Board & Staff

Leadership: Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention

AIP Board of Directors

President: John McDonough, Professor, Harvard School of Public Health
Catalina Montes, Retired Principal, Gardner Pilot Academy
Treasurer: Robert A. Angell III, President, Angell Ventures
Member: David S. Robinson, President, D.S. Robinson & Associates
Member: Debra Socia, President and CEO, The Enterprise Center


AIP Staff

Robert Kilkenny, EdD Executive Director

Robert Kilkenny, EdD

Executive Director →

"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

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, Center for Trauma Care in Schools →

"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.

Kevin Barry, MBA Accountant

Kevin Barry, MBA

Accountant →

" Classic economic theory, based as it is on an inadequate theory of human motivation, could be revolutionized by accepting the reality of higher human needs, including the impulse to self actualization and the love for the highest values." -Abraham Maslow

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.

Cindi Flores, MSW, LCSW Family Navigator

Cindi Flores, MSW, LCSW

Family Navigator →

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” - “La vulnerabilidad suena a verdad y se siente como coraje. La verdad y el coraje no siempre son cómodos, pero nunca son debilidad" - Brené Brown

Cindi Flores is a first generation Latinx American daughter of immigrants who journeyed to the U.S. from El Salvador and Honduras. As the Family Navigator for AIP’s SAMHSA/NCTSN supplement grant to provide mental health and support services to Unaccompanied Children (UCs), Cindi provides Extended Post Release Services, including culturally humble case management support to UCs and their sponsor families. Cindi is a licensed clinical social worker who has 5 years’ experience providing case management and/or mental health treatment in community health and mental health organizations, schools and hospital settings. She is deeply familiar with the acculturation stress and trauma that immigrant families experience, including support for food and housing insecurity exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Cindi is a member of the Steering Committee of a local immigrant response network that works to
provide information, address immigration challenges, and build unity and community for newcomers who often feel like there is none.

Cindi is a 2010 graduate of Chelsea High School. She received her BS from Suffolk University in 2014, and her MSW from Salem State University in 2020.

Sherrie-Ann Hodge Kerr, MSW, LICSW Multisystemic Therapy 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 Therapy 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.

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.

Dorys Lemus Cultural Broker

Dorys Lemus

Cultural Broker →

Dorys Lemus is a former Unaccompanied Minor who journeyed to the U.S. from El Salvador at age 17. As the cultural broker for AIP’s Center for Trauma Care in Schools, she co-leads evidence-informed groups for Unaccompanied Minors in the public schools. In collaboration with Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) Community Trauma and Resilience Center, she has assisted with the Central American adaptation of Trauma Systems Therapy for Refugees (TST-R). She is a co-trainer with AIP and BCH, providing training on acculturative stress and trauma
to schools and ORR subcontractors serving Unaccompanied Minors. At age 21, Ms. Lemus became the legal sponsor of two younger siblings. She is a 2017 graduate of Somerville High School and is working towards the Associate’s Degree in psychology at Bunker Hill Community College.

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.

Alisa Ritchie, MSW, LCSW Multisystemic Therapy 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 school based Inclusion Day Program, and now as a key member of our Multisystemic Therapy team.

Paul Reinert, MSW, LICSW Program Director

Paul Reinert, MSW, LICSW

Program Director →

“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


Program Director →

"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. Meg 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.