Our Board of Directors and Schedule of Board Meetings

Community Teamwork is governed by a twenty-four member Board of Directors.

Volunteer Board Committed to Accountability and Service

 Pictured back row: Dennis Piendak, President; Bernadette Wheeler, Clerk; Bob Correnti; Marty Conway; Mickey Cockrell; Glenn Goldman; Marty Hogan; Lee Ackerson

Pictured front row: Lindsay Vincent; Marie Sweeney; Lynn Roderick, Assistant Treasurer; Germaine Vigeant-Trudel, Treasurer; Sheila Och, Vice President; Kate Cohen

Not pictured: Marty Conway; Patricia Doherty; Rodney Elliot; James B. Hogan; Rita Mercier; Vesna Nuon; Rita O’Brien Dee; Sovanna Pouv

Community Teamwork is fortunate to be governed by 24 dedicated community members. The Community Teamwork Board of Directors is responsible for the governance of the entire agency.  This role involves protection of the public interest, being a fiduciary, selecting the executive director and assessing his/ her performance, ensuring compliance with legal and tax requirements, and evaluating the organization’s work.

Low-Income Sector Has a Strong Voice

Community Teamwork’s Board of Directors reflects the shared mission of all of the approximately 1,000 Community Action Agencies across the country – board_chartto ensure that there is a clear connection between people with limited income and the power structure of our community.  This is accomplished through a tri-partite membership structure: at least one-third of the Board’s members represent the low-income community, another third local government and public officials, and another third the private sector such as business, labor, religious and cultural groups, educational entities and social service agencies.  Our board meets at our agency headquarters at 6:30pm on the 4th Wednesday of each month, except during July, August, and December.

Our Board Members


Dennis E. Piendak, President
Sheila Och, Vice President
Germaine Vigeant-Trudel, Treasurer
Lynn Roderick, Assistant Treasurer
Bernadette Wheeler, Clerk

Catherine M. Maynard  – Director Emeritus                                                                  Carleen Gavin – Director Emeritus

Private Sector Representatives

Dr. Leland Ackerson, University of Massachusetts, Lowell                                        Khien Awasom-Nkimbeng, African Cultural Association of Lowell                        Marty Conway, Greater Lowell Central Labor Council
Glenn Goldman, Lowell Five
Germaine Vigeant-Trudel, Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership
Dr. Leland Ackerson, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
James Hogan, Big Brother/Big Sister Advisory Council                                            Germaine Vigeant-Trudel, Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership                      Bernadette Wheeler, Former Head Start Parent

Public Sector Representatives

City of Lowell

City Councilor Rodney Elliott, Lowell City Council
City Councilor Rita Mercier, Lowell City Council
City Councilor Vesna Nuon, Lowell City Council


Kate Cohen, Chelmsford-Westford (by State Representative Jim Arciero)
Bob Correnti, Billerica (by BHA Commissioner J. O’Donnell)                                                                                                                                                                                  Rich Lemoine, Tyngsboro (by Selectman Robert Jackson) – Resigned
Dennis Piendak, Dracut (by Selectperson Alison Hughes)
Marie Sweeney, Tewksbury (by Selectman Todd Johnson)

Low-Income Representatives

City of Lowell
Marty Hogan, Centralville Neighborhood Action Group
Sheila Och, Lowell Community Health Center                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sovanna Pouv, Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association


Mickey Cockrell, Town of Dracut/St. Francis Parish                                                  Patricia Doherty, Billerica Public Housing                                                                    Rita O’Brien-Dee, Tewksbury
Lynn Roderick, Westford Council on Aging

CTI Programs
Jennifer Surprenant, Head Start Policy Council

Non-CTI Low-Income Programs
Attorney David Brown, Northeast Legal Aid – Resigned 12/19

Our Board Meeting Schedule 2020

With the exception of the Board Retreat/Board Meeting and the Annual Meeting – both held off-site, all regularly scheduled Board Meetings are held at

155 Merrimack Street, Marjoie McDermott Board Room, 2nd Floor, Lowell MA  01852

Meetings are called to order promptly at 7pm. Public is welcome.

2020 Dates Coming Soon


2019 Dates

Saturday, January 27, 2018 – Board Retreat and Board Meeting

Wednesday, February 28th

Wednesday, March 28th

Wednesday, April 25th

Wednesday, May 23rd

Wednesday, June 27th


Wednesday, September 26th

Wednesday, October 24th (Annual Meeting)

Wednesday, November 28th