Staff and Board

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Executive Director
Gail Fortes
, BS, MPA (

Director of Programs and Services
Catherine Bourassa
, BS (

Administrative Services

  • Lisa Rogers, CPA – Director of Finance (
  • Jack Davis, BS – Facilities Manager
  • Annamarie Lopes, – Administrative Assistant

Youth Services

  • Tracey Saloman, BA, MA – YWkids Program Director (
  • Jordan Pouliot, Girls Exclusive Coordinator
  • Kelsey Barrett – YWkids Group Leader
  • Nanette Ramos AA (Associate in Arts; Early Education Certificate)– YWkids Group Leader
  • Yvonne Albuquerque – YWkids Assistant Group Leader
  • Shelby Barrett – Girls Exclusive Instructor
  • Stormi Monteiro, AS (Associate in Science; Human Services) – Girls Exclusive Instructor

Health and Wellness

Adult Services

Residential Services


Lena Pires –
Principal, Global Learning Charter Public School

Dr. Juli Parker –
Assistant Dean of Students/Director, Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Maria Pinarreta
– Business Owner

Assistant Treasurer
Tanya Alves Program Director, New Directions Southcoast, Inc.

Ashley Bendiksen –
 Public Speaker, Marketing Consultant, and President of ONE Theater Group, Inc.

  • Carmen Aguilar – Dean, Center for Workforce and Community Education, Bristol Community College
  • Cyndi Colson – Home-School Liason, Global Learning Charter Public School
  • Melissa Costa- LICSW, Clinical Therapist, Social Worker
  • Kristina da Fonseca, esq. – Executive Director, SouthCoast Fair Housing
  • Julie Duggan Account Coordinator, Spherion Staffing
  • Leanne Fisher-Ross – Police Officer, City of New Bedford
  • Monica Furtado – Branch Manager, BayCoast Bank
  • Jane Gonsalves – Claims Examiner, Sedgwick CMS
  • Rebecca Laliberte – Communications Manager, New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Elizabeth Leiwant – Director of Academic Support, Alma del Mar School
  • Lynne Mastera – Chief Financial Officer, Precix
  • Kelli Munroe – Tourism Coordinator, Southeastern MA Visitors Bureau