Leadership Category: Private Sector

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Shirell Williams

Shirell Williams serves in a Private Sector seat representing Homes for Families, a social change organization dedicated to ending family homelessness, where she volunteers as an intern advocate and facilitator. She also volunteers at Mothers for Justice and Equality and On Solid Ground. Williams is currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration from Roxbury Community College. Williams joined the ABCD…

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Collique Williams

Collique Williams serves in a Private Sector seat representing Greater Boston Labor Council – AFL-CIO. Williams works as a community organizer with Community Labor United, a Boston based coalition that brings together local partners around a common vision and plan of action to counteract the growing gap between rich and poor. A Boston native, Williams has worked on various youth…

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Benjamin Sherman

Benjamin Sherman serves in a Private Sector seat representing La Alianza Hispana, a community based organization providing culturally and linguistically appropriate health and education programs to the Latino Community of Greater Boston.  He is a Career Navigator at Jewish Vocational Services where he coaches clients who receive food and housing assistance, helping them find work or job training. Sherman has…

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Samuel DePina

Samuel (Sam) DePina serves in a Private Sector seat representing Boston Public Schools. DePina is a graduate of Boston Public Schools from the Jeremiah E. Burke High School and has worked for the BPS for the past 19 years. He has served as a high school mathematics teacher and an assistant headmaster, and has served as the operational superintendent since…

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Marvin L. Venay

Marvin Venay serves in a Private Sector seat representing the Boston NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). Venay is an advocate, political analyst, government liaison, public speaker, and recently has become an entrepreneur. Professionally, Venay owns a small business called ‘the Venay Square’ – a fresh and innovative custom pocket square line designed to empower its wearer to…

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Reverend Sharyn Halliday

Reverend Sharyn Halliday serves in a Private Sector seat representing the Black Ministerial Alliance (BMA) of Greater Boston. Reverend Halliday works at BMA as Program Coordinator for Teen Cafes/Youth Jobs, a program that provides jobs and develops peaceful strategies to youth violence in the Boston area. Reverend Halliday is Pastor of Malden Mission African Methodist Episcopal Church. She earned a…

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Celia M. Grant

Celia M. Grant serves in a Private Sector seat representing Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM). She is the Vice President of Marketing at AIM and has 17 plus years of multi-industry project management, strategic marketing and creative direction experience. Grant holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting & Printmaking from Brandeis University.  Grant joined the ABCD Board of Directors…

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Caryl Beison

Caryl Beison serves in a Private Sector seat representing MelroseWakefield Healthcare. As an Executive Leadership Team member there, Beison serves as Vice President, Managed Care and Executive Director of the PHO (Physician Hospital Organization). She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and has a strong interest in public health as well as understanding the impact of socioeconomic factors on health…

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Patricia Washington

Patricia “Pat” Washington represents the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on the ABCD Board of Directors. She held numerous leadership positions with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and retired after 38 years of service. For the past three years, Washington has volunteered as a tax preparer for the Internal Revenue Service’s VITA Program, completing federal and state tax returns at ABCD’s…

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