Board Of Directors

Board of Directors




Migdalia Velez, BA,   President (2019)

Migdalia Velez

Migdalia Velez, Program Director, The Family Resource Center, MOC


Lesly Borges

Maribel Cruz

Ramon Gonzalez

Ramon Gonzalez, Senior Director for College Access, Director Educational Talent Search, Mount Wachusett Community College

Breana Buckley

Mary Yanneth Bermudez-Camp


Mary Yanneth Bermudez-Camp, Esq., Leominster

Ruby Vargas

Ruby Vargas  
VP, Branch and Business Development Manager, Main Street Fidelity Bank, Leominster, MA

Leona  Earley Whetzel

Leona Earley Whetzel VP Montachusett Opportunity Council

Eladia Romero 

Congressional Aide, North Central MA Office of Congressman Jim McGovern


Brian Scales, Finance Committee

Linda Velez Scullane,  Board Secretary

Mt. Wachusett Community College -Director of STEM Starter Academy, Articulation and Curriculum Pathways


Executive  Committee Job Descriptions



 Reports to: Board Chair or Board of Directors, as appropriate

Term:  3 years

Duties Specific to the Board Secretary

The Secretary duties/responsibilities are as following:

Serves on the Executive Committee.

Keeps copies of the organization’s bylaws and the Board’s policy statements.

Keeps lists of officers, Board Members, committees and General Membership.

Notifies Board Members of meetings.

Keeps record of Board attendance.

Makes sure that there is a quorum at Board meetings.

Keeps accurate Minutes of meetings.

Records all motions and decisions of meetings.

Signs Board Minutes to attest to their accuracy.

Records all corrections to Minutes.

Keeps copies of Minutes of both Board and committee meetings.

Keeps accurate record of Executive Committee meetings.

Distributes copies of Board Minutes and actions to Board Members promptly after meetings.

Distribute copies of Executive Committee Minutes and actions to Executive Committee Members promptly after meetings.

Conducts general Board correspondence.

Keeps records of all Board correspondence.

Signs official documents of the organization as required.

Orients the new Secretary as needed.

Makes sure members are notified of Annual General Meetings.

In the absence of the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson, chairs Board meetings..


Board Treasurer

The board treasurer is an executive and voting member of the board of directors of the Association and appointed in a manner consistent with the bylaws. He/she is accountable to the Board for the fulfillment of the duties and responsibilities outlined below


The treasurer, as other board members, has no authority to direct staff or take independent action on matters outside of the duties outlined unless given such authority by the Board

Time Commitment

Ten hours per month (board meetings, meetings with the Executive Director, committee meetings)

Term of Office

Three years with the possibility of renewal for a second term.

Roles and Responsibilities

The treasurer will offer guidance to the Executive Director and financial officer in ensuring good fiscal planning, decision-making and oversight at a governance level.

His/her principle duties are to:

•  With Finance Manager, assist in the preparation of the annual budget and its presentation to the board for review

• Ensure that the appropriate monthly or quarterly financial statements are reviewed by the board

• Ensure that the board regularly monitors the organization’s financial performance and alerts it to any important discrepancies between planned and actual figures

•  Ensure that payroll and other liabilities are settled in a timely manner

• Serve as a backup signer of checks if needed

• Ensure that excess funds and reserves are properly held and invested

• Verify that donations are handled appropriately and that grants and service delivery contracts are accounted for in accordance with the requirements of funders

• Meet with the external auditor annually, or more often if needed, to identify any financial control and record keeping problems or deficiencies and  work with Finance Manager to address them

•  Assists the Executive Director and board chair with the development and presentation of the annual report

•  Helps, along with the Finance Manager, keep the board informed of important financial events, trends, and issues relevant to the organization

Committee Membership

The treasurer is automatically a member of the Executive Committee if one exists, and will normally chair the following committees when and where such are necessary:

•  Finance Committee


Emeritus Board Members

Richard Letarte, CPA

Cheryl Boissy, MSW, LICSW Advisory Boad & Media/ WEB SITE Contact).


In Memorium – Lionel D Reinford

Noted Artist, Educator, CommunityAdvocate

April, 24,  2020, Canton, MA

Lionel D Reinford September 9, 1942 ~ April 24, 2020

Lionel Reinford, of Fitchburg, Massachusetts,  a well-known and highly respected educator, community activist, and artist in this region. Born in Honduras and educated at Harvard University, Mr. Reinford moved to Leominster in 1973 to teach elementary school students. Shortly thereafter, he became involved with Leominster’s SpanishAmerican Center, a non-profit that serves area Latino/Hispanic communities, where he eventually became the Executive Director for many years. He also began to paint. Mr. Reinford’s work has appeared many times at the Fitchburg Art Museum in  annual juried Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft – in fact, the first time he entered the show he won first prize!

Mr. Reinford  wasalso an author.

Author Lionel Reinford’s Tomorrow I’ll Surface is a captivating memoir—a story of an idealistic immigrant’s journey

In Memorium  –  John I. Going 

John Going

John Going

LEOMINSTER- John Isaac Going, 66, of Leominster, died Tuesday, January 6, in Sterling Village after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born May 18, 1948, in Leominster, son of Patricia M. (Supple) and the late Sidney Going, Sr. John graduated from Leominster High School in 1966. He earned his Bachelor of Secondary Education in 1975, and Master’s degree in Community Counseling in 1992, both from Fitchburg State College. John immersed himself in his community as a Community Service Coordinator for Catholic Charities of North Worcester County, Board of Directors for the Spanish American Center, religious educator and active member at Holy Family of Nazareth Church, and as an election worker for Ward 4. John enjoyed writing poetry. He was involved with several literary magazines and weekly newspapers, including the Tribune and Pioneer. He also enjoyed merengue dancing.

Besides his mother, he leaves his brother, Sidney “Tom” Going, Jr. and his wife Kathleen of Leominster; one sister, Sr. Mary Going, OSB, of Martin, KY; and a large community of colleagues and friends.

Besides his father, he was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, John and Mary Supple, his paternal grandparents, Isaac and Mary Alice Going, and one brother, Thomas Philip Going in 1950.

The funeral will be held Saturday, January 10, from Simard Funeral Home, 14 Walker St., Leominster, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 A.M. in Holy Family of Nazareth Church, 750 Union St., Leominster. Burial will follow in St. Leo’s Cemetery.

Calling hours are Friday, January 9, from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. in the funeral home.


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