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Board of Directors

Julie Hickey, Board Chair


Julie has been involved at Power of Flowers Project as a Board member since 2019. As Board Chair, Julie works to share the mission of Power of Flowers Project more widely with a goal to make it “household name” in the community.  

Julie Hickey graduated from Merrimack College in 1985 with a BS in Accounting and spent 10 years in accounting software sales. She recently retired after 10 years as a CPA.

Julie actively serves her community. Currently, she holds the role of Treasurer for the Board of the Chelmsford Garden Club, and for the past 8 years, she has been a Board member of the Chelmsford Historical Society.

Previously, she served on the Board for the Central Co-Op Nursery School and as member of the Chelmsford PTO. She was active in the Tewksbury Rotary Club for 11 years where she and her husband shared the role of Treasurer. 

Julie is an avid gardener. She and her husband raised two daughters in Chelmsford where they have lived for the past 28 years.

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Andrea Jackson, Board Vice Chair



Andrea joined Power of Flowers Project as a Board member in 2016, she served as Board Chair from 2020-2022 and in 2023 assumed the role of Vice-Chair. She says, “Once you share the compelling mission of Power of Flowers Project with others, everyone can’t help but support it.”

Andrea works for Lowell General Hospital as the TeamWalk manager (the largest one-day
fundraiser in the Greater Merrimack Valley region). She earned a B.A. from Wheaton College and has served as a board member for the New England Quilt Museum, Girl’s Inc. of Lowell, and Suitability. 

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Tony Duarte


Tony is the Director of International Business Development for HEAVY.AI responsible for building the European, Canadian and Latin American markets. Tony has 30 years of management, sales, international business, strategic alliance, and marketing experience.

Tony is very excited and honored to be part of Power of Flowers Project. He feels deeply that the joy and happiness brought to veterans and seniors that have moments of loneliness and struggles is a valuable and righteous cause. Tony looks forward to leveraging his experience to help the continued success and growth of the organization.

Sue-Ellen Kazanjian



Sue-Ellen Kazanjian is a wife, mother of four, and a retired dental hygienist. An avid gardener and former member of the Chelmsford Garden club, she grew up in North Tewksbury, has lived in Lowell and is now a Dracut resident. Her family is civic minded with a record of public service in both Tewksbury and Lowell. She has been a mentor for Girls Inc., a “big sister” with The Big Brother/Big Sister Organization of Greater Lowell, a softball coach for both Lowell Youth Softball and Highland Sports Association, and is committed to the promotion of Autism Awareness in honor of her adult son.

Sue-Ellen joined the board because she relishes the mission of Power of Flowers Project and believes it is important to give back to her community. She is proud to be part of an organization that engages with seniors and veterans through the beauty of flowers. She recognizes that sharing our message is a key to success, and she enjoys introducing new faces to our organization.

Kat Kanaan


Kathleen (Kat) Kanaan is the Co-owner of Designs by Don Florist in Wilmington where she has gained unparalleled experience in the Floral space and was first introduced to the Power of Flowers Project. A lifelong Wilmington native and proud mother of two, Kat is known throughout the community for helping, educating, and supporting her loyal customers in every aspect of their floral and gardening needs. Driven by a passion for helping others, she takes pride in being a dependable voice in her local community with her firm belief that the world is always in need of a little more love, kindness, and compassion.

Kat is a graduate of UMass Lowell, where she received her bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Psychology and was recognized by the NCAA as an All-American for her extraordinary accomplishments on the soccer field; even having the rare privilege of playing professional soccer overseas in Finland before becoming a mother and a business owner.

Donna McMahon


Donna McMahon is a retired Cosmetology teacher from Nashoba Valley Technical High School (NVTHS) where she played an active role. She served as Senior Class Advisor, Advisor of SkillsUSA, and Volleyball Coach. She initiated the Dress for Success and Cut it Out programs and was known as the “queen of fundraisers.”

Drawing on her many years of experience with Career and Technical Education, Donna stays busy as The Director of The SkillsUSA Championships and is the newly elected President of Mount Pleasant Golf Club in Lowell.

Donna lives in Lowell with her partner Marty Finnegan and her furry friend Roo. She enjoys playing golf and continues to work part time as a hairstylist in a local salon. She is excited about joining the Board because she enjoys contributing to local communities and looks forward to sharing in the fulfillment of our mission.

Sandy Sullivan


Sandy Sullivan is a retired elementary reading teacher from the Methuen Public Schools. She was first introduced to Power of Flowers Project in 2018. Sandy graduated from the University of Lowell with a Bachelor’s in Marketing and Rivier College with a Master’s in Elementary Education.

Sandy loves flowers, her favorites being pink and purple vincas as well as pink dipladenias and enjoys beautifying her yard with these during the summer months. Sandy has hosted a Buds and Blooms event and has volunteered at the Bloom Festival and the Spread the Joy Luncheon. Sandy looks forward to spreading the mission of Power of Flowers Project.

She works as a reading tutor at the McAuliffe Elementary School in Lowell. Sandy has 2 sons and lives in Lowell with her husband Michael. She enjoys traveling and will be attending the Summer Olympics in Paris in July with her family.

Janet Veino


Janet serves both buyers and sellers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire as a long-time Realtor, bringing a wealth of local knowledge and expertise to her clients. She is a proud member of prestigious real estate organizations, including the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Massachusetts Association of Realtors (MAR), New Hampshire Association of Realtors (NHAR), and the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBAR).

In her community involvement, Janet wears multiple hats. She is a longtime member of the Chelmsford Garden Club, where she serves as the Chair of the Hospitality Committee. Additionally, she contributes her expertise as a member of the Board of Directors for the Open Gate Garden Club, holding the position of Treasurer.

Family holds a special place in Janet’s heart, and she cherishes spending quality time with her loved ones, especially her 8-year-old grandson. With a passion for gardening, a love for literature, and a genuine dedication to her community, Janet Veino embodies the spirit of a well-rounded and community-driven professional.

Kathy Wallace


Kathy Wallace learned of Power of Flowers Project several years ago and was impressed by its mission and the ability to bring joy to so many people. She has been more actively involved volunteering since her retirement assisting with the flowers contributed by the local organizations and making the bouquets that will brighten someone’s day. She is excited to do more through her work with the Board.

Kathy has lived in Billerica for over 20 years. She is a graduate of Bridgewater State University and received her Masters degree from Bentley College. She spent her career working in the financial service industry with a focus on personal trusts and private foundations created by her clients. Kathy retired after selling the business in which she was a partner. Kathy also enjoys traveling, photography, and spending time with her extended family.

Professional Staff

Michelle Silveira, Executive Director

Michelle Silveira, Board Member, the Power of Flowers Project

Michelle joined Power of Flowers Project in 2015 as a member of the Board. After a successful 35-year career in the local Financial Service Industry, she was hired as the Executive Director in 2019.

Michelle is a graduate of UMass Lowell with a degree in business and received a Non-Profit Management Certificate in 2020. Michelle loves the work of non-profits, especially the mission of Power of Flowers Project. Throughout her career, she has been a member of numerous boards and committees which have given her insights on managing a non-profit. Her award-winning expertise in marketing, business and product development, image enhancement and community outreach support has helped her ambition to increase the visibility of the Power of Flowers Project organization.

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