Executive Staff

Michael W. Ames, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer, was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Perkins in September of 2015. Affiliated with RFK Children’s Action Corps in 2020, the agencies announced their merger and rebranded as The Robert F. Kennedy Community Alliance in November 2021. Michael holds a PhD from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University; a Master of Business Administration and Master of Social Work, both from Boston College; and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York. He sits on the boards of the Children’s League of Massachusetts where he serves as the Board’s Treasurer, maaps ( the Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools) where he serves as the Board’s President, and UMass Memorial Health – Health Alliance-Clinton Hospital.

Throughout his career, Michael has been employed by a number of human services agencies including Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath), the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), and the Key Program. He has held direct service, supervisory, and leadership positions in those organizations. As President and CEO of Perkins, and now RFK Community Alliance, Michael takes a strategic, mission-focused approach that emphasizes the empowerment of team members, use of data, and innovation to build capacity focused on meeting the diverse needs of the children, youth, adults, and families served by RFK Community Alliance.

Lisa Harrington, MBA, Chief Financial Officer, has been on staff at RFK Community Alliance (formerly Perkins) since 1995.  She has held a variety of different roles within the finance department including Accounting Manager, Controller, Director of Administration and Finance, and, ultimately, her current role as Perkins CFO.  Lisa graduated from Fitchburg State College with a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and a Master’s degree in Business Management.

Naomi R. LeBlanc, MBA, Vice President of Organizational Advancement, joined RFK Community Alliance (formerly Perkins) in June of 2018.  Naomi brings 15 years of nonprofit, fundraising, and communications experience to Perkins. She spent the previous 10 years of her career working for anti-hunger organizations, most recently as the Director of Development for Worcester County Food Bank. Naomi holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Trinity College in Hartford and a Master of Business Administration from Boston University.

Derek J. Padon, Vice President of Human Resources, joined RFK Community Alliance (formerly Perkins) in October 2016. Derek holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from Johnson and Wales University and a Human Resources certificate from Northeastern University. Derek comes to Perkins with 15 years of human resources experience focused on talent acquisition and employee/labor relations. Prior to joining Perkins, Derek spent five years as the Director of Human Resources for Steward Norwood Hospital. He also worked for CharterCare Health Partners in Providence RI, and the May Institute in Randolph, MA.

Cindy Wing, MEd, Chief Operating Officer, has been on staff at RFK Community Alliance (formerly Perkins) since 2006. Cindy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Atlantic Union College and a Master of Education Degree from the same institution. She also holds certificates as an Administrator of Special Education, Educator of English in grades 8-12, Elementary Principal grades K-6, Middle School Principal grades 5-8 and High School Principal grades 8-12. She also developed a state-of-the-art curriculum for K-12, and she was a key player in the Doctor Franklin Perkins School receiving New England Association of Schools and College’s accreditation.

Steven D. Young, Vice President of Facilities and Technology, joined RFK Community Alliance (formerly Perkins) in 2003 managing the agency’s physical plant and grounds. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Babson College. Steve brings 15 years of construction management experience with him having previously served as president of Corporate Offices, Inc., specializing in commercial space build-outs and office renovations throughout New England. Since arriving here, Steve has overseen numerous capital building and repair projects including construction of our Child Development Center, riding arena, solar electric system, and many renovations and conservation projects.