Jeannine Pavlak, M.S., Non-Profit Management
Chief Executive Officer

Jeannine Pavlak is responsible for every facet of our organization. She is diligent in maintaining a solid, sustainable foundation while keeping our mission in clear focus. Jeannine continually strives to improve, innovate and expand at every opportunity. She sets a high standard of excellence and is a role model and inspiration to her staff. She is a firm believer in an open door policy and always makes herself available to all staff and the clients we serve. Her approachability allows staff to interact with her with ease, creating an inclusive and accepting work environment.

Jeannine is recognized as an industry innovator and leader. Through her stewardship, she has grown the organization to serve over 900 individuals annually, assisting them in attaining community integrated employment throughout the states of Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as providing services as an Employment Network through TTW to individuals in 40 additional states. With over 27 years of experience in the disability employment field, Jeannine has consulted on a number of topics including staff development, data collection and bench marking, best practices in community integrated employment, braiding funding, school to work transition, TTW and self- employment. More recently, Ms. Pavlak began providing technical assistance to organizations interested in transforming their service delivery model from facility based to community based. Jeannine has received numerous awards for her outstanding professional achievement, vision and direction. Jeannine has her Master’s degree in Non-Profit Management and currently serves on the National APSE Board and the North Region’s AAIDD Board.


Nicole Davini, MBA, Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovative Practices
Chief Operating Officer

Nicole is a third generation disability advocate. In 1996, she began her career working in residential services, while continuing her education. In 2005, she was introduced to NEBA though a long time employee. Nicole had found her passion. She has grown from a part time Employment Consultant to her current role as COO. During this time she also obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Human Service Management from UMASS, Amherst followed by an MBA in Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovative Practices from Bay Path University.

As COO, Nicole is responsible for all day to day operations of the organization. Functions include contract negotiations with funders, development and implementation of programmatic service delivery models, and program curricula. She works directly with the CEO on development and oversight of all company policy and procedures and, with the CEO and Finance Director on all fiscal matters. All programmatic directors, managers and the Human Resource department report to Nicole. She is responsible for the oversight of more than 65 staff and for the services provided to over 900 participants annually. She works closely with the Department of Developmental Disabilities and State Vocational Rehabilitation Departments in Massachusetts and Connecticut, school systems, the Department of Transitional Assistance, and the Social Security Administrations Ticket to Work Program.

Laurie Shea
Finance Director

As Finance Director, Laurie brings a broad range of fiscal and business management expertise, amassed and honed over 30 plus years. Laurie is responsible for all areas relating to fiscal oversight, budgeting and forecast activities, financial reporting, audit compliance, business operations, and facilities operations. She reports directly to the CEO and works closely with the COO and other directors and managers.

Laurie spent the majority of her career in the for-profit sector, leaving the workforce in 2000 to become a stay at home mother. During this time, she began volunteering on the Board of Directors of family cooperatives, parent teacher organizations, and other organizations that exposed her to the non-profit world. Laurie reentered the workforce in 2007, seeking employment that would allow her to use her skills to help an under served population. In 2010, she accepted an employment opportunity at NEBA and has fully aligned with our mission and wholly immersed herself within it. Laurie remains committed to volunteerism and community involvement as well. She currently serves as Clerk on her towns Finance Committee.

Danielle Ralston
Program Director

As Program Director, Danielle oversees service delivery for our individualized employment and transition programs which include the Career Ladders program, the Café Lev training and assessment program located at the Jewish Community Center and the On Our Way program located at Springfield College. She works collaboratively with Department of Developmental Services, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and school system authorities. Danielle has worked in the disability employment field since 2008. Prior to working in this field she was an active member of the Parent Advisory Committee located in Clarkston, MI and volunteered on many committees to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities. Combined with over 30 years of disability related experience, Danielle has a Business Management Certificate and a Masters Certificate in Non-Profit Human Service Management from Clarke University.

Ryan Aldrich, CESP
Program Director 

Ryan has been involved in the supported employment field since 2005, when he began his career with NEBA as an employment consultant. Today, he oversees Connecticut programs for over 60 individuals served in Connecticut by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS), and privately invoiced individuals. Ryan has been a Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) since 2013, and is proud to represent the northeastern United States on APSE’s National Board of Directors. Ryan specializes in presenting and speaking on leadership development, mission outreach, and creating visual media based on goals and outcome data. Ryan earned an Associate’s Degree in Human Services from Middlesex Community College in 2011.

Janet Calderon  
Program Manager

Janet joined NEBA in 2011, bringing with her a strong dedication to helping people through her work in the Human Service field. She oversees our program assisting people receiving Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) services to obtain employment and achieve self-sustainability. With her participative leadership, Janet and her team have been recognized as the number one CIES provider in the state of Massachusetts consecutively for 3 years.  Part of this can be attributed to Janet being a Worcester native. Her understanding of her community and the culture that thrives within is what has made our DTA program so successful. In 2011, Janet graduated from Quinsigamond Community College with an A.S. in Criminal Justice and in 2016 she earned her B.A. in Psychology with a forensic concentration from Becker College.  Her future goals are to expand services for our DTA program into broader geographic locations to continue to increase the number of lives positively impacts through self-sustainability.