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Rubin Williams, President

Rubin is currently employed at AIM HR Solutions since 2018.  He is responsible for onsite HR support, as well as a vast array of education program facilitation. Before joining AIM HR Solutions, Rubin was the Chief Human Resource Officer at Lowell Community Health Centers. He began his HR career at Ford Motor Company and has worked in high technology, biotechnology, non-profits, and healthcare. He has worked in small, medium, and large organizations.

He has an interest in employee relations, employee development, and leadership training. Rubin is Board President of the Regional Environmental Council (REC). In addition, Rubin is a certified Zinger Miller Trainer. Rubin has been married for 48 years. He has 3 daughters and the proud grandfather of 2 granddaughters and 4 grandsons. If Rubin was not working at AIM HR Solutions, he would be traveling, visiting grandkids, and doing youth development and employment work for teens.

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Ted Hudson, Treasurer

Ted Hudson is a retired biotech manufacturing executive and one-time farmer who still occasionally turns out some pretty decent tomatoes. He’s been involved in food security and food justice as a volunteer for more than 15 years and began working with the REC about 11 years ago. Ted currently serves as board treasurer. Working with the REC, the organization and its people committed to the community in so many ways and for so long, has become Ted’s passion and joy.

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Jennifer Robare, Assistant Treasurer

Jennifer Robare is an Assistant Vice President in Client Success at Unum where she has been employed for over 20 years. She is responsible for a shared services organization that provides project management, lean and IT support to a large organization within Unum. She has a background in leadership, operations management, finance, customer service and technology. She has been involved in the local community for many years. Initially servicing on the Worcester Mechanics Association Board of Trustees (Mechanics Hall) as Treasurer and most recently on the YWCA of Central Massachusetts board as Chair of the Development Committee. As well as prior involvement in Share Our Strength (formally Operation Frontline). Jennifer has a passion in food security and food justice.


Jennifer resides in Auburn, MA with her two teenage girls and her dog Lili. When she is not working, she loves to cook for her family and try hard to grow a garden in the back yard. She is excited to involved with an organization that shares her vision for a just food system.


Sabrina Peña

Sabrina was born and raised in Worcester and works as a Business Loan Officer for Webster Five Cents Savings Bank. Sabrina’s been in the banking industry for over 15 years, with 7 years in Business Banking. She supports businesses’ needs on a more personal, one-to-one basis, holds expertise in small business lending and SBA financing.

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Pablo Hernandez Itriago, MD, MHCM, FAAFP

Dr. Pablo Hernandez is a seasoned community health center clinician, having served as the VP of Medical Services and Medical Director for the South End Community Health Center from 2009-2013. A graduate of Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola, Caracas, Venezuela, he earned his Doctor of Medicine from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, Jose Vargas School of Medicine. Dr. Hernandez continued to pursue his clinical training at the University of Connecticut in Hartford, CT. Dr. Hernandez completed his Family Medicine Residency at the University of Connecticut. He also earned a Master of Science in Health Care Management from Harvard School of Public Health, Cambridge, MA.


Bilingual in English and Spanish, Dr. Hernandez brings with him a hands-on approach to medical leadership, believing that a strong team is the key to a successful organization. Not a stranger to the Worcester Community, Dr. Hernandez has served as an instructor of medical terminology for Central Mass AHEC, as well as a faculty physician at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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Justin Amevor

Justin was born and raised in Worcester. He holds a master’s degree in computer science and supports web development for higher education institutions. Justin got involved with the REC through the YouthGROW program and says he is excited and honored to serve on the Board of Directors.

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Stephanie Crist, Ph.D., Vice President

Steph Crist joined the REC Board in 2017. She currently serves on the Fund Development Committee. Steph is a sociologist who loves learning about, teaching about, and growing food. Previously, she researched community and nonprofit approaches to addressing food insecurity. Steph was thrilled to get involved with the REC because she shares the REC’s vision of creating a just food system, together.

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Judi Kirk, Clerk

Judi Kirk was born and raised in Wilmington, DE where she graduated from the University of Delaware with a BSPE, Physical Education in 1976 and a MSPE, Measurement and Evaluation, 1982.  


Judi has held professional positions with Girls Incorporated of Delaware as Physical Education Instructor, Teen Program Coordinator and Director of Special Programs; Chesapeake Bay & Montachusett Girl Scout Councils as Manager of Outdoor Programs, Girls Incorporated of Worcester as Associate Director, YWCA Central Massachusetts as Director of Health Promotion Services and is currently the Director of Community Impact & Assessment for Boys & Girls Clubs of Worcester & YouthConnect.

As Director of Community Impact, Judi facilitates a consortium of 8 Executive Partners from BGCW, Girls Inc., Friendly House, United Way of Central MA, Worcester Youth Center, YMCA, YWCA, and YOU, Inc. along with 40 additional Supporting Partners to provide high quality neighborhood-based recreational, educational and cultural activities to isolated and underserved Worcester youth aged 5 – 24 with focus on the middle school years.

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Jennifer Madson, Assistant Clerk

Jenn Madson joined the REC Board in 2019, having been a volunteer and resident of Worcester for many years. She serves as the REC's Fund Development Committee Chair and is excited to celebrate 50 years of REC impact this year. Jenn currently works as the Central Regional Director for Mass Audubon and enjoys neglecting her vegetable garden while finding new places to explore with her family.


Lawreta Kankam

Lawreta Kankan currently works as an Academic Advisor for the Public Health Informatics and Technology program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Department of Public Health. She is also a Master of Public Health candidate with a social and behavioral science concentration. Lawreta got involved with the REC through the YouthGROW program and worked on the Mobile Market.

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Alison Bryant Ludden, Ph.D.

Alison Bryant Ludden, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the College of the Holy Cross and she engages with faculty and students in her work as Director of Montserrat, Holy Cross' year-long seminar program for all incoming students.  She is a developmental psychologist with expertise in adolescent health and has published widely in the areas of adolescent substance use, caffeine use, mentorship, and academic and civic engagement.  She has a PhD in education and psychology from the University of Michigan and has been teaching adolescent development and psychological methods courses for over twenty years.  She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Regional Environmental Council, Inc., since May 2018, has served as Chair of the Program Committee within the Board, and is currently a Member of the Program Committee.

rec board committees

Finance Committee

سيبري هايتس ، 240-244 شارع بلمونت ، 8:30 صباحًا - 9:30 صباحًا

أبراج جرين هيل ، 27 شارع جبل فيرنون ، 10:30 صباحًا - 11:30 صباحًا

أبراج ويبستر سكوير ، 1050 و 1060 الشارع الرئيسي ، 1 مساءً - 2 مساءً

كوز بوند ، 39 شارع 1 ، 3 مساءً - 4 مساءً

Fund Development

Jenn Madson, Chair, Mass Audubon

Stephanie Crist, PhD., Sociology
Arielle Berti, Harold Grinspoon Foundation

Sue McAdam, MassLive

Arianna Dello Strito, Bay State Savings Bank
Lisa Drexhage, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Pablo Hernandez Itriago, Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center

Stacey Price, Dakin Humane Society

Program Committee

Alison Ludden, Chair, College of the Holy Cross
Justin Amevor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Lawreta Kankam, UMass Lowell

Laurie Ross, Clark University

Michelle Smith, City of Worcester
Jenna Wills, Worcester Community Action Council

Zach Dyer, Trendline Community Research LLC

Mary Conley, College of the Holy Cross

Morgan Ruelle, Clark University

Christopher Staysniak, College of the Holy Cross

Board Development

Judi Kirk, Chair, Boys & Girls Club of Worcester (retired)
Sabrina Peña, Webster Five
Charles Washburn, Seven Hills Foundation & VSA Massachusetts (retired)

Eve Gilmore, Edward Street

Building and Grounds Committee

Ted Hudson, Bayer Diagnostics (retired)
John O'Dell, City of Worcester
Margo Valdes, Athena Building Performance Inc.

Yvette Dyson, Worcester Common Ground

Human Resources Committee

Rubin Williams, Chair, AIM HR Solutions
Samantha MacDonald, Bowditch & Dewey

Jennifer Kilcoyne, New England Botanic Garden

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