The YWCA Central Massachusetts recently appointed a new director of Domestic Violence Services. In her new position, Amarely Gutierrez will oversee all of the domestic violence programming in greater Worcester and North Central Massachusetts. This includes two emergency shelters, 24-hour hotlines, and community based services focusing on support groups, counseling, court advocacy, outreach and community education. Her responsibilities also include working with community stakeholders in developing local solutions to prevent domestic violence.
Gutierrez began her career with AmeriCorp as a teacher and counselor in Miami, Florida. She went on to pursue her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from St. Thomas University in Miami. She began working with domestic violence issues, eventually developing an economic empowerment program that became a model for the state of Florida.
Karen Riley-McNary was also promoted to the position of Program Director of Battered Women’s Resources. She began working with Daybreak and the YWCA’s domestic violence services in 1992 as a Community-Based Services Advocate, facilitating support groups in-house as well as at a number of homeless/residential recovery programs in Worcester. She provided legal advocacy with the Worcester District and Probate courts, community education, and individual advocacy. She conducted the Certified Batterers Treatment partner contracts, and worked to develop the WIN program providing on-call and weekend coverage.
Prior to joining Daybreak in 1992, she was an Advocate for the Girls Emancipation Program of Portland, Oregon to help empower and liberate teen prostitutes.
Lory Santoro was recently promoted to the position of Daybreak Program Director for the YWCA Central Massachusetts. She was previously the Community Education Director of Domestic Violence Services, and has worked in the field of violence prevention for over 30 years.
“The staff at the YWCA personifies our mission of empowering women and eliminating racism,” Lory explained. “Working here means fulfilling a mission that I have always embraced, as well as making friends, and working with great people.”