Founder & CEO
CASABE Fruit Store and Delicatessen
Wendy is a community activist having focused primarily on women’s rights for over 20 years; working tirelessly towards the elimination of domestic violence and sexual assault. Her passion began at a young age and led her to a position at The Women’s Resource Center in 2001, as a resource for children that were sexually assaulted, and their families. In 2004, she joined the YWCA of Haverhill at the Women’s Resource Center as a Family Advocate for the Domestic Violence Program. Later that year she was promoted to Shelter Director of the program. Through this position Wendy worked to ensure domestic and sexual violence against women members of the faith community.
In 2014 Wendy went to work for Dan Rivera former Mayor of City of Lawrence as a Neighborhood Planner, working as the liaison between the Mayor and the neighborhoods represented throughout the city. Currently, she works at Masshire MVCC as an Outreach Specialist helping connect low and no-income residents to available positions in Lawrence and neighboring communities.
Along with her day jobs Wendy has worked tirelessly in the non-profit sector including board positions for Casa Dominicano, Desfile Dominicano, Youth Development Organization, Beyond Soccer, Beyond Volley and co-founder of Festival de Teatro of Lawrence. In 2006 she was appointed to the Human Rights Commission by Mayor Sullivan and appointed again in 2020 by Mayor Vasquez. Along with this she became a founding member of the Financial Literacy Association, Northern Essex Latin American Club “NELAC and 2003 Co-founded Delamano Inc., a non-profit organization that serves as an emergency service network for domestic violence victims in the Greater Lawrence area.