Joseph (Joe) Furnari is the Director for Roca Chelsea. Prior to Roca, Joe had 28 years of broad-based experience in the Criminal Justice System. Specifically in the Corrections field, starting as a Corrections Officer and lastly as a Special Sheriff/Superintendent. Currently as the Roca Chelsea Director, Joe oversees the Chelsea and Lynn sites, including Transitional Employment and Workforce Development, Pre-Vocational and Education Programs, and the Central American Youth Initiative.
As the Director of Chelsea and our satellite site in Lynn, Joe works with community partners, law enforcement personnel, local organizations, city officials and school districts to promote Roca and gain support for the mission. Joe is dedicated to the work, believing that his work provides an opportunity to not only provide much needed services to our participants but also affect change in their lives and the community as a whole. Joe earned his M.S., Human Services/Criminal Justice from Springfield College and a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Salem State College.