Our Board

Providing Leadership and Dedication
--an Invaluable Asset to Our Community

Board of Directors

The volunteer Board of Directors provides leadership and sets policy for United Way of Central Massachusetts. Board members act as stewards for the monies raised in our community, understand United Way’s legal responsibilities, review existing policies and formulate new policies, review and approve the annual budget and audit, and review and approve community partner funding decisions.

Our Board of Directors is a dedicated group who are invaluable to our community, both for their enthusiasm in raising money and wisdom in assuring its distribution.


Kola Akindele, J.D.

UMass Medical School

Maureen Binienda

Worcester Public Schools

Douglas Brown, Esq.

UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc.

Matilde Castiel, M.D.

City of Worcester

Joseph P. Carlson—Labor Representative

United Steelworkers—District 4

Jeffrey Chin—USE Representative

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Sheilah H. Dooley, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.—USE Representative

Pernet Family Health Services, Inc.

Tarek Elsawy, M.D.

Reliant Medical Group

Joseph M. Hamilton, Esq.—Chair, Community Impact / NC

Mirick O’Connell

Elizabeth M. Helenius

Fallon Health

Bradley H. Johnson


Steven  G. Joseph


Ralph H. Lambalot, Ph.D

AbbVie Bioresearch Center

Leah Lamson—Chair, Women’s Initiative

New England High School Journalism Collaborative

Deborah Larsen 

        Wells Fargo

AiVi Nguyen, Esq. – Chair Person

Bowditch & Dewey, LLP

Rep. James J. O’Day—Labor representative

State Representative, 14th Worcester District

Luis G. Pedraja

Quinsigamond Community College

Paul Provost

Telegram & Gazette

Mary Lou Retelle

Anna Maria College

John C. Roche

The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.

John Shea, Esq.

Mirick O’Connell

Naomi Sleeper

Imperial Distributors, Inc.

Brian Sullivan

Commerce Bank

Rev. Clyde Talley—Treasurer / NC

Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church

Edward H. White

National Grid

Alex Zequeira

Saint John’s High School