EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

David Slutz, Chair; Managing Director, Potentia Holdings, LLC/President, Moby Dick Brewing Co Inc. and our Board Chair

Mike Tavares, Vice Chair; General Manager, Horacio’s, our Board Vice Chair and Member of our Performance & Oversight Committee

Carl Taber, Treasurer; Executive VP & Chief Lending Officer, BayCoast Bank, our Board Treasurer

Rick Kidder, Secretary and Business Development Committee Chair; Co-CEO, One SouthCoast Chamber, and our Board Secretary and Chair of our Business Development Committee

Lisa M. Lemieux, Assistant Secretary; Organizer, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, and our Board Assistant Secretary

Jennifer Patnaude, Chair; Chief Administrative Officer, Greater NB Community Health Center, and Chair of our Youth Council

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

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

Helena DaSilva Hughes, At Large; Executive Director, Immigrants Assistance Center (IAC)

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Rick Kidder, Chair; Co-CEO, One SouthCoast Chamber, and our Board Secretary and Chair of our Business Development Committee

Beth Costa, Operation Manager, MassHire Greater New Bedford Career Center

James Daniels, Career Center Director, MassHire Greater New Bedford Career Center

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

Angela Johnston, Director of Business Solutions and Partnerships at Bristol Community College

Tracy Silvia, HR Business Partner, Ahead USA/Kate Lord

Allie Wainer, Executive Vice President & COO, Sid Wainer & Son’s

PERFORMANCE & OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

Ron Melbourne, Chair; General Manager, Membrane Concepts

Paul Correira, Sr., Vice President, LifeStream, Inc.

John Fernades, Executive Board Representative, The Greater Southeastern Massachusetts Labor Council

Michael Tavares, General Manager, Horacio’s

YOUTH COUNCIL

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

Christopher John Rezendes, Vice Chair; Founder, Partner, INEX Advisors LLC

Carl Alves, President, Positive Action Against Chemical Addiction (PAACA)

Denise Barr, Director-Human Resources & Finance, The Women’s Center

Rosali Campos-Ramos, Case Manager / Parent Advocate, Greater New Bedford Career Center

Christopher Cummings, Manager of CVTE, New Bedford High School

Jennifer DeBarros, Director of Prevention & Intervention Programs, NorthStar Learning Centers, Inc.

Gail Fortes, Executive Director YWCA, Southeastern MA

Steven Frechette, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity/CIS, Bristol Community College

Justin Grota, Lead Case Manager Greater New Bedford Career Center

Zoe Hansen-DiBello, Director of Innovation, NorthStar Learning Centers, Inc.

Isaiah Houtman, Math Department/Academy of Information Technology, New Bedford HS

Renee Ledbetter, Director, New Bedford Shannon Initiative, United Way of Greater New Bedford

Reverend David A. Lima, Pastor & Executive Minister, New Seasons Worship Center & Inter-Church Council of Greater NB

Jim Mathes, President & CEO, Dennison Memorial Community Center

Lisa Mello-Frost, Director, PACE YB Youth Development Center

Robert Mendes, Executive Director/Chair, NB Youth Alliance Boy’s and Girls Club in New Bedford

Christopher Nielsen, Owner, Business Innovation Center

James O’Brien, Superintendent/Director, Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School

Jeffrey Pelletier, President, Junior Achievement of Southeastern MA

Elizete Perry, Systems Manager, Greater New Bedford Career Center

Pam Pollock, Mayor’s Youth Council Advisor, New Bedford Office of Community Services

Mary Rapoza, Director, Parks, Recreation & Beaches City of New Bedford

Jane Reis, Admissions Counselor, Job Corps

Maria Rozario, Executive Director, NorthStar Learning Centers, Inc.

John Vasconcellos, President, Community Foundation of Southeastern MA

Cynthia Wallquist, Director of Community Services, City Hall

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 masshiregnbcc.com.

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