Rev. June R. Cooper
City Mission is led by The Rev. June R. Cooper. June is a visionary and compassionate leader who has directed the organization through several major changes. Before coming to City Mission, June managed 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 1990s. 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 with dual 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.
Rev. Ruth Edens
Director of Development and Stewardship
The Rev. Ruth Edens is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and most recently served as the Director of Advancement at Andover Newton Theological School. 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 and Disciples of Christ. Ruth is a member of Old South Church and lives in Boston with her family.
Peniey has more than 10 years of experience in the field of office and conference planning management and has worked extensively in the nonprofit sector. Before 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. While at Suffolk she helped manage more than 75 conferences per year, including the NLRB/DOL annual conference for the Northeast division.
Paola holds a Master of Laws in American Law and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Criminology. She has been working in the non-profit field for over ten years. As part of her work, she has led a legal advocacy program in five different courts, handled high-risk cases and worked in partnership with different agencies including the Department of Children and Families and the District Attorney’s Office. She also worked in the research field, particularly focused on the areas of assessment and evaluation of different policies and their impact on social programs.
Rev. Melissa Pace
Social Justice Intern Program Director
Rev. Melissa Pace is the Co-Founder and Pastor of Open Table Dinner Church in Cambridge, MA; a place where people gather to be nourished mind, body, and spirit. She is an educator and consultant for churches and organizations in the areas of LGBTQ welcome, sexuality and spirituality, and creation care. Melissa is a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School and is ordained by the Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. She prefers to spend her free time in the woods, in the water, in used bookstores, and gathered around the table with friends.
Yauris is a licensed social worker, who worked for the Department of Children and Families, High Point Treatment Center and Community Counseling of Bristol County. In addition to her clinical experiences, she has a wide-range of knowledge in working with low-income minority families, children and adolescents. She has also worked in the research field, particularly focused on the areas of assessment and evaluations of different clinical interventions and the impact on children and their families from a Bio-psycho-social perspective. Yauris has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Keystone College and is currently in school to obtain a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology.
Director of Homelessness Prevention
Lynda has more than 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 knowledge in running programs serving low-income families and individuals, including managing 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.