Leadership Category: Neighborhood Sector

Claudia Arrecis

Claudia Arrecis serves in a Neighborhood Sector seat representing the Head Start Policy Council.  She volunteers at the Allston/Brighton Head Start teaching conversational English. Arrecis holds a BA in Psychology with a background in social services, and she is the mother of a young daughter. Arrecis joined the ABCD Board of Directors in 2017, and she serves as a member…

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Patricia McShane

Patricia “Tricia” McShane serves in a Neighborhood Sector seat representing the Allston-Brighton area on the Allston-Brighton Neighborhood Opportunity Center Advisory Board. She is a life-long resident of Allston-Brighton and she works to support families and individuals in crisis in her role as a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and as secretary at the St. Columbkille Parish. McShane…

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Yvonne Jones

A member of the ABCD Board of Directors since 2005, Yvonne L. Jones is a veteran of the Massachusetts education system. She worked for more than 12 years at VIP Child Care, Inc., in Brockton, Massachusetts, where she served as a Site Director/Support Service Specialist overseeing staff, providers, budget allocations, regulation compliance, and provided support for linear programs including the Dept….

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Thomas Webb

Thomas Webb serves in a Neighborhood Sector seat representing the Jamaica Plain area on the Jamaica Plain APAC Advisory Board.  Born and raised in Ononcoc, Virginia, he left small town life for the West Coast where he sought training through Job Corps, completed his GED, and worked for the Farnworth Press.  Upon his return to the East Coast, Webb worked…

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Thelma Callender Burns

Thelma Callender Burns serves in a Neighborhood Sector seat representing the Dorchester area on the Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center (NSC) Advisory Board. Burns is a retired METCO Director and Consultant for the Belmont Public Schools. She has been an educator, organizer, and activist in the Boston area for over 40 years, and she continues to be a strong advocate in…

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Syvalia Hyman, III

Syvalia Hyman, III serves in a Neighborhood Sector seat representing the Roxbury/North Dorchester area on the Roxbury/North Dorchester Neighborhood Opportunity Center (NOC) Advisory Board. Hyman is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the United South End/ Lower Roxbury Development Corporation (UDC). He has lead in real estate development projects such as site selection, selection management and coordination of legal…

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Patricia Powers

Patricia Powers serves in a Neighborhood Sector seat representing the East Boston area on the East Boston Area Planning Action Council (APAC) Advisory Board. A lifelong resident of East Boston, Powers had previously worked for the Boston Police Department. Her interests include crafts and volunteering with children, the elderly and individuals with special needs. Powers joined the ABCD Board of…

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Nathaniel Buckholz

Nathaniel Buckholz serves in a Neighborhood Sector seat representing the South Boston area on the South Boston Area Planning Action Council (APAC) Advisory Board.  Buckholz works as a Patient Benefits Coordinator at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended Williams College, after which he worked at the Brooklyn Museum and taught kindergarten. He…

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Michelle Sanchez, EdD

Dr. Michelle Sanchez serves in a Neighborhood Sector seat representing the Dorchester area on the Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center (NSC) Advisory Board.  Dr. Sanchez is the Principal of Epiphany School, a tuition-free private school open to children who live within one of the neighborhoods of Boston and who come from economically disadvantaged families. In addition to her work at Epiphany,…

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Mary Manuel

Mary Manuel serves in a Neighborhood Sector seat representing the South End area on the South End Neighborhood Service Center (NSC) Advisory Board.  A resident of the South End since 1975, she is a fervent advocate for affordable housing.  Early on, as gentrification was on the rise threatening the ability of low and moderate income families to hold onto the…

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