Ask the clients and families we serve and they'll tell you: our staff is what sets The Price Center apart. We take pride in what we do. And our commitment to helping our clients grow and take pride in what they can do starts with hiring and keeping experienced, dedicated and highly qualified professionals on our staff. Meet some of The Price Center's team.
Justin has served as President of The Price Center since August 2004. His tenure has been marked by an ambitious expansion of The Price Center’s day and residential services, the launch of its ASCENT and Work$mart programs, and a doubling in program enrollment. Justin previously worked as Executive Director of PRIDE, Inc. in Taunton, and as Vice President for South Norfolk County Association for Retarded Citizens in Westwood. His broad experience includes past positions with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and as a high school special education teacher. Justin spent two years in Central Africa with the Peace Corps. He has served on the Association for Developmental Disability Providers Board of Directors and on the Bristol County Workforce Investment Board of Directors. He holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from S.U.N.Y. Geneseo and a Master’s in Business Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management from Boston University.
Michael A. Pagnozzi
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
With more than 25 years experience, Michael has run the finance, human resources and information technology operations of The Price Center for the last 10 years. His special areas of expertise include auditing and financial analysis. Michael has been honored by The Price Center’s Dedication and President’s awards. He pursued his studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Barry brings more than 35 years of disabilities-related experience to The Price Center, including 10 years at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center where he was named Employee of the Year by the Citizen Area Board. He built a $35 million division at Vinfen Corporation where he became Sr. Vice President. Barry has served as an officer on several association Boards including the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. In addition, he served as President of the Board of the Samuel Gridley Howe Library which was created by Brandeis University Professor Dr. Gunnar Dybwad.
Barry was attracted to the Price Center because of the organization’s focus on each individual, the positive values upon which the programs are developed, and the strong family and Board involvement. He will be closely involved with current programs and will expand services in areas where there is a strong need but limited alternatives for families — especially with the “turning 22 population” and those on the Autism Spectrum. Barry has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s Degree from Boston University in Counseling.
In his free time, Barry enjoys kayaking, skiing, hiking, museums, speakers, plays and musical performances in Boston and on the Cape.
Strategic fundraising expert Debra Bergman joined The Price Center team as Director of Development in the summer of 2015. Debra brings over twenty years of experience in fundraising and communications. In her prior role as Director of Development for the Lynn Community Health Center she completed a $6 million capital campaign expanding the Center’s footprint by 55,000 square feet enabling an additional 400 new patients per month to receive needed services. She has also done significant development work for Easter Seals, Framingham State College, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Boston Ballet and Screening for Mental Health. Debra holds a BA in Psychology from Clark University in Worcester.
Program Director, Newton Day Habilitation
Tony has served in his position as Program Director of the Newton Day Habilitation program for 13 years. His previous posts include serving as Assistant Director and Case Manager at The Price Center’s Intensive Day Habilitation program in Dedham. Tony loves spending time each day with the individuals and families served by Newton Day Hab. He belongs to the Massachusetts Day Hab Coalition and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Brandeis University.
Eileen brings more than 16 years of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities to her position as the Director of Intensive Day Habilitation Services at The Price Center. In her position, she has overall responsibility for supporting and training professional staff as well as managing all aspects of the program. Previously, Eileen held positions at Charles River ARC where she was the Assistant Director of Day Habilitation, and at Greater Waltham ARC where she was the Director of Day Habilitation. Eileen brings not only a depth of experience, but a passion for her work. “One of the things I love about my job, and I have for 16 years,” says Eileen, “is that I can always guarantee that I will smile and laugh with the consumers everyday!” Eileen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Framingham State College.
Director, Employment Services
Lori has more than 20 years experience in the field and has been Director of Employment Services since 2007. Lori appreciates the gratitude of the jobseekers she works with and the pride they take in their work. She received the ADDP Direct Support Professional award in 2008 and The Price Center President’s Award in 2010.
Director, Family Supports
Karen brings more than three decades of experience working with individuals and families to her position overseeing family support services and the ASCENT program for The Price Center. She has been Director of Family Support for six years. Karen also serves on the Newton Youth Interagency Committee; Waltham Special Education Parent Advisory Committee; CHADD; Waltham Youth Risk Behavior Team; and the Arlington Service Area System of Care Meeting. Karen has studied psychology and education at Northeastern University, Bunker Hill Community College and the University of Massachusetts.
Johanna manages the administrative operations of the The Price Center and serves as coordinator for the Human Rights Committee, which is responsible for assuring the human rights of our clients. Jo also oversees The Price Center’s website. She has worked for the agency since October of 2004 and received The Price Center’s Dedication Award in 2009. Jo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Wheaton College and a Master’s degree in New Media from Emerson College.
Director of Human Resources
Marianne joined The Price Center in 2010 and coordinates all human resources functions. She has worked in the human resources field for 12 years and is a certified Human Resources Professional. Marianne received her BA degree in Psychology from Merrimack College.