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Past awardees:

Distinguished Alumnus: Scott Lopes (’15), BayCoast Bank
Unsung Hero: Keith Graveline (’13), RDA Financial Group

Distinguished Alumna: Lee Blake (’05), UMass Dartmouth/NB Historical Society
Unsung Hero: Angela Johnston, New Bedford Economic Development Council

Distinguished Alumni:
Ben Gilbarg (’12), Visionary Communications Consultants
Bernadette Souza (’13), Youth Opportunities Unlimited

Distinguished Alumni:
Nicole Almeida (’09), BayCoast Bank
Thomas Rainford (’07), Rainford & Rainford PC

Distinguished Alumni:
Rev. David Lima (’05), Greater New Bedford Interchurch Council
Robert Canuel (’05), People Inc.

Distinguished Alumna:
Maureen Sylvia (’05), Sylvia Group

Congratulations to Leadership SouthCoast’s 2017 Distinguished Alumna and Unsung Hero awardees!

Unsung Hero awardee Angela Johnston
and Distinguished Alumna awardee Lee Blake

Lee Blake (’05) from UMass Dartmouth is Leadership SouthCoast’s 2017 Distinguished Alumna from LSC’s inaugural class. She’s a longtime advocate for the community, as well as for arts, culture, and social justice causes. In 2011, Lee was named as New Bedford’s Woman of the Year and in 2015 was recognized by the YWCA as a Woman of Distinction.

Angela Johnston (’10) from the New Bedford Economic Development Council is Leadership SouthCoast’s 2017 Unsung Hero. Angela has dedicated not just her career, but her life’s work to making new Bedford and the South Coast a better place to live, work, and play.

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees:

Unsung Heroes
Keith Graveline (’13), RDA Financial Group; Angela Johnston (’10), New Bedford Economic Development Council; Elise Korejwa (’16), UMass Dartmouth Public Policy Center; Brenda Motta (’16), Meeting Street; David Teixeira (’12), Southcoast Health

Distinguished Alumni
Lee Blake (’05), UMass Dartmouth; Craig Correia (’16), Paul & Dixon Insurance; Colleen Dawicki (’11), Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; Keith Graveline (’13), RDA Financial Group, Michelle Neves Hantman (’07), United Way of Greater New Bedford; Dolores Hirschmann (’12), Masters in Clarity; Tracy Ibbotson (’09), Saint Anne’s Hospital; Michelle Loranger (’11), Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County; Greg Medeiros (’16), BankFive; Susan Remy (’07), New Bedford Child and Family Services; Sheri Weintraub (’14), Southcoast Health

Thank you to our 2017 Alumni Award Sponsors

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