Mary Kate Cavanaugh, the mother of the the program's founder, has been instrumental in the initial stages of Nuestro Ahora, Inc.'s development. Serving as treasurer of the Program, Mary Kate brings great expertise in financial management and communications. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Mary Kate began her career working for Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, MA as an medical editor. She later spent twenty-five years as the Firm Admistrator for the law firms of Sheridan & Sheridan, L.L.P and Sheridan Law Offices, L.L.C. She currently tutors English with non-native speakers as a volunteer through the Center for New Americans in Northampton and volunteers as a tutor with local school children at Homework House in Holyoke.
She resides in Easthampton, MA with her husband John. They visited El Salvador in April-May 2006, where they spent time with the scholarship students at the COAR orphanage in Zaragoza. In 2009, Mary Kate shared in the Mass of Welcome for the Incoming Students of El Caminito on March 29th at the Scholarship House, shared days living with the current university students, visiting their campuses and going with them to their praxis sites, and witnessed the fervent faith of Semana Santa in their company. Mary Kate and John are the proud parents of two young adults.