Staff

cheryl opper

Cheryl Opper   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Founder and Executive Director

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.

Sue Podolski

Sue Podolski  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Director of Finance and Administration 

Sue has been with School on Wheels of Massachusetts since its’ inaugural year in 2004.   Since its’ grassroots beginnings, Sue has worn many hats as we have grown.  She comes to the organization with 20+ years of project management experience.  Sue oversees the financial well-being of the organization, human resources and office management. 

robin gilbert

Robin Gilbert  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Development Director 

Robin joined our staff in August 2011. She has a degree in math from Tufts University and served in the Peace Corps in Malaysia as a high school math teacher. Robin has over 10 years’ experience working with underprivileged families, tutoring children and adults as well as managing clothing and furniture donation programs. Robin oversees the development/marketing staff on events and community outreach. She also works closely with the Executive Director on fundraising and donor relations.

 

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Arlene Treacy-Montgomery  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Grants Director

Arlene joined our staff in June 2013.  She has an undergraduate degree from Stonehill College in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Education from Wheelock College.  Arlene has worked in the field of development for over 20 years. She began her development career as a prospect researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and soon after went on to become Director of Development Operations for St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Years later, she served as the Director of Development & Communications for Fayerweather Street School in Cambridge. Before joining SOWMA, she served as the Director of Development for the Learning Center for the Deaf where she directed all development, marketing and public relations activity. She has experience in grant writing, annual fund, donor cultivation, capital campaigns, galas, fundraising events, as well as designing and writing marketing materials, brochures and annual reports. 

 

Jillian Smith

Jillian Smith  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Education Program Coordinator

Jillian Smith joined our staff full-time in July 2016. She is a recent graduate of Stonehill College with a degree in English. She comes to SOWMA with experience in education and a passion for education equity. Jillian has been a tutor for SOWMA at three different site locations and has worked as an intern in the office since January 2016. As Education Programming Coordinator, Jillian is responsible for working with SOWMA tutors and site coordinators, as well as providing academic support for students and parents.

 

Lena Hajjar

Lena Hajjar  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Communications and Development Assistant

Lena joined SOWMA part-time in July 2016. She is a graduate from Emmanuel College with a degree in Mathematics and Biostatistics, and is currently a Master’s candidate in Software Engineering at Harvard Extension School. She has been a volunteer tutor for SOWMA at the Evelyn House and is interested in developing educational software. As a member of SOWMA's development team, she will have a wide range of responsibilities including developing and implementing social media strategies and building the donor database.

Barbara Fox

Barbara Fox  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Program Assistant

Barbara Fox, Program Assistant,joined School on Wheels in September 2016.  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 joins SOWMA as Program Assistant with the hope that she can be a part of helping children impacted by homelessness.

Danny Dwyer

Danny Dwyer  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Community Outreach Coordinator

Danny joined SOWMA full-time in July 2016. He is a Xaverian Brothers graduate. After graduation, he entered the military and went onto serve both as a Crash Rescue man with the U.S. Air Force and then as a Combat Medic with the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division.

After returning from serving his country he went onto become a Deputy Sheriff for Suffolk County and then a Boston Police Officer. He has a deep passion for serving and helping others, especially children impacted by homelessness. He is a certified power yoga teacher with a special needs certification for children.

As a member of SOWMA’s development team, he will have a wide range of responsibilities including backpacks building and distribution, organizing and implementing supply drives, and fundraising.

Cassandra Dockray

Cassandra Dockray  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Lauren McCabe

Lauren McCabe  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Education/Technology Coordinator

Lauren is currently serving a full time year of service through the Stonehill Service Corps Brockton. She is a graduate of Stonehill College and just completed a year of service in Washington state with JVC Northwest Americorps. Lauren became involved with SOWMA as a volunteer tutor at the Family Life Center in 2013. Her position this year as Education Resource Coordinator will include supporting the education team and tutors, making sure they have what they need to succeed! She will collect data and feedback on what kinds of materials and technology makes tutors feel supported and helps our students thrive.

Mal Stanton McCunney

Mal Stanton McCunney   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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