Our Team

Our work is made possible by our team of board members, staff, volunteers, and generous supporters, partners, and donors

Leadership Team

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Shiela Y. Moore

Chief Executive Officer

Shiela began her tenure as CEO of Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center, Inc. January, 2013. Prior to Hildebrand, she led two of Boston’s flagship organizations, both in the forefront of domestic violence and homeless youth services. Although she has also worked in the for-profit sector, her passion is to reposition nonprofits by building collaborations and innovative programs that address the unmet needs of the underserved. As a former Executive Director of Casa Myrna Vazquez, she is credited for the creation of SafeLink, the statewide domestic violence hotline.

Shiela has written Op Ed pieces for The Boston Globe and is noted as one of Boston’s most influential leaders in Bill Brett’s highly acclaimed book, Boston All One Family. She has been featured in Women’s Business, received several awards for her leadership, and is prominently featured in Barry Dym’s 2007 book, Nonprofit Leadership, for her progressive management style.

In 2014, Shiela was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Central Square Business Association and has served on other Boards, including Jane Doe Inc., Mt. Washington/East Boston Bank, Boston Cares, and Planned Parenthood of Eastern MA. She was a member of the Governor’s Commission Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence and Mitt Romney’s Transition Team. She is currently a member of The Boston Club. Moore received her MHA from Xavier University and BA from Oberlin College.
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Kathleen Carney

Chief Development Officer

Kathleen joined Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center in April 2020 as the Director of Development, to help the organization strengthen its culture of philanthropy and increase visibility. Kathleen is a nonprofit resource development professional with expertise in philanthropy, marketing/communications, and strategic nonprofit organizational development and growth.

As a long-time resident of Boston, she has worked as a resource development professional for over 35 years for mission and values-driven, community-based nonprofits that provide important resources and programs to youth and families, particularly when they are in need due to difficult circumstances and complex life issues. Kathleen is a passionate advocate for social justice and has spent most of her professional, and personal, life meeting the changing needs of the Commonwealth’s residents, neighbors, and community partners. Revenue generation and relationship management are major components of Kathleen’s expertise.

She is well known for her entrepreneurial, innovative strategies for strengthening and building a culture of philanthropy in nonprofit organizations and, concurrently, strategically positioning the organizations through marketing/communications activities to increase visibility and awareness.

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Schebania Cherilus

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Schebania oversees the Operations, Special Projects, Human Resources and Facilities Management functions for Hildebrand.

Schebania holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simmons University in Boston, Ma. An active member of many prominent HR organizations, she serves as the current President of New England chapter of The National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) and is a member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) both on the national and local level.

Schebania enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and listening to music. When she’s not working she can be found mentoring young girls in her community and up-and-coming HR professionals where she shares her knowledge and passion.

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Gregg Ellenberg

Chief Program Officer

Gregg joined Hildebrand in March, 2020. Prior to Hildebrand, Gregg spent 16 years working within three YMCA associations. Most recently, Gregg worked for the Malden YMCA as the Senior Director of Community Programs where he was responsible for five Youth Community Centers, an ESOL program for newcomers, large-scale community events and building community partnerships with service providers, local businesses, and colleges. Gregg was also a YMCA of the USA Food Program Regional Facilitator—helping to support programs addressing food insecurity in Virginia and North Carolina and scaling teen food programs nationally. At the same time, Gregg served as the treasurer for the Malden Chamber of Commerce.

Before Malden, Gregg was the Executive Director of Youth Development at the YMCA of Metro North where he instituted best practices for youth and camp programing for over 1,500 youth each year. Concurrently, he was also the Associate Executive Director of the Lynn YMCA where he was responsible for operations including 94 SROs. Gregg worked with the Lynn Continuum of Care to address issues around unaccompanied young adults experiencing homelessness and with the Lynn Public Schools to ensure youth experiencing homelessness attended summer camp.

Gregg received his undergraduate degree in Sociology with a Music Minor from Colgate University and his Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management with a Global Studies Concentration from Northeastern University.

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Michael Hughes


Michael is an accomplished and collaborative business leader with over 25 years of consulting and financial advisory experience. For the past 10 years, Michael has led his own consulting firm. Prior to founding his own business, Michael was a partner at a Certified Public Accounting firm, and served as the CFO with a local company.  

Hildebrand’s mission is to transition families out of homelessness to safe, affordable, permanent housing while working to disrupt systems that lead to poverty and homelessness.

Board of Directors

Kelly Blackburn, Chair

Kelly Blackburn is a native Massachusetts resident and has been living and working in the Boston area for the past 15 years. She has an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and master’s degrees in both education and health administration. For the past 20 years, Kelly has worked in the pharmaceutical industry in the drug development arena, and has been instrumental in three transformational drug approvals in three different therapeutic areas. She is currently Vice President, Clinical Development at EIP Pharma, as well as consultant to LogicBio Therapeutics working on a CNS drug for Alzheimer’s Disease and a genome editing therapy respectively.

Alongside her industry experience, Kelly is an active member in the community, having held board positions at Worcester Academy and WGBH. She received the Varsity Club Award in 2013 from Worcester Academy for excellence in athletics and professional career. Additionally, Kelly has worked with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) for the last 15 years as a volunteer foster care review panel member as well as a foster mother. In 2013, she was named as Area Foster Mother of the Year. Active participation in the community and helping to give children and their families hope of a brighter future remain cornerstones of Kelly’s mission.

Click here to read Kelly’s guest blog post: “It Takes a Community…

Kelly Mann, Vice Chair

Kelly Mann is a Client Relationship Manager at TD Bank, serving as a team liaison between her Technology clients and the real estate, facilities, project management, and finance groups. Prior to joining the banking industry, Kelly began her career at a real estate group based in Providence, RI and later became the Leasing Manager for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Waltham, MA.

Outside of her professional life, Kelly has been a board member of the Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center, Inc. Board since 2007 and currently serves as its board chair. She completed the Third Sector New England: Board Chair Governance Program in 2015. In 2006, Kelly was the recipient of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares Volunteer of the Year award. Kelly resides in a multigenerational home in Watertown, MA with her husband, their daughter, and the family dog on the second floor and with her parents living on the first floor. The family regularly enjoys traveling to the Savannah, GA area as well as to the coast of Maine to visit family and friends. In her “free” time, Kelly enjoys taking flower arranging courses and reading.

Click here to read Kelly’s guest blog post: “Why I joined the Hildebrand Board.”

Glenda Allsopp, Treasurer

Glenda L. Allsopp is a principal in A & B Consulting, LLC, an accounting and financial management company providing services to individuals, churches, non-profit organizations and small businesses. Previously she had worked at Raytheon, a Defense and Aerospace Systems Company in the positions of Business Manager or a Senior Cost Analyst.  She was also a Senior Analyst with MCR Federal, LLC, where she advised the United States Air Force – Force Protection Program Office in assessing purchases through life cycle and budgetary analysis.  She holds a B.S. in Accountancy from Boston College and an M.B.A. from Simmons Graduate School of Management (Boston, MA).

Glenda joined the Board of Hildebrand in 2004 and serves as the Board’s clerk. In her limited spare time, she currently serves as Lay Minister at First Holiness Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she Co-Chairs the Diaconate Board and has been First Holiness Church’s Treasurer for many years.

Jessica Howe, Clerk

Jessica Howe leads the Global Growth Verticals for Cushman & Wakefield, focusing on coordinating the go-to-market strategies in three specific areas: Logistics & Industrial, Healthcare and life sciences, and Multifamily. She also oversees our Americas Practice groups, focusing on strategic plans, best practice, and authorship and promotion of thought leadership.

Jessica has over 13 years’ experience in the commercial real estate space, managing operational and strategic initiatives. Throughout her career she has worked in multiple service lines and alongside senior leadership. She has proven success in leading company-wide projects that have created new processes to improve efficiency and increased oversight of spending.

Jessica has been involved in community and national organizations such as GLOW Boston, the Greater Boston Food Bank, and Reclaim Our Vote and is a board member at Hildebrand. In 2016, she co-founded the Nate Howe Adventure Fund, which provides full scholarships for Neighborhood House Charter School (Dorchester, MA) students to participate in the school’s annual overnight camp and learning trips.

She has completed the UMass Boston Emerging Leaders program and is a member of Chief, the only organization specifically designed for senior women leaders to strengthen their leadership journey, cross-pollinate ideas across industries, and effect change from the top down.


Jorge Colón is an in-house counsel at Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc. (“POAH”) where he is responsible for providing legal advice to POAH staff across all departments in a wide variety of matters. 

Before joining POAH, Jorge worked at the Massachusetts Trial Court, where he supported operations and programs at six Court Service Centers across the state to assist pro se litigants. During his time there, Jorge was appointed by the chief justice of the Boston Municipal Court to be chair of the Spread the Word Working Group of the Language Access Advisory Committee. He also was awarded the 2019 Massachusetts Trial Court Employee Excellence Award. Jorge has also worked as a Homeownership Director at Allston Brighton CDC and as a workforce development program coordinator at the Somerville Community Corporation.

Jorge received his J.D. from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law and has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Puerto Rico. He is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico.

Sarah Holmes is a Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer for Technology at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. (BBH& Co.). In this role, she is responsible for the Finance, Workforce Strategy, Communications and Governance functions for the Technology division. Sarah brings over 25 years of experience in financial services in both business and Human Resources positions.    

Sarah is a passionate leader of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts. She is the co-Chair of the Global Women’s Network and co-founder of the Women in Tech (WIT) community at BBH& Co. Sarah also serves on a number of governance committees including the firm’s Executive Sustainability Council and various Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and business forums. 

Sarah holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA from Boston College. Sarah joined the Board of Hildebrand in November 2022 and remains active in women’s leadership and mentoring initiatives via organizations such as City Year and Big Sister. 

Michelle Meiser is a Senior Community Partnerships & Development Specialist at Cambridge Trust, where her focus is loan origination for low- and moderate-income first-time homebuyers and supporting CRA activity within the bank’s assessment area. Michelle brings 25 years of experience in the affordable housing, community development, and asset building fields with extensive program management and counseling experience. Before joining Cambridge Trust’s Community Partnerships & Development team she worked at Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation, where she led the organization’s homeownership and asset building initiatives, and provided oversight of their resident services and community engagement activities. In addition to serving on the board of Hildebrand, she also serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Community & Banking Council, and Financial Education Associates. She received her BA from Wheaton College, her MS at Northeastern University, and was an early graduate of Boston University’s Institute for Nonprofit Leadership and Management.

Dariela Villon-Maga has dedicated her life to serving her community in youth development, wildlife conservation, and for the last 12 years has focused on affordable housing development and advocacy. While at the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation, she founded the All Bright Community Center and launched a Resident Services program in Allston-Brighton, Massachusetts. The community center serves over 500 families living in affordable housing through programming on food access, health/wellness, education, and financial literacy. These programs continue to respond to the needs of those families in a variety of ways, particularly through the focus of connecting families to resources centered around housing stability.

Dariela currently owns and operates DVM Consulting which provides real estate development consulting services to Boston developers with a focus on ensuring housing opportunities are accessible to those native to the neighborhoods where projects are located. The company has a unique perspective of the field given its knowledge in different aspects of the real estate industry, which include multi-family real estate development, property management, resident relocation practices, and resident services programming.

Additionally, she’s the co-founder of a healing collaborative, Rooted Wellness, that provides community-centered therapeutic services to individuals and families in the Boston area. Dariela is a first-generation American, originally from the Grove Hall area of Boston, who identifies as Afro-Latinx.

Pastor Ellis I. Washington feels a strong connection with Hildebrand, given the organization’s history with St. Paul AME Church and the Cambridge community. “I’m proud to follow the path laid out by Reverend Attles and continue his mission of helping some of our community’s most vulnerable families, particularly now during the COVID pandemic.”

Rev. Washington, a native of Detroit, Michigan, along with being the Pastor at St. Paul AME. Church in Cambridge is also Chair of the First District Self-Help Board. Rev. Washington attended Morehouse College (Atlanta, Georgia) and graduated from Columbus State University (Columbus, Georgia) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Turner Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center (Atlanta) with a Master of Divinity degree. He has been awarded the Doctor of Ministry from Payne Theological Seminary (Wilberforce, Ohio). Before coming to Cambridge, Rev. Washington provided dynamic leadership to several AME churches throughout Georgia, in Philadelphia, and at Grant AME Church in Boston. Rev. Washington has served as President of Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity. He appeared on CNN’s Election Center with Campbell Brown and American Morning and CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.

He is a member of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, and Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities. As an aircraft enthusiast, Rev. Washington is studying to gain a private pilot license. He is a noted community leader, radio personality, freelance commercial voice talent, and a sought-after public speaker. He is married and has one daughter.

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