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.
Aaron M. Dougherty, Development Officer, 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.
Rachel Alison, Intern, is currently earning a Master’s in Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University and has worked as an intern at WHALE since the summer of 2017. Rachel has been intrigued and inspired by old buildings ever since she was a child growing up in an historic district in one of Iowa’s oldest Mississippi River port towns. She believes that historic preservation can be used as a powerful tool to revitalize communities and conserve irreplaceable historical and place-making resources. She is extremely excited to start working as a full staff member at WHALE once she graduates in the spring of 2019.