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LCW Board

Peter Cole - Board President / Strategic Planning Committee *  Executive * IT Committee

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Peter joined the board in 1997 and this is his first term as Board President. In the past Peter served on the Executive Committee as the Board Clerk for 4 years and as the Vice President for 2 years. Peter has been employed at Lawrence General Hospital for 43 years and currently is a Quality Review Analyst. Lawrence General Hospital is Lawrence’s largest employer and a close partner of LCW.  Now a resident of Atkinson NH, Peter has served on the Development, Finance and Executive Committees. In addition to his commitment to LCW, Peter serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors and a Board Member of the RTN Credit Union (another LCW partner) and continues on the Board of Directors as Past- President of the New England Emergency Medical ServicesCorporation Inc.

 

Miguel Sanchez - Board Vice President / Real Estate Committee * Union Crossing Committee * Executive

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Miguel (Mikey) joined the Board in 2001 as a founding member of the North Common Neighborhood Association (NCNA). A long time North Common resident, Mikey was instrumental in the planning and advocacy that led to the development of the Our House Campus. In addition to his work on Our House, the Executive Committee, and the Union Crossing Design Team, Mikey is our resident barbeque chef! In addition to his volunteer commitment to LCW, Mikey is active with Bread and Roses, Lazarus House and St. Basil’s Salvatoran Center, most notably working as a counselor with convicts and ex offenders.

 

Maureen McCarthy – Board Treasurer / Finance Committee * Executive

Maureen McCarthy LCW Board Treasurer 2013.jpgMaureen joined the Board in 1997 and has served as the Board Treasurer for the past 7 years. Born and raised in Lawrence, Maureen is a Senior Vice President at River Bank, formerly the Lawrence Savings Bank, one of LCW early and most important champions. In addition to serving as a leader on the Board at LCW, Maureen is trustee of the Lawrence Revolving Loan Fund and a member of the North Andover Rotary Club.

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Grotton - Board Assistant Treasurer / Finance Committee * IT Committee

Patrick is the Chief Information Officer for Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, a partner and an important Lawrence institution, where he has worked since 2004. Patrick holds a BS in Business Administration from University of Maine at Orono and an MBA from Babson College.

 

Ana Rodriguez – Board Clerk / Executive * Strategic Planning

ana-rodriguez.jpgAna joined the board in 2001 and served as Board Vice President and Board President from 2002-2006. Ana is long time Lawrence resident and activist and works as a Social Worker at the Mass Department of Mental Health. She has been instrumental over the years in supporting and advancing the development of the Lawrence Public Library, The Greater Lawrence Health Center, and Cambridge College and was part of the Right Question Project at its inception. She also serves on the District B Democratic Committee. At LCW she has been instrumental in the Executive Committee and the Real Estate Development Committee.

 

Jose Medina - Board Assistant Clerk / Yes We Will * Union Crossing Committee

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Armand Hyatt, Esq – pro bono Board General Counsel / Real Estate Development Committee * Union Crossing Committee * Executive

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Armand is one of the Founders of LCW and has served on the Board since 1986 along with serving, pro bono, as the CDC's General Counsel.  Armand has been on the Board's Executive Committee since the organization's inception and has held a variety of LCW officer positions over the years including Board President, Vice President, and Clerk. He has been the chair of the Board's Real Estate Development Committee for the duration of LCW's existence.  In addition to his many hours of strategic and tactical advice and work to advance LCW’s Real Estate efforts, Armand represents LCW in various other legal issues as well.  Armand was born in Lawrence and his private law practice has been in Lawrence for many decades. In the early 80’s Armand was one of only a handful of affordable housing activists who fought for and won the development rights to a large urban renewal parcel. In addition to his commitment at LCW, Armand has coached and served as President for the Amesbury Youth Rotary Basketball League, and has taught religious education and done lectoring at Holy Family Parish. Armand is a music minister and three-time Rector at St. Basil’s Salvatorian Center in Methuen, MA and is a former Board member of the Merrimack Valley YMCA.  For several years, he was an Adjunct Lecturer at Merrimack College and is happy to have participated in a Big Brother [Big Friend-Little Friend] relationship since 2003.

Cindy Cook - Board Member / Strategic Planning * Board Development * FAB Committee

Cindy Cook LCW Board Member 2013.jpgIn 2006, Delmy Rosales invited me to teach a communication class to Member guides who wanted to explain in English LCW’s programs and philosophy. Developing and teaching that class in collaboration with staff and learners changed my life! When I learned about LCW, my teaching was enriched. In my years as a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages at Lawrence Adult Learning Center, I had always promoted learning outside the walls of the school using community resources such as the public library, the transportation center, or the offices of our City Hall. I facilitated civic participation with visits to City Hall to find out districts, councilors and school committee members and meeting schedules. LCW provided onsite NeighborWorks training and students went on tours of Our House and signed up for computer classes, IDA workshops and Movement City. Through our work together, many students at ALC became Members of LCW, met personal education and financial goals and some became stellar community activists and NeighborWorks trainers.

Now through LCW, I am also active in SIM, Student Immigration Movement. Serving on the Immigration Task Force of North Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, I am recruiting members to help with DACA registration, teaching a course in Immigration as a Moral Issue and promoting learning and friendships between communities. After leaving a 35 year career as an educator and workplace trainer, I am thrilled to have more time to volunteer at LCW and to learn more Spanish!

 

Tasha Espendez - Chair Board Development Committee * NeighborCircles * Yes We Will * Family Asset Building

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In 2004, during a domestic exchange with American University in Washington, DC, Tasha was first exposed and captivated by how public policy transformed communities. Espendez is working towards the completion of her degree in Communications and Culture from Clark University.

Throughout her development she has been a part of the YMCA and AmeriCorps teams in Lawrence, and also the TRIO Upward Bound Program in Worcester, an academic youth empowerment program.  She was an intern for the Cesar Chavez Public Policy Charter High School, a volunteer for the Non-Profit Employment Law Center in Washington DC as a translator, and an Adult ESL Teacher with her former church in Worcester. In 2008, Tasha found out about Lawrence CommunityWorks through her mother when she came across a flyer for a Facilitator’s Workshop, and invited Tasha to come along.  After completing the session, Tasha was offered the opportunity to practice her gained skills with the NeighborCircles Program. Four years later she is a Lead Facilitator for the NeighborCircles, and also a tax preparer at the LCW VITA site.

One of the reasons Tasha is attracted to join the LCW Board is the group’s diversity. She wants to be a part of this group, and feels her personal and work background has provided her with a mix of basic skills in finance, marketing, human resource, administration, education and customer service that are resourceful to the Board.

 

Denise Perrault - Board Member / Yes We Will * Board Development * Finance Committee * Events Committee for the Annual Meeting

Denise Perrault LWC Board member.jpgMs. Perrault has been heavily involved in community service through different initiatives and organizations such as Lawrence CommunityWorks, Katrina relief services in New Orleans, the National Organization for Women, League of Women Voters, Secretary for the African Student Union at UMass Boston. 
Perrault regularly advocates for those who need help and the less fortunate making it a priority to correct injustices whether it be calling executive-level people in Washington, stakeholders, or lawmakers to change laws, or helping a friend or a stranger as a court advocate.

Ms. Perrault attended Northern Essex Community College receiving her Associates Degree, as Medical Executive Secretary, and also attending the Liberal Arts Legal Option program. She then transferred to the University of Massachusetts, Boston to the Legal Education program with one pending course for her Bachelors degree.  Perrault also attended the graduate certificate program, at the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy. Her longtime goal is to see better policies and laws written surrounding women in poverty and low-income issues (including housing).

 

Rosa Piña - Board Member / Board Developmet 

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Born and raised in Venezuela with Dominican parents, Rosa came to live to the U.S. in her teens. After living in Lawrence for 10 years and working closely with the community at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC), Rosa moved to Florida where she was involved in working with the underprivileged Spanish population. She became a spokesperson for the Healthy Start Coalition of South West Florida, promoting health and safety on local TV programs. Rosa has a long history of participating in numerous charitable programs, fundraisers, and non-profit organizations such as the United Way, and has worked closely with the local health department. She returned to Lawrence after 11 years and has re-integrated herself into the city. In December 2011 Rosa was sworn in as a Committee Member of Semana Hispana (Hispanic Week), an event with 34 years of tradition that celebrates Lawrence's Latino heritage and culture.

Rosa sees LCW as one of the most solid and finest organizations in our community. In her own words, “LCW is an excellent recipe for what the community of Lawrence needs” and I want to be part of all the positive things that LCW does. Rosa has a Bachelors degree in Health Science from Hodges University and graduated from the Greater Lowell Vocational School in Tyngsboro, MA, as a Registered Medical Assistant.

 

Marta I. Rentas - Board Member / Family Asset Building Committee * Poder Leadership Institute * Yes We Will

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Marta joined the Board in 2003 and served as Board President from 2006-2007. Marta is LCW’s most vocal cheerleader. A Spanish teacher at the Family Development Charter School in Lawrence, she is always bringing the parents of students and others over to LCW believing that “LCW can help change your life!” At LCW she has been an instrumental leader in the Our House Committee, the Family Asset Building Committee, the PODER Leadership Institute and the LCW “Guide” program. Outside of LCW she is very involved in the Family Services Inc. Casa de Salud program. She is the proud recipient of the Dorothy Richarson of Neighbors of America National Award.

 

 

Josiah Reyes - Youth Board Member / Movement City

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Esther Sanchez-Blazquez - Board Member / Board Development Committee * Yes We Will Committee * Poder Graduate * Family Asset Building Committee * Strategic Planning

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Esther, originally from Spain where she studied lingustics and literature, has lived in Lawrence for several years now.  She came to learn about LCW through its seminars on differing community aspects, and increasingly became a very active volunteer - rising from an LCW Network Guide to an LCW Weaver. Esther has taken an active role in the LCW ParentsCircles addressing education issues in Lawrence, and was a recent participant in LCW's Poder Leadership Institute.  Previously a coordinator with the YMCA’s Adult Education program, Esther is a Spanish and GED teacher in Andover, and the surrounding area, as well as a member of the organizing committee of Lawrence Book Fair,
 
My life has been impacted and changed, thanks to LCW's vision to create a commitment to your community, while developing your skills and relationship to leadership. Empowerment and a sense of reciprocity is what you acquire by being part of LCW life. LCW is my home.

 

Andreina Viera - Board Member / Movement City Parent 

_MG_3386.jpgAndreina is the Program Administrator for the Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In addition, she writes for the Siglo 21 newspaper and does some business analyst work with small organizations across the country. During the past four years Andreina has been an active member of Lawrence CommunityWorks. Andreina has demonstrated a strong commitment towards the Movement City program. Outside her professional interests she travels widely, is writing a children’s series of books and is an active member of C.P. Castings where she pursuits acting. One of her most recent accomplishments was getting elected by ALPFA Boston to participate in a mentoring program where she will have hands-on training and mentoring from the top Latina Executives in Boston.

 

 

Eric Walker - Board Member / Property Management * Union Crossing Committee

Eric and his wife Celeste live in the North Common Neighborhood and operate a DJ service and event planning business. They have been active in NeighborCircles, civic and political activities, National Night Out and more. Eric is also very involved in the Lawrence Masons.

 

Advisory Board Members

Carmen Carrion - Family Asset Building Committee * Union Crossing Committee

Carmen, a long time Lawrence resident joined the board in 2003. A graduate of Emmanuel College, Carmen is now the Director of Advance Services for Comcast. Since joining the Board, Carmen has been active in the Family Asset Building Committee and the Union Crossing Design Team. Her principal contribution however has been as the co-founder of Girl’s Corner, a project focused on providing guidance and support to 10 year old girls in the Network. In addition to her time at LCW, Carmen is active in the group Women in Cable Television and serves on the Notre Dame High School Parent Committee.

Francis Hyatt - Fund Development * Union Crossing Committee

Francis is Senior Vice President of Human Reources at Liberty Mutual.  Francis grew up in Lawrence and is very passionate about connecting effective community development strategies to the resources they need to succeed.

Bill Traynor - Fund Development * Network Organizing

Bill is the former Executive Director of LCW and a nationally known community development consultant specializing in resident engagement and comprehensive community revitalization.  He led LCW through an organizational rebirth and tremendous period of accomplishment and growth, and is now spreading the lessons learned in Lawrence throughout the field.  He is still regularly present at LCW, spending an average of four days a month consulting with staff on special projects.

Linda Ulisse - Property & Asset Management Committee * Union Crossing Committee

Linda Joined the LCW Board in 2005. A professional Property Manager, specializing in senior and assisted living housing, Linda heads LCW’s Property and Asset Management Committee. She is also active on the Union Crossing Design Team and participated in LCW’s first Spanish Class for non-Spanish speakers. Linda is a long time resident of Lawrence and a member of St. Monica’s Parish. She is a member of the National Affordable Housing Professionals Association and is a Certified Professional of Occupancy.

Charlie Wibiralske - Fund Development

Charlie has ample experience in the Boston nonprofit, community development, and philanthropic sectors, as well as a background in corporate finance.  He marries this with a passionate interest in Boston and Merrimack Valley history, and has been instrumental in connecting LCW to potential allies and resources.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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