Founder and Executive Director, INML
Barry Dym is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Over a long career, he founded and directed three other organizations—the Family Institute of Cambridge; the Boston Center for Family Health; Workwise Research and Consulting—and a professional journal, Family Systems Medicine. He has worked as an organization development and strategy consultant, executive coach, psychotherapist, teacher, and author. Among Dym’s four books are Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations and Managing Leadership Transitions. His consulting clients have ranged grass roots organizations to many Community Development Corporations and large mental health centers in the nonprofit world to such corporations as State Street, MFS, and the Boston Globe. He has served on and consulted to many boards of directors, including the Teaching and Learning Alliance, for which he currently serves as the Board President. Dym received his AB and PhD from Harvard University.
Faculty Director and Core Instructor, INML; Assistant Dean, Sector Initiatives; Master Lecturer and Executive in Residence, Organizational Behavior Department
Kristen McCormack has over twenty-five years of experience managing and leading public and nonprofit organizations. She is the founder of the Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester and the founding executive director of the Greater Boston Food Bank. In addition to her many years leading nonprofit organizations, McCormack has served as a teacher, consultant, and board member to several Boston-based nonprofit organizations. McCormack served as the faculty director of the Public and Nonprofit Management Program at Boston University’s School of Management, where her work was focused on global social enterprise and leadership of nonprofit organizations. McCormack holds a BA in community planning from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Boston University with a concentration in public and nonprofit management.
Core Instructor, INML; Faculty Director, Public and Nonprofit Management Program
For the past four years, Stolow has taught the course “Social Entrepreneurship” in the Boston University School of Management MBA program. He also teaches the course “Education Reform and the Rise of Out of School Time” in the innovative master’s degree in education program co-developed by Citizen Schools and Lesley University.
Prior to joining Boston University fulltime, Stolow served as director of strategic development at Citizen Schools, a national nonprofit network of extended-day and after- school programs. He was primarily responsible for securing resources and managing partnerships with national foundations and federal agencies such as the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Science Foundation. He also helped to lead Citizen Schools’ Teaching Fellowship, which recruits more than 200 aspiring educators to serve for two years as front-line teachers, mentors, and community builders in high-need schools. Prior to joining Citizen Schools in 2001, Stolow worked for 11 years in nonprofit management in the Boston area. He served as director of finance for TERC, a developer of innovative math and science curricula. He then served as team leader, national policy assistant, and chief financial officer for City Year from 1992 to 1995 when City Year launched its national expansion. He then worked as chief financial officer for Boston Community Capital, a leading Community Development Financial Institution. At The Home for Little Wanderers, one of New England’s largest child welfare agencies, Stolow was the director of financial strategy and later chief financial officer. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Bright Futures Adoption Center, the Massachusetts Youth Service Alliance, Boston Children’s Services, Project HEALTH, and Generations Incorporated.
Stolow graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and holds a master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Management.
Core Instructor, Core Certificate Program; Chief Operating Officer, INML
Yolanda Coentro is currently the Chief Operating Officer at INML, as well as a Core Instructor and Senior Fellow. Prior to INML, she was COO at Horizons for Homeless Children, where she oversaw all center-based programs, family partnership programs as well as national and local training efforts focused on early childhood education and care for homeless children. She began her career as a grassroots community organizer, moved into community based mental health and family systems work, and now works as both a nonprofit executive and diversity consultant.
Yolanda chairs the Health Disparities Committee for the Statewide Council for the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI). She serves as an advisor for the Harvard-Kent Leadership and Scholarship Fund and serves on the Board of Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring. She began her career in nonprofit management leading Cutting EJ, a Somerville-based economic justice and anti-racism organization. Additionally, Yolanda worked at The Home for Little Wanderers as the Director of the Safe At Home Program where she led an expansion effort and developed the largest CBHI program in the State.
Prior to Horizons for Homeless Children, Yolanda was Vice President for Programs at YWCA Boston where she oversaw a range of programs focused on eliminating inequities in the areas of health, safety and education in the city of Boston.
She is an Associate with the Family Centered Services Project providing training and consultation on family engagement, trauma-informed care, diversity and inclusion and workforce development. Yolanda graduated from Boston College in 2000 with her undergraduate degree in Sociology and in 2001 with her Master’s in Social Work. She has her LICSW. Yolanda is an alum of INML’s Class of 2011 and has been both a mentor and senior fellow for the program. Yolanda currently lives in Dedham with her family.
Core Instructor, Community Fellows Program; Executive Director, Family Independence Initiative
Jesús Gerena is the Boston director of the Family Independence Initiative (FII), a national organization that believes poverty can be dramatically reduced if the responsibility for change is shifted to those who experience it. He has over 15 years experience working with urban youth and as a community organizer. Jesús is a member and co-chair of the English for New Bostonians Oversight Committee and serves as a board member for the New England Grassroots Environment Fund and the Boston Foundation for Architecture.
Imari Paris Jeffries
Core Instructor, Community Fellows Program; CEO, The Italian Home for Children
Imari Paris Jeffries has a history of driving performance and results for nonprofits as well as a deep commitment to the Boston community. Jeffries served as the first full-time executive director of Friends of the Children-Boston. He has held leadership positions at the Massachusetts Service Alliance, the BELL Foundation, and Jumpstart. He began his career of service in the U.S. Armed Services during the First Gulf War. Jeffries has served on the boards of the African American Federation of Greater Boston, Inc., the Massachusetts Mentoring Partnership, the Elizabeth Peabody House, and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. He holds a master’s degree in Education and American Studies as well as a BA from the University of Massachusetts.