Board of Directors

YWCA Greater Newburyport

Board of Directors

Our Board is composed of 14 Directors. In order to promote leadership in young women, High School Students are encouraged to participate on the Board of Directors. Students are permitted to serve one-year terms instead of three-year terms:

Jessica Baylor, President

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Jessica Baylor is a Program Officer at the Klarman Family Foundation and has experience across the for-profit and nonprofit sectors in a variety of human resources and philanthropic-related roles. Jessica has a certificate from the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM-CP) and earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Change Management from the New School and a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster. In addition to the YWCA Newburyport, Jessica is on the Steering Committee for the Boston Chapter of EPIP (Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy), the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Alliance for the City of Newburyport and serves on the Graduate Council for the Noble and Greenough School. She lives with her family in Newbury, MA.

Deborah Rider, Vice President

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I am retired from a 30 year career in banking, primarily in the area of compliance and risk  but also in community reinvestment.  I serve on the Salisbury Affordable Housing Trust,Planning Board

and on the AuditCommittee of the New Hampshire  Fund. Affordable Housing, Gender Equality, and Racial Justice are important issues and its critical that we effectively find solutions.   I believe that the YWCA is positioned to make impactful progress in these areas. I have two grown daughters and reside in Salisbury with my wife, Anne.

Christine Allen, Clerk

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In her role as Vice President Information Technology Security/Infrastructure Operations, Christine works closely with the SVP/CIO to manage the day to day operations of the Information Technology Department and the security of the Bank’s server and network infrastructure to ensure that the Bank’s technology is safe and protected. Christine holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from Emmanuel College and is a member of ISC2 (International Information System Security Certification Consortium) and retains the following certifications CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional; Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP), Comp TIA Security+, and Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE). What drew me to serve on the YWCA Board was the mission statement that the YWCA is “dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.” What attracted me to the YWCA of greater Newburyport was the racial justice and affordable housing committees in hopes of serving on at least one of the and I do!

Julia McDonald, Treasurer 

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Julia McDonald is a Senior Manager in the Risk & Financial Advisory practice at Deloitte. She helps her clients address their top IT risks and specializes in the Consumer industry. At Deloitte, Julia also is a member of the New England Women and Allies Group, which strives to empower  allyship and change for women in the workforce. Aside from her experience at Deloitte, Julia loves to spend her free time baking for friends and family’s events and parties. Julia holds a B.S. in Accounting from Elon University. She grew up in Amesbury and now resides in Newburyport with her partner and dog Tinsley!


Deirdre Budzyna, Director

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Deirdre Budzyna is the Coordinator of Early Childhood Education at Northern Essex Community College. She is also the owner of Acting Out productions in Newburyport where she teaches theater to children ages 4 to 16. She speaks at national conferences on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences and Creative Arts in Learning. Deirdre lives in Newburyport with her husband John, her mom Sue, and her teacup Yorkie Princess.  She and John have three grown children: Colin, Erin, and Maggie.

Nancy Caswell, Director

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Since 2006, Caswell Restaurant Group has developed and operated durable restaurant concepts that have earned impressive accolades for evocative menus that tell stories through food, inventive international wine lists featuring undiscovered gems from small batch wineries, and exceptional guest service experiences. The company’s reputation as respected culinary leader is the work of powerhouse proprietor and wine aficionado Nancy Batista-Caswell, whose success record is testament to her savvy in designing modern restaurant offerings that match contemporary diner values and preferences.

Molly Grant, Director

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Courtney Hutchinson, Director

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Courtney Hutchinson, M.A., MSW, LICSW is the Assistant Director of the Amesbury Council on Aging as well as the Program Manager for the Elder Mental Health Outreach Team in the Greater Newburyport area. Courtney is also a licensed Psychotherapist and private practice working with individuals over the age of 18. Courtney holds both a Masters in Criminal Justice as well as a Masters in Social Work degree from Boston University. In addition, Courtney holds a Graduate Certificate in Domestic Violence prevention and has many years of experience working with women and children in domestic violence relationships.
It is a privilege to be able to serve on the board of directors of the Greater Newburyport YWCA. As a local social worker and psychotherapist, I have seen just how many people the YWCA has served and continues to serve by living up to their mission statement of “eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.” I am honored to be able to donate my time to an organization that has helped change the lives of so many.

Arissa Ibrahim, Director

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Arissa is a student at The Governor’s Academy. She is involved within her school community surrounding topics of social justice.   Her interests are Dancing, Writing, Softball, and Art (specifically ceramics and painting). Arissa wanted to join the YWCA Board of Directors because of her strong passion for justice and equity. She wanted to make a change and have an impact on the community. YWCA has given her this chance an opportunity.For college, she plans on going to an urban setting where she can meet new people and live in a new place.

Zoe Kakuba, Director

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I’m a student at Newburyport High School. I give back to the community by volunteering, primarily for artistic causes. Painting, film,literature, and computer science are some of my interests. In order to learn more about my community and possibly contribute to any beneficial changes that are accomplished, I wanted to join the YWCA Board of Directors.  For college, I plan to go somewhere with a more urban setting and hope to stay in Massachusetts.



Aly Kirk, Director

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Sophie LaVallee, Director

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Sophie Lavallee is a student at Newburyport High School, graduating in 2025. With a love for learning and academic interests that lie within the realm of humanities, Sophie hopes to study Public Relations in college. Outside of school, she has been an avid softball player since middle school, enjoys singing, and currently works in downtown Newburyport at The Candy Man. Sophie values learning more about the ways in which she can contribute to

her community, whether that be town-based or globally, as she participates in the Newburyport High School G.L.O.B.A.L Citizenship Certification Program: traveling to Spain, and most recently to Iceland. 

Margaret McCarthy, Director 

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Margaret McCarthy, PE is a Vice President at Weston & Sampson an interdisciplinary design, engineering and environmental services firm. Margaret is a licensed professional engineer focusing on innovative and solutions to meet clients water infrastructure needs.  holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in Civil/Environmental Engineering. Margaret lives in Amesbury with her family and has been engaged with the community as a volunteer serving several years as coach and Board Member for the Amesbury Soccer Association, as a Math Tutor at Girls Inc, Science Fair Judge and participant in Pan Mass Challenge. I am honored to be on the YWCA Board to live out the mission of “eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.”

Hannah MacVane, Director

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Hannah MacVane is an Account Manager at Matter Communications, specializing in Public Relations and having worked with a variety of companies ranging from non-profit organizations to Fortune 5 corporations. In addition to her involvement with the YWCA of Newburyport, she also serves on the Marketing Committee for the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, which strives to empower individuals and engage communities to end domestic violence. Hannah holds a B.A. in Communications from the College of Charleston, as well as Minors in Spanish and Dance, and resides with her husband in Amesbury, MA.

Maricelis Ortiz,  Director

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Maricelis Ortiz, (BA Psychology and more than 30 + years of experience) is the Administrator of Children and Family Services for the YWCA Northeastern Ma where she has workked for 25 years . She is responsible for the operation of all Youth Services programming implemented by the YWCA and has special expertise in gender specific programming and agency management.  She works collaboratively with other directors and staff to provide YWCA youth services in a culturally competent, age-appropriate model. She is a bilingual / bicultural member of the community, where she also has a strong presence with community partners. She is married to her high school sweetheart of 33 years. He is a Lawrence Firefighter and together have 4 children, 3 boys and a girl ages 23, 20, 14 and 12. She is currently pursuing her master’s at Bay Path University in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy.

Caroline Perry, Director

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Robin Schell, Director

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Robin Schell is Senior Counsel and Partner at the women-owned public relations and management consulting firm Jackson Jackson & Wagner (JJ&W). JJ&W specializes in crisis communication

and external communication systems,behavioral pr research and strategic planning and serves clients in all industries, from nonprofits to Fortune 50 companies. Robin is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and a member of PRSA’s College of Fellows, where she serves as co-chair of the Mentoring Committee. Robin has lived in Amesbury, MA with her husband Todd for 30 years and has been involved in her community as a volunteer for LUNGSTRONG, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding innovative lung cancer research and the Called to Care committee at Main St. Congregational Church. She also mentors college students through her alma mater, University of NH, and participates in the Amesbury Rotary Readers are Leaders program. She was drawn to the YWCA because she is passionate about affordable housing and creating opportunities for women.


Tsveta Semova,  Director

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Tsveta is the founder of Talent Masters, an HR and recruitment consultancy firm, and brings to us her expertise from various senior roles in education, social impact and global recruitment. Her background includes serving as the Vice President of Business Development, Partnerships, and Human Resources for Educatius North America and leading Global Sales and Marketing Enablement efforts at Shorelight Education. Tsveta  holds a graduate degree in International Business, is SHRM-SCP certified. Outside of her professional life, Tsveta is passionately involved in supporting causes related to education, health, human talent development, social justice, and equity. In addition to her work with the YWCA, she is a mentor for tech startups and is an active member of several professional organizations including SHRM, NEHRA, and the Boston Club.


Jamie Sokolowski, Director

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Jamie Sokolowski is currently the principal of the Francis T. Bresnahan Elementary School in Newburyport, MA. She has worked in public education for 13 years and prior to that graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BM in Music Education and earned her MA in Music Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University.

Jamie is certified in Trauma in Learning Certified through Lesley University, and is a RYT-200 Kripalu yoga instructor and also a Board Certified Music Therapist. Jamie is excited to be a director at the YWCA to support its mission of empowering women, eliminating racism and empowering peace in a community that she loves.


The YWCA Greater Newburyport is a Massachusetts Charitable Corporate organized under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 180 and is also an exempt organization under IRS Section 501 (c)(3). As such, it has a volunteer Board of Directors who meet throughout the year to: ensure that the YWCA Greater Newburyport works to fulfill its mission, develop and implement a strategic plan, provide financial oversight, including conducting an annual audit, and serve as ambassadors of the YWCA throughout the community.


The YWCA Board of Directors conducts much of its work through committees. Several of these committees are open to non-Board Members including Affordable Housing, Development, and Racial Justice. People interested in supporting the work of the YWCA through one of these committees should contact the Executive Director.

Joining the Board

The YWCA Greater Newburyport is governed by its by-laws which allow the Board to select its own Directors at the annual board meeting or whenever a vacancy exists. Those who are interested in serving on the Board, should complete an application and submit it to the Executive Director.  Because the Board is limited in size, not all who wish to serve on the Board will be considered.

Standards of Conduct

All Board Members and Committee Members are subject to the YWCA’s Standards of Conduct and must complete an annual  Conflict of Interest form.

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  • Mon– Fri: 6 am – 7:45 pm
  • Sat: 8 am – 1 pm
  • Sun: CLOSED


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joining the board

Those interested in serving on the Board should complete an application and submit it to the nominating committee for consideration. Because the Board is limited in size, not all who wish to serve on the Board will be considered.

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facility hours

Mon-Fri: 6 am - 7:45 pm

Sat: 8 am - 1 pm     

Sunday: CLOSED