WHO WE ARE

Leadership

CHNA 27's activities are governed by a volunteer steering committee.

 

Our steering committee is elected by the general membership as positions become available. Elections are held every year in June. The bylaws determine the terms of each position on the steering committee. 

Learn more about our steering committee members below.

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Mary Jo French, LICSW - Chairperson

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Outpatient Care Coordinator

Mary Jo has been in this position for 3 years as of July 2018.  She received her Masters of Science degree in Social Work from Salem State University and an undergraduate degree from Emmanuel College in Boston, in Psychology Rehabilitation Counseling. She is a Class of 2016 alumnae of the Community Leadership Institute, Cape Cod. This leadership team introduces participants to the topics and leaders affecting the Cape’s future in business, healthcare, government, social services, arts and other areas.  Since joining Spaulding, Mary Jo has initiated two post-concussion support groups with the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts. Her employment history includes working for Family Services of Greater Boston, Joslin Diabetes Clinic, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in the Dialysis Unit, Hospice Services of Massachusetts and Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod.  

 

Mary Jo lives in Sandwich with her husband David, two daughters Madeline and Erin and a little dog named Max.  Mary Jo has been an active volunteer with the Sandwich Public Schools PTSA, Sandwich Women’s Club as well as for multiple fundraisers in Massachusetts for various causes.  She grew up in Newton Center, MA and has lived in San Diego, CA, Boston, Somerville, Salem, MA.

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Louisa Stringer - Co-Chair

Louisa Wiebe Stringer, Caregiving Guide

Louisa Stringer's work as a Caregiving Guide has brought attention to the family caregiving needs of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. As well as family caregivers, she also works with individuals who want to learn how to better care-give their lives.

With a degree in Sociology, certified in Mental Health First Aid, and vast life experience in caregiving her daughter for the last 11 years, Louisa understands firsthand how to best advocate for family caregivers. She is passionate about providing the space for their story to be just as important as the loved one they are caring for. 

Louisa loves traveling, exploring, and discovering and uses these passions to walk alongside her clients on their life journey to better understand who they are. She loves studying the etymology of words and brings that into the work with others as well. Passionate about writing, Louisa has been published on caregiving.com, medicareadvantage.com, and expeditionportal.com. She resides in Osterville with her husband, three teenage daughters, two dogs, six chickens and three ducks.

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Beverly Costa-Ciavola

Cape Cod Neighborhood Support Coalition, Director

Since 2009, Beverly Costa-Ciavola has been the Director at Cape Cod Neighborhood Support Coalition, whose mission it is to prevent child abuse and neglect by supporting families with information, education and resources. For over 2 decades she has worked in the field of prevention and education, formerly as the Director of Outreach, Education and Prevention at Independence House, doing work around the issues of domestic and sexual violence.


Most recently, Beverly has been heavily involved in child sexual abuse prevention and suicide prevention, having been trained in many prevention models that address the stigma surrounding the issues and how prevention and intervention reduce the occurrence of these issues. She is a founding member of the Cape & Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Enough Abuse Cape Cod Child Sexual Assault Campaign. She also works diligently to provide support and access to services for grandparents raising grandchildren, and fathers who want to provide active parenting to their children.

 

She began her college career in 1992 at Cape Cod Community College as a divorced single parent living in a domestic violence transitional housing program with her 5 year old son, graduated with High Honors and as a member of Phi Theta Cappa in 1994, and then graduated Cum Laude in 1997 from Tufts University with a degree in Social Psychology.

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Laura Smith

Oakdale Farms/Lane Gardens & UMass Dartmouth, Farmer and STEM Educator

Laura is a fifth-generation farmer and owner of Oakdale Farms and Lane Gardens in Dighton, Rehoboth, and Seekonk.  The farms perform safe and environmentally friendly practices producing vegetables, fruits, herbs, chicken eggs, as well as value-added products for the local community through venues such as home delivery, farmers’ markets, CSA Farm Shares, grocery stores, wholesalers, and the farm’s own Country Barn & Garden Shop located in Rehoboth.  Besides farming, Laura is an education consultant and adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in the STEM Education and Teacher Development Department. 

Laura is passionate about growing produce naturally to help maintain the healthy soils in the farmland as well as educating adults and children about agriculture and the importance of eating well and a healthy lifestyle.  Laura participates as a board member to SEMAP (South Eastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership) and MSELA (Massachusetts Science Education Leadership Association), as well as the MA Food System Collaborative HIP Campaign Coalition.

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Lauren Fogle, LCSW

Hey Lauren, Virtual Assistant

Lauren was raised in West Barnstable and graduated from Barnstable High School. She returned to the Cape after completing her BSW and MSW Programs at Salisbury University and earning her LCSW. After graduating, she worked in the non-profit field in fundraising and case management.

Inspired by the local businesses of the Cape, Lauren made a pivot in 2020 and started her own company, Hey Lauren. Now, she works as a virtual assistant and supports business owners with backend organization, content creation, marketing, and more. She is passionate about helping fellow entrepreneurs build and maintain sustainable businesses.

 

Outside of work, Lauren enjoys exploring the Cape and all things creative: art, interior design, photography, singing, and playing the guitar & piano.

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Patrick Logan

Beacon Public Safety, Security Consultant

Patrick Logan has worked in the Public Sector for many years in various positions including as a social worker for the MA Department of Children & Families and at Cape Cod Community College where he served as an important member of the Crisis and Life Management (CALM) team. Patrick is also the principal consultant for his small business, Beacon Public Safety.


Patrick earned his Master’s degree at Southern New Hampshire University and his undergraduate degree at Westfield State College. He is also a decorated veteran of the United States Army and volunteers his free time with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Boy Scouts of America.

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Regina Correira

Family Continuity, Care Coordinator

Regina is a leader/instructor with Healthy Living Cape Cod in collaboration with local community health Centers and Stanford University, teaching individuals with chronic health issues to improve their overall health through education, including counseling on nutrition, exercise, and medication. Previously, she was a member of Massachusetts Immigrants Coalition Against Violence (MICAV) through MOVA assisting and empowering victims of violence to seek safety and initiate healing and independence.


Regina Correira brings many years of knowledge and experience serving Cape Cod and Islanders providing advocacy and assisting cape codders with resources to improve their quality of life. She participated actively with the Homeless Prevention Project through local housing and shelter agencies, continuing services to secure permanent housing, safety and resources for the homeless and victims of violence.  Regina Enjoys poetry and has volunteered for 10 years at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. She has a AA in Psychology from Cape Cod Community College, and a BS in Human Services/Counseling with Lesley University. She is a former newspaper reporter for a local newspaper in New Bedford, MA. Regina takes her work seriously, and finds it rewarding to empower individuals to better, healthy, happy, safe lives.

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Donald Coughlin
Independence House, SAFEPLAN Court Advocate

Kelly Sommers
CHNA Administrative Coordinator

Members + Community Partners

CHNA 27 is open to anyone interested in working with others to improve the health and well-being of local residents and communities.

Individuals from the community can join our membership and participate in our monthly general meetings.

Currently, CHNA's membership represents over 45 community partners across the Cape and Islands.

Learn more about our community partners here.