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Five new trustees helping to carry the Providence Ministries mission forward

The Providence Ministries Board of Trustees (PMN) recently announced its newest Board members: William Dávila, Ed.D., MSW, Brenda McGiverin, Sister Maxyne Schneider, SSJ, Ph.D., Alyssa Sweeney, and Lauren Tabin.

PMN Board Chair James Wall said the PMN Board unanimously recommended the new trustees to the Sisters of Providence Ministry Corporation following PMN’s Board meeting on April 18.


The new members attended their first Board meeting at McCleary Manor on May 16.

William Dávila
William DavilaWilliam Dávila is an independent nonprofit consultant and executive advisor for several area organizations throughout the state. His 20-year career includes roles as VP of clinical services for the Center for Human Development, Inc. and as Campus Executive Director for UMass Center at Springfield. He is experienced in meeting community needs and helping shape and maximize organizational resources, outcomes, sustainability and expansion. Wall said, “Will brings a depth of passionate leadership from a clinical perspective working with mental health and substance abuse clinicians and overseeing associated programs.”

Brenda McGiverin
Brena McGiverinBrenda McGiverin is general sales manager for WWLP-TV 22, president of the Ad Club of Western Massachusetts, and on the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round Board of Directors. “Brenda’s commitment,” commented Wall, “is currently being exhibited by her service on two of our standing committees—PMN’s Public Relations/Marketing Committee, and our Retro Game Night Committee. She brings her wealth of community connections, marketing and branding insight, and human resources and financial acumen.”

Sister Maxyne Schneider, SSJ
Sister Maxyne Schneider SSJSister Maxyne Schneider, SSJ is the former president of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield. She is committed to the Gospel’s calls for social justice and for serving the needs of the poor. A strong supporter of the PMN mission, she currently contributes in an advisory capacity to PMN’s foodWorks@Kate’s Kitchen program. Her skills include grant writing, teaching, and strategic planning for not-for-profit leadership. “Sister Maxyne,” noted Wall, “is another new trustee with leadership experiences, a commitment to our work and business expertise.”

Alyssa Sweeney
Alyssa SweeneyAlyssa Sweeney is an attorney working at the Springfield law firm Egan, Flanagan & Cohen with expertise in estate planning. She has a special interest in social justice issues and concerns. Her involvement with Providence Ministries dates back to her elementary school years when she volunteered at Kate’s Kitchen while a student at Blessed Sacrament School in Holyoke. Wall saw “Alyssa’s legal expertise” as serving “the Board and PMN’s recently launched Planned Giving Program extremely well.”

Lauren Tabin
Lauren TabinLauren Tabin, currently an assistant vice president, branch officer for Peoples Bank, was recently promoted to oversee the Bank’s new financial services center under construction in Holyoke. Wall remarked, “Lauren has a long-standing affinity for the mission of Providence Ministries. She has previously served the PMN Board in executive roles and continues to facilitate Peoples Bank’s strong corporate support of our work.” Tabin’s business acumen includes financial oversight, operations management, human resources, and customer service. “Her experiences and long standing commitment to our Ministries,” concluded Wall, “make her a welcomed addition to our Board.”


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