What is the most exciting thing about working in this business? What is your professional passion?
My passion over the last 13 years as an elected official, has been creating opportunities and access for people. When opportunities exist, it encourages innovation in a way that positively affects individuals within any given community. I’m happy to step into this new role and work together with my colleagues as we continue to build our workforce.
What is your favorite community cause or philanthropic organization to support and why?
I’m proud to be involved with several organizations by serving on their boards and supporting fundraising efforts, but there is a special place in my heart for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester (formerly known as the Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club). This incredible organization has been a part of my life for the last 30 years. It has an amazing program and staff that care about young people and their families. I spent so much time there as a youngster and my husband actually worked there when he was in high school, and our children even attended the early education program and participated in the summer camp there. The Club has tremendous value in the Dorchester community and in the lives of the children who walk through those doors every day. Just ask the Mayor of Boston ... he also went there when he was a kid!
Who was your mentor/biggest influence and what did they teach you?
I owe my success to my parents (Andre and Annie Dorcena) who are my biggest mentors. They immigrated to this country from Haiti in search of opportunity, not knowing the language or culture; however, they had a strong work ethic and their faith. They taught me to work hard, be resilient but at the same time be available for others.
What do you love to do outside of work?
Outside of work there isn’t much time to relax. Since my husband, Bill and I have four children anytime all six of us are together for dinner, movies or heading up to New Hampshire – it’s special!
What is your favorite quote?
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" (Luke 6:31). Or simply said: Treat people they way you want to be treated.