Leadership Team

Karen LaFrazia

President and CEO

During her twenty years at St. Francis House, Karen LaFrazia has provided a guiding vision of growth for the agency and created a culture that fosters innovation and rewards creativity. Under her leadership, St. Francis House has become a model of integrated programs and services for homeless men and women and people experiencing poverty.

Most recently, in April 2016, in partnership with the Planning Office of Urban Affairs (POUA), Ms. LaFrazia led the purchase of the former Boston Young Men’s Christian Union (BYMCU) building at 48 Boylston Street to be redeveloped to create 46 units of much needed affordable housing in the community.

At the invitation of Mayor Marty Walsh, Ms. LaFrazia also serves on the City of Boston’s Leadership Council to End Homelessness, looking for innovative ways to eliminate family and individual homelessness in Boston.

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Maggie Burns St. Francis House Leadership

Maggie Burns

Vice President, Philanthropy and External Affairs

Maggie Burns joined St. Francis House in November of 2012. She has successfully led the department, growing it from a team of 5 to 9 and increasing the annual fund revenue by 56% raising $4.7 million in FY16. She has also overseen the launch of a vibrant marketing and communications plan, which has shown outstanding growth in their overall visibility and online presence.

Prior, Maggie was Senior Director of Development at the United Way of Mass Bay and Merrimack Valley, where she managed the Private Equity Venture Capital Industry and launched the nationally acclaimed Women’s and Emerging Leaders programs.

Throughout her career, Maggie has been instrumental in organizational and departmental strategic planning and the management of staff. Consistently in leadership roles, she understands the complexities of growing small to mid-size organizations.

Paula DiMascio

Vice President, Finance and Administration

After spending more than 10 years as a CPA in the Midwest, Paula DiMascio relocated to Boston, where she joined St. Francis House in 2011. As Vice President of Finance and Administration, Ms. DiMascio has responsibility for accounting and audit functions, budgeting, financial reporting and analysis, tax and regulatory compliance, cash and investment management, in addition to oversight of the IT functions. Her career has involved roles as the senior financial professional in a variety of non-profit organizations ranging from educational travel programs to human services organizations.

Andrea Farina, VP of Programs, St. Francis House

Andrea Farina

Vice President, Program Strategy and Initiatives

As Vice President of Program Strategy and Initiatives, Andrea (Ryan) Farina oversees the delivery of all programs and services along with leading the agency’s data collection and outcomes measurement work.

Ms. Farina has a wide range of experience in non-profit management, academia, and consulting.  Prior to joining St. Francis House, she was a Research Associate at Harvard Business School, where she worked on projects related to practices in the consumer finance sector, particularly those that have significant affects on the well-being of low- and moderate-income families.  Her professional background includes a variety of roles related to addressing poverty and related issues at the individual and community level:  managing non-profit and city government programs; consulting to practitioners, funders, and municipal entities; conducting research; and teaching.

Ms. Farina joined St. Francis House in 2010. She holds a PhD in sociology from Boston University, an MS in counseling from Shippensburg University, and a BA in psychology from the University of Delaware.

Joe Fitzpatrick, VP Facilities, St. Francis House

Joe Fitzpatrick

Vice President, Facilities

Joe Fitzpatrick joined St. Francis House in 2014 because of their commitment to providing pathways to stability for the poor and homeless. Over the last two years he has developed a result-driven facilities management program, completed several capital projects and is involved in the development at 48 Boylston St which includes 46 units of affordable housing, administrative space for St. Francis House staff, and opportunities for social business enterprises.

An established operations and facilities executive in residential, commercial and asset management, Joe has 15 years of experience in all facets of operations, service-support functions, facilities management, capital planning, project rehabilitation, construction, environmental compliance, safety, and contract management. Prior to SFH, he held executive management positions in Operations and Facilities at Morgan Memorial and Trinity Management LLC. Joe also served honorably in the United States Marine Corps and is a University of Massachusetts-Boston Alum.

Board of Directors

Timothy S. Egan, Esq., Tax Consultant
David J. Coyle, The Coyle Company
Maureen Rogers, Freelance Marketing Writer
Robert J. Bettacchi,
Fr. Thomas Conway, OFM, Ph.D., St. Anthony's Shrine
Mark Doyle, Natixis Investment Managers
Elizabeth Dugan, MSW, Boston Medical Center
Richard J. Hughto, Ph.D., Consulting Environmental Engineer
Judith A. Malone, Esq., Bentley University
Richard J. Meelia, Meelia Ventures LLC
Jack Murphy, Citizens Bank
Stephen C. Neff, Fidelity Investments
Jennifer Nodelman, Santander Bank
Timothy Nolan, The Nolan Group of Ameriprise Financial
Thomas E. Reilly, Jr., Birch Hill Investment Advisors LLC
Michael F. Sexton, Sexton Riley LLP
Susan L. Sgroi, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Graham Shalgian, Rasky Baerlin Strategic Communications
Richard B. Slifka, Global Petroleum Corporation
Vincent Spiziri, Bernstein Private Wealth Management