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Board of Directors
Sarah B. Young, President
Sarah has extensive experience in the public sector directing policy and administering programs. During her tenure at the Department of Housing and Community Development she fulfilled a variety of positions including Deputy Director, Director of Policy, and Director of the Bureau of Housing Development and Construction. She was responsible for a number of “smart growth” initiatives designed to balance housing growth with open space, resource protection, economic development, and transportation improvements. She has recently retired from the Massachusetts School Building Authority where she performed analysis for policy development in areas such as enrollment, facility capacity and operational practices. She has extensive experience in strategic planning, financial and project management, and knowledge in housing, economic development and community based programs. Sarah served for seven years on the Andover Housing Partnership Committee and for eight years (3 years as Chair) on the Local Committee of the Stevens Coolidge Place, a Trustees of Reservations property. Sarah has a B.A in Historic Building Conservation from Boston University and an M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Eli Levine, Vice President
Eli is Vice President of Acquisitions for the Brownfields Recovery Group, a private firm located in downtown Boston. In this capacity, he has extensive experience in brokering land transactions and the purchase and sale of contaminated parcels. Eli’s professional expertise has helped GWL inform its acquisition and redevelopment of vacant and contaminated parcels for open space, park, and community garden end-uses.
Anthony Marino, Treasurer
Anthony is Vice President of Operations at the Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union. Prior to MVFCU Tony spent time as a partner in a consulting firm focused on working with business clients to address opportunities for human performance improvement within their organizations. He spent the past seven years, before joining the Board at Groundwork Lawrence, as a Board Member of Neighborworks Southern NH working on affordable housing projects. There he occupied leadership positions on the Board, including Treasurer, Vice Chair and Board Chair and helped guide the organization through a significant period of growth that resulted in Manchester Neighbor Housing evolving into Neighborworks Southern NH. Anthony has also spent time volunteering with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The United Way and the Girl Scouts, as well as coaching numerous sports teams for his two sons. He earned as BA in Philosophy from the University of Connecticut and holds an MBA in Community Banking from Fairfield University.
Myrna J. Percibal, Clerk
Myrna has been working at Northern Essex Community College since 2000 and currently serves as the Staff Assistant at the President’s Office. Myrna was born and raised in Lawrence and is bilingual in English and Spanish. As such, she understands the city’s culture and wants to make a positive difference through her service on GWL’s board by helping the citizens of the city of Lawrence feel empowered. Myrna brings versatility and a strong team player ethic to her work on the GWL Board. Myrna hold a B.S. in Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University and an A.S. in General Studies from Northern Essex Community College.
John F. Begley
John recently retired after nineteen years with Fidelity Investments where he was Executive Vice President. He led the organization responsible for Fidelity’s workplace retirement savings offerings for healthcare, higher education, and other tax-exempt organizations. His background includes extensive experience in customer service, client relationship management, business development, and financial management. John also serves on the Leadership Committee of Bottom Line, a Boston-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged high school students get into college, graduate, and go far in life. He has a BA in Economics from Boston College and an MBA from Babson College.
Caitlin is a Product Developer for New Balance, located on South Union Street in Lawrence, MA. In her role as GWL board member, Caitlin is an enthusiastic user of outdoor space in Lawrence and beyond. To the Groundwork Lawrence network, Caitlin brings her experience with government relations, and has served on the board of directors for Brighton Main Streets and Boston Municipal Research Bureau. Caitlin holds an MA in Public Administration from Northeastern University, and a BS in Political Science from the University of Michigan.
Gerry-Lynn is the Vice President of Real Estate for Lupoli Companies whose corporate offices are located at Riverwalk Properties in Lawrence, MA where she manages a wide-ranging portfolio of real estate assets. Gerry-Lynn has 20 years of real estate experience and most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer for Builders/Remodelers Association of Greater Boston, MA. In her role as a GWL Board Member, Gerry-Lynn hopes to build community based partnerships that work toward the empowerment of the people, business and organizations throughout the City. Gerry-Lynn holds an MBA in Management Class from Endicott College and a B.A. in Economics/Management from Wheaton College.
Paul is the Senior Director, US Aviation Account Management, L-3 Communications Security and Detection Services. A Registered Professional Engineer and a senior member of the management team, Paul brings strong expertise in sales, strategic planning, operations, and managing Federal government programs. Paul is a lead coach for his local youth lacrosse program and was a past volunteer with Open Door food pantry and Best Friends Animal Society. He received his M.S. in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University and his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Steve worked for the National Park Service (NPS) for 40 years, and received the Dept. of Interior Superior Service Award, NPS’s Vail Partnership Award, and the coveted Golden Shoe Award from WalkBoston. He retired in 2014 as a senior manager in the Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Division of the Washington Office with a focus on urban projects and programs. Prior to that he served as the Rivers & Trails Program Manager for New England, New York and New Jersey. Steve also served as leader in the development of the Groundwork USA network - now a including 20+ community based organizations; was the lead catalyst for the Connect Historic Boston initiative which received a $23M US Dept. of Transportation TIGER grant; played an instrumental role in launching the 200 mile Bay Circuit Trail in MA, and guided the initial Safe Routes to Schools projects in the US. He managed and redesigned NPS’s Challenge Cost Share grant program, and played a leadership role in the national Let’s Move Outside campaign encouraging healthy physical activity. Steven is married and has three children, is active in local conservation efforts in Andover, MA, and was a bicycle commuter for over 15 years.
Jose Manuel Huertas
Jose is the Assistant Vice President Store Manager for a TD Bank in South Lawrence. Jose grew up in the great city of Lawrence and resides there still and is bilingual in English and Spanish. Jose wants to make sure that he provides a great place to live and be proud of for his children and wants to help the city have a bright future. Jose holds a B.A. in Business Finance and Management from the University of Lowell.
Ubaldo is a teacher at the Lawrence Public Schools’ BBE International High School. Ubaldo spent more than a decade in Madrid, Spain where he was chief administrator of a chain of bilingual Spanish-English preschools and taught at an international high school. He holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, a Master in Public Administration from CUNY Baruch College and a Master in Education from Cambridge College.
Marianne Paley Nadel
Marianne is the owner of the Everett and Stone Mills in Lawrence. An urban planner specializing in community based development. Marianne’s interest in planning grew out of her work at Historic Mill Properties, a family real estate firm in Lawrence and Dorchester Lower Mills. Marianne worked at the New York City Economic Development Corporation focusing on arts, culture and economic development, including the initial plans for the 42nd Street Redevelopment and South Street Seaport projects. After receiving a Masters in City Planning from MIT in 1993, Marianne became a Senior Planner at Icon Architecture concentrating on historic districts and heritage projects. Marianne was the founding Executive Director of Groundwork Lawrence and is excited to working with the organization again.
Linda has over 30 years of experience in organizational management and operations. She is currently the Executive Director of Neighbors in Need (NIN), a network of 8 food pantries that has fed the poor and hungry of Greater Lawrence for over 25 years. Prior to joining NIN in 2004, Linda was Vice President of Operations at the International Institute of Boston, an organization that provides services to refugees and immigrants including ESOL, job training and placement, mental health services, domestic violence counseling, a legal clinic, a food pantry and programs in economic literacy and development. Beyond work, Linda is very involved with local performance arts groups. She received her MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Management and her AB from Wheaton College.
Joshua Abreu, University of Connecticut
Kara Anderson, Architectural Heritage Foundation
Pedro Arce, Eastern Bank
Stephanie Artz Buchholz, Lowell Community Health Center
Juan Bonilla, Lawrence CommunityWorks
Lawrence Curtis, WinnDevelopment
Jen Faigel, CommonWealth Kitchen
Pati Fernandez, Pike School
Kay Berthold Frishman, Family Services (Retired)
Thomas C. Guerra, MPA Candidate, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
Kersten Lanes, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC)
Loreen Lopez, The Community Group
Rosa Lopez, Parexel
W. Michelle Macaux, MMGA Growth Advisors
Nathan J. Macedo, Doctor, Lawrence Family Medicine Residency, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center
Kenneth MacKenzie, Dalton & Finegold, LLP
Victor Martinez, Communities Together
Robert Miles, Nitsch Engineering
Chad Montrie, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Wanny Muñoz, UWander
Yashira Robles, YWCA of Greater Lawrence
Glennys Sanchez, 1647
Lorena Salazar, Lawrence CommunityWorks
Russell D. H. Stott, Phillips Academy
Rebecca Veilleux, Enlace High School, Lawrence
Luis Yepez, Mainstream Global
Kiriza Zihalirwa, Bay Cove Human Services