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Board of Directors 


Gina Despres, MA

Retired educator

Vice President

Marybeth Ferrarini, RN, JD, CPHRM

Southcoast Health


Lissa Singer, APRN, MBA, CPC-I 

First Physician Corp


Kate C. Miller, MPP

Representative Antonio Cabral,

Massachusetts House of Representatives


Zachary Boyer

Coastline Elderly Services

Michaela DeMattio, MA 

Balanced Learning Center

April C. Funches

Bristol County District Attorney's Office

Darcy H. Lee

Samaritans Southcoast 

Ex Officio 

Jocelyn M. Oliveira, CISR Elite, CPPL, CPIA

Partners Insurance Group LLC

Anna Schierberl Scherr, PhD

UMass Dartmouth, Brown University


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.  Read more...

Christine Rizza - Training & Development Manager

Christine Rizza, a lifelong resident of Southeastern Massachusetts, comes to Samaritans Southcoast from the Fall River YMCA, where she served as the Member Services Director and Livestrong Director, an intense program for cancer patients, as well as running the Diabetes Prevention Program and Dance program.   Read more...

Natalie Schrager - Human Resources Manager

Natalie Schrager is an experienced human resources generalist with over a decade of experience.  She comes to Samaritans  Southcoast from Rave Mobile Safety, a software application company providing emergency alert systems, and previously worked at Advenir Living and South Florida Paper Products.  Read more...

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