Our Staff

Kathleen Graham

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Executive Director

Kathleen began as Executive Director in June, 2018, succeeding SOWMA’s founder Cheryl Opper. She comes to the organization with more than 12 years of non-profit experience in youth services, including the Boys and Girls Club of Marshfield where she recently served as Executive Director and CEO.

Kathleen has received numerous awards, including most recently the 40 under 40 business leadership award from the Cape and Plymouth Business Journal for unprecedented success in developing private partnerships that increase services for the underserved.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Roger Williams University in secondary education and history.

 

cheryl opper

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Founder

Cheryl founded SOWMA in 2004. She has a BS degree in Early Childhood and Family Life Development from Indiana State University. Cheryl taught preschool and kindergarten for many years. She has been an educator and child advocate for 30 years. Cheryl has grown SOWMA from a grassroots organization based in her home in Easton to a highly respected leader in the effort to provide educational support services for students impacted by homelessness. She has received many awards during her time at School on Wheels including: Community Service MVP Award from the New England Patriots, the Bank of America Local Heroes Award,  Service Above Self Award from the Brockton Rotary, Distinguished Service Award from Bridgewater State University, Wainwright Distinguished Service Award from the Brockton Day Nursery, and she was named a Champion of the City by the Brockton Youth Council.

 

Barbara Fox

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Community Outreach Director

Barbara Fox joined SOWMA as the Program Assistant in 2016, and became the Community Outreach Director in 2017. She has a BA in Education from Suffolk University and an MBA from Northeastern University.  Barbara has a long history of project management, retail and office management. She has been and is currently a member of the Parent Advisory Council in her hometown. Within that role, she has worked to organize and unify the Green programs within the school system. Barbara has been involved in the tutoring program at SOWMA and has enjoyed mentoring the children she has met.  As Community Outreach Director, she hopes to spread the word about how just one act of kindness can make a real difference in helping a child impacted by homelessness.

 

Robin Gilbert

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Database and Donor Management

Robin joined SOWMA’s staff in August 2011 as a Program Coordinator and managed our tutoring and education sites. She has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Tufts University and more than 20 years of management experience within the legal, public television and non-profit arenas. Robin now manages SOWMA’s development systems and donor processes, including donor, corporate and foundation cultivation and acknowledgment.

 

Michele Donohue

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Finance and Administration Director

 Michele joined SOWMA in June 2017. A graduate of Bentley College with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, Michele received her Masters of Science in Taxation, graduating Cum Laude from Bryant College. She has an extensive professional background in taxation and accounting. Prior to joining SOWMA, Michele was Senior Tax Analyst for Clean Harbors for ten years and Assistant Controller for The First Years, Inc. for four years.  In her new role, Michele oversees the financial wellbeing of SOWMA, along with administrative processes and systems and human resources.  Michele works closely with the Executive Director and Finance Committee to prepare and monitor budgets, coordinate audits and grant financials and ensure compliance with accounting policies and procedures. 

 

Mal Stanton McCunney

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Marketing and Events Director 

Mal joined School on Wheels in August, 2016 and will help to promote the work and mission of SOWMA. She has a degree in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts and a master's in communications from Emerson College.  Mal comes to the organization with more than 20 years of public relations and marketing experience, serving as a marketing research manager in the publishing industry and for ten years as public affairs director for the MSPCA/Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston.  She has served as a board and marketing team member for an array of non-profit and educational organizations.  Mal is a certified English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor and has taught in Boston and Quincy.  For several years she has visited patients and families at Children’s Hospital Boston.  She and her mixed-breed dog Manny are a certified Pet Therapy Team.

 

Cassandra Dockray

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High School Plus Coordinator

Cassandra Dockray joined SOWMA in July 2016. She earned a Psychology degree from Roger Williams University and a Master’s in Education specializing in School Counseling from UMass Boston.  She comes to SOWMA eager and excited to work with students who deserve a great education!  As High School Plus Coordinator, Cassandra is responsible for working with SOWMA students in grades 8th-12th and college to provide services necessary for them to graduate and move onto college, vocational certificate programs, or a professional career.

 

"Lynn

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Education Director

Lynn joined School on Wheels in January, 2018 to help manage the K – 12 Tutoring Program and was promoted to Director in October, 2018. She received her bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College and a master’s in philosophy from Boston College. Lynn comes to SOWMA with a myriad of work experiences in education. She has taught for the Middleboro Public Schools, been an administrator at both Mt. Ida College and Harvard University, and most recently taught 18-25-year-old special needs students at Triangle, Inc. in Randolph, MA, a non-profit "School-to-Career" transition program. Lynn has been an active volunteer and has served on many board committees for Middleboro Public Schools, including school councils, playground and elementary school building projects, and the selection committee for principals and superintendents. Lynn has served as literacy tutor and soccer coach, Girl Scout leader and currently serves as the secretary to the Middleboro Youth Softball League.

 

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