Gini Mazman
Executive Director

“People are surprised when I tell them that most of the young people who come in our drop in center are not parenting or pregnant, do not have a criminal record and are not addicted. They are, however all broken, afraid and young when they come in to us for help. They have had failure after failure in relationships, school and work and this failure wears on them and makes them vulnerable and hopeless. At the Haven Project, we have a short window of time to meet their basic needs and then quickly present them with opportunities for success. I feel so lucky to have had the chance to meet so many of these young people and start an organization that could change the trajectory of so many young lives.”

Ms. Mazman is a lifelong resident of the North shore. She has a BS from Salem State   University, an MBA from Northeastern University, and a graduate certificate in non-profit management from Suffolk University. She worked for 17 years in various leadership and business management positions before she left to work in the non-profit field. She has years of experience in grant-writing and program development and management for transitional age young adults. She is the founding Executive Director of the Haven Project.

Emily Urbina
Program Director

“I was so inspired by this organization that has found a legitimate need that very few are meeting. The more I work with our clients the more convinced I am that there is a huge deficit of support, wisdom, and positive guidance in many young peoples’ lives. I feel truly privileged to be involved in providing that to an under-served population.”

Emily oversees the daily program and case management of the Haven Project’s clients. Her background is in education in multicultural and 3rd-world contexts, and she received her BA in Education with a focus on Adult education. She is bilingual and has experience in ESL and administration of non-profits.

Elizabeth Erikson
Development Manager

“It has been eye-opening to see the impact this organization is having on the young adults in this community. To be able to connect with the foundations and individuals who are donating their time and finances to such an important initiative has been rewarding. I am grateful to be taking part in the growth and development of The Haven Project.”

Elizabeth is responsible for creating systems and communications to support The Haven Project’s fundraising and marketing strategy. Her background is in marketing and communications and has experience in business development. She received her BS in Psychology and Communications from Palm Beach Atlantic University and currently resides in Swampscott, MA.

Eric Rondeau
Cafe Manager

“I have always wanted to make a change in my city. I never knew how I would do this until I found out about the Haven Project and Land of a Thousand Hills. The passion and dedication of the staff inspired me. This job gives me the ability to directly help homeless kids get on their feet before they stray too far down the wrong path. I am proud to be a part of this mission and plan on doing everything I can to make sure the cafe prospers.”

Born and raised in Lynn, Eric attended Lynn Classical High School before pursuing a degree in Business Management at Salem State University. Eric’s experience in specialty coffee, desire to help the community, and education make him the ideal person to manage our cafe.

Gary Rivas
Lead Case Manager

“Everyday we deal with obstacles. Obstacles that may seem unbeatable, but if we surround ourselves with people who want to help us, people who will push us to be our best self, then you can overcome what feels insurmountable. The Haven Project team consist of these types of people; people who will do their best to help you succeed.”

As the Lead Case Manager Gary works directly as the first point of contact for clients in the Drop in Center; he helps lead the case management team and facilitates the daily Drop in Center operations. His background is in psychology and has 18 years of management experience in the human service field. Among many qualifications, Gary is bilingual, a Driver Education Instructor, and a certified Crisis Prevention Instructor.

Nixon Etienne
Case Manager

“Everyone has a story to tell. Sometimes, they need an editor to help them clear up some of the rougher edges.”

Nixon graduated from Malden High School and went on to receive his AAS in Entertainment Management at Bay State College. In addition to serving as a case manager here at the Haven Project, Nixon works as an educator in the Lynn Public Schools system. He is passionate about helping the next generation excel in every capacity afforded to them.

Fredy Hincapie
Job Coach

The Haven Project has offered me the tools, commitment, and passion to impact individuals and the community. Our young adults have great potential to succeed and I am grateful to be a piece of their life that propels that.

Fredy migrated to Colombia in 2003 and has been a Lynn resident ever since. He graduated from Lynn Classical High School and is currently pursuing his degree in Social Work at Salem State University. Fredy oversees the events at Land of a Thousand Hills Café and works as a job coach at the Haven Project. As a job coach he supports young adults to gain the skills they need to achieve success and maintain a stable job.

Shannon Shaffer
Volunteer Mentoring Coordinator

I love that the Haven Project is built around relationships. I’m so thankful that I get to connect the community to the young people we serve, and that I get to play a role in providing an avenue for youth to develop healthy relationships with caring, compassionate adults.”

Shannon graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri with a BA in English. She moved to Lynn in order to serve as a Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring at The Haven Project.  She has worked with youth of various ages in a variety of different settings, and has seen how powerful positive relationships can be both in the life of a young person, and the in the life of the adult mentoring them. As a result, she is passionate about connecting the youth the Haven Project serves to members of the community.

Joyce Chow
Support Staff

“Our young adults are capable of a lot! We all need cheerleaders and that is what the Haven Project represents for many of our clients.”

Joyce is from L.A. and moved to Massachusetts in 2010. She is a Design Engineer at  GE Aviation. She volunteers as staff in the Haven Project drop-in center and she also coordinates meal donations. She holds a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) as well as a Tufts University Masters in Mechanical Engineering. Joyce is passionate about serving the community of Lynn where she works. She is always looking for opportunities to volunteer and loves working with Girls Inc. and at The Haven Project where she knows that her time is making a powerful impact on young lives. Joyce loves solving problems which she does in one way at GE, and in another way at the Haven Project. Though Joyce is still young herself, she enjoys working with youth because she is able to encourage positive change.

Lauren King
Support Staff

“The Haven Project provides an outlet for these young adults to learn the skills needed to thrive at such a crucial time in their lives. To be able to be a part of this, especially in my own community, is priceless!”

A life-long resident of Lynn, Lauren graduated from Lynn Classical High School and went on to receive her BA in psychology at the UMASS Dartmouth. She became a licensed social worker in the state of Massachusetts, and, in addition to serving as the case manager here at the Haven Project, Lauren works as a supervisor in the field of human services.