September 5, 2019 Daily News
ANDOVER — Three new members have joined Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity’s board of directors.
The new members are Sarah “Sally” Green, Pati Fernandez and Brian Brown, according to a press release.
Green joins the board with an extensive background in finance, nonprofits and serving on numerous committees. She was first vice president and chief operating officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond from 2006 to 2013.
Green sits on the board of directors of Cambridge Trust Company, a community bank. She also serves as a director of ChildFund International, a large nonprofit that serves children in 25 countries, and chairs the organization’s audit committee and serves on the executive committee.
Green received her bachelor of arts in economics from Mount Holyoke College and her master in business administration from the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Fernandez is the director of development and communications for Wediko Children’s Services in Boston.
She has held various development and communication positions, such as the annual fund/associate development director at The Pike School, director of development and community relations at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, and as a consultant for a variety of nonprofits north of Boston since 2009.
She received her bachelor of science degree in business management and communications, and her master in business administration-communications management from Simmons College.
Fernandez stays connected to the community through numerous volunteer roles as a board member, advisory council member and committee member volunteer for Community Inroads, Greater Lawrence Family Charter School, Groundwork Lawrence, the Greater Haverhill Breakfast Exchange, Simmons College, Northern Essex Community College and Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity Family Selection.
Fernandez, 33, is a Dominican from Lawrence who now lives in Haverhill.
Brown spent his entire career in the contracting industry. He moved to Boston in an intercompany transfer in 1990 following his graduation from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.
In 1993, he joined Schernecker Property Services as a partner and chief operating officer, helping the company grow from $3 million to over $50 million over the last 25 years. Brown has sat on the board of directors for Ferncroft Country Club and will join the board of Andover High School boys basketball.
As head of operations at Schernecker, his expertise is in exterior envelope construction and, in particular, the leadership and management needed to expand a business that values people as its greatest asset.
Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Meegan O’Neil said in the press release she is confident “Pati, Brian and Sally bring their professional experiences in fundraising, construction and finance to help lead the organization’s future. They share a passion for Habitat’s affordable housing mission, and a commitment to continuing to grow our impact as we address this critical local need.”