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Open Sky Elects Two New Members to the Board of Directors

New members to help shape agency’s impact in Central MA

October 2020

(Worcester, MA – October, 2020) Open Sky Community Services has announced the election of Charisse Murphy and Paul Schasel to its Board of Directors. The Worcester-based nonprofit provides services throughout Central Massachusetts to adults, adolescents and children with mental health challenges, developmental and intellectual disabilities, substance use disorders, brain injury, homelessness and other complex challenges.

“In joining the Open Sky Board of Directors, Charisse and Paul not only bring extensive knowledge and expertise, but also a deep commitment and interest in fulfilling the agency’s mission and goals,” said Ken Bates, President and CEO of Open Sky Community Services. “We are looking forward to working together in shaping the impact of Open Sky’s services in Central Massachusetts.”

Murphy, a Boston native, has her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven and a Master’s Degree in Human Service and Leadership from Northeastern University. Murphy has over 18 years experience in the nonprofit sector and is currently the Director of Leadership Giving at Worcester State University. She is also the founder of EmPOWER ME!, a support program for girls in grades 5-12. Murphy’s program allows girls to develop skills to enhance their leadership capabilities, and provides a curriculum that empowers future female leaders to access opportunities. Murphy has also held several roles in other local nonprofit organizations including You, Inc., where she was the Director of the DYS (Department of Youth Services) Community Support Program and its Director of Development.

Schasel received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from St. Bonaventure University and a Master’s in Business Administration Degree from Bryant University. He is currently the Director of Fiscal Affairs for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester, where he oversees all financial functions. Schasel also held a variety of positions during his 22 year career with Partners HealthCare, a Boston-based non-profit health system founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital, including Accounting Manager, Private Equity Portfolio Director and Corporate Director of Treasury & Investment Operations.

For more information about Open Sky Community Services, please contact Lorie Martiska, lorie.martiska@openskycs.org