Board & Staff

Leadership: Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention

AIP Board of Directors


President: David S. Robinson, President, D.S. Robinson & Associates
Secretary/Clerk: Debra Socia, Executive Director, Next Century Cities
Treasurer: Robert A. Angell III, President, Angell Ventures
Member: Catalina Montes, Retired Principal, Gardner Pilot Academy
Member: John McDonough, Professor, Harvard School of Public Health

AIP Staff


Robert Kilkenny, EdD
Executive Director

Robert Kilkenny, EdD

Executive Director →


"Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

AIP’s founder and executive director, Bob has decades of experience in children’s mental health, with particular attention to troubled and delinquent youth. In the 1970s he founded and directed a private school and treatment center for emotionally disturbed and delinquent adolescents in Vermont and has worked as a consultant to private therapeutic day schools and hospitals. He has been on the faculty of Dartmouth College and Harvard Medical School.  Bob is editor of books on adolescent acculturation and identity development, including ones on African American, Latino, Asian American, Muslim, Mixed Race, and Native American adolescents. He began his career in education teaching high school English and special education. He has given many presentations, both locally and nationally, to promote more effective approaches to providing mental health services in schools.  He is a founding Governing Board member of the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School and a founding Steering Committee member of the Boston Full-service Schools Roundtable.


Lisa Baron, EdD
Program Director, Connecting With Care

Lisa Baron, EdD

Program Director, Connecting With Care →


"Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lisa Baron is a Licensed Psychologist in Massachusetts and a Certified Health Services Provider.  She has 30 years of clinical, supervisory, and training experience in schools, outpatient and inpatient settings, and over 15 years of program administration experience in community mental health and non-profit organizations.  For the past 11 years, she has been the Director of Connecting With Care, a school/community partnership to place mental health clinicians full-time in the Boston Public Schools.  The program trains school-based clinicians in evidence-based treatments for trauma, including trauma-related anxiety. Lisa is the Project Director of AIP’s Center for Trauma Care in Schools, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in collaboration with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) to build a comprehensive, school-based system of care for children and youth who have been exposed to trauma.


Susan Lovett, MSW, LICSW, M.Ed
Program Director

Susan Lovett, MSW, LICSW, M.Ed

Program Director →

Trauma-sensitive yoga helps student learn to calm their minds and regulate their physical responses and, thus, their emotions. Students are able to learn to recognize and tolerate physical sensations and thereby regain a feeling of safety inside their bodies.

Susan is a licensed clinical social worker, licensed K-8 classroom teacher, certified yoga and mindfulness teacher and facilitator of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga. She is the founder and Director of the yoga service organization, Hands to Heart Center. Susan specializes in developing and managing school/community partnerships, program planning, social work with urban adolescents, and developing school and community-based mindfulness and trauma-sensitive yoga programs. She earned her MSW from Boston University and her MEd from UMass Boston. Susan has worked with at-risk youth in the Greater Boston area for 25 years and is a recipient of the Boston University Hubie Jones Award for Urban Service and the UMass Boston Distinguished Contribution to Human Services Award.


Paul Reinert, MSW, LICSW Director
AIP Inclusion Day Program, Irving School

Paul Reinert, MSW, LICSW

Program Director
Center for Trauma Care in Schools →


“Hope will never be silent.”

-Harvey Milk

Paul received an MSW from Simmons College and has over 30 years of experience working with at-risk children and families in the Boston area.  For many years, he directed home-based therapy teams that worked with families involved with DCF and DMH.  Paul joined AIP in 1998 and for 18 years was the Director of the Inclusion Day Program at Washington Irving Middle School, a therapeutic day program that helped support Boston Public Schools students with serious emotional and behavioral challenges.  Currently, Paul is a Program Director at AIP’s SAMHSA-funded Center for Trauma Care in Schools, coordinating training in evidence-based practices to treat symptoms of traumatic stress in schools.


Meg Smith, MSW, LICSW, ACSW
Program Director

Meg Smith, MSW, LICSW, ACSW

21st Century Community Learning Center Coordinator, AIP at Irving School →


"Acceptance is not love. You love a person because he or she has lovable traits, but you accept everybody just because they're alive and human."

-Albert Ellis

Meg holds an MSW from Boston College and has over 25 years of experience working with at-risk children, youth, and families in Boston. She has extensive experience working with troubled
adolescents in the school setting. She has a background in providing mental health supports within full-service schools, through her previous positions as school-based clinician and supervisor in a number of full-service Boston Public Schools. She was the Community Learning Center Coordinator for AIP at the Irving School, responsible for overseeing all out-of-school time programming, and managing AIP’s social work intern program. Currently, she provides coordination of the Trauma-focused Intern Training Program, a workforce development initiative that is designed to provide specialized training and consultation to MSW and LMHC interns in providing trauma treatment services to students in school settings.


James Magerman, MBA, MSIS
Director of Partnerships and Program Innovation

James Magerman, MBA, MSIS

Director of Partnerships and Program Innovation →


"A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying."

-B.F. Skinner

James is a graduate of Boston University’s MS-MBA program, concentrating in Public and Nonprofit Management. Before coming to AIP, James worked in a number of different mental health direct support positions in addition to his work in psychology research. He helps manage special initiatives and collaborations for AIP, as well as AIP’s data collection and analysis efforts for program and policy improvement. James is also responsible for the upkeep of AIP’s technology infrastructure, and the implementation of new technology projects to benefit staff and students alike.


Sherrie-Ann Hodge Kerr, MSW, LICSW
MST Supervisor

Sherrie-Ann Hodge Kerr, MSW, LICSW

MST Supervisor→

Its' never too late to bring about behavioral change.

Sherrie-Ann is a licensed clinical social worker and earned her MSW from Simmons College. She is the supervisor of the MultiSystemic team [MST] and was one of the first clinicians hired in 2007 for DCF-MST Team. Sherrie-Ann has worked both as a clinician and supervisor in supporting families through goal oriented treatment to address youth anti-social and PSB behaviors.


Alisa Ritchie, MSW, LCSW
MST Clinician

Alisa Ritchie, MSW, LCSW

MST Clinician →


"You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive."

-Maya Angelou

Alisa has been a dedicated member of the AIP team for more than a decade, first working as a counselor for AIP’s original school based Inclusion Day Program, and now as a key member of our Multisystemic Therapy team.


Guan Q. Ellerbe, MFT, LSW
MST Clinician

Guan Q. Ellerbe, MFT, LSW

MST Clinician →

"Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other words, to learn from the child, we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn."

-Alice Miller

Guan is the newest member of our Multisystemic Therapy team, and will be an integral part of the expansion of our in-home evidence-based practices initiative. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work Science from Bridgewater State University and a Master’s Degree in Science from Eastern Nazarene College’s Marriage and Family Therapy program, coupled with a deep passion for helping others. Her current certifications are in Trauma Informed Therapy, December 2017; Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach Certified, February 2016; Recovery Coach Certified, November 2015.


Kevin Barry, MBA
Accountant

Kevin Barry, MBA

Accountant →

" Children love and want to be loved and they very much prefer the joy of accomplishment to the triumph of hateful failure. Do not mistake a child for his symptom."

-Erik Erikson

Kevin has worked with AIP for 12 years.  He holds an MBA from Babson College and a BS-Finance from Stonehill College.  He has extensive experience with nonprofit organizations, and he previously worked as a Controller for construction companies.  Kevin’s position with AIP includes all facets of accounting, auditing, and grant management.


Nechama Katz, MA
Development Specialist

Nechama Katz, MA

Development Specialist →


Nechama is always working to improve her Español, to aid in her fight for immigrant justice and to keep strengthening her connections with the Guatemalan branch of her family.

Nechama Katz has over three decades of experience in writing, planning, and organizational development within the nonprofit and public sectors.  She specializes in program development and funds development—particularly grant writing—with a focus on increasing opportunities and social justice for low-income children and families. She has served as AIP’s grant writer since 2002. She also is a co-founder and the original Planning Coordinator for Connecting With Care, AIP’s school-based mental health partnership. Since 1994 she has been active in developing school-community partnerships, including generating millions of dollars in grant funding for children’s mental health services, out-of-school-time programming, academic supports, youth development, early childhood, and related efforts for a variety of schools and nonprofit community organizations.  Katz holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a Bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University.