Board President and Founder
Anne-Marie Sousa is Vice President of Financial Education at Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. She pioneered the Community Education Division responsible for developing curriculum for financial education seminars and workshops and is currently responsible for the development, coordination, and delivery of financial education and training development programs. In 2013, her team educated more than 10,000 people. Anne-Marie also oversees the development and operation of two high-school-based credit union branches. These institutions are both transactional and educational, specializing in training students.
Anne-Marie received the 2013 Unsung Heroine Award from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. She was honored by The Lowell Sun as an inspirational figure in the community with their 2013 Salute to Women Award and was awarded the Credit Union Hero award by Banker and Tradesman. She was also the recipient of the Outstanding State Delegate of the Year Award by the National Involvement Board and the Teacher of the Year Award by the Center for Financial Training. She is a member of the Massachusetts Credit Union League’s Financial Literacy Committee, the National Youth Involvement Board Network, and Lowell High School Career Pathways. Anne-Marie is also a graduate of Public Matters, the City of Lowell’s Leadership and Civic Engagement Initiative. She is most proud to be the mother of four, including Catie Bisson, whose memory is honored each day at Catie’s Closet.
Board Member and Co-Founder
Laura Bisson is the Combined Accumulations Reconcilliator (CART) for United Health Group. A graduate of UMass Lowell with a Business Management degree, Laura has focused her career on leadership roles to improve education in her community.
Her initiatives include: Chairman of the Policy Committee; Chairman of the Dropout Task Force; Executive Member of the Superintendents Business Advisory; Vice Chairperson of the School Board; and Contracts Negotiation Team for AFT (teachers), AFSCME (administrators), and PSRP (para-professionals). She currently serves as Chairman of the Board, responsible for a $48 million budget, 600 employees, and 3,900 students in Hudson, NH.
Laura is also a Board Member and Committee Member for Hudson Old Home Days and serves on St. Kathryn’s Tithing Committee.
Board Member and Co-Founder
Lynne Baril is the OB/GYN Practice Manager for Lowell General Hospital’s WomanHealth. Passionate about ensuring quality service in the health field, Lynne has made an impact in easing the patient care process. She is well known in the health community and is a sought- after leader, having proven herself at the LGH Cancer Center, Saints Women’s Center and Merrimack Valley Cardiology. In support of her role, Lynne completed the Trauma Intervention Program, helping citizens in time of crisis.
Lynne also served as a Board Member on the Dracut Scholarship Foundation and managed fundraising efforts for the Lowell Highland Sports.
Mark E. Dionne
Mark E. Dionne has been a Partner at Pricewaterhouse Coopers since 1991 and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Dionne earned his graduate degree in taxation from Northeastern University and his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Mr. Dionne is a member of the Massachusetts Society of CPA’s and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He also serves as a Corporator of Lowell General Hospital and on the Board of Directors for Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union.
He resides in Chelmsford MA.
Brian Chapman founded Mill City Environmental Corporation (MCE), a waste management and remediation firm, in 2001. The company is located in Lowell, Massachusetts, Mr. Chapman’s hometown.
Mr. Chapman began his environmental career in 1986 with Clean Harbors Environmental Services. There he gained valuable hands-on experience that gave him the knowledge and tools he needed to be successful in the environmental field. He continued his career as business development director at Tetra Tech (formerly Foster Wheeler), where he gained exposure to the federal marketplace.
During his first 5 years in business, Mr. Chapman faced challenges in opening doors to federal, state, and local agencies. He approached the U.S. Small Business Administration to join the 8(a) Development Program in 2003 and received a 7(a) loan in 2005. This was an important tool to increase MCE’s line of credit and working capital. Through training and mentoring, the SBA was able to assist and guide MCE toward multiple federal opportunities.
Mr. Chapman’s company, which now employs 50 staff members, works with clients to achieve their overall business and environmental objectives. The company has continued to see steady growth in both government and private sector contracts. MCE has been able to branch out into new operating regions including the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and Southwest providing environmental and remediation services, along with recently added transportation/railroad support services.
MCE has remained committed to supporting its local community. Mr. Chapman serves on several local boards, including the Boys & Girls Club, Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust, and the newly formed Lowell Collegiate Charter School. Over the years, MCE has received recognition from the City of Lowell and from the Massachusetts Governor’s office with the Inner City Investment Award.
Mr. Chapman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in geology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Additionally, he attended several training programs through Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office training programs.
Mr. Chapman also holds a multitude of environmental licenses and certifications. Mr. Chapman has been supported throughout his endeavors by his wife, Mary, of 22 years, and their two children Ryan and Lauren.
Lauren Adduci is a Commercial Lender for Enterprise Bank.
Ms. Adduci earned her MBA in Business Management from Fitchburg State University, as well as her undergraduate degree.
Lauren is a Class Agent for her 2007 high school class at Lowell Catholic High School - a program designed to help students learn to integrate their thinking and believing in ways that encourage intellectual growth, nurture faith, and inspire action. By taking on this leadership role, Lauren serves as a positive example by:
Creating opportunities for students to reflect on the relationship between faith and reason in all disciplines
Inspires action to be agents of change and to support the dignity of all
Considers ethical implications
Seeks truth and facilitates the formation of conscience through critical thinking
Lauren grew up in Dracut, MA and currently lives in Pelham, NH.
Stephanie Dodson became a Managing Director at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation in September 2014. Draper Richards Kaplan believes that with early funding and rigorous support, exceptional social entrepreneurs, tackling some of the world’s most complex problems, can make the world a better place.
In her role at DRK, she currently serves on the boards for and works closely with 10 DRK portfolio organizations: Catie’s Closet, City Health Works, Clean Energy Trust, Crisis Text Line, D-Rev, Lava Mae, Strong Minds, Upstream, and Y2Y and International Refugee Assistance Project. She also serves on the boards of RefugePoint and Year Up-Boston and Share Our Strength’s leadership council.
Stephanie co-founded, and remains involved with, three social ventures over the last 15 years. Strategic Grant Partners, a venture capital model of consulting and philanthropic investing, works to create positive futures for children and families in Massachusetts and nationally. Project Healthy Children partners with developing countries to save lives through sustainable and measurable methods of food fortification and supplementation. The Maranyundo Initiative is a boarding school for girls achieving the highest academic performance in the country and a teacher enrichment program in Rwanda. Stephanie also worked in the computer industry at Tandem Computers.
She holds a BA in English and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College and an MBA from Stanford University, recently completed the Harvard Advanced Fellowship Initiative and lives in Boston.
Ellen is an accomplished entrepreneur focused in business development and marketing. During her corporate career she was a Director of Human Resources, holding positions in operations, manufacturing and general management. She was the co-owner of Tutto Bene Wine and Cheese Cellars and later expanded the concept by adding The Art of Wine Studio. After years of success, Ellen focused her love of marketing at Trendsetters: a sales/marketing specialty business for wine related events. She has since focused on marketing, sales and actively supports many nonprofit causes in the community.
Ellen holds a Bachelors of Art Degree from the University of Massachusetts.
Ellen also serves on the Board of Directors for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.
Krista Guaraldi is a 2004 graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, MA, and graduated in 2008 from Providence College with a degree in Finance, and a concentration in Western Civilization. Krista has worked for Hewlett Packard in a number of roles, including leadership as a Partner Business Manager Team Lead, and most recently as a Field Sales Specialist, working with New England based Fortune 500 accounts. In November 2017, she was recruited to join HPE's Alliance partner Docker to build an enterprise sales portfolio for their organization. Krista resides in Boston's Seaport District, and is committed to helping Catie's Closet expand into Boston.
Rebecca is Vice President and Counsel at State Street Corporation, in the Fund Administration Legal department, which serves as administrator to mutual funds and public companies. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Wheaton College, a Masters of Business Administration from Suffolk University, and a Juris Doctor from New England Law Boston. Rebecca is a 2017 graduate of the Emerge Massachusetts program. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Bar. For 9 years Rebecca served as a Big Sister through the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. She has served as a Youth Venture Mentor and an Allocations Reviewer through the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. More recently, Rebecca served on the Board of Directors of Greater Boston PFLAG from June 2014 through November 2016, serving in various roles such as Clerk and Vice Chair. Rebecca lives in Wakefield with her husband, Javier, their daughter Lucienne and son Adrien.