Workshop Facilitators

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Patricia
Altomare

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Catherine
Cullen

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Shayna
Ferullo

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Kristen
Menard

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Chantal
Hayes Rice

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Beth
Suereth

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Ruth
Anderson-Zabre

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Delia
De Mello

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Holly
Harney

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Jean
Mojo

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Kristen
Rufo

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Virginia Auciello Sullivan

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Gabriella Bonfirm Moraes

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Julie
DeSorgher

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Acqua
Hildebrand

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Julie
Moore

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Tim
Schnelle

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Linda
Whittlesey

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Tracey Brennan-Reale

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Savannah
Fabio

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Kim
Marchant

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Sarabeth
Persiani

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Shaughnessy

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Muska
Yousuf

 

Patricia Altomare

Patricia M. Altomare is a 1986 graduate of Suffolk University Law School.  Her primary areas of practice in the last 30 years have been probate, estate and real estate law. She enhanced her years of experience by obtaining a Legal Masters in Estate Planning and Elder Law from Western New England Law School in 2012. Through her competent and compassionate legal counsel, she aims to bring peace of mind and familial harmony to her clients.

 

Ruth Anderson-Zabre

Ruth is a retired clinical social worker.  She received a Masters’s of Arts in Teaching from the University of North Carolina and taught English and history in a high school in Atlanta before moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan where she obtained a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Michigan.  While living in Michigan, she worked in a mental health clinic and then on a psychiatric unit at the University of Michigan Hospital.  After moving to western Massachusetts, she worked at a community mental health clinic in Greenfield for 17 years as a therapist, supervisor and administrator before going into private practice in Greenfield and Amherst.  She has been a We Can volunteer since 2015, running support groups, conducting workshops for the PathMakers program, helping with outreach and events and as a bike rider in the Gasp fundraiser. 

 

Gabriella Bonfirm Moraes

Gabriella is a graduate of the Boston College Law School. She has 15+ years of experience as an attorney both in Brazil and in the United States and concentrates her practice in Family Immigration. Gabriella focuses on providing the highest possible level of legal services both in Portuguese and English. She has volunteered with WE CAN in the areas of Family and Immigration Law.

 

Tracey Brennan-Reale

Tracey Brennan-Reale is a financial advisor with Axial, with over 25 years in the financial services industry. Tracey takes great pride in providing unique, personalized financial planning services to individuals and their families. A believer in providing solutions, Tracey enjoys guiding her clients through savings plans, retirement planning, college-planning portfolio construction, and more.

 

Catherine Cullen

Catherine Cullen is a graduate from the Albany Law School of Union University. She has 34 years’ experience as an attorney and concentrates her practice in all areas of Domestic Relations and Family Law. Catherine focuses on providing the highest possible level of legal services and personal attention to clients' needs. She prides herself of working to do everything in her power to meet her clients’ expectations and most importantly, to always tell the truth about what to expect. She has been volunteering with WE CAN for over nine years.

 

Delia De Mello

Delia has been with the Social Security Administration for over 30 years. She currently handles Public Affairs outreach in Southeastern MA, South Shore and the Cape & Islands, with a focus on Retirement, Disability, Survivors & Medicare benefits, and Social Security On-line Services. She has also been an agency Claims Representative and Technical Expert. Delia, who is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, has been a presenter speaker at many conferences, is a frequent guest on local radio and television, and is a regular contributor on Social Security topics to the South Shore Senior Newspaper. She holds a B.A. from University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth. Delia is married and has two children. She resides in Dartmouth.

 

Julie DeSorgher

Julie has extensive experience in executive search, management consulting, and as a senior manager in healthcare organizations. She has reviewed thousands of resumes, coached numerous candidates on resume development and interviewing skills, and worked with client organizations to assess their leadership needs. As Principal of Julie DeSorgher Consulting, she assists professionals in creating customized, professional resumes and online profiles, tailored to meet their needs and career goals, and helps them learn how to best present themselves in any interview setting.

 

Savannah Fabio

Savannah lives in East Falmouth with her husband Jay and is a Mortgage Loan Officer for Shamrock Home Loans in Osterville. Prior to this she was an Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager for The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod and Assistant Manager at Citizens Bank. Savannah volunteers with WE CAN as a financial consultant, teaches first-time home buyers’ classes, and is involved with several other non-profits throughout the Cape. She was honored as a recipient of the 40 under 40 award given by Cape and Plymouth Businesses and the first Leadership Award from The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod.

 

Shayna Ferullo

Shayna Ferullo is a partner at Tidal Marketing and an entrepreneur who owns Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters in Brewster. Shayna has a background in economics, business development, and nonprofit management.

 

Holly Harney

Attorney Harney was admitted to the Bar in 2002 and is locally recognized as one of the top litigators on Cape Cod. She is a 1994 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and graduated Cum Laude from New England Law in 2002.  She worked for the District Attorney’s office for the Cape and Islands and then began her private practice in 2010 at Carter and DeYoung in Hyannis, before opening her own practice in 2017. In addition, Attorney Harney is on the Board of South Coast Legal Services and is the current President of the Barnstable County Bar Association; she has served on the school council for the Mullen Hall School and Morse Pond schools in Falmouth and is member of the Falmouth Fund Advisory committee. Attorney Harney has been recognized with the 2016 “Unsung Heroine Award” from the Commission on the Status of Women; was recently named one of Lawyer Weekly’s “Top Women in the Law;” and is a four-time recipient of the “First Justices Award” for her Pro Bono work through South Coast Legal Services and WE CAN.

 

Acqua Hildebrand

Acqua has been a professional artist and jewelry designer for three decades.  Her passion for jewelry began at a young age, finding inspiration in the pages of National Geographic and in her mother’s jewelry box where, at the age of three, she took apart and redesigned earrings and necklaces to her liking.  It appeared to be in her blood.    She learned to silversmith in high school and weld after college.  She created her first line of jewelry “Wire Works” after listening to the wants and needs of women who came into the craft gallery she was managing in Sausalito, California, searching for adornment that was playful, lightweight, fun, and made a statement.  She bought a coil of Sterling silver wire and went to work making spirals and geometric shapes with splashes of colorful handblown glass.  She sold her first batch of creations in one week and within the year her business had grown from the one small store to over 40 shops across the country.  With the passage of time, and the change in styles, Acqua began exploring other materials to use in her work.  She attended a gem show with a fellow jewelry designer and was forever transformed by the soulfulness of gems and crystals and the healing wisdom they innately carry from their creation in the earth.  It was as if the stones were calling to her, “Over here” she would hear like a whisper that would guide her through a maze of tables heaped with gemstones to one small spot where the exact stone that she needed to help and support where she was on her journey would be waiting for her with a little bit of an extra twinkle.  This began her love affair with healing gemstones and helped her create a new line of jewelry, “Acqua Divine” where she designs to let the stones shine.  Empowering women and helping them heal themselves is what drives her to create pieces with purpose.  She believes every piece she makes has an “owner” and puts beautiful intentions into each one.  Her love of positive healing energy, empowering women, and being expressive are her muses.
Three decades have taken her from the shores of the West where she lived for twenty years, to Mexico where she split her time between island and jungle life in Yelapa and the colonial heartland of San Miguel de Allende for two years, and then back to her family, and her roots, in New England where she has been for the last ten years raising her most amazing creation of all, her daughter Esme.  Each of these places has inspired her work and adds to the depth and beauty of her creations.

 

Kim Marchand

Kim is a seasoned business leader, entrepreneur and coach with a history of success managing and guiding small businesses and non-profits. As a trusted, practical advisor to business owners and CEOs, she has a track record building dynamic, profitable organizations. Kim provides CFO/COO and Business Manager services on an interim and part-time basis, as well as business coaching and mentoring to business owners.

She is committed to community, local leadership and her roles include Past Chair of SCORE, Cape Cod & the Islands; Past President of Dennis Chamber of Commerce; Past Secretary, Town of Dennis Tourism Committee; WE CAN volunteer, and facilitator and Marsh Monitor for the Association to Preserve Cape Cod.

 

Kristen Menard

Kristen A. Menard is the founder and owner of Menard Lawyers, LLC, in Barnstable, MA, where her practice is focused on domestic relations, where she has primarily specialized in divorce and custody litigation for the last several years. Attorney Menard graduated from Suffolk University (B.A.) in 2003, and received her J.D. from the University of Massachusetts School of Law, formerly known as Southern New England School of Law, in 2006. Attorney Menard was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2006.

Attorney Menard is also routinely appointed by the Court as a Guardian ad Litem in complex custody situations in various counties across the Commonwealth, and is a trained Court-Appointed Conciliator in the Barnstable County Probate & Family Court and Dukes County Probate & Family Court. Attorney Menard has also been appointed in various courts as a Discovery Master, Special Master and Master for Facts Final.

She has participated in MCLE programming, and is an active volunteer for various agencies thorough Cape Cod and the Islands. She is an active member of the Barnstable Bar Association, where she served as President for the 2018/2019 year after serving on the Executive Board and Chairperson for the Family Law Committee since 2011. She is also a member of the Dukes County Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association, Cape Cod and Islands Division.

Attorney Menard is a member of The Global Directory of “Who’s Who”, (top lawyers) and is routinely named as a Top Rated Lawyer as published by the Boston Globe, and the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. In 2018, she was named a Super Laywer, Rising Star, and has maintained that prestigious designation ever since.

 

Jean Mojo

Jean Mojo has been facilitating GROW groups since the inception in 2016 as well as providing business support services.  She comes to WeCan with an extensive background in marketing, having owned a marketing services agency in New York City and worked in both product management and advertising for Fortune 500 companies. Since retiring and moving to Cape Cod, Jean has focused her efforts on mentoring small businesses both at WeCan and SCORE as well as teaching marketing courses at Boston College.  She is committed to sharing her knowledge with small business owners, helping them thrive both personally and professionally as they meet the next challenge within their businesses.

 

Julie Moore

Julie is an employment attorney and Human Resources consultant. She specializes in workplace investigations, training on harassment prevention and other issues, policy development and drafting employee handbooks, counseling on employer-employee issues, and providing expert witness testimony on workplace issues. She also works with educational institutions on Title IX compliance and investigating sexual misconduct complaints.

 

Sarabeth Persiani

Sarahbeth Persiani is the author of Run, Walk, Crawl- a Caregiver Caught between Generations. For five years, while working full-time and taking care of her own family, Sarahbeth was the primary caregiver for her father, who had dementia. As the founder of We Are Sharing the Sun, her focus these days is to help provide education, support, and encouragement for family caregivers from all walks of life.

 

Chantal Hayes Rice

A Cape Cod native, Chantal Hayes Rice, Esq. was a member of Hayes & Hayes Attorneys-At-Law, P.C. for over ten years before starting Cape Cod Divorce & Mediation, P.C.  While she also practices in the area of real estate, probate and estate planning, she concentrates her practice on general family law, divorce mediation, collaborative law, limited assistance representation (LAR) and parenting coordination.

 

Kristen Rufo

Kristen was born and raised in Plymouth. In 1997, Kristen graduated from New York Law School with honors and distinction as the sole recipient of the Dr. Max Reich Award for Excellence in Civil Trial Advocacy. Kristen also served as the Managing Editor of the Journal of Human Rights and earned the New York Law School Journal of Human Rights Award for Outstanding Editorial Contribution. Kristen served as a Law Clerk to the Judges of the Connecticut Superior Court for one year before joining the Law Office of George H. Romania in Hamden, Connecticut where she concentrated her practice in family law and civil litigation. Kristen joined La Tanzi, Spaulding & Landreth in 2009, where she concentrates her practice in the area of family law. Kristen became a partner in the litigation department in 2014.

 

Tim Schnelle

Tim Schnelle has consulted and taught community workshops for over thirty years, specializing in debt relief. Tim works to provide debt elimination alternatives to his clients through his business, Debt Free Tonight, which serves Barnstable/Bristol/Norfolk Counties.

 

Tracy Shaughnessy

Attorney Tracy Shaughnessy, of Shaughnessy Law, has served on the Board of Directors for UMASS Dartmouth School of Law Alumni, Cape and Islands Red Cross chapter, Cape Cod Community Media Center, in addition to her volunteer work with WE CAN. Tracy is also a Town Councilor for the town of Barnstable.

 

Beth Suereth

Beth Suereth founded Caregiving Pathways to help families manage the hospital stay and prepare for the end of life. She cared for her father through five years of hospitalizations, dementia, and diabetes. She loves to share what she learned and how she kept her father out of the hospital through his cancer and the entire last year of his life. Beth’s clients include the AARP Public Policy Institute and The Caregiving Years Training Academy, where she’s a Skills Consultant for the Certified Caregiving Consultant program. She’s also a former volunteer family caregiver coach at a hospital-based caregivers center.

 

Virginia Auciello Sullivan

Virginia is a consummate professional who has devoted her career to fostering individual growth and development. Using a client-centered, collaborative approach, mixed with incredible intuition and a solid knowledge background; clients increase personal awareness and learn to demonstrate increased skillful means and confidence. Experienced in consulting, facilitation, training, instructional design and problem solving; companies can count on building a relationship that is based on listening and dialogue and respect in every situation. Interventions are custom designed for the company, the people and the desired outcome. A variety of tools can be applied to any request: assessments, individual or small group coaching and development, strategic initiatives and training. Combining an understanding and appreciation for theory and models with respect for individuals, Virginia builds trusted relationships that nurture growth and success.

 

Linda Whittlesey

Linda has worked as a psychotherapist in many settings, with individuals, families, and groups for over thirty years as part of her private practice on the Cape. Since retiring she's enjoying volunteering for WE CAN providing support to women managing the challenging issues of divorce. In her spare time, she enjoys playing in a ukulele group, and kayaking for fun.

Muska Yousuf

Attorney Muska Yousuf opened her own law firm as an affordable alternative to the traditional high-cost experience that most people face when going through the Family Court.  Instead of requiring a large retainer and then charging her clients hourly, she uses an innovative flat-fee model based on the specific legal services that each client needs.  This approach has lead to many people gaining access to high quality legal services where they normally would have to represent themselves.  Attorney Muska Yousuf was recognized as a Rising Star in the field of Family from the SuperLawyers organization.  The Rising Star designation is only awarded to 2.5% of the attorneys in Massachusetts.  She specializes in complex custody cases, division of marital assets and debts, alimony, and child support.  Attorney Muska Yousuf also does a significant amount of work in the arena of domestic violence and represents survivors in restraining order/harassment prevention order cases.  She is very active in the local community.  She is on the board of Amplify POC and B Free Coaching.  She is the founder of the Access to Justice subcommittee of the Barnstable Bar Association and an active member of the Diversity, Inclusion and Wellness subcommittee of the Barnstable Bar Association.