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Our Mission

Casa Myrna is Boston’s largest provider of domestic violence awareness efforts and of shelter and supportive services to survivors. Our comprehensive range of services, available in both Spanish and English, provide survivors with tools to recover from the trauma of abuse and begin to build sustainable self-sufficiency.

Each year, we serve over 1,000 survivors through three residential programs, housing assistance and advocacy, financial literacy education and job readiness skill building, individual and group counseling, legal advocacy and representation, children’s services, and community-based advocacy. Casa Myrna operates SafeLink, Massachusetts’ statewide 24/7 toll-free domestic violence hotline, which answers over 25,000 calls annually. We also provide domestic and dating violence awareness and prevention services by educating teens and adults across the state through workshops, seminars, trainings, social media, engagement with the media and annual ad campaigns on mass transit systems.

Our strategic goals Our programs and services


The History of Casa Myrna

Casa Myrna was founded in 1977 by neighborhood activists in Boston’s South End to provide a safe haven for women and their children who were being abused by their husbands and partners. The organization was named for Myrna Vázquez (1935-1975), an actress and activist who organized members of South End’s Puerto Rican community around housing, education and civil rights.

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Board and Leadership

Staff Leadership

Stephanie Brown
Chief Executive Officer

Leela Strong
Director of Development and Communications

Venessa Rosemond
Director of Finance

Ron Mason
Director of Operations

Cesia Sanchez
Director of Housing Programs

Board of Directors

Juanita Allen Kingsley, President
Owner, AllenKingsley–LifeLong Learning Essentials

Terry J. Rice, Vice President
Senior Director, Finance & Operations, Mother Dirt

Lennox Chase, Jr., Esq., Clerk
Attorney, Chase Legal Services

Jeff Scheer, Treasurer
Director, Pathstone Federal Street Advisors

Karin Beecher
Independent Non-profit Consultant

Anne Giovanoni, Esq.
Senior Director, Corporate Counsel, Alkermes, Inc.

Cas Groblewski
Managing Director, Fantini and Gorga

Dr. Annie Lewis-O’Connor, PhD
Founder and Director, C.A.R.E. Clinic, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Mike Licker, Esq.
Partner, Foley Hoag LLP

Maria Manrique
Chief Financial Officer, O'Reilly Media

Melissa L. McDonagh, Esq.
Attorney, Littler Mendelson PC

Catherine Mesner
Independent Pharmaceutical Consultant

Saritin Rizzuto
Assistant Vice President for Community Relations and Business Development, Metro Credit Union

Mary Stack
Vice President of Finance, Entasis Therapeutics


Come Work with Us

Casa Myrna provides a supportive and rewarding workplace with an emphasis on the diversity and leadership development of our staff. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to workforce diversity and hiring people with diverse life experiences. Survivors, people who are bilingual/bicultural, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBQ and trans people are strongly encouraged to apply.

We offer competitive salaries and excellent benefits, including:

  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Holiday Time
  • Health and Insurance
  • Retirement Savings Plan
  • MBTA Pass/Parking
  • Flexible Benefit Plans
  • Direct Deposit
  • Family friendly work week
  • Professional development and training

Employment Opportunities

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