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Martha Sandler, Executive Director

Martha Sandler has been On The Rise’s Executive Director since 2009, after serving six years as the organization’s Director of Finance. Under Sandler’s leadership, On The Rise has continued its broad-based, full-frame work with hundreds of homeless and formerly-homeless women each year, in Cambridge and nearby communities, while building upon the organization’s success and excellent reputation among program participants, and among other service providers.  Sandler started at On The Rise as a volunteer in the mid-‘90s and served as the Board’s treasurer and president, while she worked in finance and accounting at for-profit companies in Boston and surrounding communities.  Sandler is a Smith College graduate and holds a MBA/MS-Accounting from Northeastern University.

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Charyti Reiter LICSW, Director of Programs

Charyti Reiter brings almost 20 years of experience in the human services field working with and advocating for women and children. Prior to joining On The Rise twelve years ago, Charyti served as Director of the Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program at Hull House Association in Chicago, IL., where she made policy recommendations, monitored fiscal performance, and supervised staff and daily operations. Before Hull House, Charyti worked as the Co-Director of DAEP, a batterer’s intervention program at SPECTRUM Youth and Family Services in Burlington, VT. Charyti received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Vermont. Originally from Kansas, Charyti now resides in Newton, MA with her husband and son.

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Delphene Mooney, Director of Development & Communications

Delphene Mooney joined On The Rise in March 2016. She brings over a decade of experience in fundraising, communications, and management in nonprofits. Prior to On The Rise, Delphene served as Associate Director of Annual Giving at The University of Sydney, Australia where she launched the University’s first ever crowdfunding projects and second Giving Day. Before her time in Sydney, Delphene worked with the fundraising consulting group Ruffalo Noel Levitz managing annual giving telephone campaigns and training new managers in fundraising strategy at Tufts University and Northeastern University. Delphene is passionate about applying a diversity, equity and inclusion lens to organizational change. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston University and currently pursues a Master of Public Administration from Suffolk University. She is a happy resident of Somerville, MA.

Benny Wheat LCSW, Safe Haven Manager 

Benny Wheat first joined On The Rise as an intern in 2010 during a career change from biomedical research to social work.  She was so inspired by the philosophy and day-to-day work of On The Rise that she decided to pursue a Masters of Social Work from Simmons College.  She was hired as a Community Advocate in 2013 and in 2016 took on a new role as our Safe Haven Manager.  Benny is also a passionate community activist in her home town of Somerville around issues of gentrification and displacement, and an avid cyclist.


Our dedicated Advocacy team combines the insight that comes from personal experiences of homelessness, domestic violence and addiction with the clinical training of licensed social workers. 

  • Derise Babbitt, Community Advocate

  • Fernanda Brito, Community Advocate

  • Edwige Celestin, Community Advocate

  • Barbie Gimbel, Community Advocate

  • Susan Hooper, Community Advocate

  • Keritza Ostalaza, Community Advocate

  • Domenica Rizza, Community Advocate


The Development team is vital to the life and financial well-being of On The Rise. With diverse fundraising and communications campaigns that center around information, building relationships and raising money, the Development team is responsible for meeting the special and specific ongoing needs of On The Rise.

  • Brie Silva, Development and Engagement Coordinator

  • Madison Porter, Development & Engagement Associate


The Operations team provides crucial program support, office maintenance, facility management, and hands-on support for program participants. 

  • Matt Bender, Administration & Finance Manager

  • Katharine Pong, Operations Associate

  • Amelia Thelen, Operations Associate