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Providing Business Skills to Worcester-area Nonprofits

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Abby's House

Abby's House

Abby’s House is the largest provider of affordable housing in Worcester designed to meet the needs of women and children.  In 2017 Abby’s House began planning for a significant renovation of their building at 52 High St. in Worcester scheduled for completion in late 2018.  Part of the renovation included upgrading the information technology infrastructure for the staff. Abby’s House asked ONE Worcester for help planning and implementing the IT upgrade and help in hiring a long-term IT service provider.  ONE Worcester has helped Abby’s House with an IT infrastructure assessment, specification document for an IT provider, an IT white paper for the Abby’s House Board, and ongoing consulting about IT infrastructure installation.

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Apple Tree Arts

Apple Tree Arts

Having used ONE Worcester’s services three times, since ONE Worcester was founded in 2009, Executive Director Donna Blanchard states that “Apple Tree Arts could not have grown and done what it has accomplished in recent years without ONE Worcester’s assistance."The first experience with One Worcester was when a One Worcester volunteer assisted Apple Tree Arts with Board Development.  Through these efforts, their organization now has a strong, committed board made up of both parents and community leaders with strong, functioning standing committees.  Subsequent projects included development of a technology assessment plan, and then strategic and succession planning.

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LGBT Asylum Taskforce

LGBT Asylum Taskforce

In fall 2017, ONE Worcester provided event planning services to the LGBT Asylum Taskforce.  The organization is the only group of its kind in the United States, providing wraparound services to asylum seekers who face torture or death in their countries of origin due to their sexual orientation.  The Taskforce provides housing, clothing, and social support while its guests seek asylum in the United States.  During last year's gala, planned in conjunction with ONE Worcester, the organization was able to raise well over $300,000.  This year, the group is collaborating again with ONE Worcester in an effort to buy a three-decker home for its guests.In fall 2018, we expanded the gala and shattered previous fundraising records for the Taskforce.

Thanks to our donors.
Nypro Foundation
The Fuller Foundation, Inc.
Stoddard Foundation
The Fletcher Foundation
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Cornerstone Bank
Central One Federal Credit Union
Provo Wealth Management Group
Berkshire Bank

Organization for Nonprofit Excellence

The Organization for Nonprofit Excellence (ONE Worcester) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with an eight-year history of providing consulting and coaching to Worcester-area nonprofits free of charge.  Formerly Jericho Road Worcester, our organization provides nonprofits with expert consulting in the areas of marketing, fundraising, strategic planning, governance, human resources, and board development.

(Pictured right: Students from African Community Education, which recently received human resources consulting).
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Let's Celebrate Our History Throughout The Years!

Throughout the years, we have worked with the Boys and Girls Club, Girls, Inc., Worcester Animal Rescue League, Abby’s House, and over ninety other essential nonprofits. Our consulting has helped ensure that the Worcester-area homeless are sheltered, that immigrants can graduate from high school, that kids can access the arts, and more.
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How to get involved

ONE Worcester makes sure that our partner nonprofits have the tools, infrastructure, and free consulting to spend every dollar wisely and keep our community strong.

Meet Our Board

Our board hails from diverse industries and educational backgrounds and promotes our mission of providing effective consulting to our nonprofit partners.
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Alex Mooradian, ESQ.

Alex Mooradian, ESQ.

Board Chair

Alex Mooradian, Esq. (Board Chair) represents clients in deportation proceedings, including immigrant juveniles, refugees, asylum seekers, and survivors of crimes.  He also represents those seeking immigration benefits, such as citizenship, adjustment of status (green cards), marriage visas, deferred action, and appeals of benefit denials.  He has appeared before numerous courts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including the Federal District Court, District and Superior Courts, Probate and Family Courts, the Boston Immigration Court and USCIS. Alex has served as lead counsel on numerous complex cases relating to protracted immigration detention, post-conviction relief, spurious gang allegations against immigrant juveniles, and litigation related to the Trump Administration's travel ban.

Alex is a Partner at Kneeland, Gribouski, and Mooradian of Worcester and speaks fluent Spanish. As a volunteer, he serves as the Board Chair of ONE Worcester.  He also serves on the pro-bono panel at Ascentria Care Alliance, is a mentor for the BU Law Immigrants' Rights and Human Trafficking Program, is an attorney-supervisor for the Student Clinic for Immigrant Justice, and routinely provides know-your-rights trainings at local nonprofits, health centers and universities.  He is the 2021 Recipient of the Boston University School of Law’s Public Interest Alumni Award in recognition of his pro bono work with immigrant kids, including those in immigrant detention, and his work on complex asylum matters.

As Board Chair of ONE Worcester, Alex oversaw the organization’s re-branding to ONE Worcester; has spoken on behalf of ONE Worcester to community organizations such as the Worcester Chamber of Commerce and Worcester Rotary Club; has moderated all in-person seminars and online webinars; and is currently overseeing changes to our online communications and web presence.  He meets routinely with our interim Executive Director to develop grant applications and meet with outside stakeholders and community leaders.  Alex has also helped lead our pandemic response, including our new programs that integrate diversity, equity and inclusion into our essential business consulting services.  To that end, he has worked with ONE Worcester’s Board and Program Manager, as well as outside stakeholders, to develop project criteria, programming, and assessment tools for one-on-one DEI consulting and webinars addressing social issues highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Barbara Guthrie

Barbara Guthrie

Interim Executive Director

Barbara Guthrie (Interim ED, in kind) has focused her professional career on the nonprofit secrot, working as the Administrator of the Colleges of Worcester Consortium.  More recently, she was the Executive Director of Rainbow Child Development Center, an inner-city organization focused on childcare and wellbeing.  She was also the Director of Head Start for Southern Worcester Country.  Barbara’s skills include budgeting and financial oversight, Grant Writing, Fund Raising, Facilities Management, Human Resources Management, Communications, Event Planning, Program Growth, and Community Collaboration.

Barbara is a Permanent Class President & Member of the Alumni Council for Keuka College, a Member & Secretary for the Princeton Council on Aging Board of Directors, and a 2-time president of the Worcester Rotary Club.

As a member of the ONE Worcester Board, she has served as Vice Chair and Interim Executive Director Barbara oversees grant writing and serves on the Executive Committee.  She has also been a  

Skill- based volunteer with special emphasis on board development and board governance.  Barbara routinely interviews nonprofit directors once their business consulting work is completed to determine their satisfaction with the services ONE Worcester provides.  Barbara routinely attends ONE Worcester programming, including our online DEI webinars and in-person events.  She received her BA with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business from Keuka College, Keuka Park, NY.

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Denise Darrigrand

Denise Darrigrand

Clerk

Denise Darrigrand (Clerk) has spent most of her career in higher education.  After receiving her M.A. and Ed. S. degrees in Counseling Psychology and Student Development she worked at Wesleyan University for 16 years starting as Assistant to the Dean of the College and concluding her time there as Dean of Student Affairs.  She then moved to Clark University where she took the position as Dean of Students and left in May 2015 as Dean of Students/Vice President of Student Affairs.  She is now pursuing a number of volunteer activities; in addition to serving as the Clerk of the Board for ONE Worcester she is Chair of the Steering Committee of the LGBT Asylum Task Force.  She is also on the board of Abby’s House; is chair of the board of Worcester Fellowship; is co-director of the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry; serves as the Collector of her Unitarian Universalist Church and volunteers at the Food Pantry of Cape Cod.

Denise has interviewed numerous nonprofits regarding their work with ONE Worcester, and she is also an advocate for increased DEI programming and has attended several of ONE Worcester’s DEI programs.  She lives in Worcester with her family.

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Bob Hoover

Bob Hoover

Treasurer

Bob Hoover (Treasurer) joined Jericho Road Worcester’s board in October of 2014 and has served as Treasurer for the past six years. He was instrumental in the establishment of Jericho Road as an independent 501©3 nonprofit. His responsibilities include budget preparation, monthly financial reporting to the Board of Directors, preparation of the required financial reporting to the state (Form PC) and the Federal Government (Form 990EZ). He assisted in the development of business plans and budgets for several nonprofit organizations.

Bob’s career background has been in financial management and planning roles with Ford Motor Company in Michigan, Norton Company and Nypro Inc. in Massachusetts, retiring after 24 years with Nypro in 2002 as Director of Business Planning and Analysis. His strengths are in budgeting, business planning, evaluation of acquisitions and capital projects and development of sales analysis and production reporting. He was a member of several Boards of Directors while at Nypro.

Since retiring from the business world, Bob has spent his time volunteering in the Emergency Department at UMass Memorial, acting as a mentor to would-be entrepreneurs through SCORE, and assisting in tax return preparation with VITA which helps low and moderate income clients with the Earned Income Tax Credit. Additionally, he is the Treasurer of a Westborough based nonprofit where he has responsibilities similar to ONE Worcester.

He lives in Westborough, Massachusetts with his wife Ann-Britt.

Bob received his BS in Accounting from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and his MBA from the University of Michigan.

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Maria McDonnell

Maria McDonnell

Board Member

Maria McDonnell is a senior associate/electrical engineer with RDK Engineers d/b/a NV5.  NV5 Global, Inc (NASDAQ:NVEE) is a provider of engineering and consulting services to public and private sectors.  The company is based in Hollywood, FLA and has offices both nationally and internationally.  NV5 Global is ranked in the top 50 design firms in the country.  Maria has been employed by the firm since 1995 and has over 30 years of experience in the industry.  In addition to engineering and construction, her strengths are business development and planning, problem solving and public speaking. She has performed educational seminars and lectures at industry related conventions and client based settings.  Maria holds a B.S. in Mathematics from UMASS North Dartmouth (formerly Southeastern Massachusetts University).  Maria has donated hundreds of skilled based volunteer hours assisting Second Chance Animal Services with fundraising events while maintaining active board participation for ONE Worcester.  She lives in Worcester with her husband, two children and 4 rescue animals.

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Don Harbert

Don Harbert

Board Member

Don Harbert has 40 years of leadership experience in the high-tech industry working for Digital, Compaq, HP and Intel.  He led businesses ranging in size from 40-person software startups to 5000-person product businesses with $2B of revenue.  As a General Manager at Intel, Don developed and drove the security services strategy which culminated in Intel’s $7.8B acquisition of McAfee.  He then served on the McAfee board of directors.  Don is a results oriented leader with strengths in strategic planning, business planning, mergers and acquisitions, project management and leadership development.   As a volunteer, Don is serving on the boards of ONE Worcester and the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury where he is a past president and currently the treasurer.   He was a member of the board of the L.U.K Crisis Center in Fitchburg.  As a ONE Worcester Volunteer consultant since 2016, Don has led strategic planning projects with Habitat for Humanity, Apple Tree Arts, the Worcester Ecotarium, Abby’s House, and The Worcester Rugby Alliance.  Don started his career in the US Air Force and is retired from the US Air Force Reserve.  Don holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and has benefited from executive leadership education at Harvard, MIT, Dartmouth and Wharton.   Don and his wife Peg live in Shrewsbury and have 3 grown children and one grandchild.

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Alex Corrales

Alex Corrales

Board Member

Alex Corrales is the Executive Director of the Worcester Housing Authority-- the second largest authority in New England.  Alex has been frequently recognized for his leadership at the Authority, including for his swift response during the COVID-19 pandemic regarding masking, resident services for infected residents, and a vaccination campaign for residents.  The Authority manages approximately 3000 units of housing and has made a number of groundbreaking moves under Alex’s leadership, including the ongoing development of the Commonwealth’s first modular building of micro-units designed to house those who are chronically homeless.  Alex began his schooling in Worcester at age 6 after he and his family had immigrated to the United States from Costa Rica.  He studied journalism at Syracuse University before starting his decades-long career at the Worcester Housing Authority.

As a ONE Worcester board member, Alex routinely brings his acumen for budgeting and for constituent services to the table.  He contributes an understanding of the needs of vulnerable populations and is a strong voice regarding the importance of partnerships, especially in the nonprofit community.


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Kerry Crutchley

Kerry Crutchley

Board Member

Kerry Crutchley is the VP of Human Resources at Central One Federal Credit Union. Kerry has been employed by Central One since 2014, previously holding management positions for several large retailers. Kerry has a MS in Human Resource Management from Southern New Hampshire University. She lives in Holden with her husband and two children.

In 2019 Kerry volunteered with ONE Worcester, assisting the African Community Education (ACE) program with reviewing policies and procedures, ensuring compliance with laws and regulations. Later that year, Kerry joined the board of ONE Worcester.


"Habitat for Humanity has engaged with ONE Worcester for project management, strategic planning, and most recently, our DEI initiative. In all cases, the partnership has been fantastic. ONE Worcester has partnered us with knowledgeable, insightful professionals who have been able to provide expertise that we did not have in-house. They have helped to increase our capacity and achieve better outcomes. We are so grateful to ONE Worcester for their services!"
Deborah Maruca Hoak, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester
"ONE Worcester has been a vital part of Worcester Common Ground’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion study of our organization.  The initial programming provided allowed us to determine that we needed to dismantle and re-build our organization.  Having the opportunity to learn from the individuals that ONE Worcester shared via webinars over the past year and a half brought WCG to the most amazing DEI Consultant, Dr. Issac Tesfay.  We are grateful to ONE Worcester for providing initial free consulting and determining the right consultant for our organization.  We have been working with Dr. Tesfay since January 2021 and have a year long contract in place.  That said, this work never ends and needs to be constantly embraced and carried out in the work we do each and every day.  Thank you One Worcester."
Yvette Dyson, Executive Director, Worcester Common Ground, Inc.

Nonprofits We Have Partnered With

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