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MLC Staff

Florence Bergmann,
Executive Director, earned her B.A. degree in philosophy with a minor in sociology from Boston State College. Florence also holds a Master’s Certificate in Non-Profit Human Service Management from Suffolk University.  As a former Mystic resident, she has directed the organization since 1978 and has received many awards
for her service to low-income children, youth and families.  Ms.
Bergmann spearheaded the organization of several nonprofit coalitions, including the Mystic and Clarendon Providers Group and the Somerville Youth Workers Network.


Tracey Stearn,
Assistant Director, holds a B.A. in Human Services and Criminal Justice from UMASS Boston.  Tracey has worked with children and youth for 21 years and has been on the staff of MLC since 2014.


Linda Kelly,
Mental Health Consultant, holds the Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from Cambridge College and has over 35 years of experience working with children and youth. She has worked part-time at MLC since 1991.

Nick Ortolani,
Senior Staff, holds a B.A. in Theatre and English from 
UMASS, Amherst.  He has worked with children and youth for 7 years and joined the MLC staff in 2014.


Kevin Roy,
Kevin Roy, Senior Staff, began his career at MLC as a Peer Leader in 
the Empowering Competent Youth Program in 2000, and later was promoted to Group Leader and Adult Advisor.  He is currently finishing his Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Urban College and plans to earn his B.A in Education.

Mambi Ashu,
PEP Coordinator, is a graduate of Life University, Marietta, Georgia where she earned the M.S. in Sports Heath Science. She has worked with children and youth since 2011 and joined the MLC staff in 2014.

Kelin Valasquez,
Senior Staff, began her career at MLC as a volunteer in 2012 and  became a member of the Junior Staff in the Empowering
Competent Youth program one year later.  After returning to college, Kelin came back to MLC as a Senior Staff member and continues to pursue a degree in nursing.

Erich Hagan,
Books of Hope Co-Director, is a National Poetry Slam 
Champion with the Haley House Slam Team in Boston.  Erich also facilitates youth-oriented workshops at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.  In addition to performing his own work, Erich produces the variety show, Cheap Seats, at the YMCA Theatre in Cambridge.

Jayy Dodd, 
Books of Hope Co-Director, attended Tufts University and

has worked for education and youth empowerment non-profits in the
Greater Boston area.  He is a published author and serves as Senior Editor of The Offing, an on-line literary magazine of the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Lyn Voyda,
Development Consultant, earned a B.A. in English from 
Wheaton College and a M.A. from Boston University.  She has over 25 years of experience in proposal development, prospect research, and grant writing. She has consulted with the Mystic Learning Center since 2004.
 
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