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 Council

Megan McDowell, MSW, LPC

Megan McDowell, MSW, LPC

Founder & Chief Visionary Officer

"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

Executive Director

"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."

Melissa Pappolla

Melissa Pappolla

Finance Manager & Advisory Council
Kate Rizzo

Kate Rizzo

Communications Manager & Advisory Council

"In the first minutes of my very first Heartworks meeting I thought ‘where has this been all my life?’ In the days, months, and years that have followed I’ve had an overwhelming sense of gratitude for what Heartworks has given me. It’s a place where you can be yourself and feed your soul, all while helping others. I’ve learned that whether you’re giving or receiving, we’re all in this together, and that’s truly what it’s all about.

Beth Lebel

Beth Lebel

Advisory Counicl

"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 Council

“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."

Jill Webster

Jill Webster

Advisory Council

"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."

Karrie Russo

Karrie Russo

Advisory Council

"For me, Heartworks means connection. Connection to myself, God, women in my community, and families in need of prayers. Every time I go to Heartworks I feel uplifted and inspired. It is truly a unique and amazing place."

Meg Cook

Meg Cook

Advisory Council

"Heartworks has offered me the ability to help others which truly fills my cup. Through the process of helping other people, I am able to get out of the everyday "stuff" and be mindful of what really matters. It has brought purpose to my life outside the family and work and I feel tremendously grateful to be a part of this organization and to have formed friendships with like-minded women. It has been a gift in many ways."

Patty McSally

Patty McSally

Advisory Council
Nesa Rossi

Nesa Rossi

Advisory Council

Heartworks has helped me learn the importance of looking at oneself and understanding that trust and thankfulness are the keys to living a peaceful life in a state of gratitude. It has brought purpose to my life outside of my family. I feel blessed to be part of such an incredible organization.

Maryanne Farrell

Maryanne Farrell

Advisory Council

Heartworks gives me the opportunity to pay forward all the acts of kindness that were shown to my children and I after September 11, 2001. I will be eternally grateful for everything that was done for us, and Heartworks gives me the chance to give back to families going through the same experience of grief and illness. I have personally learned how powerful even the smallest gesture of kindness can be for families, and I am indebted to Heartworks for giving me the opportunity to do this on a daily basis.

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
Gail Granowitz
Clara Heffernan
Aimee Hunnewell
Kelly Ketterson
Kathy Watrous
Andi Williams