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BGCL Welcomes Five New Board Members

December 12, 2017

Five local residents were recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence: North Andover residents James D'Angelo and David Gilkie, Andover residents Ronald Hill and Gustavo Resendiz, and Anthony Almanzar of Boston.

According to Markus Fischer, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, board members serve as the governing body of the club, providing guidance and oversight to ensure the ability to provide critical programs focusing on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and community involvement for more than 4,000 youth members.

"We are grateful for the important contributions of time, broad experience, and perspective by these Merrimack Valley leaders for the benefit of our kids," Fischer said.

D'Angelo, principal of D'Angelo Engineering & Development in North Andover, provides civil engineering, real estate development, and expert witness services. After formative years working at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, he co-founded a small, Boston-based engineering firm that grew to 850 employees in 14 offices before he left in 2002 and started an engineering firm in the Merrimack Valley. He sold his interest in that business in 2012, and now practices as a sole proprietor representing development clients working on projects in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

D'Angelo earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Merrimack College and a master's degree in engineering from Pennsylvania State University. A longtime supporter and former board president of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, he raised money for the new club building as a member of the Development Committee, and helped oversee its construction as a member and president of the Facilities Committee.

Gilkie, senior vice president of leasing and advisory services at NAI Hunneman, has more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate specializing in the north suburban Boston office/industrial market. He earned the Society of Industrial Office and Realtors (SIOR) designation and is currently on the board of its New England chapter. He additionally holds the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation and is past president of its New England chapter.

Gilkie earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Babson College. A supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence's auction and walkathon fundraisers, he is a member of the Development Committee.

Hill, a financial advisor with more than 30 years of experience, has continued to maintain a small practice since officially retiring in 2014. His extensive community service over the past three decades has included supporting the Lawrence Rotary Cub in various capacities including president, establishing the Read Aloud program at the Hennessey School in 1987 (which continues at the Guilmette School) in Lawrence, and multiple initiatives benefiting the town of Andover. Hill earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California Santa Barbara, a master's degree from UCLA, and the CLU and ChFC professional designations from American College.

Resendiz, who has more than 19 years of experience in corporate law, is general counsel and chief compliance officer for New Generation Advisors LLC in Manchester, Mass. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Northeastern University, as well as a law degree from the University of Southern California Law School. In addition to performing pro bono legal services and volunteer work for a variety of nonprofit organizations, Resendiz serves as a director of La Vida Scholars, an organization working with low-income, high-achieving high school students in Lynn.

Almanzar is a certified public accountant and an audit senior at Deloitte & Touche LLP. An alumnus of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, the Boston resident earned a bachelor's degree in economics and accounting from the College of the Holy Cross. His extensive volunteer service includes mentoring high school and college students, as well as organizing a volunteer site at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence as a Deloitte Impact Day Site Lead. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and Massachusetts Society of CPAs.

In addition, Michael B. Feinman, Esq. of Andover has begun serving the second of a two-year term as board president. Principal of Feinman Law Offices in Andover, he is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute; Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys; Massachusetts, Essex County, and Lawrence Bar Associations; and Chancellor's Council for the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He previously served as counsel for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, and is a former member of the Lawrence chapter of Rotary International, Holy Family Hospital Men's Guild, and the Board of Governors for Temple Emanuel in Andover.

Feinman received a bachelor's degree in business administration and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a law degree from Western New England College School of Law.

"Upon returning to Lawrence to start my career, I remembered the club as a great place to meet friends - but I see it differently now, as a great place to do some good," Feinman said. "It feels good to give back to the community and associate with the incredible people who comprise the staff and community leaders that make the club work."



Did You Know?

In the past 10 years 1,300 girls have participated in our teen-pregnancy prevention program and only two (0.2%) have become pregnant as teenagers.