Neal Weiss, Co-chair of the Board
Neal Weiss manages Fiber Optic Center, a small high technology distribution company, based on Centre Street in the historic district of downtown New Bedford. He is also the founder and president of Whaling City Sound, a music CD label, which issues primarily jazz but also classical, rock, blues and world music. He has many years working on non-profit boards, including time with the NB Art Museum and the YWCA-SEMA Capital Campaign Committee. He coaches kids wrestling (ages 4-13) in the New Bedford school system.
Other Interests include historic preservation, women’s issues, natural resources and agriculture.
James Daniels, Co-chair of the Board
James Daniels Ed. D, A higher education professional with 28 years of experience in community colleges and universities. Served as the senior administrator in two year community colleges for the past 12 years, and 16 years of service with the California State University System. Originally from California, he has served in both Maryland and Connecticut, his love is the east coast. He has held multiple leadership positions within the division of student affairs and academic affairs, adjunct instructor and Vice President, as well as lead to external branch campuses. He is committed to the community college educational mission of educating all students, building diversity and strong academic rigor. But more importantly he is a community minded and services driven leader, who loves New Bedford. His goal is to lead Bristol Community College, New Bedford Campus into the future and making it a stakeholder and partner with the community, business and the city. He lives in the downtown with his wife Amie and two children James and Jonathan. Dean Daniels believes in the future of the New Bedford Campus, the city and the outstanding community leaders.
D’Arcy MacMahon, Treasurer
D’Arcy MacMahon, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Harvard Business School, brings to his position as the Executive Director of the Lloyd Center for the Environment the unique combination of more than two decades of professional management and strategic planning experience in the world of corporate finance, a long history of teaching children’s outdoor activities, and over five years of leadership in the non-profit world.
An avid outdoorsman and former New England double–sculling champion, MacMahon resides in Dartmouth with his wife Ivy, a psychotherapist and member of the staff at SouthCoast Hospitals Group.
Kathy Castro, Director and Chairwoman of the Nominating Committee
Kathleen Castro was born in Fall River and is a graduate of Bryant College and the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth with BA and MA Degrees.
A founder of Portuguese American Publications, Inc, publishers of the O Jornal, a weekly newspaper serving the Portuguese populations of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Kathy supervised a staff of twenty employees. The business was sold in 1993 to Ottaway Newspapers (a subsidiary of Dow Jones and Company), and Kathy worked for Ottaway for seven years. She left to accept a job in the New Bedford Public Schools, where she has worked as a Dropout Prevention/Public Relations Specialist for the past 10 years.
Kathy’s current board affiliations include Bank 5, the USS Massachusetts Memorial Committee, the Greater New Bedford Rotary Club, and Little Theatre of Fall River. She is also a member of the New Bedford Adult Basic Education Advisory Committee and the Youth Council of the greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board. She is a past member of the greater Fall River Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and was given their Volunteer of the Year Award in 2000. She was also recognized as a Woman of Achievement by the Professional Women’s Association in 1985, and was honored in 2008 by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth as one of their Outstanding Alumni.
Gig Lang, Board Director and Co-chair of the Grants and Distributions Committee
Born and raised in New York, New York. Attended all New York State schools. Married Scott Lang in 1973 and moved to Washington, D.C., where he attended Georgetown Law School and where I worked on Capital Hill for Congressman Claire W. Burgener from San Diego, California.
In 1978 the Lang family moved to New Bedford. Scott became an Assistant DA and Attorney and Gig started raising two boys and one girl. All of the Lang children now work and live in New York City: one in theatre, one in law school, and one in television production. For the past five years, Gig has worked with Scott in public service for the great city of New Bedford. She is very proud of its history and its residents.
Steven A. Beauregard
Steven A. Beauregard, Executive Director of the New Bedford Housing Authority has been with Authority since 2001, initially as Director of Leased Housing then chosen to lead the Authority in August of 2010. Steven also has six years of experience working with two other local housing authorities and was previously the Executive Director of the Westport Housing Authority. In his tenure as Executive Director, Steve has been successful in procuring and obligating numerous grants for the Authority and recently refinanced a $15 million bond. He is a graduate of Southeastern Massachusetts University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management as well as earning two Associates degrees. Steve is a certified Massachusetts Public Housing Administrator and is a recent graduate of the Rutgers University Center for Government Services. He has an extensive managerial and computer background and sits on various boards in the community.
Jennifer Ferland is director of supplemental services for New Bedford Public Schools and has worked in the district for more than a decade in total, with nearly ten years in the NBPS grants office. She has served as grants facilitator for NBPS, overseeing grant implementation for the Massachusetts 21st century community learning centers and sustained more than $9 million in department of elementary and secondary education-funded programming and competitive levels. She has also served as a grants financial coordinator and district court coordinator for the Bristol County district attorney’s office, as well as a program social worker and mental health counselor locally. With a deep knowledge of education, school finance and grants, Jennifer holds a master’s degree in public policy with an education concentration from Umass Dartmouth and b.A. In psychology from Umass Amherst.
Maria Angela Rosario
Maria Angela Rosario has served for 12 years as executive director of NorthStar Learning Centers, a minority-led nonprofit organization that serves disadvantaged New Bedford area children, youth, and families. Leading with cultural intelligence, firsthand experience, and familiarity with evidence-based practice, Maria has created many innovative programs that have proved successful in reaching the “hard-to-reach” and treating the “hard-to-treat.” In the course of providing services, NorthStar has under her leadership played a critical role in representing the interests of communities of color, including working to improve the cultural competency and responsiveness of schools, courts, and other youth-serving institutions.
For more than two decades, Maria has been active in community and state-level planning and advocacy groups to remove historic barriers and open pathways for all children, youth, and families to achieve a better life. Motivated and informed by her own uphill struggle to overcome the cultural, language, and class barriers to succeeding in school, Maria has been a leader in efforts to raise the level of student achievement in the New Bedford Public Schools and other communities. A seasoned leader who leads with cross-cultural awareness, she has been instrumental in building bridges between schools, families, and communities.
Maria has received local, state, and regional awards for her leadership in promoting community, school, and other positive change. In 2002, she won New England Grantee of the Year from the New England Minority Business Development Agency. More recently, she was recognized by the Providence, RI-based Latino Public Radio for her exceptional leadership and dedication to community in its multiple dimensions.
Sarah W. Rose – Vice President, Education and Programs
Sarah W. Rose – Vice President, Education and Programs, has worked at the New Bedford Whaling Museum since 2014. Her primary responsibility is to oversee the museum’s educational efforts by implementing its strategic vision and communicating the educational mission and goals to various audiences. Ms. Rose is an experienced teacher and project manager who oversees staff responsible for a comprehensive K-12 school program, the High School Apprenticeship Program, internship program, adult visitation programs, volunteers, digital initiatives, and community outreach and engagement. Ms. Rose holds a BA from Wheaton College, MBA from New York University-Stern School of Business and MAT from Simmons College.
Jeffrey Pelletier serves as the President of Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts. Junior Achievement is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their future, focusing on the critically important content areas of career readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts – headquartered in the City of New Bedford – reaches nearly 5,000 students each year across 21 cities and towns.
Previously, Pelletier supported the strategic economic development agenda of the City of New Bedford, Massachusetts as the Business Development and Communications Officer for the New Bedford Economic Development Council. Pelletier also served as the Program Director for Executives Without Borders, a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging the business community in solving the world’s greatest humanitarian challenges. In Haiti, he directed a nationwide jobs and recycling program that collected over 35 million plastic bottles and generated over $250,000 in incomes for communities in need. In Honduras, he directed private sector engagement projects with a Fortune 500 company to increase the sustainability of the life-saving medical work of the non-profit organization Central American Medical Outreach.
Pelletier has extensive public speaking experience and has presented at numerous conferences and events including the World’s Greatest Problem Solvers Conference and the keynote address for the Ron Burton Training Village Boston Marathon Kickoff Dinner. He graduated from Methodist University in North Carolina with a degree in Business Administration and is also a graduate of Bishop Stang High School and the Leadership SouthCoastProgram.
He volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors for Leadership SouthCoast, the New Bedford Education Foundation and Missions for Humanity. He is a member of the New Bedford Economic Development Council and volunteers for the Ron Burton Training Village each summer. Pelletier was a nominee for the 2014 and 2015 SouthCoast Emerging Leader Award.