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MAB Community Services has been creating opportunities for people with disabilities since 1903. Our long history means that we have developed expertise in a number of areas, including brain injury, vision loss, and developmental disability. We partner with clients, families, donors and funders, community organizations, healthcare providers and volunteers to develop innovative, high-quality programs that serve 3,000 individuals with disabilities each year.

    To maintain its services, MAB must raise nearly one million dollars each year through generous contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. 87 cents from every dollar raised go directly to services that make it possible for individuals with disabilities to live with dignity and independence.

Leadership

Barbara Salisbury Barbara Salisbury
Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining MAB, Barbara Salisbury had a long career in state government and higher education. She served as the state budget director for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Governor Michael Dukakis, and was the Administrative Dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University for 12 years. She came to MAB in 2006.

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Francois Hostailler Francois Hostailler
Chief Financial Officer

Francois has been MAB’s CFO since May 2014. With over 20 years of accounting and finance experience, Francois has dedicated much of his career to the nonprofit and social service sectors, including positions at Vinfen, Hearth, and YMCA. He oversees MAB’s team of accounting and IT professionals and utilizes his expertise to support the organization’s overall process improvement and operational efficiency. Francois received his master’s degree in accounting and his DESCF from the University of Toulouse, France. He is bilingual, fluent in both French and English.

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Alison Abdu Alison Abdu
Director of Human Resources Strategy and Operations

Alison brings a wealth of Human Resources experience to MAB. She was a member of the HR leadership team at Partners HealthCare for more than twenty years, most recently as Vice President for HR Solutions. She is especially passionate about implementing programs to: expand career opportunities for all staff and especially low-wage earners, recognize employee contributions, increase staff engagement and loyalty, and streamline and improve operations. Alison has worked with other organizations that provide services to adults with disabilities and vulnerable populations.

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Sassy Outwater-Wright
Director, Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Prior to coming to MABVI, Outwater studied acoustic physics, audio engineering and vocal performance, but as a blind acoustician and audio engineer, she found the music industry largely inaccessible technologically, and set out to change it, establishing the first collegiate program to teach recording sciences and music technology to blind musicians. Outwater also spent fifteen years in the digital accessibility fields since then, consulting for small businesses, helping make products and services digitally accessible. Her background is in user experience and project management, and she specializes in multiple disability intersectionality.

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Joel Rosenhaus Joel Rosenhaus
Director of the Ivy Street School

Joel Rosenhaus has an M.B.A. in Health Care and Finance from Suffolk University and an M.S.W. in Social Work from Boston College. He has extensive experience in the healthcare industry, and is the former Vice President of CRC Health Care Group and before that the Chief Operating Officer of the May Institute. He joined MAB in 2014.

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Shaun Kinsella Shaun Kinsella
Director, Adult Disability Services

Shaun Kinsella is a graduate of the University of Kent at Canterbury in the United Kingdom, and holds a diploma in Social Administration from The University of Oxford and a Masters in Gerontology from UMass Boston. He is a member of the American Board of Disability Analysts. He first joined MAB in 2001 in the Adult Disability Services where he is now the Director. More recently he worked at UMass Medical School until he returned to MAB in October 2013 as the Director of MABVI.

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David Brown David Brown
Chief Advancement Officer

Well known as a WCVB Channel 5 Meteorologist for almost 18 years, David Brown left local broadcasting to serve as the Chief Advancement Officer for the not-for-profit Forsyth Institute, a biomedical research institute specializing in oral health. After serving as the MC for Ivy Street School’s Extravaganza for a number of years, Brown developed close connections to and passion for MAB Community Services, its programs, and its mission. In 2015 he transitioned to a role as Chief Advancement Officer for MAB Community Services

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Contact

Main Office:
200 Ivy Street
Brookline, MA 02446
P (617) 738-5110   F (617) 738-1247

Ivy Street School: (617) 738-5110

Adult Disability Services: (617) 732-0214

Development/Marketing: (617) 732-0245


Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired Regional Offices:

Greater Boston
200 Ivy Street
Brookline, MA 02446
P (617) 926-4232
or (800) 852-3029 (in MA)
F (617) 738-1247

Central MA
799 West Boylston Street
Worcester, MA 01606
P (508) 854-0700
or (888) 613-2777 (in MA)
F (508) 854-0733


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Board

Board Members

Mike O’Friel, President
Pam Goodman, Vice Chair
Steve Calhoun, Treasurer
Judy Paprin, Secretary

Directors

Fernando Albertorio
Teresa Belmonte
Winthrop (Chip) Bergstrom
Beverly Brown
Randy Cohen
Jack Corrigan
Elaine Ellenbogen
Stephanie Fidel
Doug Katz
Jon Kosheff
Norman Lang
Jonathon Lourie
Alexi Malkin
Jean McGuire
Virginia Mills
Bill Raedar
Barry Shrage
Alan Spiro
David Whitlock
Michael Widmer

History

MAB’s complete history is available as a PDF download

MAB Community Services has been serving blind and visually impaired people since 1903, the oldest social service agency to serve blind and visually impaired people in the United States. Today MAB has been working in Massachusetts communities for more than 100 years, creating opportunities for people with disabilities.


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