Ms. Pignone was the Career Development Director at Bay Cove Academy for 15 years providing students with classroom and real-world employment skills training, community job placement and on the job employment-training. She supervised the Career Development Program, developed individualized transition plans for students, created innovative programming for tracking and assessing long-term employability and career success for students. She also trains staff in the areas of career development and transition services.
Prior to working at BCA, Ms. Pignone was an Education Specialist at the Massachusetts Department of Education. She supervised school districts and provided technical assistance to school administrators, teachers and parents regarding plans, grants and reports, facilitated work sessions, team meetings, workshops and retreats for schools on strategic planning and whole systems change, and monitored service providers for quality.
Ms. Pignone also worked in Brockton, MA as the Out of School Youth Coordinator for MY TURN, Inc. There she provided leadership around the creation and implementation of a diploma granting competency-based alternative education program for out-of-school youth and collaborated with community-based organizations to advance school-to-career methodologies into alternative education curriculum.
Ms. Pignone has also been a Rehabilitation Consultant in a private rehabilitation firm.
She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Boston College and her master of education in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Ms. Pignone joined NESCA in 2016, bringing her unique expertise supporting vocational assessment and employment planning for adolescents and young adults as well as local school programs. In addition to supporting NESCA’s premier transition assessment services, Ms. Pignone engages in person-centered planning with teens and young adults, consultation and training for parents, providers and schools, and community-based coaching.