“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.