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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 young adult children, and four fur babies in Wellesley, Massachusetts..

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Caroline Conlin, Vice President/Consultant at Pear Associates, LLC., has over two decades of experience helping organizations become more fruitful through project management and operational and fundraising support. Since joining Pear Associates in 2019, Caroline has helped grow the organization and establish the framework on which the company now thrives. As a Consultant, Caroline collaborates with clients on logistic management, project planning, and leading projects to completion.

After supervising the local media planning and promotions for Dunkin’ Donuts, Caroline focused on fundraising for mission-driven organizations by soliciting revenue and surpassing fundraising goals for organizations in her local community. Fueled by her passion for supporting growth and development, she joined Launchpad Venture Group, where she helped manage the largest angel investing group in the Northeast. Caroline worked for the top real estate agent in 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 through her local National Charity League chapter and lives in Wellesley, MA, with her three daughters and dog, Izzy.

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Jaime Hoebeke, Vice President/Senior Consultant, is a results-driven professional with over 20 years of experience in public health, including health needs assessments, community facilitation and outreach, program planning and evaluation, and grant writing.

At the beginning of her career, Jaime worked in the Community Health and Benefits Department for a Boston area hospital where she created community partnerships, managed programming to promote healthy aging, and developed health education and wellness initiatives. In 2003, she transitioned her career to focus on population health and joined the government’s health department in NH’s largest city of Manchester. Working her way to Chief Strategy Officer, Jaime supported the establishment of workforce development programs, authored community health assessments and reports, facilitated multisector partnerships to spark integration and impact on the drivers of poor health, and served on several non-profit boards and committees focused on strategic planning and health improvement.

In addition to professional certification as a Master Certified Health Education Specialist, Jaime has a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and a Master of Public Health degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Boston University School of Public Health. She lives in Bedford, NH with her husband and daughter

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Stephie B. Jean-Charles, Controller/Accounting Manager, is an enthusiastic Accounting and Finance professional. Bringing over a decade of experience in banking, bookkeeping, revenue reconciliation, and process implementation surrounding accounting and finance. She manages all day-to-day accounting functions for Pear Associates. Stephie prepares monthly, quarterly and annual reports in areas of budget, projections, and overall financial performance. She is also able to expand on her years of experience in payroll administration and Human Resources as a Controller.

Before starting her working career, Stephie’s passion for community service and outreach led her to not only be a member of several programs within her hometown of Melrose, Ma but to also become the founder of a local after-school program, Big Chef Little Chef. Stephie has also spent some time working in the non-profit sector as a Revenue Accountant for The National Brain Tumor Society where she believes her passion for mission-driven work was once again ignited. Her time at NBTS allowed her to learn about how Non-Profits function and become successful. After that experience Stephie sharpened her accounting knowledge by spending time at a CPA firm where she was able to learn more client-based accounting

Stephie graduated from Regis College in 2013 with a BA in Business Management. She also holds a Real Estate License and is a Notary for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She lives in Mansfield, MA with her husband and two young children.

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Keliane Totten, Executive Vice President/Senior Consultant, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Aria McElhenny, Senior Consultant, is fiercely committed to helping nonprofits grow and thrive through strategic fundraising and authentic partnerships. She has over 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience in development, communications, and management.

Before joining Pear, Aria was a fundraising consultant and grant writer for organizations in education, the arts, health care, and food justice. She also served as the Executive Director of the Gloucester Education Foundation, a nonprofit that has raised over $9 million for innovative programming in the Gloucester, Mass. Public Schools. Before leading the foundation, Aria established fundraising programs at Backyard Growers, an organization that promotes food access and healthy eating by teaching people to grow their own food, and Next Step, a youth services organization that helps seriously ill young people find community and resources as they transition from pediatric to adult health care., as each organization’s first Development Director.

Aria earned her Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University and Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She volunteers for groups in her community that support education and the arts and founded the Cape Ann Development Warriors, a group of fundraising professionals that meets monthly to collaborate and build partnerships for the greater good.

Aria lives in Gloucester with her husband and three kids, and their dog, Bacon.

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Lara Quiroga, Senior Consultant, is a results-oriented professional with an established record of cultivating strong cross-disciplinary teams and cross-sector relationships, system-building, and managing change efforts to promote organizational effectiveness and efficiency. She brings more than 20 years of experience in leadership, project management, systems building, grant writing, and strategy development.

Lara began her career as an early childhood teacher and then administrator in Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care. She moved into higher education as adjunct faculty and Community Outreach Coordinator at Southern NH University School of Education, then as the Office of Institutional Research & Evaluation’s Reaccreditation Coordinator and the Office of the President’s Communications & Project Administrator at Tufts University. In 2013, Lara transitioned her career to focus on child and family serving system coordination and improvement efforts and joined Amoskeag Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center. Working her way to Director of Community-Integrated Health and Wellbeing, Lara led Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) and its collaborative efforts to improve outcomes for young children. With partners from local law enforcement and domestic violence victim services, she developed the Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team (ACERT), a program that gained regional and national attention for its innovative approach to supporting children exposed to trauma and violence. She also led efforts to improve NH’s early childhood system, prevent child abuse and neglect, integrate behavioral health into primary care, and implement school-based health and behavioral health services. Lara also has more than a decade of experience leading nonprofit boards

Lara received her B.S in Early Childhood Education Administration from Granite State College and her M.Ed. in Child Development from Southern NH University. Lara lives with her young adult son and rescue dog in Manchester, NH.

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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.

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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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