Dan Holin, Executive Director
Dan was hired in January 2003 and has served as a catalyst for the success of the Jericho Road Project to date. As Executive Director he works directly with the JRP Board and staff to manage and network existing sites and identify and launch new Jericho sites. Dan came to JRP with 13 years of experience working as a coalition builder and project developer with communities, funders, government agencies and organizations both in the U.S. and overseas. In 2001 he served as the Project Start Director for the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and prior to that worked as the Director of the Department of International Cultural Affairs in Israel's Ministry of Culture, Science and Sport.
Nancy Coan, JRP Lowell Executive Director
Nancy Coan has worked in non-profit management for over 15 years. Her non-profit experience spans a number of different sectors, including international civil society development, women's empowerment, youth development, advocacy, and humanitarian assistance. Nancy believes strongly in the power and potential of non-profits to make a positive difference in the lives of the people and communities they serve and is committed to helping strengthen non-profit effectiveness and sustainability. Nancy first came to JR as a volunteer in 2007, working on new program development and assisting Lowell NPOs with grant-writing and organizational assessments. Nancy lives in Arlington with her husband Roman and son Lukas.
Melanie Goodyear, JR Pasadena Program Director
Melanie comes to Jericho Road Pasadena as a nonprofit professional with 15 years of program experience. Melanie has dedicated her career to helping the needy, leading her to diverse experiences, such as working at an orphanage in Mexico, and doing community organizing in a poor immigrant neighborhood in San Diego. For the past six years, she has managed volunteers within public libraries. She has consulted extensively with nonprofits, helping to build their capacities. She has a B.A. degree from Wellesley College and an M.A. degree from Claremont School of Theology. Melanie lives in Pasadena, CA.
Debra Vanderwerf, JR Worcester Executive Director
Debra has been building community and increasing organizational capacity for over 15 years at foundations, museums, cultural councils, visual and performing arts centers, schools, and human service providers throughout Central Massachusetts and beyond. Her personal, professional, and board experience focused on initiatives that grow organizations to address social needs, empower individuals, and foster collaboration. Most recently, Debra was the Central Region Director and Statewide Database Administrator at Horizons for Homeless Children's Playspace Program. She managed a portfolio of over 120 shelter-based programs. In addition, Debra recruited and trained hundreds of volunteers to provide trauma-informed, educational opportunities to children and families in shelter. Prior to joining Horizons, Debra served as the Music School Manager at Indian Hill Music. She oversaw placement, scheduling, programming, and special events for 1500+ students and 80 faculty members.