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Congratulations to our 2020 Distinguished Alumni and Unsung Hero Award nominees!


Distinguished Alumni Nominees:

Daniel DeCosta (’10), BayCoast Bank

Zoe Hansen-DiBello (’13), NorthStar Learning Center

Michelle Neves Hantman (’07), United Way of Greater New Bedford

Greg Medeiros (’16), BankFive

Jessica Silva (’18), New Bedford Economic Development Council


Unsung Hero Nominees:

Dina Abreu (’16), Legislative Aide for State Representative Antonia F.D. Cabral

Bridget Flynn (’19)

Darcy Lee (’18), Samaritans of FR/NB, Inc.

Patti Rego (’19), Marion Institute 

Dina Tabicas (’14), BayCoast Bank

Past Awardees:


Distinguished Alumna: Colleen Dawicki (’11), Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Unsung Hero: Curtis Nelson (’06), Nelson Insurance & Financial Services


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

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