Jon Firger became NCSC Executive Director on September 7, 2010. He joins NCSC after 16 years as Executive Director of Jewish Family Service of the North Shore in Salem. While there, Jon led, designed and successfully implemented five strategic plans. He obtained funding and launched one of 19 NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities), a wrap-around program for seniors, nationally. In addition he created a Continuous Quality Improvement system that measured the strategic objectives of each service and function and improved the quality of the entire organization. Jon spent 11 years at The Psychological Center in Lawrence where he provided both clinical and financial management. He began his professional career providing clinical services to children and families and he looks forward to getting back to his clinical roots.
Jon received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hampshire College before obtaining a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from the Boston College. He earned his Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Salem State College Graduate School of Business.
Maureen is a corporate finance, operations and administration expert with experience at non-profits as well as multinational for-profit firms. She has worked with many non-profit organizations, including Germaine Lawrence, B’nai B’rith Housing NE and the ALS Therapy Development Institute. Germaine provides services throughout New England for adolescent girls with complex behavioral, psychological and learning challenges while the mission of B’nai B’rith Housing is to produce non-sectarian housing, both affordable and mixed income to ease the housing crisis, particularly in the communities of Greater Boston. At the ALS Therapy Development Institute, a non-profit research laboratory dedicated to ALS (Lou Gehrig disease) aimed at validating potential gene therapeutics, Maureen served as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer overseeing all finance, operations, development and administrative initiatives.
Maureen’s for-profit experience includes: endoVia Medical, a developer of computer-assisted medical devices for minimally invasive surgery where Maureen served as CFO and Treasurer; Beacon Power Corporation, a publically traded manufacturer of energy storage systems where she oversaw the initial public offering of the company (IPO) as CFO, CAO and Treasurer; Reed Elsevier NV, a publically traded publishing conglomerate where she served as CFO of Cahner’s Direct Marketing; and Priscilla of Boston, a privately owned manufacturer and retailer of couture clothing.
Maureen holds an MBA from DePaul University and a BS from Northeastern University.
Jan Latorre-Stiller has directed the SOAR 55 program since 1993. Her tenure at SOAR 55 has allowed her to gain a great deal of experience in program management and community organizing. Under her direction, she has grown the program (previously named RSVP of Newton, Wellesley and Weston) to include four additional communities in the metro west area. Her vision has always been to create a volunteer program with challenging assignments that would honor the experience, skills and interests of older adults and assist nonprofits in re-imagining how volunteers could be useful to their organizations’ missions. During her tenure, SOAR 55 has been awarded several grants for Programs of National Significance and, most recently the Award of Achievement in Older Volunteer Program Management from MetLife Foundation and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. The award honors exemplary volunteer programs that are creating meaningful opportunities for older adults to contribute their knowledge, skills and time to strengthen communities and enrich society.
Jan is on the Advisory Board of the Newton Office of Volunteerism and has served as Chair of the State Funding Campaign Committee and as President of the Massachusetts Association of RSVP Directors.
Jan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts from Northeastern University. She is also a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston. Before her involvement with NCSC, Jan worked in the fields of marketing and long term care advocacy.
Lonnie Schroeder has worked in the field of Early Education for over 30 years with a broad experience that includes infants to school age children, center and family based programming, direct care services and child care resource and referral. Lonnie’s strong administrative skills have supported programs providing services to children from all socio-economic sectors encompassing strong private tuition programs as well as over 25 years of administration of state contracts.
Prior to joining NCSC in 1995, Lonnie worked for Community Teamwork, Inc. in Lowell for thirteen years. Her work included positions as Director of the Greater Wakefield Family Child Care System and Director of Child Care Search. She has actively served on the Executive Board of MADCA, the Massachusetts Association for Early Education and Care Providers; Chair of the Massachusetts Child Care Resource and Referral Network; Chair of the Massachusetts Family Child Care Affiliates; and advisory board member of the Wakefield Office for Children and the Wakefield Department of Social Services.