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: Jack Davis, Annamarie Lopes, Lisa Rogers, Raelyn Monteiro, Merrill Pontes, Kayla Marshall, Cullen Mulrooney, Nanette Ramos, Kaylee Santiago, Phoebe O'Sullivan, Jane Rocha.

Executive Director
Gail Fortes
, BS, MPA (

Director of Adult and Youth Services
Andrea Davidson, BA (

Director of Mission Impact
Raelyn Monteiro
, (

Director of Resource Development
Merrill Pontes, BA (

Director of Finance
Lisa Rogers
, CPA (

Administrative Services

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

Advocacy & Development

Youth Services

  • Barbara Garron, MA - YWkids Group Leader
  • Nanette Ramos, AA (Associate in Arts; Early Education Certificate) – YWkids Group Leader
  • Kaylee Santiago - YWkids Group Leader
  • Yvonne Albuquerque - YWkids Assistant Group Leader
  • Phoebe O'Sullivan, BA -Youth Services Mental Health Clinician (

Health and Wellness

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.