Alison Glastein Gray, President of Pear Associates, is passionate about helping mission-driven organizations expand their operations and programs. After demonstrating her ability to lead and grow a number of nonprofit organizations, Alison launched Pear Associates in 1999 to share her expertise with others. Working with a range of health and human services organizations, Alison helped her clients consider new strategies and services to boost their mission. She also worked with her clients to solicit the necessary resources that would allow the realization of the vision, with a focus on institutional and government funders.
In 2008, Alison returned to full-time employment. Her positions further developed her skills and experience in nonprofit management and advisory services. With the demand for her expertise in grant writing, strategic planning, program development, and communications ever-present, Alison enthusiastically relaunched Pear Associates in 2018. Through Pear Associates, Alison is excited to support a wide range of nonprofits, providing much-needed expertise and resources to help nonprofit organizations grow.
Alison received a Master of Education degree with a focus on adult learning from Suffolk University. She enhanced her finance skills through Babson Executive Education and her program development proficiencies through the Institute of Communication Improvement. Alison is a member of Boston Business Women, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Nonprofit Consultants Network, and Grant Professionals Association. She is a Volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children with the CASA Project Of Worcester and serves on the Rise and Shine Planning Committee for Project Hope. She lives with her wife, two teenage children, and six fur babies in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Caroline Conlin, Operations and Project Manager at Pear Associates, LLC., has over two decades of experience helping organizations thrive through superior operational and client support. Working for leading companies across varied industries, Caroline dedicates her work to their continued growth and success with flexibility and a severe attention to the details.
After managing the local media planning and promotions for Dunkin’ Donuts, Caroline focused her efforts on fundraising at a local level, soliciting revenue and surpassing fundraising goals for several organizations in her community. Fueled by her passion to continue to support growth and development, she joined Launchpad Venture Group, where she helped manage the largest angel investing group in the Northeast. More recently, Caroline worked for the top real estate agent in the State of Massachusetts, ensuring that the business ran seamlessly across hundreds of transactions.
Caroline received a BS from Skidmore College with a major in Business – Economics. She remains committed to her community as VP of Philanthropy through her local National Charity League chapter, which she participates in with her daughters.
Mary Devlin of Devlin Consultants joined Pear Associates, LLC as an Associate Consultant in 2019. Mary has over 30 years’ experience in governmental and nonprofit human service work and has committed her career to people who are underserved and disenfranchised and the nonprofit agencies that support them. Mary started her career in Governor Dukakis’ legislative and constituent affairs offices, moving to the MA Department of Developmental Services in 1986. She was the Director of Constituent Services for the CT Department of Developmental Services before returning to Massachusetts and the private nonprofit social service sector in 1998 where she has held executive and senior leadership roles in both small single-service and large multi-service social service agencies.
In 2011 Mary founded Devlin Consultants to work with managed care organizations on cultural competence in intellectual and developmental disabilities. She expanded her scope to include consultation to other nonprofit agencies on organizational change: assessment of operational systems; development of strategic plans; creation of policies and procedures; and new program development. She was recruited to rejoin the private nonprofit provider community in 2013 where she had the opportunity to guide and expand services for people with disabilities. While she downscaled Devlin Consultants, she continued part-time work because of ongoing requests for her expertise. In 2019 she committed to full-time consultation and is excited to bring Devlin Consultants and her expertise in disability services to the Pear Associates team.
Mary has presented on disability topics at state and national conferences and is a current Board Member of the Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities and a volunteer at the Cambridge Women’s Center. Mary lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children.
Sarah Rothschild, Consultant/Grant Writing Specialist, brings more than ten years of successful fundraising experience to Pear Associates. Sarah received her BA from Wellesley College and began her career as a copyeditor for Little, Brown and Company, a Boston publisher, where she gained valuable writing and editing skills. In the 2000s, Sarah shifted her focus from publishing to nonprofit organizations, working for ten years at the Discovery Museum in Acton, managing a growing grant program, assisting with their first major capital campaign in twenty years, and developing a passion for improving access for underserved populations. In 2017, Sarah began working at the beautiful deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln. In her nearly three years at deCordova, Sarah dramatically increased grant funding for exhibits, facilities, interactive educational programs, and accessibility improvements, while also working to support a major capital campaign that integrated deCordova with The Trustees of Reservations. Sarah lives with her husband and family in Acton, Massachusetts.
Risa Shames, Affiliate Consultant, is experienced in program development, fundraising strategy and grant-writing. She began her career in health care at the state offices of Mental Health, MassHealth and then Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and BMC Healthnet. As a project manager, Risa implemented innovative programs and managed complex, cross-functional teams and projects around quality improvement and social determinants of health. In 2017, Risa transitioned to non-profit consulting to broaden her impact with mission-driven organizations. She works with a range of organizations in the areas of health, early childhood education and mental health, mentoring, and food insecurity. Risa excels in understanding her clients’ needs and programs, developing collaborative relationships, and creating compelling narratives for support.
A graduate of Wesleyan University and Harvard School of Public Health, Risa is a member of Women in Development, the Nonprofit Consultants Network and Philanthropy, MA. Risa is on the board of the Centre Street Food Pantry in Newton, a member of the Resilience Council at Newton Wellesley Hospital and on the board of Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley. In the past, has served in board and advising roles for Jewish Family and Children’s Service and the Jewish Community Relations Council. She lives in Newton with her husband and has two adult children.