Jenise Katalina

Jenise Katalina is the founder of Rise Leadership and Coaching, LLC, an equity and inclusion firm working with business to implement inclusive leadership strategies and supporting women of color in achieving career success. 


Jenise Katalina is the Vice President of Family Services at Square One, a community based non-profit in Springfield, Massachusetts. She joined the Square One team in September of 2011 as a Healthy Families Home Visitor and quickly excelled through multiple managerial positions. 


Before joining Square One, Jenise served for six years as a supervisor in a Springfield-based residential program for latency-age children struggling with emotional and behavioral challenges related to trauma. Her prior experience includes the supervision and coordination of after-school programs and gang aversion programs for teen youth with the YMCA of Greater Springfield.  


Jenise received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Westfield State University and her Master of Social Work degree from Springfield College. She is a license certified social worker in Massachusetts. Jenise is a certified trainer in multiple trauma focused models, specifically focusing on two generational families. Through her position on the Executive Board of The Women of Color Health Equity Collective, Jenise has studied under the founders of the Culturally Humility Framework and has offered technical assistance and training to multiple institutions striving to imbed a Racial Equity lens into their policies and practices. 

Jenise is the past chair of the Springfield Department of Health Human Services’ Maternal Child Health Commission. She currently serves in a leadership capacity for the Springfield “Baby Bottoms” Diaper Bank. She serves on the Racial Equity Collective Impact Team for the Massachusetts Essentials for Early Childhood and is a Baystate Community Faculty member for the Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health (PURCH) program. Jenise is also a member of many community collaborative groups, including the Baystate Interdisciplinary Health Equity Incubator, Project ACCESS Maternal-Child Health Partnership and Springfield’s Project Baby.