Co-chairs

Matthew Malone, Secretary of Education

John Polanowicz, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Members

Cheryl Bartlett, Commissioner, Department of Public Health

Kathy Betts, Assistant Secretary, Education Office of Health and Human Services

Greg Bialecki, Secretary, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

Andrea Cabral, Secretary, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

Richard Davey, Secretary, Transportation

Joanne Goldstein, Secretary, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Glen Shor, Secretary, Executive Office of Administration and Finance

Mitchell Chester, Commissioner, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Ed Dolan, Commissioner, Department of Probation

Rosalie Edes, Assistant Secretary, Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Peter Forbes, Commissioner, Department of Youth Services

Marcia Fowler, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health

Richard Freeland, Commissioner, Department of Higher Education

Gail Garinger, Child Advocate

Elin Howe, Commissioner, Department of Developmental Services

Marcony Almeida-Barros, Acting Executive Director, Office of Refugees and Immigrants.

Stacey Monahan, Commissioner, Department of Transitional Assistance

Erin Deveney, Interim Commissioner for Department of Children and Families

Richard K. Sullivan, Jr., Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Tom Weber, Commissioner, Department of Early Care and Education

Staff

Abby Weiss

Abby R. Weiss, Manager of the Child & Youth Readiness Cabinet

Abby R. Weiss is the Manager of the Massachusetts Child and Youth Readiness Cabinet.  Co-chaired by the secretaries of Education and Health and Human Services, the Cabinet’s focus is fostering collaboration across state departments and agencies that serve Massachusetts’ children, youth, and families.

Prior to her arrival to state government, Abby served as the Executive Director of the Full-service Schools Roundtable for four years.  In that role, Abby engaged partners from multiple sectors to advance the Roundtable’s mission of ensuring that every child in Boston – and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts – has access to integrated services through school-community partnerships.

From 2005 to 2007, Abby was a Project Manager at Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP). There she was responsible for managing HFRP's family involvement research and activities, which focused on shaping a national dialogue about strategies for improving learning and development outcomes for all children. For eight years, Abby worked at the Institute for Responsive Education (IRE) in Boston. At IRE, she served as Associate Director and led the organization's research efforts on charter schools. She also managed projects that promoted family-school-community partnerships and provided technical assistance and training to schools across the country as they engaged in this work.

Abby received her master's degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her B.A. in Political Science from Brown University.

Child & Youth Readiness District Liaisons

Yasmin Otero

Yasmin Otero, Holyoke District Liaison from the Department of Transitional Assistance

As Regional Director for the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), Yasmin Otero oversees the operations of local DTA offices from Framingham to the Berkshires.  Her education in organizational behavior and business management along with years of experience leading successful business process and change initiatives has provided her with rich opportunities to work with many wonderful people committed to positive change within state agencies and in the community – in particular how families and children experience poverty, homelessness and the challenges of education and employment.  She is a native of Germany, grew up in Arizona and moved to Springfield, Massachusetts twenty-seven years ago where she and her husband raised their four children.

Charles Royster

Charles Royster, Springfield District Liaison from the Department of Mental Health

Charles Royster is a Child & Adolescent Case Manager for the Department of Mental Health in the Central-West Area.  Charlie’s professional experiences include serving as an Assistant Director of a Residential Program, a Case Manager/Activities Coordinator at a drop-in center for children and adolescents, and an Assistant House Manager and Counselor at a residential program for ex-offenders with substance abuse issues.  Charlie has extensive experience providing counseling to individuals and groups, and working with the juvenile court system and probation department.  Charlie has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Springfield College.

Cardethia Moore-Jenkins

Cardethia Moore-Jenkins, Worcester District Liaison from the Department of Children and Families

Cardethia Moore-Jenkins is a supervisor for the Department of Children and Families Worcester West Area Office. Cardethia was an ongoing social worker for 12 years working with children and families in the Worcester area. Prior to working at DCF, Cardethia was the Director of Social Services at Worcester Comprehensive Child Care Services for 6 years. She is an active citizen in the city of Worcester currently serving on the advisory board of the Center for Women and Enterprise Worcester office. In 2009, Cardethia was inducted into the Worcester Boys and Girls Club Alumni Hall of Fame for career and academic achievements as a former member of the Boys and Girls Club.  She is an adjunct professor at Quinsigamond Community College in the Early Childhood Education Department. Cardethia attended Worcester Public Schools and her son was also educated in Worcester Public Schools. Cardethia has a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MSW from Salem State University.