Working with some of society's most vulnerable people for over 130 years

Leadership

  • John Larivee

    John Larivee

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    John joined CRJ in 1974 as supervisor of case workers at the Deer Island House of Correction, a federal grant funded program of CRJ. Since being appointed as Deputy Director in 1975, his responsibilities have included consulting services to state and local criminal justice agencies, and government and media relations for CRJ. He has served as Chief Executive of CRJ since 1985. John serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers and is Past President. He is Past President and a founding member of Citizens for Juvenile Justice, and Past President of the International Community Corrections Association. For the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, John has served on the Special Commission To Study the Commonwealth’s Criminal Justice System (2012), Governor’s Commission on Criminal Justice Innovation (2002), the Governor’s Advisory Council on Corrections (1989) and the Governor’s Advisory Council Youth Services (1999).

    Phone number: 617-482-2520 x112



  • Ellen Donnarumma

    Ellen Donnarumma

    Vice President, Social Justice Services

    Ellen Weiss Donnarumma has more than 25 years of experience working in business development, fund development, community, government and public relations for a wide variety of political, academic, human service and social justice causes. Ellen has held senior management and executive team positions with several of the industry leaders in the field of Community Corrections. Since joining Community Resources for Justice (CRJ) in 2006, she has held the position of Chief Development Officer and since 2011 has served as Senior Director of Business Development. Prior to CRJ, she served as Vice President of Business Development for Community Solutions, Inc. Ellen’s consulting work has provided her the opportunity to work with a variety of criminal and juvenile justice, behavioral health and child welfare agencies within the focus areas of business development, fund development and community relations. Ellen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University.

    Phone number: 617-482-2520 x114



  • Richard McCrossan

    Richard McCrossan

    Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    Rick joined CRJ in 2008. He has over 10 years experience as a Chief Financial Officer for large not-for-profits. Prior to CRJ Rick served in a similar capacity at the Massachusetts Medical Society and the New England Journal of Medicine and at the National Fire Protection Association. In the for-profit sector he held a number of financial management positions with Raytheon Company including Controller of their publishing division, D.C. Heath; Corporate Audit Manager and Manager of Budgets and Financial Controls. At CRJ Rick is responsible for Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology and Facilities Management. He holds a B.A from Boston College and an MBA from Northeastern University.

    Phone number: 617-482-2520 x114



  • Paul Swindlehurst

    Paul Swindlehurst

    Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer

    Paul joined the CRJ staff in 2011 with over 30 years of nonprofit organization management and leadership experience, including executive positions at The Greater Boston Food Bank, The Rashi School, and Merrimack College. He also served in senior director-level positions at Bentley University, Northeastern University, and several area YMCAs. At CRJ, Paul leads the Advancement Department and is responsible for fundraising, media relations, corporate communications, and marketing initiatives for the organization. Paul earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education at Northeastern University in Boston. 

    Phone number: 617-482-2520 x126



  • Christine M. Cole

    Christine M. Cole

    Vice President & Executive Director

    Christine Cole serves as a Vice President of CRJ and as the Executive Director of CJI.  She brings nearly three decades of experience in policing, institutional and community-based corrections, victim advocacy, and community organizing as well as having worked as part of a prosecution team. She has executive level management and supervisory experience and has worked as a change agent across and within sectors. She has extensive experience as a collaborator and facilitator with practitioners, community members and academics. Christine has degrees in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Community and Social Psychology from the University of Massachusetts; and Special Education and Human Development from Boston College.  Christine is actively involved in local, regional and national boards including the National Criminal Justice Association.

    Phone number: 617-482-2520 x127



  • William H. Ames, LICSW

    William H. Ames, LICSW

    Vice President for Disability Services

    Bill serves as Vice President for CRJ and leads the Community Strategies division of the organization.  Bill brings nearly three decades of experience working with individuals and families in the community.  He has extensive experience in program operations; initially as a licensed clinician, followed quickly by roles of increasing accountability including director-level responsibility for program supervision, clinical supervision, and human resources. Bill received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and earned a Masters of Social Work degree from Boston University. Bill is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.  He has completed post graduate clinical training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as well as a certificate program in Non-Profit Human Service Management from Clark University.  Bill will lead Community Strategies at a time where significant growth is planned. Geographical reach will be expanded, new programs will be created, innovative approaches developed, while our standard of care continues to be paramount.

    Phone number: 617-352-5432