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 is Vice President of Philanthropy and External Affairs and joined St. Francis House in November of 2012. In this position, she provides strategy, leadership, and direction for all agency fundraising.  She also oversees marketing, communications, and external affairs.   Maggie is a member of the St. Francis House executive team and plays a key role in developing and implementing organizational strategy.

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 affinity 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.

Maggie is a Board Member and Development Chair at Hopewell.

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.

Jim Hockhousen

Vice President, Finance and Administration

Jim oversees all aspects of the accounting and finance operations to ensure their alignment with the organization’s goals and strategic plan. His responsibilities include creating and monitoring the annual budget, establishing all internal controls, managing external business relationships, and overseeing all administrative functions including information technology.

Jim has dedicated over 25 years of service to the nonprofit sector including the education, healthcare, mental health, and human services fields. Jim has held various positions of organizational leadership including Assistant Administrator, Vice President, and CEO where he has successfully applied his expertise in finance, IT, and administration. His roles have also including serving as the Vice President of Finance and Administration at The Family Center. Jim received his B.S. in Accounting from Providence College and remains active with the Alumni Association. Additionally, he has acted as liaison to the State of Rhode Island and trade associations, both locally and nationally, and served on numerous Boards, most notably as Treasurer for the RI School for the Deaf.

Originally from RI, Jim now lives in Sutton with his two German Shepherds.

Board of Directors

Timothy S. Egan, Esq., Retired Partner at PwC
David J. Coyle, The Coyle Company
Elizabeth Dugan, MSW, Boston Medical Center
James Berylson, Berylson Capital Partners LLC
Robert J. Bettacchi, RJB Consulting LLC
Fr. Thomas Conway, OFM, Ph.D., St. Anthony's Shrine
James M. Frates, Amylyx Pharmaceuticals
Damon Harrell, Alkermes, Inc.
Judith A. Malone, Esq., Bentley University
Katherine Martinez, Mass. Assoc. of Community Development Corporations
Stephen C. Neff, Fidelity Investments
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 Partners, Inc.
Richard B. Slifka, Global Petroleum Corporation
Vincent Spiziri, Bernstein Private Wealth Management