Board of Directors and Advisory Council

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Board of Directors

Sarah B. Young, President
Sarah has extensive experience in the public sector directing policy and administering programs. During her tenure at the Department of Housing and Community Development she fulfilled a variety of positions including Deputy Director, Director of Policy, and Director of the Bureau of Housing Development and Construction. She was responsible for a number of “smart growth” initiatives designed to balance housing growth with open space, resource protection, economic development, and transportation improvements. She has recently retired from the Massachusetts School Building Authority where she performed analysis for policy development in areas such as enrollment, facility capacity and operational practices. She has extensive experience in strategic planning, financial and project management, and knowledge in housing, economic development and community based programs. Sarah served for seven years on the Andover Housing Partnership Committee and for eight years (3 years as Chair) on the Local Committee of the Stevens Coolidge Place, a Trustees of Reservations property. Sarah has a B.A in Historic Building Conservation from Boston University and an M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Eli Levine, Vice President
Eli is Vice President of Acquisitions for the Brownfields Recovery Group, a private firm located in downtown Boston. In this capacity, he has extensive experience in brokering land transactions and the purchase and sale of contaminated parcels. Eli’s professional expertise has helped GWL inform its acquisition and redevelopment of vacant and contaminated parcels for open space, park, and community garden end-uses.

Anthony Marino, Treasurer
Anthony is Vice President of Operations at the Merrimack Valley Credit Union. Prior to MVCU Tony spent time as a partner in a consulting firm focused on working with business clients to address opportunities for human performance improvement within their organizations. He spent the past seven years, before joining the Board at Groundwork Lawrence, as a Board Member of Neighborworks Southern NH working on affordable housing projects. There he occupied leadership positions on the Board, including Treasurer, Vice Chair and Board Chair and helped guide the organization through a significant period of growth that resulted in Manchester Neighbor Housing evolving into Neighborworks Southern NH. Anthony has also spent time volunteering with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The United Way and the Girl Scouts, as well as coaching numerous sports teams for his two sons. He earned as BA in Philosophy from the University of Connecticut and holds an MBA in Community Banking from Fairfield University.

Jose Manuel Huertas, Clerk
Jose is the Assistant Vice President Store Manager for a TD Bank in South Lawrence. Jose grew up in the great city of Lawrence and resides there still and is bilingual in English and Spanish. Jose wants to make sure that he provides a great place to live and be proud of for his children and wants to help the city have a bright future. Jose holds a B.A. in Business Finance and Management from the University of Lowell.

Paul Erhard
Paul is the Senior Director, US Aviation Account Management, L-3 Communications Security and Detection Services. A Registered Professional Engineer and a senior member of the management team, Paul brings strong expertise in sales, strategic planning, operations, and managing Federal government programs. Paul is a lead coach for his local youth lacrosse program and was a past volunteer with Open Door food pantry and Best Friends Animal Society. He received his M.S. in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University and his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Guarina Jaquez
Bio coming soon.

Jennifer Pagan
Jennifer has shown she is committed to youth empowerment and development through her work and volunteer experience. Currently, Jennifer is an Intensive Care Coordinator at Children’s Friend and Family Services. Prior to this position, Jennifer worked as a Juvenile Justice Coordinator for the Essex County District Attorney’s Office. She volunteered as Program Manager for Chica Project, an organization that supports high school girls gain leadership skills and personal growth through hands on workshops. Jennifer has extensive experience working with Groundwork Lawrence. She began working with the organization at the age of 14 as a Green Team member throughout high school and became Green Team Youth Leader during college. She earned her BA in Growth and Structure of Cities at Bryn Mawr College as a Posse scholar.  Jennifer was born and raised in Lawrence, MA and is looking forward to contribute to the growth of her community.

Marianne Paley Nadel
Marianne is the owner of the Everett and Stone Mills in Lawrence. An urban planner specializing in community based development, Marianne’s interest in planning grew out of her work at Historic Mill Properties, a family real estate firm in Lawrence and Dorchester Lower Mills. Marianne worked at the New York City Economic Development Corporation focusing on arts, culture and economic development, including the initial plans for the 42nd Street Redevelopment and South Street Seaport projects. After receiving a Masters in City Planning from MIT in 1993, Marianne became a Senior Planner at Icon Architecture concentrating on historic districts and heritage projects. Marianne was the founding Executive Director of Groundwork Lawrence and is excited to working with the organization again.

Paul Tanklefsky
Paul brings a passion for working with youth and fundraising experience to the Board.  For 25+ years, Paul was Director of Career Services and Cooperative Education at Suffolk University for the Sawyer School of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences.  He has also recently completed interim stints as Northeastern University, Emerson College, and Merrimack College in career and academic coaching. He has volunteered on the fundraising committee of Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity the past two years, seeking corporate sponsors for the annual gala. Paul is an avid cyclist and lover of “all things outdoors” and is excited to work with Groundwork Lawrence to improve the quality of life of Lawrence residents through environmental improvements to the community and engagement with the “green team.” Paul has an M.Ed from Harvard University and a BA from the University of New Hampshire. 

Linda Zimmerman
Linda has over 30 years of experience in organizational management and operations. She is currently the Executive Director of Neighbors in Need (NIN), a network of 8 food pantries that has fed the poor and hungry of Greater Lawrence for over 25 years. Prior to joining NIN in 2004, Linda was Vice President of Operations at the International Institute of Boston, an organization that provides services to refugees and immigrants including ESOL, job training and placement, mental health services, domestic violence counseling, a legal clinic, a food pantry and programs in economic literacy and development. Beyond work, Linda is very involved with local performance arts groups. She received her MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Management and her AB from Wheaton College.


Advisory Council

Kara Anderson, Architectural Heritage Foundation
Pedro Arce, People's United Bank
Stephanie Artz Buchholz, Lowell Community Health Center
Aliali Belkus, Shawsheen Regional Technical High School and Silverio Insurance Company
Juan Bonilla, Lawrence CommunityWorks
Lawrence Curtis, WinnDevelopment
Jen Faigel, CommonWealth Kitchen
Pati Fernandez, Pike School
Kay Berthold Frishman, Family Services (Retired)
Steve Golden
Ubaldo Lebron, Lawrence Public Schools
Loreen Lopez, The Community Group
Rosa Lopez, Parexel 
W. Michelle Macaux, MMGA Growth Advisors
Nathan J. Macedo, Doctor, Lawrence Family Medicine Residency, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center
Kenneth MacKenzie, Dalton & Finegold, LLP
Victor Martinez, Communities Together
Robert Miles, Nitsch Engineering
Chad Montrie, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Wanny Muñoz, UWander and National Urban Fellows
Yashira Robles, YWCA of Greater Lawrence
Glennys Sanchez, 1647
Lorena Salazar, Lawrence CommunityWorks
Russell D. H. Stott, Phillips Academy
Susan Stott, retired, AVIS
Rebecca Veilleux, Enlace High School, Lawrence
Luis Yepez, Mainstream Global
Kiriza Zihalirwa, Bay Cove Human Services