NoteWorthy – 2/10/19

Joseph Girard-Meli on February 10th, 2019


Faulkner Retires, Mortimer Becomes Haverhill Bank Chairman

Thomas L. Mortimer has been named chairman of the board of Haverhill Bank following the retirements of two longtime board members.

Mortimer, who was named president and chief executive officer in 2010, adds chairman to his title with the retirement of Thomas R. Faulkner after nearly 50 years of service to the institution. During the bank’s recent annual meeting, Faulkner and Duncan C. “Deke” Farmer retired from Haverhill Bank’s board of directors after more than 60 years of combined service. Mortimer said he has relied on Faulkner’s and Farmer’s collective wealth of experience and finds their years of community service inspirational.


Eva Montibello cuts the ribbon with the help of her son John Lawrence. She is accompanied by friends and family.

Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Helps Alpha E Consulting Cut Ribbon on New Office Space

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce was pleased to help Alpha E Consulting cut the ribbon on its new office space. The cutting ceremony on Jan. 29 was packed with friends, family, clients and other business colleagues. Eva Montibello founded Alpha E Consulting, self-described as “a full-service business development consultancy focused on business strategy, sales programming, marketing, public relations, communications, online and media strategies that empower results for clients.”


Greater Lowell Community Foundation Awards $135,500 in Grants to 18 Local Nonprofits

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation has awarded $135,500 to 18 nonprofit organizations through its 2018 Discretionary Grants Program. These grant awards are part of a competitive grant process in which nonprofit organizations apply for funds and an independent committee reviews the proposals and selects awardees. See the full list of awardees at


Merrimack Valley Food Bank & Girls Inc. of Lowell Receive $10,000 Grant

Fallon Health today announced $10,000 grants to each of 10 community-based organizations addressing health care barriers in underserved communities from Lowell to Worcester to the Berkshires. Merrimack Valley nonprofits selected to receive the grant include Girls Inc. of Lowell and Merrimack Valley Food Bank.



Boston Ballet major gifts officer Laura Frye, who previously served as director of development at Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) for three seasons, will return Feb. 19 to steer the not-for-profit theatre’s fundraising efforts. A resident of Lowell, Frye increased donations by 22% during her previous tenure at MRT. In 2015, she moved to the Boston Ballet, where she managed a portfolio of nearly $1 million. She has also worked as a fundraiser for the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. A graduate with a Master of Science in Arts Administration from Boston University, she served as an officer from 2015-18 on the board of the Lowell Cultural Council. Frye will lead MRT’s development and fundraising efforts, working closely with the Board of Trustees and senior staff to continue raising funds from individuals, foundations, corporate sponsors, and government agencies.

Joseph M. Princi II has been hired as Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s new senior vice president and chief financial officer. Princi joins Jeanne D’Arc with nearly 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He has extensive direct banking experience, working for large international banking institutions, mid-tier banks and community banking institutions. Prior to joining the credit union, he worked as the director of the U.S. for Mirai Advisory, a boutique consulting company based in Europe. He has also worked at Citizens Financial Group, Santander Holdings, Inc., Darling Consulting Group and State Street Global Advisors, where he has built a successful track record of delivering improvements to bottom line through financial forecasting, profitability, mergers and acquisitions, and sensitivity analysis. Princi says he looks forward to building upon the Credit Union’s strengths to make a positive impact in the community. He is a Certified Treasury Professional and holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

Jon Dowst has been hired as executive vice president and chief credit officer at Pentucket Bank. Dowst will serve on Pentucket Bank’s senior management team and will be responsible for all credit and lending activities at the bank effective March 4. An industry veteran with more than 30 years of financial service experience, Dowst joins Pentucket Bank from Bank of America, where he held numerous senior level leadership roles in commercial credit, sales and overall business strategy. Most recently, he held both regional and national executive positions for Bank of America’s Small Business and Business Banking divisions. Dowst began his professional career working for community banks in North Conway and Portsmouth, NH. The majority of his career has been based out of southern New Hampshire, where he also resides.



February 15

The Custom House Maritime Museum, marking its 50th birthday, will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. to celebrate the Newburyport Maritime Society’s ownership of the historic Robert Mills-designed structure on Market Street. Newburyport, Mass. |

February 16

Circle Health Tewksbury will hold a Community Open House from 10 a.m. to noon featuring tours of the new building, health screenings, raffle prizes from area businesses, family activities and more. Tewksbury, Mass. |

February 23

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union‘s ninth annual We Share A Common Thread Foundation Fundraiser, which will be held at Lenzi’s from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The night will be filled with music, games, basket raffles, a silent auction, door prizes and much more. Dracut, Mass. |

February 24 – March 10

The 2018 Wild Rover Series features three different Merrimack Valley races: the Frozen Shamrock 3-Mile Road Race on Feb. 24; the Claddagh Pub 4-Mile Classic Road Race on Mar. 3; and the Dudley’s Wild Clover 5-Mile Road Race on Mar. 10. Haverhill, Lawrence and Lowell, Mass. |


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