Community Advisory Board

The Community Advisory Board was established to increase stakeholder input and guidance. The Advisory Board provides support to the Leduc Center by assisting in the development and sustainment of an effective network of relationships critical to the Leduc Center’s success, including planning, communication, and implementation of events and programs; reviewing organizational goals and assessment results for consistency with UMass Dartmouth’s mission as well as civic engagement’s role in education; and recommending strategies for development and expansion of the Leduc Center’s programs.

Community Representatives

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

Robert Canuel
President & CEO
People, Inc.

Nicholas Christ
President & CEO
Baycoast Bank

David Cressman
Town Administrator
Town of Dartmouth

Colleen Dawicki
Senior Community Development Analyst
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Craig Dutra
Retired President
Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts

Michelle Hantman
President
United Way of Greater New Bedford

Rev. Dr. Robert Lawrence
Pastor Emeritus
First Congregation Church

Jeanne Leduc
Benefactor & Community Member

Robert Leduc
Benefactor & Community Member

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

Denise Porche
Executive Director
The Island Foundation

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

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

Dr. Bruce Rose
Community Member

Gary Schuyler
Retired CEO & President
YMCA Southcoast

Dr. David Weed
Coordinator
Healthy City Fall River Initiative

Corinn Williams
Executive Director
Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts

Dr. Mary Zahm
Professor, Psychology Department
Bristol Community College

UMass Dartmouth Representatives

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

Lee Blake
Assistant Director
SouthCoast Education Compact

David Borges
Assistant Director
The Public Policy Center

Paula Cruz ’14
Alumna

Cynthia Cummings
Assistant Vice Chancellor
Student Affairs Office

Hugh Dunn
Director
SouthCoast Development Partnership

Dr. Memory Holloway
Associate Professor and Chair
Art History Department, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Jacob Miller ’16
Alumnus

Dorothy Pacheco-Mahoney
Undergraduate Student, Endeavor Scholar

Dr. John Quinn
Director of Public Interest Law Program
Law School

Peter Schock ’12
Alumnus

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