Solomon Baymon  | 

Solomon Baymon is the Director for Roca Western Mass. As a native of Springfield, Massachusetts he relates to the kind of struggles that young adults face daily while growing up in Urban Areas. Prior to Roca, Solomon had over 15 years of extensive experience in the Criminal Justice System. Specifically in the Corrections field working in multiple Juvenile and Adult State Correctional Institutions. Starting as a Corrections Officer, climbing the ranks and lastly leaving as a Deputy Warden. Currently as the Director of Western Mass, Solomon oversees the Springfield and Holyoke sites, including Transitional Employment and Workforce Development, Pre-Vocational and Education Programs, and Emerging Adult Court of Hope (EACH) Program.

Solomon works with Community, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Partners, including the Springfield and Holyoke Police Departments, City Administrations, Courts, Probation Services, Hampden County DA’s Office, and the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, to promote Roca and gain support for the mission. Solomon is a seasoned leader and award-winning Philanthropist. He is guided by his personal mission to educate, create and advocate for the sake of our Young People in attaining greater success and prosperity in life.

Carson Berglund  | 

Carson Berglund has worked in grant development in Greater Boston for nearly 25 years, helping to drive revenue generation for such organizations as Jobs for the Future, JVS Boston, Cambridge College and Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute. A longtime fan of Roca, he is excited to have an opportunity to play a role in continuing to expand its reach and impact.

Carson holds a BA in Government with a minor in English Literature from the University of Texas, Austin, and did graduate studies in Political Theory at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

Sylvia Ruiz  | 

Sylvia Ruiz joined Roca in 2014 is currently the Director of Human Resources & Talent Management. Sylvia is originally from Puerto Rico but relocated to the Boston area 40 years ago. Sylvia has over 26 years of Human Resources expertise in total rewards, talent management and compliance. She has previously worked at MSPCC and the Harvard/Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.  Sylvia is bilingual in English and Spanish, owns two cats and enjoys listening to music and reading books in her free time.

Martha Sager-Cutt  | 

Martha joined Roca in 2016 and is the Director of the Young Mothers Program in Eastern and Western Massachusetts. Prior to Roca, Martha worked for 8 years at the Hamden County Sheriff’s Department in the areas of Forensic Mental Health and Domestic Violence.

Martha is passionate about working with youth and families and has held leadership positions in the nonprofit field for over 20 years. She has specialized in working with multi-systems involved youth and has a comprehensive understanding of child welfare, domestic violence and substance abuse, which she utilizes to be a relentless force in helping Roca youth navigate systems and create more equitable outcomes.

Martha holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Connecticut and completed her B.A. in Spanish Literature from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Kathi Reinstein  | 

Kathi Anne Reinstein is Roca’s Vice President of Government Affairs for New England. Kathi joined Roca in 2020 with an extensive background in communications, advocacy work, and strategic government and public affairs. She continues to do extensive work with government agencies, elected officials and trade organizations.

Most recently, Reinstein served as the Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for the Massachusetts State Treasury. Prior to that, she worked as the Government Affairs Manager for the Boston Beer Company, where she managed the brand’s national, state, and local government relations strategy. Reinstein represented the people of Revere, Chelsea, and Saugus in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1999 to 2014. She was the youngest woman member of House Leadership, working as the Second Assistant Majority Leader, Assistant Majority Whip and Third Division Floor Leader in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Reinstein graduated from Suffolk University in 1993 with a BS in Public Relations and Organizational Communication and continued her education at Emerson College, receiving a MA in Political Communication in 1997. She was also an adjunct professor at Emerson College and Suffolk University. She is currently serving as a Commissioner on the City of Revere’s Commission on Human Rights and serves on the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors.

Carolyn O’Keefe  | 

Carolyn brings strong experience in development, communications, community service and a longstanding passion for the city of Baltimore.  Prior Roca, Carolyn served as Director of Corporate Partnerships for the Maryland Marketing Partnership at the Maryland Department of Commerce.

Her career began in community marketing for the Bank of Boston, then in New York as national public relations director for consumer goods clients. Returning to her hometown, Carolyn served as vice president for GKV Advertising/PR; assistant to Commissioner Frazier for the Baltimore Police Department, supporting community outreach and 33 PAL centers; and vice president for PinnacleCare. Philanthropic work has included board and direct service for Big Brother/Big Sister, Maryland Art Place, Johns Hopkins Evergreen Museum & Library, the “I love city life” campaign and the Maryland Judicial Nominating Committee.

Carolyn received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and is a proud graduate of Western High School, Baltimore.

Patty Wilkinson  | 

Patricia (Patty) Wilkinson is the Vice President of Human Resources. She joined Roca in 2018 as the Director of Human Resources and Talent Management.

As a true HR generalist, Patty has developed extensive knowledge in all areas of Human Resources Administration across the non-profit and for profit industries, previously serving as a Director of Human Resources with YouthBuild USA and Director of Stores with Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries.

In her past, Patty has held leadership positions in Human Resources, Social Enterprises, and Retail Management and Operations. She has first-hand experience and expertise with creating HR processes, full cycle recruitment, benefits administration, performance management and system implementations to improve communication and streamline the customer experience for a global environment.

Patty holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Clark University in Worcester, MA and holds a SHRM-SCP certification.

James Timpson  | 

James (JT) is the Director of Youth Work and Crisis Intervention for Roca Baltimore. In his last role as Liaison Officer for Safe Streets Baltimore he was responsible for providing oversight and technical assistance to the directors of five community Safe Streets sites. JT is the former Site Director for Safe Streets Park Heights in Baltimore.

While Director, JT led a staff of six Outreach Workers/Violence Interrupters in preventing and reducing homicides in Baltimore’s Northwest District. Prior to joining Safe Streets, JT worked in the Mayor’s Office of Baltimore City for over 12 years in different capacities, such as Assistant Director of The Mayor’s Office of Employment Development’s Re-Entry Center.  There the focus of his work was helping ex-offenders transition back into society.  In his last position as an Investigator for The Mayor’s Office on CitiStat, he was responsible for improving the quality of life for the citizens of Baltimore by responding to complaints and ensuring they were resolved in a timely fashion.

Carl Miranda  | 

Carl Miranda is the Director of Roca, Boston. As a Salvadoran immigrant who spent his formative years in South Central Los Angeles in the 1980’s, and as a professional who has worked for many years in urban environments in front-line and management capacities, he understands the kind of struggles that young adults face in urban environments with poverty, trauma, and challenging relationships with law enforcements.

Carl brings 10 years of nonprofit experience working with state agencies such as DYS, DMH, and DCF in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Before joining Roca, Carl was the Center for Human Development’s Western Regional Program Director & Contract Manager for Adolescent Re-entry Services where he oversaw the administration of community and clinical services for 200+ youth re-entering western Massachusetts from lock-up facilities.

Carl holds a BA from UC Berkley in Ethnic Studies and Rhetoric, a Masters in American Studies from NYU, Masters in African American Studies from Yale, and is ABD at Yale University. His graduate research focuses on Juvenile Justice Reform and the school to prison pipeline.

Emily Fish  | 

Emily Fish is the Assistant Director of Roca Lynn. She started her career at Roca in 2014 as a youth worker in Chelsea and East Boston. As the leader of Roca’s site in Lynn, she oversees youth work, stage-based programming and transitional employment. Emily is committed to collaborating with community partners and service providers to help promote Roca’s mission and develop healthy, inclusive communities.

Prior to coming to Roca, Emily served as the Family Services Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston, where she was in charge of case management and new homeowner programming along with working on construction sites. Emily has worked for organizations focused on homeless youth, high risk young adults, low-income families, and behavioral health. She has also held positions as cook and a carpenter, teaching pre-vocational skills to high-risk young people in both fields. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University.