For every $1 spent on early childhood education, society gains as much as $16 in long-term savings.

Insufficient early childhood development programming costs the United States $57 billion annually due to loss of productivity.

Executive Director’s Advisory Council

Zoe Hansen-DiBello, Ph.D.
Zoe Hansen-DiBello, Ph.D.

Chairperson, Senior Liaison to the Basics Learning Network

Tony Sapienza
Tony Sapienza

President of New Bedford Economic Development Council Board

Joe Nauman
Joe Nauman

EVP – Corporate & Legal at Acushnet Company (Retired)

Dr. Jean F. MacCormack
Dr. Jean F. MacCormack

Chancellor Emerita, UMass Dartmouth

Carolee Matsumoto, Ph.D.
Carolee Matsumoto, Ph.D.

Independent – Harvard University Graduate School of Education

Peter Bullard, Esq
Peter Bullard, Esq

Lang, Xifaras & Bullard

Hakima Bey-Coon, Esq.
Hakima Bey-Coon, Esq.
Andrew O’Leary
Andrew O’Leary

Interim Superintendent of New Bedford Public Schools

Zoe Hansen-DiBello, Ph.D.
Zoe Hansen-DiBello, Ph.D.

Chairperson, Senior Liaison to the Basics Learning Network

Tony Sapienza
Tony Sapienza

President of New Bedford Economic Development Council Board

Joe Nauman
Joe Nauman

EVP – Corporate & Legal at Acushnet Company (Retired)

Dr. Jean F. MacCormack
Dr. Jean F. MacCormack

Chancellor Emerita, UMass Dartmouth

Carolee Matsumoto, Ph.D.
Carolee Matsumoto, Ph.D.

Independent – Harvard University Graduate School of Education

Peter Bullard, Esq
Peter Bullard, Esq

Lang, Xifaras & Bullard

Hakima Bey-Coon, Esq.
Hakima Bey-Coon, Esq.
Andrew O’Leary
Andrew O’Leary

Interim Superintendent of New Bedford Public Schools

Local Advisory Council

David Prentiss
David Prentiss

PRESIDENT & CEO of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra.

Terry Wolkowicz
Terry Wolkowicz

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra.

Chief Walter Correira
Chief Walter Correira

Wareham Police Department

Pam Kuechler
Pam Kuechler

Executive Director, PACE Head Start

Chris Howard
Chris Howard

President & CEO First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union

Marci Pina Christian
Marci Pina Christian

Human Services Coordinator at City of New Bedford

Shaun Van Laarhoven
Shaun Van Laarhoven

Round the Bend Farm

Wendy Garf-Lipp
Wendy Garf-Lipp

Executive Director, United Neighbors of Fall River

Shirley Hardison
Shirley Hardison

Special Education Teacher, S.E.A.L. Foundation

Ashley Occhino
Ashley Occhino

Executive Director, Fall River Arts & Culture Coalition

Robyn Branco
Robyn Branco

Director of Mission Advancement, YMCA Southcoast

John Vasconcellos
John Vasconcellos

President, SouthCoast Community Foundation (Retired)

Rayana Grace
Rayana Grace

Program Officer, New Bedford and Womxn and Girls, Island Foundation

Colleen Kennedy-Mello
Colleen Kennedy-Mello

Program Director, Southeast Tobacco-Free Community Partnership · Seven Hills Foundation

Allison Perron
Allison Perron

LCSW At High Point Treatment Center

Kathy Treglia
Kathy Treglia

Community Liaison at Little People's College

Alison LeBert
Alison LeBert

Manager Community Health & Wellness Southcoast Health

Shane Burgo
Shane Burgo

Councilor at Large

Soraya Dos Santos
Soraya Dos Santos

Sacred Birthing Village Doula

David Guadalupe
David Guadalupe

Director of Mission Impact, YWCA of Southeastern MA

Phyllis H. Harris
Phyllis H. Harris

Care New England Corporate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

Jill Fearons
Jill Fearons

Executive Director, Friends of Jack Foundation

David Prentiss
David Prentiss

PRESIDENT & CEO of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra.

Terry Wolkowicz
Terry Wolkowicz

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra.

Chief Walter Correira
Chief Walter Correira

Wareham Police Department

Pam Kuechler
Pam Kuechler

Executive Director, PACE Head Start

Chris Howard
Chris Howard

President & CEO First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union

Marci Pina Christian
Marci Pina Christian

Human Services Coordinator at City of New Bedford

Shaun Van Laarhoven
Shaun Van Laarhoven

Round the Bend Farm

Wendy Garf-Lipp
Wendy Garf-Lipp

Executive Director, United Neighbors of Fall River

Shirley Hardison
Shirley Hardison

Special Education Teacher, S.E.A.L. Foundation

Ashley Occhino
Ashley Occhino

Executive Director, Fall River Arts & Culture Coalition

Robyn Branco
Robyn Branco

Director of Mission Advancement, YMCA Southcoast

John Vasconcellos
John Vasconcellos

President, SouthCoast Community Foundation (Retired)

Rayana Grace
Rayana Grace

Program Officer, New Bedford and Womxn and Girls, Island Foundation

Colleen Kennedy-Mello
Colleen Kennedy-Mello

Program Director, Southeast Tobacco-Free Community Partnership · Seven Hills Foundation

Allison Perron
Allison Perron

LCSW At High Point Treatment Center

Kathy Treglia
Kathy Treglia

Community Liaison at Little People's College

Alison LeBert
Alison LeBert

Manager Community Health & Wellness Southcoast Health

Shane Burgo
Shane Burgo

Councilor at Large

Soraya Dos Santos
Soraya Dos Santos

Sacred Birthing Village Doula

David Guadalupe
David Guadalupe

Director of Mission Impact, YWCA of Southeastern MA

Phyllis H. Harris
Phyllis H. Harris

Care New England Corporate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

Jill Fearons
Jill Fearons

Executive Director, Friends of Jack Foundation

Health Equity & Early Development Team

Kelly Rebeiro–Oliveira, MAT
Kelly Rebeiro–Oliveira, MAT

Executive Director

R.J. Ambrose
R.J. Ambrose

Assistant Dir. of Partnerships & Program Innovation

Ana Victoria Santos Y Santos
Ana Victoria Santos Y Santos

The Basics Community Liaison

Gregory Schneider
Gregory Schneider

Director of IT Design & Marketing

Kelly Rebeiro–Oliveira, MAT
Kelly Rebeiro–Oliveira, MAT

Executive Director

R.J. Ambrose
R.J. Ambrose

Assistant Dir. of Partnerships & Program Innovation

Ana Victoria Santos Y Santos
Ana Victoria Santos Y Santos

The Basics Community Liaison

Gregory Schneider
Gregory Schneider

Director of IT Design & Marketing

Britney Santos
Britney Santos

The Basics SouthCoast Youth Ambassador

Britney Santos
Britney Santos

The Basics SouthCoast Youth Ambassador

HEED is a collaborative network comprising diverse stakeholders committed to providing every child with the best start in life, ensuring they enter kindergarten prepared to achieve their maximum potential.