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Teri Bernert, Executive Director,  has over 25 years of experience in community and economic development and non-profit management, concentrating in real estate development. She has completed a large portfolio of housing, creative economy and mixed-use development projects, blending historic preservation, sustainability, creative design, and neighborhood oriented commercial space using an array of financing sources including state and federal grants, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, and State and Federal Historic Tax Credits.  Teri holds a Master’s in Urban Planning from George Washington University. Ms. Bernert is also an adjunct Professor teaching Adaptive Reuse Real Estate Feasibility at Roger Williams University.  Office – 508-997-1776, Cell – 508-264-2648, email:

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.  Office 508-997-1776, email:

Georgia McDonald, Development Manager, is a lifelong SouthCoast resident, with deep ties to New Bedford and the community. Previously, Georgia was the Managing Director of the US Sailing Foundation and the Director of Marketing and Sponsorship at the WBGH Educational Foundation satellite station, WCAI, in Woods Hole.  Office 508-997-1776, email:

Eldric Abreu, Community Outreach Coordinator, is a lifelong New Bedford resident with deep roots in his community. He is a resident researcher for the Coalition for Social Justice and worked with the Conservation Law Foundation Healthy Neighborhood Studies. Eldric is a true advocate for New Bedford.  Office 508-997-1776, email:

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