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Our Leadership Team


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 several 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 range of nonprofits, providing much-needed expertise and resources to help nonprofit organizations become more fruitful.

Alison received a Master of Education degree from Suffolk University. She enhanced her finance skills through Babson Executive Education and her program development proficiencies through the Institute of Communication Improvement. Alison received her Certificate of Professional Development in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging for Consultants from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice and TSNE Mission Works in the Spring of 2021. She lives with her wife, two teenage children, and three fur babies in Wellesley, Massachusetts.




Caroline Conlin, Vice President, Operations and Administration 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.





Keliane Totten, Vice President Client Services, is driven to support mission-focused teams and help them achieve their goals. She brings over 20 years of experience in health education, program planning, facilitation, fundraising, grant writing, marketing and outreach, and community engagement.

Keliane has a history of building relationships with key stakeholders and was integral in establishing an innovative community benefit department for New Hampshire’s largest home health and hospice provider, Granite VNA. She conducted needs assessments by engaging with local community members to identify program and service needs. She leveraged endowed gifts to create sustainable programming such as the area’s first memory café and community health worker program. Keliane has developed successful marketing and outreach plans for community resources and programs to reach identified target groups and key influencers.

She earned a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Science in Health Education with a focus in Wellness Management from Plymouth State University.


Our Team


Erin Cunha, Fundraising Consultant, collaborates with nonprofit leaders to increase capacity through hands-on support and consultation. Focusing on fundraising strategy and implementation, and grant writing, Erin assists clients in need of staff support during times of transition, provides training and assessments, and discovers new opportunities to expand and improve fundraising programs.

With a background in “small shop fundraising,” Erin understands the unique needs of small nonprofit organizations and has a passion for supporting underserved populations. Erin has worked with organizations supporting deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adults, those with intellectual disabilities, veterans, and older adults.

Erin earned a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management & Philanthropy and a graduate certificate in Strategic Fundraising from Bay Path University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Framingham State University. Erin and her husband, Jon, live in Plymouth, MA with their two young daughters and three rescue dogs.




Christine Guarino, Consultant, is a mission-driven professional who has spent her entire career helping to build resources within nonprofit organizations. She brings over 15 years of experience to her role at Pear Associates. After working for a year as a volunteer teacher in a rural community in Namibia, Christine began her nonprofit career at Best Buddies Massachusetts, where she supervised volunteer programs at over 20 colleges and universities in New England. She then took a grant writing position at The Guidance Center in Cambridge (later merged with Riverside Community Care) where she learned the ropes of development and working within a multi-service organization. She then moved to Lindauer Global, an executive search firm specializing in recruitment of development professionals. At Lindauer, Christine worked with clients across the country ranging from small grassroots nonprofits to universities and academic medical centers. Christine then spent seven years as the Director of Institutional Giving at Jewish Family & Children’s Service. In this role, Christine worked across 40 programs to increase corporate, foundation, and government support, and she partnered with colleagues to develop programs and plans for expansion.

Christine holds a BA in English from St. Anselm College and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Lesley University. She lives in Framingham with her husband and two young sons.




Derek Jimenez, Marketing and Business Development Intern, is a junior at Wellesley High School. Passionate about creating a positive environment for his peers, Derek is an avid runner, playing an integral part of his high school track and field team. As a critical member of Pear Associates’ team, Derek analyzes and develops Pear’s social media strategy and content, applying his creative lens to the marketing of our work.



Kelly Laflamme, Senior Consultant, brings more than 25 years of nonprofit experience to Pear Associates, having worked as a grant writer, grantmaker, network builder and communicator.

Kelly began her career serving as a volunteer teacher in Greenville, MS and next as an AmeriCorps*VISTA in the South Bronx where she learned the art of grant writing. After graduate school at NYU she worked as a program assistant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Civic Investments Team. At Casey, Kelly launched a neighborhood grants program for communities of color in East Baltimore and worked to strengthen the foundation’s collaboration with local neighborhood leaders.

She moved to New Hampshire in 2003 and served as the coordinator for the New Hampshire Child Advocacy Network, facilitating the development of an annual shared policy agenda for New Hampshire’s children. In 2006 she joined the Endowment for Health as a program director, establishing the statewide health foundation’s efforts in health equity and later launching a healthy aging initiative. During 14 years as a grantmaker, Kelly built trusted partnerships with local leaders and connected NH to efforts at the regional and national level. She is passionate about advancing the opportunity for health for all people at every age and stage of life.

Kelly earned a Master of Public Administration at the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from La Salle University in Philadelphia. Kelly lives in Bow, NH with her husband, two teens and an awesome dog.



Brittany Little, Consultant, is an integrator who brings together people, goals, and projects to improve outcomes and enhance systems. She has four years of experience in state government and federal grants. Her notable projects include data integration, early childhood systems building, outreach planning for federal nutrition programs, and multi-agency systems reporting.

In melding the key philosophies of social work with those of project management Brittany helps teams successfully complete complex system changes that keep people and communities at the center. She has proven her ability to see the big picture as well as zoom into immediate action steps. Her skills include facilitation, project management, research, writing and content development, data analysis, and relationship building.

Brittany earned her master’s in social work from the University of New Hampshire and her bachelor’s in psychology from Colby-Sawyer College. She is currently enrolled to obtain a graduate certificate in project management from Granite State College. Brittany lives in Southern NH and can be found outside mountain biking or running and is never too far away from a cup of tea.





Katie Riconda, Consultant, has ten years of experience working in the public sector for domestic and international nonprofit organizations, with the federal government, as well as a liaison between community-based organizations and state government agencies. She is committed to building and sustaining access and equity through a social justice context and is skilled in enhancing organizational efficiency and effectiveness through streamlining and standardizing systematic policies and procedures to reach individuals that are most in need.

Katie drives positive change by actively listening to and engaging stakeholders in decision-making, leveraging their experience and expertise. She is a proven program manager, researcher, analyst, educator, and advocate who consistently demonstrates relationship building, customer service, and problem-solving skills.

Katie received a BA from Fairfield University with a double major in Sociology and International Studies and an MPA from New York University Wagner School of Public Service with a specialization in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy. She remains committed to her community through nonprofit board participation and local advocacy efforts. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband and daughter.






Sarah Rothschild, Senior 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.

Since joining Pear Associates in 2020, Sarah has successfully pursued government and institutional grant funding for nonprofit organizations dedicated to enhancing education, social service, and healthcare access. Sarah lives with her husband and family in Acton, Massachusetts.





Ellen Weiner, Consultant/Grant Writing Specialist, brings over 25 years of successful grant writing and nonprofit management experience to Pear Associates. She is committed to helping mission-driven organizations create opportunities for their constituents, particularly historically underserved communities.

Focused on building trusting relationships with clients, Ellen develops effective grant proposals that help organizations achieve their goals and address community needs. Most recently, she served as Director of Foundation Relations at Bennington College, directing all facets of institutional support. Previously, she served as a consultant for numerous Boston-based educational and arts/cultural organizations for 18 years, writing successful foundation and government grant proposals for small nonprofits.

Ellen holds a Master of Science in Management degree from Lesley University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History of Art from the University of Michigan. She lives in MetroWest Boston with her husband and has two adult children.



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