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.
Celebrating our History
Throughout the years, we have worked with the Boys and Girls Club, Girls, Inc., Worcester Animal Rescue League, Abby’s House, and the YWCA, among over thirty 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.
Our board hails from diverse industries and educational backgrounds and promotes our mission of providing effective consulting to our nonprofit partners.
We rely on our corps of skilled volunteers to provide consulting in marketing, fundraising, strategic planning, and more. Become a nonprofit change-maker with us.
“Frankly, ONE Worcester's work helped us more than paid consulting did.”
DONNA BLANCHARD | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF APPLE TREE ARTS
Meet Our Board
We take great pride in operating our board collaboratively and with the highest of ethical standards. Our team works as a model and a resource for nonprofits seeking help with governance, ethical, or other board development issues.
Alex Mooradian, Esq., Board Chair
Alex is an attorney and joined the Board of Jericho Road Worcester in December 2015, and assumed the position of Chair in January, 2018. Alex's practice focuses on immigration law, including deportation defense, as well as family-based and humanitarian immigration benefits. He has a special passion for working on cases involving immigrant youths. Alex is also the current section chair for the Worcester County Bar Association's Immigration Section and has engaged in numerous clinics and presentations regarding immigration law and trauma-informed interviewing for local nonprofits.
Alex was a Student Attorney with the Boston University School of Law’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, through which he defended several indigent clients against removal from the United States. He is also on the Immigration Pro Bono Panel at Ascentria Care Alliance. During college, he worked in bilingual curriculum development with the Hispanic Office of Progress and Evaluation, as well as with Catapult Learning. Alex holds a B.A. from Northeastern University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. He lives in Main South, Worcester, and enjoys cycling, hiking, and reading and writing non-fiction. Alex speaks fluent Spanish.
Denise Darrigrand, Clerk
Denise 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 off 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 for Student Affairs. She is now pursuing a number of volunteer opportunities; in addition to being the Clerk of the Board for Jericho Road she is also on the board of the Center for Non-Violent Solutions, the board of Abby’s House, is the bookkeeper for her Church – (Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester), is a major player in the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, and is involved with the LGBT Asylum Task Force. She lives in Worcester and has three children. She enjoys kayaking, bicycling and hiking.
Barbara Guthrie, Interim Executive Director
Barbara's career has been focused in the not-for-profit sector. She has served as Administrator of the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, Executive Director of Rainbow Child Development Center and more recently, Director of the Head Start Programs in Southern Worcester County. Born and raised in Worcester, she graduated from Keuka College with a BA in Psychology. She serves as permanent president of her College class and in 2008 received the College’s outstanding alumni award. Over the years Barbara has served on a number of committees in the Worcester area related to children and education. In 1995 she received the Key to the City of Worcester for her “many contributions to the City of Worcester and area colleges.” Barbara is a member of the Rotary Club of Worcester serving on various committees as well as Vice President of the Board. Barbara lives in Princeton, MA and has 3 children and 8 grandchildren.
Bob Hoover, Treasurer
Bob joined Jericho Road Worcester’s board in October of 2014 and currently serves as Treasurer. Bob’s career background has been in financial management and planning roles with Ford Motor Company in Michigan and Norton Company and Nypro Inc. in Massachusetts, retiring 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 and with UMass Hospice, 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. Bob received his BS in Accounting from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and his MBA from the University of Michigan.
Reverend Aaron R. Payson
Aaron began his tenure at The Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester in August 1999. He has a BA in psychology with a minor in religion and philosophy from Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pa., and an MDiv from Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Center, Mass. He is currently studying for his doctorate at Hartford Seminary. Aaron served as minister of The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta, Ohio, from 1991–1999. He was a founding member of the Washington County Community Crisis Response Team and a founding member of the Unitarian Universalist Trauma Response Ministry Team. He is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. Aaron lives in Worcester with his wife, Kristen, an editor with the Worcester Telegram & Gazette; his daughter, Morgaine; and son, Charles.
Mike is a Managing Consultant at Avnet, Inc. He is an Information Technology expert focused on enterprise management and cloud automation solutions. He worked for Digital Equipment and HP in the 90s and then operated as an independent consultant through the 00’s. In 2006, he wrote a popular book on HP OpenView enterprise network management software. Mike started volunteering for Worcester area non-profits early and joined his first board in 1999. Currently, he serves on the boards of the Greater Worcester Land Trust, Wachusett Greenways and the West Boylston Open Space Committee, where he has lived since 1990 with his wife and three children. Mike has served several terms as clerk of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester. In 2013 Mike joined the board of Jericho Road Worcester and became Chair late in 2014. Mike has a BA in Natural Science from Lewis and Clark College and has done post graduate work in Computer Science. He climbed Denali at age 17 and remains an avid outdoor enthusiast.
Maria is a senior associate/electrical engineer with RDK Engineers. RDK Engineers is a full service MEP/FP engineering firm offering a spectrum of engineering services for total building system solutions. The company is based in Andover, MA with offices in Boston, Amherst and Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina. Maria has been employed by RDK Engineers since 1995 and has over 30 years of experience in the industry. Her group within RDK Engineers focuses on higher education, hospitality and federal/transportation sectors. Past clients include Smith College, Harvard University, Logan International Airport (Massport); Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) and Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. 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. She is passionate about animal rescue and has served on a local animal shelter board. Maria holds a B.S. in Mathematics from UMASS North Dartmouth (formerly Southeastern Massachusetts University). She lives in Worcester with her husband, two children and 4 rescue animals.
Mora F. McAvey recently retired from the Worcester Public Library after more than thirty years of service as a reference librarian. Among her responsibilities for many years at the library and previously at Worcester City Hospital’s library, she was the subject specialist for the Health collection. She selected and maintained the collection materials in both book and virtual formats. She was also promoted to the created position of Community Services Librarian to improve the library’s services within the community and to establish and bring in programs of interest and value to the public. At the Worcester Public Library, She also served as the Grants Collection Supervisor, in conjunction with the Foundation Center of New York. She conducted workshops and programs on nonprofit grant seeking for the public and was guest lecturer for grant classes at Clark University and Worcester State University. She has an MS degree in Public Communication from Clark University and holds an MSLS from Syracuse University.
Mary (Mimi) Allen
Mimi was a Vice President of an executive recruitment and consulting firm and then an independent consultant. She completed 70 hour training to be a Pennsylvania State Certified Domestic Violence Counselor through the YWCA’s WISE Options program. She was a volunteer and member of the executive committee at the Public Action to Deliver Shelter, which provides overnight shelter, temporary housing, and services for people who are homeless in northern Chicago, Illinois. As a volunteer, she was responsible for stewardship and delivery of services to community and church food pantries in Marion, Indiana. She was a volunteer, coordinator, and facilitator for the Community Food Banking in Northern New Jersey, She was a Foster Parent for pre-adoptive infants through Catholic Charities, Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Don retired from Intel in 2014. Since retirement Don has continued volunteer activities at Mt Olivet Lutheran Church in Shrewsbury, Concordia Lutheran Church in Worcester, Jericho Road in Worcester, Rotary of Shrewsbury, Heartline Ministries in Haiti, Veterans Inc. and the LUK Crisis Center, Inc. He has served for several years on the board of Mt Olivet and currently president of the Congregation. Don is also a member of the Board of Directors of LUK Crisis Center, Inc. headquartered in Fitchburg, MA. At Intel Don was a General Manager of several software and service businesses including High Performance Computing Software and Big Data Products. Don developed and drove a security services strategy which culminated in Intel’s acquisition of McAfee – a $7.8B acquisition. Don was a member of the McAfee Board of Directors and was responsible for an internal Intel venture fund that invested in a portfolio of service businesses. Prior to joining Intel, Don held several General Management Positions at Hewlett Packard, Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporation where he lead the High Performance System Division with full P&L responsibility for a $2B worldwide computer systems business. Don started his career as an R&D project officer in the US Air Force. He holds BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Iowa State University and has attended several executive leadership courses from Harvard, MIT, Dartmouth, and Wharton. Don was born Iowa, has 3 grown children and one granddaughter. His youngest child, a daughter, is adopted and a sophomore at Nichols College. Don and his wife of 43 years, Peg, have lived in Shrewsbury for 34 years.