Friday, April 19, 2024

Just-A-Start has named four new members to its board of directors: Ethel Ampey, Aliyah Gary, Joel Miranda and Susan S. Stockard.

“We’re thrilled to add the unique perspective, experience and intelligence to our board that our new members bring,” said Deborah Ruhe, executive director of the Cambridge nonprofit.

For more than 40 years, Just-A-Start has helped thousands of residents with affordable-housing, summer youth and biomedical careers programs and a partnership with YouthBuild. It continues to work to reduce homelessness, help at-risk youth find paths to success and support unemployed and underemployed people gain access to a career path.

Ampey, of Cambridge, serves on the city’s Council on Aging. She is a 2002 recipient of the Governor’s Point of Light award and a recognized leader of senior programs. Previous affiliations include Foster Grandparents, The MLK Day Committee and the Maloney Corp. Committee. She has been a nominee of mayors E. Denise Simmons and Henrietta Davis to committees benefiting the public good.

Gary is the owner of iCare Realty Group, a philanthropic real estate company in Cambridge. She is a former real estate agent and legal assistant and paralegal. She serves as a member of the Cambridge Arts Council Advisory Board.

Joel Miranda, left, with other YouthBuild officials. (Photo: YouthBuild)

Joel Miranda, left, with other YouthBuild officials. (Photo: YouthBuild)

Miranda, of Revere, is the director of leadership development at YouthBuild USA and a 1998 graduate of YouthBuild Just A Start – the first YouthBuild graduate to serve as a director. He is a community fellow at Boston University School of Management’s Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership and a member of the 2014 American Express Leadership Academy for emerging nonprofit leaders.

Stockard, of Cambridge, is a retired partner and vice president at Maloney Properties and was the director of resident services. She is president of Four Our Communities, a nonprofit developed to start and support services for residents in affordable housing. Stockard brings expertise in elderly housing and is author of the Massachusetts Resident Service Coordinators’ Handbook for MassHousing. In addition, she is a founding member of Common Place, a Cambridge housing cooperative formed in 1973.

For information about Just-A-Start, call (617) 494-0444 or go to