Executive Director: Maura Ramsey
Maura has been with GWSC since March 2017. She is extremely passionate about furthering social, economic, racial, and environmental justice in our society through community focused leadership development. Prior to accepting the Executive Director position with GWSC, Maura worked at Mother's Out Front as the Massachusetts Lead Organizer, a non-profit that works to mobilize mothers, grandmothers and caregivers to have their voices heard as they advocate for a healthy climate for their children. She was also the Director of the South Street Youth Center, a non-profit located on the premises of a Boston Housing Authority development where she developed all programming and outreach to expand the youth center from one small drop-in program to a multi-service space that engaged, residents, neighbors, non-profits, city programs and state based stakeholder to respond to create the changes the community wanted.
Chair: Mike Coughlin
Michael Coughlin, MS, has been a public health professional at the state and local level since 1992. He is the Outreach and Education Coordinator for Greater Fall River Partners for a Healthier Community and an Adjunct Instructor in Human Services and Psychology at Bristol Community College. He also serves as a Site Visitor for the national Public Health Accreditation Board. Michael retired as the Accreditation Manager in the Office of the Commissioner in the MA Department of Public Health (MDPH) in June 2015. He previously served as the Local Public Health Manager in the Emergency Preparedness Bureau at MDPH. He served as the Director of Health and Human Services for the City of Fall River, MA from 2004-2008.
Vice Chair: Ray Holberger
Ray Holberger is the Environmental Planner for the City of New Bedford. He has been managing environmental projects to help clean up and redevelop New Bedford’s contaminated sites since 2013. He also coordinated the 2015-2017 Brownfields Area Wide Planning Process focused on the community-guided redevelopment of key Brownfield Properties in the Acushnet Avenue Neighborhood. As a founding board member of Growndwork Southcoast, he believes that the trust will make a tangible contribution towards the sustainable renewal of the region’s urban environments.
Secretary: Eric Andrade
Eric Andrade was born and raised in the Flint neighborhood of Fall River. He currently serves as a Health Promotion Coordinator for Mass in Motion Fall River and Stanley Street Treatment and Resources (SSTAR). Eric is also responsible for running the Walk Fall River and Cook Fall River brands, with the aim of improving both the built environment and food access so residents can live healthier lives. He graduated from Bristol Community College in 2012, and earned a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2014.
Treasurer: Brian Pastori
Brian Pastori has lived in New Bedford since 2004 and is a founding board member of Groundwork SouthCoast. Brian is the Deputy Director of the Community Economic Development Center (CEDC). He has worked at the CEDC since 2005 promoting asset development, neighborhood pride, and skill building in New Bedford with a particular focus on the Acushnet Avenue Neighborhood. Brian’s work is guided by a commitment to social and economic justice with the goal of building toward equity for oppressed communities.
Heather began working with GWL in 2005 and became Executive Director in 2009. She has spent over 20 years in the nonprofit sector building community and individual assets and she holds a breadth of experience in nonprofit management, with a focus on preparing organizations for growth. Prior to joining GWL, much of her experience was with youth organizations focused on creating our communities’ next generation of social justice leaders. Heather received her MBA from The Heller School of Social Policy & Management at Brandeis University and her BA from Smith College. Beyond GWL, she is a Senior Fellow with the Institute for Nonprofit Practice,and serves as a board member of the Lawrence Partnership, Groundwork USA and the MA Public Health Association, is an Essex National Heritage Area commissioner, a Haverhill Brownfields Steering Commission member, and volunteers with EforAll and the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. In 2013 Heather was honored to represent GWL as a social innovator with the Social Innovation Forum. In 2010 she was one of the YWCA of Greater Lawrence's Tribute to Women Awardees and was included in the Irish Echo's Top 40 Under 40. - See more at: http://www.groundworklawrence.org/staff#sthash.CcnHUwBm.dpuf