Leadership and Advisory Board

Service Leadership

Margaret HannahMargaret Hannah, M.Ed, GCEC, is the Executive Director of the Freedman Center for Child and Family Development at William James College.  She received her master’s degree in education with a concentration in community counseling and psychology from the University of Miami. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from William James College and has completed two years of coursework in the Doctoral Program for Leadership Psychology at William James College. Ms. Hannah has worked in schools and agencies for over 25 years, designing and developing programs and facilitating teacher and parent education programs and support groups. She has served as a project director for three federal grants for the delivery of mental health services within schools, and a grant to integrate mental health services between schools and community agencies. She serves or has served on many committees and task forces within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts advocating for mental health services, including the Massachusetts Academy of Pediatrics Mental Health Task Force, serving as a Commissioner on the Governor’s Commission on Post-Partum Depression and the Commission on Behavioral Health and Upstream Prevention, Stakeholder group for the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative, and the City of Newton City-wide Emergency Response Team (CERT).  In addition to serving as Executive Director of the Freedman Center at William James College, she teaches in the School Psychology Department as Adjunct Faculty.

Nadja ReillyNadja Reilly, Ph.D is a clinical psychologist with over 18 years of experience specializing in children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Reilly completed her graduate training at the University of Miami, Florida, and her clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital. She was a staff psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Children's Hospital for 12 years, and she is currently a consulting psychologist to the department. Dr. Reilly is also a Lecturer of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Reilly is the Associate Director of the Freedman Center for Child and Family Development at William James College, as well as the Director of Training for the Center's internship and practicum placements. At the Freedman Center, Dr. Reilly focuses on prevention, school and community mental health work, consultation, curriculum and program development, and education. Dr. Reilly is a core faculty member of the Clinical PsyD program, and faculty in the Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR) concentration. Dr. Reilly is the editor of Preventing Depression: A Toolkit for Schools, co-editor of the How Not to Keep a Secret peer leadership curriculum, editor and principal editor of the Break Free from Depression school curriculum, and executive producer of Break Free From Depression, a documentary focusing on adolescent depression. Dr. Reilly is also the author of the book Anxiety and Depression in the Classroom: A Teacher's Guide to Fostering Self-Regulation in Young Students.  Dr. Reilly has presented in numerous local and national conferences, and continues to promote awareness of child and family mental health needs through her teaching, research, and practice.

Heather ByrnsHeather Byrns, MA, LHMC, is a Clinical Supervisor for INTERFACE Referral Service within the Freedman Center at William James College.  She received her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Boston College and has been a licensed mental health counselor for 11 years. She has worked in clinical settings providing care to adolescents and their families struggling with a range of issues with particular expertise in eating disorders.  She has also worked on program design for local and state initiatives and has served on the city of Newton Youth Interagency Task Force and the Newton Youth Commission Advisory Board. Heather continues to promote access to care and education about mental health by providing local trainings, and in supervising the INTERFACE staff team.  She has worked with the INTERFACE Referral Service since 2010, and has helped the program expand to serving over 55 communities throughout Massachusetts.

Tanya SnyderTanya Snyder, M.Ed, LMHC is a Clinical Supervisor for the INTERFACE Referral Service within the Freedman Center at William James College. Tanya earned her M. Ed in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Marriage & Family Therapy from Springfield College, and she comes to us from the Counseling and Psychotherapy Center in Needham, where she served as Director of Institutional and Outpatient Operations. Tanya has 20 years experience in the field, providing direct clinical care to individuals presenting with various mental health concerns with specialities in treating sexually abusive or inappropriate behaviors in juveniles, and men who have engaged in sexual offending behaviors.  She has also served as a supervisor within several programs. In addition, Tanya serves as the MASOC Board Co-Vice President and serves on the ATSA Juvenile Practices Committee.

Jamie Siegel, Psy.D is the Senior Team Leader at the INTERFACE Referral Service. While earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at William James College (formerly MSPP), Jamie was a work-study student at INTERFACE and decided to make it part of her professional career when she graduated in 2011.   As the Senior Team Leader, Jamie supervises and mentors student staff, has developed and helped to facilitate training on specialty contracts, and also assists callers in finding appropriate referrals. When Jamie is not at INTERFACE, she maintains a private practice in Newton Centre where she provides therapy to adolescents, adults, couples, and families. 

Kelly WeaverKelly Anne Weaver, M.A. has been working at the INTERFACE Referral Service since 2008. Kelly received her master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, and for many years Kelly worked as an LGBTQ Advocate at MassBay Community College.  In that role, Kelly led campus wide advocacy programs such as National Coming Out Day and Guest Speaker Panel Discussions to promote increased awareness of LGBTQ issues.  As a Team Leader for the INTERFACE Referral Service, Kelly supervises, trains and manages referral counselors and is passionate about providing the best customer service to clients in order to improve access to mental health services.  Kelly is also currently on the Speakers Bureau for Greater Boston PFLAG, which provides opportunities for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity in order to increase understanding and respect for human diversity.

Renee Rejent-BowserRenee Rejent-Bowser, LMHC is a team leader for the INTERFACE Referral Service at William James College.  She received her master’s degree in Expressive Therapies at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.  Prior to joining the INTERFACE Referral Service, she worked in various clinical settings including providing community-based service to children and families in the greater Lowell community, and provided individual and group therapy to adults with intellectual disabilities.  She is a trained art therapist and brings her creative background combined with her passion to help others in order to connect them with the care they need.  

Advisory Board Members

Advisory Board Members/William James College

Nicholas Covino, Psy.D, the president of William James College, is a practicing psychologist who, before his current position, was the Director of Psychology and Director of Training at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston for 20 years. He is past-President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, a member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and a former faculty member at Harvard Medical School.

His clinical career has been devoted to caring for the psychological needs of medical patients and engaging in long-term psychotherapy with adults. His research interests have mirrored his clinical work and he is the author of 28 journal articles and book chapters in behavioral medicine and psychotherapy.

Trained in behavioral medicine and in psychoanalysis, Covino's work at William James College is the latest chapter in this career. Since becoming president in 2002, he has led the school in new directions, while maintaining its underlying mission and values, which are focused on serving the underserved and meeting the needs of a changing society. In the eleven years since he took office, the school has grown from a single-degree institution to one that now grants 12 separate master's and doctoral degrees.

Robert Kinscherff, PhD, JD is a forensic and clinical psychologist and an attorney. He is Associate Vice President for Community Engagement with oversight of key service-providing programs including the Freedman Center, Brenner Center, and PATHWAYS.  He is also Teaching Faculty for the Doctoral Clinical Psychology Program and for the Doctoral School Psychology Program.  He was instrumental in establishing the doctoral Concentration in Forensic Psychology and the doctoral Concentration in Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR). Dr. Kinscherff is also Faculty at the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital and Senior Associate for the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice.  During 2015-16 he will be a part-time Senior Fellow in Law and Neuroscience at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.  He is a member of the Massachusetts Governor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee and the Special Commission on Sexual Offender Recidivism. Dr. Kinscherff has previously served as Assistant Commissioner for Forensic Mental Health (MA Department of Mental Health), Director of Juvenile Court Clinic Services (MA Trial Court), and Director of Adult Forensic Services (Psychiatry and Law Program, Massachusetts General Hospital). His many publications include the co-authored book APA Ethics Code: Commentary and Case Illustrations (Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press, 2009) and more recent publications on topics including mental health practice in juvenile justice contexts, special ethical and practice considerations in work with offenders, and international human rights law implications for forensic psychologists of the 2012 US Supreme Court case of Miller v. Alabama regarding mandatory life imprisonment without possibility of parole for offenses committed as a juvenile.

Steve Boczenowski, BS is a Principal Engineer at The MITRE Corporation where he provides computer security consultation to the federal government. Steve and his wife, Deb, founded Teenage Anxiety & Depression Solutions (TADS) as a response to losing their son, Jeffrey, to suicide in 2009. The mission of TADS is to address mental health issues among young people by raising awareness, providing education, and supplying access to care. Steve also serves on the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP), on the Board Directors of Family Continuity, and on the Board of Directors of See A New Sun Foundations (SANS).  Steve also serves on the Board of Deacons at First Parish Church in Groton.

Claudia Gold, MD is a pediatrician and writer with long-standing interest in addressing children and family mental health needs in a preventive model. She has practiced general and behavioral pediatrics for over 20 years, and currently specialize in early childhood mental health.

Dr. Gold is the author of Keeping Your Child in Mind: Overcoming Defiance, Tantrums and Other Everyday Behavior Problems by Seeing the World through Your Child’s Eyes, and the forthcoming Listening to Parents and Children: Protecting Space and Time for Growth, Healing and Resilience (Da Capo) and The Developmental Science of Early Childhood: Clinical Application from Birth through Adolescence; a practical guide to infant mental health for therapists and other professionals (Norton).