AROUND THE VALLEY
Served by Lazarus House, State Rep. Shines a Light on Needs
State Rep. Tram Nguyen (D-18th Essex) was five-years-old when her family left Vietnam and to settle in Lawrence with less than $100.
Nguyen lived in public housing just a 10 minute walk from Lazarus House, an organization that provides a variety of services to struggling individuals and families. Lazarus House was among the places Nguyen’s family turned to for help during the holidays.
Twenty-five years later, Nguyen became the first Vietnamese American woman elected to the Massachusetts legislature.
“We remember what a difference [Lazarus House] made for us,” she said. “I hope I can inspire others like me to see themselves as perhaps running for office someday.”
Lazarus House Ministries Golf Tournament Highest Attendance Ever
Emcee Billy Costa of Kiss 108 tag-teamed with Andover’s own Coach Fazio for the highest fundraising live auction in Lazarus House’s 24 years of hosting the Drive for Dignity Golf Tournament.
Both morning and afternoon rounds saw record breaking attendances for the FUND THE MISSION campaign – a challenge orchestrated by Joe Faro (Tuscan Brands and tournament premier sponsor) with total value matched in warm blankets for homeless guests by Maxwell Perry (Beantown Blankets).
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Celebrates National Nonprofit Day
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union is holding its annual Nonprofit Day campaign that allows community members to nominate their favorite 501(c)(3) organization for the chance to win a $2,019 donation.
As part of the credit union’s Small Acts That Give Back initiative, this campaign honors National Nonprofit Day, which will be celebrated across the country on Saturday, August 17. Jeanne D’Arc launched this campaign for the first time last year, donating $2,018 to the Westford-based organization For the Love of Erika.
Jeanne D’Arc is accepting nonprofit nominations between Monday, July 29 and Saturday, August 10. The credit union will select one winner on Monday, August 12.
“We are excited to hold our second annual National Nonprofit Day campaign,” said Mark S. Cochran, president and chief executive officer. “We wholeheartedly understand the difference nonprofits make in our communities, and we are looking forward to giving community members the chance to recognize the organizations that mean the most to them.”
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Lowell Community Health Center Announces Three New Medical Staff
Jessica Amorosino, Lowell Community Health Center‘s new chief of pediatrics, is a board-certified pediatrician and lifestyle medicine physician with a special interest in improving patient care and education through social media, technology and collaboration across multiple disciplines. Upon graduation from Tufts-Floating Hospital residency, Amorosino settled on the North Shore of Boston with her husband and children. Amorosino is a first generation Korean American who received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Boston University as a Trustee Scholar and MMEDIC Scholar.
“I am honored to join this dynamic and forward thinking team of healthcare professionals and community experts at Lowell Community Health Center to meet the health needs of Lowell’s diverse population. I am impressed with the talent within Lowell CHC and am excited to work together with community leaders to provide the best care possible to infants, children and adolescents,” says Amorosino.
Robert P. Marlin, Lowell Community Health Center’s new chief of the Metta Health Center, is nationally recognized in refugee health with a particular focus on health and human rights. He previously served as director of the Coordinated Care Program for Political Violence Survivors at the Cambridge Health Alliance and is described by those who have worked alongside him as absolutely adored by his patients and dedicated to multidisciplinary, integrated care. In addition to training in internal medicine, anthropology, and public health, Marlin completed the Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard Medical School. He has been working as a primary care internist, caring for mostly immigrant and refugee patients, in Cambridge, Mass., for more than 12 years and has been working with refugees and displaced populations for more than 25 years.
“I am absolutely thrilled and honored to be joining the team at the Metta Health Center, which has been a pioneer in the care and treatment of refugees and torture survivors for nearly two decades. In my first few weeks at Lowell Community Health Center, I have been both humbled and inspired by the Metta team’s dedication to their patients and their deep connections to the Greater Lowell community,” says Marlin.
Duncan Speel joins Lowell CHC as the new senior director of behavioral health services. Speel comes to the health center from South Bay Community Services, where he worked since 2013. Most recently, he served as the director of day services in Lowell. Speel’s skills include program growth and development, state agency licensure and other accreditation, and insurance regulation, requirements and utilization management.
“I felt welcomed by the health center the moment I came on board. The atmosphere here is amazing and I truly look forward to the great work that lies ahead,” says Speel.