Thomas joined SxS in 2018. Thomas has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management having previously served as Executive Director and Executive Regional Director for northeast offices of national and international organizations including Habitat for Humanity and CARE, Inc. He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Tulane University, a Master of Divinity degree from the Graduate Theological Union at the University of California, Berkeley and post graduate certification in Management of Community Organizations from Tufts University. Thomas joined Step By Step Supportive Services because of the needs he has seen in his own extended family and in the larger community for a better way of providing mental health support services and fostering client independence. In addition, he feels that SxS’s successful, individualized, client centered, evidence based approach needs to be available to all who could benefit from it.
Sathaporn, better known as Apple to everyone at Step By Step was born in Bangkok, Thailand, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1999 and continued her education in the US where she earned her Master degree in Business Administration in 2005, and in 2014 earned her Master of Science degree in Accounting. She is also a certified notary and a current member of the American Payroll Association (APA).
Apple is an executive with extensive experience in driving finance operations and has hands on experience with operational streamlining and process improvement. She has an established track record of complex strategic planning and exceptional capabilities in financial control design.
At SxS as the Director of Finance and Administration, she is responsible for the internal audit, payroll, taxes, accounts payable/receivable, and IT functions. Apples has given Step by Step the financial foundation needed to meet it current organizational goals and the platform to achieve scalability for future growth. Since Apple’s introduction into the organization in 2015, she has proven to be a versatile, high-performing professional who creates trust and confidence in both colleagues and clients. Personable yet driven, she feels strongly about the SxS mission and has become an indispensable part of the organization.
Nicole graduated from the University of New Hampshire with her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Justice Studies. She has worked in the mental health field for over 10 years in a variety of settings and populations including homeless shelters, the juvenile court clinic and residential settings. Upon receiving her Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston University Nicole accepted the position as Residential Program director and soon after was promoted to Clinical Director. Nicole has helped to solidify the clinical programming at SxS by incorporating evidence-based practices and providing clinical supervision to staff and graduate-level interns. She holds a certificate in Case Management from CADER as well as a certificate in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Nicole values the incorporation of clinical work in social work education and is a part-time advisor and seminar instructor to graduate students at Boston University’s School of Social work. She currently oversees both the residential and community-based programs and is always looking for ways to improve the delivery and types of services SxS offers.
Originally from Arizona, Faith received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Arizona State University. During and after her course of study, she gained experience in the social services field working one on one with children on the autism spectrum and with teens with varying diagnoses aging out of the foster care system. She moved to Boston to attend Boston University to pursue her Masters in Social Work with a focus in group work. While attending BU, she completed her first clinical internship at Step by Step and her second at Massachusetts Mental Health Center through the Department of Mental Health, further solidifying her interests in the mental health field, particularly in psychosis, substance use and group work. Since her internship, Faith has stayed with SxS and held a variety of roles including Case Manager, Senior Case Manager, Residential Program Director and her current role of Clinical Director. As Clinical Director, Faith has been the driving force behind the enhancement of the residential program which now better meets the more varied needs of SxS’s clients. Faith has also developed many program initiatives within SxS and has developed a partnership with the organization Writers Without Margins, which brings creative writing groups to unconventional spaces and supports its members in becoming published writers. In addition to her roles at SBS, Faith is a facilitator for Writers Without Margins and has a small therapy private practice. When she isn’t working, Faith enjoys live music, writing and poetry, photography, and staying active.
Amanda is a New England native who earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and studio art. Curious as to how the arts in therapy could serve as an avenue into oneself and others, she went on to complete her graduate studies in Clinical Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy at Lesley University and soon became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Art Therapist in the state of Massachusetts. Amanda has extensive experience working within nonprofit settings for at-risk populations. She has served as a clinician within partial hospitalization programs, day treatment, and residential treatment settings for adults experiencing persistent mental illness and other co-morbidities. As Step by Step’s Clinical Admissions Director, she aims to provide empathic guidance for all individuals based on their unique needs. Amanda makes every effort to establish a trusting environment with each individual she serves, using various strengths-based approaches including: DBT, ACT, harm reduction, and mindfulness-based practices. Additionally, she emphasizes the significance of holistic healing within her practice at Step by Step in order to best support an individual’s ability to access their inner resources and establish a life outside of treatment. Amanda’s integrated therapeutic approach encourages self-expression, autonomy, and forward momentum within one’s recovery journey.
Amber began her academic career at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. Upon completing her studies at UNCW she began working with AmeriCorps, providing social-emotional education to middle school students. Moved by the way her students responded to holistic education programs, she went back to school to pursue a Master of Social Work degree at Boston University. During graduate school, Amber worked with Boston nonprofit, More Than Words, as a masters-level intern. She then worked with Kaleidoscope Family Solutions, providing family therapy and support to clients. She also worked as a Care Coordinator at Newport Academy, offering milieu support and crisis management to clients.
Amber has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families, providing them with the supports and tools they need to meet their goals. She prioritizes client-centered, compassionate care. Amber began her career at Step by Step in December of 2019 as a mental health worker. Upon graduating from Boston University she joined the SxS team as a Case Manager, where she utilizes motivational interviewing, solution-focused therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques in her work with clients.
Tara began her academic journey at S.U.N.Y New Paltz in New Paltz, N.Y, where she studied Spanish and education earning a B.A. She spent her last semester studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain where she fell in love with the Spanish culture and upon graduation she took a job at World Cup Nursery School in Chappaqua, NY where she introduced Spanish to her pre-K classes. Tara taught for 4 years and decided to follow some friends to Boston, MA where she became interested in the medical field. Tara took a rewarding position at Brigham and Women’s Primary Care in Brookline as the Sr. Practice Coordinator. She saw the missing piece in community healthcare was addressing an individual’s mental health. She went on to get her Master’s degree in Counseling, with a focus on Trauma and Rehabilitation, at Cambridge College in Charlestown, MA. While in school at night, and working full-time, she accepted a per-diem position at BMC with the B.E.S.T. team as a mental health Case Manager. As a case manager at the CCS she provided crisis management to individuals with a range of psychosis and substance use disorders. Tara left BWH after 15 years and began her career at SxS in June this year (2021). Tara enjoys spending lots of time with her 2 year old puppy, going for long walks and hikes, visiting her family back in N.Y and living a healthy lifestyle. Tara will use several types of therapeutic modalities with clients such as; Humanistic Therapy, CBT, DBT, Mindfulness and Strength-based therapy.
Patrick joined the Step-by-Step team in 2022. Patrick has always been very into the idea of community service, which naturally led to a career in social work. He served 4 years in the Marines and began working in programs for homeless veterans after he discharged. Patrick worked with the homeless population (veteran and civilian) – in a variety of capacities throughout the years. At a certain point Patrick decided to go to Boston College for an MSW. During his graduate training, Patrick worked with adults struggling with Autism and Substance use disorders. Patrick has a bachelor’s in social work from Regis College, and a master’s in clinical social work from Boston College.
Engi graduated with a B.S. in Psychology at Salem State University in 2019 and received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2022 from Lesley University. While at Lesley University she gained field training experience at her internship as a school adjustment counselor at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School working with students with IEPs as well as students in need of social and emotional support in both individual and group settings.
Upon graduating from Lesley University, Engi joined the Step By Step team as a Clinician. She prioritizes a holistic, person-centered approach that is rooted in empathy and compassion and believes that healing takes place in the mind, body and soul. In her free time, Engi enjoys spending time in nature going on hikes and walks, doing arts and crafts and spending time with her cat.
William graduated from Yale with an BA in Social Theory and got an MA from UCLA in Urban Planning with a focus on community development and community organizing. He spent 25 years working as an organizer for the Sierra Club, the Boston Climate Action Network, unions, community groups, interfaith groups. He also worked as a part time lecturer and health researcher at Rutgers University – and with peasant farming groups all over Latin America. In 2015 he completed a MA in sociology and social movements at SUNY Binghamton. He then shifted to mental health work –working as a recovery specialist and nurse’s aide at the Boston Treatment Center and a trainer at the 1199 PCA training fund where he ran workshops for home healthcare workers. In 2020 he worked on COVID units at Boston Hope Medical Center and at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital and founded a mutual aid group for people impacted by COVID.
At Step-by-Step he is drawing on his education and experience in community organizing to empower residents, increase participation, and strengthen group resilience and interdependence. He is also strengthening the vocational program and developing partnerships with businesses, healthcare agencies, community non-profits, and government agencies in Brookline.
Allyson Linehan has a BS degree in Psychology from Bridgewater State and a Masters in Pastoral Counseling from Boston University. Allyson has worked over 30 years in the human service field, including helping teens learn independent living skills at New England Home for Little Wanders, being the Assistant Division Director of Developmental Disabilities division at Riverside Community Care, and Residential Director at The League School of Greater Boston. In all her jobs, she most enjoys helping clients achieve their goals and dreams. The title she is enjoying the most is grandma.
Tressa believes her passion to become a social worker began as a child as she grew up with a family member who experienced mental health and developmental difficulties. She attended Bridgewater State College with a dual major in Sociology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Forensic Psychology. As part of her studies, she interned with the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office as a victim witness advocate for the Domestic Violence Unit. Following graduation, Tressa began working for an adolescent group home for consumers of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families who required short term assessment, stabilization and rapid reunification with their family and community. While working for the program she was promoted from direct care to residential supervisor. Tressa realized during her service that she wanted to expand her clinical knowledge and further her ability to provide care to consumers and enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at Boston University.
After completing her MSW, Tressa began working as the Intake Coordinator for an outpatient therapy clinic, completing initial diagnostic evaluations, treatment plans and making clinically indicated referrals to providers within the clinic. Additionally, she maintained a small case load of clients for psychotherapy and facilitated group therapy for the Intensive Recovery Program for consumers in early substance abuse recovery. For the past five years, Tressa has been working as a Crisis intervention Specialist for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. Tressa specializes in risk assessments, harm reduction, early trauma recovery and stabilization of consumers within the community and least restrictive setting. Tressa prides herself in her ability to think outside the box and achieve problem resolution with consumers. In addition to working for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Tressa also provides per-diem psychiatric consultation for a community hospital’s Emergency Department.
Tressa is excited to be part of the SxS community and has been impressed by the individualism and philosophy of SxS services. Tressa provides valuable clinical support to SxS providers and consumers.
Allison joined Step by Step as a consultant in 2019 to spearhead the organization’s rebranding initiative. Having worked in a variety of fields with special attention to the fashion and retail industries, she is skilled at establishing unique brand identities that viewers will instantly recognize, connect and engage with. Beginning her career at Saks Fifth Avenue, Allison experienced firsthand how an effective brand strategy can be a powerful tool to connect a company with its audience. This position led to her recruitment by the bridal design house Amsale to launch the company’s newest international brand. Allison worked with Amsale for nine years, helping the organization launch two more brands in her role as National Sales Director, before she left to bring another emerging designer to market. In 2012, Allison launched Austin Scarlett as managing partner and co-founder and secured nationwide partnerships with Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Kleinfeld. In 2014, Allison launched a consulting business, A|Alexander Consulting, which primarily focuses on marketing, communications, and brand strategy.
Having watched a number of family members and close friends struggle with mental illness, Allison is passionate about SxS’s mission to provide individualized care to those who need it. In addition to her work with SxS, Allison volunteers for the American Society for Suicide Prevention and has participated in local and national awareness events to raise funds for the organization. Recognizing that the chance to work on SxS’s rebranding was a rare opportunity to use her professional talents for a cause she feels strongly about, the decision to serve on the board and become a member in a more permanent capacity was a natural one.
Allison holds a B.A. from The Ohio State University and an M.B.A. from New York University, where she specialized in Marketing, Finance, and Change Management. She and her husband Josh have three children.
Marc Goldberg has been involved in helped to create new advances in healthcare for over 30 years, most recently as the co-founder and Managing Director of BioVentures Investors, a venture capital firm that invests in new commercial technology in the healthcare sector with a focus on novel diagnostics and diagnostic devices, medical devices, and similar new technology. Previously, Marc served as President and CEO of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Research Institute, and before that was Vice President, Finance and Corporate Development, CFO, and Treasurer at Safer, Inc., a developer, and manufacturer of novel biopesticides and related products. Before Safer, he was Manager, Business Development at Genetics Institute, one of the earliest biotechnology companies where he also co-founded and served as founding president of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council in 1985.
He served four terms as its President and was a Director for 12 years. On his retirement from the Board, Governor Weld proclaimed March 18, 1997 as “Marc Goldberg Day” in Massachusetts.Marc has a long personal history and interest in gaining a better understanding and advancing new treatments of conditions caused by brain disorders, with both a mother and brother suffering from disorders and diseases of the brain.
He is currently a member of the Harvard Medical School Neuroscience Advisory Committee and has been significantly involved in the creation of the new Harvard Brain Initiative. He is also passionate about sports, and recently chaired the alumni association of former Harvard intercollegiate athletes, known as the Harvard Varsity Club. Marc earned his A.B. from Harvard College, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is married to Lorri Veidenheimer, and collectively they are parents to six children.