English At Large Volunteer Leadership

Board of Directors

The English At Large Board of Directors is comprised of local volunteers committed to the mission of the organization.  The Board provides financial oversight, guides our strategic vision and works with the staff and other community members to raise funds and awareness for our important work in the local community.

Matt Roper
President
Senior Financial Analyst, Mimecast

Jeff Backerman
Vice President
Independent Management Consultant

Melissa  De Oliveira Assis
Secretary
Director of Operations, B’nai B’rith Housing New England

Andrew Albano
Treasurer
Accountant, HarborVest 

Members: 

Hicham Mouhsin
Director of Human Resources, Hyatt Hotels

Mihir Shah
Mechanical Engineer, Pace Industries

Development Committee

The volunteers on this committee work closely with the Executive Director to develop and support agency fundraising programs and activities that help us secure the resources we need to continue our work.  This group contributes to the success of community fundraisers, our annual appeal, and sustaining gifts and donor stewardship programs.  The committee also manages and drives the success of our Annual Online Auction.  

Jeff Backerman, Chair
Melissa  De Oliveira Assis
Colleen Murphy-Vincent

Marketing Committee

The Marketing Committee coordinates all outreach activities, and helps us raise awareness for English At Large across our 21-community service area.  These volunteers successfully led the Call to Action which helped us secure state earmark funding in 2019, and has initiated many other projects to expand our partner network. 

Donna Wainwright
Carol Wolfe

Programs Committee

The Programs Committee provides guidance and support to staff on program development and evaluation, learner graduation and volunteer appreciation.  Most of the volunteers on this committee are current or former English At Large tutors or group facilitators who use this experience to help ensure our programs remain high quality and serve those most in need.   

Mihir Shah, Chair
Sarah Unninayer
Tia Wulansari

English At Large

800 West Cummings Park, Suite 5550
Woburn, MA 01801
tel : 781.395.2374
email : info@englishatlarge.org

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It was wonderful to return to the tradition of our annual Staff Outing! Big thanks to EAL volunteer Elisabeth for giving us the grand tour of Lexington, Massachusetts historic taverns! ... See MoreSee Less

It was wonderful to return to the tradition of our annual Staff Outing!  Big thanks to EAL volunteer Elisabeth for giving us the grand tour of Lexington, Massachusetts historic taverns!
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Our $200,000 Sustaining Grant from the Cummings Foundation provides the stable resources we need to provide high-quality instructional programs for local immigrants. Special thanks to Cummings Properties Jeff Pelletier for delivering our annual installment in person! ... See MoreSee Less

Our $200,000 Sustaining Grant from the Cummings Foundation provides the stable resources we need to provide high-quality instructional programs for local immigrants. Special thanks to Cummings Properties Jeff Pelletier for delivering our annual installment in person!

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Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about Cummings Foundation Senior Living and Community Giving!Please join Network for Social Justice and SCI Woburn on Wednesday, June 23 at 7 PM for a live Zoom conversation with Joyce and Bill Cummings about New Horizons at Choate retirement community in Woburn. This exceptional independent and assisted living community, strictly a not-for-profit organization, is owned and operated by Cummings Foundation.

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English Learners! English for Everyone has a page of activities to help you practice your writing. Are you a beginner? Start here and answer the question "How Do You Relax?" ow.ly/7XnB50FbJcC ... See MoreSee Less

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This event is a great opportunity to learn more about New Horizons, and the services it provides its residents as a nonprofit retirement community!Please join Network for Social Justice and SCI Woburn on Wednesday, June 23 at 7 PM for a live Zoom conversation with Joyce and Bill Cummings about New Horizons at Choate retirement community in Woburn. This exceptional independent and assisted living community, strictly a not-for-profit organization, is owned and operated by Cummings Foundation.

Together with the New Horizons at Choate leadership team, Joyce and Bill will discuss the history and mission of New Horizons, as well as various living options and programs offered.

Invite a friend and bring your questions to learn more in what should be a very interactive presentation.

The event is free. Register: bit.ly/34vblj6
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This event is a great opportunity to learn more about New Horizons, and the services it provides its residents as a nonprofit retirement community!
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