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Rev. Eustace D. 
Payne Jr.

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.

Aaron J.
Nurick, Ph.D.

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.

Shironda A.White, MBA

Chief Operating Officer

Shironda A. White is Founder & CEO of CauseEDU, a college financing platform for families, and co-owner of Cocoa & Cupcakes, an allergy-friendly baked goods company. As a Boston-based social entrepreneur, she has been active in the start-up ecosystem with organizations such as MassChallenge, EforAll, Founder Gym, Y Combinator Startup School, the Boston Foundation’s Entrepreneur Bootcamp, and Boston University’s Innovate@BU. 
In addition to her entrepreneurial pursuits, Shironda has worked in the philanthropic sector, leading initiatives for organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the HBCU National Resource Center. She has also worked as an independent fundraiser and consultant for nonprofits, for-profit social enterprises, and individuals, and she is a frequent speaker on topics such as entrepreneurship and college funding.

Shironda is an alumna of Spelman College and holds a graduate citation in nonprofit management from Harvard University and an MBA in Entrepreneurship & Social Impact from the Boston University Questrom School of Business. In her spare time, she volunteers as a case competition coach and judge for undergraduate and MBA students at Boston University, and as the College Ministry Lead at Bethel AME Church in Jamaica Plain.

Lee Francois

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. 

ABOUT US >

MCOI is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization whose goal is to create a positive support system and community family around the released individual that will ease their transition into society, reduce the rate of recidivism, and turn the institutionalized into a thriving, successful individual.

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CONTACT>

Administrative Office:

Massachusetts Community Outreach Initiative

40 Walk Hill Street

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

 

Email: mcoi@themcoi.org

 

Tel: (617) 942-0344

 

Fax: (617) 906-6265

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