Our Team


Cindy McCarthy, Executive Director

Cindy McCarthyIn November of 2013, the Danny’s Place Youth Services (DPYS) Board of Executive Directors appointed Cindy McCarthy to be the Executive Director for their new program. As a founding member of DPYS, Cindy established the vision and mission for the original program. In addition, she has been an active volunteer at the center as well as the Chairmen of the Board, making her well suited for her new position.

Cindy is a member of the Acton/Boxborough Coalition for Healthy Youth (ABCHY) and the Acton Boxborough Superintendent’s Wellness Committee. She received her degree from Bentley College in Marketing and Accounting. Cindy is also a graduate of The Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a Certified Holistic Health Coach. As a Certified Holistic Health Coach, she helps individuals achieve balance in their life.


Program Directors


Katherine Lee, Programs Manager

Katherine Lee, MSW, has been a resident of Acton since 2012. In 2014, she was hired as the Administrative Coordinator for Acton Boxborough Coalition for Healthy Youth (ABCHY). ABCHY subsequently became a program of DPYS in June 2015. Ms. Lee received her Bachelor’s of Science in Family & Community Services, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Delaware Honors Program in 1997. She subsequently served on the University of Delaware Board of Trustees from 1997-1999. She completed a Master’s of Social work in Clinical social Work in 1999 from Boston University.
Ms. Lee worked at Project Alliance, Middlesex Partnerships for Youth–a program of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. After relocating to New York, she worked as the Director of Support Services for the CityKids Foundation, an after school youth development program for inner city youth, for several years. Subsequently, she and her family relocated to Delaware where she worked a a Volunteer Coordinator for the Food Bank of Delaware.
Ms. Lee is married and has two sons who attend Douglas School in Acton. In addition to her work with ABCHY/DPYS, she is an active volunteer at Douglas and at the Open Table Food Pantry in Maynard. She spends the bulk of her time as a stay at home mother shuttling her children to various activities and organizing play dates. However, she is also committed to working with organizations that promote positive youth development in her community.

Katie Gorczyca, DPYS Workshop Leader: Exploring ME Through the Arts

Katie Gorczyca is an expressive therapist and masters-level clinician. Katie received her bachelors and masters degrees from Lesley University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Therapies. Katie has experience working with children, teen and adults and has worked with individuals and groups.  Katie has experience with bereavement, post-adoption support, and anxiety disorders.  Katie strongly believes in a strength-based approach when working with all populations and places an emphasis on the process as opposed to the finished product in order to live a more meaningful, mindful and fulfilling life. Katie grew up in Acton, MA and has a true understanding of the stressors and pressures that come along with growing up in the community.

Michelle Silbert, DPYS Workshop Leader: What’s Next Starts Now

Michelle Silbert pictureMichelle Silbert founded Ignite Your sparks! Holistic Career Coaching to help teens and adults imagine, explore and build their dream careers, as well as create the structures and plans to help them reach their goals.  Michelle especially enjoys working with college students with ADD/ADHD and other learning challenges, career launchers and career changers, including caregivers making plans to return to the workforce.  She works from the inside out and helps her clients use career assessments like Strengths Finder, the MBTI Step 2, Skill Scan, and values inventories to set goals that propel their purpose.  Michelle’s educational background is psychology, public health and social work with a focus on youth mentoring and leadership development. In the past, she managed a school-based violence prevention program, did community-based youth health research, taught teens about safe travel, and worked as a teacher naturalist at both local farms and wildlife sanctuaries. Michelle is a local Acton mom and is involved with Girl Scouts.



Jan Stewart, Life Coach

jan head shotJan Stewart received her coaches training in 2000 from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), the premier program worldwide. She was a nominee for Career Coach of the Year in 2014 by the International Coach Federation of New England. Prior to founding Emerge in 2003, Jan held leadership roles as a program director for a public school system and as an operations manager for a local recruiting company. Before becoming a coach she was a teacher, social skills group leader, program director and recruiter. Jan has worked with hundreds of clients to help them overcome life’s challenges and move forward to create a more fulfilling life. She is uniquely gifted with an aptitude for recognizing individual and team strengths, and bringing vitality to a group. Her coaching style allows people to grow personally and professionally. For more information, visit www.emergewithcoaching.com.