Joan Bell, President
Joan Bell joined the Board of Directors in 2000. She is the Superintendent of Mount Hood and Public Open Space for the City of Melrose.
In addition to her role as President of the Board, Joan has served as Co-Chair of our Annual Walk Committee for several years. She also volunteered as a Mentor in our very first mentoring group.
Joan says, “I joined the Board so I could help educate my children and others, letting them know that what you do and what you say matters. I wanted them to know what a healthy relationship should be, and I wanted them to know what resources are available in our community. Knowledge!”
Joan lives in Melrose with her family.
Joe Guarino, Vice President
Joe Guarino joined MAAV’s Board of Directors in 2017 and was appointed Vice President in 2020. He is the owner of LCM PLUS a local design/build company specializing in masonry and landscaping.
In addition to his work on MAAV’s Board, Joe has volunteered with the Annual Walk Committee. He learned about MAAV when he saw a program on a local survivor of domestic violence. As a father of three, Joe was passionate about supporting an organization that not only helps adults in need, but one that also has a strong involvement in the local schools and a commitment to working with young adults and students of all ages.
Joe lives in Melrose with his wife and three children.
Tracey Keenan, Treasurer
Tracey joined MAAV’s Board of Directors in 2021. She currently works for a financial investment firm. Tracey was introduced to MAAV in 2016 when she volunteered as a mentor in our mentoring program, and then joined the Walk Committee as a way to continue to support MAAV.
Tracey says, “As someone who has not been affected by domestic violence, it was eye opening for me to hear that this was happening in my own community.”
Tracey has two grown children and lives in Melrose with her husband.
Craig Noto, Clerk
Craig joined MAAV’s Board of Directors in 2016. He currently works in the education technology space and previously spent about 10 years working with wellness programming for high school and college students.
Craig’s first experience with MAAV was volunteering on our Walk Committee, and he says he got involved with MAAV to help the community sustain a culture of equity and to promote healthy relationships.
Craig lives in Melrose with his wife and two young children.
Patricia Brady joined MAAV’s Board of Directors in 2019. She is a licensed mental health counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist. She has been performing forensic child and family evaluations for more than twenty five years and has a long history in Child Welfare beginning at the Department of Social Services, now the Department of Children and Families. Patricia currently has a private practice in Medford.
She says she joined MAAV because she is passionate about prevention, outreach, and giving back and MAAV’s mission is consistent with her values.
Julia Duncan joined the MAAV Board of Directors in 2020. She is currently a licensed certified social worker at MelroseWakefield Hospital in the medical/surgical unit. She has experience working in the shelter setting with families fleeing domestic violence, as well as supporting patients who are impacted by violence in her role as a medical social worker. Julia has a background in nonprofit development and education, and is also a certified yoga teacher.
Julia enjoys reading, yoga, cooking, and walking her dog Louie.
Julia believes that prevention is the best form of intervention, and she is honored to be a part of MAAV’s work in the Melrose community.
Jodi Dwyer joined the MAAV Board of Directors in 2010. She currently is a clinical social worker with a specialty in oncology. As a clinical social worker with 15 years of experience in multiple settings, she has seen the impact of domestic violence on clients and their families firsthand.
Jodi has volunteered on MAAV’s Walk Committee for several years, and says she was drawn to MAAV because she has seen domestic violence affect the lives of friends.
She says, “I joined MAAV because I believe in raising awareness and providing education for prevention. We are so fortunate to have MAAV as a resource and I’m proud to be a part of making a difference for people in the community.”
Detective Dan Ehlers
Dan Ehlers joined MAAV’s Board of Directors in 2012. He has been a police officer in Melrose for 20 years and currently holds the position of Detective/Domestic Violence Officer. Dan retired from the United States Air Force Security Forces after 20 years of service and served in the Gulf and Iraqi Wars.
In addition to serving on the Board, Dan has worked on MAAV’s Safe Steps Task Force and the Annual Walk Committee. In his role as Domestic Violence Office in the City of Melrose, Dan works with MAAV to provide assistance to victims of domestic abuse. Dan says, “Domestic violence remains an issue in Melrose, but MAAV is such a valuable resource for serving victims and helping to break the cycle of domestic violence.”
Dan has been married for more than 25 years to his wife Toni and has five children.
Mary Landergan joined MAAV’s Board of Directors in 2010. She has more than 35 years as an attorney, having worked in both New York City and Boston. She recently retired as an Associate Teaching Professor and Director of the IP CO-LAB at Northeastern University School of Law, and currently serves as Counsel to Rich May P.C. In her work as a lawyer, she also provided pro bono legal advice to domestic violence victims through a partnership with Middlesex District Attorney’s office.
In addition to her work on MAAV’s Board, Mary also has served on the Associate Board of Directors and has volunteered with the Annual Walk Committee. She previously served as a Melrose Human Rights Commissioner. She was drawn to MAAV because of the prevention and education work that the organization does in the community.
Mary has two daughters, Mary Frances and Betty Anne, who was a member of the Student Action Board for MAAV during her time at Melrose High School.
Chief Michael Lyle
Mike Lyle joined MAAV’s Board of Directors in 2006. He has been working in law enforcement for more than 30 years and currently serves as the Chief of Police for the Melrose Police Department. He has been with the MPD since 1986 and became Chief in 2007.
In 1996, the MPD shifted from a traditional police force to community policing. Chief Lyle realized that the police department and the citizens of Melrose needed to work together towards making the City a safe place to live and work. He knew that the police could not do it alone and needed the public’s support. To this day he still follows that philosophy.
In his role on the MAAV Board of Directors, Chief Lyle lends tremendous support to the organization. The MPD works hand in hand with MAAV to support victims of abuse, provide educational programming in the schools, and provide awareness events in the community. Chief Lyle is highly committed to the cause and to doing whatever is necessary to assist victims and help break the cycle of domestic violence.
Chief Lyle has been married since 1992 to his wife Eileen.
Charlie Melia joined MAAV’s Board of Directors in 2019. He spent more than a decade working with kids of all ages as an English teacher and now works as a small business consultant for a Massachusetts-based payroll services provider.
Charlie’s first experience with MAAV was volunteering on the Walk Committee and he also serves on our Men4MAAV group. He was drawn to MAAV because he strongly believes that education is key to preventing domestic violence.
Charlie lives in Melrose with his wife and young daughter. In his free time, Charlie enjoys spending time with his family, as well as playing ice hockey in a men’s recreational league, and he’s a Rotarian.
He says, “As the father of a 2 year old girl, I want to participate in programs aimed at preventing domestic violence, because I’ve seen the horrific effects of domestic violence many times.”
Karen Willis joined MAAV’s Board of Directors in 2010. She has more than 20 years of experience in health care, and is a physical therapist with a master’s degree in Public Health.
Karen was drawn to MAAV because she is a survivor of domestic violence and is committed to helping other women, men, children and families in need. In addition to serving on the Board, Karen has been a member of the Walk Committee for several years and served as a mentor in our mentoring program. She also was instrumental in starting our support group for survivors of domestic violence and remains involved in that group.
She says, “As a survivor of Intimate Partner Violence, it was my goal to start a local weekly support group for victims and survivors. I am proud to say we now have had one since 2012.”
Karen lives in Melrose with her family.
Jen Winslow joined MAAV’s Board of Directors in 2019. She has 12 years of experience working in web development and digital marketing, and currently is running her own business based in Melrose.
Jen’s first experience with MAAV was volunteering as a mentor in MAAV’s Community Mentoring Program. She says, “It was an amazing experience connecting with the next generation of Melrosians and seeing the world through their eyes.”
Jen lives in Melrose with her dog and two cats.
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