About Us

About Us

About Us

Evidence suggests that the role of civic infrastructure cannot be overlooked. Cities with collaborative, multidisciplinary networks demonstrate stronger economic resilience than their peers, and possess healthier citizens and safer neighborhoods. At the helm of civic infrastructure are effective leaders – the decision-makers and stakeholders who can effectively influence policy and drive change.

Evidence suggests that the role of civic infrastructure cannot be overlooked. Cities with collaborative, multidisciplinary networks demonstrate stronger economic resilience than their peers, and possess healthier citizens and safer neighborhoods. At the helm of civic infrastructure are effective leaders – the decision-makers and stakeholders who can effectively influence policy and drive change.

Leadership SouthCoast was founded in 2004 by a group of local business and civic leaders who recognized the significance of effective leadership to a community’s vibrancy. They set out to develop a community leadership program that could cultivate a diverse network of regional leaders who are prepared and motivated to strengthen and improve the region. Several of the founders were graduates of community leadership programs in other states and experienced the benefits of the model for themselves and their organizations. Leadership SouthCoast has graduated twelve cohorts totaling over 285 alumni. Close to 100 area organizations representing the public, private, and non-profit sectors have sponsored employees to participate in the program.

Leadership SouthCoast was founded in 2004 by a group of local business and civic leaders who recognized the significance of effective leadership to a community’s vibrancy. They set out to develop a community leadership program that could cultivate a diverse network of regional leaders who are prepared and motivated to strengthen and improve the region.   

 Several of the founders were graduates of community leadership programs in other states and experienced the benefits of the model for themselves and their organizations. Leadership SouthCoast has graduated twelve cohorts totaling over 285 alumni. Close to 100 area organizations representing the public, private, and non-profit sectors have sponsored employees to participate in the program.

Our Mission

Leadership SouthCoast engages, educates, and empowers diverse individuals to become active community leaders and a vigorous network determined to improve and strengthen the south coast region.

Our Vision

Leadership SouthCoast aspires to become a platform that convenes other south coast organizations and members of the community to make actionable impact ensuring equity and improving the quality of life for the region.

Our Mission

Leadership SouthCoast engages, educates, and empowers diverse individuals to become active community leaders and a vigorous network determined to improve and strengthen the south coast region.

Our Vision

Leadership SouthCoast aspires to become a platform that convenes other south coast organizations and members of the community to make actionable impact ensuring equity and improving the quality of life for the region.

Board Of Directors

Catherine DeTerra (’18)
Board Chair

Director, Marketing & Development
Cooperative Production Inc.

Stephen Mitchell (’12)
Treasurer

First Vice President, Regional Cash Management Specialist
Morgan Stanley

Beth Perdue (’13)
Secretary

Consultant
Help & Hope Southcoast

Jennifer Menard (’06)
Immediate Past Chair

Interim Vice President of External Affairs
Bristol Community College

Rick Kidder

Co-CEO
One SouthCoast Chamber

Michael O’Sullivan

Co-CEO
One SouthCoast Chamber

Elise Rapoza (’16)

Senior Research and Corporate Engagement Associate
UMass Dartmouth

Scott Lopes (’15)

Vice President/Human Resources & Training and Development
BayCoast Bank

Keith Graveline (’13)

Financial Advisor
RDA Financial Group

Greg Medeiros (’16)

First Vice President/Credit Administration
BankFive

Dawn Camille ('19)

Senior Director of Retail Banking
First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union

Michael Goodman

Acting Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Board Of Directors

Catherine DeTerra (’18)
Board Chair

Director, Marketing & Development
Cooperative Production Inc.

Stephen Mitchell (’12)
Treasurer

First Vice President, Regional Cash Management Specialist
Morgan Stanley

Beth Perdue (’13)
Secretary

Consultant
Help & Hope Southcoast

Jennifer Menard (’06)
Immediate Past Chair

Interim Vice President of External Affairs
Bristol Community College

Rick Kidder

Co-CEO
One SouthCoast Chamber

Michael O’Sullivan

Co-CEO
One SouthCoast Chamber

Elise Rapoza (’16)

Senior Research and Corporate Engagement Associate
UMass Dartmouth

Scott Lopes (’15)

Vice President/Human Resources & Training and Development
BayCoast Bank

Keith Graveline (’13)

Financial Advisor
RDA Financial Group

Greg Medeiros (’16)

First Vice President/Credit Administration
BankFive

Dawn Camille ('19)

Senior Director of
Retail Banking
First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union

Michael Goodman

Acting Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

DONNA CRISCUOLO

Executive Director of Leadership Southcoast

Donna has over 25 years of experience in the private sector, as an entrepreneur and in nonprofit management. Her background is in marketing and operations that quickly led her into leadership roles at various organizations. She has been in the nonprofit arena for over 10 years and finds mission driven work to be the most satisfying. Donna most recently held the position of Executive Director of EforAll South Coast where she created financial sustainability for the program as well as grew community support through volunteer engagement.

Being a strategic thinker who holds a grand vision, Donna sees the long-term big picture while building the road that leads there. She empowers others through her authentic presence and support. One of her many mantra’s is “Lead from behind” which empowers those around her.

Donna’s goal for Leadership South Coast is to support diverse leaders through inclusive programming. “I hope to encourage new faces of leadership. Leaders are not just found in corner offices. Some are working quietly within their communities. Others are supporting with compassion. All have a village mentality that encourages participation and is all inclusive.”

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