Executive Leadership Team
Daurice Cox, Psy.D., CAS, President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Cox has been working in non-profit services and clinics since 1986 and has been with Bay State Community Services (BSCS) since 1995. She began as the Director of Clinical Services overseeing the agency’s five outpatient mental health and substance abuse clinics and four residential programs. During her tenure, she has played a critical role in the development of programs, services, and best practices. In December of 2014, Dr. Cox became the agency’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Cox was also an adjunct professor for almost 20 years teaching psychology to undergraduate students at Boston University.
Dr. Cox received her Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Fitchburg State College followed by a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Anna Maria College. In 1994, she graduated from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She is a Certified Addiction Specialist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and licensed Psychologist.
Wanda Nascimento, MBA, Chief Financial Officer
Wanda joined BSCS in 2018 and is responsible for finance, budgeting, technology, cyber security, facilities, and risk management of the agency. Wanda brings over 25 years of combined successful experience in public accounting, auditing, finance and administration from her experience as a leader in non-profit organizations and government agencies.
Wanda received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bentley University and an Executive MBA from Suffolk University.
Theresa Burke, M.A., LMHC, Executive Vice President
Theresa Burke has worked at BSCS since 1998 when she joined the Coastal Home Based team working as an Outreach Clinician. Theresa has since served as Program Coordinator of the Family Stabilization Team, Program Director of the Home Based Program and Director of Child and Family Services.
As Vice President of Children’s Services, Theresa is responsible for overseeing the Coastal CBHI Programs, DMH after school and community-based programs, the Lead Agencies, the Dianne DeVanna Center, First Steps Together and the Quincy and Plymouth Family Resource Centers.
Theresa has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, and is licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts. She previously worked as a Social Worker at DCF (formerly DSS).
Anna Erdei, MBA, MA, LMHC, Senior Vice President of Outpatient Services
Anna joined BSCS in August 2020 and is responsible for overseeing the Outpatient Clinic, the CCBHC program, the BHCP program, and the criminal justice and correctional programs.
Anna obtained her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University and her MBA with concentration of healthcare management from Northeastern University. She received her LMHC licensure in 2007.
Rita MacKinnon, LMHC, Chief Operating Officer
Rita joined BSCS in 2006. During her time with BSCS, Rita has spent time working in our outpatient clinics and residential programs, in both clinical and supervisory roles. In her current role of Vice President of Compliance, Rita contributes to strategic planning, program development, utilization review, quality management, compliance with licensing regulations, and risk management. She also currently serves as the Compliance Officer for the agency. Rita provides supervision to the Director of Rehabilitative Justice Services, who oversees: Massachusetts Impaired Driving Program (formerly Driver Alcohol Education programs), Second Offender Aftercare, and contracts with the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office, and the Office of Community Corrections.
Rita completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Assumption College, received her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University, and is licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts.
Maria F. Melpignano, MSW, LICSW, Senior Vice President of Residential Services and Public Health Initiatives
Maria Melpignano joined BSCS in 2006 as Program Director of the Coastal STARR program in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Maria served as Program Director of Coastal STARR for 8 years. Prior to coming to BSCS, Maria was the Clinical Director for an adolescent substance abuse program located in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
As Vice President of Residential Services, Maria is responsible for overseeing the agency’s four residential programs for adolescents: Coastal STARR, Plymouth STARR, Granite House, and Beal Street. Maria received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross and a master’s in social work from Boston University.