Board of Directors

Abrigal Forrester

Abrigal is the Director of Community Action at Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC). He is a lifelong resident of Boston and grew up in the Codman Square section of Dorchester, MA. Abrigal attended the University of Massachusetts Boston and acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Prior to working for MPDC, Abrigal worked for YouthBuild USA as the Director of Criminal Justice Initiatives, managing a national contract from the Department of Labor to serve court-involved youth who attend YouthBuild programs across the country. Over the last 13 years he has also worked for several reputable organizations in Boston, STRIVE, Boston Employment Service Inc.; The Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts; and The Boston Foundation’s, StreetSafe Boston Initiative.

Sr. Louise Kearns, SND
Treasurer and Clerk

Sister Louise Kearns is Director of Adult Services at Julie’s Family Learning Program, a South Boston community based support and education organization committed to helping low-income, female-headed families break the cycle of poverty. She received her B.A. from Emmanuel College and M.D.E. from Antioch College. She has been active in South Boston’s Adult Education Programs since 1973 and co-founded Julie’s Family Learning Program in 1980.

Anthony L. Gilardi

Anthony L. Gilardi is Special Assistant to Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump. Previously, he has held management positions in the Mayor’s Office of Environment, Energy and Open Space Cabinet in Boston, at DC Housing Enterprises, and at the South Boston Resource Center for the Boston Redevelopment Authority. He received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations.

Suzanne Lee

Suzanne Lee was a founding member and chairperson of the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) for almost 30 years. CPA is a leading grassroots community organization that seeks to empower the Chinese community through organizing, education and advocacy. She has been involved in the Boston Public Schools for 35 years, most notably as the Principal of the Josiah Quincy School in Chinatown. Suzanne immigrated to the US when she was 11 and remains committed and connected to the needs of Boston’s newcomers. Suzanne holds a BA from Brandeis University and a M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Aparna Ramesh

Aparna is the Chief Financial Officer for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She has been volunteering her services to BEST Hospitality Training since a project we undertook with students from MIT’s Sloan School Executive MBA Program, June 2015.

Jaimie McNeil

Jaimie McNeil is the General Agent for UNITE HERE Local 26 and BEST’s newest board member. In his role as General Agent, Mr. McNeil has overseen many of Local 26’s growth strategies in the hotel, airport, food service and gaming industries and is a key advisor to UNITE HERE Local 26 President Brian Lang. Mr. McNeil is also a Manager and Trustee of the Greater Boston Hotel Employees Trust Funds and Pension Fund. He has negotiated dozens of hotel and food service agreements and manages the legislative and political agenda of the union. Mr. McNeil has lived his entire life in and around Boston and currently resides in Roslindale where he is active in his community and is Treasurer of the Boston Ward 18 Democratic Committee and other local nonprofits.