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The Community Advisory Board increases stakeholder input and guidance on the Leduc Office's work. The Board provides support by:

  • reviewing organizational goals and assessment results for consistency with UMass Dartmouth's mission;
  • recommending strategies to develop and expand programs offered; and
  • assisting in the development and maintenance of an effective network of relationships critical to the Office's success.

Community Representatives

Carl Alves
Executive Director
Positive Action Against Chemical Abuse (PAACA)

Lee Blake
New Bedford Historical Society

Nicholas Christ
President & CEO
Baycoast Bank

Jack Chopoorian
Mansion Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Joseph Cordeiro
Police Chief
New Bedford Police Department

Elizabeth Duffy
Assistant General Counsel
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Developmental Services

Michelle Hantman
President & CEO
United Way of Greater New Bedford

Jeanne Leduc
Benefactor & Community Member

Robert Leduc '78
Benefactor & Community Member

Rev. David Lima
Executive Minister
Inter-Church Council of Greater New Bedford

Christopher Markey
State Representative
Massachusetts House of Representatives

Jim Mathes
President & CEO
Dennison Memorial Community Center

Bill Perkins
Chief Operating Officer
People, Inc.

Denise Porche
Executive Director
The Island Foundation

Gina Purtell
Director, Allen’s Pond Wildlife Sanctuary
Massachusetts Audubon Society

Michele Roberts
Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing & Community Relations Officer
Bristol County Savings Bank

Michael Rodrigues
State Senator
Massachusetts State Senate

Dr. Bruce Rose
Community Member

Corinn Williams
Executive Director
Community Economic Development Center

Dr. Mary Zahm
Professor, Behavioral & Social Sciences and Education
Bristol Community College

UMass Dartmouth Representatives

Dr. Carlos Benavides
Associate Professor and Chair
Foreign Literature and Languages Department, College of Arts and Sciences

Paula Cruz ’14

Dr. Memory Holloway
Professor Emerita
Art Education, Art History & Media Studies Department, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Dr. Jean MacCormack
Chancellor Emeritus
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Dr. John Quinn
Assistant Dean for Public Interest Law and External Relations
Law School

Josue Rivera Valdez '20

Peter Schock ’12


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