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Our Staff:

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Dominique

 

If you call Craig’s Doors' main number, you will have the pleasure of speaking with Dominique Batiste.

As Administrative Lead, Dominique is the first response to all incoming communications with Craig’s Doors. He plays a multi-faceted role, covering the areas of record management, corporate archiving, and development.

For Dominique, “impeccable organization is the keystone of success,” and he works diligently to ensure that Craig’s Doors administration runs like a well-tuned machine.

His anthropology background and experience make cross-cultural communications Dominique’s bailiwick.

Dominique joined Craig’s Doors in July 2017. His idea of “The Breakfast of Champions” is coffee, and croissants with butter and Nutella.

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Aidan

Aidan is one of our shelter managers, but also works in our daytime resource center doing casework and street outreach. Her problem solving abilities, level-headed disposition, and empathetic nature make her a great asset to the organization. 

She began working at Craig’s Doors during the winter of 2017 as opening and overnight staff in our shelter. She came to Craig’s Doors out of work in environmental justice and is a graduate of UMass Amherst with a degree in Sociology and a focus on Social Work and Social Welfare. 

Aidan is a life-long valley resident, makes mixed media art, and loves dogs. 

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Kerry

Kerry started at Craig’s Doors as opening staff her freshman year of college, and has been one of our managers for the past two seasons. Her quick thinking and firm but kind nature allows the shelter to run smoothly, and maximizes the staff's ability to connect guests to the resources they need. She is going into her fourth season at the shelter.

In September she will be starting her senior year at UMass, majoring in Sociology and Social Thought and Political Economy.

Kerry just returned from two months in South Africa, where she was studying and hanging out with elephants.

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Allison

Allison was born and raised in Oklahoma City, where she worked in the healthcare field for 15 years, primarily caring for patients with Alzheimer's and dementia. 

She moved to Massachusetts two years ago, and began working at Craig's Doors as an opening and overnight staff member. It was her first hire in the state, and she fell in love with the work and the people. Known for her work ethic and seemingly limitless capacity for kindness and love, Allison became a quick favorite among guests and staff alike. She now works in our resource center during the day. 

Outside of work, Allison's passions include photography and art (you will most likely see many of her pictures on this page!). She is a mother to three sons and one very sweet dog named Pete.

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Patrick

Patrick moved to the Pioneer Valley from Oklahoma City, and found some of his first friendships in the guests at Craig's Doors. 

Working as an overnight staff member, Patrick placed emphasis on fostering connections with guests, making it his mission to not only do his job effectively, but to make people smile in the process. He currently volunteers at our community breakfast to stay in touch with the community he truly cares about, and is looking forward to returning as a staff member in the fall. 

In addition to being a reliable and positive presence in the shelter, Patrick is a passionate musician and lyricist, and creates music with his friend in his spare time.

 
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Our Interns:

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Olivia

Olivia is an intern this summer working on different projects in our resource center. Her experience at Craig's Doors will teach her about various facets of operating a nonprofit. She is from the North Shore and this is her first summer spent in Western Mass... she misses the ocean! 

During the school year she plays Club Lacrosse, works as an Administrative Assistant in the Veterinary and Animal Science department, and as Library Staff at the DuBois Library's Circulation/Reserves desk. She is also greatly involved in MASSPIRG's Hunger and Homelessness Campaign. 

Olivia is a rising junior at UMass Amherst and is double majoring in Resource Economics and Spanish. She hopes to join the Peace Corps when she graduates and volunteer in either economic development or education projects.