Mission and Vision
Our vision is to take what Wayside Youth & Family Support Network has learned as a human services organization committed to anti-racism and build upon our experiences to support nonprofit leaders, senior management, supervisors, employees and board members in creating an organization-wide approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Our model includes training, culture building and metrics, as well as a focus on accountability at all levels. Ultimately, we hope our work supports the evolution of an anti-racist, nonprofit sector.
Our mission is to empower organizations to advance equity.
Wayside’s senior leadership team has more than a decade of experience gained from transforming its culture into one where all aspects of the agency are examined through an equity lens. The process is ongoing and involves exploring issues that arise when Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is embedded into an organization, from changing practices to investing in training, adding staff and resources. Wayside has continually built upon its learning by adjusting policies, examining hiring practices and improving employee benefits to reflect its deep commitment to support its employees who are at the center of creating an anti-racist organization. This model is the foundation of the Wayside Equity
Wayside Equity Training Center Accountability & Reparations Statement
The Wayside Equity Training Center was created specifically to share our expertise with human service providers and nonprofits to expand anti-racism work beyond our agency, and ultimately to the communities we serve. We believe that we must recognize how race and racism play a role in the daily lives of their employees, clients and families. The focus of the Equity Training Center is to assist providers in creating a culture where all staff, regardless of seniority, feel safe having uncomfortable conversations about white fragility, unconscious bias and white privilege.
Guimel DeCarvalho, LICSW, SHRM
Guimel is Wayside’s first Vice President of People and Culture and Chief Diversity Officer. Her pronouns are She/Her/Hers. Prior to her current role, she was the Program Director for Wayside’s Framingham Family Networks and worked for the Department of Children and Family Services in Compton…
Amy is Wayside’s Director of Recruitment & Equity Culture. Her pronouns are She/Her/Hers. She has worked for 11 years at Wayside as clinician, director and advocate in residential programs. Amy currently co-leads Wayside’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative. It seeks to ingrain DEI throughout the agency by creating trust, training staff to have courageous conversations about race…
Daniela Thermora, MEd, LMHC
Daniela’s Our Director of People & Career for Wayside Youth & Family Support Network and provides outpatient therapy to children and adolescents. Her pronouns are She/Her/Hers. Before deciding to go back to school to get her master’s degree, Daniela worked in the administrative realm of healthcare…
Tanisha Wilson, MA
Tanisha is Home-Based Clinician at Wayside. Her pronouns are She/Her/Hers. She has been at Wayside for almost nine years. As a leader of People of Color Association (POCA), she actively supports her colleagues of color in the Medford and Waltham offices as well as for all Wayside. A Courageous Conversations Champion, Tanisha’s….
Penny Russell, MBA
Penny is Director of Campus Operations and Agency Risk. Her pronouns are She/Her/Hers. She has been at Wayside since 2003 first working as a residential counselor in what was then known as the Edgell Road Program Dedicated to young people, Penny initially worked with Boys & Girls Clubs and volunteered as a youth basketball coach…
Taiany Goulart, LMHC
Taiany is the Program Director of Wayside’s Medford Community Services, where she has worked for over five years providing community-based mental health services for youth and their families and overseeing program functions. Her pronouns are She/Her/Hers. After graduate school Taiany began her career in mental health…
Carlton Watson, MSW
( He, Him, His )
Carlton Watson joined Wayside as a Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Strategic Consultant nine years ago tasked with spearheading the development of institutional systems and procedures. Carlton works closely with Wayside’s Vice President of People & Culture and the President/CEO to generate DEI policies and practices for a workforce of more than 450 employees.