Concord Prison Outreach Staff

Sam Williams, Executive Director

Sam has been instrumental in various initiatives across the city of Boston including: prison rehabilitation and re-entry, impact of racial profiling, community economic development, urban planning, youth development and public safety. He is currently the chair of the Community Advisory Board for Northeastern University’s Institute of Race and Justice. Mr. Williams is a former member of the Board of Directors of (ABCD) Action for Boston Community Development, an appointed member of the Executive Office of Public Safety, Massachusetts Racial Profiling Task Force. He is also a poet, writer, and trainer.

Ellie DiMauro,
Manager of Volunteer Engagement & Programming

Ellie graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. During her undergraduate career, she took interest in foreign policy and participated in multiple international Model UN conferences. Before joining CPO, Ellie was an intern for a community based nonprofit called Washington Parks & People in Washington, DC where she served as the Volunteer and Operations Coordinator. She is passionate about social and racial equality and ensuring underserved populations have access to educational services. Ellie also enjoys museum going and horror movies.

Jeannette Sheahan, Office Coordinator

Jennette has worked in the education and human service fields her whole career. She holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University and has worked as a mathematics teacher, the Youth Employment Coordinator for the City of Cambridge, a Career Counselor at a therapeutic high school, and an administrative assistant at Concord Carlisle High School. Jeannette joins CPO with great enthusiasm to be part of a team and a community that cares about the personal and educational growth of people who are incarcerated. She also is passionate about exercise and speaking French..

Board of Directors

Elizabeth is the Director of the Regional Housing Service Office, a municipal regional collaboration for the administration and support for affordable housing in Metrowest. Liz has worked with affordable housing, assisting hundreds of households in finding affordable places to live in our communities. Liz has a strong volunteer background serving various local agencies and Unitarian Universalist faith communities. Liz has been serving on the board of CPO since 2019 when she joined as Treasurer. Liz comes to her dedication to prison education and work with CPO through her lived experience as a resident at MCI Framingham, where she found education and the volunteer programs to be invaluable.

Christa came to Concord Prison Outreach as a volunteer in the spring of 2019 and became a board member in the fall of 2020. She is currently an Associate Teaching Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and acts as the Gender Studies program director and the associate director for the Center for Women and Work. Her research and activist interests include masculinity, online identity and communication, and gender and violence. In her work with the CPO sponsored Hi-Set tutoring program, she works to bring her experience in higher education and teaching to helping participants foster not only competence in basic areas of testing and education but also instilling a general love for learning and the consistent creation of new and unique goals. She looks forward to continuing this work and also using her experiences with masculinity and community men’s groups in future CPO projects and programs.

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Tom spent a number of years as an elementary school teacher in Amherst, MA before transitioning to a career in business where he worked with AT&T, Compaq and HP in roles focused on finance, strategic planning and organization development. Tom is a member of the Board of the New England Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and is Board member and Treasurer for the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center. He currently teaches adult ESL in Framingham, serves as a Hospice volunteer, and has provided pro bono consulting services to Accion International, the UU Urban Ministry in Roxbury, and Empower Success Corps. He earned a BA from Amherst College, M.Ed. from Smith College, and an MBA from Dartmouth College.

James joined the CPO Board in 2022. He is passionate about helping returning citizens re-enter the job market and giving them a second chance. He is a graduate of Lake Forest College.

Barbara McIntosh graduated Magna Cum Laude with Distinction in the Field of Nursing from Emmanuel College in Boston. She had an exemplary 47 year career as a registered nurse in numerous capacities. Barbara was chosen by the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to serve on the Massachusetts Social Service Area Board, ensuring social programs were monitored for effectiveness. Barbara was a foster parent to 26 adolescents, and taught parent effectiveness training as well as ran foster care support groups. Barbara has been a prison volunteer for the past eight years, leading successful programs in horticulture and leadership training. She is a Lifetime Master Gardener, currently serving on the Speakers Bureau and Education Committee. In addition, Barbara is a mentor to students, a contributor to the newsletter “The Dirt”, and the head trainer for Better Impact. Barbara joined the CPO Board in 2022 as the Clerk.

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Ricardo Febles is the Senior Director of Social Enterprises for UTEC. He leads strategic operations of three social enterprises (Mattress Recycling, Culinary and Woodworking), and is responsible for determining opportunities for enterprise growth and expansion. Ricardo joined the CPO Board of Directors in 2023.

Andrew has worked as an attorney, investigator, and community activist, including 14 years in law firms in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Florida. From 2014 to 2017, Andrew worked for the State of Florida representing death row inmates in all appeals and post conviction proceedings. In 2017 and 2018, he worked for the Honduras Foundation in Coral Gables, providing representation and legal advice on a range of legal matters. Currently he is a Compass Navigator for NAMI, the National Alliance for Mental Illness in Boston, where he helps people in Massachusetts navigate the complex mental health system and researches ways to improve NAMI’s services to underserved populations. In addition to paid work, Andrew has volunteered in a variety of public service organizations.

Osamagbe hails from a small suburb right outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Osa’s love for children, teaching, and social justice stem from her work with students, and her involvement in state-level politics and local grassroots organizations.  After earning a Bachelors and Masters of Arts in Political Science from Georgia State University, Osa relocated to Massachusetts to start her career in teaching and social justice work. Currently, Osa serves as the Director of Equity and Inclusion at the Carroll School, which is a school for students who have language-based learning difficulties, such as dyslexia. Osa’s work revolves around ensuring that her school community is safe and one that respects, celebrates, centers, and affirms the experiences and identities of all people, particularly those from marginalized communities. Currently, Osa facilitates a book discussion group at MCI-Concord.

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Jim is a Concord resident, ordained clergy, social impact investor, and author.  He has worked as an international strategy consultant, biotechnology executive, venture capitalist, and parish minister.  Jim currently serves on the boards of three for profit social impact corporations and two graduate schools in addition to Concord Prison Outreach.  He earned a BA in history from Yale University, an MBA from Harvard University, and both a Masters in Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Andover Newton Theological School.

Julia is a high school English teacher and resident of the Greater Boston area.  She holds a B.S. in Sociology and Education and an M.A. in English and has volunteered in prisons for many years.  As an undergraduate, she taught reading, writing, and literature courses through the Cornell Prison Education Program, and co-founded the still-thriving inmates’ literary magazine “Writer’s Bloc.”  She previously served on the CPO Steering Committee, and currently facilitates the Non-Violent Communication course in conjunction with other CPO volunteers.

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Advisory Council

  • Hilary Binda
  • Ed Bond
  • Corrine DiPietro
  • Rani Devarajan
  • Deborah Dormitzer
  • Mark Fingerle
  • June McKnight
  • Ken Meltz
  • Don Miller
  • Karen Paradise
  • Linda Plunket
  • Kai Shaner
  • Farhanah Sheets
  • Elsbeth Simoni
  • Fran Spayne
  • Win Wilbur
  • Angie Wilkins

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