Board of Directors
Andrea Jackson, Board Chair
After working in her family business as manager of the Alexis Pharmacy in Lowell, Andrea began as Coordinator of Volunteers, and then moved over to the Philanthropy office at Lowell General Hospital. She became a member of the Board of Directors as a further commitment to brightening people’s lives.
Andrea serves as the Team Walk Manager for Lowell General, the largest annual one-day fundraiser in the Greater Merrimack Valley region. Since its inception in 2000, Team Walk has raised more than ten million dollars and supported 24,000+ patients living with cancer in the community. She has a B.A. from Wheaton College and sat on the boards of the New England Quilt Museum and Suitability – which provided business attire and assistance to women entering and re-entering the workforce. Andrea has recently joined the board of Girl’s Inc. in Lowell.
Patrice Dolan, Board Vice Chair
Patrice became involved in the Power of Flowers Project through her work as co-owner and operator of the Dolan Funeral Home in Chelmsford and she believes strongly in our mission. Her firm contributes regularly to our flower supply and she brings a unique perspective to the work of the Board of Directors.
She and her husband were awarded the distinction of Massachusetts Foster Parents of the Year by D.S.S. in 2004. Patrice holds a M.Ed. in education from Rivier College and served as a special educator in the Westford Schools. Additionally, she has been a fundraiser for the P.T.O., worked in her children’s classrooms and served as a Special Olympics coach.
Judy became aware of the Power of Flowers Project when she was a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Lowell Workforce Investment Board. She is a team oriented and intuitive leader as a higher education administrator with an extensive background in corporate contract management, development, and negotiation, with direct experience in sales, marketing, workforce development, and corporate and community partnerships. All of these skills contribute to the vitality of the Power of Flowers Project.
Judy currently serves as Dean of Corporate and Community Education and Training at Middlesex Community College. Prior to that, Judy obtained her M.Ed. degree and was a contract administrator in the Patriot Missile Program at Raytheon. She serves on numerous other boards, among them Girls, Inc., the Y.W.C.A., The New England Workforce Network, and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.
Janet is a strong civic and community leader, having been a Town Meeting Representative in Chelmsford for 28 years. She joined the Board because she “loved the idea of re-purposing flowers to make people smile.” It dovetailed nicely with her enjoyment of gardening and as Garden Therapy Chair for the Chelmsford Garden Club.
A School Psychologist in Westford for many years, Janet obtained her M.Ed at the University of Pennsylvania and a C.A.G.S. from Boston College. She also sits on the board of the Chelmsford Center for the Arts and serves as Corresponding Secretary on the Board of Trustees for Congregation Shalom and as Vice President for Fundraising for Delta Kappa Gamma.
Julie Hickey graduated from Merrimack College with a BS in Accounting in 1985. She spent 10 years in sales, selling accounting software. While she raised her two daughters, she was a member of the PTO in Chelmsford and on the Board of Directors for the Co-Op Nursery school where they attended. She now works at her husband’s CPA firm.
Julie has been a Board member of the Chelmsford Historical Society for the past 5 years where she is in charge of hospitality. She also serves on the Board of the Chelmsford Historical Trust as the clerk, and is a member of the Chelmsford Garden Club, where she is also in charge of hospitality. She is a member of the Tewksbury Rotary Club where she and her husband share the treasurer’s responsibilities.
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.
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.
Michelle Silveira, Executive Director
Michelle is a Marketing Professional with 30+ years of sustained experience in the Financial Industry. She first read about the Power of Flowers Project and its mission in a Lowell Sun article and attended our first annual Spread the Joy luncheon in 2015. Upon hearing about the impact of the organization, Michelle decided to join the Board of Directors as she felt the organization’s mission of service strongly aligned with her own beliefs.
A graduate of UMass Lowell with a degree in business, Michelle’s passion is giving back to the community in which she was raised. She also sits on the Board of the Greater Lowell YMCA and is a committee member of the New England Patriots Alumni Football for YOU Camps and UMass at Lowell Athletic Advisory Board.
Lisa Fabin-Bett, Ph.D., Director of Administration
Lisa comes to the Power of Flowers Project with more than a decade of experience in research development and implementation. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. She has worked in academia as a researcher and course instructor, and in the private sector developing and directing custom marketing research projects.
Lisa has spent over fifteen years dedicated to volunteer programs for educational and youth initiatives. She has served on the Educational Advisory Boards of both public and private schools, spent six years as an officer for a Parent Teacher Organization, coordinated numerous fundraising projects, and supervised a troop with completion of the Girl Scout Silver Award. She is delighted to be a member of the POFP team.