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Ariana Contreras

Communications Manager

Ariana brings her experience in non-profit communication and programming as well as her background in education to Women’s Money Matters. She has an International Affairs degree from Northern Arizona University. Growing up in a small town in rural Arizona in a community without economic resources and limited opportunities for social mobility especially for women, mothers, and people of color influenced her to join Women’s Money Matters. In her free time Ariana loves traveling, trying new food, hanging out with her tuxedo cat Cherie, and enjoying the outdoors.

Kristin Cook

Grants & Impact Evaluation Manager

Kristin holds a Master's degree in community psychology and contributed to research at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell examining U.S. attitudes towards immigrants. In addition to being an advocate for financial wellness for women. She is passionate about healthy food access and growing food locally, especially chili peppers.

Pilar DiTomaso

Director of Operations

Experienced in the financial services industry, Pilar has held a variety of positions in administration and marketing. She holds both Business Administration and Marketing degrees that have been put to use in the corporate world as well as charitable works. A longtime advocate of volunteerism, Pilar is active in her community and church. In her spare time, she loves to travel with her husband and her children.

Sarah Kuranga

Development Manager

Sarah holds a bachelor's degree in Statistics, Political Science, and Business Management. She is very passionate about financial education and has contributed to research at Columbia University examining the political economy of education policy. Sarah brings her experience in finance and her dedication to women's advocacy to this role. She is a certified foodie, avid golfer, and loves long walks with her puppy!

Seneca Lee

Operations Specialist

Seneca Lee, born and raised in Western Massachusetts, has a love for the environment and education. As an environmental scientist she loves learning new things and problem solving. As a student and educator she has grown passionate about practices related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. She found Women’s Money Matters to be a great opportunity to use her skills in working with data and data analysis to support communities in need in her home state. In her free time she enjoys playing sports, connecting with friends and family, and playing with other people’s pets.

Berny Lugo

Senior Volunteer Manager

Berny has a bachelor's degree in finance and international business. She is very passionate about the topics of financial literacy, and diversity and inclusion. She has experience working as a financial coach for low-income women, where she provided her support, to help women reach their financial goals.

Danielle Piskadlo

Executive Director

Danielle has been an enthusiastic volunteer and supporter of Women’s Money Matters in a variety of capacities since 2016. She joined Women’s Money Matters in 2019 from the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion, where she was an advocate for women’s financial empowerment through microfinance, impact investing, and executive leadership. Danielle spent time living in Perth, Beijing, Hyderabad, and San Diego and is a travel enthusiast who has visited over 30 countries. She moved to MA to study public administration at the Kennedy School at Harvard University and international business at the Fletcher School at Tufts. Danielle worked at her family-owned auto shop in VT growing up while running, hiking, skiing, and playing ice hockey- all activities she continues to enjoy today. She lives in Acton with her partner, Dan, two sons, and fur baby, Wally. Danielle spends most of her free time with a good book.

Shelina Sayani

Program Manager

Shelina is passionate about helping women improve their quality of life and achieve their goals through financial education and empowerment. She is an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) who has led financial programming for individuals, families and small business owners in diverse communities. Shelina is also an active advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in personal financial education at all levels.

Heather Welch

Program Coordinator

Heather brings experience in program support, research, and education to this role, as well as an enthusiasm to learn and grow while helping women empower themselves. She has a degree from Northeastern University in environmental science and politics. In her personal time, she likes to rock climb, paint, and volunteer for farm and food-access programs.

Bernadette Wheeler

Chief Program Officer

Bernadette has been a long time advocate for social programs that improve communities and change lives, active member of the Board of Directors for Community Teamwork, Inc. and a volunteer of programming that promotes stability, self-sufficiency and opportunity.

A proud mother of five, and certified in Early Education and Care, she has been focused on promoting early childhood education and supporting the HeadStart program.

Supporting Specialists

Meghan Blute-Nelson

Accounting Consultant

Meghan has dedicated her career to working in the nonprofit sector in the areas of finance and operations, and currently owns her own consulting and bookkeeping practice, MBN Business Solutions. Meghan has a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit and Public Management from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. She serves as Treasurer of her daughters’ school PTF, and enjoys knitting and hikes in the woods with her dog. Meghan was introduced to Women's Money Matters as a volunteer coach in our program with YWCA in Lowell in 2016-17.

Board of Directors

Business, nonprofit and innovation leaders and thinkers — all with a heart for helping women become financially empowered.

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