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Karen Lischinsky is currently a sociology professor at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, where she teaches a variety of courses from Race and Ethnicity to the Sociology of Sports.Three years ago, Karen began teaching courses on racism, sexism, homophobia and domestic violence to police officers through the Quinn bill, and is presently teaching a sociology class at Norfolk Prison through the Boston University Prison Program.Prior to becoming a sociology professor, Karen was a community organizer working with tenants for more affordable housing throughout Massachusetts.She has also served

Holyoke City Councilor

Rebecca Lisi is a native of Long Island, NY who came to the Pioneer Valley in 2002 to work for the citizens' lobby groupClean Water Action.As a community organizer and policy advocate, Rebecca worked hard every day to protect the environment and public health.   She played an important role in teaching citizens how to talk with their elected officials about the issues facing their communities and how to navigate the political process.In 2003, she and her husband, Damian Cote, bought their home at 25 Reservation Rd.

Emiley Lockhart is a long-time social justice advocate who currently serves as General Counsel and Policy Director to Massachusetts Senator Eileen Donoghue.  Prior to the state house, Emiley worked as an Assistant Attorney General and as a litigator at Ropes & Gray.  She was also the Development and Outreach Director for Discovering Justice, a non-profit that empowers at-risk youth through law and the justice system.  Emiley graduated summa cum laude from Boston College and cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center.  She resides in Brookline with her husband, sons, and labradoodle.

Activist & Civil Litigator

Rosina Lucibello (Arlington) is a proud Democratic activist with a passion for public service and public policy.  Rosina first began working as a political volunteer and organizer during her college years with the Massachusetts College Democrats and the Massachusetts Coalition for a Democratic Future (now the Massachusetts Young Democrats). Over the past 16 years, she has worked on numerous local, state and federal campaigns and most recently was a member of the Social Media Team for William R. Keating’s successful campaign in the Massachusetts 10th Congressional District.

Michelle is an expert in and a staunch advocate for economic development through entrepreneurship and small business growth. As a strategy consultant, she helps urban entrepreneurs develop growth strategies, create jobs and position them to give back to their communities. Michelle has particular expertise working with women-owned and minority-owned businesses serving both the public and private sectors.  Michelle served as the former Board Chair of Groundwork Lawrence and is a Mentor to entrepreneurs through Venture Mentoring Services.

Executive Director, Women's Freedom/Crisis Center

Donna Macomber is the Executive Director of the Women's Freedom / Crisis Center in Brattleboro, Vermont.  She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and chairwoman of the Windham County Task Force.  She provides training to law enforcement officers and family court judges in conjunction with the Windham County State's Attorney's Office.

Emily MacRae of MacRae Enterprises was the Diversity Director for the New England American Cancer Society, Energy Director for PACE Inc., and Project Manager for Massachusetts Water Resources. She also held the position of Minority Vendor Coordinator for Harvard University and Fallon Healthcare System.Emily MacRae established working groups to develop culturally sensitive materials. She served as a liaison between agencies, funding sources, vendors and government entities. She established and managed a $12 million state funded water conservation program covering 45 towns in the service area.

Hello, My name is Cheryl Maguy-Stewart from Fitchburg, Mass. I am a graduate of Mount Wachusett Community College and currently a part-time student at Fitchburg State University, in my Senior year. I have owned Little Red Wagon Day Care for 30 years in Fitchburg. My 2 grown sons are my pride. I adore my Granddaughter Emma Rose who is 3 years old. We all want a better life for our children & Grandchildren. That statement is exactly why I ran for City Council in 2015. Unfortunately, I lost to the incumbent. I will learn so much from Emerge, I will take that knowledge and run again in 2017!

Born and raised in Worcester, MA, Patricia has worked as the Community & Youth Organizer at Oak Hill CDC since April 2009. Patricia came to Oak Hill CDC with almost 10 years experience in nonprofit and youth serving agencies and programs. Patricia uses her positive attitude and commitment to the community to engage others in action. As an agency, Oak Hill CDC empowers residents to take on leadership roles in improving the community.

Ms. Cara Mathews is deeply rooted in the Boston community, and has extensive experience locally and internationally. As a Policy Analyst in the Office of Intergovernmental Relations and Public Health Advocacy at the Boston Public Health Commission, she conducted short and long-term research projects on health policies and works with city departments, legislators and Boston residents towards the goal of socioeconomic and political equality.

Erica Mattison is a resident of Dorchester, MA.  She is an experienced leader, who has spearheaded numerous public-private partnerships to protect our environment, enhance business districts, improve urban parks, and increase community connectedness.

Kimatra Maxwell, age 33, of 325 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA, is exploring a run for State Representative. Kimatra is an active member of the Fitchburg community who is a social worker in the city and an entrepreneur. Kimatra currently works for Community Healthlink in Leominster, developing and coordinating resources for children and families. She graduated from Lehman College with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Political Science, and from Hunter College with a Masters of Social Work. She spent 18 months in Korea teaching English at a language school in Seoul.

Elizabeth Maynard is a life-long resident of Massachusetts. She was born on July 5, 1989 at Lowell General Hospital. She is the daughter of Joanne and Phil Maynard of Chelmsford, MA and the sister of Gregory and Katherine Maynard.When she was seven, her family re-located over-seas to the Republic of the Marshall Islands, where they spent four years living on the island of Kwajalein. This afforded her the opportunity to travel widely in the Pacific, visiting places as far flung as Hawai’i, New Zealand, and Micronesia.

Anne Marie currently works for the Town of Westwood as a Special Projects Coordinator in the Board of Selectmen’s Office.   Prior to this position Anne Marie performed contractual work for Westwood’s Government and Charter Review Task Force.   Serving as the Administrator for the committee she did extensive research and in depth comparison reporting on municipal government structure and town charters.   Anne Marie spent nearly a decade working for the Massachusetts State Senate under three Senate President Administrations.

Heather McMann is the Executive Director of Groundwork Lawrence (GWL) where she has been changing places and changing lives for over 10 years.  GWL brings together government, schools, businesses, and other nonprofits to lead community driven initiatives focused on building a healthier, stronger, more vibrant city.

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