Board of Directors
Gina Despres, MA
Marybeth Ferrarini, RN, JD, CPHRM
Lissa Singer, APRN, MBA, CPC-I
First Physician Corp
Kate C. Miller, MPP
Representative Antonio Cabral, Massachusetts House of Representatives
Barbara Beckmann, LICSW
Child and Family Services, Inc.
Coastline Elderly Services
Michaela DeMattio, MA candidate in Clinical Psychology
Bridgewater State University
April C. Funches
Bristol County District Attorney's Office
Darcy H. Lee
Jocelyn M. Oliveira, CISR Elite, CPPL, CPIA
Partners Insurance Group LLC
Anna Schierberl Scherr, PhD
UMass Dartmouth, Brown University
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 County 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 Follies 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 Museum. 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, 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.
She was the owner of Somerset Dance Center for 20 years, a school of dance for people of all ages and all levels of dance. Rizza served proudly as a member of the Dance Teachers Club of Boston and the Dance Masters Association. After selling her business in 2006, she went to work for the Dighton-Rehoboth school department in the field of special needs working one on one with elementary school-aged children and doing in-home ABA therapy in the community. She also runs a successful art business teaching adult and children art classes and selling her artwork.
Rizza's volunteer experience includes SouthCoast Serves, the Veterans Association of Bristol County, St. Vincent’s Services, Boy Scouts of America, and developing a robust and active cancer survivor alumni program with more than 100 members.
She brings a lifetime of experience motivating and supporting people through her work as a teacher, trainer, and coach. A suicide loss survivor, Rizza is passionate about suicide prevention and sees this position as an extension of her personal mission to help others.
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, Mello 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. Mello brings this quality improvement mindset to his work at Samaritans Southcoast.
Mello holds an AA in Liberal Arts from Bristol Community College and is passionate about improving the lives of all Southcoast residents.