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Administrative Team
Day to day operations at Maria L. Baldwin Community Center are overseen by our talented and dedicated staff.

Allegra Fletcher, Director of Children’s Programs she/ella

Allegra Fletcher is an Afro Caribbean Latina artist, educator, and community facilitator. She holds her BA from Bryn Mawr College, her EdM from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is currently completing her Masters of Theology at Boston University School of Theology. She began her journey with the MLBCC in 2016 as a teacher before later site directing, and is thrilled to continue working as part of a team committed to providing vibrant children’s programming. Allegra loves to sing, craft, read, drink (and spill) tea, and is best known for her fuse bead earrings. Contact Allegra.

Ashley Yee, Director of Talent and Operations she/her/hers

Ashley Yee joined Maria L. Baldwin Community Center as the children’s programs registration coordinator in 2015. She brings years of program and administrative support to an organization and community that inspires and challenges her. She started adding hats to her collection in 2018, taking on matters of people, projects, program enrollment and development work. A graduate of Emerson College’s Writing, Literature, and Publishing program, she is inspired daily by the curious, creative, and adventurous folks in her life. She used to freelance edit in her free time but now has a wild toddler to chase around instead. Contact Ashley.

Jess Leach, Director of Communication and Outreach she/her/hers

Jess Leach was born and raised in Rhode Island and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Boston University. She joined the Maria L. Baldwin Community Center as an afterschool teacher in 2016 and became Registration Coordinator in 2018. In all her work, she finds great joy in helping make MLBCC a welcoming and inclusive place for the community. In her free time, she is often reading, experimenting with vegan recipes or caring for her many houseplants. Contact Jess.

Kathy Dalton, Living Well Network Manager she/her/hers

Kathy is excited to be aging-in-place and looking for new ways to foster community in the city in which she has lived for over 40 years. She brings over 30 years experience in the non-profit sector, including extensive experience with training, facilitation, professional development, cooperatives, fundraising, and program management. Previously, she led the anti-racism efforts at the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, directed a Spanish family camp, and continues to provide Mac and Apple assistance and tutoring. She graduated from Brandeis and enjoyed the convenience of the 96 bus when attending graduate school in Urban & Environmental Policy at Tufts. She has been connected to the Maria L. Baldwin Community Center for many years through her daughter, an afterschool and Outback alum and Mayor’s Youth counselor at Outback. As a lifelong learner, Kathy enjoys Spanish, nature, reading, gardening, and community activism. She volunteers with the Mass. Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition and as a college mentor at Cambridge Rindge & Latin. Contact Kathy.

Maria LaPage, Co-Executive Director she/her/hers

Before assuming her current position as Executive Director, Maria served the the Maria L. Baldwin Community Center in a variety of roles, beginning as an afterschool teacher in 2008 and later advancing to 1st-5th Grade Site Director and then Director of Children’s Programs. Under her leadership, the Maria L. Baldwin Community Center Children’s Programs have significantly grown in enrollment and continue to thrive.

In her role as Executive Director, Maria is dedicated to implementing MLBCC’s mission across all of its programs. She believes in creating a welcoming and inclusive space that fosters lifelong learning and love of creativity, and she is committed to serving the whole community by increasing scholarships for low-income families.

Maria is a lifelong student herself, with many “afterschool” hobbies of her own, including vegetarian cooking, soccer, crosswords, making jewelry, and tie-dye. In addition to this long list of skills, she holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and Sociology from Beloit College (2007) and a certificate from Boston University’s Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership (2015). Contact Maria.

Phoebe Sinclair, Co-Executive Director she/her/hers

Beginning in 2005, Phoebe Sinclair has served as the first point of contact for community-related inquiries and issues, writes and produces The Whistler newsletter, and serves as chief website wrangler. She is a life-long writer who holds a bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College.

Phoebe is trained in and continues to study facilitation, meeting design, consensus-building and dialogic approaches. She brings always an enthusiasm for connecting with people, inviting them to join her in working hard, laughing often, and honoring life’s challenges and triumphs.

For a decade, Phoebe has joyfully resided in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston with her partner, a musician and graphic designer. In her off-time, she can be found biking Boston, visiting with friends, and scoping out new libraries. Contact Phoebe.

Samone Buchanan, Office Manager she/her/hers

Samone grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and moved to Massachusetts in 2015. She graduated from Lesley University with a degree in Global Studies and minor in history. Nonprofit work has been at the forefront of her ambitions, and she wants to support an organization that focuses on community development and enrichment. Outside of work, Samone really enjoys walking trails with her dog, ceramics (specifically hand-building), and travel. She has been to 7 different countries so far and has many more to come. Contact Samone.

Silvia Cote, Manager of Family Partnerships and Advocacy she/her/hers

Silvia grew up in Ashford, CT and recently moved to Somerville in January of 2022. Silvia graduated with a Bachelors in Criminology and Sociology summa cum laude. She has a passion for advocacy and is a licensed social worker in Massachusetts. Silvia has a year of experience as an ongoing social worker with the Department of Children and Families and has the main focus of building resiliency within family units and providing therapeutic and concrete support to children. Silvia has a trauma informed, empathetic approach and a love for working with her community. Silvia is excited to be a part of the Maria L. Baldwin Community Center as the Manager of Family Partnerships and Advocacy. Outside of work Silvia loves to read, write, and be outside whenever possible. Contact Silvia.

Taylor Mortell, Director of Development and Impact she/her/hers

Taylor is an artist and arts administrator from Marshfield, MA. She earned a BFA in Painting from Boston University, and has been working in community arts in the greater Boston area since 2012. As an artist-fundraiser, her goal is to help create inclusive spaces where people feel empowered to boldly express themselves and ask important questions. Some of her favorite afterschool hobbies include making art, learning weird animal facts, playing board games, and snuggling her pet bunny, Bones. Contact Taylor.

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