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Three Community Leaders Join NCLEJ’s Board of Directors

Mary E. Gerisch, Melissa Gilbarg, and Ofelia Zapata were all elected to NCLEJ’s Board of Directors at its September meeting.  A retired human rights attorney of Lakota heritage, Mary chairs the Policy Committee at the Vermont Workers Center.  While pursuing her Masters in Social Work, Melissa directs the Coalition Against Poverty, a grassroots group based in southeastern Massachusetts.  A dedicated and effective community organizer, Ofelia has served on the Texas Clients Council since 1994 and as Vice President for the past two years.

“We are fortunate to have three such talented and committed community representatives join our Board of Directors as we seek to ensure that government agencies respond to the enormous needs of low-income families,” said NCLEJ Executive Director Henry A. Freedman in announcing the appointments.