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Rev. June R. Cooper

Executive Director

City Mission has been led for 14 years under the leadership of The Reverend June R. Cooper. June is a visionary and compassionate leader who has led the organization through several major changes. Prior to coming to City Mission June lead  Boston’s federal Healthy Start program a $100 million dollar initiative that has been credited with significantly decreasing the infant mortality rate in the City of Boston in the late 90’s. She earned a B.A. from Newton College of the Sacred Heart, a Masters of Social Planning from Boston College School of Social Work and a Masters in Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School.  She is an ordained American Baptist minister and she has standing in the United Church of Christ. June values the promise of what can be accomplished by mobilizing people of goodwill to overcome injustice. She lives in Boston and is a model train enthusiast.

Jeb Barnes

Director of Philanthropy

Jeb has over 30 years of fundraising experience in Greater Boston having previously served with the Girl Scouts, the United Way, the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development (WIHED), Big Sister Association of Boston, and The City School.  Her work in Boston neighborhoods with the Girl Scouts, WIHED and The City School strengthened her resolve to work with organizations committed to social justice.  A native of Springfield, IL, Jeb is a graduate of DePauw University.

Sandras M. Barnes

Seminarians in the City Coordinator

Rev. Dr. Barnes joins City Mission to coordinate the Seminarians in the City Program. A resident of Readville, MA, Sandras  has a background in education as a teacher and teacher educator focusing on racism in education. Dr. Barnes earned a Bachelor’s degree in Black Studies/Psychology from UMass/Boston, a Master’s Degree in Counseling Education from Lesley College, a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Lesley University. She was ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia in May 2009 and graduated from Andover Newton Theological Seminary in Newton, MA May 2013 with a Master of Divinity. As a seminarian, Sandras’ field education was with the non-profit organization, Union of Minority Neighborhood, where she gained community-organizing skills working on the Boston Bussing Desegregation Project. Currently, Dr. Barnes is also an adjunct faculty at Wheelock College teaching Racial and Cultural Identities: Teaching for Social Justice.

Rev. Ruth Edens

Director of Development and Stewardship

The Rev. Ruth Edens joined City Mission in August of 2016 as Director of Development and Stewardship. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and most recently served as the Director of Advancement at Andover Newton. She graduated from Andover Newton in 2010 with her Masters of Divinity. Prior to seminary, Ruth served as a Global Ministries Intern in Beirut, Lebanon. She worked with the Forum for Development, Culture and Dialogue, a partner organization with the United Church of Christ/Disciples of Christ. Ruth is a member of Old South Church, and lives in Boston with her family.

Marilyn Guity

Case Manager for A Lift Up Program

Marilyn Guity serves as the Bilingual Case manager for the A Lift Up program. Born in Honduras, Marilyn came to America at the age of nine. Her goal is to help, empower and motivate individuals to achieve their goals. She holds a Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in mental health and addiction studies from Cambridge College.  She received her B.S. in Criminal Justice from American International College in Springfield, MA.  She has worked in residential substance abuse treatment program that specialize in helping women overcome their substance abuse.  She is motived by this quote from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, “Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase”.

Dylan Hillerbrand

Director of Advocacy

Dylan coordinates advocacy and church organizing efforts at City Mission. Prior to this, he served as the coordinator of the Boston Immersion program at City Mission through the Life Together fellowship of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College 

Peniey McClary

Office Manager

Peniey has over 10 years of experience in the field of office and conference planning management and has worked extensively in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining City Mission, she served as an office manager at Beacon Hill Village, a member-driven organization for Boston residents 50 and over and as the assistant director of continuing legal education at Suffolk University Law School, where she helped managed more than 50 conferences per year, including the NLRB/DOL annual conference for the Northeast division.

Lani Peterson

Director of Public Voice

Lani has an M.A., Psy.D., and has been leading Public Voice for City Mission since its inception in 2004. With her experience as a psychologist, story expert, and executive coach, Lani has 25 years of working with individuals, groups and organizations on the use of story as a powerful medium for personal growth, connection and change.  Her ongoing mission is to bring to light and share the stories which will open doors within and between storytellers and listeners alike. Lani’s professional training includes a Doctorate in psychology from William James College, a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University and a degree in literature from Smith College. She is a member of the National Speakers Association, the National Storytelling Network and the Healing Story Alliance, which she chaired for five years. Lani lives in Cambridge with her husband, and enjoys hearing stories from the adventures of her four adult children who have launched into their own interesting careers.

Lynda Watson

Director of Homelessness Prevention

Lynda is Director of Homelessness Prevention and has over 20 years experience as a licensed social worker, primarily in the housing and homelessness arena. In addition to clinical experience, she has expertise in program development and management. She has extensive experience running programs serving low-income families and individuals, including a large scattered site shelter program, a vocational program serving homeless families, and managing a large community center. Lynda has a Masters in Social Work from Boston College and a BA in Human Services from Northeastern University. She is a single mother of one.