Our Staff

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Lisa

Guyon

Executive Director

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Suzanne
Lonergan

Director of Advancement and Donor Relations

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Máiréad O’Callaghan

Coordinator of Workshops and Groups

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Beth

Bowman

Assistant Director

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Marina

Mendoza-Burris

Program Manager

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Siobhan

Clune

Development Director

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Dawn

Walnut

Volunteer and Operations Manager

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Andreia

Gurksi

Bilingual Program Support Coordinator

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Kimberly
Reynolds

Participant

Engagement Coordinator

Staff photos courtesy of Jeffrey Moore Photography and Emily Scimeca

WE CAN has bilingual staff who are native speakers of Spanish and Portuguese.

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Lisa Guyon

Executive Director

Lisa Guyon began her career in the for-profit sector in commercial real estate and the hospitality industry. In 2004, she founded Building Impact, an award-winning non-profit organization in Boston encouraging corporate citizenship in small and medium businesses. She went on to provide leadership at Housing Assistance Corporation in Hyannis.

Before joining WE CAN, Lisa served as Director of Community Benefits and Grants Administration at Cape Cod Healthcare where she directed a system-wide community benefits program and managed relationships with community organizations and coalitions, task forces, public health providers and governmental agencies.

Lisa currently serves on the Board for Community Development Partnership and founded and volunteers for the Cape Cod Pet Collective. She previously served on the Board of Cape Cod Young Professionals (CCYP) including serving as President of the Board of Directors in 2013 and 2014.

Lisa has been recognized as a Social Innovator for her non-profit business ventures by the Social Innovation Forum in Cambridge, MA and was selected as a ‘40 under 40’ rising business leader by the Boston Business Journal and Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine. She is a Cape Cod native, graduating from Harwich High School and Wheaton College and currently lives in West Barnstable.

Beth Bowman

Assistant Director

Beth Bowman is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey and her Master in Social Services from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Beth has spent over twenty years as a social worker working with children and families. She has held numerous leadership positions; most notably, as Assistant Commissioner for Performance Management and Accountability at the NJ Department of Children and Families prior to her move to Cape Cod in 2015.

Beth has experience working with women in a variety of settings as they struggle through substance use or as they receive child welfare services or as they transition through other challenges in their lives. She approaches her work with empathy, respect and in a strengths-based and nonjudgmental manner.

Beth has experienced her own transition when she moved to Cape Cod with her family, experiencing new challenges as she stepped back from her career to settle her family during a winter when the Cape received 100 inches of snow. In 2016, she began work at the Cape and Islands United Way as their first Director of Community Impact. Beth held this position for four years and managed the community engagement and grant-making processes for the organization. She lives in East Sandwich with her husband, Kevin and their son, Sawyer.

Siobhan Clune

Development Director

Siobhan Clune is the Development Director for WE CAN. She serves as the lead staff member on all development activities for WE CAN. Siobhan worked for over a decade as an Independent School fundraiser in and around Boston. Prior to WE CAN, Siobhan was the Associate Director of Advancement at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA.

Originally from Western Massachusetts, Siobhan graduated with a B.S. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2002 and received her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Wheelock College in 2009.

Siobhan moved to the Cape in July, 2014 to open a boutique consignment shop, Changing Tides, in Chatham with a friend. She joined the WE CAN team in Fall, 2014. Siobhan was inspired by WE CAN’s mission and wanted to help support women and families on Cape Cod.

Andreia Gurski

Bilingual Office Coordinator (Portuguese)

Andreia Gurski coordinates appointments and assists the flow of the office to keep everything productive. She also supervises WE CAN’s reception volunteers. She is originally from Brazil, where she studied accounting. Andreia is fluent in Portuguese. Andreia enjoys boxing, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. She enjoys taking her son to soccer and basketball games. Andreia is certified in massage therapy and hairdressing. She has been providing services to the Cape Cod community for many years.

Suzanne Lonergan

Director of Advancement and Donor Relations

Holding leadership roles throughout her career, Suzanne developed her skills among entrepreneurial teams in for-profit and not-profit organizations, successfully launching and re-directing organizations, products and services, with a focus on nurturing the relationships, internal/external, that are the cornerstone of an organization’s success.

 

Throughout the explosive early tech eras Suzanne was instrumental in defining markets and messaging for start-ups, and then took on the breadth of the industry as VP of Corporate Communications for COMDEX, messaging the key benefits of 2,000 leading technology companies to worldwide media for nearly a decade. As her passions shifted her focus to nonprofits and building financial foundations through creative fundraising initiatives, she directed the strategic development of a new national park, and directed the launch of a collaborative education initiative for a group of 120 wineries resulting in a strengthened recognition of a wine region well beyond an individual winery.

 

Suzanne raised her two sons in Concord MA, and moved to Cape Cod in 2013 with her side-kick Golden Retriever – Cowboy, once again ready for change and the life experiences that come with taking chances. Together, she and her husband Steve share six grandchildren who ensure that every free moment is an adventure.

Marina Mendoza-Burris

Program Manager

Marina Mendoza-Burris is from Sonora, Mexico. After graduating with a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Sonora, she worked as a Social Worker in Hermosillo, the capital of Sonora, Mexico. After moving to Boston for two years, Marina relocated to Cape Cod, where she taught Spanish language classes and currently operates an on-line retail business. Marina joined WE CAN in November 2017, to manage our Work Support and GROW programs. Marina was recently promoted to the new position of Program Manager of all one-to-one services at WE CAN. In this new role, Marina manages our legal, financial, work support, and business support one-to-one programs.

Marina lives in Brewster with her husband, 3 children, and dog ‘Lolly’. When not working, she spends her time attending her children’s’ basketball, baseball, gymnastics, and all the other things that Cape Cod offers to families.

Dawn Walnut

Volunteer and Operations Manager

Prior to working at WE CAN, Dawn Walnut held a variety of eclectic jobs. She has been an artist’s assistant, a theatrical dresser on Broadway, a downtown guide for the City of Portland, Maine, an elementary school teacher, and a volunteer coordinator at Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod. She also has considerable volunteer experience herself, and she has served on the boards of First Parish Brewster and the Brewster Ponds Coalition. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cooper Union in New York and a degree in Education from the University of Southern Maine.

Dawn is inspired by WE CAN’s mission of empowerment, and knowing that participants are given the tools they need to make an impact in changing their own lives, as well as impact their communities. She loves that she has a job where she gets to work with volunteers, people who could be doing anything with their free time, but have chosen to spend it helping others.

Dawn lives in Brewster with her husband and two sons.

Kimberly Reynolds

Participant Engagement Coordinator

Kimberly Reynolds is the Participant Engagement Coordinator for WE CAN.

 

Kimberly grew up on Cape Cod and currently resides in West Barnstable. She spent eight years in California where she had a career in retail management while obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. After returning to the Cape, Kimberly went to school to receive her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston University. Throughout her education, she had the opportunity to work both within the school setting and in a mental health agency.

 

In her free time, Kimberly enjoys the outdoors, animals, and laughing with friends and family. Kimberly is passionate about helping others and working in her community.

Máiréad O’Callaghan

Coordinator of Workshops and Groups

Máiréad O’Callaghan joined the Program Team at WE CAN in April 2021 and is responsible for coordinating the group programs and workshops.

 

Máiréad previously volunteered with WE CAN and is passionate about women; about their voices being heard and their rights being equal. Máiréad is excited to add value to the core programs in the Legal, Financial Empowerment, Career Support and Personal Development areas and developing new offerings based on the needs of the women in our community.

 

Originally from Ireland, a graduate of University College Dublin with degrees in Business and Law, Máiréad began her career in consulting and legal roles in the investment industry in New York City.  In an effort to be closer to family and friends Máiréad moved to Boston and then Orleans while working in executive recruitment for major financial service companies. Máiréad most recently was part of a number of startup ventures while raising her two children. Máiréad is excited to bring her entrepreneurial spirit to the GROW program at WE CAN.

 
Máiréad lives in Orleans with her husband and two children.