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Yavilah McCoy

Newton, MA
Executive Director/CEO

Yavilah provides strategic leadership for VISIONS and works with our Board of Directors, senior management team, and staff to direct and grow the work of our organization.  Yavilah has worked extensively, with a broad base of leaders in the for and non-profit sectors, to build strong, healthy organizations with measurable commitments to diversity and anti-oppression strategies.  She brings a wealth of wisdom and experience in consulting and non-profit management to VISIONS and is a well renowned educator, facilitator and spiritual practitioner.  Prior to joining VISIONS, Yavilah served as the founding Director of the Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston, where she provided leadership development, training tools and resources for faith-based inclusion planning and change management.

Valerie Batts, PhD

Valerie Batts, Ph.D.

Boston, MA and Fresno, CA
Founding Director/VP of Consulting

Dr. Batts leads the consultation and training components of VISIONS and is the originator of VISIONS’ training model and experiential workshops. She has written and presented extensively on the use of a multicultural/inclusion lens on individual and organizational change, both in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Batts is the author of, Modern Racism: New Melody for the Same Old Tunes and Is Reconciliation Possible, as well as other articles. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Duke University and is a licensed clinical psychologist.
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Rick Pinderhughes, Psy.D.

Rick Pinderhughes, Psy.D.

Milton, MA
Director of Programs 

Besides his administrative duties, Dr. Pinderhughes applies his clinical training to group facilitation in non-profit, educational and healthcare settings, and consults on a wide range of institutional and organizational change issues from a multicultural perspective. He is also responsible for VISIONS’ Legacy Project, a summer program for youth. With a background in adoption issues, particularly transracial adoption, Dr. Pinderhughes has practiced individual, group and family therapy for 25 years in greater Boston. He earned his doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.
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Emma Keough

Boston, MA
Executive Assistant

A VISIONS Youth Consultant since 2003, Emma Keough has facilitated workshops for The Food Project, adapted VISIONS materials into their curriculum, and co-coordinated the VISIONS Legacy Project. Before joining the VISIONS staff she worked at Brookwood Community Farm, a small non-profit vegetable farm in Milton, MA. Emma has a B. A. in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College.

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img_1196Zenaida Peterson

Boston, MA
Program Assistant

As Program Assistant, Zenaida provides administrative support for the programs offered at VISIONS and assists in developing new ones. Before starting her year with VISIONS, she graduated from Simmons College with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology with a minor in Public Policy. While at Simmons, she organized for social justice within and outside of that community from leading Campus Conversations on Race to organizing around national events. Working with VISIONS inc. is a part of her role with the Quaker Voluntary Service which centers on intentional communities and the marriage between social justice and spirituality.

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