Heartworks could not exist if it were not for the hundreds of women we call “Heartworkers” who are committed to our purpose and give of themselves wholeheartedly. Heartworkers come to meetings, fundraisers and bring hope and kindness in many ways to families who need it.

Staff and Advisory Board

Megan McDowell, MSW, LPC

Megan McDowell, MSW, LPC

Founder & Executive Director

"Heartworks allows me to pay forward, everyday, the hope that was given to my sister’s family in 2001. It has expanded my capacity for compassion and helps to keep me out of the static of everyday life in a beautiful, small, east coast town."

Holly Fay

Holly Fay

Assistant Executive Director & Advisory Board

"Heartworks is my daily inspiration to be my best self. It always challenges me to expand what I think I know to be true. Heartworks has taught me that miracles happen all the time, kindness can sometimes change everything and hope is often all we need to keep going."

Tressa Baird

Tressa Baird

Director of Finance & Advisory Board

"Heartworks has been a life-altering experience for me. When I walk through the front door of the Heartworks House, I immediately feel the incredible energy that is present. Lessons that I have learned here are evident in all aspects of my life and for that I’m so very grateful."

Beka Baranowski, MSW, LSW

Beka Baranowski, MSW, LSW

Communications Coordinator

"Heartworks has been a lifestyle opportunity for me. Everyone who I‘ve meet at Heartworks has been an inspiration to do more then be a helper but get involved. I’ve been here for such a short time but Heartworks has already left its mark on my life."

Beth Lebel

Beth Lebel

Jr. Heartworks Coordinator & Advisory Board

"Heartworks is a central part of my life that keeps me grounded and lifts me up all at the same time. I feel blessed to the core to be able to share this journey with such a lovely & genuine group of women. It is also my honor to help lead the high school young ladies of Jr. Heartworks and guide them in keeping balance in their lives and focus on our mission of giving with an open heart, receiving with grace & being grateful."

Claudia Dey

Claudia Dey

Advisory Board

“Heartworks helps me focus on what’s important in life. What I get back from giving is far more rewarding. Love meeting and spending time with like-minded women."

Dee Crisafi

Dee Crisafi

Advisory Board
Kris Koop

Kris Koop

Advisory Board
Jill Webster

Jill Webster

Advisory Board

"I am so fortunate to have Heartworks in my life. It keeps me in a constant state of gratitude and reminds me to be kind always. I feel so lucky to have met so many women who feel the same way."

Patty McSally

Patty McSally

Advisory Board
and always Mary Kapp

and always Mary Kapp

Advising us from Heaven

“Heartworks helps me to keep my heart open. I love being part of a group made up of women who exercise gratitude, giving, and receiving and Heartworks allows me to share kindness that I have also received. I am always encouraged to nurture my family, my spirituality, myself, and my friendships."

Board of Directors

Lois Gagnon
Clara Heffernan
Aimee Hunnewell
Kelly Ketterson
Andi Williams