Vice-President, Institutional Advancement and Executive Director, NECC Foundation, Inc.
Allison Dolan-Wilson is the Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the NECC Foundation at Northern Essex Community College, with campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence, MA. At Northern Essex, she oversees fundraising, marketing and communications, alumni relations, stewardship, grants, the Center for Corporate and Community Education, career services, institutional effectiveness, and MassHire Merrimack Valley. With more than 20 years of experience in higher education, she was most recently Executive Director of Alumni Relations as well as Interim Executive Director of Annual Giving for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). A Lowell native, Allison is a board member for Lowell Youth Lacrosse and Top Notch Scholars in Lawrence, and serves as a corporator for Haverhill Bank.
Allison lives in Lowell with her husband Jeff and her son and daughter, Liam and Maggie. In her spare time, Allison enjoys things such skiing, hiking, and eating, and is working towards her black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Allison is a graduate of Emerson College, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology (BSSp), in Public Relations and Advertising; and a graduate of San Diego State University (SDSU), where she earned a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) with a marketing specialization.
Owner, Bevilacqua Builds, LLC
FRANCIS BEVILACQUA is the owner of Bevilacqua Builds LLC, a construction and real estate development firm working with residential and commercial projects north of Boston. Before starting Bevilacqua Builds, Francis spent 20 years working in construction and development. Being entrepreneurial, he has opened other small businesses among them a liquor store and a restaurant/bar. Bevilacqua Builds’ office is in Downtown Haverhill and he resides in Haverhill with his wife and two children. Francis is also active in the community, serving on the boards of The Greater Haverhill Boys and Girls Club, The Weitzman Institute for Arts and Industry, the Greater Haverhill Foundation and the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce.
When he is not wearing his hard hat or serving in the community, Francis tries to spend as much time with his family as possible. He has a large family that lives mostly in the Haverhill area who enjoys getting together often. He enjoys spending time at the beach and being active.
Francis graduated from Merrimack College with a BA in Marketing. He is a licensed unrestricted construction supervisor.
Regional Executive Director, YMCA of the North Shore
Tracy Fuller is the Regional Executive Director for the YMCA of the North Shore, providing youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility leadership at the Haverhill and Plaistow Community YMCA. Tracy has been an Executive Director for 15 years, previously working for the YMCA has an early education director, summer camp director and school age childcare director. Tracy started the early learning and school age programs offered at the Haverhill YMCA, which now collectively serves over 400 children, including partnerships with Haverhill Public Schools, Whittier Vo Tech HS, and Northern Essex Community College. Tracy has served on the Haverhill DCF Board of Directors, and is currently a board member for Sarah's Place, which provides day programming to seniors, as well as the HPS's Haverhill ELT (Early Learning Team).
Tracy lives in Haverhill with her husband Bob and her two sons, Alex and Joel. When not at the Y, she enjoys family time at the lake and being involved in her son's sports and activities, as well as giving back to her community by being involved in events such as Emmaus' Cycle for Shelter.
Tracy has a degree in Developmental Psychology and Early Childhood Education from St. Anselm's College.
Associate Director, UMass Lowell Innovation Hub
Stephanie Guyotte is the Associate Director of the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub Haverhill, a business incubator and coworking space driving startup innovation and entrepreneurship in Greater Haverhill. She joined UMass Lowell in the summer of 2017 to launch the iHub, where she leads operations, community engagement, and program development while serving as the primary day-to-day contact for members and external partners in the Greater Haverhill area. Prior to joining UMass Lowell, Stephanie spent 15 years in communications, public relations and community education. She spent five years with Middlesex District Attorney’s Office in several roles including Director of Communications, where she managed all communications, media, and was the spokesperson for the office, which is largest DA’s office in the Commonwealth. Stephanie worked at a Boston-based public relations firm where she led communications strategy for some of region’s most recognizable non-profit organizations, including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the New England Aquarium, as well as many others. Stephanie started her career as a reporter at newspapers including the Boston Globe, Eagle-Tribune, and Newburyport Daily News. Active within the community, Stephanie is currently the vice president of the Board of Directors of HC Media, a founding member of Haverhill.biz, and on the board of the Haverhill Partnership Loan Fund.
She lives in Methuen with her husband and two sons, ages 6 and 8. Stephanie loves running and will complete her second half marathon this year. She is an active volunteer with the Merrimack Valley Striders running club and on the organizing committee for the Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Road Race.
Stephanie graduated with honors from Emerson College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism.
Bilingual Service Coordinator, Community Action Inc. and Staff and student specialist, Community Action Inc.
Ana Kim is a bilingual service coordinator for Community Action Inc.’s Community Services department and is also the student and staff specialist for their Adult Education program. Ana works closely with constituents facing homelessness, providing resources and information, and making sure that they understand the multiple programs that CAI provides. She oversees all the data entry for the adult education department and also helps to conduct orientations and presentations to the students. Ana is also responsible for recruitment for the agencies ESOL program and assist with the recruitment for the HISET program. She has organized outreach events for the agency and prides herself on her ability to adapt to policy changes and new responsibilities.
Ana and her family immigrated from the Dominican Republic when she was 5 years old. She currently lives in Haverhill, MA with her wife Sopphear. Ana enjoys crafting, dancing, and spending time with her family.
Ana graduated from Greater Lawrence Technical Vocational High School where she studied marketing.
Vice president of Community Impact at United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
Sarah Link is Vice president of Community Impact at United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack valley, where she is responsible for delivering on United Way’s mission of bringing people together to create positive, lasting change in the communities across the region. For over ten years, Sarah has led a team of staff in strategic grantmaking, program design and implementation, building partnerships, and engaging volunteer leadership. Prior to joining United Way, Sarah’s work in the Out-of-School Time field fostered a passion for school, community, and family partnerships to support young people’s social emotional learning.
Sarah lives in Waltham, MA, with her husband and two school-age daughters. Her two adult daughters live nearby. When she is not working, you can find Sarah coaching her daughters’ softball and basketball teams, leading the Newton Girls Softball Panthers travel softball program, serving as the Board President for the Angier After School Program, board member of the Newton Girls Softball program, and board member of the Kate Sherwood Foundation.
Sarah graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a master’s degree in Education.
Owner, Jacqueline’s Auto Services
Argenis Marte is the owner of Jacqueline’s Auto Services, an auto repair shop located in a busy intersection in Haverhill, Massachusetts. As a small business owner, Argenis wears most of the hats. He is responsible for the daily operations, sales revenue, marketing, and customer service. The days at the shop can be challenging, but thanks to his father, Argenis has some experience in the business field. His father owns and operates Jacqueline’s Convenience Store which is located right across from the shop. He grew up right alongside his father, who has shown him how to handle the challenging aspects of owning a business from managing employees to meeting the needs of many different customers. Before his time at the shop, Argenis had many experiences in various companies. Most recently, he was employed as an Assistant Project Manager at G. Greene Construction located in Boston. He was part of a team leading the process from start to completion of a couple of projects within Massachusetts General Hospital. Apart from now being a business owner, he plans to continue his practice in construction through private building in the near future. Argenis has recently become a member of the Haverhill Latino Coalition, which plans to bring members of Latino owned business together to better the community.
He is a first-generation immigrant from the Dominican Republic who has lived most of his life in the states. He currently lives in Boston with his girlfriend Aliesha. When he isn’t working or brainstorming, he likes to spend quality time with his partner and family whether that may be karaoke at his father’s house, dinner at his mother’s house, hiking with his brother, or even playing tennis with Aliesha.
Argenis graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston with a BS in Construction Management. He is currently in the process of obtaining his Construction Supervisor License.
Senior Vice President, Chief Pharmacy Officer, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center
Diane Martin, RPh, is Senior Vice President, Chief Pharmacy Officer, for Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (GLFHC), the second largest community health center in Massachusetts, serving more than 62,000 patients annually. Diane has expanded the health center’s pharmacy services, from one pharmacy site in Lawrence in 2005 to six pharmacy sites in Lawrence, Methuen, and Haverhill in 2020. She heads GLFHC’s COVID Vaccination Program, which has administered the vaccine to tens of thousands of patients and residents across the Merrimack Valley. Diane has also created GLFHC’s Clinical Pharmacy Services program and started a Pharmacy Residency in July, 2014. Before joining GLFHC, Diane worked at Children’s Hospital in Boston, was an Adjunct Faculty Advisor for the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (MCPHS), and was a manager in retail pharmacy for over 14 years. Diane is the recipient of multiple awards, including the HRSA Outstanding Executive Leader Award 2011, the HRSA Life Saving Patient Safety Award Executive Leader 2010, 2011, and Team Leader 2009, and the 2011 Technology Innovator of the Year award given by the Pharmacy Times and Parata Systems. She volunteers with Partners in Development, traveling to Haiti and Guatemala, committed to providing pharmaceutical services and clinician support to areas impacted by natural disasters.
A native of the Merrimack Valley, Diane was born and raised in Lawrence and lives with her husband, Brian, in Windham, N.H. She enjoys playing softball and golf in her spare time.
She earned her bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.
Executive Director, L’Arche Boston North, Inc.
Jennifer Matthews is the Executive Director of L’Arche Boston North, Inc, a non-profit organization located in Haverhill whose mission is to make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, foster inclusive environments that meet members changing needs, and engage in diverse cultures, working towards a more human society. L’Arche Boston North (LBN) is a member of the International Federation of L’Arche communities located in over 37 different countries. Jen has served the organization in various roles, becoming Executive Director in 2017. Jen is passionate about bringing people together across differences and inspiring equitable communities of belonging for all. Under Jen’s leadership, LBN launched a small hummus program that leveraged the members culinary gifts along with their desire to connect with neighbors in the greater community through the local Farmer's Market. Today, Homemade Hummus serves as a culinary training program for people with and without disabilities. In 2019, Jen spearheaded The Longest Table event. The event is a partnership between LBN and The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce. The event welcomed friends, neighbors, and residents from throughout the city to share a meal at a 300ft dinner table in the heart of downtown. The event raised awareness for LBN and illuminated the transformative quality of bringing people together across differences. Jen is active in various community organizations. She is a member of the Haverhill Exchange Club Board of Directors and co-chair of the Haverhill Hometown Heroes Committee. She is a member of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Jen lives in Methuen with her husband David and two sons, Jackson and Benjamin. They have two dogs, Riley and Ranger. In her spare time, she likes to run, travel, and spend time with her family.
Jen graduated from The University of Massachusetts Boston with a BA in Sociology. She completed coursework towards a master’s degree in Social Work at Salem State University. She recently participated in the 2020 cohort of Babson College’s Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership in The Social Sector Graduate Certificate Program.
Vice President of Day and Employment Services at Fidelity House CRC
Erica Mawby-Roche is the Vice President of Day and Employment Services at Fidelity House CRC, a non-profit that supports children and adults with disabilities, as well as their families. Erica has been at Fidelity House CRC since 2013 and currently leads three departments focused on providing quality driven services and inclusive opportunities. Before joining Fidelity House CRC, Erica worked in the career services department for a school near Boston. Erica is active in the community through engagement with HP3, Haverhill’s Brightside and Veteran focused collaborations.
Erica recently moved to Amesbury with her husband, Tom after living in Haverhill for 9 years. In her spare time, Erica enjoys traveling, gardening and reading.
Erica graduated from Saint Anselm College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus in Social Work.
Somebody Cares New England Community Liaison and Food Pantry Director
Nomsa is committed to the defense, maintenance, and development of basic human rights for the World’s diverse population, including refugees, victims of violence and at risk persons. She has been a community service worker with over 30 years of experience advocating for human rights. Responsible for the success of the International Global Exchange Project, a project which has provided leadership training and experience of team work to young people from four continents, as well IRFF’s worldwide commitment to ending world hunger (International Relief Friendship Foundation Inc. in Rome, Italy). She also led WFWP, the Women’s Federation For World Peace, Women Rights are Human Rights workshops with women in Lusaka, Zambia. She has been a downtown Haverhill resident since 1998 and is very active in the community. She served on the board of Community Action Inc. representing the Mayor of Haverhill, is a member of Haverhill’s Downtown Parking Commission, and was on the Mayor’s Public Health Task Force.
Nomsa is a soccer lover and a social soccer player who also enjoys hiking, white water rafting, traveling and serving in her community.
Director, Creative Haverhill
Erin Padilla has been a part of creative communities for her entire life and has spent the last 8 years being an active leader within these communities by working in arts administration for non-profit community organizations. Erin is currently the Director of Creative Haverhill, a 501©3 organization that since 2008 has been supporting Haverhill arts and culture by providing experiences and access at the intersection of art, culture, and community. As the single staff-member for this organization, Erin manages programs, operations, community relations and partnerships, and the organization’s capital campaign to transform a historic school in Haverhill into a community art center, Cogswell ArtSpace. For previous organizations she has worn the many hats that non-profit work requires by working as an Arts Education Coordinator for all ages, Exhibition Curator, Programs and Festivals Coordinator, and Arts Administrator. Erin has fallen in love with Haverhill as a place and community and enjoys being an active community member both through her work but also by getting involved with community events and activities that bring people together and make Haverhill a healthier and more welcoming place to live.
While born and raised in Oregon, Erin and her husband Luke made the cross-country move to Luke’s hometown, Haverhill in 2017. Erin enjoys being creative and goofy with her nieces and nephew, taking her dog Nilly on hikes, whiskey and wine tasting with friends, and traveling with friends and family.
Erin received her Bachelor’s Degree in 2013 from George Fox University, a liberal arts university in Oregon. There she studied studio art and learned the creative problem-solving skills that she applies to her career on a daily basis.
President, Quiñones Culture Consultants, LLC
Francellis Quiñones is President of Quiñones Culture Consultants. She was an educator for almost fifteen years in the Boston Public Schools, Weston Public Schools, and Greater Lawrence Technical School before creating her own consulting company with her husband and Chief Operating Officer, Miguel A. Quiñones. Francellis is a history teacher, a teacher leader in all her schools, and the coach of her daughter’s soccer teams in Haverhill Youth Soccer and the Bradford Christian Academy’s middle school. She is also active in the community, serving on the board of The Haverhill YMCA, and volunteering with local organizations like Haverhill Youth Soccer, POSE, Leaving the Streets Ministries, and VIP.
Originally from the Dominican Republic, she lives in Haverhill with her husband Miguel and two daughters, Isis and Phoenix. When she is not wearing her educator hat or serving in the community, Francellis likes to hike, go to the beach with her family, and go to amusement parks. The Quiñones family is very civically involved in the community, with their daughters being active participants and presenters at rallies and marches. As the Organizing Program Manager at UTEC, she gets to use her passion for history, social justice, and activism. She is currently working for UTEC as the Organizing Program Manager, where she is helping young adults find their voice and agency to make changes in their lives and their communities.
Francellis got her Bachelor's degree from University of Massachusetts Amherst in Political Science with a Certificate in International Relations. She also received her Master’s degree from the University of Essex in Colchester England in International Relations.
Community and Economic Development Planner for the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission
Nate Robertson is the Community and Economic Development Planner for the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, a regional governmental organization charged with promoting the orderly growth and preservation of the region. Nate works collaboratively with each of the fifteen municipalities on issues related to housing and economic health. Prior to his work as a regional planner, Nate worked as the Assistant Director of Economic Development for the City of Haverhill. Before coming to the Merrimack Valley, he lived on Cape Cod where he made a documentary about addiction and recovery amidst the opioid epidemic and worked in the public health field.
Nate grew up in Rhode Island and currently lives in Haverhill where he also serves on the Planning Board. When not talking about public policy Nate enjoys playing strategy games, exploring small cities, and riding horses.
Nate graduated from the University of Vermont.
Real Estate Development Consultant with Lupoli Development
Shaw Rosen is a real estate development consultant with Lupoli Development, a real estate development company that focuses on adaptive re-use of historic properties and ground-up construction in Gateway Cities, creating mixed use projects that are transformative. She manages multiple projects for specific developments, including tax credit programs, proposals, and community relations. Her experience includes work as project executive for developments such as Riverwalk Lofts and Haverhill Heights. Prior to Lupoli, Shaw was Chief Operating Officer at Mass Innovation and oversaw the historic rehabilitation of 300,000 square feet of the Wood Mill into 200 market rate apartments. She spent much of her career before real estate in education and workforce development, as the Executive Director of the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board, Director of Workforce Development at Community Action, and a member of the Haverhill School Committee. She also owned a Haverhill catering business, Rise to the Occasion. She was a founding board member of Hill View Montessori Charter School in Haverhill and is currently the Chair of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce.
Shaw lives on a lake in Derry, New Hampshire with her husband Joel, who has a law practice in Andover. They have two children and four young grandchildren who love to swim. She loves cooking and reads cookbooks like novels.
Shaw has a B.A. in Psychology from Curry College
For more than 10 years, Dougan Sherwood was part of Cambridge Innovation Center, one of the oldest and largest shared office and coworking spaces in the world. In that time, Dougan co-founded CIC's first expansion site in St. Louis, MO and oversaw the rollout and operations for all of CIC’s locations throughout the U.S. In 2018, Dougan moved his career to Haverhill, MA, to focus on local and community-centered economic development. He served in dual roles as the President of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and Managing Director with the Greater Haverhill Foundation, a redevelopment fund. Currently, he is Chairperson for the Kate Sherwood Foundation, a non-profit created in honor of Dougan's late wife, carrying on her work supporting young adults overcoming childhood trauma. Earlier in his career, Dougan founded a traveling youth program in the Southwest U.S. and served an internship in the education policy office of the late Senator Edward Kennedy. He also created an annual bicycle fundraiser supporting injured servicemen and women and served on the board of YouthCities, a startup program for middle school and high school aged students.
In his free time, Dougan loves road biking, mountain biking, skiing and boating up and down the Merrimack River.
Dougan lives in West Newbury with his two sons, Ben and Henry. He received his B.A. in history from the University of Utah.
Owner, The Yoga Tree
Ally Vallieres is a yoga teacher and entrepreneur with professional experience in business, marketing, event management, and community engagement. After holding various marketing and event planning positions in the fashion, wellness, and financial industries, she found her calling on a yoga mat. She completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2017 at The Yoga Tree under the guidance of former owner Caroline Pineau. In May of 2019, her path came full-circle when she was presented an opportunity from her friend and mentor to purchase the studio and become the new owner of The Yoga Tree, the very spot where she began her teaching career. Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic in her first year as a business owner, the studio continues to hold daily classes and remain a space of support and refuge for local community members. In 2021, Ally completed her 500 hour yoga teacher training and completed Reiki Level I and II certifications.
Ally was born and raised in Haverhill, MA and continues to live and work in her hometown. She has worked closely with various local non-profit organizations through her previous job as Marketing Specialist at Haverhill Bank and in her current capacity as owner of The Yoga Tree. She has served on the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s Downtown Events Committee, planning annual events like KidsFest and Christmas Stroll. Off the mat, Ally can be found enjoying all that New England nature has to offer on hikes or at the beach with her dog Gansevoort and spending time with family and friends.