United way of Greater New Bedford is pleased to welcome three new members to their Board of Directors. Starlene Alves, Francine Ferguson, and Amilton “A.J.” Tavares, Jr. were nominated and accepted to the Board during United Way’s recent Annual Meeting.
“We are honored to have these three individuals join our Board,” said Michelle N. Hantman, President & CEO. “Each has their own area of expertise and unique perspectives which will help guide our work in Greater New Bedford.”
Starlene Alves was born and raised in New Bedford. She is a partner at Alves Santos, LLP in New Bedford. She has been practicing law for over a decade after graduating from New England Law and is a member of the Massachusetts and Georgia Bar Associations. Alves also belongs to the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association.
Francine Ferguson is the Senior Vice President/Retail Banking Officer at Bristol County Savings Bank. She has spent over 30 years in the financial services industry cultivating changes in both operational processes and implementation of technology. Ferguson is a graduate of Roger Williams University and has completed several leadership programs and certifications.
Amilton “A.J.” Tavares, Jr. is a Licensed Realtor with Re/Max Vantage and owns his own business, A1 Athletics & Fitness. He has over ten years of experience in human services. Tavares is a University of Massachusetts Dartmouth graduate. He is dedicated to youth in New Bedford and has hosted several skill development clinics in the City to provide positive guidance to develop well-rounded student athletes.
In addition to the new members, United Way welcomed a new slate of officers to the Board for the upcoming year. Roland Giroux of Acushnet Company as Board Chair, Dr. Shanna Howell of Bristol Community College as Vice Chair, Jennifer Olivier of CliftonLarsonAllen as Treasurer, Jennifer St. Pierre of BankFive as Clerk, and Christopher M. Hodgson of Coastal Financial as Immediate Past Chair.
United Way of Greater New Bedford fights for the health, education, financial stability, and basic needs of every person in the 9 communities it serve. United Way is committed to making an impact by providing direct services to the community through the New Bedford Shannon and SSYI Programs, the Family Resource & Development Center, Hunger Commission, and New Bedford Community Connections Coalition. Additionally, United Way provides funding to local organizations to provide support to residents through an array programming and services. It also matches volunteers with local opportunities through Volunteer SouthCoast.