NAMI Mass Staff

The staff at NAMI Massachusetts works to further our mission and support NAMI members, programs, and affiliates across the state.

Cristina Abbattista

Deborah Shields, JD, MPH
Executive Director
617-580-8541 x 205

Eliza T. Williamson, M.Ed, MFA, CPS
Director of Community Education and Training
617-580-8541 x 221

Ilya Cherkasov, MS
Director of Family Programs
617-580-8541 x 219

Jill Gichuhi
COMPASS Helpline Director
617-580-8541 x 203

Judi Maguire, BA, CPS, COAPS
Director of Peer Support Programs
617-580-8541 x 223

Karen Gromis
Deputy Director
617-580-8541 x 204

Katherine Opiela
Associate Walk Director
617-580-8541 x 215

Kyrie Mohammed
Community Education and Training Administrative Assistant
617-580-8541 x 217

Larry DeAngelo
Director of Affiliate Development
617-580-8541 x 206

Marilyn DeSantis, MS
Chief Financial Officer
617-580-8541 x 208

Michelle Ward, M.Ed
Assistant Director of Community Education and Training
617-580-8541 x 216

Neil Farbstein
COMPASS Peer & Family Support Navigator
617-580-8541 x 218

Ruthanne Switzer
Bookkeeper & Membership
617-580-8541 x 214

Steve Shea
617-580-8541 x 200

Takeya Faison
COMPASS Justice System & Diversion Navigator
617-580-8541 x 212

Timothy Burton
Criminal Justice Diversion Project Coordinator