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.
Teresa Willander, Project Coordinator, is a recent Regis College graduate, hoping to pursue a career in advocacy and non-profit work. Teresa is a LISC Americorps member serving at WHALE and the Community Economic Development Center (CEDC) as project coordinator. She is providing assistance on WHALE restoration projects, helping with our foreclosure restoration for first-time home-buyers, as well as recruiting and managing community volunteers to help CEDC on various projects to help promote economic development along Acushnet Avenue. Teresa will start working as a full-time staff member at WHALE at the end of her AmeriCorps term in the Fall of 2019.
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.
Alexis Turgeon, Administrative Intern, is a recent Clark University graduate with a B.A. in Sociology. Throughout her undergrad, she focused on International Development and Urban Planning. Alexis has been accepted into the Community Development and Planning fifth year program at Clark and will receive her M.A. in May 2020. She is grateful for the opportunity WHALE has provided her this summer and she looks forward to gaining more skills in the field throughout her internship.