News Chair and two new Board members elected at Council’s online 46th Annual Membership & Business Meeting

The Providers’ Council welcomed two new board members and a new board chair today at its online 46th Annual Membership & Business Meeting via Zoom today.

Shaheer Mustafa

“2020 was an incredibly unusual year,” said Michael Weekes, the Council’s CEO and president, in his welcoming statement. “COVID-19 shook not only our nation and the world, but our human service community as well….We also faced a second pandemic, the scourge of racism in 2020.”

Cheryl Fasano of Mental Health Association and Shaheer Mustafa of HopeWell are the latest additions to the board. Outgoing board members thanked for their longtime service were John Larivee of Community Resources for Justice, Joan Kagan of Square One and Michael Moloney of HMEA. Nancy Munson of Bristol Elder Services, Inc. was elected Board chair, replacing Bay Cove’s Bill Sprague.

Cheryl Fasano

The board meeting was followed by a special panel discussion: Untapped Talent: Supporting Career Development Needs of the BIPOC and Foreign-Born Workforce focusing on efforts and strategies to support foreign-born and BIPOC staff’s career development in the community human service industry. The panel featured Emmanuel Owusu, Executive Director, African Bridge Network; Jule Gomes Noack, President and CEO, HMEA; Peter Obour-Mensah, Manager, Bay Cove Housing Support Program; Evans Chiyombwe, Senior Program Director, Victory Human Services; and Hillary Bradburn, Education Manager, International Institute of New England. The panel was moderated by Pam Sampson, Chief Program Officer, Venture Community Services.

See the slide show presented at the meeting here.

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