Our Team

Staff

 Left to right:  Amada Gregory - Family Advocate /Community Outreach, Nancy Coan - Director, and Mary Tauras - Community Organizer/Family Advocate. (Not pictured: Mera Som, Franklin Court Garden Coordinator/Khmer Community Group Facilitator)

Left to right:  Amada Gregory - Family Advocate /Community Outreach, Nancy Coan - Director, and Mary Tauras - Community Organizer/Family Advocate. (Not pictured: Mera Som, Franklin Court Garden Coordinator/Khmer Community Group Facilitator)

 

Nancy Coan, director

Nancy has served as the Director of the Lowell Alliance since March 2016 and has worked in non-profit management for 20 years. Her experience spans a number of different sectors including international civil society development, women’s empowerment, nonprofit capacity-building, advocacy, and humanitarian assistance. She holds a Masters in International and Intercultural Management from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Nancy serves on the board of Budget Buddies, an organization that helps low-income women become financially self-sufficient, and also provides pro bono consulting services to nonprofits in Lowell and Lawrence. She lived and taught English as a Second Language in Slovakia for three years, and has traveled to 36 countries.

Contact Nancy:  ncoan@ywcaoflowell.org  /   978-710-9746

 

Amada Gregory, Family Advocate/Community Outreach

Amada Gregory is Lowell Alliance’s Bilingual Family Advocate/Community Outreach, where she works closely with families to connect them to local resources, help them navigate social service systems, and provide translation services.  Previously, she worked as a teach with adults learning English as a second language at Notre Dame Education Center in Lawrence, MA.  She has also served as a Domestic Violence Advocate for the YWCA in Haverhill, MA.  She helped advocate for domestic violence survivors and their children to access local and state resources, in collaboration with the Police Department, DCF, DTA and the District Court.

Amada is originally from the Dominican Republic and moved to Lowell in 1998.  Before that she lived in NYC and attended Old Westbury College.  She is a certified Medical Assistant specializing in supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Contact Amada (Spanish/English):  agregory@ywcaoflowell.org  /  978-710-9748

 

MARY Tauras, Community Organizer/Family ADVOCATE

Mary Tauras was born in Guatemala to American-born international aid workers who both came from low- to middle-income families. She moved ten times before the age of 18, and has lived in or visited 12 countries. She holds her Masters in Community Psychology from UMass Lowell and a Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict, which focuses on community resilience, civic engagement, program development and evaluation, advocacy and public policy. In her role as Family Advocate, she interfaces with DCF and other agencies, works to help families learn about local resources and navigate systems to meet their needs, and helps residents build civic-mindedness and confidence to become leaders in their own neighborhoods.

Contact Mary:  mtauras@ywcaoflowell.org  /  978-710-9763

 

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Mera som, Franklin Court Garden Coordinator/Khmer Community Group Facilitator

Mera has lived in Lowell for over 20 years and has long been active in the community, including recent involvement with Franklin Court Garden and Lowell Alliance’s Khmer Community Group. Mera speaks four languages – Laotian, English, Khmer, and Spanish – a great asset for communicating with our diverse group of gardeners.  When gardening season ends, Mera will continue on with Lowell Alliance, organizing and facilitating our weekly Khmer Community Group meetings.