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.

Administrative Directors

Christlie Calixte, Director of Talent Acquisitions

Christlie joined BSCS as the Director of Talent Acquisitions in 2020. Christlie brings ten years of experience in Talent Acquisition and Human Resource Management. From her years of experience, she has gained powerful insight in the areas of succession planning, strategic recruitment planning, evaluation, and control as well as training and development.

Drawing on her strong recruitment background, Christlie has assisted companies across a broad range of industries, including hospitality, social services, and healthcare. Christlie has been actively involved in supporting the restructuring and growth of Bay State Community Services by partnering with senior leadership to identify and onboard highly skilled, diverse candidates. In addition to serving on the Leadership team, she is an active member of the organization’s Anti-racism committee.

Glen McKenney, Director of Human Resources

Glen joined BSCS in August of 2020. Glen has extensive experience in Healthcare Human Resources and is an accomplished operations and Human Resources Leader, with experience in healthcare business operations, staff management, HRIS, budgetary management, and general human resource disciplines.

Glen is a graduate of Cambridge College with a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Business Management and is community advocate for Affirmative Action, Social Justice, Community Outreach, children with Disabilities, and Habitat for Humanity. Glen’s hobbies include gardening, baking and a proud parent of an incorrigible Shiba Inu canine.

Bryna Rogers, MS, Director of Community Relations and Development

Bryna has worked at BSCS since 2011 when she joined the Community Service Agency (CSA) as an Intensive Care Coordinator. Bryna has since served as Supervisor for Intensive Care Coordinators and Family Partners in the CSA, Director for the Quincy Family Resource Center and oversaw the Dianne DeVanna Center in Braintree.

As the Director for Community Relations and Development, Bryna connects with the communities that we serve to develop relationships and support BSCS programs, manages marketing, including social media & website development, oversees fundraising and special projects for the agency.

Bryna worked in fundraising at the university level before earning her master’s degree in counseling from Mercy College in 2007. She worked as an In-Home therapist and Outpatient therapist before joining the team at BSCS.

Board of Directors

Robert King, Retired Executive Vice President, Gillette

Daurice Cox, Chief Executive Officer, Bay State Community Services

Wanda Nascimento, Chief Financial Officer, Bay State Community Services

Thomas Williams, Attorney, Thomas F. Williams & Associates, P.C.

Leslie Brown, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Atlantic Broadband Finance
Ian Cain, President of The Highpoint Group, Quincy City Councilor
Christine Driscoll O’Neill, Executive Director of One Life at a Time
Janet LaBerge, Retired-President, Business/Social Services
Donna Milani Luther, Head of School at Inly Montessori School
Jennifer Pompeo, Community Outreach Officer, Weymouth Police Department
Jason Tracy, M.D., Emergency Medicine at South Shore Hospital
Matthew Yohe, Principal at Morgenthaler Private Equity
Joseph Yotts, Relationship Manager at TD Bank