Jenny Amory, Executive Director, has more than 30 years of experience in community organizations focusing on women's leadership and quality educational programs for children and youth. Most recently she served as Development Director for BPE (formerly Boston Plan for Excellence), a $7 million organization that works to ensure an excellent education for all Boston children. Prior to that position, Jenny served as the Executive Director of Teen Voices, a journalism, mentoring, and leadership program for girls in Boston that publishes a print and online magazine worldwide. In addition to her extensive nonprofit management experience, Jenny has served on several boards including Third Sector New England and the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation. In 2011, she was honored as a Barr Foundation Fellow.
Jenny has a BS in Social Work from New York University and a Masters in City Planning from M.I.T. She lived in Brookline for 13 years, and her two children, Jeremy and Kyle, attended the Lincoln School and Brookline High School.
Annette Florczak, Deputy Director of Finance and Operations, has 20 years of nonprofit experience with 15 years of fiscal management experience. Currently, she is a consultant at the senior management level, acting as Finance Director/CFO to several nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Annette has been an adjunct lecturer at University of Massachusetts - Boston, Northeastern University, and Lasell and Newbury Colleges. She has provided accounting and financial management services to dozens of nonprofit organizations, including the YWCA, Teen Voices, Victim Rights Law Center, and MassEquality. She helps nonprofits by guiding long-range financial strategic thinking and planning, and by overseeing financial reporting, internal controls, compliance and annual audits. Her expertise also includes operations, human resources, and information systems. Annette's passion is to instill a high level of fiduciary management and responsibility into small nonprofit organizations, while maintaining a high degree of fun! Annette served as a finance committee member with Third Sector New England, Vice-Chair on the Brookline Commission for Women in 2006 and as a volunteer business manager with Razorcake Magazine/Publishing and Advancement for Girls Education. Annette is a Certified Management Accountant, holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, and a BS from California State University, Long Beach.
Jennifer Lemire, Director of Programs and Grants, has more than 14 years of experience managing domestic and international grants and building robust community development and grant making programs. Prior to joining the Brookline Community Foundation, Jennifer was the International Programs Director at the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) in San Francisco, an organization that provides students and professionals with intensive training in grassroots sustainable development and technical assistance and human resources support to overseas partner organizations. In addition to her time at FSD, Jennifer also worked for Grassroots International, a Boston-based international development and human rights organization that supports community-led sustainable development projects, the Tikvah Fund, and El Circulo de Mujeres/The Circle of Women. Jennifer holds a Master of Arts in International Development from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Amy Silberstein, Director of Development and Donor Services, has more than 22 years of non-profit and fundraising experience in the Greater Boston area. Most recently, Amy was part of the Leadership Gifts team in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at Brandeis University. As Associate Director, she focused on major gift fundraising for all aspects of the university including scholarship, the arts and planned giving. She co-founded the Brandeis Arts Council for outreach and alumni engagement, formed to raise funds for, and bring greater attention to, the University’s fine arts, theatre and music departments. Amy has been an active volunteer for many non-profit organizations in the Boston area, including Cradles to Crayons, Birthday Wishes and Community Servings. Three years ago, Amy co-founded an organization called Food To Your Table, whose mission is to bring food "from those that grow it to those who need it." Amy graduated with a BA from Brown University.
Kathryn DeRobertis, Development and Communications Manager, graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a Bachelors Degree in English. She has been involved in many nonprofits, including the Massachusetts Justice Project in Worcester, MA. Following graduation, Kathryn joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She was selected to work with the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, assisting in the daily operations of the largest food pantry in the county.
Ferry Cadet, Operations Manager, holds an MBA from Simmons College and a BA from University of Massachusetts Boston with dual majors in Economics and Women’s Studies. Recently, Ferry worked as a Program Associate at the Haiti Fund, a five-year initiative created by the Boston Foundation after the devastation of the 2010 earthquake. In addition to her work at the Haiti Fund, she was an Event and Logistics Manager at Brandeis University's Global Youth Summit and a Fund Accountant for Brown Brothers Harriman. Ferry lives in Randolph and loves to stay active through yoga and kickboxing.