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Executive Leadership

Emily Stewart

Executive Director of Casa Esperanza

Emily Stewart joined Casa Esperanza, Inc. as the Director of Development in 2004, and later served as Deputy Director for six years, prior to becoming Executive Director in 2011.  For more than 20 years, Emily has worked with populations facing barriers to care, including marginalized racial and linguistic communities, at-risk women and girls, disadvantaged youth, homeless individuals and families, and individuals living with mental health and substance use disorders.

During her tenure at Casa Esperanza, she has secured and implemented fifteen competitive grants from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, spearheading the implementation, adaptation, and evaluation of more than 20 culturally relevant evidence-based interventions, including the development of our CasaCare integrated care model, increasing treatment completion rates by more than 30%. She has initiated and overseen major strategic initiatives including the introduction of myEvolv electronic health records and work practice management system; the development and construction of the Familias Unidas and Nueva Esperanza projects, adding 23 new units of safe, affordable, supportive housing for individuals and families in recovery; as well as the development and construction of Casa’s newest program, Conexiónes, the first bilingual/bicultural Clinical Stabilization Services program in Massachusetts.

Emily holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Massachusetts, and began her career in broadcasting as a producer for radio and television. She then transitioned into the non-profit sector, and spent several years consulting to start-up businesses, academic institutions, community health centers, and government agencies on strategic communications, management, program development, fundraising, special events, and property development. Emily serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Behavioral Health Care where she also co-chairs the Partnering with Underserved Populations Committee, as well as the Providers Advisory Committee for the implementation of the state’s 1115 Waiver.

Diliana De Jesús

Director of Strategic Planning & Development of Casa Esperanza

Diliana De JesúsDiliana De Jesús joined Casa Esperanza, Inc. as the Development Associate in 2005.  She served in a number of positions before transitioning to Deputy Director in 2011 and finally Director of Strategic Planning & Development in 2018.

As Director of Strategic Planning & Development, Diliana is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agency and provides direct oversight of the agency’s administrative departments.  Over the last 10 years, she has worked closely with Casa Esperanza’s Leadership Team to implement ten competitive grants from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, bringing more than $14 M to the agency, and integrating culturally competent evidence-based practices into all agency program areas. Over the years, Diliana has worked to ensure the highest possible quality of care for Casa’s programs, serving as the Compliance Officer for the Agency and working with the Management Team to ensure compliance related to programmatic, financial, outcomes reporting, and facilities requirements, including monitoring achievement of strategic goals and objectives.

Diliana is passionate about social justice issues and has more than 15 years of experience working in the Latino community with individuals and families living with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders; at-risk youth and young adults; recent immigrants; returning citizens; survivors of domestic violence; people living with HIV; and homeless individuals.

Diliana is originally from Puerto Rico, is fully bilingual, and has personal experience supporting family members in recovery.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Masters in Theological Studies from Boston University.


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