Thomas M. King, LICSW
Our Executive Director since 2006, Tom got his passion for the CAC movement when he served as the child forensic interviewer for Hampden County District Attorney back in 1997. “Seeing the impact of systems working together to better the lives of children is something that fuels me everyday to ensure our work knows no bounds. Child victims deserve nothing less than the amazing response of a Children’s Advocacy Center to help them on the road to healing, hope and justice.” Tom holds a certificate from the Institute for Nonprofit Management & Leadership at the Boston University School of Management, in addition to a Master of Social Work degree from the Smith College School of Social Work, and a BA in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross.
Director of Grants Management
Gina joined MACA in 2008, bringing a background in child and victim services. Gina oversees the administration of our state and federal funding to the CACs. She completed the Leadership Exchange and Coaching (LEC) program convened by the Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center (NRCAC). She previously served at the YWCA in her hometown of New Britain, Connecticut, as an early childhood educator and a volunteer counselor/advocate with the YWCA Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services (CONNSACS) program, providing hotline crisis counseling and medical accompaniment to survivors of sexual violence. Gina holds a BA in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College.
Christa M. Collier M.S., LSW
Director of Training, Education and Special Initiatives
Christa oversees the training and educational needs for the CACs in our state. She brings a wide range of experience in the backgrounds of social work, child advocacy and philanthropy to her role. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of Northern Berkshire United Way. She has previously served as the Executive Director of a CAC, Berkshire County Kids’ Place. Prior to her role at the CAC, she worked at a large multi-service nonprofit organization, the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center, in ascending direct service and managerial positions for thirteen years.
She holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Southern Vermont College and a M.S. in Communications and Information Management with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Bay Path University. She is also a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Massachusetts.
CSEC Statewide Coordinator
Edgar "EC" Cruz is returning to MACA since his departure in 2016. EC is a thoughtful leader who develops, implements, and inspires new ideas. EC's experience in capacity and capability building has allowed him to identify opportunities for growth and operationalize ideas to deliver social impact in the nonprofit sector. His leadership tenure as a Community Organizer, Educator, End Trafficking Fellow, Child Advocate, and Product Lead has allowed him to put families and children first.
Cruz is a Dallas Texas native, but considers the larger Massachusetts Commonwealth a home away from home. Cruz received his B.A. in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago.
Mary joined MACA in 2022, having previously worked at an inner-city pediatrics department, serving as Supervisor of Operational Services at Atrius Health for over 20 years. She is also an Educational Advocate for children with special needs, trained at The Federation for Children with Special Needs since 2005. When not at work, Mary can often be seen at community meetings and is involved in many local groups throughout the neighborhood of Allston/Brighton. Mary received her Associates degree in General Business, as well as her Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Lily McCarthy is joining our team at MACA this fall through the Northeastern University Co-op program. Lily is a rising senior pursuing a combined major in Criminal Justice and Psychology with a minor in Behavioral Neuroscience. She is passionate about social justice, childhood education and expanding access in mental health. She developed her interest in children’s safety and advocacy working as an early childhood swim instructor in high school. On campus, she is involved in promoting community service and aid through her sorority Alpha Epsilon Phi.