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Cara Belvin, Founder & Executive Director

Cara Belvin is passionate about volunteerism.  She spent countless hours as a breast cancer advocate, and it was in this role that she saw a need in the community. Her own mother passed away at the young age of 37 after a two-year battle with breast cancer when Cara was just 9 years old. … READ MORE ABOUT CARA ON “OUR STORY” PAGE 

Kristin Jordan, Executive Assistant

Kristin is responsible for all office procedures and uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth operations in a busy work environment. She is thrilled to be working at empowerHER and loves supporting the wonderful staff with their mission. 

Kristin grew up on the South Shore. She went to high school in Hingham and studied at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. She worked in the corporate world until having her first son in 2009.  For the past 9 years, Kristin has stayed at home, raising her two boys while also owning and operating her photography business. She loves being a mom, her new puppy, spending time at the beach, in CrossFit and is an avid runner, completing her first marathon last Fall!

Allison Daraskevich, Communications/Creative Director

Allison began her story at empowerHER as a volunteer in 2016. She designed and coordinated the graphic components of the first-ever large gala and has been invested in our mission ever since.  Allison donated her time and talent to the website redesign, created marketing collateral, and built the empowerHER brand as a volunteer committed to furthering the mission of empowerHER.  As a result of our exponential growth, Allison was hired as the first Creative Director in 2017 and helps to tell the empowerHER story through various mediums. 

With over 20 years’ experience in design, Allison brings with her a broad background working with various industries - from restaurant groups, to architects and accountants. She finds her work at empowerHER to be the most meaningful to date as empowerHER gives these most inspiring girls a voice.

Joanie Quealy, Mentor Program Coordinator

Joanie joined the empowerHER family as a volunteer in 2014 after learning about empowerHER’s important in the community through a local newspaper article. The mission of empowerHER touched her soul.  Joanie soon donated her time and talent to the 1:1 MENTOR MATCH PROGRAM for 3 years before joining the staff as the Mentor Program Coordinator in 2017. Joanie is responsible for the screening, matching and monitoring of our Mentor/Mentee Matches. Joanie work closely with Diane Burke, our Family Intake Coordinator. Together they thoughtfully consider the personalities and interests of each Mentee and Mentor to make the most appropriate and meaningful match.

Joanie is also a devoted friend of the empowerHER Board of Directors. Joanie, by profession is a Registered Nurse and has worked with children and young adults for more than 30 years. She spent 17 years at Southboro Medical group working with a team of pediatricians providing well care and urgent care to hundreds of families. Most recently, Joanie worked at Boston College Health Services providing nursing care to campus students.

Diane Burke, Intake Coordinator

Diane began with empowerHER by serving as an administrative volunteer for one year before becoming the first employee for the organization in 2017, accepting a role as Executive Assistant to the Founder. As a result of growth in enrollment to empowerHER and Diane’s capabilities and drive, Diane has taken on a new role as Intake Coordinator.   As our Family Intake Coordinator, Diane works closely with all new families and referral sources of new girls enrolled in empowerHER.  She works hard to establishes a caring and confidential relationship while learning more about how we can help and support the girls of empowerHER.

Diane has had a long history of critical and supportive roles.  She has held executive positions in human resources and other support roles in the healthcare field, most recently at Southboro Medical Group and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She is passionate about her family and about supporting all others with a deep commitment to the growth and sustainability of empowerHER. 



empowerHER is proud of the outstanding leadership and invaluable contributions made by the
following members of our Board of Directors:


Cara Belvin, M.S., President
Founder & Executive Director

Erin Devine, Finance Chair
PWC Partner
PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Dan Ward
Ropes & Gray LLP

Shannon Ewer
Proprietor at Barrel & Vine



Susan Daileader, CFP, CLTC, Clerk
Vice President, Financial Advisor
Rockland Trust

Emily Miller, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Center for Integrative Counseling & Wellness

Sue Di Pesa, Director
Jack Conway Realty

Patty DeMarco, Partners Program Chair
EP-C, Health Fitness Specialist