Meet the YWCA SEMA Staff

Front Row, L to R: Valentina Martinez, Gail Fortes, Aaliyah Colon, Andrea Davidson. Back Row, L to R: Ana Silva, Catherine Bourassa, Jordan Latham, Barbara Garron, Crystal Cruz, Yvonne Albuquerque, Tanisha Ferrer, Jarynette Gonzalez, Jeovana Almeida. Not pictured: Nanette Ramos, Sandro Alves, Jack Davis, Annamarie Lopes, Lisa Rogers, Linda Rose and Liz Lozada

Executive Director
Gail Fortes
, BS, MPA (gfortes@ywcasema.org)

Director of Programs and Services
Catherine Bourassa
, BS (cbourassa@ywcasema.org)

Director of Advocacy & Resource Development
Jordan Latham, 
BA, MA (jlatham@ywcasema.org)

Finance Director
Lisa Rogers,
CPA (lrogers@ywcasema.org)

Administrative Services

  • Jack Davis, BS - Facilities Manager
  • Annamarie Lopes, - Administrative Assistant

Advocacy & Development

Youth Services

  • Andrea Davidson, BA - YWkids School Age Program Director (adavidson@ywcasema.org)
  • Yvonne Albuquerque - YWkids Assistant Group Leader
  • Barbara Garron, MA - YWkids Group Leader
  • Nanette Ramos, AA (Associate in Arts; Early Education Certificate) – YWkids Group Leader
  • Sandro Alves  - YWkids Group Leader
  • Jeovana Almeida - YWkids Group Leader
  • Raina Grace - YWkids Assistant Group Leader
  • Stephanie Rodriguez - YWkids Assistant Group Leader
  • Jarynette Gonzalez - Girls Exclusive Instructor / YWkids Group Leader
  • Aaliyah Colon, BA - Girls Exclusive Instructor
  • Leimary Llopiz, AA - Girls Exclusive Instructor
  • Shannon O'Neill, AA - Girls Exclusive Instructor

Health and Wellness

Adult Services

Residential Services

Gail ED photo (1)

Meet the Executive Director
Gail Fortes

Gail M. Fortes has served as the Executive Director of the YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts, since September 2006. Gail has served the YWCA in numerous capacities since January 1994. Gail is truly committed to the YWCA Mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.

Gail is the 2015 Standard Times New Bedford Woman of the Year and a 2016 Unsung Heroine for the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. She is also the Immediate Past President of the National Association of YWCA Executives, Past Chair of the Board of Lifestream Corporation, Board Member of One SouthCoast Chamber, Member of the Board of Corporators for BayCoast Bank, Trustee for Alma del Mar Charter School, Trustee for Global Learning Charter Public School, Board Member of the United Front Development Corp., Board Member of the SouthCoast LGBTQ Network, Board Member for Youth Opportunities Unlimited, and serves as the Board Secretary of the Cape Verdean Association in New Bedford. Gail is also the host of the Dartmouth Cable Television Show “Voices of Women.”

Gail has her Bachelors in Physical Education and Masters in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University.