Leadership Team

Kim Oliveira, Executive Director

phone: 978-685-3000, x 1125, Email

Kim Oliveira joined CREST in July 2012 after a twenty year career in both urban and suburban public schools in Massachusetts. Twelve of those years were spent serving in leadership positions as an Assistant Superintendent, Director of Student Services, and Elementary School Principal. Kim earned a B.S degree in Early Childhood Education, M.Ed in Special Education, and a CAGS in Educational Leadership. With a special interest in program development, she strives to create high quality programming and services that are comprehensive, yet cost effective.


Cathy Giles, Assistant Executive Director

phone: 978-685-3000, x 1198, Email

Cathy Giles joined CREST in August 2016 after more than twenty years in the Reading, MA public school system.  For the past nine years,  Cathy was an Elementary School Principal, and for the fifteen years prior, she held a variety of  positions, including Teacher of kindergarten and grades one and two, Autism Program Teacher, and Inclusion Facilitator.  Cathy holds a Master’s degree in Special Education, and her role at CREST will focus on curriculum, assessment, and instruction.  Cathy’s passion is working with students who present with social/emotional difficulties and exhibit challenging behaviors.


J. Eric Boes, Director of Finance and Operations

phone: 978-685-3000, x1115, Email

Eric Boes joined CREST in September 2016.


Elizabeth Conway, Director of Human Resources

phone: 978-685-3000, x1116, Email


Jill Graham, Director of Programs- EPIC, Lifeways, and Essex Academy Lower

phone: 978-685-3000, x1501Email

Jill Graham joined CREST on August 2013.  Jill’s academic background includes a dual B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Psychology and an M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  Jill has signficant experience within special education in both collaborative and public school settings; previously serving as a Department head, Program Coordinator and Team Chair.


Bill Bryant, Director of Programs- High School & 18-22

phone: 978-685-3000, x 1111, Email

Bill Bryant joined CREST in July 2013 after 15 years in a collaborative setting. Bill has served as a Principal and Special Education Administrator for over 170 alternative high school and alternative vocational high school students. Bill has a strong vocational background, is certified as a McCarron-Dial Evaluator and has created both community based internships as well as in-school vocational shops to provide opportunities for gainful employment after graduation or program completion.


Jerold White, Dean of Students, Merrimack Academy, Methuen

phone: 978-685-3000, x 1401, Email

Jerold White began his tenure at CREST in May 2014 as Principal of Merrimack Academy on the Methuen campus.  Mr. White received a BA in Psychology from University of Massachusetts and his MEd in Special Education from Cambridge College. He is licensed as a Principal/Assistant Principal, Special Education Administrator, and Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Prior to CREST, Jerold was a site Coordinator and Principal for over seven years and a special education teacher for five years in a collaborative setting.


Charles LeBuff, Program Principal, Merrimack Academy, Topsfield

phone: 978-986-4721, x 1722Email

M.Ed Cambridge College , B.S.from  S. New Hampshire University. Program Director at Harbor Schools for 24 years in Haverhill and Newburyport. Program Director /Principal M.S.E.C. Topsfield site 7 years Principal of Topsfield site for CREST for the past year. Licensed history teacher 5-12.


Cynthia McLean, Lead Teacher, Essex Academy Upper School

phone: 978-685-3000, x1872, Email


Dr. Kristan Rodriguez, Director of Professional Learning
phone: 339-227-2155, Email

Dr. Kristan Rodriguez joined CREST in 2017.  In this role, she draws upon her experience as a Superintendent of Schools, Assistant Superintendent, Director of Curriculum and Curriculum Coordinator.  Dr. Rodriguez was also a successful Principal and Assistant Principal as well as High School English Teacher. Kristan earned a B.S in Secondary English Education, a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration. She is passionate about providing access and equity in education to all students.


Helen Deranian, Early Literacy Grant Administrator 


Helen is a retired Massachusetts public school administrator who has led and supported students, teachers, administrators, and families as both an elementary principal and special education director. Helen has experience supervising and implementing special education programs for over ten years at The Education Cooperative (TEC) collaborative.  In that role, Helen directly supervised and developed special education programs for students in grades PreK-12 with intensive special education needs.   Helen most recently worked for the Brookline and Bridgewater/Raynham Public Schools in interim leadership roles and currently co-leads CREST’s Instructional Assistant training program (SPEDIAC).