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LEADS Network

From Personal Leadership to Collective Impact 

The LEADS Network is comprised of diverse, cross-sectoral leaders that are change makers within their communities and region.  Each has successfully completed the Fellowship and brings a systems approach to the issues they face as business, organizational and community leaders.  Through the LEADS Network, they broaden their networks, deepen their trust, and expand their capacity to make change.


report connections made through LEADS diversified their

professional network


report connections made through LEADS have strengthened ties to organizations in their geographic region


report connections made through LEADS have broadened their perspectives

I have new partners and organizations that we partner with.

I counted 49 of the listed LEADS Network members as a collaboration or partnership byproduct. ❞

Abdelaziz, Rajia

Co-Founder & CEO

invisaWear Technologies Corporation

Alvarez, Edwin

Supplier Diversity Advisor

CVS Health

Andrews, John


Creative Collective

Arntz, Gretchen

Director of Philanthropy

Emmaus Inc.

Banh, Joseph

Director of Network Programs, LEADS, Director of Programs Lowell Plan,


Behling, Tim

Vice President of Supply Chain


Bevilaqua, Fran


Bevilacqua Builds, LLC

Borgesi, Anne Marie

Strategic Human Resources Executive

Bowen, Hannah

Executive Director

The Resolution Center (NSCMC)

Busuego, Hehershe

Director of Programs & Racial Equity

Essex County Community Foundation

Byrne, Emily

Executive Director of Advancement Operations

UMass Lowell

Calderon, Karina

Deputy Director

The Lawrence Partnership

Cameron, Sharon

Director of Public Health

City of Peabody

Chaney, Keith


City Sealcoating

Choi, Yun-Ju


Coalition for a Better Acre

Corvelo, Marta

Chief Executive Officer

Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services

Cruz, Manny

State Representative 7th Essex District-Salem

Massachusetts House of Representatives

Damon, Birgitta


LEO Inc.

De La Cruz, Socrates

Founder and CEO

De La Cruz Law and De La Cruz Properties

Dizoglio, Diana

State Auditor

MA Statehouse

Dowst, Jonathan (Jon)


Pentucket Bank

Dr. Mezquita, Jennifer V.

Provost for Academic and Student Affairs

Northern Essex Community College

Drinkwater, John


City of Lowell

Duijesteijn, Adria

Senior Director of External Relations and Strategic Initiatives

Salem State University

Espitia, Camilo

Chief Design Planner

City of Lowell

Everett, Dennis D. Jr.

Director of Restorative Justice

Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

Fana, Jean

Education & Advocacy Manager

Harborlight Homes

Fox, Kate

Executive Director

Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

Friedman, Evelyn

Executive Director

Greater Lawrence Community Action Council Inc.

Garcia, Tobit

Senior Accounting and Tax Advisor

JBS Corp

Goldman, Bob

Managing Partner

Bob Goldman Law LLP

Goris, Maricel

Deputy Superintendent

Lynn Public Schools

Guerra, Yvette Veras

Founder and Proprietor

NSG Real Estate, LLC

Guyotte, Stephanie

Associate Director

UMass Lowell Innovation Hub

Healey, Deanne

Founder & President

Deanne Healey & Co & Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce

Hernandez, Cecillio

Dean of the Hispanic College and Seminary.

Northpoint Bible College & Seminary

Howard, Vanna

State Representative

the 17th Middlesex District

Howell, Carl W.

Chief Program Officer

Community Teamwork Inc.

Hunt, Chris

Executive Director

The Professional Center for Child Development

Jackson, Corey

Managing Partner

Sarah J Consulting

Juros, Matthew E., RA



Kampert, Mark

Executive Director

Youth Development Organization

Khadar-Lyons, Zelma

Co-Executive Director

Acre Family Child Care

Kim, Ana

Bilingual Service Coordinator, Staff and student specialist,

Community Action Inc.

Leigh, Virginia

Founder & Assistant Director of Social Emotional Learning

Casa Mariposa & Lynn Public Schools

Little, Dr. Tariana V.

CEO and Co-Founder

EmVision Productions

Long, Sako

Regional Director

Department of Youth Services

Lopez, Max

Pre-Sales Engineer


Luzon, Wendy

Founder & CEO

CASABE Fruit Store and Delicatessen

Manoski, Monica

Executive Director

the Essex Art Center

Marotta, Margaret


Haverhill Public Schools

Martin, Connie

Division Director for Energy and Community Resources

Community Teamwork, Inc.

Martinez, Gladys

Vice President, Community Banking and Development Officer

Reading Cooperative Bank

Matias, Juana

Regional Administrator

HUD New England

Matthews, Jennifer

Executive Director

L’Arche Boston North, Inc.

McClain, Leveille

Salem City Councilor, Ward 4 and Associate Director of Security

Peabody Essex Museum

Mccarthy, Michael R.


Northern Essex Community College

Mcmann, Heather


Groundwork USA

Melendez, Lesly

Executive Director

Groundwork Lawrence

Minicucci, Christina

Development Director

MeVa Transit

Mohika, Roselee

Director of Operations

The Community Group (TCC)

Morrison, Eileen

Trial Attorney

Committee for Public Counsel Services

Napolitano, Rich

Executive Director & Senior Vice President

CommonWealth Purchase Group

Nganga, Anthony


Studio 26 Associates LLC

Noto, John

Chief Scientist

Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates

Nova, Radhames

President & CEO

Junior Achievement of New England

Nunn, LZ

Executive Director

Project LEARN

Och, Sheila

Chief of Community Health and Policy

Lowell Community Health Center

Padilla, Erin


Creative Haverhill

Pascoe, Stephen (Steve)


Capri Realty and Management LLC

Perez, Alex

Lead Technical Recruiter


Perry, Kerri


Community Action Inc.

Pineau, Caroline

Owner and CEO

Haverhill Stem LLC

Polay-Wettengel, Liz

Director of PR, Communications, and Engagement Services

Shore Educational Collaborative

Quinones, Francellis


MeNowYOU Consulting

Ranieri, Kerry

Vice President Community Banking and Development

Reading Cooperative Bank

Robertson, Nate

Transformative Development Fellow


Rodriguez, Roberto


RAR Advisors

Rosen, Shaw

Real Estate Development Consultant

Lupoli Development

Russo, Drew

Personnel Director

City of Lynn

Saldana, Vladimir

Commercial Real Estate & Property Manager

Bell Tower Management

Sarantopoulos, Dr. Nicholas


Community Credit Union

Sibanda, Nokuthula

Chief of Staff

Mass Department of Youth Services

Silva, Andres

Executive Director

EparaTodos Lawrence

Silverio, Evan


Silverio Insurance

Smith, Sophan

Executive Director

EforAll Lowell

Sousa, Brian

Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer

Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union

Sullivan, James A., Jr. (Jim)

Town Administrator

Town of Burke, Vermont

Sweeney, Elizabeth (Liz)


Family Services

Thompson, Stacey

Health Communications Manager

Lowell Community Health Center

Trotta, Michael (Mike)

President/CEO and Managing Director

Crystal Engineering

Ubiera-Minaya, Rosario

Executive Director

Raw Arts

Vargas, Abel


Valley Home Insulation

Varitimos, Eleni

Vice President, Community Development

Mass Development

Velez, Martha

Director of Health and Human Services

City of Lawrence

Viera, Andreina

Co-Founder & President

Arka HR

Walsh, Kathleen


YMCA Metro North

Wheeler, Bob

Chief Human Resources and Facilities Officer

Lowell Community Health Center

Wolf, Christina

Executive Director of Population Health

Lawrence General Hospital

Wynne, Darlene

Director of Planning & Community Development

City of Beverly, MA

Aguiler, Maurice

Lieutenant and Executive Officer

Lawrence Police Department

Andors, Jessica

Executive Director

Lawrence CommunityWorks

Armano, Mike

Lieutenant of Fire Prevention

City of Lawrence

Arunburg, Shannon

General Manager

Sweet Lydia’s

Bartley, Sarah

Vice President, Housing & Homelessness

United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley

Bennett, Elizabeth

Associate Commissioner

MA Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education

Bonavita, Matt

Global Director, Internal Audit

New Balance

Boucher, Keith


MakeIT Haverhill

Braley, Michael

Vice President, Operations

The Gem Group, Inc.

Butkas, Bonnie



Cahill, Daniel

State Representative

10th Essex District, Lynn

Calvin, Jane

Executive Director

Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust

Carvajal, Hugo

Executive Director

The Latino Support Network Inc.

Chiemruom, Bora

Executive Director

Ankor Dance Troupe

Coggins, Matthew (Matt)

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Enterprise Bank

Cruz, Jose

Senior Vice President and Commercial Team Leader

Reading Cooperative Bank

Custodia-Lora, Dr. Noemi

VP of the Lawrence Campus and Community Relations

Northern Essex Community College

Darcy, Gerry-Lynn

Senior Vice President

Lupoli Companies

De Pena, Joanna

Founder & Executive Director

Top Notch Scholars, Inc

Dolan-Wilson, Allison

Vice-President, Institutional Advancement and Executive Director

NECC Foundation, Inc.

Doyle, Kara

Vice President of Commercial Lending

Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union

Dr. Stewart, Bridget

VP Strategic Operations and Implementation

CIC Health

Duffy, Marko

Managing Director

TDF Metal Finishing

Duran Clark, Delia


Esperanza Academy

Estrella, Wendy

Attorney and Principal

Estrella Law Offices, PC and Estrella Enterprises

Everett, Katrina (Kat)

Consultant and Adjunct Instructor

Merrimack College

Fermin, Michelle

Managing Partner

The Fermin Group

Freeman, Alex

Managing Partner

Manzo Freeman Development

Fuller, Tracy

Regional Executive Director

YMCA of the North Shore

Gil, Yesenia

Senior Loan Officer

Ross Mortgage Company

Gomez Ruiz, Zoila Marisol

Founder & Managing Partner

Gomez & Palumbo, LLC

Griffin, Thomas

Chief of Police

City of Peabody

Gulden, Sarah Van


Trinity Episcopal Church

Hall, Gordy

President & CEO

The Hall Company, Inc.

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Heartquist, Allison


HP3 (Haverhill Public-Private Partnership)

Hernandez, Odanis

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Lawrence Public Schools

Howell, Brad

President and CEO

Waystone Health and Human Services

Hughes, Alison

Assistant Vice President, Community Engagement Officer

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union

Hyppolite, Marven

Jakious, Rick

Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor

U.S. Representative Seth Moulton

Kamacho, Susan

Vice President of Human Resources


Kenneally, Frank

President and CEO

Merrimack Valley YMCA

Khun Leng, Sara


UMass Lowell

Leen, Martha

Director of Community Programs and Area Agency Planner

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and North Shore

Link, Sarah

Vice president of Community Impact

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

Lloyd, Stratton

Executive Vice President & COO

Essex County Community Foundation

Lopez, Johan


Home Shop Properties

Luna, Ana

Executive Director (retired)

ACT Lawrence

Machado, Jonathan

Vice President, Commercial Lending

Enterprise Bank

Manzueta, Walkiria

Business Development Manager

Home Shop Properties, Inc.

Marte, Argenis


Jacqueline’s Auto Services

Martin, Diane

Senior Vice President, Chief Pharmacy Officer

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center

Mason, Jay

Principal & Manager

Architectural Consulting Services, LLC

Matias, Manuel

Managing Partner

Matias Realty, LLC

Mawby-Roche, Erica

Senior Director

the Termeer Foundation

Mccall, Christine

Project Development

Consigli Construction Co., Inc.

Mcfadden, Danielle

President and CEO

the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce

Meisenhelter, Laura

Executive Director

North Shore Community Action Program

Mercado, Cathy

Executive Director

Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership

Moeller, Maria Gonzalez


The Community Group (TCG)

Morales, Samanda

Cofounder and CEO

Ahora Inc.

Nandwa, Rodah

Chief Operating Officer

Merrimack Autism Consultants LLC

Ncube, Nomsa


Somebody Cares New England Community Liaison and Food Pantry

Nobrega, Marisol


Lowell Police Department

Nova, Alexandra (Alex)

Senior Director of Strategy and Operations

Mill Cities Community Investments

Novas, Will F. Vilas

Director of Workforce Development


O'neil, Jessica

Chief Executive Officer

New England Neurological Associates, P.C.

Ortiz, Isis

Vice President

Eastern Bank and President, ALPFA Boston

Paley Nadel, Marianne

Project Director DyeWorks

Lawrence CommunityWorks

Paz, Adriana

Contracts and Supplier Diversity Specialist

Perez, Penelope Guerrero

Founder and Creative Director

Penelope Guerrero Design

Phillips, Latifah Alfonso

Chief Equity and Engagement Officer

Lowell Public Schools

Polanco, Andres (Andy)

Director of Community Engagement

Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center

Quezada, Ramon

Co-Founder and Director

Enviro Staffing Solutions

Ramani, Mouli

President and CEO


Riccio, Heidi T.

Superintendent - Director

Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School

Robinson, Lauren

Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications

Mass Insight Education & Research

Rondon, Anabelle

Deputy Director


Russell, Lori

Executive Director

Aspire Developmental Services

Saing, Kirirath

Multicultural Program Specialist

Element Care

Sanchez, Anexis

Vice President

Member Contact Center, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union

Sherwood, Dougan


Murdock5 Management

Sidell, Gary


Bell Tower Management, LLC

Silva, Sandra

Vice President of Operations & Community Support Services

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center

Smith, Paul


St. Elizabeth's Medical Center

Soo Hoo, Claudia

Chief Operating Officer

Merrimack Valley YMCA

Stanley, Sara

Executive Director

Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC)

Swanson, Laura

Executive Director

Enterprise Center at Salem State University

Tardiff, Christine MSN, RN

Chief Operating Officer/VP of Clinical Services

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc.

Thurlow, Julieann M.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Reading Cooperative Bank

Trujillo, Carolina

Executive Director

Citizens Inn, Inc.

Vallieres, Ally


The Yoga Tree

Vargas, Andy X.

State Representative

3rd Essex District

Vassallo, Daniel

Corporate Controller

GraVoc Associates, Inc.

Veloz, Ari

Community Program Manager

Massachusetts Growth Capital Corp (MGCC)

Vilas Novas, Jessica

Owner & Principal Consultant / Library Commissioner

JVN Management Solutions LLC

Weeden, Jeffrey

Assistant Director of Planning and Development

Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development

Woldeguiorguis, Isa

Executive Director

The Center for Hope and Healing, Inc. (CHH)

Wong, Susu

Founder and CEO


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