Meet our staff

ESC staff come from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, and share a passion for building a more just and civil society.

Willia Cooper

Willia Cooper has worked as a training and development project manager, instructional designer and facilitator for over 25 years. She has worked in a variety of industries (banking, high tech, healthcare, utilities) in jobs ranging from directing the worldwide implementation of total quality management, directing training and continuous improvement, consulting to healthcare organizations and coaching potential leaders at a public health commission. In the fall of 2018, Willia became an ESC Fellow, serving as the Transition Navigator Coordinator for the Discovery Centers at ESC. In this role, she is responsible for working in partnership with five Councils on Aging, providing on-site and remote support to executive directors and their staff in the recruitment, selection, training and maintenance of Transition Navigators (TN). The TNs serve as local resources to individuals seeking volunteer guidance and placements.

Julie Crockford

Julie Crockford is the President at ESC, a role she sees as the opportunity of a lifetime. She oversees all aspects of the organization, including strategic direction, program development, operations, marketing and communications, and fundraising. Prior to joining ESC, she was President of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy for eight years, where she grew the annual budget from $200k to $1m, completed restoration of the historic H.H. Richardson Gatehouse in the Fens to become the Shattuck Visitor Center and organization’s headquarters, and launched the organization’s first youth programs. Julie first worked with ESC while at the Conservancy, and saw first-hand how their consulting services transformed nonprofit organizations, and provided the framework for building the organization.  Her former positions include Director of External Affairs at the Museum of African American History, Deputy Director of the Boston History Collaborative, and Executive Director of the Boston Institute for Arts Therapy. Julie is currently on the advisory council of the National Association of Olmsted Parks, and has served on the boards of organizations including PCI (Project Concern International), Emerge Massachusetts, Piers Park Sailing Center, and UNICEF. She has a BA in psychology from George Washington University.

Katherine Cruise

Katherine Cruise is Director of Communications, responsible for developing, directing and implementing marketing and communications strategies to raise awareness of Empower Success Corps. In this role, she assists with business development and consultant recruitment and manages the website, social media and public relations campaigns. As results driven professional, Katherine has more than 25 years of experience in strategic communications initiatives for both local and national nonprofits. She held senior level positions at organizations that focused on mental health, early childhood literacy, and public health. Katherine holds a BA in Television, Radio, Film Production and Public Policy from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

David Guydan

David Guydan is Director of ESC Discovery which fosters social sector engagement for 50+ adults. David also provides his expertise as an ESC consultant to nonprofit clients in strategic planning, capacity building, and marketing. Throughout his career, he has guided several successful mergers, business turnarounds, and start-ups. He founded and served as CEO for Commonwealth Card Services, a company that developed innovative electronic and card-based payment solutions. He has also held senior positions at a number of major Boston financial institutions.  David has served as a board member and financial officer of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, and co-chaired the annual fund for The Winsor School.  David holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh.

Donna A. Morelle

Donna Morelle is the Director of ESC Fellowships, which provides transitional management support from experienced professionals to nonprofits. She brings over 25 years’ experience in leading school, community, and government stakeholders in strategic planning to develop missions, visions, and goals. In her primary career, she worked in PK-12 education as a classroom teacher, school principal, curriculum leader, and Superintendent of Schools and was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. During her tenure as the first female school superintendent in Cumberland, RI, she developed a student-centered decision-making framework.  Donna holds a M.Ed. from Rhode Island College and a Ed.D. from Boston College.

Nadéla Offré

Nadéla Offré is Empower Success Corps’ Program & Marketing Coordinator. Prior to joining ESC, Nadéla worked as an advisor at the College Advising Corps at Boston University and as a Grants and Administrative Coordinator for 1434 Foundation. In her role at ESC, she is responsible for providing programmatic and marketing support to all programs. Nadéla brings to the table a real-world-tested skill set in project management, event execution, and stakeholder engagement. Her strengths include her ability to work cross-functionally in a variety of program support roles. Nadéla holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Suffolk University. 

Lynn Post

Lynn Post serves as Interim Director of Consulting and Director for ESC Northern New England. She is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with clients, consultants, and partners. Lynn worked to ensure a smooth transition as ESC NNE united with Empower Success Corps. As an ESC consultant since 2009 and board member since 2015, Lynn provided strategic planning and communications strategies for NH clients such as the Seacoast Science Center, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Visiting Nurse and Hospice for VT and NH, Monadnock Conservancy, and Ausbon Sargent Land Conservation Trust.

As President of The Post Group, Inc. since 2009, Lynn provided marketing and operational consulting to nonprofits and small businesses. Previously, she held leadership product marketing positions in technology companies such as EMC, HP, Apollo Computer, and Digital Equipment Corporation. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with additional graduate courses in Management at Harvard University, Lynn enjoys traveling, gardening, and walking in her free time and resides in Hollis, NH.

Christine Warren

Christine Warren, the ESC Office Manager and Bookkeeper is often the first point of contact for a caller or visitor to ESC.  She not only extends a warm welcome but is responsible for executive and fundraising support, office administration, bookkeeping, and event coordination. As a volunteer, Chris has served as a member of the Friends of the Landlocked Forest Steering Committee and Treasurer since 2008, and was a former board member of the Friends of Mary Cummings Park. She recently became an advisory board member for HELPIS (Help Me Help Someone), a grassroots nonprofit that provides goods and services to people who are struggling throughout eastern Massachusetts, whether they have homes, are homeless or in foster care.  Prior to joining ESC, Chris was a website editor and freelance reporter for Burlington Union and Wicked Local Burlington, GateHouse Media for seven years, and previously had a career in corporate accounting at Harvard Management Company. Chris has a BS in Business, Concentration in Accounting, from Skidmore College.