John Yazwinski, President & CEO
John Yazwinski is president and CEO of Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS), an organization formed by the partnership between Father Bill’s Place and MainSpring Coalition for the Homeless in 2007. John holds a Bachelors Degree in Marketing from Bentley University. He served as executive director of Father Bill’s Place since 1999. Through John’s leadership and vision, FBMS has emerged as a leader in creating housing solutions to address homelessness across the South Shore and Southeastern Massachusetts.
Nicole Fitzgerald, Vice President of Asset Management
Nicole Fitzgerald, graduated from the University of Massachusetts Cum Laude with a double major in Psychology and Women’s Studies. She first came to Father Bill’s Place emergency shelter in 1994 before working with Boston based shelters and treatment programs. She returned to Father Bill’s Place as the Housing Director in 2000 and has since held several positions since including Programs Director, Director of Operations, Chief Operating Officer and most recently Vice President of Asset Management in 2013. Nicole has worked closely with President and CEO, John Yazwinski since 2000 to leverage over thirty million dollars for housing solutions and, through various collaborations, has assisted in the creation, program development and implementation, of over 360 units of housing for homeless individuals and families in the South Shore and Southeastern Massachusetts. Nicole is the former Chair for the reporting and enhancement and is currently on the steering committee for the statewide Housing Management Information System (HMIS). She is a member of the former Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) HMIS, has been appointed to the DTA Regional Board and is a member of the United Way Planning Board.
April Connolly, LICSW, Chief Operating Officer
April Connolly oversees the day-to-day operations of all FBMS programs, including emergency shelter, housing, work force development and prevention. April first joined FBMS in 2008 as an Individual Programs Manager, and in 2011 she became the Director of Housing. April is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Massachusetts. She holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from Bridgewater State University, where she currently works as a part-time faculty member at the School of Social Work. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the Co-Chair of NASW Committee of Housing and Homelessness, a member of the IMPACT Quincy Advisory Board, and the Board of Directors of NeighborWorks Southern Mass.
Kristyn Lahiff, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Kristyn Lahiff joined FBMS in 2009 as the Chief Financial Officer. She is a certified public accountant, holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from Merrimack College and is a member of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. Her background includes working as an audit manager in the real estate division of McGladrey & Pullen and as a controller for Rogerson Communities, a Boston-based non-profit organization that provides housing and health care for elders.
Lucille Cassis, Chief Development Officer
Lucille Cassis oversees fundraising, marketing and communications. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Boston University, and a Master of Arts in Communications from Emerson College. She has acquired certificates in public relations and web development from Boston University and Emerson College respectively. Prior to her current role, she was director of strategic communications at Jordan Hospital, Plymouth. Her background includes strategic marketing and communications, crisis communications and public relations. She is also an associate lecturer in communications at Curry College and a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals.
Terri MacNayr, Director of Human Resources
Terri MacNayr graduated from Eastern Nazarene College with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She joined the FBMS team in 2011 as the Human Resources Manager. Prior to working at FBMS, she worked as the Director of HR Operations at New England Sinai Hospital in Stoughton. She holds a Human Resource Management Certificate from Bentley College and is a member of several professional associations, including the Northeast Human Resources Association, Society for HR Management, and the Human Resource Management Council.