Sunindiya Bhalla |
Sunindiya is Roca’s Executive Vice President of 2Gen and Fatherhood. She is responsible for overall program management, supervision, and coaching for Roca’s Young Mothers Programs in Eastern and Western MA, and the first out of state program replication in Hartford, CT. Sunindiya also oversees Roca’s parenting and fatherhood work, and works on revenue generation, government affairs, and national positioning for Roca’s work related to young women and young parents.
Sunindiya has over 15 years of experience in early childhood and 2Gen program development, strategy, and collective impact efforts across public and private sectors. Sunindiya graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Child Development and a Master’s in Public Health. She also holds an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the Heller School of Social Policy at Brandeis University.
Kurtis Palermo |
Kurtis (Kurt) is the Executive Vice President of Maryland. Before relocating to Baltimore Kurt served as the Assistant Director at Roca Springfield in Massachusetts. Prior to Roca, Kurt was the Recreation Director for a summer youth program in Northampton, MA as well as serving as both an Assistant and Head Wrestling Coach at Belchertown High School.
In February 2013 Kurt began with Roca through an AmeriCorps fellowship program and eventually transitioned into numerous roles at Roca Springfield. He is highly committed to working with community and criminal justice partners, and local organizations in order to best serve young people. Kurt is devoted to his work with young people and understands that change is possible.
Kurt earned his M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University and his B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina Charlotte.
Dwight Robson |
Dwight Robson is the Executive Vice President of Operations at Roca. He is responsible for leading the work of Roca’s shared services—Finance, Government Relations, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Marketing & Communications—to support the organization’s growth and development, and the fulfillment of its mission.
Prior to joining Roca’s management team in 2022, he served for more than a decade on its Board of Directors, including terms as President and Treasurer.
Dwight is the co-founder of Preston Group Strategic Advisors, a strategic consultancy supporting companies, investors, and non-profit organizations. Previously, Dwight was Chief Public Strategy and Marketing Officer for The MENTOR Network, a leading national provider of services to individuals with disabilities. Early in his career, Dwight held senior policy, communications, and management positions in Massachusetts state government and in high-profile campaigns for governor and U.S. Senate. Dwight received a B.A. in political science from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
Jennifer Clammer |
Jennifer Clammer rejoined the Roca team after 20 years to help the Roca Impact Institute bring the belief, the strategies, and the evidence to communities that change is possible. Prior to rejoining Roca, Jennifer was the Chief Strategy Officer at the Phoenix Charter Academy Network, a network of alternative schools committed to re-engaging young adults toward a high school and college path. Prior to that she was the National Director of Technical Assistance at YouthBuild USA, a 250 + network of alternative education and workforce development programs.
Scott Scharffenberg |
Scott Scharffenberg is Roca’s Executive Vice President of New England Massachusetts. Prior to that, he was Roca’s Chief Operating Officer. Scott now oversees all Roca operations in Massachusetts, which include implementing the Roca Intervention Model and services in five sites, managing directors and staff, collaborating with community partners, and furthering Roca’s mission across the state. Scott joined Roca with 26 years of Law Enforcement experience working with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. His work at the Sheriff’s Department involved program implementation, re-entry initiatives and prison operations and he was instrumental in creating lasting practices at ECSD.
Scott graduated from the F.B.I. National Academy in 2012 receiving law enforcement’s most reputable leadership training. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Northeastern University and his Master’s Degree from Springfield College.
Lili Elkins |
Lili Elkins has served as Roca’s Chief Development and Strategy Officer since 2011 and, prior to that, served as a consultant to Roca for five years. Lili provides assistance with resource development; strategic planning and financial forecasting; program design, development, operations and replication; program evaluation, including work with third party evaluators; and operation of special projects.
In addition to her work at Roca, Lili is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Executive Program for a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, where she teaches Financial Management in Government and Nonprofits and in Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health where she teaches Public Health Finance.
Lili has over 20 years of fundraising, program design and program management experience working with non-profits. A member of the New Jersey Bar, she has her J.D. from Rutgers University, an M.A. in public policy and administration from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Molly Baldwin |
Molly Baldwin is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Roca. A graduate of UMass Amherst, Molly began her professional life as a youth worker and community organizer, and soon founded Roca in 1988 for a small group of high-risk young people.
For 35 years, she has been a tireless advocate, mentor, and community convener, reaching out to the young people at the center of violence in Massachusetts’ most troubled urban communities, and bringing together the major institutions, agencies, and corporations affecting their lives. With the help of engaged institutions and Roca’s committed staff, Molly’s efforts at Roca have helped over 25,000 young people make positive and profound changes in their lives.
Today, Roca relentlessly reaches out to over 1,300 young adults each year across 25 communities in Massachusetts, Hartford, CT and in Baltimore, MD. Meanwhile the Roca Impact Institute, Roca’s intensive coaching arm, equips community-based violence intervention (CVI) programs, juvenile and young adult justice agencies, and law enforcement with tools and strategies to address trauma, reduce violence and improve outcomes for young people.
Under Molly’s leadership, Roca’s Intervention Model has become one of the most effective interventions for young adults at critical risk in the nation. Molly holds a master’s degree in Education from Lesley University and honorary Ph.D. degrees from Salem State University and Lesley University. She was a 2020 recipient of the prestigious Heinz Award in the Human Condition category.
Sotun Krouch |
Sotun (Tun) Krouch is a former Roca participant who currently leads the organization’s performance management efforts as the Executive Vice President of Performance Based Management & Evaluation. In the summer of 1995, at the age of 12, Tun came to Roca and was immediately immersed in its culture and services. Tun’s career in performance management started in 2006 as an evaluation assistant performing entry level analysis. A few years later, Tun was promoted to a middle management role taking on the responsibility of configuring, training and coaching managers and front line workers in the effective use of ETO. Tun’s ability to connect and bridge the gaps between programmatic and organizational performance management needs earned him a spot on Roca’s senior management team.