Girls & Boys Club of Fitchburg and Leominster announces new board members

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LEOMINSTER — The Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster, with clubhouses in Leominster and Gardner, has welcomed its newest members to the Board of Directors — Barbara A. Mahoney, president and CEO of Leominster Credit Union, and Dr. Alberto J. F. Cardelle, provost and vice president of Fitchburg State University, according to an announcement from the club.

Mahoney joined the Leominster Credit Union in 2003 as vice president of human resources. In 2010, as senior vice president of human resources, she oversaw Human Resources, Training and Facilities. Since her promotion to SVP/chief operating officer in January 2019, she has provided leadership, direction and vision for the Operations, Information Technology/Risk, Human Resources and Facilities functions.

“Ms. Mahoney brings a wealth of professional experience and community affiliations to our board. As the organization has grown and continues to grow, we can see where we will benefit from her board membership,” Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster Executive Director Donata Martin said.

Mahoney’s affiliations include The North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Strategy Committee, Masshire North Central Workforce Board as the executive committee chair, Employers Association of the Northeast Past Executive Committee Chair, HR Network Cooperative Credit Union Association, New England Human Resources Association, and Society of Human Resources Management. She also serves on the Foundation Board for St. Bernard’s High School.

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Cardelle’s experience at FSU will be a benefit to the club, Martin said.

“The Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster has focused on STEM/STEAM programming since 2009. Cardelle’s background and experience will benefit the clubhouses in taking our programs to the next level,” Martin said.

Cardelle has over 20 years of experience in higher education as a professor, department chair, dean and vice president.

Prior to starting his career in higher education, Cardelle worked for over a decade in international public health, holding positions with the North-South Center and the Fogarty International Research Center, both at the University of Miami, at the World Health Organization, the American Medical Student Association Foundation and UNICEF.

Cardelle earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and Latin American Studies from Tulane University, a master’s degree in Public Health from Boston University, and his Doctorate from the University of Miami in International Studies, with a focus on comparative health policy, according to the announcement.


The Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster has served the youth of Fitchburg and Leominster for 19 years and Gardner for six years. The clubhouse programs are STEAM focused (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), and also provide programs in character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, the arts and sports, fitness and recreation after school for ages 8 to 18 , during the summer for ages 5 to 13 and supervised remote learning for ages 6 to 17.