Jo Frances Meyer

Jo Frances Meyer

Director of Special Projects

Jo Frances Meyer joined the Camp Harbor View team in 2020 during the early days of the pandemic, and since then she has assisted her colleagues with health equity and guaranteed income initiatives, as well as contractual matters.  In her current role, she works closely with members of the CHV team who are directly engaged with climate resilience measures to address the most pressing environmental challenges facing CHV’s island home.  She also will seek to develop and advance collaborative efforts with local, state, and regional environmental organizations in order to find workable solutions that will protect the camp and keep staff and campers safe in the years to come.

Prior to her work for Camp Harbor View, Jo Frances served as Executive Director of Boston Landmarks Orchestra, and in senior roles for other performing arts organizations and nonprofits, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Rockport Music.  Before her career in the nonprofit sector, Jo Frances practiced health care law and commercial litigation in Boston. She swears she’s not a jack-of-all trades, but her door is always open for whatever unique CHV special projects might land on her desk that could benefit from her experience and expertise.

Jo Frances earned her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Boston University, her Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School, and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Longy School of Music at Bard College, as a member of the Board of Directors for the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, and as a member of the Boards of Advisors of the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, and Lyric Stage Company of Boston.

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Kara Bassett

Kara Bassett

Human Resources and Operations Coordinator

Kara Bassett serves as Camp Harbor View’s Human Resources and Operations Coordinator. Kara joined CHV in the Spring of 2022 as the Human Resources and Operations intern, where she supported the onboarding process of seasonal staff, and assisted camp administration. After receiving a Master’s in Human Resources Management, with a concentration in leadership from Northeastern University, she joined the team full time in her current role. Kara also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in education from Saint Michael’s College in Burlington, Vermont. 

Combining her passion for working with young adults and children, with her mission to create equitable work opportunities, she’s excited to further her work within the Camp Harbor View community.

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Saoirse Martin

Saoirse Martin

Executive Assistant

Saoirse Martin joins Camp Harbor View as President Sharon McNally’s Executive Assistant. She is also the Office Manager of the Connors Family Office. In her role, she handles a range of responsibilities and collaborates closely with both CHV’s development and program teams on short-term and long-term projects.

Saoirse has previous experience in the non-profit sector managing donor relations, fundraising, and events during her time at The Ireland Funds America. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and communications from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Saoirse currently resides in South Boston and on the weekends can be found attending a concert or a Boston sports game.

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Danielle Kellermann

Danielle Kellermann

Vice President of Individual Giving

Danielle Kellermann is thrilled to serve as the Vice President of Individual Giving for Camp Harbor View. Prior to this role, she served as the Vice President of Development for Emmanuel College, a boutique liberal arts college in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston. She led a $50M campaign to diversify the talent pipeline across industries and build resources for the College. Before Emmanuel, she worked closely with Jack Connors, Jr. as his senior executive assistant and project manager on an array of philanthropic initiatives.

Originally from South Africa, Danielle brings great compassion and a global perspective to social and community issues. She also volunteers for a diagnostic manufacturing company, LifeSADX, in South Africa on a preeclampsia and POC Initiative to provide testing for the early detection of preeclampsia in the poorest areas.

Danielle holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University, Master of Art in drama from University College Cork. She is the recipient of the Aspen Writer’s Foundation Bedell Scholarship in African Literature. Her international network spans across industries and her passion for community building, communication, and partnerships.

Lisa Gomes

Lisa Gomes

Community Resource Coordinator

Lisa Gomes serves as the Community Resource Coordinator on the Family Services team at Camp Harbor View. Lisa joined CHV in Summer 2022 as a member of the camper support team on island and brings 20+ years of experience working with children to her role.

Central to her work is a strong belief that it takes a village – not only raise a child but also to help support the parents that are the core of raising the child. And she is deeply honored when families allow her to be part of their village.

In her role on the Family Services team, she seeks to take financial, emotional, mental, and other stressors off families so they’re able to focus on building solid family units. With a firm belief that children’s happiness or struggles start at home, she sees holistic family support as essential to the success of any young person.

Lisa’s background is in teaching. She is a certified infant through pre-K teacher and, over the last four years, worked with cognitively challenged and special needs children at Easton Middle School. She spent two decades at home raising her three boys and she passionately believes every child needs and deserves to feel they truly matter. She finds great joy and fulfillment in being a safe landing spot for any child.

Born and raised in Boston before moving to Cape Cod as a teen, Lisa finds peace sitting at the ocean’s edge reading a book. She studied at UMass Dartmouth and is most proud of her three children.

Joanly Ayala

Joanly Ayala

Leader in Training Program Coordinator – 10th grade

Joanly Ayala is the coordinator for the Leader in Training Program 10th grade cohort.

Previously, Joanly held a position as a fifth grade teacher. She is excited to continue her passion for mentoring, with a focus on empowering young girls. In her free time, Joanly enjoys walking her dog, Reese, arts and crafts, and spending time with her family. A fun fact about Joanly is that she is currently a titleholder in the Miss America Organization.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Bridgewater State University and is working towards her masters.

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