“Why do we give to the Women’s Fund?” Three and a half years ago, as we started to put together the business plan for Boutique Fitness, it was important that...
Valerie Basset - Executive Director
Valerie Bassett began her career as a day care teacher and working for a battered women’s sheltering organization. She went on to lead Intergovernmental Relations for the Boston Public Health Commission, was Director of Policy and Research at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, and served as executive director of the Massachusetts Public Health Association, an education and advocacy organization. For the past two years she’s consulted, including locally with the South Coast Healthy Housing and Workplace Initiative, a project of Voices for a Healthy South Coast. Valerie graduated from Brown University with a BA in American Civilization and from Emerson College with an MFA in creative writing. A Connecticut native, she lived in Boston for more than 20 years before moving to Westport two years ago, where she now resides with her wife, son, and rescue greyhound. Valerie enjoys reading, biking, stand-up paddling, and making up jokes with her family.
Traci Calabrese - Development Officer
Growing up in New Bedford and Dartmouth, Traci graduated from University of Rhode Island Summa Cum Laude in 2000. While still in school she began working at the Development office, gaining telemarketing and fundraising experience. Upon graduation, she decided that she would pursue non-profit development work as a career. Traci left our region for development positions at Lake Forest College in Illinois, and Convent of the Visitation School in Mendota, Minnesota. She then returned to the Boston area where she worked with several non-profit organizations in annual giving, major gifts and outreach. When Traci isn’t focused on raising her two small children, she loves to read and run. She lives in New Bedford with her husband and two daughters.
Stacie Hess - LifeWork Project Coordinator
Stacie comes to the Women's Fund with a background in writing, volunteering and non-profit management. Stacie worked for six years as Executive Director of The Robert F. Stoico/FIRSTFED Charitable Foundation before returning to graduate school. She recently completed her Master of Arts degree from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English. She is an active community volunteer, with leadership positions at AHA!, Gifts to Give and Friends of Clasky Common Park. Stacie is also an adjunct faculty member in the English department at Bristol Community College. She lives in New Bedford with her husband and three children.
Dez Savoy - Marketing Officer
Dez Savoy is passionate about developing creative connections with other humans across the region who share a deep commitment to improving interrelationships with each other and the environment. She is instrumental in the cross pollination of ideas, stimulating enthusiasm and dynamism across groups. With focused attention on outcomes, she inspires visionaries to develop actions that match organizational goals and objectives and holds contributors accountable for advancing strategic projects.
Manuela Rosa - Program Coordinator, WISE Woman Program
Manuela was born and raised in Cape Verde Island and is a former ESL student from BCC. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in African-African American Studies from UMass Dartmouth. Her work history is diverse; including as a Vocational Specialist for UMass Boston and Case Manager /Acting Program Manager at the New Bedford Career Center, servicing the adult population. Manuela presently works as a Program Coordinator for the WISE Women Program (women in successful environment) at the New Bedford campus. Manuela is multilingual- fluent in English, Portuguese, Creole and Spanish.