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

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

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

Duarte Silva, Assistant Treasurer; President of South Coast Federal Credit Union

Lisa M. Lemieux, Secretary; Greater New Bedford SE MA Labor Council

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

Ron Melbourne, Performance Committee Chair; General Manager, Membrane Concepts

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)


Rick Kidder, Chair; Co-CEO, One SouthCoast Chamber, and our Board Vice Chair

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


Ron Melbourne, Chair; General Manager, Membrane Concepts

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

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

Jane McArdle, HR/Office Manager, Trinity Solar

Bonnie Mello, President & CEO, Lifestream, Inc

Michael Tavares, General Manager, Horacio’s


Yvonne Tobey, Chair; Program Manager for Building Pathways South

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

Christopher Cummings, Manager of CVTE, New Bedford High School

Gail Fortes, Executive Director YWCA, Southeastern MA

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

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

Michael Watson, Superintendant-Elect, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School

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

Joshua Amaral, Assistant Director, PACE YB Youth Development Center

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

Mike Watson, Superintendent-Elect, Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School

Elizete Perry, Systems Manager, Greater New Bedford Career Center

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

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

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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