Daurice Cox, Psy.D., CAS
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Cox has been working in non-profit services and clinics since 1986. She received her Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Fitchburg State College followed by a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Anna Maria College. In 1994, she graduated from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She is a Certified Addiction Specialist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and licensed Psychologist.
Dr. Cox has been with Bay State Community Services (BSCS) since 1995. She began as the Director of Clinical Services overseeing the agency’s five outpatient mental health and substance abuse clinics and four residential programs. During her tenure, she has played a critical role in the development of programs, services, and best practices. In December of 2014, Dr. Cox became the agency’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Cox was also an adjunct professor for almost 20 years teaching psychology to undergraduate students at Boston University.
Chief Financial Officer
Wanda joined Bay State Community Services in 2018. She brings over 25 years of experience in finance and administration at non-profit organizations and government agencies. Wanda received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bentley University and an Executive MBA from Suffolk University.
Theresa Burke, M.A., LMHC
Vice President of Children’s Services
Theresa Burke has worked at Bay State Community Services since 1998 when she joined the Coastal Home Based team working as an Outreach Clinician. Theresa has since served as Program Coordinator of the Family Stabilization Team, Program Director of the Home Based Program and Director of Child and Family Services.
As Vice President of Children’s Services, Theresa is responsible for overseeing the Coastal CBHI Programs, DMH after school and community-based programs, the Lead Agencies, the Dianne DeVanna Center, and the Quincy Family Resource Center.
Theresa has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, and is licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts. She previously worked as a Social Worker at DCF (formerly DSS).
Julie Chirillo, SPRH, SHRM-SCP
Vice President of Human Resources
A graduate of Stonehill College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management, Julie Chirillo also completed a certificate program in Human Resources Management at University of Massachusetts-Boston.
She is credentialed as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the HR Certification Institute and is also a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) through the Society of Human Resources Management. Since entering the Human Resources field in 1999, she brings a solid skill set and focus on recruitment, safety, performance management, employee relations, compensation and benefits administration, policy and procedure development, organizational behavior, and compliance. In her spare time, she enjoys the great outdoors!
Vice President of Prevention Services
Alejandro Rivera has been with Bay State Community Services since September of 1993. He oversees the research, policy development, strategic planning, and program development of all prevention efforts undertaken at the agency.
Since 1993, Alejandro, a Chilean native, has been involved in the development of substance abuse prevention initiatives and addressing public health issues.
In addition, Alejandro has been involved in the development of several South Shore coalitions addressing public health issues, and has participated in a number of advisory boards at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Maria F. Melpignano, M.A., LICSW
Vice President of Residential Services
Maria Melpignano joined Bay State Community Services (BSCS) in 2006 as Program Director of the Coastal STARR program in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Maria served as Program Director of Coastal STARR for 8 years. Prior to coming to BSCS, Maria was the Clinical Director for an adolescent substance abuse program located in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
As Vice President of Residential Services, Maria is responsible for overseeing the agency’s four residential programs for adolescents: Coastal STARR, Plymouth STARR, Granite House, and Beal Street. Maria received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross and a Masters in Social Work from Boston University.
Rita MacKinnon, MS, LMHC
Vice President of Compliance and Adult Services
Rita joined Bay State Community Services in 2006. In her current role of Vice President of Compliance and Adult Services, Rita oversees our outpatient clinics and criminal justice/correctional programs and is involved with managing the Agency’s CQI plan, internal/external audits, credentialing, licensing and risk management.
Rita completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Assumption College, received her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University, and is licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts.