Elected Officers

David Slutz, Chair

Michael Tavares, Vice Chair

Rick Kidder, Secretary

Lisa M. Lemieux, Assistant Secretary

Carl Taber, Treasurer

Board of Directors

Nelson Abreu, Director, Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA)

Jose Bahena, Senior Vice President, Joseph Abboud Manufacturing

Steven A. Beauregard, Executive Director, New Bedford Housing Authority (NBHA)

Anne Broholm, CEO, Ahead USA, and Member of our Business Development Committee

David A. Cabral, President, Five Star Manufacturing

Rich Canastra, President, New Bedford Seafood Auction

Paul F. Correia, Sr. Vice President, LifeStream, Inc., and Member of our Performance & Oversight Committee

James Daniels, Career Center Director, MassHire Greater New Bedford Career Center, and Member of our Business Development Committee

Helena DaSilva Hughes, Executive Director, Immigrants Assistance Center (IAC), and At Large Member of our Executive Committee

Laura Douglas, President, Bristol Community College (BCC)

John Fernandes, Executive Board Representative, The Greater Southeastern Massachusetts Labor Council, At Large Member of our Executive Committee, Member of our Business Development Committee, and Member of our Performance & Oversight Committee

Jeff Glassman, President, Darn It!, Inc.

Rachel Gordon, HR Manager, Precix, Inc.

Margarita E. Graham, VP & General Manager, Reliable Bus Lines, Inc.

Michael Hiltner, HR Director, Acushnet Company

Diane Hurley, Manager of Policy & Program Operations, Department of Career Services (DCS)

Deb Jenkins, Director of Human Resources, HTP Comfort Solutions LLC

Lisa A. Jochim, Director, UMass Dartmouth Workers’ Education Program

Lauren DeSimon Johnson, SVP & Chief Human Resources Director of SouthCoast Hospitals Group

Haskell Kennedy III, Certified General Appraiser, Kennedy Appraisers Inc.

Rick Kidder, President & CEO, New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, and Chair of our Business Development Committee

Pam Kuechler, Executive Director, PACE

Lisa M. Lemieux, Organizer, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

David R. Maher, Project Engineering Manager, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training

Ron Melbourne, General Manager, Membrane Concepts, and Chair of our Performance & Oversight Committee

Bob Noonan, Senior Administrator, Royal of Fairhaven

James L. O’Brien, Superintendent-Director, GNB Vocational Technical High School

Jennifer Patnaude, Chief Administrative Officer, Greater NB Community Health Center

Jeffrey Pelletier, CEO, Junior Achievement

Victor Pereira, AFL-CIO Local 335

Charles Quinn, Owner of East Coast Fabrication, President of Quinn Fisheries Inc., and Owner/Partner of Standard Marine Outfitters

Christopher John Rezendes, Founder, Partner, INEX Advisors LLC

Derek Santos, Executive Director, New Bedford Economic Development Council (NBEDC)

Paula Shiner, Chief Executive Officer, Coastline Elderly Services, Inc.

David N. Slutz, Managing Director, Potential Holdings, LLC/President, Moby Dick Brewing Co Inc.

Carl W. Taber, Executive VP & Chief Lending Officer, BayCoast Bank, and Member of our Performance & Oversight Committee

Michael Tavares, General Manager, Horacio’s, and Member of our Performance & Oversight Committee

Yvonne Tobey, Program Coordinator, Building Pathways South Pre-Apprentice Program

Allie Wainer, Executive Vice President & COO, Sid Wainer & Son’s, and Member of our Business Development Committee

Corinn Williams, Executive Director, Community Economic Development Center of SE, MA (CEDC)

Mitch Zahn, Regional Director,  Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC)

As your local MassHire Workforce Board, we design strategies and programs that best meet the needs of job seekers and businesses in our region.

Businesses can connect with us for the following opportunities:

  • Serve as a private sector member of your local MassHire Workforce Board
  • Partner on the design of a training program

For your immediate hiring needs, we oversee the MassHire Greater New Bedford Career Center. To connect with a job seeker today, visit

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