Board of Directors - Executive Management - Staff

Our diverse Board of Directors serves as the primary governors of the organization. They set policy, provide resource development, approve the budget, promote the organization and supervise the CEO.





  • Rev. Dr. Althea Smith, Chairperson
  • Gregory Connor, Treasurer


  • Widmine Lola Remy
  • Jessica Putney
  • Taneekah Johnson
  • Shelley Stewart



Administrative Office
2 Brookview Street, Dorchester, MA 02124
Phone: (617) 265-2965
Fax: (617) 265-7229

Phone: (617) 265-2965 x 212

Development Office:
Phone: (617) 265-2965

Youth Services:
Vernice Johnson – Director, Youth Services
Phone: (617) 265-2965 x 205

Adult Services:
Lesbie Bramble, Director, Adult Services
Phone: (617) 265-2965 

Community-Based Services
Dranaya Owens, Director
Phone: (617) 265-2965 x 304

The Executive Management Team has responsibility for the overall functioning of the organization. They carry out directives from the board of directors and staff its standing committees of Development & Fundraising, Finance, Human Resources, Board Recruitment and Real Estate.



Deborah Collins

Chief Executive Officer

Deborah Collins is a Boston native who graduated from Boston Public Schools and Emerson College. Before joining Brookview House, she worked nearly thirteen years at Casa Myrna, a comprehensive provider of domestic violence services, starting as Director of Emergency Programs and eventually assuming responsibility for all of the agency’s direct service programs. Prior to joining Casa Myrna, Ms. Collins worked fourteen years at the Elizabeth Stone House, another Boston provider of shelter and community-based services to survivors and their children affected by domestic violence. She has extensive experience in direct services, program development, staffing, budgeting, volunteer management, education and outreach and outcome measurement and reporting. Collins is President of the Jane Doe, Inc board and a board member of the Massachusetts Women of Color Network (MAWOCN).

Brookview House Welcomes New COO Lesbie Bramble

BOSTON (May 16, 2024) – Brookview House (“Brookview”) is delighted to announce that Lesbie Bramble has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Brookview. Bramble will be responsible for all program planning, program operations, and staffing. Together with the executive leadership team, Bramble will also represent Brookview to governmental and private organizations, and the wider community, stewarding Brookview’s long-term sustainability through building and maintaining its network of relationships.

Bramble was previously Brookview’s Director of Integrated Services, a role she held since joining the organization in 2018. In that time, Bramble was instrumental in seeing that Brookview regularly met and exceeded its annual placement goals set forth by the state, ensuring that as many families as possible were placed into sustainable permanent housing and that they remained successfully housed. Bramble also managed the day-to-day operations of the family shelter, hired and trained all staff, facilitated weekly case conferences for all departments, and much more. Prior to Brookview, the Boston resident was the Resident Services Coordinator at Winn Residential. Bramble also served as Program Coordinator and Senior Case Manager at Crittenton Women’s Union (now Economic Mobility Pathways/EMPath).

“Brookview has been fortunate to have a compassionate and dedicated leader like Lesbie Bramble as part of the fabric of our organization for nearly six years,” said Deborah Collins, CEO of Brookview House. “Lesbie’s diverse experience in direct services, housing advocacy, program development and community outreach, combined with her natural ability to build trust with residents, particularly our youth, make her an inspiring example and invaluable asset to Brookview.”

Each year, Brookview House provides 350 women and children experiencing homelessness with a safe, supportive environment in which to live and acquire and practice skills to pursue education, job training and employment in order to achieve long-term stability and economic independence. At-risk women and children who live in the community are also invited to participate in Brookview’s programs. Recognized nationally for its successful model, 92 percent of mothers who have lived at Brookview maintain permanent housing after leaving, and 88 percent of the children who participate in Brookview’s Youth Development Program graduate high school, compared to the national average of only 64 percent.

About Brookview House
Founded in 1990, Brookview is a Black- and Afro-Latina women-led organization that works for justice, equity and systemic change for low-income mothers and children in Boston. People of color are disproportionately impacted by economic and racial inequality, experiencing the trauma of homelessness and poverty at a higher rate as a result. Brookview uniquely understands the pain and hardship its families face because the team lives in and is representative of the community it serves. Through a two-generation, culturally-responsive approach, Brookview provides housing and a broad range of supportive programs to improve educational achievement, health and wellbeing, and economic independence.

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