Interim CEO, Nurtury, Inc.
Mary Kay Leonard began her career in state government as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Office for Children which regulated more than 12,000 child and youth service programs. She helped shape public policy for state agencies as Chief Counsel to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Human Services. Prior to creating her own consulting practice focused on helping companies during times of change, Leonard served as President and CEO of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a national non-profit organization providing research and consultation to foundations, businesses, and governments. She also served as Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO of the United Way serving Boston as well as the leader of Investor Relations for United Way Worldwide.
Chief Advancement Officer, Nurtury, Inc.
Jaye Smith has been with Nurtury since June 2015. Her career in institutional advancement began 17 years ago at Simmons College where she championed local and national projects to engage 40,000 alumni. Thereafter, Smith led Development and Communications efforts in non-profit healthcare and independent schools. Smith leads external relationships with current and prospective donors; coaches internal leaders on how to effectively fundraise and help them identify potential donors; expand board membership; steward donors; leads the Advancement team—building on its culture and productivity as a positive, cohesive, highly functioning group; and develops the strategy to maintain the fundraising infrastructure. She is the founding board member for The Young Black Women’s Society Inc., a volunteer researcher for Doris Buffets’ Letters Foundation and a Board Member for the Massachusetts Association of Fundraising Professionals and serves on the board of TSNE Mission Works. Jaye received her degree in Business Administration and Management from Simmons College.
Chief Operations Officer, Nurtury, Inc.
Mr. Leech came on board as Chief Operations Officer in October 2016. Before assuming his current role, he was CEO of Team Impact and COO of Jumpstart for Young Children. Prior to that, he held a variety of high-ranking positions over 12 years within Dunkin’ Brands, including chief operating officer international, chief financial officer, and chief administrative officer. In these positions he was responsible for building and enhancing corporate culture, strategic and financial planning, HR and corporate leadership. Mr. Leech is a Chartered Management Accountant and earned degrees in accounting from the University of Derby in England.
Chief Program and Evaluation Officer, Nurtury, Inc.
Stephanie joined Nurtury in July 2017. She is a tenured Associate Professor and the Director of Ecology of the School Readiness Lab and Faculty Director of Early Childhood Community Initiatives at Boston University’s School of Education. She comes to Nurtury as part of an exciting partnership where both institutions will share this talented professor. She has over twenty years’ experience working in the field of early childhood education,—in roles ranging from classroom teacher, program-level data manager, researcher, professor of future teachers, and policy maker. She will be designing Nurtury's strategic initiatives around family engagement and community partnerships as well as strategies to continue to strive for the highest level of classroom quality and educator excellence. Stephanie earned her Ph.D. in Developmental and Community Psychology from the University of Virginia.
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Nurtury is proud to announce our first-ever gala event on
Thursday, October 2, 2014
at the Nurtury Learning Lab
To purchase tickets, please visit our Eventbrite page
The Learning Lab, which opened in May 2014 at the Bromley-Heath public housing development, is designed to set a new standard for high-quality early care and education in low-income urban neighborhoods. The building features spacious, bright, and engaging outdoor and indoor spaces that inspire children to explore, create, and learn.
What you see through the lens is only limited by your imagination.
THANK YOU to our in-kind donors:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts: Creative Design
Hill Holliday: Video Production
Reynolds DeWalt: Printing
THANK YOU to our sponsors:
Graduate SponsorBlue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
School Ready SponsorsThe Eliot Hotel
David Feinberg and Marina Kalb*
The Maurice and Carol Feinberg Family Foundation
Pre-kindergarten SponsorsCitizens Commercial Banking
Debra Smith Knez and Smith Family Foundation*
Toddler SponsorsAlexander Aronson Finning CPAs
Casner & Edwards, LLP
Krokidas & Bluestein
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Tammy and John MacWilliams
Marsh & McLennan Agency
Newborn SponsorsBoston Private Bank
Sherif and Mary Nada*
Stanley and Kay Schlozman*
*indicates gift designation for Lou Casagrande play space
Nurtury has so much to celebrate—starting with you and our amazing community, which allow us to nurture the youngest and most vulnerable children of Greater Boston. We want you to join us Thursday, May 5th for our second annual event: A Night to Nurture!
Celebrate with us as we honor State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez as the 2016 Nurturer of the Year.
All proceeds benefit Nurtury, where kids and communities grow. Evening signature gala includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and music.
For over 139 years, we have stood at the forefront of early care and education—even before it was recognized as a field. Our services help improve the lives of 1,200 children each year. We are narrowing the gap so that Greater Boston’s families have the same access to early child care and education that so many others do. Your support will make this evening a success.
Co-Chairs: Maria Krokidas and Peter C. Pedro, Jr.
Members: Jeff Davis, David Feinberg, Jeff Freedman, Jennifer Gilbert, Jerry Goldstein, Jonathan Lonske, Tammy MacWilliams, Dana Safran, Gayle Slattery
THANK YOU to our presenting sponsor:
September 23, 2013: Jamaica Plain Patch, “Bromley-Heath Learning Center Contractor Exceeding Diversity Hiring Goals.”
September 19, 2013: Bay State Banner, “New $16M Learning Center to open in Jamaica Plain.”
February 13, 2013: The Boston Indicators Project blog, an initiative of The Boston Foundation, “Indicator of the Week: High Quality Early Education.”
November 13, 2012: Strategies for Children blog, “Innovative Early Learning Center Coming to Boston.”
November 8, 2012: Boston.com, “Bromley-Heath housing complex to get $16 million learning center that focuses on entire families.
November 5, 2012: Boston Business Journal, “JP gets new $16M childcare center.”
November 2, 2012: Boston Neighborhood Network News, “New Learning Center to Open at Bromley-Heath.”
November 2, 2012: Boston Globe, “Bromley-Heath housing complex to get $16 million learning center that focuses on entire families.”
April 26, 2012: YouTube video: “Representative Brodeur reads to children.”
April 22, 2012: Boston.com, “Picky palates a challenge for nutritionist.”
March 2, 2012: The Boston Globe, Letter to the Editor: “Schools Should Partner with early education providers,” by Wayne Ysguirre.
February 19, 2012: WHDH Ch. 7 Urban Update
February 16, 2012: BNN-TV, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department
February 10, 2012: Boston Business Journal, “Early emphasis: Wayne Ysaguirre’s passion is helping children succeed in life.”
January 27, 2012: WBZ Ch. 38 Centro, “AECE: Helping Boston Children and Their Families.”
December 16, 2011: Boston Business Journal, “For-profit knowledge and nonprofit early education.”
LMA resources information coming soon.