Kristie Wilson – Program Director

Kristie Wilson has worked for Fairwinds since 2010. Currently, she is the Operations Director. For nearly 20 years, Kristie has worked in the mental health field on Nantucket. She has had many roles during her time at the agency, including providing direct client care, supervising our para-clinical staff, providing psychiatric case management, and managing the office administration team. In addition to her role at Fairwinds, Kristie is also sub-contracted by the Department of Children and Families to be the on-call assistant in emergencies and has served as a member of the Steering Committee on Nantucket’s Behavioral Health Task Force. She is also a certified suicide prevention trainer. A year-round Nantucket resident since graduating with a degree in psychology in 1992, Kristie is passionate about assisting the members of the community and works hard to fulfill our mission at Fairwinds. She loves living on this island with her husband, two teenage children (one of whom is attending the University of Hawaii), and two dogs rescued from the British Virgin Islands.

David Hayes, LCSW – Program Manager / Clinician

David has been a year-round resident since 2014 and began working with the Island youth at the Boys and Girls Club as a volunteer. From there David became a therapeutic mentor at Fairwinds – Nantucket’s Counseling Center working with children and families. Within a year David had been accepted to the Smith College School for Social Work where he began to focus more directly on Family Systems Work with a strong emphasis on a Strength’s Based approach. Through the course of his Master’s Program David was able to complete a clinical placement at Fairwinds providing Outpatient and In Home Therapy. David graduated with a Master’s in Social Work in August of 2020 and works as Licensed Clinical Social Worker on Island. He spends as much time as he can with his wife Meagan and their daughter Charlie.

Gennifer Costanzo – Family Support Worker

Gennifer earned her BS degree from Auburn University . Her thirty- two year career on Nantucket has been in the nonprofit sector supporting the community in various capacities which have included Assistant Aquatic Director at Nantucket Community Pool, Program Director Adult Community Day Center , Autism Speaks Program Coordinator , Program Coordinator Alliance of Substance Abuse Prevention and currently focusing on affordable housing as the Director of Development & Communication with Habitat for Humanity and food insecurity with the Food , Fuel and Rental Assistance. Her pride and joy are her two sons, Dominic and Joseph. The natural beauty of Nantucket is what drew Gennifer to the island but it has been the caring and supportive community that has kept her here.

Margaret Boneva – Family Support Worker

Margaret Boneva is a first generation American and a Nantucket native. Raised by a resilient single mother who immigrated from Bulgaria, Margaret takes great pride in where she comes from and her heritage. She graduated from Johnson & Wales with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and is working towards getting her masters in Legal Studies. With a passion for helping others, Margaret is committed to making a positive impact and dedicated to giving back to the community she grew up in.

Nikolai Dimitrov – Family Support Worker

Nikolai Dimitrov joined the Family Resource Center after a  decade as an Executive Program Director and educator in the financial services industry. He holds a business degree, traveled to and lived in more than 20 countries, speaks 4 languages and dabbles in another 10. Nikolai has lived on Nantucket for 20 years and is acutely aware of the challenges island life could present. As a business owner, seasoned operations manager, and avid problem solver, Nikolai is interested in contributing towards the development of resources and programs under the FRC in an effort to alleviate many of the systemic challenges for Nantucket residents. He is also passionate about physical fitness, mental health, good nutrition, and financial literacy.

Lisa Blau Zack – School Liaison

Lisa Blau Zack is a dedicated School Liaison with a passion for helping families navigate the Special Education eligibility process. With years of experience in public and private school systems in 3 states, she has a deep understanding of the complexities of special education evaluations, guidelines, meetings and regulations as well as the very recent changes to the Massachusetts IEP format.  She builds strong relationships with those served by listening to their concerns and addressing their questions, ensuring that they feel supported throughout their educational journey.   Lisa has made Nantucket her home since 2019.  She is happily married and a proud mother of 5 children ranging in age from 28 to 15.  When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her sweet grandson.

Alison Upright – School Liaison and Family Partner

Originally from New York City, Alison recently moved on-island in order to contribute to the community through non-profit work. She has a diverse professional background which includes a 10 year career in corporate Marketing. While raising her two sons, driven by a passion for helping others, she returned to college, obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Additionally, she is educated and trained in substance abuse counseling. She has worked as a crisis hotline responder for victims of domestic abuse, a mentor to at-risk teenagers and as a residential aide in a substance abuse recovery facility. Alison has a life-long love of horses, taught English riding, and most recently worked at a therapeutic equine facility. Alison speaks some Spanish and has plans to study in order to become fluent. In her spare time she enjoys exploring the island with her dog, Sasha.