Board of Directors 


Lissa Singer, APRN, MBA, CPC-I 

First Physician Corp


Barbara Beckmann,  LICSW

Child and Family Services, Inc.


Gina Despres, MA

Retired educator

Marybeth Ferrarini, RN, JD, CPHRM

Southcoast Health

Kate C. Miller, MPP

Representative Antonio Cabral, Massachusetts House of Representatives

Jocelyn M. Oliveira, CISR Elite, CPPL, CPIA

Partners Insurance Group LLC

Eric M. Poulin

Rochester Council on Aging

Anna Schierberl Scherr, PhD

UMass Dartmouth


Jason Silvia

Department of Children & Families, Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Leadership Team

Darcy H. Lee - Executive Director

Darcy H. Lee began her career at the John F. Kennedy Library and Foundation in Boston, going on to work as Press Aide to U. S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, after which she worked in fundraising and as a consultant for different organizations including Clark University, Orchard House - Home of the Alcotts, Pilgrim Hall Museum, and the Women's Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts, among others.  She served the Plymouth region as Executive Director of Mayflower RSVP.


Lee is the author of two books - the award-winning Ghosts of Plymouth, Massachusetts (2017) and The Fantastic, Fabulous, Funny, and Factual Follis of a Facebook Friend (2010). 

She serves on the boards of the Fall River Area Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families, the Rotary Club of Fall River, and the Mattapoisett Historical Society.  Lee is a member of the National Association of Crisis Organization Directors and the New Bedford Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Southcoast and a Paul Harris Fellow through Rotary International.  Lee has a BA in history from Marymount College at Fordham University and lives in southeastern Massachusetts.

Christine Rizza - Volunteer Coordinator

Christine Rizza comes to Samaritans Southcoast from the Fall River YMCA, where she served as the Member Services Director. She brings a lifetime of experience motivating and supporting people through her work as a teacher, trainer, and coach.  A suicide loss survivor, Christine is passionate about suicide prevention and sees this position as an extension of her personal mission to help others.   

Ian Mello - Program Coordinator

Ian Mello is a lifelong Southeastern Massachusetts resident with diverse leadership experience working with non-profit organizations in the region, including Southcoast Health, Northstar Learning Centers, 3rd Eye Youth Empowerment, YouthUnited Basketball, and the Coalition for Social Justice. 


Most recently, Ian worked as a Continuous Improvement Specialist at Southcoast Health. In this role, he utilized quality improvement methodologies to facilitate teams composed of frontline care/support service workers and leadership.  Through this work, teams were able to design systems and processes to deliver better and safer outcomes for both staff and patients. Ian brings this quality improvement mindset to his work at Samaritans Southcoast. 


Ian holds an AA in Liberal Arts from Bristol Community College and is passionate about improving the lives of all Southcoast residents.