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Dana Lee Mengwasser began working with The Brick House in the Spring of 2014. They are committed to advancing opportunities for youth and parent leadership and empowerment. As the Executive Director, they oversee youth, family, and community programming and provide supervision and loving-guidance for our staff. Dana is dedicated to fostering community collaboration through participation in local coalitions, partners, and neighbors.
Parent and Family Services Coordinator
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Sandra was born Puerto Rico and was raised, married, had children in Western Massachusetts. She has worked in the Human Service Field for 30+ years. With such programs as:The Care Center, Valley Opportunity Council, Community Action and most recently for The Foodbank of wma. Sandra enjoys working with the community and helping families obtain resources that may be available to them in times of need. She enjoys cooking, shopping and dancing Salsa. She loves spending time with family especially her children and her 3 grandchildren.
Youth Program Support Staff
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Kaleb thrives in the position of Youth Programs Support Staff through his ability to relate well to youth. His hobbies include listening to and creating music, playing both board and video games, binging Netflix, and spending time with his family (especially his nephew, Kai). He began working with young people at the age of 16 when he helped to staff a social justice organization in his hometown of Hartford, CT. He then moved to MA in 2013 to serve the Brick House as an AmeriCorps member for two years, after which he worked for Dial/Self for several years before returning to Brick House. Kaleb is passionate about using the arts and pop culture to create safe and welcoming spaces for youth to learn, grow, and develop confidence.
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Rachel has worked in fiscal and operations management for the non-profit, private, and academic sectors in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties, with a focus on community economic development, including revolving loan funds, community land trusts, and grant management. She started working at The Brick House in July, 2017 as the Business Manager.