Marylou Sullivan

Executive Director

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Marylou Sullivan came to The Consortium in 1980 and became the Executive Director in 1982. The Consortium began in 1975 as an organizational host for both pre-service and in-service staff training, and demonstration projects. The mission supported the drive for community services to replace institutional models. This transformation was of keen interest to Marylou, having come from roles as a Planner and as Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health at DMH. There was rapid growth and change in the community system in Western Massachusetts as a result of both the Brewster and Ricci Consent Decrees.

Marylou especially appreciates the strong values base of The Consortium, and the way in which those values have matured and deepened over the years. “I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to support the constantly changing and evolving work of The Consortium. Respectful, collegial relationships are at the heart of all we do. We’re in this messy, wonderful life together.”

Marylou is a graduate of University of Rhode Island (BA) and Springfield College (M.Ed.). She serves on the Boards of Directors of ADDP and the Human Service Forum. She is also is an adjunct faculty at the University Without Walls at UMass teaching courses in non-profit management.

Kristel Applebee

Director of Organizational Development and Learning

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After a two year hiatus working with another local non-profit, Kristel has rejoined the Consortium Team in a newly created role, Director of Organizational Development and Learning. She originally joined the team in 1995 as the Consortium’s first Self-Advocacy Coordinator and has since worked in many capacities including: directing a holistic support program and overseeing operations for Home and Community Connections, managing a training development contract with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, and in her most recent role as the Consortium’s Associate Executive Director, she was responsible for the organization’s daily operations, administration, human resource and fiscal functioning.  Kristel has a passion for the Consortium’s mission, believes fully in the value of lived experience and works daily toward fulfilling a vision of experiencing inclusive community.

Kathy Chaisson

Human Resources Manager

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As the Human Resources Manager Kathy handles a wide variety of human resource functions including oversight of payroll, benefits administration, workers compensation and short and long term disability. Kathy ensures activities meet with and integrate with organizational requirements for quality management, health and safety, legal stipulations, environmental policies and general duty of care.

Kathy’s goal is to ensure that each staff person has an understanding of their personal benefits as well as the agency supports available to all employees. Kathy’s door is always open and she is always willing to do whatever she can to make sure that every employee feels supported and valued. She has been a valued employee of the Consortium for over 20 years.

Mary Kate Farley-Dimino

Development Coordinator

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Mary Kate has recently stepped into the role of “Development Coordinator” for The Consortium and is responsible for a variety of duties related to the coordination of agency-wide development initiatives including, but not limited to: strategic planning, employee orientation, employee appreciation, and creating conditions for a multicultural community. She also is responsible for offering support and/or acting as a point person for the coordination of ongoing fund and resource development in addition to her regular duties as a member of the Consortium’s administrative support team. Her office is located in the Consortium’s main office in Holyoke.

Mary Kate began working for the Consortium in December of 2012, in a role which evolved into “Peer Involvement and Leadership Development Coordinator” at the BSAS funded “Recovery Support Center,” RECOVER Project in Greenfield, MA. She has a particular interest in the peer recovery movement and in complementary modalities such as yoga, meditation, and energy work for healing from trauma.

Omar Kibodya

IT Coordinator

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Omar joined The Consortium in 2001 as a support specialist in Home & Community ConnectionsAfter a decade of different leadership positions at The Consortium and other agencies, his focus narrowed to ways of improving the use of technology in human services. As an IT Coordinator, Omar receives problem requests on everything related to technology. He prioritizes and resolves problems involving a wide variety of equipment such as computers, copiers, printers, phones and software like Microsoft Office suite, databases and online services.