Teri Bernert, Executive Director, was appointed in October 2013. She served as Executive Director for the downtown Business Improvement District (BID) and Downtown Taunton Foundation (DTF) since January 2011. Teri has over 25 years of experience in community, economic development and non-profit management, including 10 years as the Executive Director of The Neighborhood Corporation in Taunton. She has completed many large housing and mixed-use development projects, blending historic preservation, sustainability, creative design, and neighborhood oriented commercial space Teri has a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from George Washington University in DC and a BS from UMass Amherst in Environmental Design.
Diane Brodeur, General Manager, has been a key force in the WHALE office since February 2005 handling the membership database, financials, event coordination, volunteers, and day to day operations. Since she started here Diane has led our major signature fundraising event, the Annual International Wine Festival & Auction. It attracts over 500 per year and is considered one of the biggest wine festivals within our region.
Amanda DeGrace, Project Manager, was born and raised in New Bedford and continues to work in her hometown. She started fundraising for historical preservation at the New Bedford Historical Society, stewards of the Nathan & Mary Johnson House. Amanda has loved coordinating projects for downtown community partners including the LifeWork Project of the Women’s Fund SEMA and Dream Out Loud Center for the Arts. She started WHALE in September 2015 because of her faith in community restoration. Amanda is now a graduate candidate at UMASS Boston for Urban Planning & Community Development and will focus her studies on Gateway Cities.
Aaron M. Dougherty, Development Coordinator, has done extensive work in Administration, Education, and Development in the Massachusetts museum field. With a Masters Degree in American History, Aaron has for years been interested in historic preservation and restoration as tools to both protect a community’s heritage and stimulate economic and social activity.
Sherry McTigue, RA, Neighborhood Restoration Project Manager, was hired as WHALE’s Community Fellow in 2015. She started as a volunteer for the Community Preservation Act campaign and proved herself an asset for those outreach efforts. Sherry is a New Bedford resident and enjoys seeing the impact of historic preservation, including her own old 1910 home. She now performs house analysis walk-throughs, design on renovations, and coordinates with project contractors as our in-house architect. Sherry received her architectural degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology.