Board of Directors


Theresa Malionek, Chair
Theresa has over 20 years of experience in management, marketing, communications, and event planning. She presently serves as the Director of Marketing & Communications for Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School. She has been involved in many cultural and nonprofit organizations and has also served as part-time professor teaching intercultural communication.  A native Bostonian, Theresa is passionate about education, culture, and history. She is also an active member of Sacred Heart Church.

Charlie LoGrasso, Vice Chair
A lifelong resident of East Boston, Charlie is passionate about the history of East Boston. He has worked on several historical preservation projects within the community. He is a board member of the Eagle Hill Civic Association and also coaches little league in East Boston.

Steve Kirk, Clerk
Steve has over 30 years of experience managing nonprofit organizations, particularly in the fields of international volunteerism, community development and educational exchange. He currently serves as the Director of Finance and Administration of Interise, Inc. He previously served as Director of Dreams of Freedom: Boston’s Immigrations Museum, a program of the International Institute of Boston. He currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Pueblo a Pueblo, Inc., and has served in leadership positions of several nonprofit organizations.


Jeanne Scaduto Belmonte
Jeanne is a fourth generation East Boston resident. She believes that East Boston has a rich wonderful past and bright future. Jeanne is a historian and genealogist for New England Historical Genealogical Society. 

Catherine L. Camarda
Catherine L Camarda is retired from the banking industry after 48 years of service. Her career included Estate Settlement and Commercial Real Estate lending. She graduated with an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Fisher College.
Presently she is on the board of Greater Boston Bankers Association, St. George Social Committee. She is a long time volunteer for Boston Public Television (WGBH) and a recent volunteer at East Boston Central Catholic School. She lived in East Boston for 60 years and now resides in Revere, MA.

 Debra Cave
A lifelong East Boston resident, Debra Cave has spent the last 35 years as an educator and administrator of an alternative high school focused on Boston’s at risk youth, a job that she absolutely loved. She also worked at U Mass for several years as an adjunct professor teaching classes in human development, psychology, and human services. Debra is also passionate about living in East Boston and giving back to her community. She serves as president for the East Boston Social Centers Board of Directors, and is President of the Eagle Hill Civic Association, and Friends of the East Boston Library. She is also a founding board member of the Excel Academy Charter School. She loves travelling, reading, riding her bike, and cooking for family and friends.

Donna Cordisco
A lifelong resident of East Boston and retired nurse, Donna worked at the Don Orione Home, Veterans Administration Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Partners Home Care, Lynn Community Health Center, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Prior to nursing, Donna worked in the banking industry. Donna and her husband raised their 3 children in East Boston. She loves the community for its vibrancy and diversity and finds the history of East Boston fascinating.

Buddy Mangini
Buddy has been a longstanding involvement in many East Boston philanthropic activities including the East Boston Rotary, Bay State Chapter of the Freedoms Foundation, and the East Boston Kiwanis Club were he served as Club President for three years and served as New England District of Kiwanis Division 14 Lt. Governor. Buddy holds the General Chairman of the Columbus Day Parade and was Grand Marshal in 2004. Currently, Buddy is the President of the East Boston Chamber of Commerce.

Francesca Ippolito Riley
A lifelong East Boston resident, Fran is a natural organizer, leader and an active advocate for East Boston.  She has over 59 years of steadfast experience working in nonprofit organizations, including the development of the Trinity Neighborhood House Leadership Model . The City of Boston used her program development as an exemplary model throughout the Boston Neighborhoods, celebrating their leadership and neighborhood historical values!   She was the co founder of the City of Boston Peer Leadership Program, and the Brandeis University Upward Bound Program Parent/Student Career/College Council.  Fran is a founding Board Member of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, East Boston Meridian House, and the East Boston District Court Law Explorer Post, Piers PAC, East Boston Greenway. Fran has been a past member of the Boards of APAC, the Salesians Boys and Girls Club, the Land Use Council, Substance Abuse Council, and EBNASA, East Boston Neighbor’s Against Substance Abuse.   She is very passionate about authentic American History, especially beginning with the true American, the American Indian. She has passion, and a special love for true East Boston history, beginning in the 1600th Century.

Joseph L. Ruggiero, Jr.
Joe is a partner/owner of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home and has had the privilege to plan celebrations of life for many members of the East Boston community. His family ties to East Boston date back to the early 20th century when his great grandparents settled on Princeton and Cottage Streets. He is a past member of the East Boston Little League Board, and is a member of the East Boston Alliance for Substance Abuse Treatment, Intervention and Education (EASTIE). He is a graduate of Savio Prep and Mount Ida College where he earned a degree in funeral service/funeral home management.

Past Directors

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