Judy SantaMaria, the Director of the Family Support, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Welfare from Salem State College and an MSW from Wheelock College.

Judy entered the field of social work as a Family Service Officer in Boston and a social worker for Catholic Charities in Lynn.

She started her career in family support in 1997 working with Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change to develop the Building Community Bridges project for families of young children with developmental disabilities.

Judy joined Communitas in 2001 as the Assistant Director of Family Support where she assisted the Director of Family Support in daily operations of the Family Resource Center. She also developed the Successful Parenting program for parents with intellectual disabilities which provides home-based parenting education and supports.

In 2009, Judy was named the Director of Family Support at Communitas. Family Support includes services and supports funded by DDS, Adult Family/Foster Care, Recreation and the Successful Parenting Program funded by DCF.