape Girardeau Civic Center as volunteer Interim Director working with at-risk youth. She also worked with Greater Dimensions Early Headstart Program in administration, curriculum development and classroom organization, and was Founder/Director of A Blessing 2 U Child Development Center, providing income-subsidized child care in Southeast Missouri for over 10 years. Athisha has served as a volunteer on various public and private committees, including the Cape Area Family Resource Committee, where she worked to improve community resources and access for low-income families. Athisha holds a BS in Child Development with an emphasis on Family Studies.
Caitlin’s work in sexual violence prevention began a decade ago at the University of New Hampshire, where she worked with Bringing in the Bystander, a nationally recognized college sexual assault prevention program. She has also worked with adults experiencing mental illness and with survivors of domestic and sexual violence in both shelter and outpatient care. Caitlin received her Master’s in Social Work from Boston University and is a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW). Caitlin’s experience is mostly around working with and for survivors of sexual and domestic violence in holistic and survivor-centered practices. Her passion is to find creative solutions to ending all forms of violence and working towards a truly equitable world. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys hiking, kayaking, drinking tea, and spending time with her husband and two cats.
Matthew is responsible for partnering with the CEO in her role as the external spokesperson and ensuring that FFI staff have the resources and position they need to accomplish our mission of increasing access to wellbeing. He manages workflow in and out of the CEO’s office and supports the work of FFI’s Board of Directors and leadership team. Convinced at a young age that an anthropologist could save the world, he graduated with honors from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Failing to save the world immediately upon graduation, Matthew found a passion for public service and nonprofit work. He served as the executive assistant at a Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority for five years where he managed two public and three nonprofit boards of directors. He graduated with the 2015 class of Leadership Pioneer Valley after completing a 10-month intensive leadership training course. Most recently, he spent a year at the local Community Action agency networking with other area service organizations to improve the impact of their work. Being fascinated by human society, driven by service to others and focused on systems-level work has led him to FFI where he hopes to brush the dust off that original long-term goal and help to change the world. Outside of the office, Matthew can be spotted singing shape-note tunes, playing the harp and hiking the hills of western Massachusetts with his husband and labrador retriever.
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Clara Lopez, Office Manager
Clara brings a wide range of skills and knowledge to the Administrative Assistant position, where she provides support across the organization and keeps FFI’s main office humming. Clara is passionate about the food justice movement and access to education for all, and is excited to have the opportunity to become a part of the wellbeing movement. She very much believes in building and supporting tight-knit communities, especially via investing in the local economy. Clara earned a BA from Smith College in American Studies, and has over 10 years experience as a counselor and mediator for various social service agencies, working with homeless families, victims of domestic violence and in youth employment. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Franklin County Community Development Corporation, the Franklin Community Cooperative and the Greenfield Local Cultural Council. Clara also volunteered for the Greenfield Free Harvest Supper for 10 years, helping to organize an annual free community meal, which fed over 1000 people while raising funds for the local Center for Self Reliance Food Pantry.
Ashley is a kind of Jane-of-all-trades at FFI, offering implementation and support skills in technology, database administration, communications and in-house malarkey. Ashley has a BA in Religion and Geology from Mount Holyoke College, an MFA in Graphic Design from Academy of Art University and an MBA from University of Phoenix. Prior to joining FFI, Ashley worked in customer service and retail management in for-profit companies for 10 years, but wasn’t satisfied with her contribution to the community at the end of the day. Volunteering for a local nonprofit organization working with queer youth led to her desire to switch from for-profit work to purpose-driven work. Ashley brings her eclectic mix of skills to FFI because she deeply believes that everyone has a right to wellbeing and knows how difficult it can be to manage tradeoffs and sustain wellbeing in the long-term. Outside of work, Ashley is an avid crafter and strong believer in the healing power of Mod Podge. She also enjoys long conversations with her sidekick cat Scully, endless Netflix binging and loud group exercise classes at the local YMCA, where she is training to be an instructor.
Katya grew up in New Jersey and went to high school in Massachusetts, where she volunteered at one of the state’s first shelters for homeless families. While getting a degree in biology from Harvard, Katya continued working with people who are homeless, eventually becoming co-director of one of Cambridge, MA’s first emergency shelters. A hit-and-run of one of the shelter’s guests, uninvestigated by police, combined with the advice and vision of other shelter guests, led her to found Cambridge-based On The Rise, Inc. in 1995. On The Rise was widely recognized for its Full Frame Approach to working with women facing homelessness, trauma and crisis. In 2007, Katya left to work on what would become the Full Frame Initiative. She launched FFI’s systemic collaborations that are bringing a wellbeing orientation to Missouri’s juvenile justice and child welfare systems and the St. Louis County courts, and a multi-system effort in Massachusetts to reframe the government’s approach to the intersection of homelessness, sexual assault and domestic violence. A former Research Affiliate with MIT’s Community Innovators Lab, Research Fellow at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Echoing Green Fellow and Claneil Foundation Emerging Leaders Fellow, Katya speaks, publishes and advocates nationally for addressing poverty, violence, trauma and oppression by removing barriers to wellbeing. She has an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School, and a deep belief in the power of people to do good by and for each other. This, combined with her sense that our country isn’t fully living into that potential, feed her commitment to FFI, bolstered by amazing colleagues and copious coffee consumption. Katya is a terrible gardener and decent cook who lives in Western Massachusetts with her amazing husband and kids, and an unwieldy menagerie of dogs, cats and donkeys.
Laura is responsible for the development and continuous improvement of FFI’s organizational infrastructure, systems and processes across all areas of operations. She began her journey to FFI while a student leader at Duke, agitating and advocating around issues of affordable housing and homelessness. Her passion for social change ignited, Laura focused on policy and community change strategies while earning her MSW degree at the University of Washington, and worked in a number of social-issue nonprofits in the Seattle area for 10+ years before deciding to take a break. She moved “back east,” landing in the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts, and went on to apply her organizational development, advocacy and strategic planning skills to growing a binational trade association for organic agriculture, just at the time when that field was evolving from a movement to a regulated industry. FFI’s unique approach to systems change, its analysis of “what works” and why there isn’t more of it, and the opportunity to help build the organization’s impact, convinced Laura to take another run at work focused on moving the needle on poverty and violence. Outside of the office, you’re most likely to find Laura teaching at the Greenfield Y or spending time with her wonderful family.
Tanya has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit, education, and youth development fields. Her career has focused on supporting low-income and underserved youth, building relationships with external partners, developing innovative programs and leading dynamic results-oriented teams. Supporting communities and partners to drive cross-sector, systems-level change so that every young person has the opportunity and support to achieve adult success has been at the heart of her work for over a decade. She spent 13 years with America’s Promise Alliance, a national organization devoted to helping create the conditions of success for all young people, including the millions being left behind. As the Chief of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, she served as part of the senior leadership team helping set the strategic direction and priorities of the organization. She led the development and implementation of all the programmatic work and engagement of the cross-sector Alliance of over 450 national organizations, over 200 communities, and thousands of individuals dedicated to making youth a priority in this country. Prior to joining America’s Promise, Tanya served at Educational Services, Inc. for six years directing a portfolio of education initiatives that focused on service and service-learning programs, mathematics and science teaching and bridging the digital divide. Tanya also spent nine years at the Association of Science-Technology Centers working on YouthALIVE! (Youth Achievement through Learning, Involvement, Volunteering and Employment), a grants program that supported museum-based enrichment and work-based learning programs for underserved youth. Tanya earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Communication from American University and completed the Education Policy Fellowship Program sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C. Tanya is an avid and fiercely loyal Boston sports fan (Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins). When she’s not following sports she loves to spend time with her family, particularly her nephew, Robbie.
Lotus is part of the Training and Capacity Building Team at FFI, collaborating on strategy for how to support people in shifting towards using a wellbeing orientation, developing capacity building and training materials, teaching, and supporting curriculum development. Lotus holds an MPH/MSW from the University of Michigan. While living in Michigan and working for human services in county government, she also was involved with MISSION, a nonprofit organization supporting homeless tent cities. With this organization, she saw the importance of supporting the whole person. When people were having to make significant tradeoffs for shelter that were unsustainable—because they would be giving up friends, community or stability—what worked was helping to reduce those costs with bus tokens, encouraging people to have a voice, being part of a community, and more. It is this experience that most helped Lotus connect with FFI’s approach to understanding people and the importance of shifting systems to focus on wellbeing, not simply on fixing problems. Lotus also comes with teaching experience on the Texas-Mexico border and in Macedonia. When she is not at FFI, she is doing one of a million hobbies, including but not limited to: cooking, knitting, circus, running, hiking, biking, crafting and playing violin.