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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 9, 2016                                                                                             Contact:  Ellen M. Ganley, Director of Development  508 762-9807 
WCAC welcomes new Board Members 
New faces bring strong community connections, diverse skills to agency
Worcester, Massachusetts - At its annual meeting in February, Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. welcomed five new members to its Board of Directors: Marybeth Campbell, Executive Director of SkillWorks; Eve Gilmore, Executive Director of Edward Street Child Services; Olta Kodra, Employment Department Coordinator for Ascentria Care Alliance; Donna Lombardi, Director of Child Nutrition Programs for the Worcester Public Schools; and Alejandro Mango, Vice President of U.S. Corporate Audit for National Grid.

Marybeth Campbell
Marybeth Campbell is the Executive Director of SkillWorks, a collaborative that brings together philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers to address the twin goals of helping low-income individuals attain family- supporting jobs and businesses to find skilled workers. She has over sixteen years of experience in public policy, public education and project management in the areas of clean energy, education, economic and workforce development. She has a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Providence College and attended Suffolk University Law School.

Eve Gilmore is the Executive Director of Edward Street Child Services, having worked throughout the past decade to advance awareness, professionalism and the importance of high quality early education and care for young children and their families. A non-profit professional for 30 years, she has also held positions at the United Way of Central Massachusetts and the YWCA of Central Massachusetts, and remained active with multiple boards and committees in the field of early education and care. She is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and raised three children while residing in Worcester.

Olta Kodra
Olta Kodra has extensive experience with employment counseling and coordination, having worked in that capacity at Ascentria Care Alliance (formerly Lutheran Social Services) for nearly a decade.  With a solid working knowledge of a variety of human service programs, she has significant experience working with refugees and internally displaced communities. She holds a Bachelors of Public Administration from Clark University and an Associates Degree in Business Administration and Management from Quinsigamond Community College.

Donna Lombardi
Donna Lombardi is the Director of Child Nutrition Programs for Worcester Public Schools, responsible for serving over 30,000 meals per day among 60 sites with a staff of over 280, including the development of nutritional standards, menu planning, staffing, and training to maximize school meals access, academic and health outcomes. She serves in an advisory capacity on a number of food and nutrition related committees including Working Cities Worcester, EOS Nourishing Kids Initiative and the USDA Foods Advisory Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Science, Food and Nutrition from Framingham State University and a Master of Education also from Framingham State University.

Alex Mango
Alejandro "Alex" Mango is the VP, US Corporate Audit at National Grid.  Alex has worked for National Grid for 24 years and during this time he has had the opportunity to work in Electric Operations, Shared Services, and Business Services managing municipal, industrial and commercial accounts as well as time spent in the regulatory group. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology from Northeastern University. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he is fluent in Spanish, enjoys riding his Harley Davidson and spending time with his two daughters.

"We are pleased to welcome such a diverse and talented group of leaders to our Board of Directors," noted WCAC Executive Director Jill Dagilis. "Their individual strengths and commitment to the community will serve the agency well as we continue efforts to help people move to economic self-sufficiency." As directed by the agency's by-laws, WCAC's Board of Directors is a tripartite board comprised equally with representatives from the public sector, private sector and consumers.
About WCAC

For more than fifty years, the Worcester Community Action Council has served as the federally designated anti-poverty agency for central and southern Worcester County, with a mission of helping people move to economic self-sufficiency through programs, partnerships and advocacy.

Serving the City of Worcester and 45 neighboring communities of Auburn, Blackstone, Boylston, Brimfield, Brookfield, Charlton, Clinton, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Hardwick, Holden, Holland, Hopedale, Hubbardston, Grafton, Leicester, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Monson, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Northborough, Northbridge, Palmer, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Southbridge, Spencer, Sterling, Sturbridge, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, Wales, Warren, Webster, West Boylston, West Brookfield and Westborough.  
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