Sue Chandler was named Executive Director of DOVE February 1, 2010. She brings over two decades of non-profit leadership and management to her role. She earned her undergraduate degree at Bowdoin College in Maine, Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work degrees at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and completed a Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management & Leadership through the Boston University School of Management Executive Leadership Program in 2011. Sue has long served on the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence, Neighborhood Health Plan’s Domestic Violence Advisory Council, and the Board of Directors of Emerge, the nation’s first batterer intervention program. Immediately prior to her appointment at DOVE, she was the Director of the Community Advocacy Program (CAP) of CCHERS, Inc., in Boston, a partnership of community health center-based domestic violence programs serving Dorchester and Roxbury. A native of Maine, Sue currently resides on the South Shore.
Jen Bolton, MSW, LICSW
Director, Education & Prevention
Jen is the Director of Prevention and Education and has been working at DOVE since 2009 giving presentations, trainings and workshops to community members, professionals and students on domestic violence. She holds a masters in social work and maintains a small caseload supporting survivors of domestic violence in group and individual settings.
Director, Legal Advocacy Program
J Carroll joined DOVE’s team in 2018. J oversees DOVE’s Legal Advocacy Program in addition to providing client-centered, trauma-informed representation to survivors of domestic violence in family law and restraining order proceedings. Prior to joining DOVE, J worked at a small firm in Seattle, WA where they represented parents in child welfare proceedings. J also served on the board of the Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project where they advocated for incarcerated parents to maintain their fundamental right to parent. J hopes that their work at DOVE can help to transform the broken parts of the legal system that perpetuate oppression. J holds a B.A. in Sociology from Lehigh University and a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.
Director, Residential Services
Jessica Cohen, a native of the South Shore, joined the DOVE team in June of 2010. Jessica holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Children and Trauma from Pine Manor College. Upon graduation, Jessica joined the staff of The Second Step, a transitional living program for survivors of domestic violence. From 2004-2010, she held a variety of positions focused on supporting children and families. In learning about the work of other domestic violence service programs, she was struck by the similarities and challenges among residential programs and became determined to support survivors using their voices to inform and guide program and service delivery. In her current role with DOVE, Jessica is able to work with the staff and program participants to craft a supportive environment that promotes honesty, accountability, and growth.
Director, Marketing & Philanthropy
Dawn Hayes joined DOVE in 2014, bringing more than 10 years of experience in non-profit fundraising and development from high profile roles with Father Bill’s & MainSpring and Riverside Community Care. For almost two decades, Dawn was a voiceover artist, actor and the television spokesperson for the MA State Lottery – making her instantly recognizable to many New Englanders. This unique background allows Dawn to bring an enthusiasm to DOVE that helps it fulfill its important mission to promote hope, healing, safety, and social change for those impacted by domestic violence. Outside of her work at DOVE, Dawn is active in local professional organizations such as the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP), where she earned a coveted spot in its Diversity Fellows Program in 2009. A graduate of Emerson College in Boston and a native of New York, Dawn enjoys collector cars, motorcycles, yoga, and long walks with the family dog. She is the proud mother of a son and a daughter and lives with her family on the South Shore of Boston
Director, Administration & Operations
Chris Healey joined DOVE in September, 2018 as the Director of Administration and Operations. Chris brings over 20 years of operational leadership experience to the organization. Prior to his appointment at DOVE, Chris served as the Director of Operations for Good Sports, an organization committed to providing sporting equipment to disadvantaged youth. In addition, Chris held a number of organizational leadership roles in IT and Hospitality. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA. Chris resides in Walpole with his wife and daughter.
Kathleen Lydon, MSW, LICSW
Director, Community Services
Kathleen Lydon earned her undergraduate Social Work degree at Providence College and holds a Master of Social Work degree from Wheelock College. Kathleen has a background in working with at-risk adolescents, many of whom have been exposed to violence; additionally, she has experience working with victims and survivors of sexual assault. Kathleen shares DOVE’s mission to provide strengths-based, empowerment-focused and trauma-informed services. Kathleen’s work with DOVE began in 2009 as a Social Work Intern and subsequently a community-based Advocate. She assumed her current position in 2012. Kathleen oversees DOVE’s domestic violence counseling & advocacy services, support groups, children services, civilian domestic violence services and DOVE’s clinical internship program. Kathleen is a native of Maine and currently resides with her husband and three children on the South Shore.