Meet Our Team
Fagan Forhan, Dean of K-12 Partnerships and Civic Engagement
As a 1998 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in Psychology, Fagan has consistently and passionately been involved in many facets of community service and has served on numerous boards and committees. Before coming to the Center in 2006, Fagan worked for six years with the Massachusetts State Legislature as Chief of Staff for former State Rep. Brian Knuuttila as a liaison for local nonprofits and constituents. In her current role, Fagan provides strategic direction and oversight of implementation of all Center programs, including AmeriCorps Job Ready and United Way Youth Venture of North Central Massachusetts, as well as providing oversight and program development/structure for internships and service learning and career placement. Fagan assists community-based supervisors in developing meaningful and reciprocal student placements and works with faculty to integrate service learning and civic engagement projects into curricula that benefit our greater community and provide students with practical experience.
Lauren Mountain, Director
In her current role as Director of the United Way Youth Venture program, Lauren contributes to the MWCC Brewer Center’s efforts to spark entrepreneurial spirit in young people and cultivate their inspiring self-directed community Ventures. She is responsible for oversight of the program ensuring delivery of high-quality programming to nearly 15,000 area youth; providing support for 23 partnering organizations including K-12 schools, MWCC, and Girl Scouts; and facilitating spread of the UWYV program nationally through other local United Way organizations. Lauren’s role also includes leading the Changemaking movement in North Central Massachusetts, which connects stakeholders of education to the opportunity to learn and practice empathy, leadership, teamwork and problem-solving on a community level.
Lauren Mountain is a graduate of Northeastern University with a degree in Political Science and minors in Business and International Relations. She also earned her Masters of Business Administration from Suffolk University with a concentration in Health Care Administration. Lauren’s varied work experience includes nine years of nonprofit and board management, including running the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management, a professional development program for chamber of commerce and association executives; managing global membership for an international association of corporate real estate executives; and volunteering for the PKD Foundation’s Walk for the Cure. A lover of lifelong experiential learning, Lauren has worked in a variety of industries and roles including health care, government, education, staffing, accounting, law, construction management, retail, and manufacturing.
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Michelle Brennan, Assistant Director
Michelle recently returned to the United Way Youth Venture staff as the Assistant Director. Michelle brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program. With a degree in Human Services and Rehabilitation from Assumption College, she has worked with small non-profit mental health advocacy groups. In addition, she has worked with the faculty and staff at MWCC in her role as Staff Associate in Academic Affairs. As an advocate on Capitol Hill on behalf of children with mental health needs for many years, Michelle believes strongly in the mission of the Youth Venture program and the great opportunities it provides for both students and the community. Michelle lives in Leominster with her husband and three sons.
Donna Toothaker, Program Manager
Donna Toothaker is a Program Manager for United Way Youth Venture and also a long-time local resident of North Central Massachusetts. Donna’s background includes working in such industries as retail, banking, and the financial services industries. Donna is a mother of two young adults and her most recent work includes having developed and run her own successful businesses for the past 14 years including 1st VA (a virtual assisting company) and Step It Up VA (a business coaching and mentoring company). Donna enjoys managing the bustling United Way Youth Venture office.
Scott Higgins, Outreach Specialist
Scott Higgins, our Outreach Specialist, is the newest member of our team. He is a graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Boston where he earned his degree in English Literature and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Currently, he is working on his Early Childhood Education Certificate at Mount Wachusett Community College. In his role, Scott will be responsible for youth outreach at partnering schools and organizations, supporting new and existing partnerships, in addition to delivering and facilitating quality programming through the UWYV framework. Scott has had the privilege to work and volunteer with some amazing nonprofit organizations in the North Central and Greater Boston areas throughout his academic and professional career. He is honored to add United Way Youth Venture to that list, which includes the Montachusett Regional YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, the Lunenburg Boys & Girls Club, 826 Boston, the Jamaica Plain Community Fridge, and the Dedham Food Pantry.