St. Mary's Leadership Team

The experts leading our agency to meet its mission
Carlene Casciano-McCann

Carlene Casciano-McCann
Executive Director

cmccann@smhfc.org

Carlene is a proven leader and advocate for young people dealing with mental health issues and trauma.

Carlene received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Stonehill College and graduate degrees in educational and school psychology from Rhode Island College.

Early in her career, Carlene developed a passion for understanding and treating young people impacted by trauma and advocating on their behalf. Keeping current with industry trends, she maintains a spirit of innovation in addressing unmet needs in the community by developing new programs and services with her team.

Carlene is a consultant for the national Building Bridges Initiative, a member of the East Providence High School Hall of Fame and a recipient of a Woman of Achievement award from the YWCA.  

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, cycling and yoga.

Mike Burgess

Mike Burgess
Residential Program Manager

mburgess@smhfc.org

Mike works to ensure the safety and healing of residential clients.

Mike has worked for St. Mary’s since 2016. He is responsible for the oversight, planning and coordination of all residential milieu operations of all houses.

Jess Clark

Jessica Clark, LICSW
Assistant Director, Outpatient Services

jclark@smhfc.org

Jessica supports clients in our Outpatient Services Department.

Jessica has been in her current position for the past four years, previous to that she was the Program Coordinator for home-based crisis support and stabilization service and also provided home-based stabilization services to clients and their families.

Sharron Costello

Sharron Costello
Human Resources Director

scostello@smhfc.org

Sharron is dedicated to ensuring equity and support in Human Resources.

Sharron has been with St. Mary’s since 2005. As the Human Resources Manager she is responsible to lead, guide, manage, and enhance the functions of the Human Resources Department including employee relations, programs, hiring and interviewing staff, administering pay, benefits leave, and enforcing agency policies and practices.

Adeana Dunston

Adeana Dunston
School Support Services Coordinator

adunston@smhfc.org

Adeana supports students academically and emotionally.

Adeana has been at the agency for 21 years. She is currently a Behavior Specialist in the George N. Hunt Campus School, providing therapeutic support and supporting students academically and emotionally.

Mike Burgess

Nicole Froment
Director of Nursing

nfroment@smhfc.org

Nicole has been employed at St. Mary’s for more than a decade in the Nursing Department.

Nicole’s responsibilities include ensuring that the health care needs of St. Mary’s clients are met, providing training and education to staff, collaborating with members of Administration and the Treatment Team, and participating in the implementation of the new PRTF Program. She currently supervises a team of three Registered Nurses and a Nursing Assistant, and the team is still growing.

 

Susan Gale

Susan Gale
Manager of Marketing and Communications

sgale@smhfc.org

Susan works to communicate the great work done by St. Mary's to our community.

Susan oversees marketing and communications for St. Mary’s. This includes communications about development and fundraising, social media, website, email and print newsletters, annual reports, public relations/media outreach, advocacy, and marketing materials. She works to ensure that the community is kept apprised of actions by St. Mary’s and feels included. Susan also serves as chair of the agency’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Staff Committee.

 

Diane Long

Diane Long
School Administrator

dlong@smhfc.org

Diane is an experienced special education professional.

Diane graduated from Rhode Island College with a  Bachelor of Arts in English, Secondary Education in 2009. She worked as a high school English teacher and administrator in public and alternative school settings in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Working closely with students with a range of disabilities and their families, inspired Diane to pursue a Master of Arts in Special Education from Bridgewater State University in 2016.

In 2013, Diane began working in Massachusetts as a Statewide Curriculum & Instructional Coach for special educators and later moved into the role of a Statewide Special Education Director of Professional Development and Curriculum and Instruction working collaboratively with educators to grow and refine their practice to build and foster student success. Diane believes that students are most successful in academics and life beyond when families and communities partner together to support students.

Diane has presented workshops locally for the New England Association for Teachers of English (NEATE) and nationally for the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE). She has taught graduate courses in special education and supervised teacher candidates in their practicum semesters at Fitchburg State University.

Anthony Maglione

Anthony Maglione
Director of Administration

amaglione@smhfc.org

Anthony is steadfast in his dedication to the kids, youth, and clients at St. Mary’s Home for Children.

Anthony has been in the financial field for over 47 years but he is most passionate about his current work in the not-for-profit sector where he has spent the past 30 years.

Eric McDuffee

Eric McDuffee
Director of Technology

emcduffee@smhfc.org

Eric is working towards maximizing our technology to increase organizational efficiency.

 

Having previously worked for the American Lung Association as the Director of Technology and Administration of the Northeast region, Eric brings over 15 years of non-profit technology leadership experience.

Eric is a champion for change with a reputation for leading through ambiguity and maximizing cutting-edge technologies to increase productivity and reducing overhead cost.  He has experience in leading digital transformation projects and has the skill to identify and implement technology that facilitates the strategic goals of the organization.

 

 

Susan Gale

Linda Longo Mobriant
Director of Operations

lmobriant@smhfc.org

Linda is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in performance quality improvement and organizational change through a social work lens.

Linda began working at St. Mary’s Home for Children providing direct care to our youngest residents after studying urban social processes. She earned a Master’s degree from Rhode Island College School of Social Work, and feels lucky to have attended under the instruction of the late social justice advocate Nancy Gewirtz.

Linda is a wanderer at heart, and enjoys living an adventurous life with family and friends outside the workplace. She has an affinity for the National GRACE Foundation and Holy Family Home for Mothers and Children.

Patty Olney-Murphy

Patricia Olney-Murphy, LICSW
Clinical Director, Residential Services

polney@smhfc.org

Patty has more than 30 years of experience in the social work field working with high risk and vulnerable populations

Patty and the Clinical team are dedicated to training future generations of clinicians through collaborations with local and regional colleges and universities. Patty started the St. Mary’s Home for Children Pet Assisted Therapy Program with her beloved 4-legged clinician Rango.

Patty has a BSW degree from Rhode Island College, a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Rhode Island, and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Rhode Island College as well as CEUs in evidenced-based practices.

Michael Paiva

Michael Paiva
Facilities Manager

mpaiva@smhfc.org

Michael is dedicated to making sure that St. Mary's is a safe and inviting environment.

Michael oversees the facilities across St. Mary’s North Providence campus which includes five Residential Services houses, a special education school, and administrative/program buildings, as well as the campus grounds. Safety is always first on his list but he also works to ensure that clients, visitors, and staff have the kind of environment they need to do the hard work of trauma and mental illness recovery.

Victoria Picinich

Victoria Picinich
Director of Development

vpicinich@smhfc.org

Victoria Picinich raises funds and support for St. Mary's programs.

Victoria graduated from Providence Collage with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Women’s Studies in 2007. She is a graduate of the 2019-2020 Women’s Polict Institute of the Women’s Fund of RI.

She has worked as a fund development officer for a variety of nonprofit organizations throughout RI over the last 10 years. Victoria started working as the Development Director at St. Mary’s Home for Children in late 2021. She is responsible for coordinating the agency’s fundraising program.

Victoria has always been passionate about engaging and advocating for equal rights in her community. She volunteers her time engaging in policy reform and gender equality advocacy with the RI Chapter of the National Organization for Women and the Policy & Advocacy Committee of the Women’s Fund of RI. 

Melissa Santoro

Melissa Santoro, LICSW
Director, Outpatient Services

msantoro@smhfc.org

Melissa is dedicated to supporting survivors of sexual abuse and is passionate about supporting and educating other professionals in the area of trauma specific treatment.

She has been employed since May 2004 at the St. Mary’s Home for Children’s Shepherd Program, the Outpatient Department, that provides services to children, teens, adults and families impacted by sexual abuse and other trauma. She is currently the Director of the Outpatient Department which employs around 60 staff that support children, adults and families through office, community and home based services. Prior to becoming the Director, Mrs. Santoro was the Enhanced Outpatient Services (EOS) Program Coordinator, provided office based treatment as a Clinician and started her time with The Shepherd Program as a MSW Intern. In her current role, she sits as the Chair of the Continuity of Care Group (CCG), a group of dedicated professionals whose mission is to provide education, advocacy, and interdisciplinary collaboration to promote safety, stability, and well-being for youth and families impacted by sexual abuse while utilizing best practices in treatment and support services.

 

Prior to her work at The Shepherd Program, Mrs. Santoro supported families formed through adoption, providing education and support to adoptive parents and professionals, and also worked with homeless youth as a part of an independent living program. She has facilitated a number of local and national trainings for parents and professionals regarding sexual abuse specific topics and other child welfare issues. Mrs. Santoro has co-authored several publications, such as the St. Mary’s Home for Children manual, “The Non-Offending Parent Education Curriculum” and “Families Impacted by Sexual Abuse Curriculum” as well as the chapter “Educating Non-Offending Parents” in The Sex Offender, Volume VI , Editor Barbara Schwartz and the chapter “Impact Issues for Non-Offending Parents and Families” in Sexually Abusive Behavior in Youth: A Handbook of Theory, Assessment and Treatment, Editor Barbara Schwartz.

 

 

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Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) - Horton, Hope, & Mauran
  • Intense, supportive treatment including individual, family, and group therapy.
  • Psychiatric services: evaluation, medication monitoring, and Psychiatrist-led treatment planning.
  • Serves girls and transgender youth 13-18 (Horton and Hope) and Youth 6-13 (Mauran).
  • Home-based, community-based, and aftercare services.
  • Peer Parent Support Partners for caregivers and Youth Mentor/Youth Advocate for youth.
  • Family finding and search for family members and other important people in the lives of youth.
Acute Residential Services (ARTS) - Harding Program
  • Hospital step-down or diversion program which serves boys ages 6-13 and girls ages 6-17. 
  • Intensive short-term stabilization and brief treatment.
  • Psychiatric evaluation, medicine management, assessment treatment planning, Individual, family and group therapy, and educational tutoring.
  • Third-party funded.
Assessment and Stabilization Services - Hills Program
  • Serves teen girls and transgender youth ages 12-17.
  • Clinical Assessment, Treatment Planning, individual, group, and family therapy.
  • Facilitates transportation to home and school districts,
  • Psychiatric services available as needed.
  • My Life My Choice program available.
  • Coordinates recreational activities in the community.
  • DCYF funded.