Board of Directors
|Women Encouraging Empowerment, Inc.||
Board President- Lor Holmes
Lor Holmes has over twenty years of professional experience bridging the fields of community economic development, human services and public policy. She received her Masters Degree in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University Graduate School of Business.
Currently, Lor serves as Managing Director for CERO (Cooperative Energy, Recycling & Organics /Co-operativa Para Energia, Reciclaje & Organicos), a new worker-owned cooperative providing sustainable environmental services for commercial customers. CERO collaborates broadly with partners in Boston’s communities of color to promote health, environmental justice and building a solidarity economy. (www.CERO.coop)
From 1998-2007 Lor served as founding Executive Director at Harbor Communities Overcoming Violence, a community-based organization in Chelsea that works to end sexual and domestic abuse and injustice through community development. In 2006 HarborCOV opened Massachusetts' first permanent affordable housing designed for domestic violence survivors. Recognized as an innovative model, The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence published Lor’s paper; HarborCOV: One Community’s Effort to Build Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence.
Board member - Fatou Fatty
Fatou Fatty is currently the coordinator of Revere Community School at the Revere High School. She has more than 25 years of experience working with low-income immigrant and refugee women and their families in Revere and Greater Boston area. She has a Degree in Development Studies and a Masters Degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandies University and diplomas in Women and Economic Development. Her expertise is in community and social justice organizing, program coordination, fundraising, fund management, case management and advocacy for domestic violence victims, economic development, and participatory adult education. Fatou is a co-founder and former director of WEE, Inc. She is fluent in Wollof, Mandinka and English.
Board member- Diane R. Colella
Diane is the Election Commissioner of the City of Revere. Diane also serves on various committee and taskforce in the city such as Revere Women’s club and also volunteers with many community groups and organization.
Vice President - Dimple Rana
Dimple Rana is a first generation Gujarati Indian American woman. She graduated magna cum laude from Hofstra University with Bachelor of Science in Community Health and Education. She works at Revere City Hall with Revere on the Move as the Neighborhood Organizer. She has worked and volunteered at multiple non-profits for youth and families, specifically around HIV/AIDS, ESOL, GED and alternative education, employment services, social justice engagement, anti-deportation activism, economic development, gang-involved youth peacemaking and event coordination. Dimple enjoys the company of family and friends, especially in combination with delicious food, laughter, and memorable times. She looks up to the people around her who continue to push, ask questions, challenge the status quo, become leaders, and make world a better place for everyone.
Treasurer- Dora Nakabuye
Dora Nakabuye is an immigrant woman from Uganda. She has been volunteering at WEE since it was founded. Dora is a graduate of Makerere University Law School, and she brings to the WEE Board a vast professional and cultural experience.
Board Member- Pebbles Bethel
Pebbles Bethel is currently an Assistant Vice President Branch Manager for East Boston Savings Bank located at 126 Squire Rd in Revere. She has been with EBSB for almost 7 years, starting as a part time teller and quickly worked her way up the ranks receiving several promotions over the years for her dedication, delivering uniquely personal service, business development, and hard work. Pebbles is also a devoted member of the all-volunteer non-profit group called the Revere Beautification Committee, assisting with volunteer projects and grant proposal writing as well as other community groups and organizations. Pebbles also assist the board of directors for the Boston Bengals Pop Warner team and will soon sit on the board for the organization. She comes from a family of immigrants who voyaged to this country from Cape Verde and is fluent in Cape Verdean Creole. Prior to entering the financial world Pebbles lifeguarded for the city of Boston at various community centers throughout the greater Boston area and has served as a community leader. Pebbles is motivated to give back to the community and way that she can, making herself available to help out the youth and families that are in need.
Secretary- Lee Nugent
Lee is a victim advocate at the Revere police station and the program manager at CAPIC, Community Action Programs Inter-City, Inc.
Board member- Mak Louis