Our Board Members
Our board members either live, work or support the Greater Lowell area. They come from all different backgrounds but come together with one common goal – to build strength, stability and self reliance through affordable home ownership.
For information about joining our board – contactgro.tatibahllewol@ridcexe
Elizabeth Garber, President
Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, IDPartner
Elizabeth Garber is co-founder and Chief Product Officer of IDPartner, a venture-backed startup that puts people in control of their digital identities. This builds on her work promoting human-centric identity, which she writes about, and leading several global initiatives to make safer, more trustworthy digital experiences. Prior to this, she delivered strategic product innovation and service design initiatives with some of the world’s biggest banks, telcos, and energy companies (among others). Outside work, she is passionate about diversity & inclusion, community engagement, growing vegetables, the Boston Improv scene, and parenting 2 amazing kids in Westford.
Christopher Marzilli, Vice President
VP Customer Success, Flosum
Christopher Marzilli is a strategic leader, technical architect and solutions-oriented thinker with a passion for leveraging cloud technologies. He has over 20 years of experience in the hi-tech industry working for both small startups in large enterprise organizations in a number of roles including IT Director, Senior Cloud Consultant, Customer Support Director and Product Management. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in Management & Information Systems from St. Joseph’s University and completed his MBA at nearby Southern New Hampshire University concentrating in Business Intelligence and Big Data. A lifetime resident of Massachusetts, Christopher grew up in Shrewsbury and now lives close by with his wife, two kids and his loveable but very chatty beagle. An avid build day volunteer Chris has been organizing Habitat for Humanity build days for his friends and co-workers for over 10 years. He loves getting hands-on with this volunteering and will never turns down the opportunity to operate any power tool, under the proper supervision of course!
Lozitha Nzula, Secretary
Executive Assistant, Providence Strategic Growth
Lozitha Nzula is a seasoned Executive Assistant with over 15 years experience. In recent years, Lozitha has been working in the financial services industry.
Lozitha is a resident of Lowell, who is passionate about public health and is a former board member of the Coalition for a Better Acre. Lozitha became involved with Habitat for Humanity of Greater while building several Habitat homes in Lowell. She holds a Masters Degree in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa’s Graduate School of Business Leadership and bachelor of Commerce Degree majoring in Marketing Management from the University of South Africa.
Amanda Berry, Treasurer
Vice President, Wells Fargo
Amanda Berry is a Corporate Risk Officer at Wells Fargo Bank. In 2008, she began volunteering with Habitat for Humanity through a Paint-a-Thon sponsored by Wells Fargo, and developed a passion for building homes that help the community. In 2014, she led her first build event with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell, and has volunteered in various capacities with the Habitat Lowell affiliate every year since. She has been an active board member since 2018.
Rev. Dr. Katherine Adams
Pastor First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ
Katherine Adams is the settled pastor and teacher of the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in Billerica, Massachusetts. She is passionate about building strong communities by developing relationships and utilizing resources so that needs are met. Her education at Boston University (MDiv) and Chicago Theological Seminary (DMin) encouraged her to engage beyond the walls of the local church, and to seek justice and peace in our homes, community, nation, and throughout the world. Central to her theology is to love neighbors and to make room for grace.
Customer Service Representative
Silvia Berrio is the proud mother of two wonderful children. She grew up in Lowell and is currently residing in Westford. She holds a BS is Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Silvia loves working with people and enjoys helping others. Silvia became involved with Habitat for Humanity in 2018 when she became part of the Habitat family through their homeownership program. Silvia Joined the Habitat Board in September 2020 and is looking forward to this new chapter in her life.
Jeffrey Brem, PE
President and Chief Civil Engineer for Meisner Brem Corporation
Jeffrey Brem, PE is the President and Chief Civil Engineer for Meisner Brem Corporation in Westford MA. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine, Orono. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (civil) in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine and has over 35 years of experience in various types of civil engineering related projects including sanitary sewer, storm drainage and stormwater management, septic system design (SSDS), highways and roadways, surveying, and construction management. He has extensive design experience in private land development projects of all types and sizes as a consulting design engineer. He also has experience as a construction superintendent for residential and commercial projects and is familiar with design and construction practices both in the east coast and west coast areas of the U.S. Mr. Brem has advised the Mass. Dept. of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) as an appointee of the Commissioner on several task forces and stakeholder committees including stormwater and Title 5, the State Sanitary Code. Jeff serves as a full Board Member of the Home Builders Association of Massachusetts Board of Directors and chairs the Wetland and Water Resources Sub Committee as well as being the past President of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell. Jeff was the developer and builder for the 18 home project known as Juniper Hill in Westford MA where Habitat Lowell built two affordable homes.
Business Development, President -OmniPrinting
Senior Director of Corporate and Experiential Marketing, NetScout
Pamela Jacques brings a creative mindset to her role as a strategic marketing communications executive. She has more than three decades of experience in the technology space, harnessing her broad background across the corporate, agency and publishing sides of the marketplace to offer a unique 360-degree perspective on achieving business objectives and bottom-line success for companies that range from Internet start-ups to the Fortune 500.
Pamela has distinguished herself as a strategic thinker with a passion for all facets of marketing communications including research, planning and implementation of media and public relations strategies, advertising, customer engagement, online and integrated program development. She prides herself on developing outstanding working relationships and is a leader who truly cares about her colleagues, partners and customers.
She is the AVP, Corporate & Experiential Marketing at NetScout Systems in Westford MA.
Business Development, Enterprise Bank
Paul Germano is a banking executive with over 35 years of experience. He is currently Vice President of Deposit & Payment Operations at Enterprise Bank in Lowell MA and resides in Tewksbury. Prior to Paul’s work at Enterprise Bank, he worked at Cambridge Savings Bank and Beverly National Bank in various management positions.
Real Estate Specialist, Reliable Results Realty
A lifetime resident of Massachusetts, Leah grew up in Winchester and has lived in Westford since 1996 with her husband and 4 children. Leah has always had a passion for real estate. She worked in the family’s real estate company during the summers while attending Providence College. After college she went to work for a real estate management company in Waltham. Later, she obtained a law degree from the New England School of Law and practiced as a real estate law attorney for nearly 15 years. Residential real estate sales is a great fit for her, because of her extensive knowledge and experience negotiating with contracts. She brings this ability to the table with her buyers and sellers.
Leah prides herself on accountability, attention to detail and personal service which create a trusting relationship with all her clients and she builds lifelong relationships with many of her clients. Whether buying or selling, be it your first home, your last home, or building your investment portfolio, Leah will deliver the unsurpassed service you deserve.
Leah’s second passion is ice hockey. She not only enjoys watching the Boston Bruins but she is an active participant in the local women’s ice hockey league. After a long week of real estate she will often take to the ice to relax. In 2016, Leah’s team won the Women’s Adult National Championship Title for their division. She also enjoys walking her 3 dogs, Dakota, Gig and Spanky. And when time allows she will sneak in a Bikram Yoga class.
Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union
Jeff Turcotte joined Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, headquartered in Lowell, in August of 2020, where he serves as Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer. He has a combined 26 years of experience in the banking industry, focused in multi-family residential and construction financing.
Residing in Leominster, MA, Jeff is married with four grown children. He holds a BS and an MBA in Business Management from Fitchburg State University, and is licensed as a Construction Supervisor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Additionally, Turcotte is the former Board President of the Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce (2018) and a Board Member from 2007-2020.
Jeff is no stranger to “getting his hands dirty.” Whether it’s at a Habitat build site, or in his home garage building Hot Rods with his Dad, Jeff is right at home with a hammer or wrench in his hand.
Melissa Robbins, Legal Counsel
Attorney, Farrell & Robbins, P.C.
Melissa Robbins is a partner at Farrell & Robbins, P.C.. Ms. Robbins has been actively involved with the legal aspects of the development, financing and construction of real estate and affordable housing for the last fifteen years. During that time, Ms. Robbins has been promoting smart growth and affordable housing for developers, as well as non-profit and governmental agencies through the use of local zoning, M.G.L. Chapter 40B and other creative methods.
Ms. Robbins and attorneys within her firm represent developers, as well as affordable housing advocates across Massachusetts.
Kevin Fusco, Executive Director