Serrao to lead Boys & Girls Club board

COURTESY PHOTOGregory A. Serrao, center, was recently elected as the new president of the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence. He is pictured with new board members Lily Mendez-Morgan of Andover and Mark Torrisi of Haverhill. Michellana Jester of Andover, not pictured, was also elected to the board.

Gregory A. Serrao of Andover will lead the Boys & Girls Club in the coming year as the new president of its board of directors.

Serrao, who is a member of the Andover Finance Committee, was elected to the post during the club’s recent annual meeting.

Serrao, chief executive officer and president of American Dental Partners, Inc. of Wakefield, is a longtime board member and club supporter. He is also a member and former chairman of the club’s Development Committee.

In addition, Serrao serves on the dean’s advisory board at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He earned a bachelor’s degree from New York University.

Serrao said he is looking forward to leading the board in contributing to the growth of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, which he called “a beacon of hope for its members.” The club serves more than 2,700 youth members ages 7 to 18.

“Through its foundational programs — academic success, healthy lifestyles, and character and leadership — the club provides an avenue for its members to grow to be productive members of society,” he said. “I am honored to serve the club, and have found my involvement to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.”

Andover residents Michellana Jester and Lily Mendez-Morgan will also be joining Serrao on the 29-member board of directors.

Jester is a lecturer and director of the Action Learning Program at MIT Sloan School of Management. In addition, she is a board member of Project Opticks and a volunteer with Harvard Business School’s Community Action Partners program. She earned a doctorate degree from Columbia University in New York, a master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge and a bachelor’s degree from Mills College in California.

Mendez-Morgan is chief operating officer at the American Red Cross of Massachusetts. She is a trustee of the Hyams Foundation and a member of the Deans Leadership Committee at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. She earned a master’s degree from UMass and a bachelor’s degree from Emerson College in Boston.

“Our board members, who serve as the governing body of the BGCL, provide guidance and oversight to ensure our ability to provide critical programs focusing on academic success, healthy lifestyles and community involvement to some of the poorest children in the commonwealth,” club executive director Marcus Fischer said in a release.

“We are grateful for the important contributions of time, broad experience and perspective by these Merrimack Valley leaders for the benefit of our kids.”

For more information on the club, visit www.lawrencebgc.com.

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