Boards and Commissions

Each Division of the Community Services has a board or commission whose role and responsibility aligns with that of the related division. In general, these official groups meet publicly each month to resolve issues and create policies and procedures. They are a platform for citizen participation and input and address the concerns and needs of the community at large. The Human Services boards and commissions are:

Commission For Citizens W/Disabilities Members: (Human Services Division)

  • Cynthia Wallquist, Ex. Director
  • Dennis DeMarinis, Jr., Chair
  • George Smith, Vice Chair
  • Susan Bewsher, Secretary
  • Marsha F. Fernandes, Treasurer
  • Melissa Branco
  • Linda Carreiro
  • Rev. Pamela J. Cole

Debra Lee, ADA Coordinator
c/o Council on Aging
181 Hillman St., Bldg. 9
New Bedford, MA 02740

Council on Aging Advisory Board Members:

  • Bruce Duarte, Chairperson
  • Patricia Costa, Vice-Chairperson
  • Virginia Morrison, Secretary
  • George N. Smith
  • Jane Stott
  • Joan Swain
  • Esperanza Alejandro-Berube
  • William E. Jennings
  • Nancy Feeney

Meetings are held on the first (1st) Thursday of every month at COA office, 181 Hillman Street, Building #9 at 9:00 A.M

Human Relations Commission Members:

  • Estella Ribeiro, Vice-Chairperson
  • Jeff Costa
  • Carol Walsh
  • Marcus Chumack
  • Bethany Fauteux
  • Maria Rosario
  • Marci Pina-Christian, Human Services Coordinator and Executive Director of Human Relations Commission
  • Martin Bentz
  • Zoe Hansen-DiBello, Secretary

Meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm in Room 314 at City Hall.  If you would like to come before the commission or contact the commission, you can email or call the office at 508-979-1464.

Section 2-130 of the City Code: established 10/26/76.

Consists of nine members, each of whom shall reside or be employed in the City of New Bedford. Commission members shall serve without compensation and shall be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council for THREE YEAR TERMS.