Rev. Eustace D.
Executive Director, Founder
Rev. Eustace D. Payne, Jr. is Founder and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Community Outreach Initiative (MCOI). Rev. Payne is a graduate of Framingham State College with a Bachelor of Art in Sociology. He is currently on the ministerial staff at Bethel AME church in Boston, MA. Recognizing the importance of stability as it pertains to re-entry, Rev. Payne is an advocate and a voice in the community, educating and assisting religious organizations interested in developing, training and implementing prison ministries. Under the auspices of MCOI, Rev. Payne provides Godly leadership of integrity, maturity, and humility as he reconnects the incarcerated with their families, churches, and communities.
Professor of Management
& Psychology | Bentley University
Dr. Aaron J. Nurick is Professor of Management and Psychology at Bentley University, Waltham, MA. He received his doctorate in Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee in 1978. Dr. Nurick’s teaching and scholarly interests focus on interpersonal behavior in organizational settings. He has published a wide range of articles in scholarly journals, including Human Relations, Human Resource Management, The Academy of Management Learning and Education Journal, and is the author of two books: Participation in Organizational Change: The TVA Experiment (Praeger, 1985) and The Good Enough Manager: The Making of a GEM (Routledge, 2011).
He has consulted with organizations on organizational diversity and improving emotional intelligence and interpersonal competence. He was one of the first endowed teaching professors at Bentley and held the Wilder Teaching Professorship for five years. He is a recipient of the Adamian Award of Excellence in Teaching at Bentley University for his courses on organizational behavior and interpersonal relations in management. He served for seven years as Chair of the Management Department. He is a member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study for Organizations and the Managerial Consultation Division of the Academy of Management. Dr. Nurick also served as President of the Board of the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy and Chairman of the Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers.
Chief Operating Officer
LaShaun Shaw is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Massachusetts Community Outreach Initiative. Born in New Haven, CT, Ms. Shaw has lived in Boston since the age of four. She has 19 years of experience as Administrative Manager at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, MA. During her tenure with MGH, Ms. Shaw was responsible for budgets, financials, grants, departmental and organizational compliance, National Institutes of Health (NIH) compliance, Joint Commission Accreditation Health Organization (JCAHO) compliance, community outreach, and program and project management. Ms. Shaw’s experience and responsibilities included staff and day-to-day operations management as well as implementation of new programs.
Ms. Shaw is a graduate of Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies from Hartford Seminary in Hartford, MA, where she is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Spirituality with a primary focus on Women’s Leadership.
Director of Marketing & Media
Lee Francois is the Director of Marketing for the Massachusetts Community Outreach Initiative. Born and raised in Boston, Ma. Lee is a Graduate of The Art Institute, and now has over 12 years of experience in his field of expertise. Lee also currently holds a position as the Director of Media Arts for Bethel AME Church in Boston Ma. Before joining the MCOI Team, Lee was a recipient of the program and met with Rev. Eustace while he was finishing up his incarceration at the Boston Pre-Release Minimum Security Prison. Ever since that day of meeting Rev. Eustace, Lee realized that his goals were certainly still achievable even though he would now have a felony record. Upon release, Lee continued to be in contact with MCOI and was one of the first recipients to participate in an accelerated entrepreneurship workshop that trained Lee in Business management in 3 months.
By the end of that year, Lee quit his 9 - 5 job and registered his sole proprietorship, FrancoisGrphx, and never looked back. Lee is now a Full-time entrepreneur, computer teacher, and mentor to young people in his community.