St. Mary’s Leadership Team
Carlene Casciano-McCann, LMHC, Executive Director
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, Residential Program Manager
Mike Burgess 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.
Jessica Clark, LICSW, Assistant Director, Outpatient Services
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, Human Resources Manager
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.
Nicole Froment, Director of Nursing
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.
Diane Long, School Administrator – George N. Hunt School
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, Director of Administration
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, Director of Technology
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.
Linda Longo Mobriant, LICSW, Director of Operations
Linda is an independently 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.
Patricia Olney-Murphy, LICSW, Clinical Director, Residential Services
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, Facilities Manager
Michael Paiva 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, Development Director
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, LICSW, Director, Outpatient Services
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.