Meet the YWCA SEMA Staff

Left to Right: Barbara Garron, Kayla Marshall, Dianna Holley, Annamarie Lopes, Andrea Davidson, Lisa Rogers, Maria Morris, Valentina Martinez, Gail Fortes, Jane Rocha, Kantara Myers, Phoebe O'Sullivan, Leimary, Llopiz, Elizabeth Golden

Executive Director
Gail Fortes
, BS, MPA (

Director of Adult and Youth Services
Andrea Davidson, BA (

Director of Finance
Lisa Rogers
, CPA (

Administrative Services



Health and Wellness

Youth Services

  • Lee Cranford - YWkids Group Leader
  • Yvonne Albuquerque - YWkids Assistant Group Leader
  • Diego Dupras - YWkids Assistant Group Leader
  • Alexandra Gamboa Monteiro - YWkids Assistant Group Leader
  • Alanna Farrow - YWkids Group Leader
  • Phoebe Marshall, M.Ed -Youth Services Mental Health Clinician (

Adult Services

Residential Services

Gail Fortes

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 the Vice Chair of Southcoast Community Foundation, Past President of the National Association of YWCA Executives, Board Member of One SouthCoast Chamber, Member of the Board of BayCoast Bank, Trustee for Alma del Mar Charter School, Trustee for Global Learning Charter Public School, Board Member of the United Front Development Corp., Chair of the Board for Youth Opportunities Unlimited, and serves as the Treasurer 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.